It Means So Much…

7E1C13AC-9EE0-47CE-A6FB-CFD2FA5C299CTo be honest I’m still on cloud 9 after the amazing result for Real Mallorca last Sunday. I’ve already written about the game but so many things have happened since then. The amount of texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram messages I’ve had is amazing. Monday morning on the radio I was a little hoarse to be honest but it was all worth it. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to get invited onto the Hawksbee & Jacobs Christmas radio show on Talksport and I’ve kept in touch since. Last week I wrote to Paul Hawksbee to tell him that Mallorca had made the play-off final and it was a great achievement for such a small island. He didn’t read the message until Friday morning after they had been beaten 2-0 by Deportivo in the 1st leg. So he wrote back and said he would keep an eye out for the score and mention it on Mondays show. Well that all changed after the drama of Sunday night. I got a message from him on Monday morning saying would I like to join them on the show to chat about the game and what getting Into La Liga means for the island. I was delighted to and we had a really good chat which can hear if you go to my or the radios Facebook page.

So what does it mean to the club and the island?

Firstly the club. After very nearly going out of business a few years ago this is massive. It’s payback for the new owners who despite misgivings from certain fans kept their faith in the team. The influx of TV money and sponsorships should be north of 50 million euros. Judging by the number of people asking me about season tickets then they shouldn’t have a problem filling up the stadium. The ground holds 23,000 so I wouldn’t be surprised if they got at least 15,000 season ticket holders. As of writing no prices have been released but they’re definitely not going to be as cheap as this season. I paid 100€ for mine and 50€ each for the boys to sit in Sol Baja which is the lower part of the uncovered stand. I can see that at least doubling which is fair enough as when Barcelona and Madrid come to town I’m sure the tickets will be around 90€ each meaning those 2 games alone would virtually pay for the season. The fixtures are released next Thursday the 4th of July and the season starts the weekend of the 16th of August. So I would expect the prices to be released on week beginning Monday 8th of July. If you’d like me to send you all the information please email me on the address below.

The team itself is going to need looking at. Sentiment unfortunately won’t be part of this process as they have to build in order to stay in the league. The team although strong is made up of Segunda and Segunda B players and the only player with significant La Liga experience is Salva Sevilla and he’s 35. They will look at the 3 teams that have gone down, Girona, Huesca and Rayo Vallecano and try and get some players from them.

Here’s my thoughts on the squad of 18 that started against Deportivo.

GK: Manolo Reina aged 34 has never played in La Liga but his experience means he may stay to be a number 2 to a more experienced La Liga keeper. That could be Binnisalem born Miguel Ángel Moya currently at Real Sociedad. Played for Mallorca between 2004 and 2009 and has bags of La Liga experience.

RB: Joan Sastre aged 22 and born in Porreres. Has a contract to 2020, he’s a solid young defender who was attracting interest from Spurs but with promotion to La Liga I expect him to stay.

CH: Martin Valjent aged 23, has never played in La Liga but formed a solid defensive partnership with Raillo and has just signed a contract to 2022.

CH: Antonio Raillo aged 27, has a contract to 2021 and has made 4 previous appearances in La Liga for Espanyol. Nottingham Forest made a bid for him in the January transfer window but the club persuaded him to stay. I expect him to stay and build on his partnership with Valjent.

LB: Pervis Estupiñan aged 21, on loan from Watford, has never played in the Premier League but has made 2 previous appearances in La Liga. Had a very strong second half of the season and had a great left sided understanding with Lago Junior. Rumours are he’s signed a pre-contract with Osasuna another promoted side but at the moment they are unsubstantiated.

LM: Lago Junior aged 28, has made 5 previous appearances for Numancia in La Liga. Rumours a couple of years ago were that West Bromwich Albion were going to buy him after Mallorca played them in pre-season. Can be a wonderful player on his day but doesn’t have those days every week. Has a contract Until 2021, i think they might sell him.

CM: Salva Sevilla aged 35 the only player with plenty of La Liga experience and the driving force behind their promotion. He has a contract until 2020 and I would expect them to give him another year.

CM: Iddrisu Baba aged 23, never played in La Liga. Without doubt the Man of the match for me against Deportivo and has a bright future. Contracted until 2020 and will definitely stay.

