Category Archives: John’s major events

John, Sergio & León are invited to Málaga provincial trials

Juan García de la Casa, coach of the Málaga U12 has convened a training session on Monday 7th March at the Federation pitch in Málaga.  John, Sergio Esteban and León of Peña los Compadres are amongst the lads invited, so good luck to you, and play well!

John is invited back to Colchester

John travelled to London on Thursday 3rd March to train and play in a match for Colchester United. No sooner had the plane landed, John headed straight to the academy for an intensive two hour training session in very cold weather, with his temporary colleagues, some of whom he had met last year. We hear that the training was very intense – after a session of practical drills and skills, they played a friendly 8 a-side match. The English game is much more physical, with strong tackles and more direct challenges. … good training to play against Manchester!  No doubt John will have very much enjoyed this experience and learnt a lot from his short time training with them.  On Saturday 5th March, John will play in a league game for Colchester Untied vs Aldershot Town at the University of Essex…. good luck, and play strong!
The facilities and coaches at the Colchester United Academy at Shrubs End are well known in the UK, where U12 train and play 9-aside on 3/4 pitches.  In March 2010 John was invited for the first time to train and play  match with them.

John, Sergio Esteban and León invited to Malaga trials

Juan García de la Casa, head coach of the Málaga Alevin team, invited 16 players from the Province to attend a training session at the Federation pitch in Málaga on 1st March 2011, including 3 members of the Peña los Comapdres team. Well done John, Sergio Esteban and León, who enjoyed the experience very much … good luck!

John & León selected to attend trials for Málaga province

John and his team-mate León were invited by the Málaga selection coach Juán García de la Casa to attend a training/trials session at the football pitch of the Málaga Football Federation.  Other Compadres team-mate Sergio Esteban had also attended trials the week before.
Along with 14 other hopefuls, after warming up and doing some near pass drills, they played a 7-aside match.  John started as right back, where he had a good game, and made some great attacking runs up the wing, as well as covering his defensive post as well.  Worthy of mention was a full speed goal kick from León, which John caught on his chest on the wing, and showing great control, he sped forward towards the corner flag before sending across a great pass to the far post.
John very much enjoyed playing with some of his colleagues who are usually on the opposite team … Curro and Martín of Ronda, Jorge of Conejitos, Joaquín of Puerto Malagueño, amongst others!
With some 155 teams of in the Alevín leagues of Málaga province, with 12 players in each, that means that the selector has some 1800 players to choose from!  It is a great achievement even to be asked to the Málaga trials – and from the approx. 30 lads who will be invited to train/attend trials over the coming weeks,  a final squad of 12 will be chosen to represent Málaga province.
Good luck John, Sergio Esteban & León!

Great training experience in Cártama Estación with Fútbol Carrasco

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It was a real pleasure to watch this training session with this group of U12 footballers from Málaga, who had been selected by the Carrasco brothers, of  The professional training was led by twin brothers David and Dimas Carrasco, during which they got to know the boys better and witnessed their technical abilities and their strengths, to help them choose the Futbol Carrasco team that will play in two tournaments in December.  All the lads, including John, Sergio and León of Peña los Compadres, enjoyed very much this couple of hours in Cártama Estación and gave their all to the training. The final team won’t be known until shortly before the first tournament, which will take place in Estepona on 23rd December.  Good luck to all!

John, Sergio Esteban and León short-listed for Carrasco Team

Well done to John, who along with team-mates Sergio Esteban (midfield/centre forward) and León (goalie), has been selected to do some professional training with a selected group of 21 under 12′s in Estación de Cartama on 15th November.  After the training, a final squad of 11 players will be confirmed as the Futból Carrasco Alevín team for 2011.  Best of luck and enjoy the training!

John does 927 keepie uppies aged 11

John Wallace aged 11 does 927 keepie uppies, a new personal record!  Using both feet, it takes him about 9 minutes to get closer to his current aim of 1000.  He makes it looks easy, but we all know it isn’t.  Well done John.  KEEP IT UP!

Peña los Compadres promoted to Preferente league

After a tough league, and with only one game left to play, Peña los Compadres secure their promotion to the Preferente league by beating strugglers Churriana 12-0 at home.  With four teams bidding for second spot behind Cártama Estación since more or less the beginning of the season, this felt more like a championship win.  Only 1 – 4 points have separated the four main contenders for promotion (Peña los Compadres, San Pedro, Nueva Andalucía & Marbella Paraiso) for most of the second leg of the league.  Plus both El Palo and Torremolinos have enjoyed a great second half of the season, causing some upsets and coming close behind at the middle of the table.  So a big CONGRATULATIONS to the Peña los Compadres Alevin A team, who have worked hard all season and deserve this promotion having put in 100% effort every week since last September.  ¡Preferente, preferente … o-e  o-e  o-e!

Axarquía 1 – Málaga 4

Congratulations to the “Compadres Quartet” chosen by Juan García de la Casa to form part of the Málaga team of first year Alevins, to play in a friendly against a selected team from Axarquía, on Saturday 3rd April.  A lovely day was enjoyed by all those who travelled to Almayate to watch this well contested game…. everyone played well, both as individuals and as part of the team.  Thanks to the organizers who prepared a huge paella to satisfy the appetite of both players and their families.

Great teamwork from Málaga selection to beat Axarquía 4 – 1

This friendly match between a selection of Málaga first year alevíns and a select team from Axarqúia resulted in a victory for the visitors from Málaga. Despite having only a little time together on the pitch, the lads chosen by coach Juan García de la Casa showed their ability to play at this level with team mates from other league teams with no problem at all – in fact the spectators enjoyed a great match with lots of Tiki Taka… Well done!

Half time : 1-2
Final result : 1-4
Goals : Jorge (Conejitos) Sergio Esteban (Peña Compadres), Joaquín (Puerto Malagueño), Curro (Ronda)