Jefferson Montero--From Los Rios to PL Stardom/ This article doesn't focus on Montero's development as a player at all, but ties together his story with the child labor abuses in the banana industry in Ecuador. Worth a read.
A Look at Villarreal's Europa League Opponents/ Viktoria Plzen look decent on paper, with four wins in a row in their domestic league. We'd better get a victory in El Madrigal.
What do shirt sponsorships say about the Spanish economy?/ This article is in Spanish, but the graphs tell the story--in the 2000-2008 period a lot of shirt sponsors were Spanish savings banks (cajas), regional governments, and building companies, then betting companies (on the wane now) and foreign sponsorships have taken over. And of course there are clubs without sponsors.
The Audiovisual Committee for the LFP/ Slipping below the radar, the election results to the "audiovisual committee" which administers the new centralized TV rights for La Liga. Remember three of the members have to be the league president (Tebas), Real Madrid and Barcelona. The other three are elected, and they were Atletico Madrid, Levante, and Numancia. Clubs like Valencia, Villarreal and Sevilla were not happy because the perception is the latter two are in Tebas's pocket.
And finally, EPM reports on preparations for Thursday's Europa League match. There will be rotations of course, but striker may still be a problem since Bakambu is out for several weeks, Adrian Lopez is unable to go Thursday or Sunday, and both Soldado (who missed the Malaga match) and Baptistao (withdrawn at halftime of the Atleti match) have had muscle issues, so presumably planning to play both for 90 minutes in both matches is risky.