ATLETICO DE MADRID CELEBRATES EUROPA LEAGUE IN MADRID

Madrid is having plenty of Football street celebrations of late with ATLETICO DE MADRID doing their EUROPA LEAGUE CHAMPIONS homage to the city & all their fans this afternoon-evening. Real Madrid had their glory moment last week, today Atletico de Madrid did their visiting to local authorities, the traditional bus ride & claiming of the "Neptune God Water-Fountain" with Club colours.

Atletico de Madrid Europa League 2012

Some hundreds of thousands plus fans celebrated with their heroes in the centre of Madrid. While Atletico visited religious & government institutions to be received as Champions. 


The joy , as normal in this case, overflowed from all the players & onto the people on the streets with Club chants & the habitual Football chants & dancing



One of the most cheered was Coach Simeone along with forward Falcao whose future at the Club, believe it or not , is not at all clear. Atletico may not be able to pay his salary if they do not make Champions table positions & Falcao - voted player of the Europa League tournament - has Clubs across Europe knocking at his door.

Whatever happens lets enjoy this especial moment.


EUROPA LEAGUE 2011-2012 | ATLETICO DE MADRID CHAMPIONS

The winner tonight was SPANISH FOOTBALL. The only sad event is that unfortunately there can only be one winner, in this case,  ATLETICO DE MADRID which proclaimed themselves EUROPA LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2011 - 2012 after defeating fellow Spanish Club ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO 3 - 0. Atletico managed to win the Europa League Cup again with the last time being back in 2010.

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Falcao

Atletico de Madrid started strong & pressured up front while Bilbao was still calming down from the nerves of the Final. In one of those "nervous" moments FALCAO did a marvellous individual play piece when he "found-created" a shot that found the back of net in the 6th min. It was an extraordinary goal that shook Bilbao & sent a message of intentions.

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Miranda - Llorente

Bilbao reacted & bettered their play controlling more the ball & creating chances. But Atletico tonight was concentrated & was tactically almost perfect with maximum discipline in defence that cancelled out the majority of the Bilbao opportunities. In fact, Atletico had a clear plan, defensive discipline, pressure upfront & counter-attack Football. In one of those occasions FALCAO again did "his party trick" & individually created a magical goal in the 34th min that took Atletico half way home.  

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Diego

The second half saw Bilbao make 3 changes & push the team forward to look for the goal that would help them attempt a comeback. But defenders Godin, Miranda, Juan Fran & Felipe Luis stopped all the Bilbao efforts & Atletico goalkeeper Courtois was secure & made a goal save that pushed Atletico closer to the title.

Then in the 85th min DIEGO sentenced with an individual play of stop-go-start Football & a crossed-shot to find the net for the 3rd goal. It was clear here that Atletico would be European Champions.

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Falcao

The man of the match was "Mr Europa League" , FALCAO with his 2 goals that confirmed him as the Europa League Top goalscorer - again. The Colombian simply put in a perfect night of World-class Football , as did his team.



From Spanish Football Sports, & me as an Atletico fan, congratulations to Atletico de Madrid,  & also to Athletic de Bilbao for being grand finalist & wishing them luck for the Spanish Cup Final coming up soon.


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CARLES PUYOL WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY MISS EURO 2012

As the SPANISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE season comes to a close the upcoming EURO 2012 Championship beings taking over the spotlight. The SPANISH NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM goes in as defending European Champions & FIFA World Champions & thus are considered "hot favourites".

However today we all received some bad news as FC BARCELONA & Spanish International defender CARLES PUYOL announced that he will be submitted to a knee intervention in the coming days that will sideline him for the following 6 - 7 weeks.


Spanish Football Team Euro 2012
Carles Puyol

This means that he basically will miss the upcoming Euro 2012 Championship. A big blow to the Spanish National Football Team as it loses one of the Best defenders in European Football, with all the experience & leadership qualities that would have helped so much SPAIN attempt the maintain the European Nations crown. 


