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Arsenal target rejects Emirates move yet again

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Arsenal target rejects Emirates move yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has rejected move to Arsenal yet again. The Gunners have tabled a better offer this time, but the Spanish defender wants to continue with Atletico. He feels settled here and connected with the fans and is not lookingto leave the club at the moment.

Juanfran claims he rejected a lucrative offer from Arsenal in the summer

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Juanfran claims he rejected a lucrative offer from Arsenal in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has said that he has rejected a lucrative offer in the summer from English giants Arsenal.

The Spain international who has four years left on his contract at the Vicente Calderon, could have easily accepted a move to the Emirates this summer but rejected such advances.

Gunners failed in Atletico Madrid swoop

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English media outlet The Daily Starcites that reports out of Spain have revealed that Arsenal failed in an approach for Atletico Madrid star Juanfran. The news comes out as the defender signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid this week, keeping him at the club until 2017. Juanfran has become a pivotal player for Atletico in recent seasons since making a move from Osasuna in 2011, and has also established himself in Vicente Del Bosque's Spanish national team.

Live Text: UEFA Supercup – Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid

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Euro 2012: Group C Preview

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Their seems to be an air of inevitability surrounding Group C, what with defending champion Spain expected to win the group and Italy projected to finish second. While that forecast seems reasonable, it's tough to guarantee that this group will be so predictable.

Yes, Spain still enters the Euros as the tournament favorite, and it's tough to see them not topping this group, but the rest is tough to call when you consider all that Italy has been through with the recent distraction of a national match-fixing scandal (not to mention some key injuries).

Spain’s lineup for Euro 2012

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This is Spain's national football team roster for the Euro 2012.

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao)

Midfielders: Xavi (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Chelsea)

Forwards: Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla)

Spain’s lineup for Euro 2012

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This is Spain's national football team roster for the Euro 2012.

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao)

Midfielders: Xavi (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Chelsea)

Forwards: Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla)

Perdo In FInal Spain Euro Squad

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Barcelona forward Pedro has been rewarded for his two goals in the Copa del Rey final on Friday by being included in Spain's 23-man squad for the European Championships.

Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo was also selected among manager Vicente del Bosque's strikers, meaning there was no place for Roberto Soldado or Adrian Lopez despite the latter's goalscoring debut against Serbia on Saturday.

El efecto Simeone.

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21.01.2012 - Después de 8 meses (21.05.2011, tres de Aguero) el Atlético de Madrid vuelve a ganar de visitante. Pasaron nevadas, lluvias, soles, lunas, decepciones, jugadores y técnicos...
Y ganó claramente (0-4) en casa de una Real Sociedad que traía siete partidos de invicto.

La Liga Bosman List

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Abidal, Kanoute and Marcos Senna top the list of La Liga players who will be available on a free Bosman transfer according to Goal.com.Real Madrid's Ricardo Carvalho was on the list, but the club recently activated a clause that automatically renewed his contract for another season:

La Liga Team By Team Bosman Guide

 ATHLETIC BILBAO Raul Fernandez 13 Mar 1988 Goalkeeper Koikili Lertxundi 23 Dec 1980 Defender Aitor Ocio 28 Nov 1976 Defender Igor Gabilondo 10 Feb 1979 Midfielder Gaizka Toquero 9 Aug 1984 Striker Ibai Gomez 11 Nov 1989 Striker  ATLETICO MADRID Antonio Lopez 13 Sep 1981 Defender Luis Perea 30 Jan 1979 Defender  BARCELONA
Eric Abidal 11 Sep 1979 Defender Isaac Cuena 27 Apr 1991 Midfielder  BETIS Miki Roque 8 July 1988 Defender Jose Isidoro 1 Aug 1986 Defender Nacho Perez 24 Jun 1980 Defender Iriney Santos 23 Apr 1981 Midfielder Juanma 29 May 1981 Midfielder  ESPANYOL Kiko Casilla 2 Oct 1986 Goalkeeper Ernesto Galan 17 Jun 1986 Defender Cristian Gomez 27 Jul 1989 Midfielder Walter Pandiani 27 Apr 1976 Striker Thievy Bifouma 13 May 1992 Striker  GETAFE
Jaime Gavilan 12 May 1985 Midfielder Pedro Rios 12 Dec 1981 Midfielder  GRANADA Jose Juan Figueras 25 Jan 1979 Goalkeeper Diego Mainz 29 Dec 1982 Defender Inigo Lopez 23 Jul 1982 Defender Dani Benitez 7 Apr 1987 Midfielder Abel Gomez 20 Feb 1982 Midfielder Alex Geijo 11 Mar 1982 Striker  LEVANTE Nano 7 Jul 1980 Defender Juanfran 15 Jul 1976 Defender Asier del Horno 19 Jan 1981 Defender Javi Venta 13 Dec 1975 Defender Sergio Ballesteros 4 Sep 1975 Defender Javier Farinos 29 Mar 1978 Midfielder Juanlu 18 May 1980 Midfielder Valdo 23 Apr 1981 Midfielder Rafa Jorda 11 Jan 1984 Striker Carlos Aranda 27 Jul 1980 Striker Ruben Suarez 19 Feb 1979 Striker  MALAGA Javier Malagueno 27 Oct 1982 Defender Wellington 28 Aug 1979 Defender Helder Rosario 9 Mar 1980 Defender Enzo Maresca 10 Feb 1980 Midfielder Ruud van Nistelrooy 01 July 1976 Striker  MALLORCA Pablo Caceres 22 Apr 1985 Defender Nunes 7 Mar 1977 Defender Marti Crespi 15 Jun 1987 Defender Pau Cendros 1 Apr 1987 Defender Pedro Bigas 15 May 1990 Defender Gonzalo Castro 14 Sep 1984 Midfielder Josep Lluis Marti 28 Apr 1975 Midfielder  OSASUNA
Ricardo 30 Dec 1971 Goalkeeper Roversio Rodrigues 17 Jan 1984 Defender Sergio Fernandez 23 May 1977 Defender Patxi Punal 6 Sep 1975 Midfielder Javier Calleja 12 May 1978 Midfielder Raul Garcia 11 Jul 1986 Midfielder  RACING SANTANDER
Mario Fernandez 30 Apr 1988 Goalkeeper Jose Picon 13 Mar 1988 Defender Osmar Barba 5 Jun 1988 Defender Bernardo Espinosa 11 Jul 1989 Defender Gonzalo Colsa 2 Apr 1979 Midfielder Pedro Munitis 19 Jun 1975 Midfielder Kennedy 22 Nov 1980 Midfielder Julian Luque 27 Mar 1992 Midfielder Adrian Gonzalez 25 May 1988 Midfielder Jairo 11 Jul 1993 Midfielder Edu Bedia 23 Mar 1989 Midfielder Christian Stuani 12 Oct 1986 Striker Mamadou Kone 25 Dec 1991 Striker  RAYO VALLECANO David Cobeno 6 Apr 1982 Goalkeeper Daniel Gimenez 30 Jul 1983 Goalkeeper Tito 11 Jul 1985 Defender Jose Manuel Casado 9 Aug 1986 Defender Alejandro Arribas 1 May 1989 Defender Raul Bravo 14 Apr 1981 Defender Jordi Figueras 16 May 1987 Defender Sueliton Pereira 19 Aug 1986 Defender Rafa Garcia 14 Jan 1986 Midfielder Jose Movilla 8 feb 1975 Midfielder Michel 30 Oct 1975 Midfielder Piti 26 May 1981 Midfielder Nestor Susaeta 11 Dec 1984 Midfielder Javi Fuego 4 Jan 1984 Midfielder Raul Tamudo 19 Oct 1977 Striker Koke 27 Apr 1983 Striker Andrija Delibasic 24 Apr 1981 Striker  REAL SOCIEDAD Enaut Zubikarai 26 Feb 1984 Goalkeeper Tono 23 Nov 1986 Goalkeeper Mikel Aranburu 18 Feb 1979 Midfielder  SEVILLA
Andres Palop 22 Oct 1973 Goalkeeper Emiliano Armenteros 18 Jan 1986 Midfielder Tom De Mul 4 Mar 1986 Midfielder Frederic Kanoute 2 Sep 1979 Striker  SPORTING GIJON Andre Castro 2 Apr 1988 Midfielder Alberto Rivera 16 Feb 1978 Midfielder Ivan Hernandez 27 Feb1980 Midfielder Nacho Novo 26 Mar 1979 Striker  VALENCIA Cristiano Pereira 29 Nov 1990 Goalkeeper Bruno Saltor 1 Oct 1980 Defender Hedwiges Maduro 13 Feb 1985 Defender Angel Dealbert 1 Jan 1983 Defender Miguel 4 Jan 1980 Defender David Albelda 1 Sep 1977 Midfielder  VILLARREAL Cesar Sanchez 2 Sep 1971 Goalkeeper Diego Marino 9 May 1990 Goalkeeper Angel Lopez 10 Mar 1981 Defender Mario Gaspar 24 Nov 1990 Defender Marcos Senna 17 Jul 1976 Midfielder Gerard Bordas 11 Sep 1981 Midfielder  ZARAGOZA Leo Franco 20 May 1977 Goalkeeper Javier Paredes 5 Jul 1982 Defender Antonio Tomas 19 Jan 1985 Midfielder Leonardo Ponzio 29 Jan 1982 Midfielder

