Getafe back to La Liga 

Getafe  3 – 1 Tenerife (aggregate 3 – 2) 

Getafe earned an immediate return to the Spanish top flight after beating Tenerife in the second division promotion play-off final.

The Madrid-based club, whose 11-year stint in La Liga came to an end when they were relegated last year, lost the first leg of their final 1-0 in the Canary Islands, but they turned things round on Saturday with a 3-1 home victory.

Alejandro Faurlin’s 10th-minute goal wiped out Tenerife’s first-leg advantage and Daniel Pacheco’s strike three minutes later put Getafe in charge at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Anthony Lozano got Tenerife back into it with a close-range goal in the 18th minute but Pacheco’s second of the night just before half-time proved decisive for Getafe, whose 3-2 aggregate win sees them join Levante and Girona in going up.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho charged with tax evasion in Spain

Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors investigating his time as Real Madrid’s head coach.

A Madrid prosecutor said on Tuesday that a claim of two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, when he was manager of Real Madrid, had been filed.

Mourinho owes the Spanish tax authorities £2.9m (€3.3m), according to a statement, which added it had presented a claim to a local court.

The allegations follow those made against Cristiano Ronaldo made by Spanish tax authorities last week, which led to the player disclosing a wish to leave the country and perhaps work with Mourinho again at Old Trafford.
Other footballers accused of tax fraud in Spain include:

  • Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi, who has been handed a 21-month jail term. His father Jorge, who manages his finances, was also convicted.
  • Barcelona defender Javier  Mascherano- also an Argentine – admitted tax fraud, escaping a jail term with a one-year suspended sentence.
  • Barcelona and Brazilian star Neymari s also facing allegations of corruption and fraud over his transfer to the Spanish club in 2013 – a case which also involves his parents. Prosecutors allege the transfer cost much more than publicly declared, and that millions were concealed from authorities
  • Former Barcelona president Sandro  Rosell, was arrested in May as part of a money-laundering investigation.

Florentino Perez stay on as Real Madrid president


Florentino Perez will stay on as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates presented a bid to rival the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline.
Perez, who first held the position in 2000, won uncontested, the Spanish and European champions announced on Monday.
The 70-year-old has overseen a period of continued success at Madrid, who claimed their third Champions League in four seasons in 2016-17.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid exit rumours 

  • ​Manchester United are lining up a sensational £183million, three-player deal with Real Madrid.

  • Manchester City have reportedly  contacted Cristiano Ronaldo amid  speculation he is set to quit Real  Madrid.
  • Chelsea have also emerged as surprise contenders for Ronaldo, with owner Roman Abramovich ready to pay a world-record fee for the 32-year-old.
  • Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to bid €140M and make Cristiano Ronaldo the most expensive player in history, on a salary of €30m per year.
  • Real Madrid say it would take a £350m deal to allow forward Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club, which they expect to deter Paris St-Germain and Manchester United.
  • But Ronaldo’s advisers say a fee of 150m euros (£131m) will be enough, with the player wanting a “fresh challenge”.
  • Real president Florentino Perez has told Portugal forward Ronaldo that he will not stand in his way if he wants to leave the Spanish champions.
  • Ronaldo will only stay at Madrid if the club agrees to pay his disputed £13m tax bill.
  • Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is considering possible destinations for his client, while Real, who are yet to receive any bids, believe the 32-year-old may have a change of heart in time.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been called by Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane and pleaded with him to stay

Spanish youth coach sacked after 25-0 win


The coach of a Spanish youth team has been sacked after a 25-0 win – because the club’s management decided the margin of victory went against the spirit of the game.

After defeating fellow Valencia side Benicalap C on 3 June, Serranos B’s under-11 manager was removed from his position.

“We believe in encouraging respect for your opponents. After the result, we decided that the manager should leave,” Pablo Alcaide, who helps run the side, told El Pais.

However, the Spanish newspaper also published comments from the manager’s lawyer, who insisted his client had not pushed players to score as many as they could.

The manager instead instructed his side “to pressure only in their own half” in the eight-a-side game, but Benicalap C “continued to attack and left spaces in behind”, the lawyer said.

The game was Benicalap C’s final match of the season. They finished bottom of the league with zero points and 247 goals conceded from their 30 matches.

El Pais reports that such one-sided scores are not infrequent in Spanish youth football, but many clubs stop counting once they have scored more than 10 goals.

Barcelona make Marlon Santos’ loan deal permanent

Barcelona have made their first signing of the summer with the confirmation that they will execute their option to make Fluminense defender Marlon Santos’s loan deal permanent.

Marlon, 21, signed a three-year deal with the Catalan club and will form part of the first team’s preseason tour of the United States under new coach Ernesto Valverde.

No fee has been revealed by either club, but as ESPN FC reported earlier in the season it’s estimated to be somewhere in the region of €6 million.

However, Barca will only have to pay €2m due to the fact they paid Flu €4m to have the first option on Gerson (€3.2m), Kenedy (€400,000) and Marlon (€400,000). Gerson and Kenedy have since gone on to sign for Roma and Chelsea respectively.
Marlon was a cornerstone of Barca B’s impressive season last campaign, with Gerard Lopez’s young side winning their league.
He had previously made his debut as a second-half substitute in the Champions League win over Celtic in Glasgow and Valverde will now use the summer to decide whether to keep him with the first team squad next season.

Fernando Torres’ overhead kick wins La Liga goal of the season

​Fernando Torres’ superb overhead kick against Celta Vigo has been voted La Liga goal of the season by Sky Sports users.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool man picked up 25 per cent of the votes, beating Lionel Messi’s Clasico winner from April (23 per cent) and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s finish to a superb team move for Las Palmas against Villarreal (16 per cent).

A shortlist of 13 brilliant goals from the past campaign were compiled, and we asked for your help in picking the best, with nearly 9,000 votes in total.

Messi featured twice, the first his stunning late strike against Real Madrid in El Clasico and the second his solo run and finish at home to Eibar on the final day of the season.

His Barcelona team-mate Neymar was also recognised for his goal against Celta Vigo in March, while Real star Isco scored a beauty at Sporting the following month.

And, of course, Las Palmas’ fantastic team goal against Villarreal made the cut.

  • Raul Garcia – Deportivo v Athletic Bilbao 

4 %

  • Nicola Sansone – Villarreal v Real Sociedad

1 %

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng – Villarreal v Las Palmas

16 %

  • Jonathan Viera – Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao

1 %

  • Dani Garcia – Valencia v Eibar

2 %

  • Andreas Pereira – Granada v Las Palmas

2 %

  • Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo

25 %

  • Antoine Griezmann – Deportivo v Atletico Madrid

4 %

  • Neymar – Barcelona v Celta Vigo

3 %

  • Isco – Sporting v Real Madrid

6 %

  • Lionel Messi – Real Madrid v Barcelona

23 %

  • Gabriel – Leganes v Real Betis

1 %

  • Lionel Messi – Barcelona v Eibar

13 %