The natural substitute is Real Madrid player SERGIO RAMOS along with another possibility in JAVI MARTINEZ of Athletic Club Bilbao.

From here we wish Puyol a speedy recovery.


REAL MADRID TEAM PHOTO SEASON 2011 - 2012

Found this pic that I thought may interest all the global Football readers & especially REAL MADRID followers. It´s one of the very latest team photos of the SPANISH LEAGUE Champions for season 2011-2012.

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Team photo: Real Madrid CF season 2011-2012

Top L to R: Pepe, Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Benzema & Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bottom L to R: Casillas, Di Maria, Marcelo, Arbeloa & Ozil

This line-up is considered the "Best XI" by local fans & local comentators.

If I discover other team photos  I will gladly post them as well.

MESSI 50 GOALS ON COURSE FOR EL PICHICHI

With just one Round left to go of the current SPANISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE season there is a clear run away candidate to win the "El Pichichi" Award - Top Spanish League goal scorer - & in doing so the European Golden Boot Award.

With is 4 goals yesterday against RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona player LIONEL MESSI takes his personal LIGA tally to 50 GOALS, this is an historic record smashing figure for Spanish Football. But there is more, his all competitions season tally is currently on 72 goals 
(50 Liga, 14 Champions League, 2 Spanish Cup Copa del Rey, 3 Spanish Super cup , 1 European Super Cup & 2 World Clubs World Champions Cup). Simply amazing!


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Messi 2012

In second place is Cristiano Ronaldo also with an amazing figure of 45 goals. With just one Round left, it seems almost out of reach catching Messi as the Real Madrid player would need to score 5 goals to equalize or 6 goals to surpass, & that without Messi scoring more in his last seasons game. 

Here is the current Spanish League goal tally after 37 rounds:

Lionel Messi 50 goals 
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 45
Falcao (At.Madrid) 23 
Higuaín (Real Madrid) 22
Benzema (Real Madrid) 20

REAL MADRID CELEBRATE LIGA TITLE IN MADRID

As the old saying goes, "...long time between drinks", or in the REAL MADRID CF case Spanish League titles. The last time Real Madrid won LA LIGA it was back in season 2007 - 2008 & all the unreleased built up "tension" exploded with joy today in the city of Madrid when the players celebrated the title with the city, the fans & they did the traditional offering of the Club colours to the "Diosa - Goddess - Cibeles" Fountain situated in the heart of Madrid.

As there are many readers of Spanish Football Sports around the planet which follow Real Madrid I thought some pics courtesy of "Marca" may interest & maybe appreciated.


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Iker Casillas

Captain IKER CASILLAS was in charge of offering the "Cibeles Goddess" the Club colours in homage for her guiding ways...Hundreds of thousands of fans packed the the city & area to praise their heroes & likewise the Club & players give back the warmth with many thank yous. 

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Iker Casillas - Cristiano Ronaldo

As usual with these occasion & celebrations everyone let their hair down & the habitual pics of fun were taken & distributed through the social media channels

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Some celebrated their very first Spanish League title as in this pic with Ozil & Khedira.


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Plus everyone was in a festive mood.

The Spanish League has two more matches left to celebrate & the fellas will need to get their heads back into the work groove this weekend. Coach Mourinho may use these last games to give players who have played little a run.

The Club & players are believed to be continuing on with celebrations...


SPANISH FOOTBALL - LIGA - WEDNESDAY MID-WEEK RESULTS | REAL MADRID SPANISH CHAMPIONS

SPANISH FOOTBALL tonight with the rest of the 7 games scheduled in the mid-week fixture played. The news is that REAL MADRID CF won its match & mathematically proclaimed themselves CHAMPIONS for season 2011-2012 of the SPANISH LEAGUE. Its their 32 LIGA title & they won it with 2 Rounds still left of the season.

SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012
Real Madrid celebrate the Liga title

Here are all the final results of tonight's games with all the scorers.

SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012
Puyol

FC BARCELONA did their best to attempt to delay any celebrations by Real Madrid defeating MALAGA 4 - 1. LIONEL MESSI scored a HAT-TRICK ( 35th & 59th both penalties, & in the 64th min ) along with PUYOL which opened the scoring in the 13th min. For Malaga RONDON managed their only goal in the 26th min.

Lionel Messi (46) currently overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo (44) by two goals in the Spanish League Top scorer race, a competition that will go to the wire with 2 more Rounds left to play.

SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012
Sevilla - Real Betis

SEVILLA FC lost the big city derby 1 - 2 against REAL BETIS. The highlights were the two Betis goals, both free kicks, marvellously executed by BEÑAT in the 43rd min & 92nd min. Sevilla scored first via NEGREDO in the 5th min. A heated match, as expected, with yellow cards & Sevilla player Medal set off in the 91st min.


SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012
Real Mallorca

REAL MALLORCA won 1 - 0 RAYO VALLECANO with the CASTRO 61st min goal, which took away the needed point from Rayo to secure their place in the Spanish Football elite & away from relegation. Rayo still face danger.


SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012
Real Zaragoza - Levante

The loss by Rayo Vallecano benefited REAL ZARAGOZA which won 1 - 0 LEVANTE & that keeps their slim hopes alive of avoiding the relegation. The magic & important goal came via EDU ORIOL in the 10th min. The "faith-hope" flame keeps burning at Zaragoza.

SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012
At.Madrid

As many have become use to - myself as an Atletico fan - ATLETICO DE MADRID allowed themselves to be drawn by REAL SOCIEDAD in the very last minute to finish in a 1 - 1 final result. This sour draw for Atletico means that they can kiss good-bye an hope of getting into Champions League positions as it was a priority objective.

GABI opened the scoring for Atletico in the 54th min & Real Sociedad drew via VELA in the 91st min.


SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012
Ozil scores

REAL MADRID
needed to win to proclaim themselves Spanish League Champions & they did just that winning 0 - 3 away against ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO. A top game with posts from both sides & a missed penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo, plus controversy in both penalty areas.


The goals came from HIGUAIN in the 16th min, OZIL from a CR7 pass in the 20th min & CRISTIANO ROANLDO in the 50th min. The match, as said, was for big boys & Javi Martinez of Bilbao was sent off in the 72nd min & at the end Cristiano Ronaldo had a run-in with the local fans & some Bilbao players. Nothing serious but a tension release moment.

SPANISH FOOTBALL 2012
Jonas for Valencia CF

VALENCIA CF wishes to secure their 3º rd place on the ladder & did so winning 4 - 0 OSASUNA. Hard fought out game that was settled late in the match with two goals from ADURIZ ( 78th & 88th min) & two goals for JONAS ( 82nd & 89th min). 


From Spanish Football Sports congratulations to Real Madrid for this seasons LIGA title.

IFFHS | FC BARCELONA BEST FOOTBALL CLUB IN THE WORLD

The FIFA backed IFFHS ( International Federation of  Football History & Statistics ) has released its periodical list of the "Best Football Clubs in World Soccer". FC BARCELONA continues in the top spot as "The Best Football Club in the World" with a record 44 times in that position since the IFFHS began releasing this type of report. Close behind in second place is REAL MADRID CF, plus two more Spanish Football Clubs - ATLETICO DE MADRID & ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO are in the Top 10

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Here is the Top 10 list :



1. FC Barcelona (Spain) 367 pts
2. Real Madrid (Spain) 306,0 "
3. CD Universidad de Chile (Chile) 304,5 "
4. FC Bayern Múnich (Germany) 287,0 "
5. Club Atlético de Madrid (Spain) 278,0 "
6. CA Vélez Sarsfield (Argentina) 264,0 "
7. Chelsea FC Londres (England) 245,0 "
8. Athletic Club de Bilbao (Spain) 244,0 "
9. Sporting Clube Lisboa (Portugal) 235,5 "
10. CR Vasco da Gama Río (Brazil) 235,0 ".