Atletico Madrid Turn Down £52m From Chelsea

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Atletico Madrid have turned down a £52 million double bid from Chelsea for Sergio Aguero and Diego Godin according to Atletico president Miguel Angel Gil.

Real Madrid were also after Aguero while Chelsea were the sole bidders for Uruguay defending Godin.

"In the last week we have received two offers," he told the club's website.

Atletico coach given lifeline with win over Mallorca

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MADRID, Spain — Atletico Madrid beat Real Mallorca 3-0 on Monday to maintain their hunt for a European place and ease the pressure on coach Quique Sanchez Flores. Recent poor form including a 4-1 thumping by Hercules put Sanchez Flores in the firing line and there were rumours that if they lost to Mallorca and [.


Equatorial Guinea vs Spain 1-2 Highlights 2013 Cazorla Juanfran Goals Video

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France’s Whistle Blowing Fortune

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Interesting footage to come out of Spain today: that big Olivier Giroud goal which saw Les Bleus net a colossal draw against the Milky Way Champeens? Almost didn't happen. With three minutes of added time, it appeared the referee was getting ready to bring the whistle to his mouth to call an end to proceedings, granting the three points to Spain.

La Liga

Del Bosque announces Spain squad

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Vicente Del Bosque has announced his Spain squad for the games with Saudi Arabia and Georgia.

The Saudi game, to be played in Pontevedra on September 7, is a friendly and will act as preparation for the first World Cup 2014 qualifying match against Georgia in Tbilisi four days later.

Levante Beats Real Betis 3-1

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Levante maintained their unlikely push towards a Champions League place with a comfortable win over Real Betis.

Three goals in a 17-minute period around half-time was enough to ensure a win that moves the unfancied club back up to fourth.

Jose Barkero's 34th-minute free-kick and Xavi Torres' header soon after gave them a lead that was trimmed by Jorge Molina just before half-time.

Valencia 3-3 Osasuna Highlights- Video

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Valencia 3-3 Osasuna ( Roberto Soldado, Marius Stankevicius, Aritz Aduriz/ Juanfran, Miguel Flano, Carlos Aranda) Valencia threw away a 3-1 lead as they drew 3-3 with Osasuna at the Mestalla on Monday, December 13, 2010. Carlos Aranda was the hero for Osasuna, with his goal coming three minutes from time.


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Three games tonight were celebrated as part of Round 18 with FCBARCELONA securing the top spot of the classification ladder atthe half way season mark. So much so that they have opened afurther gap over rivals Real Madrid who lost their away match.OSASUNA defeated RCD ESPANYOL with two goals from JUANFRAN in the 7th min & another a minute later by PANDIANI.

Athletic Bilbao

Spain 2-0 Serbia – Match Recap – Friendly – 26 May 2012

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Spain cruised to a comfortable win over Serbia in a friendly on Saturday, May 26, 2012.

