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REAL SOCIEDAD 2 ABERDEEN FC 0 | EUROPA LEAGUE 1º LEG PRELIMINARY QUALIFIER

For Spanish Football Club REAL SOCIEDAD the season kicked into "serious mode" when they faced Scottish Club Aberdeen FC in the 1ºst leg Europa League preliminary qualifier. There was some doubts with the local fans as they initially missed the absence of Antoine Griezmann signed by Atletico de Madrid & Carlos Vela. However, the Spaniards managed an excellent result winning 2 - 0 & getting a grand advantage for the 2º leg match.

Europa League preliminary 2014

Overall, Real Sociedad was the better team with the goals coming in the second half thanks to Zurutuza in the 52nd min & Canales in the 67th min. Real Sociedad could have scored more but Iñigo Martinez hit the bar in the first half. 

Details:
REAL SOCIEDAD- 2:
Zubikarai; Zaldua, Elustondo, Iñigo, De la Bella; Bergara, Pardo (Granero, min. 82), Xabi Prieto (Agirretxe, min. 74), Canales; Chory Castro (Canales, min. 63) & Finngobason.
ABERDEEN F.C. - 0 :
Langfield; Logan, Anderson, Reynolds, Pawlett (Considine, min. 61) ; Hayes, Jack, Flood, Robson (Low, min, 70); McGin & Rooney (Goodwillie, min, 70).
GOALS:

1-0, min. 52: Zurutuza. 2-0, min. 67: Canales.

DIEGO LOPEZ SUCCUMBS TO THE REAL MADRID PRESSURE TO LEAVE

According to Spanish TV "La Sexta",via its Sports news section, Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez will be sacrificed to make way for newly signed Costa Rica goalie Keylor Navas. Diego Lopez wants to stay & compete for the goalkeeper position but intense Club pressure along with Coach Carlo Ancelotti letting known that team-mate Iker Casillas will be chosen ahead has lead Lopez to rethink his position. Obviously the man is not stupid & can read the "politically" driven signals.

The result is a band aid solution to a complex situation that Real Madrid as a Club wanted to avoid at all costs the continuing haemorrhaging this upcoming season. However-my opinion-the Club bends to the majority fan-base & media pressures & forces the "wrong goalkeeper" to leave.  A tough & I believe unfair decision that Diego Lopez finally accepts as a true & grand professional. A great Club man.


Real Madrid exit 2014

According to the cited Spanish TV station, Lopez will return back from the US Tour & settle his contract exit in a low profile manner without stirring up a storm. The player does not wish to speak about the "whole affair" & will begin examining his immediate future with currently looks more heading toward AC Monaco. However, the goalkeeper has a great reputation & many Top European Clubs many race in to give interesting offers. What is assured is that Diego Lopez will be able to exercise his profession with problems soon & without the choking pressure of playing at Real Madrid.

His apparent substitute, new signed Kaylor Navas, has been delaying his return from Costa Rica while Real Madrid solves the "goalkeeper problem". It is speculated that now that Lopez has decided to look elsewhere that Kaylor Navas will fly into Madrid possibly next Sunday to be presented officially next week.

No other Spanish Sports media source has confirmed that Diego Lopez has decided to leave except the Spanish TV "La Sexta". What is a reality is the pressure from the Club on Lopez to exit & that the Iker Casillas is the chosen goalie to start the season.

Stay tuned for more & importantly, for a confirmation. 


FC BARCELONA "OVER POPULATED" MIDFIELD

Spanish Sports daily "Mundo Deportivo" highlights an interesting dilemma for FC Barcelona, the current "over population of midfield players". Ironic really, while 98% of World Football Clubs would consider this story a blessing in their case, Clubs like FC Barcelona & Real Madrid may see this a problem. 

While there has been much speculation at Real Madrid with their saturation of midfield players with their latest signings (Kross & James Rodriguez), Barça also has apparently too much manpower in the centre. For example the right side of midfield has potential 4 players bidding for that particular spot.

Spanish Football 2014

Although it may sounds "alarming" the Spanish Football season is a long one, a period full of uncertainties that calls for a solid squad full of players that can fill in gaps when called for. A list of injuries will be present & could get long, not to mention the need to give players rest. Thus this may actually not be a problem.

I have not doubt that before the end of the summer signing/transfer period FC Barcelona may sell or loan out players, including the names like Afellay & Song, while Xavi Hernandez will have less responsibilities this season.

As you can see, a huge problem for Barça :O)

ATLETICO DE MADRID SHUTS ZAKARIA BAKKALI ?

Spanish Football Club & last season Spanish Liga Champions Atletico de Madrid continue to work to strengthen their squad for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. According to Club directives there are still 3 more signings to be made before the shutting the bank account.

One of those could be Belgium & PSV Eindhoven 18 year old promise Zakaria Bakkali

Spanish Football 2014

According to news out from Dutch daily "De Telegraaf" Atletico de Madrid has come to a full agreement with PSV Eindhoven for around 2-3M€. What is now needed is that Atletico de Madrid negotiate an agreement with the player.

If the negotiations get to good port, Bakkali would become a future bet for Atletico & an important reinforcement up-front in the attack where he can support other new Club signings like Mario Mandzukic & Antoine Griezmann. 

Stay tuned!

PSG OFFERS ATLETICO DE MADRID LEVAZZI

Paris St Germain needs to make room (rid a player) in its squad for Real Madrid Argentine Angel Di Maria. The French Club under the "UEFA Financial Fairplay" guidelines needs to stay within the agreed salary cap & it is a case of eliminate someone to add. 

According to Spanish Sports media, PSG has offered Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid their Argentine International forward Lavezzi. The Atletico de Madrid owner Gil Marin was in Paris analysing the possibility of incorporating the Argentine, a player to the liking of Coach Diego Simeone. Lavezzi has not been a "regular" piece in the PSG line-up last season & this could be a positive option for the Argentine. 

Spanish Football

There are no details of possible numbers. However, what is deduced is that if Lavezzi desires to play in Spain & with Atletico de Madrid, he would have to accept a reduction in his salary. This could be a mayor obstacle for his signing.

Atletico de Madrid has remodelled its forward line with the signing of Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich & Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad. Atletico Coach  Simeone would like to incorporate another attacker but not at any price.


Stay tuned!

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