RM: Aridai Cabrera aged 30, never played in La Liga. One of my favourite players who always gives 100%. He’s fast and has a big heart but I think his age and lack of La Liga experience may count against him. Contracted until 2020, they might try to move him on, I hope I’m wrong.

CF: Dani Rodriguez aged 31, never played in La Liga. Mallorca’s outstanding player in the semi final against former club Albacete culminating in hitting a screamer of a last minute goal which proved vital in a 2-1 win. Has a contract until 2021 so I expect him to stay.

CF: Anti Budimir aged 27, never played in La Liga. Signed on loan in the January transfer window and has just signed a deal until 2023.

SUBS

GK: Parera aged 23 has a contract until 2021 I expect him to play with the B team or possibly move on.

CH: Xisco Campos aged 37 born in Binnisalem and played 2 games in La Liga in 2004/5. Might get a contract as defensive cover.

CF: Abdon Prats aged 26 born in Arta and has played 1 game in La Liga in  2011/12. Has a contract until 2021, scored the promotion winning goal on Sunday and is a fans favourite. Is he good enough for La Liga? Worth a shot I think.

CF: Alex De Groot aged 25, never played in La Liga. Has a contract until 2021. Is he good enough for La Liga? Offers a different option up front, I’m 50/50 on this one.

RB: Salva Ruiz aged 24, on loan from Valencia and will be going back.

CF: Stoichkov aged 25, never played in La Liga. Has a contract until 2022 but I expect him to leave.

LM: Leo Suarez aged 23, on loan from Villareal and has played 16 games in La Liga. A possible year long loan but will  probably go back to Villareal.

It’s going to be an interesting pre-season and I can’t wait for it all to start.

What does it mean to the island?

It will be a boost to tourism as there will definitely be people coming to the island to take in a game. So they’ll be benefits to the airlines, the airport, hotels, bars and restaurants. This will be particularly welcomed in the winter months.

It will also boost local football. Mallorca does have a great youth set up that has produced players such as Marco Asensio whose now at Real Madrid and a Spanish International. The chance to go and watch players such as Messi and Hazard live is an amazing opportunity. Something that my 2 boys are really looking forward to.

Good luck tomorrow to Atlético Baleares who like Mallorca need to reverse a 2-0 deficit at home to Mirandes. It’s a sellout at Son Malferit so hopefully the crowd can help them get promoted for the first time to La Liga 123. Once again this would be a huge lift to island football and be a fitting start to their move to their redeveloped old stadium.

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.comon mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.

We are going up!

2414E83F-CA75-4F55-A82E-8171C4BFBCE4Sunday night was one of those nights where you can say “I was there!”

Now let’s be honest me and my boys have been there through thick and thin with Real Mallorca and having watched some god awful games in recent years we were desperate to get back into the big time. My eldest can just about remember us being there 6 years ago but not my youngest so let’s take a look back.

In 2012/13 Real Mallorca were relegated from La Liga after an impressive 16 years in the top flight. In 2016 after a lot of turmoil, American Robert Sarver bought the club but things at the time didn’t improve.

June 4th 2017, they were relegated to Segunda División Bafter a draw against already relegated Mirandés. The club had spent 36 years between the first and second division so this was a new low point. On the 19th of June they appointed Vincente Moreno as their new coach which was probably their best signing.

On May 27, 2018, Mallorca returned to Segunda División in 2017–18 seasonafter winning against Mirandésin the promotion play-offs. The club was promoted to the second division in the same stadium where it was relegated in the previous season.

And so to Sunday, after a 2-0 loss last Thursday away in Coruña only the most die hard fan were saying or thinking Si se puede(yes we can). I said to my 2 boys that we’ll go down to the ground early to welcome the Mallorca coach to the ground. It took me back to how football used to be when I was growing up. Back then you thought nothing of getting to the ground 2 hours before a game but in this day and age arriving 5 minutes before the start is the norm. My boys were a little reluctant, “why so early Dad?” “What’s the point?” Were 2 of many questions they asked. That was until we arrived on the road to the ground which was packed with supporters singing and dancing. The atmosphere when the team bus arrived was incredible and those players sat on that bus couldn’t help but be inspired.

