Archive for May 19th, 2008

Spain’s Euro 2008 Roster – 23 Players, No Raúl

Monday, May 19th, 2008

No Maniche for Portugal, and no Raúl for Spain. Earlier this week, La Furia Roja manager Luis Aragonés released his final List of 23 who will be travelling to SwissAustria in June and as expected, Real Madrid’s captain was not selected. The feud between Aragonés and Raúl has been going on for quite some time now, and not even Raúl’s return to form these recent years could convince the Spanish manager to bring him back. 

Other notable absentees are Real Madrid’s Guti and Valencia’s Joaquín. This year’s pichichi on the other hand (Mallorca’s Daniel Guiza) earned his call-up through boatloads of goals, and will participate in the Euro expedition.

If you want to further discuss the selections, check out’s forum thread here.

Here’s the full list:


Goalkeepers: Club:
Iker Casillas Real Madrid
José Manuel Reina Liverpool
Andrés Palop Sevilla
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid
Carles Puyol Barcelona
Juanito Betis
Álvaro Arbeloa Liverpool
Fernando Navarro Mallorca
Raúl Albiol Valencia
Carlos Marchena Valencia
Joan Capdevila Villarreal
Cesc Fàbregas Arsenal
Andrés Iniesta Barcelona
Xavi Hernandez Barcelona
David Silva Valencia
Santiago Cazorla Villareal
Rubén de La Red Getafe
Xabi Alonso Liverpool
Marcos Senna Villareal
David Villa Valencia
Sergio Garcia Zaragoza
Fernando Torres Liverpool
Daniel Güiza Mallorca

Serie A Final Matchday – Week-end & Season Review (2007-08)

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Week-End Reviews

Well, it’s all over: another year of Serie A has come to a close, with Internazionale crowned champions of 2007-08. It was an exciting season but all good things must come to an end, and make way for Euro 20008. :)

Here are the results and summaries for matchday 38. I recommend in particular Italy Offside’s thorough round-up week 38 review

Italian Calcio Blog week 38 review

Italian Calcio Blog

Marco’s Pre-season predictions

For kicks, here’s the final ranking compared to the predictions *I* had made back in August.

Not too bad I’d say… Obviously I was way off on AC Milan and Lazio, but the rest was more or less in the ballpark for the top 10 teams no? :) And I defy anyone to tell me they had predicted Parma’s relegation.

Marco’s Actual
1. Milan Inter Champions League
2. Inter Roma
3. Juve Juve
4. Roma Fiorentina

5. Lazio Milan UEFA Cup
6. Sampdoria Sampdoria
7. Fiorentina Udinese

8. Udinese Napoli
9. Palermo Atalanta
10. Torino Genoa
11. Napoli Palermo
12. Parma Lazio
13. Atalanta Siena
14. Livorno Cagliari
15. Empoli Torino
16. Genoa Reggina
17. Reggina Catania

18. Cagliari Empoli Relegation
19. Catania Parma
20. Siena Livorno


Party Time

No ‘Goals of the week’ this time, but just a video celebrating Inter’s 16th Scudetto. Enjoy.


Results Summary


Serie A – day 38
Sampdoria – Juventus 3 – 3
Atalanta – Genoa 2 - 0
Cagliari – Reggina 2 – 2
Catania – Roma 1 – 1
Empoli – Livorno 2 - 1
Lazio – Napoli 2 - 1
Milan – Udinese 4 - 1
Parma – Inter 0 - 2
Siena – Palermo 2 – 2
Torino – Fiorentina 0 – 1