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SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM | FINAL LIST OF 23 PLAYERS FOR WORLD CUP 2018

Spanish National Team Coach & Selector Julen Lopetegui has announced this afternoon the definitive & final list of the 23 players that will make up the Spain Football Team-Squad for the upcoming World Cup Russia 2018.

The "novelties" are the call up of defenders Nacho Monreal of Arsenal & Odriozola of Real Sociedad, over Marcos Alonso, Sergi Roberto & Alvaro Morata. The absence of Alvaro Morata is perhaps the most talked about as the Chelsea FC player has been an integrate part of the Spanish Football Team in the classification stage. However, the lack of playing time at Chelsea FC may have influenced in the final decision swaying towards more "in form" forwards.

Below is the full list of names & from here wish the Spanish Football Team all the luck in the upcoming World Cup Finals.  


Spain list of 23 World Cup Russia 2018


FINAL LIST OF 23 PLAYERS:

Goalkeepers:

De Gea (Manchester United)

Kepa (Athletic Bilbao)

Reina (Nápoles)

Defenders:

Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Odriozola (Real Sociedad)

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Nacho (Real Madrid)

Gerard Pique (FC Barcelona)

Azpilicueta (Chelsea FC)

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona)


Midfielders:

Isco (Real Madrid)

Asensio (Real Madrid)

Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)

Sergi Busquets (FC Barcelona)

Iniesta (FC Barcelona)

Koke (Atletico de Madrid)

Saul (Atletico de Madrid)

Thiago (Bayern Munich)

Silva (Manchester City)

Forwards:

Diego Costa (Atletico de Madrid)

Rodrigo (Valencia CF)

Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo)

LA LIGA 2017-2018 | BEST GOALSCORER AND GOALKEEPER

The Spanish Football season - LA LIGA - 2017 - 2018 has ended & the final results for Top Goalscorer & Best Goalkeeper goes to Lionel Messi & Oblak respectively. The FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi scored 34 goals this season & also takes the "European Golden Boot Award", while Atletico de Madrid goalie Oblak only had 22 goals scored & wins his 3rd straight "El Zamora" Award.

Best goalscorer & best goalie for La Liga 2017-2018


Here are the final Top 10 List for both categories:

LA LIGA season 2017-2018 TOP GOALSCORERS - "El Pichichi"

NAME   GOALS SCORED


Messi (FC Barcelona) 34 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 26
Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona) 25
Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo) 22
Stuani (Girona) 21
Griezmann (Atletico de Madrid) 19
Maxi Gomez (Celta de Vigo) 17
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 15
Rodrigo (Valencia) 16
Gerard (Espanyol) 16

LA LIGA season 2017-2018 BEST GOALKEEPERS - "El Zamora"

NAME   GOALS GAMES/PLAYED

Oblak (Atletico de Madrid)  22 goals 36 games played
Ter Stegen (FC Barcelona) 28 36
Guaita (Getafe) 26 32
Neto (Valencia CF)   33 33
Pau López (Espanyol) 31 28
Navas (Real Madrid) 31 27
Cuéllar (Leganes) 43 35
Dmitrovic (Eibar) 49 35
Fernando Pacheco (Alaves) 50 36
Kepa (Athletic Bilbao) 43 29

EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL | ATLETICO DE MADRID CHAMPIONS

Spanish Football Club ATLETICO DE MADRID has defeated OLYMPIQUE DU MARSEILLE 0 - 3 in the Final of the EUROPA LEAGUE Cup ( previous UEFA Cup). It is Atletico de Madrid 3rd Europa League Title & their 6th European Title overall.

Europa League Final 2018

The "Man of the Match" & protagonist was ANTOINE GRIEZMANN who scored two goals to secure things & put his Club in the correct direction. As most World Class players do, his interventions were precisely in the crucial moments of the game. Simply outstanding.

Atletico de Madrid Europa Cup 2018 Champions

The French Club started strong & was pushing forward the first 20 mins, but in the 21st min GRIEZMANN pounced on a defensive mistake to score the opening goal that poured cold water over O. Marseille. Then soon after another blow for Olympique when they lost their star player PAYET to injury. According to legend it is bad luck to touch the Cup before the game & Payet touched the Cup! 

Atletico de Madrid Europa Cup 2018 Champions

The second half was managed perfectly by Atletico de Madrid with Griezmann scoring the second goal in the 50th min. From here onwards it was "Football management" of the pace of the game & tactically solid in defence. This last art of Football is mastered by Atletico & they kept out the few occasions that Olympique did manage to create. 

The "final nail" came in the 89th min when Atletico Captain GABI scored the third goal to seal the title. Coach Simeone ordered that Griezmann be substituted to allow FERNANDO TORRES to get onto the pitch & participate. This way the Atletico legend says GOODBYE to his Club in the best manner possible.

Later as a gesture, Captain Gabi allowed Fernando Torres to lift the Cup for the celebration. 


