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Spain vs Honduras – Olympic Football @ Newcastle

Posted by Michael 84 on July 30, 2012

So the second game of the day was the big one, the one I went for, Spain vs Honduras. Since Spain lost the first game they really needed to win this one, and it did not seem like any other result would happen.

Spain started off alright, but then after about 10 minutes the unthinkable happened…Honduras scored!? Unbelievable. It was a more or less free header, most of the crowd including the Honduras fan sitting in front of me were pretty shocked. Spain had a poor first half and Honduras went in at half time with a 1-0 lead.

The second half Spain came out, and actually started playing football, especially in the final 30 minutes. They had chance after chance, hitting the bar, post, putting shots just wide, controlling the game and running the show. They played amazing, the flowing football was sensational to watch.

Luis Milla the manager tried everything, going all out attack by bringing on Tello and Rodrigo, with Adrián, Muniain and Mata on the pitch that meant 5 forward players for the end of the game. David De Gea even came up for a free kick! 😀 (check pics below) but could not make the difference.

Then Spain should have had a penalty! It was clearly a foul and the referee did not give it. The Spanish players went mental at the referee and the Hondurans, it was a penalty as far as I could see, but the ref did not give it. Honduras spent the whole second half wasting time, and as the game went on they tried to waste more and more.

But it was not to be, Spain ended up losing 1-0 despite throwing the kitchen sink at Honduras.

The Hondurans were happy, the players, the fans, it was party time for them.

Muniain was an absolute star! He was the best player on the pitch by a mile, he was in a class of his own. Ander Herrera came on and made an impact, and Juan Mata also had a really good game. It was amazing to see Javi Martinez and Jordi Alba too 😀

Spain starting 11

De Gea, Dominguez, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Botía, Javi Martinez, Koke, Mata, Isco, Muniain and Adrián.

Muniain for the Spain National team in 2014? // Muniain para La Selección Española 2014 en Brasil? Si, Si, Si!!!!! :mrgreen:

Iker Muniain, increíble y impresionante! el futuro de España!

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Spain Euro 2012 Final Squad Announced

Posted by Michael 84 on May 27, 2012

 

The Spain squad for Euro 2012 has been announced, and the big news is: Soldado is out, and Negredo is in. It is a surprise to me, Soldado has scored more goals this season, in total and in the league, and also hit a hattrick for Spain against Venezuela in February.

Every time I see a Spain squad they seem to choose fewer and fewer strikers, and this squad has 3 recognised out-and-out strikers; Torres, Llorente and Negredo. I think this is a risk, Negredo has missed out on all the previous squads for the finals, but has finally made this one. Torres has been out of form for a long time, and will really need to find some form. The most in form striker is Llorente, but is not a regular starter for Spain. Will Del Bosque go for 2 forwards like he did in the friendly against Serbia, or go for Torres/Llorente and a second striker?

Juanfran also keeps his place in defence, which leaves out the more Iraola and Monreal, and Javi Martinez added who has been playing in defence for Bilbao this season. The defence will be a change from the World Cup winning team.

The midfield looks strong as predicted, Cazorla has made this squad, probably in the place of a striker, with 4 players being able to play as attacking wingers such as Silva, Cazorla, Navas and Pedro, who scored twice for Barca at the weekend.

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Valdés and Reina.

Defenders: Arbeloa, Juanfran, Ramos, Piqué, Albiol, Javi Martínez and Jordi Alba.

Midfielders: Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Cazorla, Silva, Mata, Cesc, Pedro and Navas.

Forwards: Llorente, Torres and Negredo.

What do you think is the best 11?

My starting 11:

Casillas
Ramos, Piqué, Arbeloa, Jordi Alba
Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Silva
Llorente

It is tough, either Arbeloa or Albiol in defence; Should Spain go with 2 forwards? If only one should Llorente get picked ahead of Torres?

It is a very tough decision to pick the best 11. In previous tournaments it has been pretty easy to pick the 11, you could get 9 out of 11 correct, the last 2 decisions has always been to go for 2 strikers or 1 with a supporting player; Then you have to decide on the supporting player and striker.

