Ten best footballers in Spain, today

Fan at FC Porto football ground, Portugal

According to leading English newspaper The Guardian‘s international panel of experts, and based on a combination of current form and overall ability,

SIX of the eight best football players in the world today play for Spanish clubs Barçelona and Real Madrid.

Each judge on the panel was asked one simple question: “Who have been the 40 best players in the world in 2013?”  When the results were collated, the newspaper produced their list of the 100 best footballers in the world.

lionel messiImage credit (Flickr CC): Rafael Amado Deras

Here then, according to that list, are the ten best footballers in Spain today:

1.    Lionel Messi  (Barcelona)

2.   Cristiano Ronaldo  (Real Madrid)

3.    Andres Iniesta  (Barcelona)

4.    Neymar (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior)  (Barcelona)

5.    Gareth Bale  (Real Madrid)

6.    Xavi (Xavier Hernández Creus)  (Barcelona)

7*    Sergio Busquets  (Barcelona)

8.    Cesc Fabregas  (Barcelona)

9.    Diego Costa  (Atlético Madrid)

10.  Xabi Alonso  (Real Madrid)

*    Radamel Falcao (formerly of Atlético Madrid) was on the list at #7, but transferred to Monaco in mid-2013, so the players below him move up one place.

Even better news is that you can see some or all of these great players during your next trip to the AUTHENTIC Costa del Sol by timing your visit with a home fixture at Málaga football club. 

You won´t have long to wait either, as Málaga’s La Liga 2013/2014 season continues this coming Saturday 15th March at 5pm with a home match at Estadio La Rosaleda against Real Madrid.

Do you prefer watching sporting events LIVE, in person, or on TV for a better overall view (without the atmosphere)?


Spanish football: Estadio La Roselada, home of Málaga CF

Málaga Club de Fútbol is based at Estadio La Roselada in Málaga. The team currently plays in Spain’s top football league, known as La Liga.

If you are staying in Málaga Province and you love football, why not look out for match during your stay?

[Image credit: (cc) Miwipedia]

The 29,000-capacity La Rosaleda Stadium (The Rose Garden) is a two-tiered bowl with a great atmosphere on match day.   Located to the north of the city, the stadium is well-served by public transport.

If you’re travelling by car, you should be able to find a free parking space in La Rosaleda Shopping Centre Car Park – a couple of hundred metres away.   Failing that, there is usually plenty of space to park on local streets.

For most games, getting seats on match day is generally fairly easy – the obvious exceptions being the FC Barcelona and Real Madrid games.

When considering the list of home fixtures and ticket availability and pricing, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Spanish Football Association only release information regarding which games are to be televised one week before the fixture.  So when you are planning your visit, you need to ensure that you are in  Málaga between the Saturday afternoon and the Monday morning for your chosen weekend.  Confirmed kick-off times first appear at the Spanish FA Website.

If you can’t get to the match, you can always watch live coverage of most English and Spanish football matches in many bars around the Axarquía.

Have you ever been to a football match in Spain?  Who did you support?


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Spanish football: It doesn´t get any bigger than this!

Spain is buzzing with excitement as the countdown to La Liga´s El Clásico begins, when all eyes will be firmly fixed on the two Spanish footballing giants.

Sunday evening (7th October) sees old rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid battling it out at the Camp Nou stadium, in an eagerly awaited clash that could prove pivotal in Real Madrid’s title defence, as their Catalan rivals are already eight points clear after only six games.

Let battle commence.

This is futbol.  Not soccer.

futbolImage credit Flickr CC: Mingo.nl


UPDATE 7TH OCTOBER: After an exciting 90 minutes, the match ended up a 2-2 draw which, under the circumstances,  seemed a fair result!

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Autumn: It´s a Game of Three Halves!

Kick off at Rugby Axarquia

Even though the intense heat of summer has now passed, the throngs of August tourists have finally returned home, the evenings are getting darker just that bit earlier, and the X Factor has returned to our TV screens – nothing says “autumn” to me more than the start of the rugby season!

When we lived in the north-west of England, we were season-ticket holders at Fylde Rugby Club, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with ex-England captain, Bill Beaumont, on the terraces at the Woodlands Memorial ground for every match.  Season after season we stood in the rain and cold, with pride and passion, shouting support for our local club.

But, when we moved to southern Spain and based ourselves east of Málaga, we thought our live rugby-watching days were over.

Of course, we can still enjoy the excitement of the Six Nations tournament, or an emotionally-charged Haka performed by the mighty All Blacks, in glorious close-up on the huge TV screens in many of the local bars, but there´s nothing quite like watching rugby in the flesh, so to speak.

Poster advertising the match for Rugby AxarquiaImagine our delight when we discovered (by accident and at the last minute) that rugby was indeed alive and kicking in La Axarquía.  The poster advertised a match taking place between the Axarquía and Málaga Rugby Clubs at the Fernando Ruiz Hierro stadium in Vélez-Málaga on Saturday afternoon at 17.30, with free entry, so we went along to find out what it was all about.

Rugby Axarquia

Rugby Axarquia

Rugby Axarquia We witnessed a physical and entertaining game of rugby, fought out between two great rivals, in front of an enthusiastic and vocal crowd of around a hundred people.  With squad members keen to impress their respective coaches ahead of the new rugby season, both teams put on a spirited display.

Without a scoreboard, it was difficult to keep track of the points and, even though Málaga appeared to score more tries (and some of the conversions of both kickers looked rather dubious to me), it was eventually agreed by the powers-that-be, that a 33-33 draw would be a fair result!  Well, it was only a pre-season friendly match.

Rugby Axarquia team huddle

What was even more curious was that at the end of the second half, when we naturally presumed that the match was over, both teams congregated for another huddle on the pitch – and then resumed with a third half!   At least this allowed more time for the players waiting on the Substitute´s Bench to take their turn to impress.

Subs Bench at Rugby Axarquia

I later mentioned about it being “a game of three halves”  to the club´s Press Officer, and when he sent me a copy of the Press Release yesterday, I´m sure you can guess the title of the article written for the Costa del Sol News“Rugby Season Starts – It´s a Game of Three Halves!”.  You read it here first, folks! 

During the match at Rugby Axarquia

The Axarquía Rugby Club provided us with an afternoon of good sport, friendship and a club shop (well, more of a club table) selling cool drinks, tee-shirts and where social memberships can be bought for the princely sum of €15, which includes free entry to all games.

We´ll be back to watch more of the fastest growing sport in Spain.

This post is my contribution to the Sunday Post: Autumn

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Spain beat Italy in the final of Euro 2012

[Image credit: (cc) Iberia Airlines]

Unless you are living in a cave, you probably know by now that Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the final of Euro 2012, last night.

As you might imagine, there were lots of celebrations after the game.   Beating drums, car- horns, fireworks and a fair few choruses of “Campeones!” ringing out until the early hours of this morning.   How the Spanish love to party!

It´s great to have a feel-good story amidst all the doom-and-gloom of the current financial crisis.

Well done Spain – worthy winners!


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