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La Masia Win UEFA Youth League

April 19th, 2014

Munir El Haddadi

The first team might be in crisis, but all is not lost this season for FC Barcelona. The inaugural UEFA Youth League, pitted the best U-19 youth teams of the 32 clubs qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League against each other.

The league was formed in response to the success that the innovative NextGen Series tournament had last season. The efficacy of the Spanish youth system was proven yet again with each Spanish team in the competition topping their respective groups. FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad combined for a record of 15 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses in the group stages with FC Barcelona scoring 20 and only conceding 5 in their first 6 matches.

FC Barcelona proceeded to march on in the competition, defeating, Arsenal, Schalke and Kobenhavn on their way to the final in Nyon where they unceremoniously disposed of Portuguese side Benfica, winning 3-0.

Highlight of the tournament for the Catalan club comes in the form of tournament top scorer Munir El Haddadi. The 18 year old Spaniard made the tournament look easy, finishing top of the goals and assists category. Haddadi scored five more goals than anyone else in the competition, including two goals in the final, one of which was a stunning lob from behind the half-way line.

The tournament was proof that the production line at La Masia is as strong as ever and the post tournament interviews with the young superstars shows that not only are the future generations top talents, but they maintain the humility and character we have come to expect of Spanish youngsters.

Munir El Haddadi:

“It was a great performance. We worked well as a team and everyone was desperate to achieve this success. It is a reward for the work we have put in. It is a very special honour [to win the trophy] and we deserved it. I wanted to pass to my team-mate [for the third goal], but then I saw the goalkeeper off his line so I tried to lob him and it went in. We have great players in our team with great qualities and that helps us to win trophies.”

Sergi Samper vs Chelsea

February 21st, 2013

Passing %: 94% (59/63)
Completed Long Balls: 2
Successful Tackles: 5
Shots: 2
Successful Dribbles: 3
Interceptions: 2
Fouls: 2
Yellow Card

Sergi Samper and his teammates were unceremoniously dumped out of the NextGenSeries on Wednesday. Barcelona’s Juvenil A side faced a well-organized and impressive Chelsea side who managed a 2-0 victory despite being a man down for most of the second half.

You could argue that Sergi and company were unlucky; they had the lion’s share of possession, and even had some quality chances. The fact of the matter is, they did not create enough chances for the possession that they had, and Chelsea were efficient and finished the two chances they had.

Soccer - The NextGen Series - Tottenham Hotspur U19 v Barcelona U19 - White Hart Lane

We did get to see the many facets to Sergi Samper’s game during the full ninety minutes which only cemented for me the young midfielder’s prominence at the youth levels at both La Masia and with the national team.

For most of the first half, Samper was contained by a high Chelsea line, meaning that the eighteen year-old had to rein himself in and show some of his intangible qualities. He was often found as part of the back-line, covering for one of the full backs or centre-backs as they marauded forward. His positioning and sense for the ebb and flow of the match is remarkable for a lad of his age and his movement reminds me of Sergio Busquets. Like Busquets, Samper is not the player with the most pace, but his footballing intelligence and positional awareness is second to none for players his age.

After Hunte was sent off for his second yellow offense, Sergi Samper was really let loose and begun bossing the game, bringing his more offensive talents to bare. His passing became more dynamic as he fed his wingers and strikers in an attempt to level the match.

Samper had a number of chances himself, including an attempted lobbed shot trying to catch goalkeeper Beeney off of his line but the Chelsea keeper did well to tip it over the bar. Samper got frustrated late on in the match and received a yellow card for dissent.

His competitive spirit and obvious strengths in defense and attack make him a complete midfielder. He is not long for the Juvenil A team and will soon play for Barca B. It is only a matter of time before he receives his first team debut, maybe even this summer.

Canteranos of Jornada 21

January 29th, 2013

This week’s round of games saw great performances from all types of canteranos: a Frenchman from Athletic Bilbao, arguably the country’s best under-21 player, and players from the mini-Clasico, among others.

Hector Rodas, Levante

Levante was trailing to Real Valladolid when captain Sergio Ballesteros suffered an injury in the 31st minute. Rodas had to replace the center-back and played admirably. Levante was able to hold off Valladolid’s attacks and scored two of their own, marking a successful 2-1 comeback victory at the Ciutat. Rodas, 24, has spent his entire footballing career with Levante with the exception of one brief loan at Elche. He is a strong and tall defender at 6’3’’ (1.90 m) and will likely succeed the 27-year old Ballesteros.

