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    Jorge Mendes is man that divides opinion as much as he divides dressing rooms: you’re either with him or you’re not. He is said to be friends with Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, perhaps not so close after he sold Bébé to Manchester United. That move, however, is a blip in the ocean compared to the moves that have paid off handsomely for the Portuguese and has made him the best known football agent in the world. […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Oct - 22 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Oliver vs Levante

      For a club of its size and stature, Atletico Madrid has a particularly poor record in recent years of nurturing its own home grown talent and developing them into first team players – with just one or two notable exceptions. However five years after the departure of arguably its most famous ever ‘canterano’, a new kid with the same surname is threatening to buck the trend. Oliver Torres does not celebrate his 18th birthday until November, but […]

Posted by Liam On Aug - 30 - 2012 3 Comments READ FULL POST

    During the early Summer I went to Madrid and, using my football-mad son as an excuse, embarked on a circuit of the city’s football grounds. There were no surprises at first: Real was monetized; Rayo was down-at-heel and Getafe was miles away. Something I saw at the Vicente Calderon startled me though, and illustrates one of the main sub-plots in this Super Cup clash.   In the Atlético club shop, amidst all the usual stuff and some magnificently […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Aug - 29 - 2012 5 Comments READ FULL POST

      Buildup This Wednesday sees a huge night in the UEFA Champions League, as FC Barcelona host Chelsea in the second leg of their semi final, with a place in the Munich final up for grabs. As I’m sure you’re aware, Chelsea hold a narrow 1-0 lead from the first leg in West London thanks to a Didier Drogba goal. Since that match, both teams dropped crucial points in their respective battles in the league. Chelsea fought out […]

Posted by James On Apr - 23 - 2012 4 Comments READ FULL POST

  Buildup Two cup finalists go head to head in the last four of the UEFA Champions League at Stamford Bridge this Wednesday. Chelsea, fresh from a resounding 5-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur that saw them reach the FA Cup Final, host FC Barcelona, who still harbour ambitions of another treble. Pep Guardiola’s side had a very tough test in their last league match, eventually coming from behind to win 2-1 at La Liga’s surprise package Levante. Lionel Messi hit […]

Posted by James On Apr - 16 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Make no mistake about it, Andre Villas-Boas may have gotten the sack today for losing another in a series of long matches, but it was getting run out of Naples that brought the vultures out. Eight months in charge and they were struggling in the Champions League, clawing to stay focused in the FA Cup, but they were in a run of form that was laughable for a club their size: one win in the last seven games. For a […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Mar - 5 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  As we all know, the 2012 Olympics are on the horizon, and Luis Milla’s Spain team are among the favourites to win the football tournament. La Rojita ensured their qualification to the London games following a dominant charge to the Under-21 European Championships in Denmark last June, and many of that squad are likely to be included this time around too. In this article, I’ll have a look at the players we could see lining up in red come […]

Posted by Billy On Feb - 28 - 2012 6 Comments READ FULL POST

Background: Nothing gets bigger than this, everything up for grabs. Bayer Leverkusen is in the next round, no matter what happens in this game and a win against Genk away (which is difficult) will ensure that the Germans come out on top.  They sealed their fate when they beat Chelsea in the last round. Boy did they turn the tables on Chelsea and Valencia, good for them.  Destiny is in the hands of both Valencia and Chelsea. Win and your […]

Posted by Elisa On Dec - 5 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Mando and Ravi welcomed back Kyle of Loco4losChe and Cesar @Amunti  to chat about the Valencia season so far, the future and the upcoming big Champions League game against Chelsea. If you are Valencia fan, you might know these guys already and they are very good. If you arent you will find out why when you listen to the podcast.   Download this episode (right click and save) Here is a summary of the topics discussed. Segment 1 – 31 min 1. Impressions […]

Posted by super submarino On Dec - 4 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  No, the SPL (Scottish Premier League) is not considered a top European league. By now, everyone has heard the argument that La Liga is a two-horse race, especially from the press outside of Spain. While there is no denying that fact, the more interesting questions are:  ‘Is La Liga is the ONLY two-horse race among the top leagues of Europe?’ and ‘What is the most competitive league at the top of the table?’ We try to answer these questions […]

Posted by super submarino On Oct - 14 - 2011 7 Comments READ FULL POST
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