The misrule of Spanish football

This weekend begins a new season in Second B, next week the European competitions and the misrule that exists in the organization of football with CSD, LaLiga, RFEF and UEFA, will be captured in images that escape any logic. There will be an audience in the stadiums in Second B, but not in all. There will also be an audience in the stands of the Primera clubs, but only from some and only in European competitions, not in LaLiga. What’s the point of it? Does the virus depend on the category or if the party is national or international? It is the incoherence of Spanish football.

In order for them to understand the reason for this surreal situation, they have to know that there is no single command that can decide whether or not there are fans in each of the stadiums. The CSD, which presides Irene Lozano, has tried to mediate in this matter but it has been impossible and according to agency sources, they are already incapacitated for everyone to go hand in hand. The CSD has the authority to allow or not the entry of fans in the First and Second Division matches, in addition to the Endesa Basketball League. Here his jurisprudence ends. Second B, or non-professional football, belongs to the RFEF and the Champions League and Europa League matches are delegated to UEFA by each Autonomous Community. For example, in Catalonia, where the F. C BarcelonaIn the Champions League the entry of the public is prohibited but in Euskadi, where Real Sociedad plays, no. Your president, Something in Aperribay, has confirmed that they will apply the Bizi Berri II plan of the Basque Government and that there will be public in the match of the women’s team, the Real Sociedad subsidiary and the first team in next week’s Europa League meeting in which they want there to be 1,000 fans against Naples.

Aperribay says only to comply with the rules and they will abide by the decision of the Basque Government if they are denied this possibility, but just as Real Sociedad wants there to be an audience, not all clubs think the same. Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Getafe they don’t want fans in their stands. Barcelona, ​​one of the most economically punished clubs, has requested that they be public next week in the Champions League match against Ferencvaros. The Barça club wants the number of fans to increase gradually to 30%, which is the maximum allowed by UEFA. He Seville and Granada They have requested permission from the Junta de Andalucía to refer to what the Government orders, which has already given up after months of struggle so that all the Autonomous Communities act in unison.

This weekend begins the most complex season (102 clubs) and complicated in history for non-professional football whose protocol is light years away from that established by LaLiga, which is much safer. The RFEF, at the request of the Ministry of Health, does not oblige each club to undergo a PCR test. The competition will begin and it will not be known if there are positives in the changing rooms. The CSD cannot prohibit the entrance of the public, but it does recommend it. There his power ends. Everything is in the hands of each Community, as established in the RFEF Circular. “The RFEF understands that each club that acts as host in the matches of the official competitions at the state level must be the one that regulates the influx of the public based on the health regulations issued in the territory where it is located”, it is written. And the modest clubs, affected by the crisis, if they are given permission, will try to alleviate their accounts with the entry of a small percentage of followers. In the Madrid’s community the maximum capacity is 50% of the capacity of the venue up to 600 spectators. In the Basque Country, 60% of the capacity is authorized up to 1,000 people; the Junta de Andalucía, 65% until reaching 800 viewers … and so each with its own rules.

In Galicia, Riazor, the stadium of Deportivo de la Coruña, has a capacity of almost 33,000 spectators but the regional government allows a maximum of 5,000. The New Archangel, with almost 22,000 seats, will be able to accommodate 800 spectators. Less in proportion than Deportivo de la Coruña? Yes, but it will be 800 more than in any First or Second Division match that same weekend or 6,200 less than in Badajoz, where the Autonomous Government has allowed 50% of the capacity and up to 7,000 spectators. Welcome to the Independent Republic of Spanish Soccer.


Champions League 2020-21 team guide infographic

October 20, 2020 – May 29, 2021 – The new season of the European UEFA Champions League kicks off on October 20 and culminates with the final at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Turkey on May 29, 2021.

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League is the 29th season of Europe’s primary club football tournament.

Bayern Munich are aiming for seventh title to equal AC Milan as joint-second most successful club in European Cup history, behind Spanish giants Real Madrid, with 13 titles.

