Thursday, 29 May 2008

Pato Wants To Leave?

Roberto 'Pato' Abbondanzieri wants to go back to Boca Juniors, and he says that he'll hold discussions with the club to this effect...

... at least, that's what the press is saying. In fact, his direct quotes were somewhat more measured than that, and he hasn't committed to wanting to leave at all. Good news: he has one more year left on his deal here, after all.

On the downside, though, Esteban Granero, meanwhile, looks almost certain to return to Real Madrid now.

At least Jaime Gavilán wants to stay! I just hope we can land José Manuel Jurado from Atlético Madrid.

Oh - and Angel Torres is wanting to sell up. Anyone got a spare €40-50m going?

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Valverde Un-Close To Getafe

After Ernesto Valverde quit Espanyol yesterday, he added that he's looking to stay in Spain. That's significant: clubs in Greece - and allegedly Turkey - have shown an interest in him, but if he's looking to stay in his homeland then one obvious choice presents itself: Getafe.

I think that Valverde would be a good, stabilising influence ahead of what's set to be a season of transition, and I hope that he is appointed.

Scratch all that. He's joined Olympiacos. Ah, well.

Elsewhere, Angel Torres has been out and about saying that he hopes to hold onto Esteban Granero for another season.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Transfer Round-Up

Busy, busy, busy.

Adrián González, a Real Madrid youth, arrives on loan after a spell at Nastic. He's a midfielder. He's Michel González's son, since you ask. A 19-year-old attacking-midfielder, apparently. Played an incredible 38 out of 42 games in Real Madrid Castilla's relegation season of 2006-07, and 13 so far for Nastic this season, seven as a substitute. (If Nastic go down as well then he's quite clearly a jinx and must be avoided.)

Rafael López, better known as 'Rafa', spent the last while at Valladolid but now moves Geta-wards on a Bosman. At 23 he's more experienced than half the squad and should be prized for that alone. Decent from what I've seen, but I don't think he'll be a Cata Díaz.

Rumour has it that Eugen Polanski has been confirmed. This is an interesting one: he's been flying high at Borrusia Mönchengladbach in the 2. Bundesliga, and although they've now been promoted to the top flight he seems to be on his way to Getafe. This would, if the reviews from Germany are anything to go by, would be a tremendous signing - and an ambitious one.

İbrahim Kaş is another ambitious one. Thankfully, though, he's confirmed: the 21-year-old, who can play across the back line, will definitely be here in summer after ending his spell at Besiktas on a Bosman deal. Excitingly, he's a fully capped Turkish international.

Oh - and Laudrup is leaving. Probably not for Benfica.


Friday, 16 May 2008

Laudrup Leaving

Michael Laudrup has told the club that he will be leaving over the summer. Sevilla could be the most probable destination.

Edit: Benfica have also displayed an interest.

Sunday, 11 May 2008


Valladolid 0-0 Getafe, coupled with results elsewhere, means that we're safe.


Wednesday, 7 May 2008

We Are Staying Up!

Wow. Just wow.

Remember when Geta went 2-0 up against Mallorca only to lose 4-2? Well, imagine that in reverse, because Almería a;lso hit an early brace only to suffer at the hands of their hosts.

This time, though, it was the good guys! Albín, Manu, Manu again, and then Granero sealed the goals that might just keep us up this season.

45 points should be enough - especially since Recreativo and Osasuna lost - but it's not certain.

In the meantime, though, AUPA GETA!

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Villarreal 2- 0 Getafe

A 2-0 loss: not much else to say. Geta actually started well - especially Braulio - but Villarreal are simply deadly on the counter and have players of extraordinary ability.

Here are highlights:

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Squad For Villarreal

Geta travel to on-form Villarreal with survival still very much up in the air. The hosts are aiming for second place (and automatic Champions League entry) so it will be far from easy.


Goalkeepers: 1. Ustari; 13. Pato.

Defenders: 2. Contra; 3. Cata Díaz; 4. Belenguer; 12. Licht; 21. D. Cortés; 23. Tena.

Midfielders: 7. Mario Cotelo; 8. Gavilán; 10. De la Red; 20. Pallardó; 25. Granero; 28. Richi;.

Attackers: 9. Braulio; 14. Manu; 16. Albín; 17. Kepa.

I'd personally start Kepa and Albín up front for this one, as I imagine we'll be playing on the counter. Kepa, average though he is, can prepared flick-ons for Juan to run onto. In midfield, it's good to see Pallardó back, but I'm not sure if he's ready to play. In any case, with Casquero injured and Celestini out, he could be called in.

Oh - and Osky wants to stay, apparently, and Michael Laudrup is allegedly Johan Cruyff's choice for the soon-to-be-vacant Barcelona job. Happy days.