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REAL MADRID | HARRY KANE & GARETH BALE

Here is a rumour that may interest Real Madrid & Tottenham Hotspurs fans. According to Spanish Radio, Real Madrid has asked price for English forward HARRY KANE, plus has offered Tottenham ex-player Gareth Bale.

Believe it?

Real Madrid transfer rumours 2017

The asking of price for a player maybe correct, its normal. But offering Gareth Bale could be another matter. What is correct is that there is a growing sector at Real Madrid which believes that the team misses a "true" Centre Forward, a genuine "true Goal killer" that actual striker Benzema is not fulfilling. Added to this Gareth Bale is irregular, hampered by continuous long term injuries that is halting his progression. 

Harry Kane has said to English Press that he is a "one Club man", but cannot predict the future. Thus cleverly leaving the door open to opportunities, with Real Madrid as option. 

While this news is rumour, what is more viable & realistic is current Coach Pochettino. There will come a moment when current Real Madrid Coach Zidane will leave, either due to bad results, lack of titles or freewill. The Tottenham Coach likes at Real Madrid & showed his worth & skill during the Champions League match between both Clubs a few days ago. 

What if Pochettino is the next Real Madrid Coach? Under this scenario Harry Kane landing at Real Madrid is a real possibility. 

Stay Tuned!

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS | AT MADRID | FC BARCELONA

UEFA Champions League Group matches continued tonight with Atletico de Madrid & FC Barcelona down for their corresponding encounters. Here are a brief summary of events, results & goalscorers.

FK QARABAG - ATLETICO MADRID

Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid travelled to the city of Baku (Azerbaijan) to play FK Qarabag. The end result a surprising 0 - 0 draw against a team which is considered the least competitive of the Group. In fact, even with Qarabag down to 10 men, Atletico could not find the goal needed to win. Atletico Coach Simeone made late changes (in Torres, Correa & Tomas) in the match to find the needed goal but hit the local wall.

Terribly disappointing as this result complicates At. Madrid in their Group in their quest to advance further in the Champions League competition. Remember in the Group there is also Chelsea FC & AC Roma looking for the top 2 spots.


The locals even troubled Atletico de Madrid goalkeeper Oblak which indicates how things went tonight overall. The Spanish side gave striker Gamairo a start with Griezmann upfront for new ideas, however creative midfielder Koke was out which may have hampered some of the play making. But the performance overall from the Spanish side was disastrous.  

You have to congratulate Qarabag which put in their game & made the better Football, at least from their perspective. 


FC Barcelona - Olympikos

FC Barcelona hosted Greek Club Olympiakos & won 3 - 1 down with 10 men after Pique was sent off in the 43rd min (second yellow). Comfortable encounter with clear Barcelona domination that was not highlighted on the scoreboard until the 2º half when Barça fired on all cylinders. Once up with 3 goals FC Barcelona began thinking on their upcoming Liga match & rested players, while taking a more "reflective attitude" on the field. This "relaxing feel" from Barça allowed Olympiakos player Nikolauo to header his team only goal in the 90th min from a corner & make up for his own goal earlier.

Messi scored & notched up his 100th goal in Champions League.


Goalscorers:
  • Nikolauo (own goal) 18th min, 1 - 0
  • Messi 61st min , 2 - 0
  • Digne 64th min , 3 - 0
  • Nikolauo 90th min, 3 - 1
FC Barcelona are comfortable Top of the Group & are looking good to advance easily in the next stage of the tournament. 

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS | REAL MADRID | SEVILLA FC

UEFA Champions League Group action tonight with two Spanish Football representatives with final mixed results. Here is a brief summary of events, results & goalscorers.

Real Madrid - Tottenham 2017

REAL MADRID hosted London Club TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS with the Group Top spot up for grabs. The end result was a very entertaining match which finished in a 1 - 1 draw. The match could have gone to either team both tonight the main protagonists were the goalkeepers of both Clubs. Tottenham goalie Lloris made some unbelievable saves during crucial moments to save his team from defeat. Two notable occasions in the second half was a "point blank" header from Benzema saved & another miraculous hand that stopped a Cristiano Ronaldo missile. Real Madrid goalie Navas was his teams hero assuring Real Madrid the draw with "unexplainable" finger tips saves from Erikson, Kane & company.

