FIFA has made public their list of 24 candidates for "FIFA THE BEST AWARD" for season 2016-2017. A chosen group of International Football journalist, along with National selectors, Captains & the general public who register with have until the 7th of Septiembre to place their votes.

From here FIFA will make public the final three candidates of which one will be prized on the 23rd of Octubre in a ceremony to be held in Monaco.

Hot favourite is Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who is part of the list of Real Madrid players which dominate as candidates. 

FIFA The Best Candidates 2017

List of candidates:

REAL MADRID CF: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kroos, Modric, Carvajal, Keylor, Sergio Ramos & Marcelo

FC BARCELONA: Messi , Luis Suarez & Iniesta

Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Bonucci (Juventus FC), Dybala (Juventus FC), Griezmann (Atletico de Madrid), Hazard (Chelsea FC) Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) Kane (Tottenham), Lewandowski (Bayern) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal FC), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Múnich), Kanté (Chelsea FC) & Neuer (Bayern Munich).

Notable absence from the list is Mbappe!


REAL MADRID adds another title this new season 2017-2018 taking the Spanish SuperCup after defeating FC BARCELONA 2 - 0 (5-1 on aggregate) in tonight's return 2º leg match in Madrid. 

Real Madrid vs Barcelona SuperCopa

The first 45 min was a demolition performance from Real which "trampled" on Barça to score their two match winning goals. The first was a spectacular ASENSIO outside the box shoot the left planted Stegen in the 4th min. 

Real Madrid was intense & dominating procedures with brilliant performances from Varane , Carvajal, Kovacic, Modric, Kroos & Lucas Vazquez who later hit the bar. Marcelo was also loose & attacking & from him came a pass that found BENZEMA in the 39th min to score the second goal for Real Madrid.

FC Barcelona was lost & ripped apart looking for the end of the first half. Barça highlighted that they have grave deficiencies in their squad & will need to find solutions if they are to keep up to the level of the Top Clubs.

Real Madrid

The second half saw a more relaxed Real Madrid comfortable with the scoreline that allowed Barça to regain more the ball & create chances. Opportunities that came will Messi hit the bar & later Suarez. Sergi Roberto had his chances but at this stage Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas became the protagonist making excellent saves. 

Real Madrid vs Barça SuperCopa 2017

Real Madrid continued to create goal chances & Benzema again could have scored but Ter Stegen made a fine save.

Overall deserved victory for Real Madrid which was dominated in the 1º st leg & was far superior tonight in the 2ºnd leg again rattling Barcelona in a very obvious & visible manner. Seventh title for Real Madrid Coach Zidane in just 18 months at the Club.

Real Madrid goes into the LaLiga which begins this weekend very strong.


UEFA has named their list of candidates for their "Best Player UEFA season 2016-2017". A team of 80 Club Coaches along with 55 specialists Football journalists have placed their votes with Spanish Football Clubs again dominating European Football . The winner to be announced the 24th of August in a UEFA ceremony in Monaco will came from these three candidates:

Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF)
Buffon (Juventus FC)

Other Awards up this very same night are "Best female player" & "Best Europa League Player".

The favourite to take the "Best Player UEFA" is Cristiano Ronaldo who had another magnificent season full of important titles: La Liga & Champions League.

Best player UEFA candidates 2016-2017

Rest of the Top 10 list:

4: Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
5: Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
6: Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus)
7: Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
8: Kylian Mbappe (France, Monaco)
9: Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)
10: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United).

As a piece of observation PSG has paid 222M€ for Neymar who was not in the top 10 voted list. 


Spanish Football Club REAL MADRID has won the UEFA SuperCup 2 -1 against MANCHESTER UNITED in Skopje (Macedonia) tonight. Its the 4th UEFA SuperCup for the Spaniards which continue on from their last title, the recently won UEFA Champions League months back.

The first "serious" official match of the 2017- 2018 season that serves to kick-off European Football season & test properly both teams.