Isco, Malaga

Perhaps the most promising Spanish canterano yet to play for Vicente del Bosque’s senior squad, Isco continued his fantastic 2012-13 season with a great goal in Malaga’s win over Mallorca on Sunday. Receiving a left-wing cross from Natxo Monreal, Isco volleyed the ball into the roof of the net with his own left foot. The goal put Malaga 2-0 in a game which the Andalusians won 3-2. Isco has just agreed on a new contract that not only ties him to the club until 2016, but establishes a release clause of about 35 million euros.

El Mini-Clasico

As you would imagine, Real Madrid Castilla and Barcelona B faced off in a clash of some of the best youth players not just in Spain, but the world. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for Castilla when he dove to head in a cross from the right flank. Alex Fernandez received a red card for pushing Barca’s Sergio Araujo. Araujo would get his revenge, netting twice in a five minute span. After Morata was booked for a handball in the penalty area, much-hyped Gerard Deulofeu made no mistake from the spot, sending the keeper in the opposite direction. A 3-1 victory for Barca B saw appearances from Alex Grimaldo, Rafinha, and Luis Alberto for the winning side, as well as Nacho Fernandez and Denis Cheryshev for Madrid Castilla.


Aymeric Laporte, Athletic Bilbao

The 18-year old has been thrust into the lineup this season by Marcelo Bielsa and the move has been paying off. Laporte played all 90 minutes in Athletic’s decisive 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid and has proved himself to be an impressive defensive stalwart. The native of Agen is only the second Frenchman to ever play for Athletic; he joined the Basque giants in 2010, breaking in to the reserve squad. Laporte has played for France’s U17, U18, and U19 squads and is a future senior international player.

SD Huesca’s Loanees

SD Huesca of the Liga Adelante scored a big away victory against CD Numancia over the weekend, thanks to goals from Borja Gonzalez and Juan Carlos. Gonzalez, 21, is a striker on loan from Atletico Madrid. Juan Carlos has been with Deportivo La Coruna since 2001 when the midfielder was merely 10 years old. Each of these players were loaned from their parent clubs for playing time and experience; the moves seem to be paying off.

Julian Cuesta, Sevilla

Due to injury troubles, Sevilla had to start young Julian in goal for Monday’s match against Granada. This was a tremendous leap for the 21 year old, who usually plays for Sevilla Atletico in the Segunda Division B (third tier). Despite lowly Granada only getting three shots on net, Julian saved them all, securing a 3-0 clean sheet for the Andalusians. The youngster showed he can play in La Liga and will be on Unai Emery’s roster for a long while.

Gerard Deulofeu vs Numancia

November 10th, 2012

Successful Dribbles: 5
Shots on Target: 0
Shots off Target: 2
Crosses: 2
Giveaways: 2

In sixty-eight minutes, Gerard Deulofeu managed two of the most impressive pieces of individual skill I have ever seen. The top scorer in the Segunda Division featured brightly in in a tumultuous and red-blooded affair which saw six goals, four of which came in the last eight minutes, two Barca B red cards and a last minute penalty.

It wasn’t a great game for Barca B or their star Spaniard, Numancia had the run of play and Deulofeu was isolated for much of the match. Two moments brought the crowd at the Miniestadi to their feet. The twentieth minute saw Deulofeu produce the nicest assist you’ll see this season with the youngster beating three defenders in the box, run down to the byline and pass the ball across the box for Cristian Lobato to open the scoring. See a video of his assist at the link below. Twelve minutes later Deulofeu almost bettered his first moment with a mazy dribble down the middle of the park through multiple defenders only to be stopped in the box by a last ditch tackle.

Deulofeu and his talented teammates may not be utilized for their potential under Eusebio’s system, but their skill finds its way through in rare moments. The fact that he was substituted when the game was tied one-one was another poor decision by the divisive manager who has not impressed since taking over the club in 2011.

