Received a private message from an Asian follower of the Spanish Football Sports Facebook page a call to let him know what has happened to FC Barcelona star signing DEMBELE. Obviously a Dembele fan & a bit concerned about the players injury & the prognosticated 4 mouth recovery period expected.

Well, found this image in today´s "Marca" Sports paper which explains things well:

The French International winger tore his muscle (in red) of his left leg during last Saturdays Liga match against Getafe.

So serious is the injury that Dembele has flown to Finland to be operated by specialist Doctor Sakari Orava. The player is not expected to return to a Football field until 2018. A big blow for the young player & Barça which invested +120M€ on this signing.

Speedy recovery! 


FIFA has released (updated) their monthly ranking with Spain in the 11 th position. Germany regains the Nº1 spot position after Brazil drops a slot, while Portugal jumps to the Nº3 position. Notable drop in ranking is Italy which falls to the Nº17 position after losing against Spain in their World Cup group qualifier on the 2nd of septiembre.

FIFA Ranking sept 2017


UEFA Champions League 2017-2018 kicked off tonight with Group matches that had two of the four Spanish Football Clubs represented. 

FC Barcelona vs Juventus FC Champions League Group D

FC Barcelona hosted Juventus FC in their Group D game & Barça won 3 - 0 comfortably. The Italians have reinforced their team with Costa & Matuidi but were disappointing overall tonight. Dybala failed to break lines & did not impress, Higuain was neutralizad & ineffective, while the only bright light was Pjanic in the 1ºst half & the Frenchman Matuidi who is definitely a powerhouse player.

Goal against Juventus FC

The protagonist & the game breaker was Lionel Messi who was again superb. The Argentine took the team on his shoulders & scored two goals & was involved directly in the third. Apart he hit the woodwork during the match which could have added to his goal tally.


  • Messi 45th min, 1 - 0
  • Rakitic 56th min, 2 - 0
  • Messi 69th min, 3 - 0
Excellent start for Barça in the competition who look favourite to finish top of the Group, while Juventus has to show more than what was offered tonight.

Roma vs At Madrid

Atletico de Madrid travelled to AC Roma for their Group C game which finished in a 0 - 0 draw result. Entertaining match which only lacked goals.

At. Madrid vs Roma

In fact Atletico put on show a marvellous performance the whole 90 mins & deserved a victory result. However, the lack of goal, or better said some incredible missed goal opportunities "robbed" the Spanish Club of a positive result. Said this, the best player for AC Roma was their goalkeeper Alisson who made some outstanding match saving stops!

AC Roma also had their great moments during the 1ºst half but Atletico managed the situation well during the Italian storm.

Great performance from Atletico midfielder Saul, who missed a golden goal opportunity that blemished a brilliant night. Vietto & Correa also missed chances which was the "tonic" of the night for At.Madrid.

Tomorrow, Champions League continues with Real Madrid & Sevilla FC in action.


Champions League 2017-2018 kicks off tonight & Spanish Sports paper "Marca" highlights the fact with this spectacular front cover today (below). Four Spanish Football Clubs are represented: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atletico de Madrid & Sevilla FC, with Barça playing Juventus FC & At.Madrid playing AC Roma tonight. Real Madrid & Sevilla FC have their Group games scheduled tomorrow.

However, website "Transfermarket" publish on their site the "Economic value" of the Clubs & Players that will participate in this seasons Champions League. Economic figures given by the website that you can agree with or not. Real Madrid & FC Barcelona are the most valuable Clubs, first & second respectively, with At.Madrid in 9th position & Sevilla FC in 16th.

Economic Value of Football Clubs in Champions League : Top 32

Top 32 value Football Clubs

In terms of players Lionel Messi is Nº1 with 120M€ followed by Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar at 100M€...

Economic "market" value of Top Football Players in Champions League according to "transfermarket"


Spain defeated 0 - 8 Liechtenstein away in their World Cup 2018 Group qualifier to take another positive step forward towards qualification. The main objective is to remain top of the Group which gives the direct ticket to Russia 2018. Spain has two more matches against Albania & Israel next month that in theory should be accessible.

With due respects to Liechtenstein, it was a "walk in the park" for Spain which had peaks of 80% ball possession. Complete domination from the start until finish with Spain comfortable enough to play with just 3 defenders which spent more time in the forward line. In fact Sergio Ramos opened the scoreline in the 2º minute which said it all.

The goal scorers:

  • Sergio Ramos 2nd min, 0 - 1
  • Morata 14th min, 0 - 2
  • Isco 15th min , 0 - 3
  • David Silva (free-kick) 38th min , 0 - 4
  • Aspas 50th min, 0 - 5
  • Morata 53rd min , 0 - 6 
  • Aspas 62nd min , 0 - 7 
  • Goppel (own goal) 88th min, 0 - 8
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