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13 minutes ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

Albacete came from behind, won without him, and are now leading the division and in a direct promotion spot to top flight. 

I honestly do not think that Albacete was designed to promote but if they did with Ballou figuring in an important way: would they then want to keep him in the upper division?

Question asked about three months too early....

Yeah I think we'd have to see how he performs first. And as competitive as la Liga 2 can be it's a massive step to playing in the same league as Messi. 

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Training with the team this morning. In Albacete it's below zero at 9 am and by the afternoon over 15 these days. 

The sporting director, Mauro Pérez, said in the press conference today that they'd been following him since MLS, that he's quick, takes on defenders, and they like how he moves on the pitch, full quote below from this article. What I find interesting is that he likes how he tracks back to defend, as that is precisely the sort of thing he's worked on for Barça B, the tactical positioning without the ball:

https://www.albacetebalompie.es/noticia/mauro-perez-en-cordoba-se-demostro-que-lo-mas-importante-es-el-escudo-del-alba

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Pérez showed his confidence in the latest signing, the Canadian international Ballou Tabla, who he knows well. "I have been following Ballou since two summers ago, when he had his debut in MLS.  Barça ended up signing him. We had him on our list and he fits in perfectly with what we were looking for. His qualities and conditions are right. He's quick, can get by defenders, and goes back and forth. Sometimes it is not so easy to find a player with these characteristics, who also knows how to defend, and he does." 

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Presentation today in a BMW motorcycle dealership in downtown Albacete. You figure it out, they did this with four new players today, and check out the pic in this article: I wonder if he even has a driver's licence.

https://www.albacetebalompie.es/noticia/ballou-no-dude-el-alba-es-el-equipo-en-el-que-mejor-puedo-expresar-mi-futbol

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On 1/31/2019 at 11:19 PM, socceronly said:

I am now more interested in following this than well... anything else happening right now. 

Can these games be found via streaming anywhere?

Not sure if this has been mentioned but these matches are shown on YouTube. 

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCs3Gqvp1tO-nK-XNzFlopsg

 

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On 2/8/2019 at 8:03 PM, Greatest Cockney Rip Off said:

Not sure if this has been mentioned but these matches are shown on YouTube. 

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCs3Gqvp1tO-nK-XNzFlopsg

 

They are not available in Canada, check the list of countries under this video.

I am surprised by how many people don't know how to find streams. You have to be persistent, for sure, but since all the Liga 123 (sponsor name) is live in full on Movistar+, there will be streams available for every game.

Like on http://xn--firstrowspors-7vc.eu/

Links like this already have the Albacete game listed: http://www.futbolarg.com/

Just be ready to try various links, close windows, wait for options, get a Russian bride and be convinced you are not betting nearly enough.

 

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Starting today's match on the bench it looks like. I think it's really cool he got number 9. Either numbers don't mean a whole lot for this club or they believe in him 

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44 minutes ago, JuicyHam said:

Starting today's match on the bench it looks like. I think it's really cool he got number 9. Either numbers don't mean a whole lot for this club or they believe in him 

Thanks for the reminder, I must have seen 16h and thought 6 pm. I'll only tune in if he comes on. 

The other Canadian angle here is that Steve Nash is part owner of Mallorca.

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He did not get on, around m. 65 there was a shot of him on the bench, collar high, "brooding". Other were warming up and I guess he realised he was not getting on today. 

It ended 2-0 with a late goal, they stay top of 2nd division.

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He has not been called up for Albacete's away match at Zaragoza this afternoon. Not a good sign, he is not injured.

He may find he has to train harder and show more than he did at Barça B, where the mentality was focused on development. 

That said, often when Barça loans out a player, there is a clause that requires him to play a minimum amount of minutes, and otherwise the new club has to pay a financial penalty for not using him. 

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