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MILITAO MILITIA MOVEMENT HAS BEGUN
As you know, Eder Militao has recently been one of our best players and a crucial part of our defense the last month alone. He’s finally gotten some deserved recognition as he’s been awarded Mahou’s player of the month for April. Now as the founder of the Militao Milita Movement, it’s only right i give him his due honor with these photos.
⚽✨ April was a month to remember for @edermilitao!@futbolmahou | #JugadorCincoEstrellas pic.twitter.com/K4LRRFnGMu— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) May 12, 2021
UCL FINAL TO BE MOVED
The Champions League Final has been removed from Istanbul (due to Istanbul being on England’s red list of COVID No-go nations) and it won’t be heading to London either. Portugal will be the new destination it seems. Per Fabrizio.
No Istanbul, no London. The Champions League final is expected to be moved to Porto in the next hours - official statement from UEFA to be released soon. #MCFC #CFC #UCL— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 12, 2021
WELCOME BACK THE FANS
According to AS, Fans may be allowed back into the stadiums sooner than expected. At 25% capacity before the season closes out. No word yet on when from the Spanish govt.
Yesterday, our club legend turned 33.
CAMAVINGA PRICE DROP
As more suitors (Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Arsenal) continue to hop on the list for the highly sought after wonderkid. There’s rumors of a price drop that cuts down the initial 70-100 million euros he was tagged with 2 seasons ago to now around 40 Million. A more reasonable number.
TEBAS TO THE RESCUE?
Spanish football president, Javier Tebas might actually be the hero football least expected. Spanish football that is. Tebas has reportedly signed a multimillion euro TV rights deal with Disney/ESPN worth upwards of €500 Million, which will be announced later in the week. Which means bye bye BEIN sports and AL Jazeera and hopefully no more La Liga games on freaking facebook....BEIN sports deal was to end in 2024 but since 2019, they’ve been unable to secure a deal with 2 major TV service providers, further compromising their current deal.
The squad for tomorrows game has been announced with Marcelo being left out. Zidane lets us know he’s well aware of how our competitors are doing during his presser for the Granada match. AC Milan are pushing to keep Brahim on loan for another season. Listen to the Churos Y Tacticas podcast.