And inspired they were. 21,210 fans turned the Son Moix into a cauldron and pretty much the whole stadium were dressed in club colours. The first goal came on 21 minutes when Budimir hit a lovely left foot shot from just outside the area, the dream was on. Into the 2nd half and Mallorca kept pressing and looked like it would only be a matter of time before they scored. On 62 minutes they were awarded a free-kick. Salva Sevilla has been known to hit a free kick like David Beckham and sure enough he obliged, rifling into the bottom right corner. 2-2 which meant if Mallorca could survive extra time without conceding they’d be up as they’d finished above Deportivo in the league. They were then saved from conceding an expensive away goal by a terrific stop from Manolo Reina. It felt like everybody had accepted extra time everybody except Abdon Prats. Born in Arta he is the fans favourite especially the Ultras behind the goal. On 82 minutes he picked up the ball midway through the half and kept running towards the goal and about 25 yards out he let rip a screaming left footer which flew past the keeper. Fitting perhaps that a Mallorcan born should hit the winning goal. A tense last few minutes saw Deportivo miss a point blank header right at the end of the game which would have been heartbreaking. At the final whistle there were scenes of complete joy both on the pitch and off it too. Not for long though as those off the pitch ran to get on it including me and my 2 boys. You had to feel a little sorry for Deportivo, their supporters and probably more than most their coach Pep Lluis Marti. Born in Palma he played 316 games for Mallorca and Mallorca B and was a legendary club Captain. I probably think Mallorca was the last team he wanted to face in the play-offs.

Countless memories of a great night culminating in my boys saying “Dad, we’re going to be seeing Messi, Hazard and Griezmann on this pitch next season!” They couldn’t contain their excitement on the way home and went to sleep with their shirts on dreaming of the amazing games to come next season.

Real Mallorca are in La Liga!

School’s Out For Summer!

A2003675-C923-417F-A548-98C7C83C2B5DSchools out for Summer and parents here on the island are now tearing their hair out of what to do with their kids for the next 3 months! Those of us whose work takes in the summer now struggle to keep them entertained. I’ve banged on for ages that it’s far too long a holiday but unfortunately I can’t see it changing. So we need to get on with it and our two will be doing tennis, boxing, swimming and football. Basically anything to wear them out!

Love Island bosses are reportedly launching a winter Love Island after this year’s soaring viewing figures.

This show’s producers are said to be looking to cash in on the gap in the schedule this year left by Celebrity Big Brother and they think this could be the perfect way to fill it.

ITV big-wigs are keen to avoid another flop like Survival of the Fittest and have therefore decided to stick to the same format as Love Island to ensure the show is a success.

It is claimed that the show will be filmed not here unfortunately but in South Africa over Christmas.

After the flop of Survival of the Fittest producers want to keep the format simple and mop up the gaping hole Celebrity Big Brother left reality TV hungry audiences.

Winter Love Island makes sense as fans adore the drama and love triangles and everyone wants to enjoy a bit of sun on screens in the cold winter months.

It’s still in the very early stages and casting isn’t even close, but producers at ITV Studios and crew are definitely gearing up for it.

If you’re a fan and you’re here in Mallorca on Thursday then you might want to get yourselves to Gringos at the Pirates theatre. Joe Garrett who was voted out of Love Island this week will making a personal appearance.

What about a Love Island for the over 50’s? Or should we just call it Benidorm?

After the euphoria of getting past Albacete last Sunday on aggregate by 2-1, it was a disappointing result for Real Mallorca on Thursday as they lost their play-off final 1st leg by 2-0. Having been reduced to 10 men on 35 minutes it could have been a lot worse and not helped by a Ref who wasn’t that great either like most in this league to be honest. So on to Sunday where it’s an amazing sellout of 21,000 and 100’s more could have been sold I am told. A great atmosphere is a must for the team to get themselves back in the game. Interestingly if Mallorca are winning after extra time by 2-0 then it doesn’t go to penalties. They will be promoted as they finished in 5th place and Deportivo finished 6th. Much better way of doing it in my opinion. The winners are guaranteed a pot of at least 40 million euros and if Mallorca triumph it means the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona etc will be coming to the island which boosts our economy. It will help airlines, hotels, bars, restaurants and not to mention the island being shown to a worldwide tv audience.