The UEFA Champions League is contested by the highest ranked teams of the strongest UEFA national associations. It is the top club competition in European football and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. The Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.


Everything you need to know about the UEFA Champions League

Champions League Winners Ranking

He Real Madrid It is, by far, who has won the most Champions League in history, with 13 trophies (the last of them in 2018). Further back appear the Milan, with 7, the Bayern Munich, with 6, and the Barcelona with 5.

Champions League scorers ranking

The 2020 Champions League scorers ranking was led by the German Robert Lewandowski, of the champion Bayern Munich, who with 15 points was consecrated as the top gunner. Norwegian Erling Haaland, from Borussia Dortmund, followed with 15, while the podium completed it Serge Gnabry, also from Bayern Munich, with 9.

Regarding the historical ranking, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, today in the Juventus, leads with 130 touchdowns, followed by Argentine Lionel Messi with 115. Further back appears Spanish Raul Gonzalez, with 71, Lewandowski with 68 and Karim Benzemá with 65.

Where to watch the Champions League: which channel broadcasts the matches

The question is usually recurring before each new edition: What channel broadcasts the Champions League? The group stage and also the final round of the competition will be broadcast by ESPN for Argentina and much of the continent

Groups and crosses of the Champions League

The Argentine star Lionel Messi, captain of Barcelona, ​​will share group G of the Champions League with Juventus of Italy, the portuguese team Cristiano Ronaldo and the cordovan Paulo Dybala. The two top historical scorers of the most important tournament at club level in Europe will meet again in the group stage that they will share with Dynamo Kiev, from Ukraine, and Ferencváros, from Hungary.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Atlético de Madrid, the team led by the Argentine Diego Simeone, will compete in Group A led by the last champion, Bayern Munich. It will also face Salzburg, from Austria, and Lokomotiv Moscow, from Russia.

Real Madrid, the most winning team with thirteen titles, will lead group B and collide with Inter de Italia, from the Argentine forward Lautaro Martínez. Shakhtar Donetsk, from Ukraine, Y Borussia Monchengladbach, from Germany, complete the area.

Group C is headed by Porto, but the maximum candidate to win it is Manchester City, which will also have to face Olympique de Marseille, by Darío Benedetto and Leonardo Balerdi, and the champion of Greece, Olympiacos, by Maximiliano Lovera from Formosa.

Group D will be one of the most even since it will have Liverpool, champion of England, together with Ajax, by Nicolás Tagliafico and Lisandro Martínez, and Atalanta, by Alejandro “Papu” Gómez, José Luis Palomino and Cristian Romero and the debutante closes it Central Jutland, Denmark.

In Group E they will surely fight for first place Sevilla, champions of the Europa League, and Chelsea, from England, while Rennes, from France, and Krasnodar, from RussiaThey will try to surprise.

Group F also appears competitive as it is seeded by the two-time Russian champion, Zenit, by Sebastián Driussi and Emiliano Rigoni, together with Borussia Dortmund, from Germany, Lazio, from Italy, by Joaquín Correa and Gonzalo Escalante and completes it Witches, who was declared champion of the incomplete Belgian league.

Group H will also be fought because they will be there Paris Saint Germain, finalist of the last edition, together with Manchester United, a historic one, Leipzig, Germany, one of the surprises of the “Super 8” of Lisbon, and completed by the surprising Turkish champion Istanbul Basaksehir.

What is the Champions League ball

UEFA unveiled in September the new ball for the Champions League, which will be the adidas Final 20, a model very similar to the one used in this last edition. The same original mixture of coral, light blue and blue colors, which will be highlighted with an effect of lines that surround the star panels.

⭐️ ⭐️Introducing the official 2020/21 #UCL match ball!! #ReadyForSport

When is the Champions League final played?

The coronavirus pandemic that completely changed this year’s edition raised doubts about where and when the Champions League final is next year. The definition, then, will be May 29, 2021 and will take place in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium at Estambul, the place where the final of 2020 was scheduled to be.


