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Santi Cazorla leaving Arsenal for Atletico Madrid?

Santi Cazorla is Leaving Arsenal

Santi Cazorla leaving Arsenal for Atletico Madrid?

Santi Cazorla leaving for Atletico Madrid?

More bad news for Arsenal fans having seemingly missed out on Gonzalo Higuain. According to Spanish radio station, Onda Cero, Santi Cazorla is about to sign for Atletico Madrid.

Having already snatched David Villa from in front of both the Gunners’ and Tottenham’s noses, Atletico are now hoping to spend some more of the massive fee they commanded for Radamel Falcao, this time on Arsenal’s prized asset.

Onda Cero have reported that Cazorla is not overly happy with his life in London. They say the fee will be 20 million euros, meaning, if it does indeed go through, that they will still have more than half of the money left from the Falcao transfer despite having signed two of Spain’s best players in Villa and the ex Villarreal and Malaga playmaker Cazorla.

It is believed Atletico have already made the bid and now we just wait to see Arsenal’s response.

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Heskey or Falcao

Abramovich Targets Falcao/Higuain

Heskey or FalcaoAccording to Mundo Deportivo Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has listed Radamel Falcao as his number 1 target and also wants to sign Gonalo Higuain as his back up striker.
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Messi breaks Muller's record!

Messi breaks Muller’s world record

Messi breaks Muller's record!Just 25 minutes in and he’s done it! 86 goals in a calendar year. Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona and it’s that man Lionel Messi that bags a brace to break the world record of goals scored in a calendar year held by Gerd Muller.

Can he now go on to equal Falcao and score five??

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Falcao 5 goal Pichichi

Falcao bags 5 in Pichichi race

Falcao 5 goal PichichiRadamel Falcao tonight scored 5 goals in Atletico Madrid’s 6-0 drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna! A first half brace followed up by an 8 minute second half hattrick saw Falcao jump from 11 goals to 16, leap-frogging Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in to second place in the race for the Pichichi 2012-2013. It’s the first time one player has scored 5 in La Liga for 10 years.

He remains 5 goals behind Lionel Messi who will play later this evening in Barcelona’s away game at Real Betis down in Andalusia. Messi himself is looking to break Gerd Muller’s record tally of 85 goals in a calendar year and just needs two to do just that. A few days ago it seemed like Messi may fall short of the record and lose ground in the Pichichi battle as he seemed to suffer a bad injury in the Champions League. However, the man, or perhaps machine, has recovered to come back instantly.

How Aston Villa fans have been made to suffer from afar since their club decided against spending £7m on Falcao in 2009 as they opted for Emile Heskey instead. Falcao is now widely regarded as the best out and out striker in world football and is Breaking the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly in La Liga’s Pichichi race.

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Top 15 World Footballers by Market Value

Top 15 Footballers by Market Value

Rooney-Aguero-Falcao-Transfer-ValueAs the January transfer window approaches, AS look at who is worth the most in the transfer market and discover that there are 15 players in the world that are valued at more than €40m.

The Madrid-based paper have highlighted the fact that 9 of the top 15 play in the Spanish La Liga. Just three players from the Premiership make the top 15: Rooney in 4th position is valued at €60.2m; Aguero is 7th (€53.7); and Hazard is 11th (€43.7).

Valued at €140m Lionel Messi tops the list compiled by Brazilian consultants, Pluriconsultoria , and the rest of the top 15 is as follows:

Top 15 World Footballers by Market Value

Messi – €140m
Ronaldo – €96.3m
Iniesta – €68.4m
Rooney – €60.2m
Falcao – €56.1m
Neymar – €55m
Aguero – €53.7m
Fabregas – €51m
Silva – €51m
Ozil – €44m
Hazard – €43.7m
Di Maria – €43.6m
Benzema – €42.5m
Thiago Silva – €40.5m
Buquets – €40m

So that’s four from Barcelona, 4 from Real Madrid, 1 from Atletico Madrid and one each from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Pluriconsultoria analyse 16 factors to come to their conclusions including age, technical quality, finishing ability (passes as well as shots), force, position, level of championship, titles and international appearances. All sounds a bit championship manager really. Of the above you’d thik only Falcao and possibly Neymar would move in January, and if they do I wonder how close it would be to the value given above. Sadly for Spurs fans Gareth Bale doesn’t make the top 15 so according to this publication could be off for less than €40m. Doubtful though isn’t it.

