Archive | August 26, 2015

Illarramendi joins Sociedad….


Asier Illarramendi has completed his return to Real Sociedad, signing from Real Madrid in a £19m deal. Illarramendi left Sociedad to join Madrid in 2013.

Valdes to Turkey?….

Victor Valdes

Sky Sports are reporting that Besiktas have agreed a deal to sign Manchester United keeper Victor Valdes. I hope it is true because Valdes remains a great goalkeeper.

Spain has five teams in Champions League group stage….

Alvaro Negredo

Spain became the first nation to have five teams qualify for the Champions League group stages as Valencia beat Monaco in a qualifying play-off. The 2001 runners-up join Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Sevilla are also in the draw after qualifying via their triumph in last season’s Europa League. The draw for the group stages will be made on Thursday. Valencia secured their place via a 4-3 aggregate victory, despite a 2-1 defeat in France. Former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo scored the visitors’ crucial away goal. This was the first season that is was possible for one nation to have five team in the 32-team group stages, with UEFA introducing a Champions League place as a prize for the Europa League winners in 2014-15. Spanish teams have won four of the last seven Champions League, with Barcelona defeating Juventus in May’s final. Spain lead UEFA’s the club coefficient rankings  – the system used to decide which leagues get most qualifying spots for its competitions – by a considerable margin.

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