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May 22, 2011

Some news from Spain VIIII

Well the biggest news out of Spain nowdays is the sitting by Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Long time coming as I hear my family and friends there talking about the economic problems there ,and especially the high unemployment rate. The demontrators have been told by the Supreme court it is illegal to camp out there, but they have vow to continue for at least a week more until reforms are brought in. Naturally the present govt of is not going for re election as if they knew already the outcome. the voting is still going on today in the Communidad de Madrid with higher voter turnover than anticipated about 35,7%  by 14h according to El Mundo newspaper.You can follow the voting in Spanish here

In more lighter news the football league or Liga is over after 38 games, the winner of course is Barcelona, with Real Madrid close in second again. They ,however, can feel some reliefs as winning the King’s Cup this year for the first time in 18 yrs. The team finish with 102 goals and Cristiano Ronaldo tops all time scorer with 41 goals !!! In other the Deportivo La Coruña will say goodbye to the first division Liga after 20 years there, and also ,will go down to second Hercules and Almeria.  Sevilla and Atletic Bilbao will play next year in the Europa League and the Champions league contenders will be Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, and Villareal.

In Germany our beloved Raul Gonzalez Blanco, our my Captain of Real Madrid won what was missing from his record a Cup, winning the German Cup competition with Schalke 04 against Duisburg 5×0!!

While in the Liga ACB basketball playoffs, the Real Madrid goes to semifinals after beating Fuenlabrada again last night. Next opponent will be Baskonia Bilbao in the semifinals while the other will pit Barcelona vs Caja Laboral. Depending on the TV choices of the chains, the dates for the five game semifinal series will be May 26 , 27 , 28 , and 29, the second games will be May 31 and June 1 and if goes to four games then June 2 and 3 , if a fifth game is needed it will be June 4 and 5.

In the second divisio or Liga Adelante, and after the news of  Betis of Sevilla to move up next year to the big game, the second team is a soft nostalgic for me, it will be the fourth Madrid team in the first league or Liga BBVA (others are Getafe, Atletico de Madrid, and Real Madrid) , Rayo Vallecano from the district of Vallecas.olé Congrats. There is still two games remaining to see who else will accompany them to the top contenders are the Barcelona B and Granada.  In Segunda B or like the third divison already the Real Madrid Castilla is in third place and qualified for the playoff to move up as the top 4 goes into a complicated system to bring 3 to the second division.  The first playoff game vs Alcoyano was lost 0X2 in Madrid now they need to overcome this deficit to continue in the competition. Hala Madrid chicos !!!

A agreement has been reach with the mayor of Madrid for Apple inc to occupy an emblematic building in the Puerta del Sol, the Tio Pepe building that was teh Hotel Paris and some stores that long gone for lack of rent payment. The hotel Paris was ,also, abandoned.

And all under sunny skies great to be out, and they are ::) Cheers ,and have a great week.

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