Said this Tottenham was very solid tonight, organized & put in a serious match which put Real Madrid on the back foot on numerous occasions. Harry Kane was dangerous as expected & Spaniard Fernando Llorente played well & was a menace all night associating well with team-mates Eriksen, Winks ...etc. Real Madrid had numerosos goal opportunities to have shut the game, hitting the post & finding Lloris saving most attempts.

Goalscorers:

  • Varane ( own goal) 28th min , 0 - 1
  • Cristiano Ronaldo  (penalty), 1 - 1
Both teams will now have to settle the top Group spot when they again meet in London.

Spartak Moscow - Sevilla FC

Disaster for SEVILLA FC which travelled to Russia to play SPARTAK MOSCOW & lost 5 - 1. The last 30 minutes of the match was a nightmare for Sevilla which was not coordinated, tactically lost & slow, very slow in defence. The unforced errors "killed them" in tonight's game. The Russians overran them Sevilla with Promes leading the charge.

The result complicates things for Sevilla as their future is uncertain in this Group. They will need to win their next games & play much better than tonight.

Goalscorers:

  • Promes(18'm), 1 - 0
  • Kjaer(29'), 1 - 1
  • Melgarejo(58'm), 2- 1
  • Glushakov(67'm), 3 - 1
  • Luis Adriano(74'm), 4 - 1
  • Promes(90'm), 5 - 1
Tomorrow more Champions League action with FC Barcelona & Atletico de Madrid scheduled for their Group matches.

SPAIN DEFEATS ISRAEL 0 - 1 | WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

SPAIN defeated ISRAEL 0 - 1 in Jerusalem in the last of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. The Spanish Football Team finishes top spot of the Group securing a direct ticket for next years World Cup finals in Russia.

World Cup qualifier

Spain came into this match already qualified & with top spot but wanted to win in order to gain more FIFA ranking points & lift them from their current 12 th position. Spanish Coach Lopetegui used the occasion to give "less regular" players a run. The starting 11 was:

Reina, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Nacho, Monreal, Busquets, Illarramendi, Jonathan Viera, Pedro, Asensio & Aduriz.


Sergi Busquets reached a milestone tonight gaining his 100th International Cap with Spain.


Spain dominated the ball & possession the entire match but had difficulties penetrating the solid & crowded Israeli defence. Israel played the counter-attack & found their moments, some more closer than others.

The real action, or moment happened in the second half. Spain made changes - Aspas, Callejon & Isco all came on - with new ideas & it was midfielder ILLARAMENDI who fired home a "missile" from a stray corner in the 76th min that opened the scoring. A goal which was enough for Spain to get the victory & the three points. 


SPANISH FOOTBALL | FRANCE FOOTBALL 30 CANDIDATES 2017

France Football has announced their list of 30 Candidates for the 2017 Golden Ball Award (France Football Ballon D´Or). Spanish Football dominates the list with 11 of the 30 are practising their trade in La Liga.

France Football Ballon D´Or 2017

THE FULL LIST OF 30 CANDIDATES:

Neymar (PSG/Brazil)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus Turin/Argentina)
Marcelo (Real Madrid/Brazil)
N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea/France)
Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona/Uruguay)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid/Eslovenia)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool/Brazil)
Dries Mertens (Napoles/Belgium)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)
David De Gea (Manchester United/Spain)
Harry Kane (Tottenham/England)
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma/Bosnia)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico de Madrid/France)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus Turin/Italy)
Sadio Mané (Liverpool/Senegal)
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco/Colombia)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona/Argentina)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon)
Edinson Cavani (PSG/Uruguay)
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich/Germany)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium)
Leonardo Bonucci (Milan AC/Italy)
Isco (Real Madrid/Spain)
Kylian Mbappé (PSG/France)

France Football Ballon D´Or 2017

Football journalist from around the World will vote their "Best 3 Candidates" which will be announced in coming weeks. Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo is "hot favourite" to win this year´s Award, his 5th which would equal the 5 of Lionel Messi.

Stay tuned!

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