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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
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    He is one of my favourite Spanish players of the last decade, and arrived in England from the Spanish capital five years ago amidst a flurry of publicity and goals. The last eighteen months, though, have been an absolute disaster for Fernando Torres. Now aged 27, the question has to be asked: will he ever recover that deadly form he showed in his earlier career? He started out as we all know at his boyhood club, Atletico de […]

Posted by James On Feb - 2 - 2012 3 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

  Jose Manuel Reina, or Pepe as he is affectionately known, was born in Madrid in August 1982. He is the son of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid legend Miguel Reina, and is one of the most consistent goalkeepers of his generation, and yet is unfortunate enough to be around at the same time as the legendary Iker Casillas, meaning that he hasn’t won anything like the amount of international caps that he should have. What a lot of people outside […]

Posted by James On Nov - 23 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Valencia vs Genk

  After an emotional loss against La Liga front-runners Real Madrid this past weekend, Valencia CF need to regroup to face Belgian giants Genk at home on Wednesday. A victory’s the only result Los Che want, as they’re currently third in Group E after four matches. They’re one point behind Bayer Leverkusen, who they defeated 3-1 at the Mestalla on Matchday Four. They’re three points behind leaders Chelsea, who they’ll face in an all-important Matchday Six contest that, depending on […]

Posted by CesarFF On Nov - 22 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

                                                                                             In this week’s 173rd  edition of the forzafutbol podcast Elisa and Ravi round up the big topics of this week.  The Champions League the Europa League, The Ballon d’Or nominations, the Golden Boy nominations and a host of other topics. It is a bumper edition. There are a lot of talking points in this one. Download this episode (right click and save) Subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes Segment#1 Champions League & Europa League recap – 22 minutes  Crucial win for […]

Posted by super submarino On Nov - 5 - 2011 2 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

October 7 2011 Today Spain will take on Czech Republic in Prague. Spain has already qualified. The Czechs are fighting for a play-off position. Del Bosque has added only one new player, Jordi Alba t0 the squad. I believe he will try him out at the left back position. But we are not sure if he will start today  against the Czechs or even against Scotland on Tuesday Here is our expected line-up for the game (4-3-3): Casillas ; Ramos-Pique-Puyol-Arbeloa […]

Posted by super submarino On Oct - 7 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

Let me set one thing straight: I deal in stats — cold, objective data. Anything you can think to track about a sport, I find interesting. I’m not talking about just the basics, such as how many passes were completed or who scored and assisted. I’m talking about the nitty-gritty, the kind of information you can’t believe found its way onto paper. For example, Ronaldo hasn’t scored (a goal) since his girlfriend, Irina Shayk, pictured more modestly here, landed the […]

Posted by Data Head On Feb - 27 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST

It was an evenly matched affair between two squads that hold firm to the ideal that football should be played with the ball at the feet, with joy in the heart, and not just with fire in the gut. It was an uncharacteristically gutsy performance by Arsenal, who usually fall short in big matches, but they were up against Pep Guardiola’s blaugrana, so it looked to be an open, end-to-end match with little for Sports Betting between them. It was. […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Feb - 16 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST
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