Filer's Football Briefs
Since Luis Suarez joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, the catalan giants have become the envy of world football with their free-scoring menage a trois of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. Get on the stats.
270 - Since the beginning of 2014/15, that’s two-and-a-tiny-bit-seasons-ago, the South American trio have scored 270 goals between them. Tranmere Rovers Football Club have only scored 138 fewer than that in the same time period though, so..
150 - For their respective nations of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, MSN has scored 150 international goals. Just imagine if Robbie Keane also played for Barca.
133 - They have notched 133 Barcelona assists between them. That’s only one more than the total goals Tranmere Rovers Football.. Oh, forget it.
45 - One of the trio manages to score, on average, every 45 minutes. So that’s two a game. James Norwood, Andy Cook, Connor Jennings take note.
8 - They have led Barcelona to 8 titles in two years. Back-to-back La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, a Champions League, a Spanish Supercup, a European Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup title.
Tonight they take on title rivals Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou with MSN responsible for 13 of the last 14 goals Barca have scored against Atleti (the other was an own goal that Suarez was waiting to smash in anyway). Suarez and Messi lead the La Liga scoring charts with 4 goals, though Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann also has 4. Aupa Atleti.
Gamers looking to play as Euro 2016 happy clappers Iceland on the latest Electronic Arts instalment of the popular football simulator FIFA 17, will be left cold after a dispute between the developers and the Icelandic Football Association KSI.
The nation haven’t appeared on any of the 23 previous editions of the game but, now ranked 27th in the world having knocked England out of this summer’s tournament, feel they meet demand.
Niece of RFEF President Found Dead
The remains of a woman found in Toluca, Mexico, on 15 September have today been confirmed as that of Maria Villar Galaz, the niece of the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Angel Maria Villar.
Ms Galaz, 36, had been missing since 13 September after being kidnapped for ransom in the upscale Santa Fe neighbourhood of Mexico City, before being forced to withdraw large sums of cash from several automatic teller machines.
The following day the kidnappers made contact with Villar Galaz’s family to demand a ransom, though it is believed a much smaller amount was paid than requested.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told Onda Cero radio “we were convinced that it was just a matter of time she would appear free and safe, but unfortunately things didn’t turn out that way”.
Ms Galaz was working for computer company IBM in Mexico City and was last seen by friends getting into a taxi. She had called her husband from the cab to say she was on her way home.
Her uncle, 66, was a tough tacking midfielder for Athletic Club where he won the Copa del Rey and played in both legs of the 1977 UEFA Cup Final as the Basque outfit lost out to Juventus on away goals.
He retired in 1981 with 22 Spain caps and a law degree to his name, and was acting UEFA president following the suspension of Michel Platini. Villar pulled out of the running for the job on a full-time basis and was succeeded by Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin who was elected, ironically, the day after Ms Galaz’s disappearance.
Wales’ heroic showing at Euro 2016 has earned £3m profit for the Football Association of Wales, and seen the principality return to the top 10 of the world rankings.
FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford has pledged all the money will go back into Welsh football with the women’s game being one of the main targets for the association. “In participation terms, it’s the fastest growing sport and we need to make sure we capitalise on that so we can compete with the Norwegians, the English, the Germans and the like, who really have demonstrated how women’s football has come on leaps and bounds”.
The money will also be used to improve training facilities in the country from elite level right down to the grassroots of the game.
The Dragons, ranked 10th by FIFA, kicked off their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 4-0 victory over Moldova at the start of the month. They currently sit top of their group containing Austria, Republic of Ireland and Serbia, and are hopeful of making their first appearance at the finals since 1958.
KSI president Geir Thorsteinsson told the BBC “the performance at the Euros show that we are quite a good team and many would like to play with our team. It’s sad for the players, but the criticism should be towards EA Sports”.
A dispute over the trademarks and image rights means Iceland won’t be one of the 47 men’s national teams included in the game, although 148th ranked India will be.
“I really feel if we are giving away rights, or offering rights, it has to be proper negotiations and fair fees. I didn’t feel that was done in a fair and open manner.” Thorsteinsson added.
Whatever happened to EA Sports’ motto “If it’s in the game, it’s in the game” hey?