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Villarreal has nothing but pride to play for

Preamble About two months ago on the eve of Villarreal – Bayern, both these teams were about to kick-off the 2011-12 Champions League group phase. Believe it or not, Villarreal came in from the second pot and as the second most experienced team in the group, ahead of both Napoli and Manchester City. Two months on, Villarreal is yet to open its account in the group. Played  4. Lost 4.Goals scored 1. Goals conceded 9. And in the process have […]

Posted by super submarino On Nov - 21 - 2011 3 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

  Preamble Villarreal are hurting, very badly. Nilmar, Rossi, Cani, Zapata, Camuñas, Senna, Marco Ruben are all ruled out for the clash against Manchester City at home. They have thirteen fit first team players that includes Cesár the backup goal-keeper and Ángel who hasn’t played a single minute of competitive football in 10 months. They have no fit strikers in their first team. It is not just a challenge to name an eleven for this game but an even bigger challenge […]

Posted by super submarino On Nov - 1 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST
La Liga pub talk

In today’s podcast Elisa, Mando and Ravi welcome Eduardo Perez Suarez “Edu” one of the founders of La Lambretta radio. You may reach him at @LaLambretta on twitter. We went old school in this podcast going around the league starting with Sporting and Levante. You may also hear him on in La Lambretta and Aqui hay pelotas.   Download this episode (right click and save)  Subscribe to all our podcasts on iTunes Sporting – 15 min Current situation of Sporting from both […]

Posted by super submarino On Oct - 29 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Preamble No Nilmar. No Marco Ruben. No Senna. Musacchio is doubtful. Add to the list: a converted left-back(Catalá), a makeshift right-back(Zapata) and the biggest signing of the club, J. De Gúzman hasn’t been able to adapt fully to the system yet. They have been thoroughly outplayed in the UCL home and away. Their league form is equally poor. A lone win in 7 games puts them in the bottom third of the La Liga table. In contrast, Manchester City are […]

Posted by super submarino On Oct - 17 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Diehard Bayern München supporter @RedRobbery takes a look at Bayern’s dream of playing in the ‘home’ Champions league final at the Allianz Arena in May 2012. Specifically, he talks about how Bayern will sink the yellow submarine, Villarreal. It is a great read. Take us home, Champions League – this season’s CL final will take place in Munich’s Allianz Arena, home of Villarreal’s opponent FC Bayern. It goes without saying that the possibility of being the first to win the […]

Posted by super submarino On Sep - 13 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST

This is translation of the interview of Fernando Roig, President of Villarreal CF that aired on Cope Radio n 31-August in the program “Partido de las doce”. Wherever possible, I added fact checks and background wherever I can to help understand the context better. The set-up: There were about 4-5 people asking questions including the host José Antonio Alcala. Tomás Guasch, Enrique Ortego and Roberto Palomar of Marca were also present. You ma listen to the entire interview in Spanish […]

Posted by super submarino On Sep - 5 - 2011 9 Comments READ FULL POST

La Liga will return to action next week for what is effectively the 2nd round of games. Here is the schedule of the games. As you can see, with Champions League back in action, all the top top teams are playing saturday. The best games to look for? Villarreal – Sevilla : Villarreal is looking for a bounce back after the drubbing at Camp Nou in Week#1. Sevilla shook off the Europa League disappointment and played very well to defeat […]

Posted by super submarino On Sep - 4 - 2011 8 Comments READ FULL POST

And finally they are here. The self-proclaimed “best league of the world” has announced the kick-offs for Week#1 of the season 11 days ahead of the games. Incredible. Irony aside, let us look at the kick-offs Game Date East coast West coast local (CET) Espanyol x Granada 20-Aug Noon 0900 1800 Levante x Zaragoza 20-Aug Noon 0900 1800 Villarreal x Sporting 20-Aug 1400 1100 2000 Osasuna x Valencia 20-Aug 1600 1300 2200 Rayo Vallecano x Mallorca 21-Aug 0600 0300 Noon […]

Posted by super submarino On Aug - 9 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The Winter transfer window is opening up soon. The clubs are ready, willing and able to sell, but are the buyers ready? Have they made up their minds that their Summer signings are booming or busting? That’s up to individual interpretation, but before you consider needs in the Winter market, you need to consider the effectiveness of your Summer signings. Which team and which player has benefited the most? All others need to reconsider. What ever the result, to determine […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Dec - 9 - 2010 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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