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News Roundup: Villarreal cantera news, plus Spanish taxes and the African Cup venue

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A few snippets as we get ready for the next week's action.

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Villarreal cantera's team of the week--Villarreal official site

I haven't seen this before, but it's a good way to familiarize ourselves with some of the names we might see in the first team down the road.  Note the two central defenders were both from Villarreal C--Moldavian Dan Ojog and Antonio Cristian.  We might have to wait a while for the goalkeeper though (alevin players are 11 and 12 years old)

Villarreal international players successful--Villarreal official site

Putting this here mostly in case you missed the news of the Spain U-19's 5-1 win against France in a friendly; Adrian Marín scored two goals (giving him three in the two friendlies last week) and Nahuel one.News Roundup:


The Spanish taxman is cracking down on soccer stars--El Pais

As of right now, going after the big names.  The main issues have to do with reporting of image rights income and transfer fees.  Sounds as though Javier Tebas didn't help the situation when he accused the Treasury of "wanting to shut down the league"--their response has been to widen their investigations!

Trouble brewing in Equitorial Guinea-- The Guardian

Yes, the article's title is about the Euro qualification matches, and so is most of the article, but buried 3/4 way down is an intriguing story on the African Cup of Nations.  Nick Ames writes:

"Football-wise, it is almost impossible to believe....the country’s third- and fourth-biggest stadia may be hosting the likes of Yaya Touré and Asamoah Gyan.

Those venues are located in Ebebiyin, nestled by the borders with Gabon and Cameroon, and Mongomo, a remote town in the east. They hold 5,000 and 4,000 supporters respectively and their states of repair and completion are hard to discern. This is about as obscure as major tournament football can possibly get nowadays..."

"You wonder what clubs might try in January when faced with the prospect of releasing high-worth players for a rushed tournament whose edges will be rougher than any in memory. Will they fancy giving their blessing to three weeks of competition of which a considerable part will take place in locations whose infrastructure and, more importantly, security are justifiably open to question?"

We shall see.