Spanish justice at work?

A true tale from Los Gallardos, which happened a fortnight ago. The names have been changed for my own protection, but all involved are local lads. A certain fellow, nice but dim is how even his own blessed mother would describe him, a keen amateur footballer, got into a bit of rough and tumble on the field at a recent game up at Los Gallardos football field. He accused his opponent team -captained by his Continue reading Spanish justice at work?

Footballer talks to Catalan reporter in Andaluz and causes a storm

Following on from yesterdays rant about if you want to sell in Spain, speak Castellano and not your regional dialect, it’s a little ironic that today’s El Mundo is reporting that Seville born footballer Sergio Ramos is in trouble for sarcastically asking a Catalan reporter “you want it in Andaluz?” The team was in Salamanca for yesterdays game against Lithuania when a Catalan reporter at the press conference stood up and had a long chat Continue reading Footballer talks to Catalan reporter in Andaluz and causes a storm

A Different Corner: Exploring Spanish Football

I’m not a huge football fan, but I found this book to be interesting. It’s an interesting review of Spanish football by expat Richard Bretnall, as written by him after travelling the country and after he investigated the history behind Spanish football. Via the medium of football, Richard manages to get closer to Spain and it’s traditions. Here’s his description, which is better than any I could write: Fed up by life in a country Continue reading A Different Corner: Exploring Spanish Football

Tragedy in Turre

On Friday night, a young 23 year lad called David Zamora, playing football in the local league at Turre old football stadium, collapsed and died during the match. He was pronounced dead at Huercal Overa hospital. He had a small heart problem from birth, but lead a strict life and had a perfect bill of health. He was a regular player in the league. I know his elder sister, and my heart goes out to Continue reading Tragedy in Turre

Head of Almeria Football Fed arrested on child porn charge

Nicolás Uclés, the venerable head of Almería football who has been behind the scenes for the last 30 years and is one of the reasons why football here is so well run (so it seems, I don’t follow it myself) was arrested in a dramatic police operation at 1,30 yesterday morning after police kicked his door in and dragged him away. In a statement issued, he admits to having downloaded around 4,000 porn clips from Continue reading Head of Almeria Football Fed arrested on child porn charge

RTVE fires its sports director over football national hymn row

Today’s row is over the high pitched whistling emitted by Basque and Catalans which drowned out the national hymn played before yesterday’s football match between Athletic and Barça. Fans screamed nationalist abuse, let off air horns and generally drowned out the national anthem and the King (who also attended). However, the sports director of RTVE, the national broadcaster, ordered that the live transmission of the match be cut off due to the protest and switched Continue reading RTVE fires its sports director over football national hymn row

Gentleman in a wheelchair tries to riot at football game

A gentleman in a wheelchair has been fined 3.001€ & banned from sporting events for 6 months after he tried to start a riot at the Meditterranean Games Football Stadium in Almería during last Sundays match against A Coruña. It seems that an official asked him to move his wheelchair away from an emergency exit he was blocking, and asked him to move to the wheelchair area (which is front row anyway, and apparantly fewer Continue reading Gentleman in a wheelchair tries to riot at football game