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Messi scores against Athletic Bilbao

A Mess in the Pichichi Standings

Messi scores against Athletic Bilbao

After this weekend of matches there is now a mess with the Pichichi classification and it’s not the first time it’s happened.

After his 2 goals at the weekend in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, Leo Messi extended his lead at the top of this year’s Pichichi. But should he be tied at the top with another player (ahem, Ronaldo) then there will be all sorts of uproar.

There was similar controversy in both 2004-05 and 2010-11, stemming from the awarding of goals by Marca newspaper. Now, despite there being an official count of the league top scorer, the prestigious Pichichi trophy is set up and awarded by Marca newspaper, and Marca don’t use the official goals panel to decide who scored the goals. They decide themselves.

In 2004-05 Diego Forlan won the Pichichi outright, with 25 goals awarded. This, however, despite Samuel Eto’o also being officially labelled as scoring the same amount with Barca. This is because Marca only gave him 24, attributing a goal against his old club, Mallorca, to Deco (despite official arbitrators giving it to Eto’o).

This also had an effect on the European Golden Boot (now called Golden Shoe!). The ‘Bota de Oro’ (Golden Boot) is the award presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league games from the top level of every European league. It uses the Pichichi standings and as such Eto’o missed out on a share of that as well (although, he made up for it by winning both the Pichichi and Golden Boot the following year).

Then for the 2010-2011 Pichichi Marca awarded Ronaldo the prize and listed him as having 41 goals, despite the official tally being just 40. They had given him a goal officially awarded to Pepe. This didn’t matter in terms of competition with others as 40 would also have won it, but it did mean the new Pichichi record he had set was a goal greater than it should otherwise have been. Though it only took a season for the record to be knocked out of the water as Messi racked up a cool 50 goals the following season (last year).

This time the official count gives Messi Barca’s second goal against Athletic but Marca refuse to do so as they say the goal was an own goal by defender Amorebieta, who, in his eagerness to clear Messi’s goal-bound chip, tipped the ball in to the net.

So, the goal is officially Messi’s, but not for the Pichichi Trophy organiser, Madrid’s daily Newspaper.

Right now, although the detail is serious, it is irrelevant because Messi is tyrannical leader of the classification of La Liga’s sharp shooters. Cristiano is currently second with 13 ‘targets’ and Falcao has 11. But if for some reason the final battle would end in a tie, there would be a big problem.

Messi scores against Athletic Bilbao

After this weekend of matches there is now a mess with the Pichichi classification and it’s not the first time it’s happened.

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Spanish Football News: Round up of last few days

Spanish Football News: Round up of last few days

Video of what the papers say in Spain:

More on the Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid story.

Racism alert: Espanyol’s Ghanian player, Wakasa, accuses referees of targeting him for his colour.

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale to ask for a move to Real Madrid. Spurs will accept €60m. Madrid won’t pay.

Jose Mourinho talks to Maicon after Man City Champions League clash and pokes fun at Rafa Benitez, describing him as ‘the fat one’ and joking that Marco Materazzi will probably join him -a sarcastic comment based on Materazzi’s great dislike of Benitez. Reminded me of this great video of Mourinho and Materazzi crying when parting for the final time.

More about Mourinho’s strained relationship with the board and Perez in particular, currently at it’s lowest point.

Brazil sure Guardiola ‘would sign tomorrow’.

Cristiano Ronaldo €125m move to PSG.

Barcelona could play in the French league if Catalonia gain independence.

Barcelona win 4-0 away at high flying Levante in best performance of the season, and this with (after Alves went off injured in 13th minute) 11 players that came through their youth set up at La Masia! – Valdez, Montoya – Puyol – Pique – Alba, Xavi – Busquets – Iniesta, Pedro -Fabregas – Messi.

6 Spanish players in top 15 midfielders of the year.

Stoke City and Liverpool chasing Lazio’s 25 year old striker, Mauro Zárate.

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Messi one less game | Barca sex promise | Falcao City bound?

Messi one less game | Barca sex promise | Falcao City bound?

Today’s video shorts:

The second legs of the next round of the Spanish Copa del Rey have been postponed until January meaning Pichichi perfectionist, Leonel Messi, has one game less to break Muller’s record.