Good luck to Atlético Baleares who also got themselves through last Sunday against Melilla by 1-0 and now face Mirandes in a two legged play-off to go up to La Liga 123 where Mallorca currently are. They’re away this Sunday and at home next Sunday.

Another sellout of tickets happened this week at the WTA Mallorca Open over in Santa Ponsa. Now in its fourth year it’s now attracting both great players and the crowds too. On Thursday World Number 6 Angelique Kerber played the former World Number 1 Maria Sharapova. On my home to Santa Ponsa that afternoon the queue of cars came out to the roundabout from where the venue is  and people were walking to the venue. Kerber won in two sets. It carries on until Sunday and if you can’t get there it’s on BT Sport. Two sellouts in the same week shows the island is a hotbed for sport and long may it continue as it once again shows us in a positive light.

The “dad bod” is apparently more preferable to women than washboard abs .

The term “dad bod” is a relatively recent one, dating back to 2015.

According to the Collins English Dictionary, its an untoned and slightly plump male physique, especially one considered attractive.

Survey results published by Planet Fitness show 78% of people think confidence is king.

The summary said: “Nearly four in five among both women and men believe a ‘dad bod’ is a sign of a man who is confident in his own skin.”

Their findings also showed how 65% of people say the dad bod is attractive, and 61% said men with dad bods are sexy, which is up 10% from last year.

Not just that, but the men who have a dadbod were also found to be a happy lot.

“More men with a dad bod – this year in comparison to last – say they are happier with their body – 79% vs. 64%,” the survey reported.

“Having that body type has improved their life in some way – 72% vs. 62%

“Dad bod has made them more relaxed – 46% vs. 37%

“Men who say their ‘dad bod’ has improved their life this year claim their body type has helped them accept themselves – 48%.

“Or made them less concerned with their appearance – 47%”

I knew it but I’m still doing some gym stuff nevertheless.

Good luck with keeping your kids entertained.

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.comon mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.

Stepping On with Bez

F1EF5126-3DEF-4CB8-937B-553C4F72B4E7I talked last week about anything that promotes the island in a positive way is a good thing. We’ve been blessed to have one of the greatest tennis players of all time who was born in Manacor on the east of the Island. Rafael Nadal Parera first won the French Open title in 2005 as a young 19 year old. I bet you would have got long odds on him winning it for the 12th time last Sunday as a 33 year old. It’s an amazing achievement and he still lives here on the island and fame hasn’t turned him in any way. Anywhere you meet him he’s happy to pose for photos and sign autographs. I was lucky enough to watch him train on grass last year over in Santa Ponsa and when you watch on TV it doesn’t show how hard these guys hit the ball. Physically tennis is a very hard sport and Rafa has had his fair share of injuries but he still manages to come back. His Academy is doing very well in Manacor and it’s worth a visit if you haven’t been yet. He will get married this year on the island to his childhood sweetheart Mery Perello. A few years ago the Government at the time paid him to do promotion for the island but in my opinion got it all wrong as they put him in normal clothes in some non recognisable areas on the island. Maybe it’s time to revisit?

Last week at Gringos we had Bez from the Happy Monday’s as a special guest. My first year on the island in 1990 “Step on” was a huge anthem and was played everywhere. It was a pleasure to meet and look after him. He was worried that the younger people wouldn’t recognise him but he needn’t have worried as he was inundated with people asking for selfies. For those not in the know Bez, real name Mark Berry has been a permanent fixture in the veteran band as a dancer and percussionist for many years, but he also has previous in reality television: most notably his victory on Celebrity Big Brother in 2005. He apparently is being sought by bosses at Strictly Come Dancing to appear in their 2019 series, which is expected to begin in September.

He made a controversial 2018 appearance on another BBC show Bargain Hunt,where the 54-year-old broke the rules of the contest.

The ending of Bargain Hunt had to be re-shot but everyone took it in good humour. And Bez paid back his ill-gotten £8 winnings, so he is still in good favour. The Bargain Hunt cheating scandal was talked about everywhere, even Gogglebox. If anything, it made the show. Everyone knows Bez would be a ratings hit on Strictly.

Back in 2016, Bez claimed that he could “go all the way” and win Strictly if he were asked to participate: “Dancing has made me famous and entertaining people is what I do best. I’ve lost count of the number of blokes who’ve come up over the years and said, ‘Thanks for making it OK for indie guys to get on the dance floor’.”