Liverpool makes fun of that win against Barcelona in the Champions League and the fans join in with their memes

The official account of the Reds made fun of the entity culé for the elimination by Champions League in Anfield.

October 12, 2020 16:16 hs

Barcelona is in the process of structural renovation, both from the staff and with the coaching staff with the arrival of the Dutch Ronald Koeman. However, the past of the institution in one of the most prestigious international competitions such as the Champions League haunts it to the point that the same clubs that eliminated the culé from the tournament make fun on the networks.

In the edition that had him as champion, Liverpool stood out for having one of the most dangerous attacks in the competition. Salah, Firmino y Mané they were the offensive bulwarks of a team whose brain was the German Jürgen Klopp.

In the semifinals they faced Barcelona and after a first leg in which they fell 3-0 at the Camp Nou, those led by Klopp received the Catalan squad at Anfield where they dispatched with four goals to achieve the feat of qualifying to the final of UCL.

Today, the official UEFA Twitter account invited you to comment on what had been the best assist in the history of the European competition. Liverpool’s Twitter account responded to the slogan by publishing the assistance of Alexander Arnold, from a corner on the right wing, to Origi, who scored the fourth goal, misleading the Barcelona defense.

For their part, the followers of Reds they were in charge of putting gasoline on the fire and they echoed the jeers.


or Messi leaves or has to sell Ansu and lower salaries

He Barcelona Soccer Club owes banks and clubs 820 million euros, of which it will only deduct 332 for pending collections, for which it presents a net debt in the 2019-20 season of 488 million. An alarming figure, since it came from 217 last season, which would place it first in the ranking of debtor clubs in Europe, according to the ‘Financial Year Report’ that the UEFA published annually and that this last year has not seen the light yet due to the appearance of covid-19. Until last year, the Manchester United it was the team with the most debt, with 459 million euros, followed by Inter (438), Atlético (391) and Juventus (291). He Real Madrid it did not appear in the ranking of defaulters.

Barcelona has entered 192 million euros less than what it had budgeted. Out of an expected income of 1,047 million it reached only 855, even if the club warns that, without the pandemic, the figure would rise to 1,059. Barça closes the 2019-2020 season with losses of 97 million euros and the red numbers will continue in 2020-2021, as expected in the accounts.

Big problems for Bartomeu in his final stretch of term.  (EFE)
Big problems for Bartomeu in his final stretch of term. (EFE)

Problems with the wage bill

The revenue forecast for next season, which was initially $ 1.12 billion, has been drastically lowered to $ 791. The ravages of the pandemic, with the lack of public in the stands, will cause 330 million to stop entering. And that makes it a major issue for Bartomeu and its directive the subject of the wage bill. The League will not register clubs whose salary mass exceeds 70% of its budget. At the end of this year, the Barça wage bill reached 636 million, a reassuring 61%. But with revenue declining to $ 791 million, the wage bill soars around 80%. Barcelona has managed to reduce it this summer by 42 million with the departure of players such as Luis Suárez (23.4 million euros gross per year), Rakitic (13.3) or Vidal (9). But with the unexpected decrease in income you need to reduce the wage bill much more.

He has two alternatives: negotiate a salary reduction for the squad, as the club is proposing, or let out players with a high salary weight

Bartomeu’s alternatives are two: generate more revenue by selling players or getting rid of players with high contracts. If you bet on the former, you would have to sell the only footballer who would generate a real capital gain from his transfer, Ansu Fati, for which they estimate that they will get 150 million. The sale of Griezmann or Dembelé, for example, would not be profitable as it cost the club 120 and 140 million euros respectively, unrealistic figures for a market in crisis like the current one. Barça calculates that capital gains from transfers should reach 73 million this season. But Umtiti and Dembelé have not left and now we will have to work on the January market.