Deulofeu is now off to feature for Spain U-21 against Italy, such an impressive feat for an eighteen year old. Something important to note is that for all of the plaudits Gerard receives, Castilla have a youngster who is still better at the moment in my humble opinion. I’m not trying to spark a Ronaldo-or-Messi-esque debate, just pointing out that Jesé Rodríguez deserves as much if not more attention for his tremendous displays this year as the La Masia graduate. The nineteen year old has five goals so far in his first season in the Segunda Division.

José Rodríguez and Óliver Torres star in midweek Copa del Rey round

November 3rd, 2012

After a long absence from the first team, Óliver Torres returned to the Atlético fold on Wednesday night for their Copa del Rey tie at Real Jaén. The teenage wonderkid was only given a quarter of an hour to make an impact on the match, but put in a highly impressive showing as the Rojiblancos ran out 3-0 winners. He wasn’t the only youngster to make the news in the midweek cup round though, teammate Saúl also got a run-out for Diego Simeone’s team, José Rodríguez scored a fine debut goal for Real Madrid, and José Luis Gaya put in a solid performance for Valencia. All four are only just 17 years of age.

On Sunday, Óliver played the full 90 minutes for Atlético B as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Coruxo, in what was a frustrating performance both on an individual and collective level. The Spanish U19 international did what he could to try and get his team moving, but in a congested midfield was guilty of being dispossessed a few times, despite showing the odd example of his fine playmaking abilities. Three days later though he resembled much more the player that had gotten so much hype over the summer, operating from a more forward role and really showing his class. In his short time on the pitch, he saw plenty of the ball and didn’t lose it once, playing a part in the third goal for Raúl García and also carving open a great opportunity for Diego Costa.

Across Spain there were chances given to other young talents though, and the Madrid press has given a lot of attention to Real Madrid’s young midfield enforcer José Rodríguez. Despite not being a regular for Castilla just yet, the teenager has shown his quality in the lower ranks and looks to be a favourite of Mourinho’s, repaying his managers faith against Alcoyano on Wednesday when he curled in debut goal. The 17 year-old should not be mistaken with teammate Jesé Rodríguez (no relation), who was unable to take part to due a suspension picked up in the Segunda División.

There was also a first goal in Getafe colours for Valencia loanee Paco Alcácer, who will really be looking to get his career up and running after a fairly stagnant last year or so. The young striker was on target in a 4-0 rout of Ponferradina. For his parent club, young left wing-back José Gaya, who has featured with the first team squad under Pellegrino but until Tuesday was yet to play, debuted as a starter in their win at Llagostera, putting in a very confident and solid showing. Elsewhere, Montoya and Bartra got rare starts for Barca, Joni played the full 90 minutes as Celta lost at Almería, Juanmi made a late appearance for Málaga and brothers Álex and Nacho started for Real Madrid, as well as Álvaro Morata.

Teams have to wait until the end of November for the second legs, but with many of the top La Liga sides having all but won their ties against lower league opposition, we’ll probably get even more of a chance to see some of the country’s leading talents get their first tastes of first team football. Watch Óliver’s performance for Atlético here, and José Rodriguez’s debut for los Blancos here. (credit for both to GuntexTV)

Óliver Torres on form and knocking on Atlético first team door

October 23rd, 2012

Atlético Madrid’s excellent start in La Liga, culiminated with a lack of form and fitness perhaps caused by burnout, has prevented the rojiblancos upcoming jewel Óliver Torres making any sort of first team impact since the first game of the season, but the youngster is starting to show his worth in the reserve team and may not be too far from making the step up. Being one of our favourite potential stars here at FootballCantera, we’ll be aiming to give weekly reports on his development, and last weekend he put in his best performance yet for Alfredo Santaelena’s Atleti B outfit, assisting the goal in a 1-1 draw with Getafe’s equivalent reserve side.

The result was seen as a disappointing one, but the performance was good, with Óliver grabbing the attention for his impressive showing. Seven minutes in to the match, he set up the opener after a clever run down the right wing, squaring for striker Pedro to apply the finish. Throughout the first half he was involved, and seemed to be in confident mood, looking to pull the strings as he did for the youth team last season and for Spain in the U19 Euro’s. Also, the 17 year-old appeared to be noticeably bigger. One thing I’ve always pointed out is that he could do with bulking up to make it at the top level, and he seems to have been working on that. His biggest virtue for me is his movement with the ball, and with added strength it could enhance his skills in retaining possession up there among the best.

