The view from Spain

The losers' blues

December 17, 2012
By Phil Ball
As Casey Stengel remarked: "Without losers, where would the winners be?" Joaquin Caparros, Mallorca's manager, might well have reflected on that notion after his team were beaten 1-0 by his former club Athletic Bilbao in the Iberostar. The goal, inevitably, was scored by Aritz Aduriz, the player Caparros sold to Mallorca from Athletic in 2008.

As they say, sometimes it's difficult to write a better script, especially given the fact that Mallorca still owe Athletic money for that transfer ...

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