Sadly, David Villa and Puyol both miss out due to injury. Cesc Fabregas is also said to be out for 10 days, but is included in the squad.

Spain play against South Korea on Wednesday and China on Sunday as their final warm up games before the Euro 2012 campaign starts on 10th June against Italy.

 

Spain Home Shirt 2011 & Spain Away Shirt 2011

Posted by Michael 84 on November 18, 2010

Like I mentioned yesterday, Spain have launched yet another shirt, this one will be the 2011 shirt, available to buy now. I am assuming this is only going to be used upto Euro 2012, and then release yet another shirt for that competition.

That’s loads of shirts Spain have released, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now this, making it 4 shirts in only 2 years! I supposed they have an excuse, there is a new badge on this one, for winning the world cup, aswell as the first design to officially have the star on it.

What do you think? I really like it. I know there are some people who dont, and saying it has too much blue in it, but I prefer them to have different designs, I hate it when a team like England bring out a new shirt and you can barely tell the difference between them.

Back to white for an away shirt. I prefer the gold or blue, but nevermind. Maybe they change the away colours every few years…last was blue, before was yellow, before that I think it was white; I remember in 2002 they had 3, using white as the away and blue as a 3rd. I have them all 😛

Spain 0 – 1 Swiss: What the HELL happened?!

Posted by Michael 84 on June 16, 2010

I cant believe it! Spain lose their opening game of the world cup! This really is a disaster! That means, if my maths is correct, they could actually go out even if they win their last 2 games! Chile won today, which means they can beat Switzerland, and then if Switzerland beat Honduras they will both have 6 points. Spain can only get a maximum 6 points. We need goals!!!

It was a good game, apart from the finishing. Spain just couldnt break down the Swiss defence, could not get a clear chance; the Swiss got one and bundled the ball into the net. Spain probably should have had a penalty with a foul on David Silva; Iniesta also got fouled by the last man and won a free kick and their player should have been sent off and wasnt.

Sergio Busquets didnt play well, he was probably the worst of the lot. But all the players who matter didnt look 100%, Iniesta and Xavi have had injury problems, Torres came on but didnt make an impact, and when he did David Villa didnt seem to touch the ball for about 15 minutes!

Spain need to improve, they didnt look the team that started in Euro 2008, despite having most of the same players, the same players who hammered Poland 6-0 the other week.

Today, “It” has come :)

Posted by Michael 84 on June 9, 2010

Hello lovely blog readers! How you doing? 🙂

I am good, let me tell you about my day.

Today when going to work it took aaaaaaages. They are doing something to the road i go on, and closed a lane. I was in the lane which was open, and the lane which was closed the cars had to get in my lane. There is a rule, which is, you indicate, and you wait until someone lets you in, this is the person BEHIND you, you dont try and get into a lane in front of another car, it isnt how its done.

Anyway this driver tried it on me. He was more or less alongside me, with a car in front of myself and his lane closing in on him. I had a look at his car, he didnt indicate, and thought he was just going to jump ahead of me. We came sooo close! I am not kidding if i had my window open i could have reached into his car. What a fucking tosser he was! I cant stand the ignorant twats on the road, he was an ugly middle aged freak, i actually cant believe how close he was, i almost went up onto the curb, but there was no way i would let him passed.

Here is a crappy image i made to show you.

Anyway, i was mad, fuming in fact. I was already in a hurry, i thought my special delivery was going to come, and i wanted to be home for it.

It did not come….Then, around 5pm, it did! :mrgreen:

It is the shirt i have wanted for ages, since the first time i saw it. It is the Spain away GK Shirt, the blue one, the one Iker Casillas seems to always wear instead of the green one. I felt like a very small child at Christmas! 😀

This has come all the way from Spain, and i am quite impressed with the delivery really, or probably just happy that i have it 😀

Its probably the first and only one in the UK! That is so cool. I know this because i have been looking around online for weeks and nobody had it! Even one store in Barcelona who i am in contact with said they could not get it. Well now i do! :mrgreen:

Here it is, this is better than any D&G, Prada or anything else, a special import for me! 😀

I am a happy, happy boy 😛

Spain 23-Man World Cup Squad Announced!

