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    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
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  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
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      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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Time to dwell on the teams that occupied the bottom five positions in the top ten before the break. Valencia surprised me the most. Their performances have been far from impressive and before the Christmas break were in ninth.   10) Getafe – Pedro Leon The 27 year-old attacking midfielder has been by far the best player in this Getafe team. The Madrid based club signed him from city-rivals Real Madrid, and I’ve since seen an improvement in his game. […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Jan - 31 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Outside they knew before those inside. In a little office where the press passes where being handed out, journalists all squeezed in to see the TV up on the wall. Outside they watched too, with faces pressed against the glass doors, all desperate to get a glimpse. The most important thing of all was in the top left hand corner and it was all anyone was looking at. In bars people were hanging around, glued to the screens. […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Jan - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Spanish football has always been known for its creative midfielders, and when one generation comes to an end, the league produces more gifted players. Admittedly they aren’t always Spanish nationals, however in my top five midfielders so far this season – which isn’t in any particular order – three Spaniards are included, one Argentine and a Croatian, who in my opinion has been the most impressive out of the lot.   Koke – Atletico Madrid In arguably the best […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Jan - 8 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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  Last Monday, the La Liga sides who progressed through the Europa League group stage and onto the last 32 of the competition found out their fate at the draw. All three of the Spanish sides who participated in the group stage qualified. Valencia topped group A, with 13 points and a relatively easy passage through. Sevilla where in impressive form also topping group H and remaining undefeated winning three and drawing the other three matches accumulating 12 points in […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Dec - 20 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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    SC Freiburg host Sevilla on Thursday night in what is expected to be a crazy night of action. The Spaniards currently sit top of Group H, and any sort of victory for Freiburg would see Sevilla qualify as group winners and the German’s as runners-up, however if Freiburg are to beat Unai Emery’s side 0-3 on the night, then the German’s would progress as group leaders. The flipside to the tie is that if Sevilla win and FC […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Dec - 11 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Tears were shed. It was for the best, everyone knew that but still it hurt. Glorious nights, heroic efforts and memories that would never die were embedded all over the place but it was time to move. The truth is the move wasn’t that far at all but still Athletic Club de Bilbao fans were a little worried about moving ground. Would it ever be the same again? The  ground was named after a saint that was fed […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Dec - 2 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  ‘Atlético are the kings of Madrid’ ran the headline of AS on Sunday. Granted it was about ten pages into the paper and it came after lots of praise for Real Madrid’s performance against Almeria and despite the fact that it will put some noses out of joint, its true. Atlético have now played all three Madrid sides and won their derbies. Real Madrid have won two, and apart from losing to Atleti in the Bernabeu, they have failed […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Nov - 25 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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