With the Copa del Rey final on Friday, Spain were without any players from Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. Despite not being at full strength, Barcelona would get second half goals from Adrian (64th minute) and Santi Cazorla (75th minute) to win the match.


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The SPANISH NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM began its warm-up games before starting its Euro 2012 campaign with a 2 - 0 victory over SERBIA. The Spanish starting line-up looked unfamiliar as the FC Barcelona & Athletic Bilbao players were missing due to their participation in yesterdays Spanish Cup Final. The line-up today was: Casillas; Juanfran, Ramos, Albiol, Alba; Bruno, Xabi Alonso, Navas, Cazorla;

Spain’s Euro 2012 Provisional Squad feat. David Silva, Jordi Alba & The ‘Ferdinand vs Terry’ England Debate

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Vicente del Bosque has done it again by messing with everyone's heads! The Spanish coach announced his 'provisional' Euro 2012 squad yesterday and the players involved will face Korea and Serbia in friendly matches next week and head to the tournament from their training base, Switzerland, right after.

Bielsa en Bilbao (61): Levante 3 Athletic 0

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13.05.2012 - Con goles de Ghezzal (´44 + ´68) y Farinós (´88 penal), Levante venció (3-0) a Athletic en el estadio Ciutat de Valencia por la última fecha de la Liga española (38) y clasifica (por primera vez en su historia) a la Europa League.
Terminó la Liga y Marcelo Bielsa sacó sus conclusiones (públicas): "el balance de la Liga para el Athletic es negativo".

January Transfer Window 2011 – done deals (La Liga)

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Here are all the completed transfers in Spain's La Liga. As you might imagine, in Spain spending during the January transfer window was a lot less than in the Premier League:


Ins: Juanito (Málaga), Antonio Luna (loan from Sevilla) Sofiane Feghouli (loan from Valencia).



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ATLETICO DE MADRID made official to media today their new signing in the "Winter Market" that cost 5 M€ : JUANFRAN. The 26 year old right-winger was "raised" at Real Madrid before signing to his last Club OSASUNA where he played 5 seasons & has made a name for himself. The player comes in to "fill" the gap left by Simao who left for Turkish Club Besiktas & has been immediately called up into

Squad Profile: CA Osasuna

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Squad Profiles are available for each of the twenty clubs currently playing football in the Spanish top flight. They are an overview of each club and specifically denote players to highly consider selecting for your side. Others have been ear-marked to watch out for as they may be new to La Liga or returning from injury.

(highlights) Calcio, Liga: Osasuna-Real Madrid 0-0. Merengues a secco a Pamplona. Fallito l'aggancio

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(highlights di Osasuna-Real Madrid)

OSASUNA (4-4-2): Ricardo, Monreal, Flaño, Roversio, Azpilicueta, Nekouna, Juanfran (79' Ruper), Puñal, Camuñas (92' Calleja), Pandiani, Carlos Aranda (63' Shojaei). All.: Camacho.
REAL MADRID (4-4-2): Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Garay, Arbeloa, Marcelo (82' Granero), Van der Vaart (63' Benzema), Xabi Alonso, Diarra, Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuaín (72' Raul).


Some updates

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Firstly, before anything else I'd like to post a video my cousin back in Canada made. It's a video which contains some pictures as well as a few videos, the kind of scenes which make us proud when we look back on them as well as give us hope for the future.

So, the official debts have been released and the numbers were alot less scary than some of the rumours we heard a few weeks back.


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Well, our night went from good to about as bad as it could get. As you can see from the post below we were up 1-0 at half time.

The second half started and early on Majstorovic gets his second yellow and is sent off and Bate tie the game. So, one of our key players is sent off, the pitch condition is deteriorating (and it was disgusting to begin with) and we were loosing the control over the game we had before.

Half Time BATE 0-1 AEK !!!!

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45 minutes in and we're leading this one 1-0! Blanco scored a penalty (certainly the correct call) to put us up and we now are in a great position and the win is definately possible.

Conditions are terrible in Minsk. It is extremely cold (near zero degrees celcius) and the pitch is extremely wet.

