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Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his duties last week, the news hit the public officially on Monday when club President Florentino Perez revealed that he, along with the board of directors, decided to fire the La Decima winning coach. If you look at the decision on its own, well, Real Madrid won nothing this season and the coach gets canned – that is the normal course of action for a big club. But on the face of it, Perez’s poor choice […]

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

  With Vicente del Bosque set to step down from the Spanish national team after Euro 2016, the choice of his successor is still up in the air. Today, Spain and Holland renewed acquaintances for the first time since the 5-1 drubbing the Oranje gave La Roja in Brazil during their opening World Cup match. Many thought that Vicente del Bosque would step down after that disappointing World Cup where the defending champions exited without qualifying from the group stage. […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Mar - 31 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    There is another Derbi upon us and it could not have come in the most fascinating times. The Derbi Madrileno is around the corner and it is in the Copa del Rey on this occasion. Tomorrow’s match will be at the Vicente Calderon and it will be the first time the Merengues will face Atletico Madrid in their home stadium. The last three meetings of these two rivals from Madrid ended in a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu […]

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

  This week we will look at one Spaniard that plays his professional football in London. Santiago Cazorla plays for Arsenal FC and recently Santi has been enjoying a stellar bout of form. The former Villarreal and Malaga midfielder found has been able to answer the call for Wenger’s side to show a bit of character. Arsenal won the match against Dortmund 2-0 and both goals were assisted by Santi Cazorla. Cazorla has found a way to fight into Wenger’s […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Dec - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Barça’s trip to Madrid under first year manager Luis Enrique was a nightmare for both team and manager. Mistakes in tactics and his reaction in the aftermath has some Blaugrana fans concerned about the team’s future. The good news is that Barça is still in first place but the question is for how long? Luis Enrique’s first visit to the Santiago Bernabéu as a Barça manager made for great stories. However, his past was irrelevant since he managed at […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Oct - 30 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Eyebrows were raised when the Valencia hierarchy surprisingly dismissed Pizzi at the end of last season; the Argentine had done a solid, if not spectacular job after stepping into the Mestalla hot seat in December. Consequently leading the out-of-form side to a modest eighth-place finish. It was the first time in 16 years that the club had failed to qualify for European competition. The summer was a strangely exciting one for the club, backed by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim and […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Oct - 9 - 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
The gap is only 6 points now

  El Clásico is upon us once again and since we’re nearing the final stretch of the season, it means more of these clashes are possibly around the corner. The Copa del Rey final is definitely on the books but if the eternal enemies do not meet in European competition, then for some of the core veterans of the Blaugrana, this will be their last ever visit to the Santiago Bernabéu in this sort of fixture. Furthermore, this could be […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Mar - 23 - 2014 Add Comments 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

    Currently behind Barcelona in the table on goal difference, Atletico Madrid look like they’re posing a genuine threat to the big two in La Liga this season. However, with their astonishing success over the past couple of years under manager Diego Simeone, some of the richer clubs throughout Europe have cast a few admiring glances towards their star performers. Despite selling Radamel Falcao for big money to Monaco in the summer, it’s likely that Los Rojiblancos will have […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Feb - 3 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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