The funniest thing about the 2 days was getting an email from his agent which said he’d forgotten his Maracas!

The Premier League fixtures were out this week and the new season starts on Friday August 9th. Anyone else having lack of football Withdrawal symptoms? Worth noting this year that VAR will be taking its bow in this year’s games and after England’s eventful matches last week against Holland and Switzerland in the Nations League the controversial decisions certainly won’t be disappearing. The big talking point was the “offside” Jesse Lingarde goal which was a toe nail width of being offside. Surely now this is the end of multi coloured boots in the premiership? I’m expecting Nike or Adidas to come up with the pitch green coloured boot so they can’t be seen. Or what about the “Stealth Boot?” To make them invisible to the technology. It will be interesting to see how VAR pans out.

The PPL(Phonographic Performance Limited) the music royalty body has revealed the most played songs of 2018 on Tv, radio and in pubs and clubs.

  1. Portugal The Man – Feel it Still
  2. Rudimental & Jess Glynne – These Days
  3. Liam Payne & Rita Ora – For You
  4. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  5. George Ezra – Shotgun
  6. Paloma Faith & Sígala – Lullaby
  7. Rita Ora – Anywhere
  8. David Guetta & Sia – Flames
  9. George Ezra – Paradise
  10. Pink – What About Us

Nine of the ten most-played artists last year were British (Pink was the exception), while 2018 marked the first time the majority of the acts were, or featured, women.

I was at the first leg of Real Mallorca’s play-off versus Albacete along with 16,311 others, this year’s record attendance. The crowd and the atmosphere generated definitely helped the team to a 2-0 win. Topped off with an absolute Worldy from Dani Rodriguez at the end. Now it’s squeaky bum time to see if they can hold on in the return leg on Sunday at 19.00. Albacete drew more games than they won at home in the regular season so let’s hope that continues. In the other game Deportivo beat Malaga by 4-2, with their return leg this Saturday at 21.00. The winners of both games will play each other next Thursday and Sunday.

Good luck also to Atlético Baleares in their return leg this Sunday versus UD Melilla. They drew 0-0 last weekend in the away leg and the kick-off in Son Malferit is at 18.00.

Let’s hope for some sunshine so you can enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.comon mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.