Real Madrid UEFA SuperCup 2017

Manchester United started well & strong, while Real Madrid waited to find their rhythm. The battle was in the midfield from start to finish were the domination of the ball would be key. Real Madrid with Modric, Kroos & Casemiro have more talent & eventually took control of the situation moving Manchester United around & making them chase the ball. Add to this the coming into play of Isco who continuously broke the defensive lines, & the outcome was two goals by the 52nd min to Real Madrid:
  • Casemiro 24th min (possibly offside, one has to mention)
  • Isco 52nd min (one-two with Bale)

Real Madrid UEFA SuperCup 2017

Manchester United made changes to their game, going for a more "English style" format with Fellaini upfront for the long crosses & Rashford for winger attacking incursions. The idea nearly paid off, not by Football but due to the tiring of Real Madrid players that allowed spaces & opportunities to appear. Both teams found theirs in certain moments: Real Madrid hit the bar when Bale found the shot, while Manchester missed some great chances.

The English found reward for their efforts when Lukaku drove home a Keylar Navas save that allowed the ball to bounce into the Strikers path to score in the 62nd min. Manchester United would have later chances, one being a very clear opportunity to Rashford that goalkeeper Navas deviated which would have brought a draw.

Real Madrid put fresh legs onto the pitch with Asensio, Lucas Vazquez & Cristiano Ronaldo appearing & the Spaniards had their own opportunities as well, but De Gea did his part to stop another goal for the Spanish side.

Deserved win by Real Madrid which overall played better. Next big match for them is the Spanish SuperCup (home & away) against FC Barcelona, which will be another test of form for them.


It looks like the long & boring “Neymar case” is coming to its end. The Brazilian & still FC Barcelona forward visited his team-mates this morning & announced that he was going to Paris St Germain. There in the Clubs dressing rooms this morning Neymar personally dismissed himself from Messi, Suarez, Iniesta & Coach Valverde, this last giving him permission to leave his scheduled training duties.

From here Neymar went to the Clubs offices & announced to Directives his intention to leave FC Barcelona, to later board a private plane to Portugal to get away from media & plan the next steps.

FC Barcelona has expressed to the player that 222 Million Euros will be needed to breaking his current contract. A massive new record in Football transfer history smashing last years 117M€ transfer for Pogba from Juventus FC to Manchester United

Neymar to Paris St Germain

But is Neymar really worth 222M€? It has been written here previously that Neymar is the Worlds most over valued Football Player, definitely not worth the 222M€. The player has 25 years of age & has won some important titles with FC Barcelona (1 Champions, 2 Spanish Ligas…) but has not done anything truly outstanding, except the occasional skilful party trick, which is not exclusive to the Brazilian. So why will Paris St Germain pay 222M€? Difficult to rationally explain or understand, but value in the market place is heavily dominated by perceptions. What does PSG gain?
  •  A good player & goalscorer needed in their squad to better their Champions League campaigns which fall short season after season,
  • Promises made to keep current players at PSG. Italian Verratti expressed that he would continue at PSG only if the Club invested heavily in Top players,
  • Prestige. PSG will have an asset to “brag” about  Internationally & this will attract World class sponsorship deals,
  • Marketing: merchandising sales & International trips will double-triple in value,
  • Bigger fanbase in France & through the World where TV rights can be further exploited.
But do these points justify 222M€, no. The only justification is that someone is willing to pay & another willing to accept. It is a purely market given explanation.

The other question is why has Neymar left FC Barcelona?

  • The long shadow of Lionel Messi. Neymar cannot progress with the Argentine taking the spotlight. It is said that Neymar has gotten tired of repeating that Messi is the best in the World. Plus on the field, everyone plays for Messi, & the Brazilian feels limited & held back.
  • A 30M€ per year salary is also a mayor reason. Neymar will be on the same level as Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo on the economic level
  • The continued Court appearances over tax evasion in Spanish Courts do not help & moving to France will clear this front
  • An average relationship with Spanish media & Spanish football players.
  • There is a belief that FC Barcelona will begin its decline from European & Spanish Football dominance as key players get older, including Messi 
The deal has a second phase to go through as 222M€ still needs to be deposited in the Spanish Football League headquarters in coming days, plus FC Barcelona is threatening to take things to UEFA & FIFA over “fair financial” issues.

Be what may, farewell to Neymar from Spanish Football, the Worlds most overrated & now over valued Footballer.  
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