France Football has announced the 30 candidate names for this years FIFA Golden Ball Award. Concerning Spanish Football, has 13 of the 30 candidates that practice their profession in La Liga.

A total of 193 journalist will commence voting with the deadline the 25th of November. The list of the final three candidates will be announced the 13th of December.

World Soccer 2016

List of 30 candidates FIFA Golden Ball 2015-2016:

1. Agüero (Manchester City)

2. Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

3. Bale (Real Madrid)

4. Buffon (Juventus)

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

6. De Bruyne (Manchester City)

7. Dybala (Juventus)

8. Godín (Atlético de Madrid)

9. Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid)

10. Higuaín (Juventus)

11. Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

12. Iniesta (FC Barcelona)

13. Koke (Atlético de Madrid)

14. Kroos (Real Madrid)

15. Lewandowski (Bayern de Múnich)

16. Messi (Barcelona)

17. Modric (Real Madrid)

18. Mahrez (Leicester)

19. Lloris (Tottenham)

20. Müller (Bayern)

21. Neymar (Barcelona)

22. Pepe (Real Madrid)

23. Payet (West Ham)

24. Pogba (Manchester United)

25. Neuer (Bayern)

26. Rui Patricio (Sporting de Portugal)

27. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

28. Luis Suárez (Barcelona)

29. Vardy (Leicester)

30. Arturo Vidal (Bayern Múnich)


Spanish Football today with the Sunday games for Round 9 of La Liga. Following are brief summaries of the final results along with all the goalscorers.

Celta de Vigo - La Liga

Celta de Vigo took the "Galicia Regional" derby winning Deportivo A Coruña 4 - 1. Deserved victory with Celta having all the answers & control. The goals fell in the following order:
  • Mallo 31st min, 1 - 0
  • Albentosa 36th min, 1 - 1
  • Aspas 59th min (penalty), 2 - 1
  • Orellana 77th min, 3 - 1
  • Aspas 82nd min, 4 - 1
The man of the match went to Celta forward Aspas who had his day.

La Liga Spain Soccer

Sevilla FC inflicted the first lost this season for Atletico de Madrid winning 1 - 0. The game was very tactical with everything occurring in the midfield zone. An area saturated with players as both teams were more conservative than adventurous.

However, a brilliant pass mid 2º half from ex-Atletico Vietto found N´Zonzi who got away from the visiting defenders in score the only & winning goal in the 73rd min.

Shortly after Atletico lost Koke to a red card (double yellow) to leave his team down to 10 men. There was no time or way for Atletico to find the equalizer.

Big moral victory for Sevilla FC which finds itself up there in the classification table with the big team. Questioned Sevilla Coach Sampoli wins some credit & prestige.

Soccer Spain LaLiga

Villarreal was pushed by Las Palmas but managed to win in extremis 2 - 1. Although Las Palmas got ahead first through the 30th min goal by Boateng, the talent & class of the Villarreal team came through. Sansone equalized in the 63rd min & Bakambu got the winner in the 91st min.

Spanish Football

Malaga FC was too strong winning Madrid Club Leganes 4 - 0. The goals came in the following order:
  • Jony 39th min, 1 - 0
  • Chory Castro 41st min, 2 - 0
  • Sandro 56th min, 3 - 0
  • Camacho 91st min, 4 - 0
real madrid soccer spain

Real Madrid just got through for a 2 - 1 victory over Athletic Club Bilbao. Lots of chances for both teams, especially Bilbao which failed to finish. Young Athletic forward Iñaki Williams had a couple opportunities missed without explanation. Said this same occurred with Cristiano Ronaldo who is going through a goalless spell, with clear misses that are not habitual. One in the end which was unexplainable. 

Real Madrid dominated most play but made many mistakes defensively & in their passing that always allowed the visitors to get back into the game.

Real Madrid opened the scoring through Benzema from a pin point pass from Isco in the 7th min. Bilbao then put in a great spell of Football earning the equalizer in the 26th min through Sabin. The match was then wide open with end to end play & opportunities for both teams. Real Madrid began losing control in the 2º half which made Coach Zidane make changes Lucas Vazquez (for Isco) & Morata (for Benzema).

The winner came in the 82nd min when Gareth Bale passed to find Morata who scored after scrambling from his first attempt to get the ball into the net.

Real Madrid maintains top spot of La Liga classification table, but their game tonight was not at all good & could have been easily a loss. 