Posted by Michael 84 on May 20, 2010

WOW! Some interesting news here. The Final 23 players have been chosen for Spain, with a few suprises, to me if nobody else.

They announced their 30, and now trimmed it down to 23, here is the list, striked through obviously means not going.

Goalkeepers

Iker Casillas (captain) (age 28) Real Madrid
David de Gea  (age 19) Atlético Madrid
Diego López (age 28) Villarreal
Pepe Reina (age 27) Liverpool
Víctor Valdés (age 28) Barcelona

Defenders

Raúl Albiol (age 24) Real Madrid
Álvaro Arbeloa (age 27) Real Madrid
César Azpilicueta (age 20) Osasuna
Joan Capdevila (age 32) Villarreal
Carlos Marchena (age 30) Valencia
Gerard Piqué (age 23) Barcelona
Carles Puyol (1st vice-captain) (age 32) Barcelona
Sergio Ramos (age 24) Real Madrid

Midfielders

Xabi Alonso (3rd vice-captain) (age 28) Real Madrid
Sergio Busquets (age 21) Barcelona
Santi Cazorla (age 25) Villarreal
Cesc Fabregas (age 23) Arsenal
Xavi Hernández (2nd vice-captain) (age 30) Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta (age 26) Barcelona
Javi Martínez (age 21) Athletic Bilbao
Juan Mata (age 22) Valencia
Jesús Navas (age 24) Sevilla
Pedro Rodríguez (age 22) Barcelona
Marcos Senna (age 33) Villarreal
David Silva (age 24) Valencia

Strikers

Dani Güiza (age 29) Fenerbahce
Álvaro Negredo  (age 24) Sevilla
Fernando Llorente  (age 25) Athletic Bilbao
Fernando Torres  (age 26) Liverpool
David Villa  (age 28) Valencia

Suprising that 2 of the 5 out-and-out forwards are gone from the squad. Mata and Pedro could be considered forward players, aswell as Jesus Nevas and David Silva. If you include these names, that makes 7 forwards! 😀

So if it isnt clear the players not going are De Gea, Diego Lopez, Azpilicueta, Marcos Senna, Santi Cazorla, Dani Guiza and Alvaro Negredo.

Suprises are Marcos Senna, but maybe not, he is getting old (33) and has not had the best season, neither has Santi Cazorla who has had an injury plagued season.

Spain will play friendlies before the finals, which will be:

29th May vs Saudi Arabia (in Austria)
3rd June vs South Korea (in Austria)
8th June vs Poland (in Spain)

Then its the World Cup, and…

16th June vs Switzerland
21st June vs Honduras
25th June vs Chile

World Cup 2010: Who Isnt Going Roundup

Posted by Michael 84 on May 13, 2010

World Cup fever is beginning to come! 😀 Most teams have now announced their provisional squads, with suprises in some. Here is a list of players who havent been called up to their provisional squads (not including injuries).

Argentina
Esteban Cambiasso
Javier Zanetti
Fernando Gago
Gabriel Milito
Ever Banega
Juan Riquelme

Brazil
Ronaldinho
Adriano
Pato
Marcelo

France
Samir Nasri
Patrick Vieira
Karim Benzema
Philippe Mexes
Sebastien Frey

Italy
Francesco Totti
Antonio Cassano

England
Owen Hargreaves
Bobby Zamora
Paul Robinson
Carlton Cole

Spain
Bojan
Sergio Canales

Germany
Thomas Hitzlsperger
Christian Gentner
Marcel Schafer
Sascha Riether

Netherlands
Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Please note that these players are the ones not in the provisional squads. The provisional squads will also need to be cut to 23, which means there may be some more suprises for players who dont make the cut. Also note that these players could be included, FIFA allow any nation to call up any players, the provisional lists can change, although a player is not likely to be called up if he isnt in the provisional squad.

Biggest suprise for me is Argentina. Maradona has decided to call up some home-based players over experienced European based ones, such as Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti. Coloccini also gets a call-up and Barca’s Gabriel Milito does not.

