Karim Benzema named September LaLiga Santander Player of the Month
What has been going on in LaLiga this past week? Here are 10 of the top stories, from early-season coaching changes to high-profile contract renewals.
The October international break meant there was no LaLiga Santander football this weekend, but Spanish football still threw up lots of big news stories. Here’s all you need to know.
Benzema, the first LaLiga Player of the Month
The winner of the LaLiga Santander Player of the Month award has been announced for September, with Karim Benzema taking home the first prize of the 21/22 season. The Frenchman netted six goals in just four appearances in the month, earning him this honor for the fourth time in his career.
Five LaLiga Santander players nominated for the Ballon d’Or
France Football this week announced the 30 candidates to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or and there are five LaLiga Santander players in contention. Karim Benzema and Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Atlético Luis Suárez (Atletico de Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal CF), and Barcelona’s teenage sensation Pedri have all been nominated, while Lionel Messi is also a leading candidate thanks in large part to his performances while he was a Barcelona player.
Quique Sánchez Flores returns to Getafe
Getafe has found a replacement for outgoing coach Michel, with Quique Sánchez Flores returning to the club he previously coached in 2004/05 and in 2014/15. The Spaniard will be hoping it’s the third time lucky at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez as he looks to pull the Azulones off the bottom of the table and to safety.
Levante hire Javier Pereira until the end of the season
Another club looking for a new coach during the international break was Levante UD and they too have found their man, with Javier Pereira hired to the end of the season with the option for automatic renewal if relegation is avoided. Pereira was most recently coaching Henan Songshan Longmen in China and knows Levante well having been an assistant coach at the club in the past.
Villarreal bring in defensive reinforcements
The transfer window may have been closed for several weeks, but free-agent acquisitions are still an option. Villarreal has made the most of this option, bringing in former PSG and Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier. The Ivory Coast captain will boost the defensive options available to coach Unai Emery as the Yellow Submarine competes on all fronts in 2021/22.
Yuri commits his future to Athletic Club
Yuri Berchiche and Athletic Club finalized a contract extension this week, with the left-back committing to the Basque club until 2024. The defender joined from PSG in 2018 and has impressed throughout his time in Bilbao, so both parties had been working on a renewal for some time. Now it is official and means Athletic Club has a top-tier left-back for the foreseeable future.
A new deal at Rayo Vallecano for Óscar Valentín
Óscar Valentín has been a key part of Rayo Vallecano’s impressive start to the 2021/22 season and the midfielder has now signed a new contract with the capital city club, with his new deal running until 2025. After working hard to make it to the top tier, Valentín has fit in perfectly in LaLiga Santander and will keep fighting to keep Rayo in Spain’s top division.
A five-year contract for Valencia’s Thierry Correia
Another LaLiga Santander player to put pen to paper on a new contract during the international break was Valencia’s, Thierry Correia. The right-back has had a good start to the new season and has signed a deal that will run until 2026. That is a lengthy commitment between two parties who see a bright future ahead.
Benzema strikes to help France win the Nations League
France defeated Spain 2-1 in a fascinating Nations League final on Sunday night, with Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal opening the scoring for La Roja only to see his side immediately pegged back by a super strike from Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema for Les Bleues. Kylian Mbappe went on to score the winner for a side that also contained Atlético’s Antoine Griezmann and Sevilla’s Jules Koundé.
Gavi becomes Spain’s youngest ever debutant
At 17 years and 62 days, Barcelona’s Gavi became the youngest ever debutant for the Spanish national team when he started the Nations League semi-final against Italy on Wednesday night. The teenager put in an excellent performance, before keeping his place in the starting line-up for Sunday’s final and once again standing out in La Roja’s midfield. Undoubtedly, a future star.
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