We’re the Love Island

5AECEE02-C47C-48F0-AADD-EC4DA6888504In my eyes anything that promotes the island in a positive manor is a good thing. So last Monday Love Island started on ITV2. Like it or loathe it, it puts our island into a lot of people’s living rooms and that’s not a bad thing. No matter what the programme does the island still looks beautiful.
Love Island bosses were smiling on Tuesday after Mondays launch of the show’s fifth series was watched by a record average of 3.3 million viewers.
Last year’s first show attracted an audience of 2.9 million, continuing a steady increase in launch-night figures for the ITV2 series each year since 2015.
The 15 minutes of fame that the contestants gain can work in their favour meaning after the show they do a series of appearances in the UK and abroad. I’ve met a few of them at Pirates and interviewed the 2016 winners Cara Delahoyde and Nathan Massey on the radio. They have since had a baby together and are now engaged to be married. Cara came to Mallorca for her hen weekend and celebrated a night out at Pirates Reloaded a few weeks ago.
Probably where the contestants gain the most is through Instagram and being paid to make a sponsored post. The top 5 earners from the 2018 series are;
  1. Dani Dyer, Insta Followers: 3,600,000, Earnings per post: £15,480
  2. Jack Fincham, Insta Followers: 2,400,000, Earnings per post: £10,320
  3. Megan Barton Hanson, Insta Followers: 1,800,00 Earnings per post: £7,740
  4. Wes Nelson, Insta Followers: 1,600,000, Earnings per post: £6,800
  5. Laura Anderson, Insta Followers: 1,500,00, Earnings per post: £6,450
Even Kendall Rae Wright who was the first to be dumped last year after just 6 days gets £3,870 posting to her 900,000 Insta followers! Nice work if you can get it. But what happens when that fame and money dries up?
Well unfortunately there’s a darker side. There’s been criticism of the show due to the very sad suicides of former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon which has led to increased calls for mental health treatment for reality TV stars. With season five now in full swing, ITV says they have released new guidelines that address the mental health of the contestants. According to the ITV guidance, contestants will now have access to more psychological support, including “detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management, and a proactive aftercare package which extends support to all Islanders following their participation.”
Whilst the actual game of football between Liverpool and Spurs was somewhat disappointing in the Champions League Final last weekend the behaviour of the fans was amazing. You might have seen a front page headline in the Spanish sports paper Marca about 5 days before the game which read which read “MIEDO” or fear, in reference to what they say were comments from bar owners in Madrid. I honestly think it was a slow news day as if I was a Madrid bar owner I’d be rubbing my hands at the thought of all those fans coming. Unfortunately we as a nation have a reputation and regardless of which club it is the foreign press think all our supporters are the same. I had a lot of friends there and they all said how good natured it was even with the mixture of the intense heat and alcohol. It’s a shame that the press didn’t report how good it was.
Ed Sheeran who played in Barcelona last night and will play in Madrid on Tuesday has revealed that he’s teaming up with Heinz to release his own brand of its famous tomato ketchup.
Deemed ‘Edchup’, Sheeran shared the news with his 29 million Instagram followers.
“It’s actually real and you’ll be able to get your hands on one very soon,” the pop star wrote, alongside a picture of himself kissing the special edition bottle of ketchup, which also features a smiling tomato with Sheeran’s face on.
The post has already garnered more than 1.2 million likes, including one by Friends actress Courtney Cox. “Love this!!!” she commented, alongside three crying laughter emojis.
The collaboration is part of a celebration of World Ketchup Day and Heinz’ 150th anniversary. Sheeran is a well-known fan of the ketchup brand and even has a tattoo of the company’s logo on his arm.
Heartbreak for Atletico Baleares last weekend as a 1-1 home draw with Racing Santander meant they lost their play-off on the away goals rule. I got the feeling that they thought the hard work was done after drawing 0-0 away but anyone in football will tell you that in a two legged tie 0-0 is in fact one of the worst scores. So it proved in which was another poor game to watch to be honest. The saving grace is that it’s not over yet, as the very strange play-off system here means they are now in the quarter-finals of the play-offs with the teams that finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th. They play away against UD Melilla who finished third in group 4 of Segunda B, They have been in the play-offs only once before in 1999. If Baleares can get through this there’s still another potential 4 games to reach La Liga 123.
Better news for Real Mallorca who after drawing 1-1 on Tuesday with Granada have reached the play-offs. A season best attendance of 13,839 meant a great atmosphere at the Son Moix. They join, Malaga, Albacete and one from Deportivo, Cadiz and Real Oviedo. Once all the final games of the season are over at the Weekend we will know who they will be playing and when. The play-offs in La Liga 123 are a little easier with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th and the winners playing a two legged final to get promotion to La Liga. The first legs will be played on Wednesday and Thursday next week and the second legs on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices and box office opening times can be found at www.rcdmallorca.es
Enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.

Crouchy

Champions League Final today and it’s an all English affair Liverpool v Tottenham. We had Peter Crouch come and visit us at Pirates this week. He was a lovely down to earth bloke who loved chatting about football, so my type of fella!  Currently at Burnley but coming to the end of contract I asked what his plans were. He said at 38 he’s coming to the end of his career but Burnley is an option for another year or he might come back to London, no clubs mentioned though. I asked who was his favourite manager to work under and he said without doubt Harry Redknapp who he played with at Southampton, Portsmouth and Tottenham. He was one of Harry’s go to players along with Jermain Defoe and Niko Kranjcar. Last year when it was announced Harry Redknapp was going into the jungle, Crouch tweeted “Can I just state on record pls. I am not a luxury item #imacelebrity”. As he’s played for both Tottenham and Liverpool I asked him who he thinks will win? “It’s a difficult one for me, I’ve got friends in both camps and I’ve got a wife who is from Liverpool and her dad is a massive Liverpool fan.”

“I’ve got loads of friends who are Tottenham fans too so what I’m going to do is sit on a massive fence!” He’s not wrong either, when I stood next to him he towered above me.

The Rolling Stones have given Richard Ashcroft the royalties and rights from ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ and have also had their writing credits removed.

