Nilmar turns down a move to Dinamo Kyiv, now Italian teams might be interested. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
As I'm writing this, Julio Velasquez is being introduced as the new coach of Villarreal. We understand the ceremony began with a moment of silence in memory of Manolo Preciado. There is a good profile of our new coach and his preferred formation here: Julio Velázquez: perfil " Futbódromo
Not much going on yet on the transfer front, though as reported earlier our target Dealbert is going to a Russian team instead. Valencia are supposedly interested in Bruno: El Valencia irá a por Bruno después de vender a Tino Costa o Topal - Valencia CF.
Speaking of our neighbors, El Pais has an article about the negotiations with Bankia. Bottom line is not much is happening with the Nou Mestalla for a while, I think: Bankia y el Valencia | Comunidad Valenciana | EL PAÍS
As most of you know, a 2-2 Spain-Croatia result knocks out Italy and sends both teams through to the next round,and the Italian press seems to be going crazy over this. Villarreal made the headlines over the weekend when ex-Italy coach Marcello Lippi, responding to Spanish statements that their players wouldn't do such things, said "ask Villarreal if the Spanish are honorable. They went down because of an agreement with Rayo and Granada":Lippi: "Pregunten al Villarreal si los españoles son honrados. Descendió después de un acuerdo entre Rayo y Granada" - Granada Club de Fútbol
(Marca's cover today features a photo of Luis Enrique with his broken nose--Spain v Italy, USA WC 1994--and the caption "Don't worry, Italy, we're not malicious". Ah, the Spanish press....)
Speaking of Granada, they have some stadium issues as well: Political row in Granada, over payment for stadium. | elcentrocampista.com - Spanish Football and La Liga News in English
A couple of final bits: the Huelva press says Joselu wants to come back there; he says he has several clubsinterested in him: El cartayero Joselu quiere salir del Villarreal — Huelva24, la actualidad de la provincia en la red | Noticias | El periódico digital de Huelva
and Nilmar, having made it clear he doesn't want to play for Kiev, is being considered by Roma: Calciomercato Roma: Castan e Nilmar sono davvero vicinissimi | CalcioLine
Marchena's agent also says Sevilla haven't come in for him: Agente de Marchena: 'El Sevilla no ha preguntado por él' (ElDesmarque)
Finally, a coach for the future, and a blast from our past: Rodolfo Arruabarrena, who has Tigre second in the Argentina Clausura with one match to go. I guess the Segunda B might be too big a step down, but we do need a B team coach...