The other option is to lighten the salary mass, and in that aspect it also has two alternatives: negotiate a reduction in the staff’s salary, as the club is proposing, or let out players with a lot of salary weight. The first bet is dangerous because it could end with players denouncing their contracts or going free even in January. There is a real risk that footballers will claim their freedom letter, or at least challenge the measure proposed by the club, since they are protected by law with article 41 of the Workers’ Statute. And it would not be the first time that a professional athlete uses the Workers’ Statute to demand the termination of their contract. It remains to be seen how the club acts, which could negotiate the salary reduction with each player individually.

The second would go through letting Messi out, whose salary weight is around 70 million gross per year. A measure that has not been valued, as has been seen when the club refused to let the Argentine leave after announcing his frustrated departure. Messi stays and you have to bear his salary weight, so the solution is to lower the salary of his teammates.

Leo Messi during this Friday's game with Argentina.  (EFE)Leo Messi during this Friday's game with Argentina.  (EFE)
Leo Messi during this Friday’s game with Argentina. (EFE)

The ballast of the Espai Barça

During Bartomeu’s tenure, Barcelona has bagged more than 500 million euros in sales (222 with the payment of the Neymar clause to PSG), but the problem is the very high cost of the operations faced with transfers such as Dembelé (140) or Coutinho (160). Spending on salaries and transfer repayments has triggered the debt, and to this has been added another unexpected burden: the Barça space. The financing of the technological project already reaches 815 million euros of expenditure. A problem that punishes even more the battered culé economy.

Barcelona is the tip of the iceberg, for being the club with the highest salary mass. But the rest of the top clubs in Europe are experiencing similar situations. Dortmund has closed this season with losses of 44 million and already announces 75 for next. Its president, Hans-Joachim Watzke, offered a diagnosis shared by all his colleagues: “We will only benefit again if there are no restrictions on attendance at stadiums. We must be patient. Football is extremely difficult to imagine without fans and it is time to endure “. Roma, who lost 204 million this past year, need to enter 140 million and announced a capital increase in June to try to save the club financially.

Real Madrid, however, saved the season because it had planned a profit of 40 million and that cushion saved it from the impact of the pandemic. The whites, who have turned all their expectations into the remodeling of a new Bernabéu that will boost the club’s ordinary income, are considering an austere budget for next season, which would be around 650 million. Something that would not cause a problem with the weight of your salary bill, since capital gains from transfers such as Achraf, Reguilón and Óscar Rodríguez give margin. And in addition, Florentino already closed a salary cut with the staff last year, given the imminent crisis of the pandemic, which allows him to be relieved.


Germany offers a better face and defeats Ukraine

Germany offered a better face this Saturday in their visit to Ukraine, which they defeated 2-1, after Wednesday’s friendly in Cologne against Turkey, with whom they drew 3-3, and placed second in group 4 of the League A of the League of Nations.

Matthias Ginter (20 ‘) and Leon Goretza (49’) scored the goals for the ‘Mannschaft’ and for the Ukrainians Ruslan Malinovskiy cut differences from the penalty spot (77 ‘).

“We could have gone 3 or 4 to zero before conceding the penalty. We could have avoided that penalty. But in terms of the game, we have left very few options for the Ukrainians,” German coach Joachim Löw told ARD television after match.

Löw had not been happy at all in Wednesday’s game against Turkey, in which he brought in many unusual players and which had been the third consecutive draw of his own.

But this Saturday things were different and for the League of Nations meeting, the coach played it safe and arranged an eleven headline made up of his best players, who jumped onto the pitch from a Olympic of Kiev where the presence of spectators was allowed in the stands.

EFE / S. Dolzhenko



Champions League match will host three thousand fans

Editorial Mediotiempo

Mexico City / 09.10.2020 14:19:28

The first home game of Salzburg Red Bull of this new edition of the Champions League before him Lokomotiv of Moscow can be played on October 21 with up to 3 thousand spectators on the rostrum.

This was confirmed by the Austrian club and the 3 thousand places will be raffled among the subscribers, a dynamic that other institutions began to do that have allowed fans access, although there are countries in europe where a coronavirus outbreak.

This is a comparison corresponding to Group A of the Champions League and if everything goes well it is expected that repeat for the clashes of the Red Bull Salzburg against andl Bayern Munich on November 3 and December 9 against the Atlético de Madrid.