In midfield, the presence of fellow Spain U19 international Saúl Ñíguez was missed due to suspension, which allowed Óliver to drop into a role that he is a little more comfortable in. In recent weeks he has played more as a playmaker with Saúl, Thomas and Sergio Cidoncha in midfield, but this week he moved into the engine room as Omar Santana came in to take the more attacking role. This position is the one Oli has really excelled in during his youth career, and is where I really hope to see him progress in eventually. Whilst his defensive side of the game may leave a lot to be desired, that hasn’t stopped the likes of Pirlo, Xavi and Scholes from becoming some of the finest central midfielders of all time, and hopefully the club’s coaches will see it the same way here.

Ten minutes from the end of the game, Atlético B were pegged back as a goalkeeping error allowed Getafe to equalise, but unlike some of the early season performances, there were positives to take. Fans went home purring over the performance of Óliver especially, with him showing in the first half in particular just why there was so much hype surrounding him in the summer. After his debut vs. Levante it did look as if he could come in to take La Liga by storm, but it soon transpired that having played throughout the summer, and up until mid-June in the last few domestic seasons, he was more in need of a rest. Next week, Oli could come into first team contention again as Diego Simeone’s team take on Jaén in the Copa del Rey, where we hope to see him and a few others make their first starts at the top level.

Suso vs Reading – October 20, 2012

October 21st, 2012

Passing %: 95% (20/21)
Long Ball %: 100% (2/2)
Key Passes: 2
Dribbles Completed: 3
Successful Tackles: 4
Giveaways: 4
Fouls Suffered: 1

I was unimpressed with Liverpool as a whole on Saturday as they faced off against second-to-last placed team, Reading. Liverpool’s play was disjointed at times and many players were guilty of being selfish throughout the game. Suarez, Sterling and Johnson were all very involved in the play but each of them passed up many opportunities to pass to an open man, and decided to shoot on goal instead. Another disturbing trend I noticed was that Liverpool players got frustrated with each other easily when they did not receive a pass or someone made a mistake, something to watch closely in coming weeks. Gerard, Sahin and Suso were all solid, and impressed me with their vision and creativity.

Suso’s awareness and speed of thought was evident again but he was not as involved as I think he could or should be. It was obvious to me that the Spaniard had received strict instructions from Brendan Rodgers that he was supposed to stay wide on the right wing. He rarely drifted into the centre during his seventy-four minutes on the pitch and was often hugging the line. He worked very hard, tracking back when he lost the ball and joining attacks as well. He and nineteen year old right-back Andre Wisdom are forming a better understanding every game, good news for Liverpool FC.

Suso vs Raheem Sterling:

It might seem strange to be comparing two teenagers from the same team but the two youngsters’ performances on Saturday are a great illustration of the differences between two countries’ development systems. This is not meant as a criticism of one player over the other or a decision of who is better; this is taking one game as an example and noting my observations. One thing both need to work on is their choice of hair styles, but that discussion is for another time.

Raheem Sterling was wonderfully direct throughout the game and scored a well taken goal, the only one of the match. He was very involved and worked with Glen Johnson, terrorizing Reading down the left. He tended to give the ball away cheaply after taking on defenders. Much like other young English wingers such as Walcott and Sturridge, his decision making is his Achilles’ heel. His speed causes many problems for opposing defenses but he is very much a raw talent with the lack of maturity that you would expect from a seventeen year old.

Suso was not nearly as involved as Sterling, and whether that was due to a tactical decision or the difference in playing styles we do not know. What we do know is there were long phases in the match where the youngster was not noticeable. However his decision making was typical of young Spaniards, his creative and efficient use of the ball when he had it made him a threat. We saw two or three moments of brilliance that we have come to expect from Suso. I think a more central role, or at least more creative freedom is what Suso needs to thrive and Liverpool will want to get the best out of the eighteen year old.

Spur’s Youngster Impressing Madrid

October 19th, 2012

Tottenham youngster and former La Masia graduate Cristian Ceballos has impressed for Spurs this season and has inevitably been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The nineteen year old scored a hat-trick in the U21 Premier League this past week in a four-two victory over Southampton which has sparked the rumor mill regarding the lad’s future into a frenzy.

