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  1. BARCA MAKE THERE MARK IN EUROPE A tough European campaign was finished in relative ease by Spanish champions Barca. The final was everything the fans had hoped for but barca ran out deserved winners and took the trophy back too the Nou Camp where many believe it belongs. The outstanding player has to have been powerful Barca forward Jonas Pederson who has scored goals for fun at home and abroad but special mention goes too Alfonso Marquez who pummelled Recreativo into submission in an earlier round. The final itself was no let down..... both teams attacked from first too last and the fans received a great spectacle and definatly got there moneys worth from the fortunes they paid for tickets.
  2. BARCELONA ARE THE TEAM TOO BEAT what a season for Barcelona... A near perfect campaign ended up with a famous treble, including the super cup, the league title and the Champions league trophy. The team made the final of the Spanish cup also but were edged out in a tight game by Sabadell who really did deserve something from a season that promised so much. The team is finally starting to look like the dominant barca team of years gone bye, The team is finding the net on a regular basis while keeping it tight at the back it is an attacking team built too soak up pressure then punish there opponents with a mixture of pace and power up front. BARCA SPEND BIG BUT THEY SPEND WELL Success has come at a cost with some huge investment taking place in the playing squad however Akinbiyi has balanced the books by removing the dead wood and working the transfer market as best as he can selling for profit and trusting in young hungry players too come in and prove there worth. the stars of this season are too many too mention but here are a few standouts - JONAS PEDERSON CRISTAINO VIEGA MANUEL RESCALDINI The team is expected to win the league every year now that's the way it is and the difference when you are at a big club.... it has its own pressures and the vast resources available cant counter the fact things need to be won every season or the axe will fall.
  4. BARCELONA ARE BACK ON TOP A tough season has ended with Barca finally claiming back there crown as the best team in Spain.... serious investment in the summer allowed Akinbiyi the room to manoeuvre with his team selection and tactics. Barca started the season well and almost led from the front the entire season Sabadell ended up pushing hard in the final months of the season but the league was won with 3 games too spare and quite comfortably in the end. The new arrivals at the club really made the difference it has taken 2 years but the manager has reshaped the club from top too bottom. he has moved on all the 30+ players bringing in exciting hungry youngsters. This is also the case in the youth teams with major investment being made in the under 19s squad and the Barca B team and the efforts have reaped immediate rewards, with the under 19s running away with there league racking up over 90 points. Special mention goes to player of the year winner Manu Portoles who played very well all season especially during the run in where his goals took Barca on to the title while the strikers were struggling to find the net.
  5. STRONG START FROM AKINBIYI This was always going to be a season of transition for Barca and there new manager Akinbiyi, however the manager has set his stall out early and with the team finishing second in his first season Akinbiyi has shown he isn't going to be wasting anytime in his chase for the title. The team performed well considering all the changes and Barca pushed Albacete all the way , it was always going to be tough though especially with Albacete's superior head to head record thanks too a lucky crash. Barca did not however perform well in the cups and this is something the manager will have too look at going forwards. its going to be another big summer with the manager looking to make the team his own now that he has removed the big wages from his wage bill. a reported transfer budget of 46 million will be supplemented with a lot of free wages too work with.
  6. Samuel Umtiti was one of the players expected too survive the axe at barca, but after moaning about leaving for man united and questioning the teams ambition the manager immediately placed the player on the transfer list. Removing his 125k a week wage was important and replacing him with Turkish international star Gokan Sezgin might actually be the best piece of business done by barca in this first transfer window. Marc Andre Ter Stegen looked like retaining his place in goals for Barcelona but his wages of 250k a week were always going to be an issue and with the Spanish international teams 2nd and 3rd choice goalkeepers both on the books at Barca there was going to be plenty of room to manoeuvre in the goalkeeping area off the pitch. It was always going to be a hard choice but it looks so far like 23 year old Jordi Aguada has one the starting jersey. Wesley Houdt was another surprise departure as he was still regarded as one of the best defenders in the league. His advancing years and huge 325k a week wages were a problem for the manager and he was offered out at a reduced fee just to move the player on.
  7. FANS FAVORITE AKINBIYI GETS THE TOP JOB Fallen giants Barcelona bravely picked out Ponferrada manager Adebajo Akinbiyi to return the club too the summit of Spanish football. Akinbiyis former side had dominated Barca in the cup final recently and this may have helped the board lean towards him as there new manager. it is obviously a great job to step into but it is no easy task. Underperforming players on huge contracts and the wrong side of 30, a team not in the champions league and want a way superstars are just some of the problems the manager will have to contend with. With a rumoured transfer budget of just 10 million the manager will have to sell players and remove some of the massive wages at the club.
  8. BARCA LOOK FOR A NEW MANAGER The once mighty Spanish giants Barcelona are now looking for a new manager. After this seasons poor performance resulting in a 6th place finish and a defeat too Ponferrada in the cup final the board have decided enough is enough and fired the entire management team. Rumours are rife with who will be in charge next season and a huge shortlist seems inevitable but here we can run through some off the favourites - STUART ABREY Stu has had a tremendous few years he really has taken Albacete so much further than ever expected. His team is fast attacking and full off talent and would make for an excellent choice as there next manager SEAN BLACK Sean has recently jumped ship from Logrones too former champions Sabadell. The in demand manager has an amazing ability too find the best in the transfer market and with an ageing underperforming squad at Barcelona he really would be an asset to the management team. ALEJANDRO SANTIAGO Ali has had his best season yet and was looking like winning his first title in the top flight. Going into the last day Ali was at home too struggling Atletico Madrid and needed a draw or better, his team struggled though and succumbed to a 2 - 1 defeat. The manager despite this setback though would be an excellent choice as manager his ability at bringing youth players through to the first team and working from the under19s upwards would be perfect for Barcelona. ADEBAJO AKINBIYI This manager is definitely on the up and destroying Barca in the cup final this year is only going to help. Akinbiyi has taken the club from the lowest level of Spanish football all the way too the top, he has a keen eye for a bargain and spends his money wisely. The manager has been quoted in the media as an early front runner but has so far remained silent.