Spanish Football action today with Round 9 games of LaLiga scheduled. Here are brief summaries of the matches along with goalscorers & all of today´s final results.

As usual Round 9 of Liga kicked off with the Friday night game between Osasuna & Real Betis. The match was a cliff-hanger with a final result 1 - 2 in favour of Real Betis. The visitors managed the winner in the 90th min through Felipe Gonzalez. Earlier Joaquin put Betis ahead in the 18th min, while Osasuna managed to equalize in the 47th min through Roberto Torres.

Much needed victory for Betis as Coach Gustavo Poyet was under extreme pressure to get back on the victory trail.

LaLiga Spanish Football

Great game with a heroic comeback included from RCD Espanyol which a last minute drew 3 - 3 with Eibar. The game was heroic because Espanyol was down 0 - 3 by half time & down to 10 men when Caicedo was sent off with a red card. Caicedo lasted 10 mins after coming on & may have halted the home-side victory. 

Here are all the goals:
  • Enrich 22min, 0 -1
  • Diego Reyes (o.g) 26 min, 0 - 2
  • Kike 43rd min, 0 - 3
  • Hernan Perez 63rd min, 1 - 3
  • Piatti 72nd min, 2 - 3
  • Baptistao 91st min, 3 - 3
Spanish Liga FC Barcelona

The Valencia CF & FC Barcelona match finished in controversy after numerous incidents & a last minute penalty (which was) awarded to Barça which gave them the 2 - 3 victory. Valencia & Club directives exploded post match with harsh criticism directed towards referee Undiano. New Valencia CF Coach Italian Prandelli expressed the favouritism received by the major Clubs in Spanish Football. The first Barça goal was given to Messi with Suarez clearly off-side, this was the fuel the ignited the rest of the match.

FC Barcelona was also not happy with the referee either, especially with the tough play exhibited by the home side. In one of those aggressive play ocassions Barça Captain Andres Iniesta received a strong tackle by Valencia midfielder Perez which caused a serious knee injury to Iniesta. Diagnostics state a partial knee ligament injury that with retire Iniesta from the playing field until 2017.

Here are the goals:

  • Messi 21st min, 0 - 1
  • Munir 51st min, 1 - 1
  • Rodrigo 55th min, 2 - 1
  • Suarez 61st min, 2 - 2
  • Messi (penalty) 90th min, 2 - 3
FC Barcelona got through today by a hair, while Valencia lost but look better than in passed Liga matches.

Spanish Soccer

Real Sociedad was relatively comfortable in their game with Alaves winning 3 - 0. The goals fell in the following order:
  • Xavi Prieto 22nd min, 1 - 0
  • Willian Jose 52nd min, 2 - 0
  • Carlos Vela 86th min, 3 - 0

Real Sporting Gijon 0 - Granada 0


With around two months left for the announcement of the FIFA Golden Ball Award 2016, we have the three candidates:
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Atletico de Madrid)
The three have two common elements: they all play in the Spanish League - La Liga, & obviously are contracted by Spanish Football Clubs.

Golden Ball Candidates 2016

The favourite is Cristiano Ronaldo, but the great performances by Lionel Messi may give us the "big surprise". Griezmann seems almost certain to be 3º rd behind the other mega cracks.

The right to vote are for an elected journalist from each of the 211 federations recognized by FIFA.


The last two Spanish Football Clubs with UEFA Champions League Group qualifier duties tonight both finished with positive results. Here are short summaries with goalscorers & the final results.

Champions League

FC Barcelona hosted Manchester City & won 4 - 0. Manchester City Coach Guardiola was brought in this season to lift the English Club to a higher level with top European Clubs. If Barça is the perfect benchmark, Guardiola & his City has more work to do if they wish to get passed the "working end" of Champions League phases.

The handicap of being left with 10 men, after goalie Bravo was sent off, did not help. But the "party crasher" was Messi who was outstanding & scored a HAT-TRICK. The other scorer was Neymar who made up for his missed penalty.

Here are the goals:

1-0, 16': Messi,
2-0, 60': Messi, 
3-0, 68': Messi, 
4-0, 88': Neymar

Champions League Atletico Madrid

Atletico de Madrid travelled to Russia to play Rostov & won 0 - 1. Good result as playing away at Russia is always uncomfortable.

Deserved victory for Atletico which could have scored more had they finished their numerous goal opportunities. The only goal & winner came in the 61st min through in form player Yannik Carrasco.

The win puts At Madrid top of the group 3 points ahead of Bayern Munich.

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