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Lighting up La Ciudad del Futbol in Las Rozas - a municipality near Madrid and the home of the RFEF - are two European Championships, one World Cup and countless trophies from under-age successes. Domestically there’s the small matter of Real Madrid and Barcelona too, the two teams who were pretty much solely responsible for FIFA’s team of the year and who’s regular meetings - known as El Clasico - regularly draw millions of viewers worldwide.
We are aware of the cons, not necessarily in agreement, but aware. After all, football has hardly done itself any favours in recent years.
Pedro hit three as Spain won both halves in Belarus 2-0. Jordi Alba score the other, assisted by? Pedro. The impressive win came one night after the under 21s put on an outstanding performance in their play off match at home to Denmark. Rodrigo of Benfica hit four and Isco a penalty in a 5-0 win which virtually assures their qualification for next summer’s European Chamipionships.
Beyond football there is a wider world. Yes, really. Aside from the Basque derby this weekend and Falcao leading the Pichichi there are some deep rooted issues in Spain. Mostly it has come from the debt crisis gripping the Eurozone and then various issues have spiralled from that. This week things have really stepped up a notch with protests in Madrid and election dates set in Catalonia as they seek a move away from central government regulations.
Below are four articles well worth reading if you want to get to grips with it on both a general and a sporting level…
Depor have a new man in town. An experienced man. A man with a proud record. Carlos Marchena.
There is a deep-rooted irony in the words that follow. Firstly we’re going to draw your attention to the talent of Oliver Torres, then we’re going to be the ones to tell you not to pin high expectations on his young shoulders. Yet.
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