The Verve’s 1997 single sampled a four-second segment of Andrew Loog Oldham’s orchestral recording from the Stones’ ‘The Last Time’.

Permission was gained for use of the recording, but permission for the use of the song was overlooked.

The only deal Ashcroft could reach that allowed him to keep ‘Urban Hymns’, the album the song featured on, on shelves was to sign away all of his rights and royalties to the track.

Ever since he’s never been able to watch an England game on ITV as that’s their programme introduction music and therefore brings back bad memories.

In a statement released after receiving the PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution To British Music award at the Ivor Novello Awards yesterday, Richard Ashcroft announced that he had now regained all rights and royalty shares from the song.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce as of last month Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give me their share of the song ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’,” Ashcroft said. “This remarkable and life-affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all their royalties derived from the song they will now pass to me.”

He continued: “I would like to thank the main players in this, my management Steve Kutner and John Kennedy, the Stones manager Joyce Smyth and Jody Klein (for actually taking the call) lastly a huge unreserved heartfelt thanks and respect to Mick and Keith. Music is power.”

“Bitter Sweet Symphony” was closely associated with the mid-90s Britpop era, it picked up several awards and was nominated for many more, including a Grammy in the Best Rock Song category.

A battling 0-0 draw away in Santander for Atlético Baleares in the first leg of their play-off for promotion to La Liga 123. There was a great atmosphere from the vociferous 21,500 fans, 600 of which had travelled from Mallorca. This in itself is quite something as away support is normally non existent in Spain so well done to all involved. Baleares finished with 9 men which means they’ll be banned for the return leg this Sunday at 12 midday. The club announced that only members can buy tickets for the match at 15€pp as the ground holds only 2,000 people and they have to fit in away fans too. It’s disappointing for those who’d like to go to the game as I’m sure they’ll be a lot of interest but they are rewarding the fans that have followed them all year. The ground and pitch are very small and not something Santander are not used to which will hopefully work in their favour. It’s a shame their old stadium which is being rebuilt, isn’t ready. I remember going to see them play a play-off game there a few years ago against Mirandés and there was over 10,000 people. I hope they go up as I’ve said before it will be great for local football and the opportunities for younger players will be even better.

Not such good news for Real Mallorca who lost away to Deportivo La Coruña in literally the last second of the game. They were coasting to a 0-0 that would have been sufficient for them to reach the play-offs. Not sure what the Ref was looking at when he gave a penalty to Deportivo but it was converted, so Mallorca must look to get a result from their last game at home to promotion chasing Granada. It’s definitely squeaky bum time and we’ll all be looking at our phones to check on the other scores on Sunday evening. The club have had a big push on ticket sales and Sol Alta which has been closed all season has been opened for this game. It will be quite a double for the island if Balearics get promoted and Mallorca get into the play-offs. I said last weekend was massive for our island football but this one is even bigger!

Once again I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that helped us on our Radiothon we couldn’t do it without you. The raffle was drawn on Friday and all the winning tickets can be found on our website and Facebook page. The final total was 25,363.11€ which is the highest total since we started in 2015. The overall total over the five years is 106,200.59€ which I am very proud of, once again thank you!

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.comon mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.

