SPAIN AND ITALY IN THE SAME WORLD CUP QUALIFYING GROUP, RAFA'S REAL IMPRESS AND THE COPA DEL REY BOOING IS PUNISHED The Spanish Week in Review Sean O'Conor, Ponferrada, Spain * Spain were drawn into Group G for World Cup 2018 qualifying alongside Italy, Albania, Israel, Italy, Lichtenstein and Madedonia.
Josep Bartomeu sees off the challenge of Juan Laporta to stay president of FC Barcelona, while Rafael Benitez's first game in charge of Real Madrid is a stalemate down under. THE SPANISH WEEK IN REVIEW
* After all the hype of a second coming with star-studded backing for Juan Laporta as FC Barcelona president, 47,080 club members re-elected incumbent Josep Bartomeu for another six years instead.
Sevilla sell their Colombian star for €30 million, but no moves yet for De Gea, Pogba or Ramos THE SPANISH WEEK IN REVIEW
* Milan have won the race for Carlos Bacca's signature. The Colombian leaves Sevilla with an impressive 49 goals in 108 games and two Europa League titles. The 28 year-old had been courted by a number of teams but in the end plumped for San Siro in a five year, €30 million deal.
* Sergio Ramos is leaving Real Madrid if you believe the press' main story this week. The merengue veteran is said to have lost patience with the lack of a pay rise (he earns €6 million p.a., 12 million less than Cristiano Ronaldo but also less than Karim Benzema and Iker Casillas) and is angling for the exit door.
LA ROJA MOVE A STEP CLOSER TO EURO 2016 BUT CRASH OUT OF THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP The Spanish Week in Review Spain won 1-0 at Belarus last Sunday night to stay on course for France next summer and a defence of their European Championship crown.
David Silva confirmed his emergence as the best weapon of la selección by grabbing the only goal on the stroke of half-time.
Torres the most overrated player in Spanish football? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Want to sell a football 'autobiography'? Then provocation and controversy are your best friends. That's certainly the attitude of the people behind Jerzy Dudek's offering; according to Dudek, during his time as Real Madrid's no.