Xanthi 1-0 AEK

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First off, the highlights:

AEKMAN74 posted a review earlier on this match which covered most of the main points so be sure to check that out as well. I'd just like to add a few things.

We lined up with Saja as keeper, Araujo, Arce, Majstorovic, and Georgeas (who played left back) playing defence, Hersi, Geurreiro, Jahic, and Manduca playing Midfield, with Scocco and Blanco playing attack.

AEK Triumph Over Benfica and Reignite Europa League Campaign

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A resurgent AEK overcame a depressing 4-0 thrashing to Everton two weeks ago to grind out a surprising but deserved 1-0 victory over Portugeuese powerhouse club Benfica FC.

The night started dismally for AEK. Playing what I believe was a 4-2-3-1 with Saja in goal and Juanfran, Arce, Marjstorovic, and Gorgeas in the back, Kafes and Jahic in defensive midfield roles, Manduca, Scocco and Hersi forming a three-man attacking line and Blanco playing lone goal-poacher up top, AEK struggled for possession early on.

AEK 1-0 Benfica!!! Yep, thats right.

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A huge win for us, absolutely incredible! So many good things to say, its going to take a while. I believe AEKBaltimore recorded the game since it was on in the US as well, so hopefully he will have some more comments as well.

First off, let me just repeat that once more. AEK 1-0 Benfica.


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So, another derby lost. That makes it the first time we've lost two derbies in a row in about ten years. Not a good sign.

Not many positives to take from this game, both sides played some pretty poor football. I'm not going to bother writing much as there is little to say. Firstly, our forwards still can't score.

AEK 1-2 Olympiakos

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Well, there has been quite a bit of discussion in the post AEKBaltimore put up. Since the match alot has happened, most regarding the horrendous officiating at the match. But first, a review.

For everyone who has been following AEK you know how incredibly unlucky we tend to be, especially when it matters most.

PAS Giannena 1-1 AEK

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An extremely disappointing result today for AEK in Giannena.

Our starting lineup consisted of Saja, Araujo, Majstorovic, Arce, Juanfran, Hersi, Guerreiro, Jahic, Manduca, Nemeth, Pavlis.

I can't comment much on the first half since I could only watch the second half, but from what I heard we saw some decent passing from the team.

PAS Giannena-AEK Pre-Game Comments

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Well, our match in Giannena starts in a little under an hour. Our most likely starting lineup is said to be Saja, Araujo, Majstorovic, Arce, Juanfran, Jahic, Guerreiro, Hersi, Manduca, Nemeth, and Blanco. We will be going 4-4-2 with Blanco and Nemeth up front. A good line-up in my opinion, very strong, with some experienced players.

The six referee thing is nagannahappen

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Anish references the six referee rule that Michel Platini has implemented for the Europa Cup and already David Moyes is irate because he believes that the goal line assistants missed a deliberate foul on Louis Saha by AEK's Juanfran which got the Everton striker sent off as he retaliated.

So why is it not going to work:

The Parallax error.

The Rest

Time for Arsenal to give up after Atletico star’s second snub!!

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That is just typical of Arsenal's luck! Arsene Wenger has had to watch while plenty of the players he nurtured and looked after like a father figure, like Nasri and Van Persie, abandoned the Gunners in search of bumper pay packets. Just this summer Arsenal are losing Bacary Sagna because we cannot match the salary [.

Gol de Carlos Vela en el ultimo minuto salva Real Sociedad 1-1 Atletico de Madrid

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En partido correspondiente a la vigésima jornada de Liga en Primera División, disputado en el estadio Vicente Calderón ante unos 40.000 espectadores.Los colchoneros del Atletico de Madrid ya saboreaban las mieles de la victoria y el camino a la Champions League pero un gol de ultimo minuto de Carlos Vela les aguo la fiesta.

On Helplessness

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I do very little on Sundays. I sleep late. I half-heartedly clean my apartment. I peruse my Netflix Instant queue. Sometimes I nurse a hangover and journey a few blocks north for some fried chicken and a soda. I also spend roughly two hours staring at a laptop screen with a slack jaw, intermittently wiping spit from the corners of my mouth.