A porn star who is a massive Barca fan has offered a night of passion with any Barcelona fan if Barcelona win the league this season. Don’t worry, she has a wide taste with her own choices, were she to have free reign, being Puyol, Xavi and Messi.

Falcao again left out of Los Colchoneros side in Europe last night meaning he’s still not cup tied should he move club. Mundo suggest that he’s destined for Man City.

APOLOGIES FOR POOR VIDEO QUALITY

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Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid?

Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid?

Marca have released a poll which says that Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez are the fans’ favourites to fill the boots of Radamel Falcao should he leave Atletico Madrid. Currently third in the Pichichi, Falcao is attracting a lot of interest from the media and various big clubs.

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Mourinho to PSG, Ronaldo to Man U, Reina to leave Liverpool, Falcao to one of 4 Prem clubs

Mourinho to PSG, Ronaldo to Man U, Reina to leave Liverpool, Falcao to one of 4 Prem clubs

In today’s video:

The Ronaldo return to Manchester United Story

In response to what we reported last week that Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and return to Manchester United, both Mundo and AS quote Ferguson today, with Madrid based AS making this story a front page feature. Both papers quote Ferguson as saying that he would like it to happen but that it would be practically impossible to sign Ronaldo right now at the peak of his career because he would cost too much. He says possibly one of the Russian clubs could afford him but that ‘CR7’ used to complain of English winters so doubts he’d go there.

PSG want Ronaldo and Mourinho

Al Thani, owner of PSG wants to lure not only Ronaldo, but also Mourinho to Paris. Mundo say Mourinho wants to live in London from next season and coach PSG (only 2 hours by train). AS also speculate as they report on a story from the Daily Mail that Mou’s wife and daughter were in London on Friday to enrol his 16 year old daughter on a Fine Art course at Camberwell College of Arts.

Mancini knows more than Morinhou

Mundo report that Roberto Mancini’s son, Andrea, has come out ahead of the Man City v Madrid game and said that Mancini knows more about football that Mourinho.
Andrea is well known to Oldham fans after his one appearance for them in 2011. He was on loan from City at the time having been signed by his dad from Inter, where he spent 3 years having been signed up by his dad there. In total he made 0 appearances for either City or Inter and a total of 11 appearances on loan during this time. Having been released by his dad at the end of last season he failed in a trial at League 1 Bournemouth and he’s now plying his trade at Valladolid B in the fourth tier of Spanish football. By plying his trade we mean he’s on their books, though he’s not yet turned out for them!

Man City to raid players and staff from Barcelona

Staying with Man City, and following on from our video last week citing Barca’s fear of City raiding their youth setup, Mundo today report that Man City are interested in players such as Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets, Raul Sanllehi from the technical staff and the newest target, Doctor Ricard Pruna from the medical staff.

Shorts

  • AS – Kaka to Italy.
  • Mundo -Reina to leave Liverpool.

La Liga stars tend to leave for Premiership, Falcao is next – Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester clubs battle it out

MARCA have an article entitled ‘The English Supermarket’ today. They talk of all of the players that move from Spain to England: Football is no stranger to the economic crisis plaguing Spain and thus many players are now moving abroad, particularly to the Premiership. They cite Rafa Benitez as the first to regularly fish from the La Liga lake, catching Torres, Xabi Alonso, Reina, Luis Garcia and Morientes, with players such as Cazorla, Aguero, Silva, Mata, Yaya Toure, Owen and Coloccini taking the bait since. English clubs have transferred over €300m to La Liga in the past decade (so surely this is actually of benefit regarding the crisis?!). Players such as Fabregas and Pique also moved, for free. More recent English acquisitions have been Suso, Bellerín, Pozo and Denis Suarez.

…Then a separate article, entitled ‘Heading to the Premiership’ talks about Chelsea, Man United, Man City and Spurs all fighting to get their hands on Radamel Falcao. It quotes Falcao as saying, “One day I’d like to go to a different team in a different league, but I have 3 years left on my contract and right no the reality is Atletico Madrid”. Marca speculate whether this move may come to fruition sooner than expected: Falcao has not been selected for any Europa League games this year, adding weight to the theory he may be off in January, but Falcao himself says this is nothing to do with the possibility of him leaving, but is a ‘precaution’.

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