Ceballos is one of the lesser known young Spaniards plying his trade in the Premier League. Suso (Liverpool) and Denis Suarez (Manchester City) are two eighteen year olds who have received a lot of press recently with impressive performances for their respective clubs. Ceballos has been quietly effective at the center of Tottenham U21’s attack and is beginning to get more attention now that Real Madrid are involved.

Cristian Ceballos joined Tottenham in the summer of 2011 after Barcelona decided to release the youngster from his contract. Ceballos showed great character to get back on his feet after the club he had been at since the age of eleven decided to part ways. The Spaniard grew up in La Masia with the likes of Gerard Deulofeu and Sergi Roberto. His career path is a wonderful illustration of the depth of talent being trained and developed at La Masia that he would be dropped by Barcelona and be quickly picked up by one of the biggest clubs in England.

Ceballos is a tricky player with the skills to give any defender nightmares one-on-one (just YouTube his name). He has yet to be given his first team debut but featured regularly in last season’s NextGen Series. Whether or not he joins Real Madrid, it looks as though his future is away from White Hart Lane with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey above him in the pecking order. Look for a loan move for Ceballos sooner rather than later but in the meantime he may feature in a Capital One Cup match.

La Masia: Weekly Update

October 13th, 2012

The next generation of La Masia graduates

When we can we will bring you the results of the top seven youth sides of La Masia: the Juvenil A, Juvenil B, Cadet A, Cadet B, Infantil A, Infantil B and Alevin A sides. We also name the Man of the Match (MOM) performer for each category.

Juvenile Division Of Honor (Juvenil A):
Gava CF 0-2 FC Barcelona
Goals: Roger Riera (17), Alain Richard Ebwelle (17)
MOM: Roger Riera, in a game where Juvenil A seemed certain to drop their first points in the league season, Roger came to their rescue as he snatched a goal in the closing minutes to ensure his teams 6 game winning streak remained intact. He has been a underrated presence in the Juvenil A defense this season, providing steal at the back alongside Bagnack, while also proving to be an able captain.

National Youth League (Juvenil B):
FC Barcelona 3-1 Espanyol
Goals: Lucas del Campo (17) 2, Albert Torras (2)
MOM: Lucas del Campo, scored his sides opening two goals of the game and showed respect to his former side Espanyol, where he spent three years before moving to La Masia, by not celebrating his goals. It was a pleasant sight to see Lucas back in full flow after the injury that kept him out of the closing stages of last season.

Honor Cadet Division (Cadet A):
FC Barcelona 4-0 Europa
Goals: Theo Chendri (15), Sergi Canós (15), Julen Arellano (15), Enric Franquesa (15)
MOM: Josimar Quintero. Personally I was extremely skeptical when Josi, an Equadorian midfielder of the utmost class, was moved to the right back position last season. But the lad has since grown into this new role so much, that you would be forgiven to think he’s been playing there his entire life. Every bit as much of a delight to watch at right back as he is in the playmakers role.

Preferred League Cadet (Cadet B):
Mariano Poblet 0-5 FC Barcelona
Goals: Daniel Morer (14), Lee Seung Woo (14), Carles Alena (14), Jan Hee Kyul (14), Carles Perez (14)
MOM: Daniel Morer, a midfielder who idolizes Xavi but is more in the mould of Sergi Roberto. Dani Morer is the kind of player whose team can rely on him to get it right every single time. Versatile, quick, great technique, superb movement between the lines and scores in double digits every season. Dani is the complete package.

Honor Infantil Division (Infantil A)
Sant Ildefons 0-11 FC Barcelona
Goals: Luis Mangas (13), Oriol Busquets (13), Oscar Mingueza (13), Alex Collado (13), Jordi Mboula (13), Bobby Adekanye (13), Maudo Ba (13), Monchu Rodriguez (13)
MOM: Monchu Rodriguez. A new signing from Mallorca, Monchu is a player I’ve been extremely impressed with recently. A midfielder with a lot of technique and approach play, Monchu gave another recital in midfield play over the weekend.

