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Open Thread: September 11, 2021

Our Saturday issue of the Daily Merengue!

Spain U19 v Mexico U19 - International Friendly Photo by Francisco Macia/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

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A Real Madrid Juvenil A player to keep an eye on

Bruno Iglesias

Age : 18

Position: Attacking Midfielder

A good example of his vision and passing:

Team news ahead of the Sunday match

  • Ancelotti has a nearly full and healthy squad at his disposal, with the South American players rushing back to be ready for the first match at the new Bernabeu. These players are showing incredible commitment.
  • Only Valverde, Kroos and Ceballos were not out on the grass Friday training with the team.
  • Modric is fully ready to play having rested during the international break (diarioas).
  • Casemiro and Valverde played heavy loads for Brazil and Uruguay, respectively, and are expected to be ready to start in the next matches as well.
  • Nacho is back and ready

FIFA pushing to make the World Cup Biennial

La Liga President Javier Tabas had this reaction:

A biennial World Cup is a threat not just to domestic football leagues but to the overall tradition of world football. It would require a reshuffle of the calendar that would disrupt the domestic leagues to the extent that interest would be lost and the continuity is jeopardised. This would have a cascading effect on the entire football pyramid, with fans losing interest in the sport. New competitions or playing more often will not help grow football, to the contrary.