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      Around one year ago, Diego Simeone took control of his first home game and first win at Atlético de Madrid. This weekend he took control of his first home game in 2013 and things couldn’t be better for the Madrid club. Even on  a wet, cold and damp Sunday night, the sparkle is still in the eye of every Atleti fan. It has been a great year for Los Rojiblancos and this has VLL thinking at all […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Jan - 15 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      Match of the Week: Barcelona v Valencia   I suppose the best way to describe Valencia’s start to the season is character-building! They started off with a trip to the Bernabeu, and their second away match is at the other great monument of Spanish football, the Nou Camp! Their performance on the opening day showed that they’re not just making those journeys for the stadium tours though, so while Barsa will view this match as a chance […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Aug - 31 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST

        Match of the Week: Osasuna v Barcelona   Barcelona are painfully aware that of all the contributory factors behind last season’s failure to defend the league title, it boiled down to the fact that they failed to consistently pick up three points in fixtures like this. Remind yourself of what happened in Pamplona last season for proof!   For whatever reason, too many away games ended in draws rather than defeats, and with just a couple […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Aug - 24 - 2012 3 Comments READ FULL POST

      The Olympics drew to a close last night in London, with Spain taking home 17 medals, one less than four years ago in Beijing, from a highly entertaining fortnight of sport. However, they were without one that many expected they wouldn’t even have to turn up for, one that in all truth they didn’t get anywhere near.   As current World and double European champions in International football, Luis Milla’s Spain team were widely expected to add […]

Posted by Billy On Aug - 13 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      At Under-19, Under-21 and full international level, it’s Spain who currently hold all of the top honours, and their Olympic team can further prolong their domination of world football in the next few weeks by taking Gold at the Men’s tournament in Great Britain.   In the last month, Vicente Del Bosque and Julen Lopetegui have successfully defended European titles in their respective category, and Luis Milla will be looking to follow on from his U21 success […]

Posted by Billy On Jul - 22 - 2012 3 Comments READ FULL POST
Liverpool's Suso

        Spain begin their defence of the Under-19 European Championships this Tuesday, with manager Julen Lopetegui confirming his final 18-man squad for the tournament yesterday evening.   Earlier in the month I previewed each of the twenty two players who made the provisional squad, although four of them, Iván López (Levante), Salva Ruiz (Valencia), Nono (Betis) and Raúl de Tomás (Real Madrid), have been omitted from the travelling party who leave for host nation Estonia tomorrow.   […]

Posted by Billy On Jun - 29 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas

    Unlike all those other stuffy futbol awards show with their fancy parties and people all dressed up in tuxedos and evening gowns, the Segunda Focus prefers to kick back with a six-pack of Mahou (OK, maybe not Mahou because it’s not sold in the US…. And why the hell is that? Seriously. That bothers me) and sunflower seeds and dispense its awards virtually. It’s not like I haven’t tried to pretty it up last year. Upon informing Elche […]

Posted by Arch On Jun - 19 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    The University of Navarra has released their Top Ten ‘mediatico’ or media savvy footballer and club.  There analysis is based on media coverage, social media, marketing and merchandising as well as participation in the Champions League (Football on the biggest stage.)   Interesting that 50% of the Top Media Savvy players come from the Premier League and 40% from the big two in La Liga. Also the saying there is no such thing as bad press rings true, […]

Posted by Elisa On Jun - 17 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST

      Pity the poor Segunda which is staging its playoffs smack dab in the middle of the Euros. (Spain to win the Euros hopefully?)  It seems like it’s been hard to grab anyone’s attention about the battle for the third and final promotion spot, but perhaps that may be due to not just the Euro but also the sincere lack of drama in the games.   Compare the Segunda playoff games from last year with this year’s games […]

Posted by Arch On Jun - 15 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST
Barca canterano Alex Grimaldo

      Last summer, a Spain team including the likes of Álvaro Morata, Gerard Deulofeu, Pablo Sarabia and Álex Fernández lifted the Under-19 version of the European Championships following a terrific tournament, and this year they will be looking to do the same as the new generation get their chance to shine. Julen Lopetegui is the manager chosen to lead this year’s team, and on Wednesday he named a provisional squad of 22 for the tournament. After nine days […]

Posted by Billy On Jun - 15 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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