Preferred League Infantil (Infantil B)
FC Barcelona 1–0 LA Floresta
Goals: Lucas de Vega (12)
MOM: Ben Lederman. A game where despite dominating the game from start to finish, Infantil B failed to break down an extremely well organised Floresta defense until the final minutes. Ben was one of few players who managed to carve out openings for his teammates due to his ability to quickly transition the game from midfield to attack. Being the first American in La Masia, there are a lot of expectations on Ben and so far he hasn’t disappointed.

Liga Primera Division Alevin
FC Barcelona 24-1 Cerdanyola
Goals: Takefusa Kubo (11) 6, Anssumane Fati (11) 5, Adria Altimira (11) 4, Ivan Bravo (11) 2, Nil Fabregó (11) 2, Sergi Rosanas (11) 2, Gillermo Amor (11), Eric Garcia (11), Gerard Lopez (11)
MOM: Takefusa Kubo. Currently my favorite side in La Masia along with the Cadet A. Marc Serra’s side left no stone upturned in announcing their intentions as one of the most talented sides in the academy, led by their two big stars Takefusa Kubo and Anssumane Fati. ‘Take’ in particular was in astonishing form as he completed his hat-trick in just 7 minutes, then going on to score 3 more after coming back from the bench, while also assisting many others. The Japanese wonder kid is very much living up to his reputation.

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Canterano Round-up

October 10th, 2012

It wasn’t the usual suspects impressing this week as a number of young Spaniards hit milestones. There is not a better place to start then FC Barcelona, the site of El Clasico this weekend as another Canterano was called upon thanks to another injury to a defender.

Martin Montoya (FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid)
When Dani Alves pulled up at the twenty-eighth minute, cules had to be shaking their heads with the Brazilian joining Puyol, Pique and Abidal on the sidelines. Luckily, another young canterano was ready and waiting on the bench. Martin Montoya came on and did a commendable job against a rampant Cristiano Ronaldo. The twenty-one year old provided more stability in defense but also gave his teammates an outlet on the wing. His best moment of the match came at the eighty-eighth minute when he was unlucky not to score, having his long-range strike rattle off the bar with the game ending in a draw.

Suso (Liverpool vs Stoke City)
Making his second Premier League start in a row, many youngsters would be hesitant and timid when facing the physical and blunt play from Tony Pulis’ Stoke City. Suso continues to earn the Gaffer’s praise with his performances and is already a favorite among the Liverpool faithful, but the lad and his teammates failed to breakdown the towering barrier of defence that Stoke put up. Suso drew three fouls during his sixty-seven minutes as his stock continues to rise in the middle of contract negotiations with the club.

David De Gea (Manchester United vs Newcastle United)
Despite the inexplicable goalkeeper rotation that Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to utilize this season, twenty-one year old De Gea back-stopped United to two victories this week. First in the Champions League against CFR Cluj-Nap and then on Sunday with a clean sheet against Newcastle. De Gea made an important save on Papiss Cisse to keep the score at two-nil. There are still questions about the Spaniard’s ability to deal with crosses but he has built a reputation of being a great shot stopper so far in his short career in England.

Chelsea’s Spanish Quartet

Azpilicueta & Romeu (Chelsea vs Norwich)
Chelsea have a decidedly Spanish flavour this season and two of their young Spaniards made their Premier League season debuts against Norwich on Saturday. Oriol Romeu got the last ten minutes of the match when he came on for John Mikel Obi. New signing Cesar Azpilicueta made his first Premier League appearance after coming on for goal scorer Branislav Ivanovic. Both players should have a significant role to play in what will likely be a long season for the Blues but as of now they will have to continue working hard from the bench.

Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna)
Muniain celebrated his one-hundredth La Liga appearance with a win on Sunday. The youngster turns twenty in December and has not enjoyed much success early in his third full season with the Basque club after electrifying Europe for most of last campaign. The one-nil win over the weekend was the club’s first in five matches as the young squad seems to be struggling to cope with the Llorente-Bielsa saga. Don’t lose faith or stop watching Muniain and his talented teammates, they have what it takes to beat any club on their day and the youngster is destined to become a star, whether at San Mamés or abroad.

Honorable mentions for this week have to go to Malaga’s Isco, who assisted another goal in the Champions League mid-week. Jese continued to star in Real Madrid’s Castilla with another goal late in the match against Hercules. Watch the site this week for news and updates as the Spanish U21 side continue their road to qualification for the 2013 UEFA European U-21 Football Championship.

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