Barcelona Beats Sporting Gijon But Still 10 Points Behind Madrid

Week 26 of the Spanish League took place on the weekend of 3rd and 4th march 2006, with Real Madrid going into the weekend a full ten points clear of FC Barcelona, the previous year’s title holders and bitterest rival. Madrid was to face the second team of the city of Barcelona, Espanyol, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, while FC Barcelona was to play host to Sporting Gijon, sitting down in the relegation zone.

While on paper at least, Sporting looked to be a walk over, football matches don’t always follow mathematical logic in that respect and so Barcelona were fully prepared for whatever their visitors could throw at them.

However, Pep Guardiola was forced to field an under strength team, with Leo Messi sitting the match out due to his first ever suspension owing to five yellow cards picked up in previous matches, and Alexis started out on the bench; the Catalans were certainly looking a little short up front.

Much of the first half looked like a stalemate, with neither team able to score despite some effort to do so from both teams. However, four minutes from the half time break a nice bit of team play from Keita and Adriano set up Iniesta for the first goal of the match from 6 yards; minutes later Cesc almost made it two.

After the break Sporting’s de las Cuevas got in past the Barcelona defence and Pique challenged him; de las Cuevas went down and out came a red card for the Catalan defender. Replays showed that the decision was harsh and Pique was quick to criticise after the match.

With Barcelona thrown off balance Sporting managed to score. Once they did get back on their feet with 10 players though Iniesta and Xavi were looking like real stars. However, it was Keita who put Barcelona back in the lead 20 minutes before the end; and Xavi finished it off for the home team when he scored a few minutes from the end.

With three points in the bag, attention was then focused on Real Madrid to see what would happen with Espanyol, who went into the weekend in eighth place in la liga. Unfortunately for Barcelona, Madrid also took all three points available to them too, with a comfortable 5-0 win against Espanyol. While it is mathematically possible still for Barcelona to win the league, the likelihood of it happening at this stage, with Real Madrid still so strong, it close to zero. However, it looks like they won’t stop playing their best and still have the Champions League to play for.

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Flights To Stuttgart – The Easiest Way Of Accessing The German City

Flights to Stuttgart make a journey to this German city easy and comfortable. The numerous flights connecting Stuttgart with all major cities of the world are operated by various airlines. Stuttgart, the sixth largest city of Germany, is popular as a tourist destination of the country. Visitors to this city find flights to Stuttgart the easiest way of accessing the city.

The Stuttgart International Airport serves the city and its adjoining areas. The flights arriving and departing to and from the city utilize the facilities and services available at this airport.

Some of the airlines flying to Stuttgart are as follows:

  • Air Berlin
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • British Airways
  • Condor
  • Pegasus Airlines
  • Finnair
  • Delta
  • Turkish Airlines
  • EuroWings
  • SWISS
  • Air France
  • LGW
  • B&H Air
  • Cheap flights to Stuttgart guarantees a comfortable journey to this city at reasonable rates. The cheap flights to Stuttgart connect the city with all parts of Germany as well as to all places on the globe.

    Some of the places linked to Stuttgart via cheap flights are as follows:

  • London
  • Birmingham
  • Barcelona
  • Budapest
  • Beijing Capital
  • Manchester
  • Lisbon
  • Montreal
  • Some cheap flights to Stuttgart include flights from places such as Budapest at £63.06, Barcelona at £66.17, Birmingham at £73.45, Athens International at £90.20, London at £174.10, Lisbon at £145.52 and so on. All rates are subject to change.

    Visitors are advised to book flights to Stuttgart beforehand. Though flights are available aplenty, it is always better to book ahead. Flights to Stuttgart can be booked online and this added advantage makes flying to the city hassle free and the easiest mode of visiting this German city.

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    Ten Reasons to Move to the Costa Brava

    After France, Spain is Europe’s most popular holiday destination, and the apparent dominance of France is to a large extent due to visitors in transit elsewhere. In 1996 between 1.2 and 1.3 million European tourists visited Spain. It is therefore not surprising that many of them become interested in buying a home there. Spain’s property market generally has enjoyed strong growth, with the Costa Brava enjoying a particularly large rise in values. About 20% of foreign owners are more or less permanent residents of Spain, while the remaining 80% bought their property for either holidays or investment purposes.

    The Costa Brava is particularly attractive because

    · Summer heat is less intense than further south,

    · Scenery is spectacular,

    · There are beautiful well-preserved mediaeval towns like Pals and Peratallada everywhere,

    · Catalonia is well run with good roads and railways

    · The A7 motorway is never more than a few minutes drive and connects to the French network

    · Barcelona is easily accessible

    · Golf courses are numerous and of the highest standard all year round

    · In winter, there is good skiing in the nearby Pyrenees

    · There are cheap flights to Girona/Costa Brave airport and to Barcelona and Perpignan.

    · Eating out is inexpensive and a real pleasure

    · The cost of living generally is reasonable.

    That is an impressive catalogue of benefits. Add that attractive property is still fairly freely available and competitively priced and you will quickly understand the popularity of the region.

    Many different nationalities settle here, but unlike further south they are all intermingled, with no “English” estates or “German” estates. The whole atmosphere is much more cosmopolitan. That does not suit everybody.

    Before buying anything, do visit the area in and out of season. Resorts that are a buzz in summer often die completely in the winter. To most Catalonians, the Costa Brava is where they go for their summer holidays; they don’t live there, and they don’t even visit at week-ends out of season. If you are buying just for summer rentals and/or your own summer holidays, that does not matter, but if you are thinking of permanent residence, it is a critical factor. Never assume that you may be able to rent your property in winter. It is most unlikely.

    If you are thinking of semi-permanent or even permanent residence, you may be concerned that you will find it hard to make friends here, and therefore be somewhat isolated. This is generally not so. Most residents are retired or semi-retired and it is fairly easy to meet new people, particularly of course if you play golf. Incomers tend to be of a similar age and background, even if from different countries. They too want to make new friends.

    This may be an advantage or a disadvantage! You will also suddenly find that you have many friends in England wanting to visit you. Some of them may be friends that you thought of only as acquaintances. It can also be difficult for visitors to understand that you are not there just to entertain them, but have your own life to lead as well.

    All in all though, the Costa Brava is a terrific place to holiday or live as long as you have thought through your purchase correctly. Our experience comes as part of the package, and our job is to make sure that you make the right decision for you. This is not the Costa del Sol either in terms of weather or life style, but it is culturally rich, welcoming, and offers a great life to those that respond to what it offers.

    This article and more can be found at: Costa Brava Homes

    © Costa Brava Homes 2004

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