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    Tonight sees the two European title winners face off in UEFA’s curtain raiser for the new European season. Champions League winners Real Madrid take on Europa League champions Sevilla in Cardiff, with both clubs looking to secure their second title. Real Madrid Following last season’s disappointing third place finish in La Liga, Carlo Ancelotti’s side went on to finally claim La Decima, the holy grail for which they’ve searched for twelve years. In the intervening weeks since that […]

Posted by James On Aug - 12 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    New FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is wasting little time putting his stamp on the squad at Camp Nou. A number of players have been signed, whilst a few have inevitably been shown the door. The question is: how is the squad looking now, with still a few weeks until the season starts, and a few deals still likely to be done? Well, firstly, the goalkeepers. We all knew for months that Victor Valdes wasn’t renewing his contract […]

Posted by James On Jul - 27 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      And so Atlético de Madrid won the league and how. It was an amazing achievement and VLL will talk all about it in the end of season awards but there was another huge achievement this season down in the south of Spain. Sevilla are no strangers to cup glory but the last few seasons have seen off the field drama make the headlines rather than actions on the pitch. Like many other La Liga club they have […]

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

  The season is drawing to a close, with only one round of fixtures left. This season for many La Liga watchers has been the best season in recent history. That being said, I felt it would be an appropriate time to pick my own best eleven from the league season.   Goalkeeper: Keylor Navas (Levante) Despite Levante having a -7 goal difference the Costa Rican has been in magnificent form amassing a superb 16 clean sheets. If it wasn’t […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On May - 16 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST

    Back from Mestalla and I sit here before my screen in a dark room. What can I write that would convey the great rush of adrenaline I felt today. How can I replicate with words the joy and utter happiness I felt in Mestalla today for 94 minutes. There are no words to convey that pureness of bliss that one feels in their seat in Mestalla.   There are no words to express the love I felt for […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On May - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Valencia will be hoping their continental luck can strike twice when they face off Thursday against Sevilla in the Europa League semifinal second leg at the Mestalla.   Los Che lost their quarter final first leg to Basel 3-0 in Switzerland before putting five goals past the Swiss in the return leg at the Mestalla.   They’re now facing a 2-0 hole. Can history repeat itself?   The first match against Sevilla was a case of bad luck for […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Apr - 30 - 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

    For days the fate of the encounter between Dynamo Kiev and Valencia CF has been pushed to the front of the papers here in Valencia. The escalation of violence in the city has put the Valencian side in a panic, fearing for the safety of the players and club followers, who would undoubtedly follow the club to the very ends of the earth regardless of their personal welfare. The encounter was due to be played in a stadium […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Feb - 19 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  There was a huge mistake in the organisation. Usually the away fans were placed in a corner away from the home fans and separated by barriers or police but someone really dropped the ball this time and so there were thousands of visiting fans just a few rows behind the regular supporters. Earlier, outside the ground as they walked to the stadium the travelling legion were attacked and they retaliated. Police were on the receiving end of thrown bottles […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Feb - 18 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      This week sees the conclusion of the Copa Del Rey semi finals, as last season’s top four clubs face off for the opportunity to contest the final. Well, I say contest. Both ties are pretty much done and dusted after last week’s first leg encounters. Tuesday – Madrid Derby Atletico have the more difficult task, after losing the first leg in Estadio Bernabeu 3-0 in a rather inept performance that has belied their achievements so far this […]

Posted by James On Feb - 10 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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