Atletico de Madrid Europa Cup 2018 Champions

Congratulations Atletico de Madrid!

WHICH PLAYERS ARE THE MOST VALUABLE IN WORLD SOCCER?

The Football Website "Transfermarket", specialized in calculating the Market Value of World Football Players, has released their current "Top 25 Valuable Football Players" list. The criteria used for evaluating the current Economic Market Value of each Player is - for me - not clear, as the example of Atletico de Madrid player Antonnie Griezmann who is estimated 100M€. This is his contract release clause, but I am sure if left to the "Market" in a full bidding system his Market Price would be closer to the 150-180M€.

Said this, as expected & without debate, Brazilian PSG forward Neymar is the "Most Valueable Player" with 180M€. If rumours are correct that Neymar will force his exit to Real Madrid for next season, the transfer price could be over 250€. The highest placed Spanish Football Player is Sergi Busquets of FC Barcelona in the Nº19 position with a value of 80M€ with fellow countryman Isco of Real Madrid at Nº23 with 75M€


Top 25 Most Valuable Football Players

Here is the full list of 25 players:

The 25 Most Valueable Football Players in World Soccer:

Player Age Club Value
Neymar 26 PSG 180 Million €uros
Messi 30 Barça 180 M€
Mbappé 19 PSG 120 M€
Kane 24 Tottenham 120 M€
Cristiano 33 R.Madrid 120 M€
De Bruyne 26 Man. City 110 M€
Dybala 24 Juve 100 millones
Griezmann 27 Atlético 100 M€
Coutinho 25 Barça 100 M
Hazard 27 Chelsea 100 millones
Pogba 25 Man United 90 M
Lewandowski 29 Bayern 90 M
Lukaku 25 United 85 M
Luis Suárez 31 Barça 85 M
Dembelé 20 Barça 80 M
Dele Alli 22 Tottenham 80 M
Salah 25 Liverpool 80 millones
Sterling 23 Man. City 80 M
Busquets 29 Barça 80 M
Kroos 28 R. Madrid 80 M
Asensio 22 R. Madrid 75 M
Sané 22 Man. City 75 M
Isco 26 R. Madrid 75 M
Icardi 25 Inter 75 millones
Agüero 29 Man. City 75 M

FC BARCELONA 2 REAL MADRID 2 | EL CLASICO | LA LIGA ROUND 36

Round 36 of LA LIGA celebrated its big match, "El Clasico" between FC BARCELONA & REAL MADRID with the final result a 2 - 2 draw. It was a "strange" derby as Barça was already mathematically confirmed Liga Champions while Real Madrid had their collective thoughts on the Champions League Final next 26th of May. 

However the rivalry is strong enough to give a very entertaining game & the sparks flew throughout the whole match. There were individual clashes, Ramos & Suarez was to note, Barça defender Sergi Roberto was sent off with a RED CARD for hitting Marcelo & sparks flew with Alba & every Real Madrid player he came across, example Modric. There was also a penalty to Marcelo in the second half not called & other actions not called like the Suarez pass to Messi that lead to the second goal that was a foul on Varane before the action not called, as said earlier, typical "clasico" game.

FC Barcelona - Real Madrid 2018

FC BARCELONA started stronger & scored first when Sergi Roberto found space on his flank to pass onto LUIS SUAREZ who scored in the 9th min. Marcelo left his area open after an attack that was exploited, an event repeating itself too much that will need to be rectified & solved as soon as possible.

However, while the defending of Marcelo can be questioned, his attacking is outstanding. His pass found the head of Benzema who placed the ball in front of CRISTIANO RONALDO who scored in the 14th min. In scoring Ronaldo received a knock on the ankle by Pique which caused some pain to the Portugués forward who managed to stay on the pitch all the first half but was substituted for Asensio for the second half. This looked a precautionary action by Coach Zidane to not risk his star player for bigger things in coming weeks. 


The first half end with Sergi Roberto being sent off with a RED CARD for hitting Marcelo. The game had been heated up by Suarez, Messi, Sergi Ramos & Marcelo, & Sergi Roberto fell into the "contextual trap".   

FC Barcelona - Real Madrid 2018

With 10 men Barcelona fronted the second half better than Real Madrid & dominated right up to their second goal in the 51st min by MESSI. The goal should not have been given as it came from a Suarez pass who previous fouled Rafael Varane.  More controversy later, when Barça defender Alba fouled Marcelo in the area & a penalty was not given.

FC Barcelona - Real Madrid 2018

Real Madrid equalized in the 71st min with a brilliant shot by GARETH BALE that beat Ter Stegan squarely. Both teams had their opportunities later to take the match but Real Madrid goalie KEYLOR NAVAS did his magic with a superb save from a Suarez attempt, while the Barça defence held out Real Madrid the last 10 minutes with their continuous attacks.

Shared points tonight.
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