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    Xavi Herández boarded the team bus and went straight to the back. Head down and a glum expression he didn’t acknowledge any of the hundred or so Barca fans that had been calling his name as he walked out of the ground and on to the bus. Still they tried to get his attention as he sat waiting for his team-mates to join him so he could leave and forget a match where he was almost invisible. So […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Apr - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    Atletico Madrid face Chelsea on Tuesday night in the first leg of their semi-final encounter in the Uefa Champions League. Diego Simeone’s team have been a revelation this season as they currently sit top of La Liga, and are only three wins away from their first league title since the 1995-96 campaign. Atletico’s opponents have been battling for league supremacy however fortunately for Simeone, Jose Mourinho’s side are showing cracks which could favour the Madrid based side. In […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 21 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Rayo Vallecano de Madrid v Levante UD - La Liga

    On the south coast of Spain there is a village in Cadiz called Conil. It was once a tiny little place but over the past 7 or 8 years it has grown into a major touristic attraction. Houses that 15 years ago struggled to fetch more than €15,000, are now available for 10, or in some cases 20, times that price now. In the height of the property boom, there were waiting lists for over a year to […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Apr - 8 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Barcelona v Alético Madrid composite

    Wednesday sees arguably the highlight of the second leg matches in the quarter final of this season’s Champions League, as Atletico Madrid go head to head with FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon. The first leg last week ended one apiece in Camp Nou, meaning that as things stand, a goalless draw will be enough to send Diego Simeone’s side through, but a high scoring draw – 2-2 or better – puts Gerardo Martino into the last four. Both […]

Posted by James On Apr - 8 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    Real Madrid travel to Dortmund with a commanding 3-0 first leg lead in this quarter-final tie. Los Blancos will be happy with their performance in the first leg. very much getting back to their devastating best albeit, against a depleted Borussia Dortmund side, missing their top striker Robert Lewandowski. Both sides have picked up victories in their respective fixtures at the weekend in the lead up to this second leg. Real Madrid minus Cristiano Ronaldo travelled to San […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 7 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Most of the pre-match talk ahead of Atleti’s second visit to the Nou Camp this season centred around one man. Diego Costa – the striker may have missed the game due to pulling up in training with an Injury. Those fears were dispelled when the Brazilian took his place alongside David Villa in Los Rojiblancos’ attack. In fortuitous fashion, it was his replacement Diego Ribas who stole the spotlight. The flag-waving Barca fans, were loud before kick-off, the loud […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 3 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    Hope is a cruel mistress. Yes, it is true. VLL has been absent lately and we do apologise for our sudden disappearance but recent results have had us reaching for the smelling salts and breathing into paper bags. March has been a strange month and the league race took a strange twist. VLL has never hidden the fact that it is an Atlético de Madrid fan. We have lived the highs of recent years with gusto and we […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Apr - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Revenge will be the order of the day, as Real Madrid welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Bernabeu for the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday. Both sides have a rich European history and have been drawn together for the second season in succession, following their semi-final meeting of last season. Of course, the Germans came out on top, going onto lose the final at Wembley against Bayern Munich. The fortunes of both sides couldn’t be more different […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    It just doesn’t happen. Except, that it appears to be happening. A team doesn’t just get promoted from the Segunda B and march right to first place in the Segunda and win the ‘Division de Plata’ but that’s what Eibar are on track to do. If you are going to start with a number which explains it all, it has to be 23. In 31 games that’s the number of goals the Basque outfit have allowed and with […]

Posted by Arch On Mar - 28 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  When you get three teams virtually level at such a late stage of the season, it’s tempting to let your mind wander to what might be and fantasise about an incredible final round where all things are still possible. That rarely happens though, as one or two sides usually fall by the wayside in these situations. The selection might even be made as soon as this Wednesday, because the trio of fixtures the title contenders face are fascinating. Intriguingly, […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Mar - 26 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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