Spain Provisional Squad for World Cup 2010

Posted by Michael 84 on May 12, 2010

The 30-man provisional Spain Squad has been announced, and i have to say i am happy and exicted! :mrgreen: The squad look soooo goood!!! 😀

Goalkeepers

Iker Casillas (captain) (age 28) Real Madrid
David de Gea  (age 19) Atlético Madrid
Diego López (age 28) Villarreal
Pepe Reina (age 27) Liverpool
Víctor Valdés (age 28) Barcelona

Defenders

Raúl Albiol (age 24) Real Madrid
Álvaro Arbeloa (age 27) Real Madrid
César Azpilicueta (age 20) Osasuna
Joan Capdevila (age 32) Villarreal
Carlos Marchena (age 30) Valencia
Gerard Piqué (age 23) Barcelona
Carles Puyol (1st vice-captain) (age 32) Barcelona
Sergio Ramos (age 24) Real Madrid

Midfielders

Xabi Alonso (3rd vice-captain) (age 28) Real Madrid
Sergio Busquets (age 21) Barcelona
Santi Cazorla (age 25) Villarreal
Cesc Fabregas (age 23) Arsenal
Xavi Hernández (2nd vice-captain) (age 30) Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta (age 26) Barcelona
Javi Martínez (age 21) Athletic Bilbao
Juan Mata (age 22) Valencia
Jesús Navas (age 24) Sevilla
Pedro Rodríguez (age 22) Barcelona
Marcos Senna (age 33) Villarreal
David Silva (age 24) Valencia

Strikers

Dani Güiza (age 29) Fenerbahce
Álvaro Negredo  (age 24) Sevilla
Fernando Llorente  (age 25) Athletic Bilbao
Fernando Torres  (age 26) Liverpool
David Villa  (age 28) Valencia

KEY: Purple Players No Caps

Ambitious naming 5 goalkeapers, only 3 will go. Some very attacking midfielders also in the squad, such as Mata, Silva, Navas and Pedro, who has been in good form for Barca this season; This looks like its been a very purposeful decision, with worries over the fitness of Torres.

I am going to guess the players which will not make the cut, and i will guess (providing no injuries) will be:

David de Gea, Víctor Valdés, César Azpilicueta, Javi Martínez, Pedro Rodríguez, Sergio Busquets , Dani Güiza.

Its hard to choose who to take out!!! Maybe Navas or Cazorla; Maybe one of the centre midfielders (Busquets); I suppose one forward will not make it so maybe Güiza…Who knows!?!? This is a good problem to have, too many players, unlike England, who have so many worries! 😉

I think all the players i want to get called up did, no space for Bojan, but looking at that squad it looks strong enough.

Barca Out of Champions League Despite Super Piqué

Posted by Michael 84 on April 28, 2010

Football fans, i am sad 🙁

Barca went out of the Champions League to Inter Milan tonight. They won 1-0, but lost the first leg 3-1 therefore loosing 3-2 on aggregate.

Inter had a man sent off after 30 minutes, Thiago Motta, ex-barca of all people, for raising his arm against Sergio Busquets.

So Barca had a man advantage for an hour, and could not make it count. Ibrahimović had a bad game, but Yaya Toure had a SHOCKING game!! He was terrible! He even played the whole 90 minutes, and wasnt taken off, whereas Ibrahimović was taken off for Bojan. Jefren also came on for Busquets, and Henry didnt even get a look in.

Piqué scored a wonder goal, after being told to play upfront for the last 10 minutes. At least we know he can play up their for Spain if needs be :mrgreen:

Bojan put the ball in the net late on, and it should have been the winner. But the referee disallowed the goal, for a handball by Toure, even though it was ball-to-hand and not handball.

Oh well, Barca are out. I have to say that Inter deserved to win because they did the job, got a vital 3rd goal at the San Siro and defended for their lives with 10 men tonight.

Fernando Torres out of World Cup?

Posted by Michael 84 on April 18, 2010

Noooooooooooooo!!! The unthinkable has happened!?

