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    There is another Derbi upon us and it could not have come in the most fascinating times. The Derbi Madrileno is around the corner and it is in the Copa del Rey on this occasion. Tomorrow’s match will be at the Vicente Calderon and it will be the first time the Merengues will face Atletico Madrid in their home stadium. The last three meetings of these two rivals from Madrid ended in a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Jan - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The prodigal son, Fernando Torres, has returned to Madrid and the club from which he grew up following and playing at, Atletico Madrid. Fernando Torres left Atletico Madrid in July of 2007 for Liverpool FC. When El Nino was at the Rojiblancos back from 2001 through to 2007 he tallied 82 goals for Atleti in 214 appearances. Much like the biblical story the prodigal son, when Torres left Spain for England in the summer of 2007 he brought his fantastic […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Jan - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Spanish football has had highs and ultimate lows in 2014. Now that 2015 is on the horizon, it’s time to take a look back on the five best moments in the Spanish football year for 2014.   Atletico Madrid becoming La Liga Champions Diego Simeone pulled off a footballing miracle, managing to topple the big two, therefore leading Atletico to their 10th La Liga crown. Not only that, they were the first team outwith Barcelona to win the title […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Dec - 31 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  The top four in England are slowly emerging before our eyes and the battle for third and fourth are heating up before our eyes. Currently the third and fourth place team in England have Spanish players who are achieving first team football and performing at a high level as well. West Ham United and Manchester United both have Spanish keepers who are playing full time for their respective teams. West Ham United have currently been enjoying a fantastic run […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Dec - 24 - 2014 2 Comments READ FULL POST

The three remaining La Liga sides found out their fate in the last-16 draw for the Champions League on Monday afternoon. To be fair, all three will be reasonably confident of making the last eight, as the league will be hoping for maximum exposure and a repeat of the all-Spanish final in Lisbon in May. The first tie will be a repeat of last season, as Real Madrid will take on Roberto Di Matteo’s Schalke side. Ancelotti’s men will be […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Dec - 16 - 2014 2 Comments READ FULL POST

  This week looking at Spaniards abroad we look at a club in north west England at Stoke City where Bojan Krkic is beginning to find a run of form recently. Krkic was acquired by Stoke City from Barcelona for a fee of €1.8 million and has made a positive impact since his introduction. Bojan has been introduced to Mark Hughes’ side in a more center attacking role from the midfield. In Stoke City’s recent match against Arsenal at the […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Dec - 12 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  This week we will look at one Spaniard that plays his professional football in London. Santiago Cazorla plays for Arsenal FC and recently Santi has been enjoying a stellar bout of form. The former Villarreal and Malaga midfielder found has been able to answer the call for Wenger’s side to show a bit of character. Arsenal won the match against Dortmund 2-0 and both goals were assisted by Santi Cazorla. Cazorla has found a way to fight into Wenger’s […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Dec - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The Rojiblancos booked their place into the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League Wednesday night in Madrid. As mentioned in a piece earlier this week Atletico Madrid were on a mission of “revenge.” Well hang up the banners for this week as the Colchoneros steam rolled Olympiakos 4-0. Wednesday evening’s match at the Estadio Vicente Calderon began with Atletico pressing high up the pitch. The first two goals did in fact come from rather awful defensive mistakes by […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Nov - 27 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  With yet another International break interrupting glorious weekly, competitive and exciting football, fans everywhere were banging their heads against walls, waiting impatiently, hankering for some meaningful football to return to their television screens. Meanwhile it was all happening at Real Madrid, I review an eventful week for the club and preview another episode of Champions League action in their quest for La Undecima.   Superpowers merge: A partnership with Windows Whilst all the afore mentioned head-banging was going on, […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Nov - 26 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The Colchoneros will look to exact revenge from the team that gave Atletico Madrid their first loss of the new campaign. The stage is set for Atletico, at the Calderon to assure their place into the next round of the Champions League. Olympiakos who entertained Atleti at the port of Pireaus Greece for the first game of the Champions League handed the Colchoneros their first defeat of the new campaign. The Rojiblancos will be entering the match in a fine […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Nov - 25 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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