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After years of being the underdog and living in the shadows of their great cross-city rivals, the red and white half of Madrid are the ones who had smiles from ear to ear this week. The 4-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon was more than just three points, it was the day the champions came out of their shell and proved they can live with the rival who once gave them the fear. The Rojiblancos created another […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Feb - 11 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  FC Barcelona fired Eusebio today follow a long disappointing season. He is the second disliked figure, after Zubizarreta, to be let go by Barça and this leaves just president Bartomeu as the last disliked man standing.     After 150 matches, the era of Eusebio is over. For many Barça fans, including myself, this day could not come any sooner. With Barça B hovering over the relegation zone, his sacking was a must. After 24 matches this season, the […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 10 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Atletico Madrid humiliated Real Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, beating the current league leaders 4-0. The home side ran riot with goals from Tiago, Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were mere spectators. The last time Real Madrid lost at the Calderon in the league was June 12th 1999, and hadn’t lost three straight games (in all competitions) at the ground in the last 64 years. Surely Atleti would fear their mega-rich […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 8 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  This week looking at Spaniards abroad, it was challenging finding a Spanish player this time who stood out among his peers. David Silva has been in excellent form for Manchester City recently. Manchester City traveled to London Saturday to take on the League leaders, Chelsea. The defending champions have been finding life difficult at the moment with Yaya Toure playing in the Africa Cup. The last few weeks City has been dropping points where they would usually win all […]

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

  Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 2-1 at the Bernabeu to go four points clear of second placed Barcelona. The league leaders went ahead through James Rodriguez, before the Columbian was substituted off and replaced by Jese Rodriguez, who doubled Madrid’s lead. Iago Aspas got a goal back with ten minutes still to play, but Los Blancos held firm to seal three crucial points. Having conceded early in the past two games, Madrid were looking to start quickly, but encountered a […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 5 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

He looked a pale shadow of his former self, unhappy, out of form and devoid of hunger. That is just some of the ways in which you could describe Fernando Torres’ career since his £50 million move from Liverpool to Chelsea. Even when he finally departed Stamford Bridge to join Milan, he didn’t look like a man who really wanted to be in Italy. Torres scored a total of 21 goals between his time at Chelsea and Milan, but more […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Feb - 2 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

After a 7 game winning streak, some were thinking Barça were back. This nice winning streak has Barça back on the right tracks but there’s still room for improvement for Luis Enrique and his players. Ignoring the need for improvement though could be costly. Barça’s resurrection, or rejuvenation, came after their last loss away to Real Sociedad right after the winter break. The days following that loss turned into a hurricane for the Blaugrana after Messi did not show up […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 1 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

La Liga has found itself in another ridiculous situation when it comes to players’ lack of self-control and the league’s failure to properly discipline them. If the league wants to set an example by punishing players, then they need to wake up and revamp its disciplinary committee. January saw the return of La Liga football after the winter break and we already have seen some players commit terrible acts on the pitch that are worthy of a lengthy ban. Yet, […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 1 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey hopes have been snuffed out in a fiery encounter at the Estadio Calderon. The first half of the second leg would be the main talking point and perhaps one of the best halves played in football in Spain this year. The first leg at the Camp Nou ended in a 1-0 victory for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid. The lone goal came from a penalty from one Lionel Messi, fortunate too since the Atleti goalkeeper […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Jan - 30 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Gareth Bale’s penalty five minutes from time ensured Real Madrid overcame a stern test away at Córdoba. Carlo Ancelotti’s side struggled throughout, as the home side went ahead from the spot after just two minutes, and late in the game Cristiano Ronaldo was given a straight red card for kicking Edimar. Sami Khedira replaced Isco in the starting eleven, the Spaniard didn’t make the squad due to an injury. Córdoba had only beaten Real Madrid once in the 18 game […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Jan - 25 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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