Spanish football – it’s no contest

I tend to go on a bit too much about Barcelona here but the fact that Spanish football and Spanish players are revolutionizing the game is indisputable. FIFA just put out it’s short list of 25 players who are finalists for the second annual Ballon D’Or World Player of the Year Award. Have a look:

  • Éric Abidal (France), plays in Spain
  • Sergio Agüero (Argentina), played for Atletico Madrid
  • Karim Benzema (France), plays in Spain
  • Iker Casillas (Spain), Spanish, plays in Spain
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), plays in Spain
  • Dani Alves (Brazil), plays in Spain
  • Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Spanish, plays in Spain
  • Diego Forlán (Uruguay), played for Atletico Madrid
  • Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Spanish, plays in Spain
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina), plays in Spain
  • Thomas Müller (Germany)
  • Nani (Portugal)
  • Neymar (Brazil)
  • Mesut Özil (Germany), plays in Spain
  • Gerard Piqué (Spain), Spanish, plays in Spain
  • Wayne Rooney (England)
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
  • Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
  • Luis Suárez (Uruguay)
  • David Villa (Spain), Spanish, plays in Spain
  • Xabi Alonso (Spain), Spanish, plays in Spain
  • Xavi (Spain). Spanish, plays in Spain

So fifteen of the 23 players are either Spanish, play in Spain (or did in the 2010-11 season) or both. Eight current Barcelona players alone are on the list. Last year the three finalists (Messi, Iniesta, Xavi) were from Barca. This year over a third of the initial shortlist are from the current European champions.

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13 Responses to Spanish football – it’s no contest

  1. K says:

    So why do they call the EPL the best league again??…..EPL is probably the most athletic league, I suppose….? I love watching the Spanish right now. The new Brazil.

  2. Colin Elmes says:

    K- I would like a dollar for everytime you have been the first comment posted on MMCB…..

  3. K says:

    I signed-up for email notification…..and I have my gmail open during the day – mostly watching for “field closure” emails! 🙂

  4. a says:

    Firstly I want to say both Barca and Spain play great football and you see the sense of pride the players have when pulling on there club/national shirt, no question about it. I think the success Barca have had with there style of play + so many of them play in the national team which is then made up of talented Real Madrid players really helps. However I find going back to the EPL, and I am sure people will disagree, La Liga to be a two horse race between the two teams mentioned every year. I get bored watching the games at times, and I feel the EPL is more competitive. Levante and Valencia have really pulled up there socks but I don’t see it lasting in the new year and even with Barca 1pt behind Real, I still see them winning the title (too much quality). Please don’t kill me but it reminds me of the Scottish League between Celtic & Rangers each year. Here is the current table (and you can also see the past 2 seasons):,,11826,00.html

    When I mention getting bored of watching the games, it’s not the skill or flare but the poor opposition they face. I did enjoy watching highlights of Gazza playing for Rangers when I was younger. But this is way I am close to ending my subscription to Goal Tv 🙂

    • Gregor says:

      I’ll say one thing for the EPL. The lower level teams aren’t afraid to come out and play and really have a go when they’re playing a stronger team. We saw it last season with Blackpool (even though that ended in relegation for them) and just today Norwich played well against Aston Villa, Swansea played really well against Liverpool and QPR were outstanding and very unlucky in defeat against Manchester City.

  5. farai says:

    u knw wat. What is needed in the spanish laliga is to invest huge amount of money especial at valencia,atletico,sevilla and villareal if u want them 2 challenge barca n only the spaniards have the quality in europe that can surpass..the so kold english premiership…thats ma that and you will see what wil happen im telling will dominate in europe than ever seen b4

    • Gregor says:

      Money is a big problem in La Liga and Spain in general. You may have noticed that a lot of the teams don’t even have shirt sponsors this year. Even in the Champions league games, Villareal did not have any shirt sponsor. Valencia was on the brink of bankruptcy and has suspended construction of their new stadium. It’s easy to say throw money at the problem but money….ain’t cheap.

      • K says:

        This revamped middle-eastern owned club in La Liga may just become the third head of a Spanish monster if the other teams don’t get sorted financially!

      • a says:

        Sustainability is the key word when it comes to spending. As we have seen, money isn’t the answer … Sunderland in the EPL at the moment is struggling after a big spending spree for them and who remembers Blackburn when they won the title… now look at them? Going back to Barcelona, the key for them is growing/nurturing there own talent and then suplimenting this by purchasing the talent they could not produce… sounds like they took a leaf out of Manchester United’s book. Sometimes you do not have to reinvent the wheel but make do with what you have and add to it. This is the problem I find in youth soccer and the Whitecaps accadamy.. your child could be playing one season and out the next… there is no time/patience given to growing pains. Germany as a nation invested in there youth soccer program and now we see Ozil keeping Kaka out of the Madrid starting line up and names like Podolski, Muller, Gotze, Kros, Khadira simply role of the tongue… but then again B.Munich have produced the likes of Lahm, Swinstiger in the past. Yes the big teams do attract the big players but the West Ham’s and Southampton’s of this World do not have bad accadmy’s. Sorry for going off topic, but my main point is the investment of time by clubs at Pro/Community level to the youth as the youth really is the future.

    • Larry says:

      What can you say about “zee” Germans. They will have an endless supply of talent to help them compete at the international level. As a culture they have always understood how to re-invest in themselves. An example being the university system where, for the most part it’s free or extreme low cost.

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