  9. HISTORIC SPANISH CUP WIN FOR PONFERRADA Finally they have done it, Akinbiyi has taken this promising Ponferrada team too its first major silverware. After previously being humbled in the final by Real Madrid and making the semi finals two of the previous three years the team faced the mighty Barcelona in this years final. Akinbiyi set up too attack from the off and after a slow start he made the brave choice too substitute star striker Ronaldo, his poor running off the ball was slowing down his attack and with Kuki on the bench the manager had left himself some good options. This proved too be a masterstroke as kuki set up the opening goal and Ponffy went on too win 3 - 1. The fans and media alike praised Akinbiyi for this amazing achievement, he has taken this club from the lowest league in spain too now being a major player in Spanish football.
  10. ANOTHER GOOD SEASON WITHOUT A TROPHY Ponferrada just cant seem to get over the line, another title challenge wasn't expected but the team managed to put in a good effort pushing Real Madrid all the way and sadly tailing off in the last couple of weeks. In the end the team finished 3rd joint on points with Albacete but in reality if there hadn't have been a crash on the final game second place would have belonged too Ponferrada for the second year running. This was Ponferradas first appearance in the champions league they breezed through too the quarter finals where stus Albacete team lay in wait, my assistant got landed with the games and went out on away goals as frustrating as this was reaching this stage first time in was a great effort. Star performer was superstar striker Ronaldo he had another great season and is now being chased by all the top clubs in Europe, his buy out is 51 million and I will look to offer him an improved deal later in the year. The hard work is all done by the defense though we love clean sheets and a 1 - 0 win is better than a 4 - 2. Sommer is the top performer at centre back and he is still under 25 so has a lot of improvement ahead of him and our young left back Santos is already being chased by Barcelona Chelsea and Real Madrid. Its going to be a busy summer window ahead with a reported 15 million budget for the manager too spend. Akinbiyi has said he is determined too keep improving and with Albacete and Real Madrid not showing any signs of letting up the season should be one of the most exciting yet.
  12. WHAT NEXT FOR RONALDO ? After his debut season was such a success what is going too happen next for superstar striker Ronaldo Gashi ? His triple award haul in his first season is a huge achievement and now that his move has been made permanent by Ponferrada the striker is looking too cement his place as one of the top strikers in the league, if not the world. With last years awards still fresh in the memory Ronaldo has already scooped the top scorer award at the summers Olympic games. This is sure too be a big season for the striker and who knows what he can achieve with new signings at the club hoping too push the club further up the table and onwards in Europe.
  13. ITS ALL COMING TOGETHER FOR PONFERADDA After last seasons poor finish Ponferrada had too step up this year. No European football was a huge disappointment and if the team was too progress and attract better players this team had too improve its performances. Whatever the manager said too his team pre season definitely did the job as the team come out the blocks firing on all cylinders. The team was never out the top 6 and even managed a late title charge add into that a cup final run and this season was a huge success. With Akinbiyi having too miss a month off the season as he was in Africa building homeless shelters for sick children, Christian Lattanzio his assistant stepped up too the table at a crucial time in the season too keep the team performing too the same high levels the management expected. He along with the rest off the staff did a great job and kept the team firmly in the European places and even managed a 4 - 1 victory over Barcelona in the cup. Lattanzio even managed to get himself in the headlines this season leaping too his managers defence after some inflammatory comments from UCAM manager Jonas Christiansen. Lattanzio was quoted on local television saying - " We work as a team here at Ponferrada our achievements belong too all of us, We work hard and we earn every point we get through hard work and determination, if Jonas wants too send some off his staff up here we can show them how too work better as a team and maybe his team will find success a little quicker than it seems have taken so far. I would however like too congratulate Jonas and his team on finally earning promotion to the top league its a shame he didn't come up last year as the 6 points we would have taken off him might have put us into first place in the league. " Star performer off the season has too go too on loan wonderkid Ronaldo Gashi he finished the season as the league top scorer and picked up the player of the year and young player off the year trophy's too. In all honesty his achievements will go down as one off the best debut campaigns ever in the league and with Akinbiyi having negotiated a 10 million buy out in his loan deal we may be seeing a lot more off this player in the coming seasons.
  15. A GOOD SEASON..... BUT NO EUROPEAN PLACE With Ponferrada setting standards so high in recent years this years finish feels a little disappointing. A tenth place finish means no European football this coming season and none off the financial benefits it brings either. The team played well in patches but some poor mid season form really meant the team was too far behind too stake a claim for a top 6 finish. There was some welcome relief in the cup and Europa league though with the team again making the semi final stage off the Spanish cup losing eventually too Barcelona and a Quarter final finish in the teams first appearance in Europe, going out too the English team Everton. l Finances remain amazing with the team putting money into its training facilities, youth recruitment and a new stadium. the directors themselves even found the time too reward themselves for all the teams hard work with 6 million in dividends. Star player off the season was on loan striker Luc Bosc his loan move proved a masterstroke and the player finished 3rd top scorer in the league and with the Spanish young player off the year award. A mention has to go to left back Edward Sobol who made the team off the year after some inspired performances for the club in defence and his blistering free kicks made him a real fans favorite.