Sam Shashoua

CBF0557A-F655-46D9-99F3-2B63CA39EAC6Forgive me if you’re not a football fan but I have to dedicate this weeks scribes to what is a really exciting time for the island and it’s two professional football teams. A young player breaking into the first team of a Premier League football club these days is pretty difficult and some might say for a young English player even harder. So over the last year we’ve started to see more English players move abroad to get first team football. High profile players such as Jadon Sancho moving from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund and Reiss Nelson going on loan to Hoffenheim from Arsenal have encouraged more players to think about moving to another country to do what they enjoy doing and that’s play football. I learned at the beginning of the season about a young player from Tottenham who had moved here to Mallorca to play for Atlético Baleares. I got his number from former Spurs player David Howells but I’ve sat on it for quite a while to see how well his season panned out. Well we’re nearly at the end and to be honest it’s been pretty damn good. He Played 33 out of 38 games scoring 6 goals with 4 assists, although he mentions he’d have liked to have scored more! The team played 38 won 21 drew 12, lost 5 and won the Segunda B Group 3 championship and are now in the play-offs.
I finally met him last week at the Atlético Baleares stadium on the outskirts of Palma just after training. We sat in the stand and had a good chat about his career to date.
Sam Shashoua was born and raised in Chelsea and attended Harrow School. His Father also attended the school and he was keen for Sam to go to one of the most prestigious schools in England. He played for the school’s first team at football, was an Under-12s county champion at squash and represented the South of England Under-16s at hockey. So his sporting pedigree set him in good stead for the challenges ahead. He left the school straight after his GCSE’s to play for Tottenham full time. He’d been at their academy since the age of 8 and when it came to signing full time he had both Spurs and Arsenal vying for his signature. At this point I tell him I’m an Arsenal fan to which he laughs and shrugs it off. Signing for Tottenham he says was a great feeling he’d got the trial through his younger brother Armando who was already at the club but to sign for the club meant that he was at an equal level to his brother.
He was the Under-18s’ second-top scorer in 2016-17 with 13 goals in 23 appearances and his progress was rewarded with a spot on the first team bench for the first time in a 6-1 win at Leicester City in May, 2017. It was the second to last game of the season and just a week after his 18th birthday. Players that were with him in the team who were also making and have made progress since to the first team were Oliver Skipp, George Marsh and probably the best known Harry Winks.
He honestly admitted that he’d never heard of Atlético Baleares but was told told they were a third division club in Spain who were interested in signing him. He felt that in the U-23’s at Spurs his football might stagnate so was willing to play anywhere to get first team action. He liked what the owner Patrick Messow said about the club and wanted to try something out of his comfort zone, it was a risk, yes but it’s turned out pretty well. One advantage he had was that he spoke Spanish due to the fact his Mother is half Spanish and half Venezuelan and in Baleares no one spoke English.
On the playing side the majority of pitches are astroturf and the playing style is different. He doesn’t get the ball as much as he did at Spurs so he’s learnt to be more effective when he does have the ball and knowing that the chances will be fewer. It’s certainly not the tiki-taka that he expected and he’s had to change his style to take the chances that are given and to be more defense minded when they don’t have the ball.
After a 1-0 away in against second placed Hercules on Sunday which cemented them as the best team of Segunda B Group 3, they learned of their play-off opponents on Monday. I think they got the hardest draw against Racing Santander who won their league by winning 22 games, drawing 12 and losing just 4. Founded in 1913, they are one of the founder members of La Liga and have been in the doldrums since they got relegated in 2011/12. Their ground holds just over 22,000 so much bigger than Baleares are used to but with two plane loads of away fans travelling and a few hundred making their own way it should be a great atmosphere. Sam said he’d love to go there and get a couple of goals to come back to Palma with, giving them a great chance of promotion in the home leg on Sunday June 2nd.
Our thoughts then turned to next season, he has a year left on his contract at Tottenham so he thinks he’ll be going back for pre-season. But he hasn’t given it too much thought as the play-off is such a huge game. Trying to win and get the team he’s been playing for all season promoted is definitely his focus. But he said he would love to step up to La Liga 123 or return to Tottenham and get some first team action. He would love to be in Madrid watching the final of the Champions League but it clashes with the 2nd leg of the play-off so he’ll watch it on TV. He says it’s been an amazing year for English football and after the success at the World Cup it’s crazy to think that there are 4 English teams in the finals of the two European Club competitions. Naturally a Baleares and Tottenham win would be a perfect end to the season. I know Baleares rate him very highly and I hope he decides to stay. It might well encourage more UK players to give it a try.
A Ronaldo style free-kick from Salva Sevilla meant that Real Mallorca ran out 1-0 winners against a dogged Almería side last Sunday. Before the game he had been presented with the player of the month trophy for April and he then drove Mallorca to a hard fought victory. They now play on Monday nightagainst 7th placed Deportivo La Coruña where a win will ensure they are in the play-offs. Osasuna have been promoted and second placed Granada are one win away from second place. Hopefully they’ll do it this weekend at home to Cadiz as next week they come to Mallorca.
My eldest has finished his season and this weekend my youngest will finish his with an away game in Consell. He’s had a great first season at San Francisco in Palma and they can’t wait for pre-season training to begin. Dad Taxi gets a rest for a couple of months!
Enjoy your weekend!
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.