The public returned again to the stadiums in European competitions in the European Super Cup, where there were people in the confrontation in Budapest between the Bayern Munich of Germany and the Sevilla from Spain.

The Salszburg started in a good way it was season 2020-2021 and in Austria is the leader of the local competition with 12 points in 4 duels played


Champions League: Neither 30%, nor nothing: the Government writes to UEFA to avoid the public in the stadiums

Champions League In a letter to Ceferin, for all the matches of European competitions in Spain

UEFA President Alksander Ceferin during the 2019 Champions final.
Angel Rivero


Cristiano vs Messi: The most anticipated match of the Champions League already has a date

The expected match between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the Champions League already has a date

October 02, 2020 · 17:06 hs

The 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League draw left us many interesting matches: Bayern Munich vs Atlético, Real Madrid vs Inter Milan or PSG vs Manchester United, but none have raised the expectations of the round-trip matches between Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi Barcelona.

After their last clash in a classic during the 2017-2018 season, neither Argentine nor Portuguese have crossed paths on the pitch, with the European match being the first between them after two years.

In turn, it will mean their first meeting between the two in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Messi and Ronaldo met in the semifinals of the 2007-2008 season with victory for Manchester United from CR7; In the final of 2009, Messi raised his head against the ‘red devils’ in the last season of the Portuguese, and already in 2010-2011, culés and meringues faced each other in the semifinals of that edition.

For this match between Juventus and FC Barcelona, ​​UEFA has announced that the match will be played next Tuesday, October 20 at Juventus Stadium for matchday 2 of Group H.


Europa League: Benfica and Sporting de Braga in balanced groups | International – Germany, Europe, Africa | DW

This Friday (02.10), was held in Nyon, Switzerland, the draw for the group stage of the Europa League 2020/21. Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting Clube de Braga are the Portuguese representatives at the start of the Europa League. The “eagles” were lucky in group D, with Standar Liège, Glasgow Rangers and Lech Poznan. The “arsenalists” were drawn in group G, along with Leicester City, AEK Athens and Zorya Luhansk. From Germany, Bayer Leverkusen is the only representative.

The group stage kicks off on October 22nd and ends on December 10th. The six rounds will be held on Thursdays and the round of 32 draw will take place on February 26, 2021. The Europa League 2020/21 final is scheduled for May 26, 2021, at the Gdańsk Stadium , in Poland.

Check out the Europa League 2020/21 groups and calendar here.

Group stage
Matchday 1: October, 22
Day 2: October 29
Matchday 3: November 5
Day 4: November 26th
Day 5: December 3
Day 6: December 10

Group A: Rome / Young Boys / CFR Cluj / CSKA Sofia
B Group: Arsenal / Rapid Wien / Molde / Dundalk
Group C: Leverkusen / Slavia Prague / Apoel Beer-Sheva / Nice
Group D: Benfica / Standard Liège / Rangers / Lech Poznań
Group E: PSV Eindhoven / PAOK / Granada / Omonoia
Group F: Napoli / Real Sociedad / AZ Alkmaar / Rijeka
Group G: Braga / Leicester / AEK Athens / Zorya Luhansk
Group H: Celtic / Sparta Praha / AC Milan / LOSC Lille
Group I: Villarreal / Karabakh / Maccabi / Tel Aviv / Sivasspor
Grupo J.: Tottenham / Ludogorets / LASK / Royal Antwerp
Grupo K: CSKA Moscow / Dinamo Zagreb / ​​Feyenoord / Wolfsberg
Group L: Gent / Red Star / Hoffenheim / Slovan Liberec

Round of 32:
Draw: December 14
First hand: February 18th
Second hand: February 25

Round of 16:
Draw: February 26
First hand: March 11
Second hand: March 18th

Draw: March 19th
First hand: April 8
Second hand: April 15

Semi finals:
First hand: April 29
Second hand: May 6

Gdańsk Stadium, Poland: May 26