Fernando Torres has today went back to Spain for surgery on his knee, which means he is out for the rest of the season, and wont be fit again for around 6 weeks, the story broke tonight. This, obviously could heal quicker, or take longer, nobody will know until the operation is over.

Add to this Cesc Fabregas’ injury, which could mean he misses the world cup too, and also Andres Iniesta is facing a month out, three massive Spain stars could be missing for the World Cup in South Africa.

This is a huge blow for Spain 🙁

They are now being called “La Cruz Roja” which means “The Red Cross”, since all these players are injured.

I dont know if i would rather have these players there unfit, or have replacements. I am not sure who would play up front, Cesc could have played in a 5 man midfield with David Villa up front, but now with his and Iniesta’s injuries, Vicente Del Bosque has a job on his hands selecting the best squad and first 11 for the finals.

They play 3 friendly warm up games against Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Poland on 29 May 3 June and 8 June before their first game of the World Cup against Switzerland on 16 June. The squad must be named by 1 June.

Maybe Pedro from Barca should get a callup? Spain have a reputation of calling up a player who hasnt been capped before, such as Luque in 2002. Maybe Raúl will get a recall? I cant see that happening though.

Forwards which could play

David Villa
Dani Guiza
Fernando Llorente
Alvaro Negredo
Bojan
Pedro
Sergio Garcia

There are also attacking midfielders which could get a callup in replacement for a forward, such as Juan Mata and Pablo Hernandez of Valencia.

If it were me, i would take Fernando Torres, David Villa, Negredo, Llorente AND Bojan. Normally a squad only has 4 forwards, i would definatly take 5, and risk Torres, if he’s at least half fit.

Spain 2 – 0 France: What a good win!

Posted by Michael 84 on March 3, 2010

Spain beat France 2-0!!! :mrgreen: What a great victory, and a great performance! Spain played really well, and were in control the whole of the game. I was not nervous at all after the first 5 minutes, Spain had complete control of the game from start to finish.

David Villa scored the first goal, in 20 minutes, a beautiful pass from Iniesta which was meant for Silva but went through to Villa, who had the composure to score. Spain added a 2nd with Sergio Ramos, a great passing move, it always looked like it was going to end up as a goal and would have been a disgrace if it hadnt.

The 2nd half seen some changes throughout the game, Jesus Navas came on…He should be renamed rocket, as he was sooo quick! If Spain need to attack in the future they should play with him and David Silva, i think that would scare teams to death!

France hit the post, but that was about as close as they came, they were 2nd rate but Spain still played well.

I am happy with the game, we beat a good team comfortably, and started without a few players who may start at the world cup.

Team

Casillas
Sergio Ramos
Puyol
Pique
Arbeloa
Sergio Busquets
Xabi Alonso
Cesc
David Silva
Iniesta
David Villa
–Subs used–
Guiza
Torres
Xavi
Senna
Albiol
Jesus Navas

From my guess in the earlier post, i got 7/11 correct! not bad 🙂

Spain VS France – Vamos!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael 84 on March 3, 2010

Tonight Spain take on France in the Stade De France, a MASSIVE game! I hate it when Spain play France, too many bad memories….Euro 2000 the Raúl penalty miss 🙁 and 2006 the game where we had no defence and lost 3-1.

But since then we are a new Spain, and have beat France the last time we played in a friendly, and have beaten good teams in big competitions (Euro 2008).

I cant wait to see it! That is IF i can…It is supposed to be on TVEi, but there record for showing games isnt the best. Other channels it is on is Sport Italia (Italy) and TF1 (France).

Spain will be wearing their new away top (blue) i wrote about yesterday; Or so i hear.

The Spain Squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Diego Lopez (Villarreal).

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Juan Mata (Valencia), David Silva (Valencia).

Forwards: Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), David Villa (Valencia).

It would be good to see Jesus Nevas get some time, he only has 2 caps; Looking at that squad and knowing some other players, Spain has a very bright future ahead, sooo much better than England! :mrgreen:

My starting 11 from that squad:

Casillas
Sergio Ramos
Puyol
Pique
Capdevila
Senna
Iniesta
Xavi
David Silva
Torres
Villa

What do you think of the game tonight? What is your starting 11?