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REAL MADRID PRE-SEASON CALENDAR | AUSTRALIA - CHINA

This piece may interest the Real Madrid fans especially in Australia & China. The Spanish Football Club will be travelling to these parts of the World pre-season. Below are some details & information:

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Following the International & Summer break, the Real Madrid players will return to Madrid for their pre-season training on either July 10 or 11 before travelling in their Summer tour.

Australia: International Champions Cup | Schedule | 
Sat, July 18: Roma vs Real Madrid | 11AM CEST | Stadium: Melbourne, VIC.
Fri, July 24: Real Madrid vs Manchester City | 12PM CEST | Stadium: Melbourne, VIC.

China: International Champions Cup | Schedule
Mon, July 27: Inter vs Real Madrid | 3AM CEST (Tuesday, July 28) | Stadium: Guangzhou.
Thu, July 30: Real Madrid vs Milan | 3AM CEST (Friday, July 31) | Stadium:  Shanghai.

Madrid: The team will return to Madrid to continue their pre-season training before flying to Munich.

Munich: Audi Cup * 
Tue, August 4: teams TBA | Games: two semi-finals
Wed, August 5:  teams TBA | Games: Third place playoff and final

*The kick-offs on both days are at 6:15PM and 8:45PM CEST

ATLETICO DE MADRID EYES CELTA DE VIGO NOLITO

Spanish International & Celta de Vigo forward "Nolito" is in the orbit of Atletico de Madrid according to local Spanish Sports press. The player has had an outstanding season with 13 goals & 13 assists & Atletico Coach Simeone sees Nolito as the perfect reinforcement for the left side of the attack.

At Madrid 2015

Celta de Vigo asks for 14M€ as transfer fee while At Madrid offers 10M€, nothing surprising as it is typical negotiation procedure. What Atletico has in their favour is the willingness of the player to make the jump from Clubs. No doubt Nolito will put in his part of "pressure" to soften stands internally. 

The summer will be long & things will be taken with calmness. Stay tuned!

SEVILLA FC WINS EUROPA LEAGUE TITLE & GOES INTO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Magical night for Spanish Football & for Sevilla FC winning the final of the Europa League 2 - 3 against Ukrainian Club Dnipro. Its back to back titles, their 4th UEFA Cup, a record in the competition, plus it gives Sevilla FC a direct ticket into the Champions League competition next season. 

With this, Spanish Football will have 4 Clubs directly in the opening draw of Champions, while Valencia CF has to play the CL preliminaries that if successful stamps the 5th Club & the dominance of Spanish Football in Europe. 

Sevilla FC wins Europa League 2015

Sevilla FC played better & deserved the win, however Dnipro put in a serious & strong effort that nearly surprised. The Ukrainians surprised early in a counterattack that ended in the opening goal in the 7th min when Kalinic headed home.

Sevilla FC needed to put in an incredible psychical effort thereafter with touch Football & with ball domination to pull back the equalizer in the 28th min through Krychowiak in the 28th min. With Dnipro rocked Sevilla exploited the situation to then go ahead in the 31st min through Carlos BaccaThe comeback was draining & while Sevilla tired Dnipro won a dangerous 22 mt free kick that Rotan converted magnificently in the 43rd min to equalize. 

The second half was "punch to punch" Football with both Coaches using all their benches to keep their teams fresh as time raced on. However, Sevilla found their moment when Vitolo made a sweet pass to find Carlos Bacca in the 71st min who scored the teams third & his second for the night. Later Dnipro player Matheus collapsed unexpectedly causing panic to race through the stadium as it looked the worst. The good news was that he was carried off ok but affected by an earlier clash of heads, the bad news was Dnipro had used all their subs & had to continue the game with 10 men. Uphill situation which they bravely attempted to find an equalizer & go into extra-time, while Sevilla FC held out to shut the match. The whistle blew & Sevilla FC were Europa League Champions 2014-2015.

MVP went to Sevilla midfielder Banega who put in a sublime performance, while Carlos Bacca & his two goals received the applause of the nearly 9000 Sevilla fans present. 

SPAIN FOOTBALL TEAM LIST | BELARUS & COSTA RICA

Spanish National Football Team Selector & Coach Vicente del Bosque announced today the list of 24 players for the upcoming International Friendly match against Costa Rica (Leon, 11th of June) & the all important Euro 2016 Group qualifier against Belarus (Borisov 14th of June. 

The principal novelties are the names of two Sevilla FC players, goalkeeper Sergio Rico & midfielder Aleix Vidal.

Complicated calendar as some important players will be on holidays (or CL Final duties) & will have to fly back to group up & prepare the matches. Lets hope this does not affect the Spanish Team performance especially against Belarus.

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Full list of 24 names:

Goalkeepers: Casillas (Real Madrid) De Gea (Manchester United) Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Juanfran (Atlético) Carvajal (Real Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Pique (Barcelona) Bartra (Barcelona) Jordi Alba (Barcelona) Bernat (Bayern) San Jose (Athletic)

Midfielders: Koke (Atlético) Busquets (Barcelona) Silva (Manchester City) Isco (Real Madrid) Cazorla (Arsenal)
Fabregas (Chelsea) Iniesta (Barcelona) Pedro (Barcelona) Vitolo (Sevilla) Aleix Vidal (Sevilla)

Forwards: Alcacer (Valencia) Morata (Juventus) Nolito (Celta).

REAL MADRID DISMISSES CARLO ANCELOTTI

Del Bosque, Queiroz, Camacho, García-Remón, Luxemburgo, López Caro, Pellegrini, Mourinho & now Carlo Ancelotti, are the 12 Coaches that have gone through the Club under the Real Madrid President Florentino Perez.

Tonight the Real Madrid President announced officially to a packed press conference what everyone expected, the "sacking" of Coach Ancelotti.

Real Madrid fires Ancelotti

The expectations & the requirements from the biggest Football Club in the World could not permit a season without any titles, it was a disaster & the Club needs a new push in a new direction. At least these are the main reasons that President Florentino Perez put forward in the press conference, adding that he had personally communicated the Clubs decision to the Italian earlier this afternoon. But both parties, through representatives knew of the substitution last week & Coach Ancelotti said goodbye to his players last Saturday after the Getafe Liga match.

Carlo Ancelotti proved to be a true gentleman & was appreciated by his players all of which attempted in various manners to pressure the Club into turning around the decision & keeping him one more season. But the Club Directive team was firm & insiders added that a culmination of other reasons caused the decision:

  • Ancelotti was not firm enough with his players,
  • Too many defensive mistakes, especially in the aerial area,
  • Lack of reaction in critical moments of play, that is, poor use of substitutions,
  • Not taking advantage of all the players - squad available,
  • Ending the season with players physically exhausted,
  • too many injuries: 15 important ones in total compared to 1 in Barça.
Real Madrid now looks for a new Coach. Earlier favourite Jurgen Klopp drops off the list after the German excluded himself, while Napoli Coach Rafael Benitez is currently the hot favourite. However there may be a darkhorse, Sevilla FC Coach Unai Emery, who has a chance to win another Europa League Final which could be his ticket to move.  

Either way President Florentino gave a hint saying a Spanish speaking Coach would be good, thus narrowing things to either Benitez or Emery. Said this anything is possible & we could be surprised, thus best wait & see the official announcement.

Back to Ancelotti, the Italian plans to take a year off, but AC Milan Directive Galliani is currently in Madrid to attempt to convince the Coach to take over Milan next season. 

Stay tuned!  

From Spanish Football Sports, thanks Carlo Ancelotti for your 2 seasons in Spanish Football. Hope to see you back in the future.

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