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Girona v Barcelona In Miami Could Be Cancelled

The plans to stage a La Liga match in the United States has been plunged into doubt following a meeting between the Spanish FA and FIFA.

The Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, FIFA head Gianni Infantino and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez have all voiced their disapproval of the move – which has caused discontent and havoc among managers and players – after holding a meeting in Madrid this week.

According to Spanish publication Marca, it is now ‘highly unlikely’ that plans for Barcelona to face Girona in Miami in January will go ahead amid the country’s political standoff with Catalonia.

Spain’s anti-doping agency AEPSAD has told ESPN FC it is investigating the growth hormone injection allegedly given to Denis Cheryshev by Villarreal.

Cheryshev, who scored four goals in five World Cup games for Russia as they reached the World Cup quarterfinals, denied taking a banned substance following remarks attributed to his father, Dimitri, in a Russian publication last year.

The publication reported Dimitri Cheryshev as saying Villarreal staff had administered the growth hormone to treat an injury, but later said he had meant to refer to a legal substance “growth factor” and was misunderstood.

Saul is the new Steven Gerrard, Luis Enrique is an inspired choice as new coach, and bring on next summer’s Final Four. They were some of the reactions to Spain’s 6-0 win over Croatia.

The only negative on a night when Croatia had been made to look like minnows was the fact that all this came two months too late for the World Cup finals.

The magnitude of Luis Enrique’s start certainly magnified the chance that was lost in Russia. Saul – the new engine at the heart of Spain’s midfield – did not play a single minute of football at the World Cup.

Courtois Was The Bargain Signing Of The Summer

The first CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post of the 2018/19 season looked at the transfers that took place over the summer and identified who the bargains were. What players were purchased below their fair market values? They also identified the players that teams overpaid the most for.

According to the report, the bargain of the summer was Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who moved to Real Madrid for €40m, a €22.6m discount on his real market value of €62.6m.

Spain Dominates FIFPro World XI Nominations

FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA have announced the 55 names in contention for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from almost 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries. During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

This year’s list includes some familiar names, and standout statistics. Ten of last year’s World11 return to make the 55-man list, with Real Madrid the most-represented club side, seeing a full 11 players make the cut. Spain (nine) and France (eight) are the countries with the most players represented on the list.

Caparros: Seville Derby Cannot Be Played Abroad

Sevilla Director of Football Joaquin Caparros believes the Seville derby between his club and Real Betis “cannot be allowed to move to the US.”

Girona’s clash with Barcelona in late January is said to be the first La Liga game to be played abroad while a series of others are set to follow.

“Sevilla against Betis cannot be allowed to move to the US,” Caparros is cited as saying by Diario AS.

“This derby is very different from the other games and must be played here. You cannot move to the United States, to allow it away from the people.

UEFA To Add A Third Club Tournament

UEFA have confirmed the introduction of a third new European trophy by 2021/22 alongside the Champions League and Europa League.

Andrea Agnelli, the executive of UEFA competitions committee confirmed the news on Tuesday following long-term reports that such a tournament would introduced.

“Pending approval of the UEFA ExCo, the ‘green light’ has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021/22 season,” Agnelli told assembled members, as reported by The European Club Association.

“A detailed assessment of the existing International Match Calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024. The current model needs modernising.”

Barcelona To Play Girona In Miami

The idea of a Spanish game being played in North America has proved controversial, but the date for the first clash appears to have been decided

Barcelona, Girona and La Liga (LFP) have put forward a request to the Spanish FA (RFEF) that they be allowed to play a fixture in Miami, Florida later this season.

In a statement issued by the LFP, Girona’s ‘home’ match against the Catalans could be switched to the Hard Rock Stadium on January 26.

Courtois To Start For Real Madrid In Bilbao

Thibaut Courtois will retain his place in Real Madrid’s starting line-up for the weekend clash at Athletic Club Bilbao, according to Marca.

The Belgian international joined the European champions in a €35m deal last month but Keylor Navas retained his place for the first three competitive matches this season.

The Costa Rican played against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup before keeping his place for the opening league fixtures against Getafe and Girona.

Courtois debuted on September 1 against Leganes and conceded a penalty, but he hardly had anything to do.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić has been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2017/18.

Modrić beat off competition from former Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who joined him on the three-man shortlist announced on 20 August. The Croatian international received the trophy on stage in Monaco during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw. He was also named UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season.