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UEFA ALL TIME TOP 10 COACHES

UEFA has published their 10 All-Time Football Coaches, trainers who have left an impact on European Football during the UEFA era according to the Soccer Organization.

Below is the list & the motive that puts them in such prestigious status.

On this list Spanish Football has native Vicente del Bosque, although personally I miss Luis Aragones which is the real figure that brought Spain into an era of World Football domination - including a European Nations Championship - which latter latest 8 years. Luis Aragones changed the "Spanish Football mentally" into Winners.

Full list:
  • Brian Clough: football's ultimate iconoclast
  • Johann Cruyff: the man who reinvented FC Barcelona
  • Vicente del Bosque: Real Madrid and Spain's "soft" power
  • Sir Alex Ferguson: United's master tactician
  • Helenio Herrera: the King of the Italian "catenaccio"
  • Udo Lattek: Bayern's 1970s - kingpin
  • Valeri Lobanovskiy: The Football scientist
  • Rinus Michels: the architecht of 'Total Football'
  • Jose Mourinho: the 'Special One'(Oporto, Chelsea FC & Inter Milan)
  • Arrigo Sacchi: master of the Italian renaissance with AC Milan
Johan Cruyff FC Barcelona


REAL MADRID | MOST VALUABLE CLUB IN THE WORLD

The most valuable Football Club in World Soccer in 2016 is Real Madrid, according to the Finance magazine "Forbes". In second place is another Spanish Football Club FC Barcelona with the next in the Nº15 place, Atletico de Madrid

The most valuable Football Club in World Soccer in 2016 is Real Madrid


The most valuable Football Club in World Soccer in 2016 is Real Madrid


The most valuable Football Clubs in World Soccer in 2016


FIFA BEST AWARDS | CRISTIANO RONALDO THE BEST 2016

FIFA handed this evening their "BEST AWARDS" after "breaking" with France Football which now gives the Golden Ball Award. As expected Real Madrid forward CRISTIANO RONALDO culminated 2016 with another prize, his 16th individual Award, this time with the "FIFA BEST PLAYER 2016".

The unfortunate news of the evening was the "boycott" by FC Barcelona which "did not allow" their nominated players: Iniesta, Pique, Luis Suarez & Messi ( also nominated for "Best 2016") to attend. The real reason is their disagreements with FIFA over "under-aged players" sanctions, & the fact the "Court of Arbitration in Sport" sanctioned in favour of Real Madrid for similar accusations. FC Barcelona believes FIFA favours Real Madrid, which in itself obviously needs to be proven. 


The action of not attending has damaged seriously FC Barcelona profile & their Worldwide image as their dominance of World Soccer begins to decline. What is worse, Lionel Messi has involved himself in all this racket being nominated as "Best Player" & we all will want to know if this decision was voluntary.

FC Barcelona has claimed officially that their players are concentrated for their upcoming Spanish Cup qualifier return match, a game they need to win to stay alive in the competition after losing 2 -1 away to Athletic Club Bilbao. Naturally no one believes this story as Barça has never given the Spanish Cup the "priority" they have until today.

In all case, the damage has been done image wise.


BEST FIFA PLAYER 2016

FIFA Best Player 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Real Madrid CF)

The voting was in the following porportions: 
Cristiano Ronaldo 34,54% Votes
Lionel Messi 26.42%
Griezmann 7,53%

Spanish Football dominated as well the Best XI team 2016... Real Madrid contributed to the best 11 with 5 players, while Barça had 4 & Atletico de Madrid was represented with Griezmann. The inexplicable part of this voting was that Griezmann was voted 3rd Best Player for 2016, but did not manage to make the Best XI. Again FIFA shows its incoherent side as in past Awards & has lifted some eyebrows. 

FIFA BEST 11 FIFPRO 2016:
GOALKEEPER: Neuer (FC Bayern Munich/ Germany)

DEFENCE: Alves (Barcelona y Juventus / Brazil), Pique (FC Barcelona / Spain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid / Spain) & Marcelo (Real Madrid / Brazil) 

MIDFIELDERS: Luka Modric (Real Madrid / Croatia), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid / Germany) & Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona / Spain)

FORWARDS: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona / Argentina), Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona / Uruguay) & Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF / Portugal)

FIFA BEST XI FIFPRO 2016

OTHER FIFA BEST AWARDS:

FIFA Best Player Female 2016
Carli Lloyd (USA)

FIFA Best Coach 2016 Male
Claudio Ranieri (Italy/Leicester)

FIFA Best Coach 2016 Female
Silvia Neid (Germany)

Puskas Prize Best Goal 2016
Mohd Faiz bin Subri (Malaysia)

FIFA Honarific Prize for career (Indoor Football)
Falcao (Brazil)

Overall a great evening of mates & marketing to give World exposure to Football, FIFA & past players. The "family" always looks after "the family".

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016 | THANK YOU

Another year coming to an end & its Xmas time. From here a Merry Christmas to all the Spanish Football Sports readers around the World. Thanks for you continued support! Its been now 11 years with the Blog & you (the reader) keep it going. Back posting in a few days. Stay Safe! 


REAL MADRID 4 - KASHIMA ANTLERS 2 | FIFA WORLD CLUBS CHAMPIONS FINAL

Spanish Football Club Real Madrid have crowned themselves FIFA World Clubs Champions after defeating Japanese Club Kashima Antlers 4 - 2 in extra-time in the Final. Tough game which surprised everyone with Kashima putting in an excellent performance & could have taken the Final.

In the end the huge physical effort put in by the Japanese made them pay the price of allowing spaces & dropping in concentration. This & some bad luck - Antlers hit the post in extra-time - allowed Real Madrid to pull away in the final part of this very interesting encounter. 


Real Madrid

Kashima had their plan & never swayed from it throughout the whole match. Intense marking & defending looking for counter-attacks. Real Madrid may have sinned of going into this Final with "over confidence" but soon were put back to Earth by Kashima. Real Madrid got ahead first with Karim Benzema opening with his 9th min goal. However, Kashima then gradually gained control & equalized in the 43rd min through Shibasaki & went ahead in the 51st min, again Shabaski.

Real Madrid FIFA Cups Champions Fianl

Danger lights appeared & Real Madrid put in an extra effort to find the equalizer in the 60th min through a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after Lucas Vazquez was fouled in the goal area. The match was then end to end stuff & Real Madrid was suffering up to the 90th min. Kashima was dominating totally & took the game into extra-time.

It was during the extra-time that Real Madrid pulled from experience, quality & pride as Kashima fell in intensity & tiredness took its toll. In two actions Cristiano Roanldo scored in the 98th min & again in the 118th min to get his HAT-TRICK. Curiously Ronaldo had been playing badly & having an ordinary night until he exploded in just 10-15 mins.

The controversial moment was when the referee forgave a possible second yellow card to Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. Had it been shown it would have left Real Madrid with 10 men & given Kashima a big advantage. No doubt this will be a big talking point post-match.

Lastly, outstanding game from Modric, Benzema & Lucas Vazquez, while Navas made some important saves.

Another title for Real Madrid which claims the World Clubs Champions title to rounds off an extraordinary 2016. 


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