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Neptuno smiles again

Neptuno square, where Atletico de Madrid fans celebrate all their titles, has been visited again, after eleven years living alone. Winning 1 – 0 there are again playing Champions League. In Spain this is real news because, as you know, Atletico is Spain third team after Real Madrid and Barcelona (in number of supporters). Now their problem is Aguirre, the Manager. He has reached Champions with a not really good football (Aguero and Forlan have done almost all the job), and many colchoneros think he is not the suitable person to drive Atletico over this new adventure.

One day we will dedicate one post just to analyze Atletico´s situation. El pupas (the surname used to describe this team, that literally means “the wounds”) is never happy at all. Even now, when the objective has been reached a lot of Atleticos are against Cerezo, chairman, and Aguirre. Apart from that, they are considering the option of selling Vicente Calderon, changing it for La Peineta (Olympic Game Stadium prepared for Madrid 2016), something that increase the Atleticos edginess. Anyhow, Sunday was a celebration day…

The second important theme this week is Zaragoza and, in general, the four teams that can be relegated on Saturday. Real Madrid, with the title already in their hands, drew against them in La Romareda. Zaragoza, Osasuna, Recreativo and Valladolid are living a nightmare that can finish if they win their matches. It is so curious, but all these teams depend on themselves to stay in Primera Division. That´s because Recre plays against Valladolid, so all of them can avoid relegation winning their matches. Nevertheless, Zaragoza´s situation is incredible if we look the quality of some of their players: Diego Milito, Sergio García, Aimar, Ayala, Zapater…

Finally there is another name used in every newspaper, radio gathering or TV program: Raul. In this moment Spain is divided in two sides. One of them wants Raul in Austria and Switzerland playing with la selección. The other one prefers anyone but him. First side seems to be bigger, but Aragones doesn’t like Raul (after some problems they had in the last World Cup) and after Torres, Villa and Guiza, that will be for sure in his list, he will probably call Bojan as fourth striker. Other options are Sergio García or Tamudo, but if you have to bet, choose Bojan.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. kristin garau

    May 20, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Thanks, Jose!
    While I wouldn’t readily agree that Racing deserved UEFA more than Mallorca, I have no complaint to make. Both teams did what they had to do and how can I be upset with a victory and the Pichichi? My hope now is that Mallorca can move well through the Intertoto and claim their spot for UEFA there.
    I will heartily agree that Manzano is one of the best managers in the league. Also, I think he has found his niche with the Islanders and hope he stays quite a while. His system and picks are starting to pay off and I think that, despite the loss of Guiza (and Arango), Mallorca will continue to deliver in the top ten.
    Great season.

  2. kristin garau

    May 20, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Thanks, Jose!
    While I wouldn't readily agree that Racing deserved UEFA more than Mallorca, I have no complaint to make. Both teams did what they had to do and how can I be upset with a victory and the Pichichi? My hope now is that Mallorca can move well through the Intertoto and claim their spot for UEFA there.
    I will heartily agree that Manzano is one of the best managers in the league. Also, I think he has found his niche with the Islanders and hope he stays quite a while. His system and picks are starting to pay off and I think that, despite the loss of Guiza (and Arango), Mallorca will continue to deliver in the top ten.
    Great season.

  3. Jose Maria Malo de Molina Galan

    May 20, 2008 at 5:26 am

    “Right”, not “wright”, and “Gregorio”, not “Gregotio” 🙂

  4. Jose Maria Malo de Molina Galan

    May 20, 2008 at 5:21 am

    You were wright kristin. Finally this was the match that decided everything. As you, I´m so sorry for Mallorca, over all because its manager, Gregotio Manzano, is from my city and apart from that, one of the best Spanish managers. But also Racing deserved UEFA, do you agree?

  5. Jose Maria Malo de Molina Gala

    May 20, 2008 at 4:26 am

    “Right”, not “wright”, and “Gregorio”, not “Gregotio” 🙂

  6. Jose Maria Malo de Molina Gala

    May 20, 2008 at 4:21 am

    You were wright kristin. Finally this was the match that decided everything. As you, I´m so sorry for Mallorca, over all because its manager, Gregotio Manzano, is from my city and apart from that, one of the best Spanish managers. But also Racing deserved UEFA, do you agree?

  7. kristin garau

    May 13, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    And how about Mallorca v. Zaragoza as an end-of-the-season match? Last year it was Mallorca playing in Madrid with Los Blancos trying to secure the title (remember, Arango scored first!), now they play Zaragoza and everyone has something to gain — Zaragoza needs to avert relegation while Mallorca still dreams of stealing the last UEFA cup spot from Racing. That and Guiza sews up the Pichichi! What a game!

    Ma-llor-ca! Ma-llor-ca!

  8. kristin garau

    May 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    And how about Mallorca v. Zaragoza as an end-of-the-season match? Last year it was Mallorca playing in Madrid with Los Blancos trying to secure the title (remember, Arango scored first!), now they play Zaragoza and everyone has something to gain — Zaragoza needs to avert relegation while Mallorca still dreams of stealing the last UEFA cup spot from Racing. That and Guiza sews up the Pichichi! What a game!

    Ma-llor-ca! Ma-llor-ca!

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