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  He was the only logical winner. Only severe injustice could have robbed Cristiano Ronaldo of world’s greatest footballer crown. After a memorable and record breaking year, Portugal, Real Madrid and the world’s finest retained the most prestigious trophy for any footballing individual, Cristiano won the Ballon d’Or [ahead of Lionel Messi], for the second consecutive year [a career third]. For all the ways to describe Cristiano in the past, one often get’s overlooked, the guy is a man of […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Jan - 13 - 2015 1 Comment 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

    Barça’s disappointing culmination on what seemed to be a promising season is coming to a bitter end. The hopes of capturing the league crown remain miraculous at best since it is no longer in their hands. With the FIFA transfer ban on hiatus now, the club can make new signings. If the club’s proclamation that new players will be bought is true, then it’s time they clean house; from top to bottom.   This season has been a roller […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Apr - 24 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Barça’s second half seems to be spiraling out of control even though the gap between them and their arch rivals is only separated by four points. The team seems to be playing without much direction and without much chemistry. It’s time for the team to go back to basics and that starts with fielding players who are used to playing together over the years. It also means that it’s time to bench Neymar. Just two months ago, I wrote about […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Mar - 12 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  So, here we go. The business end of the Champions League kicks off this week, and for Barcelona that means a trip to Northwest England, and the Etihad Stadium. Free scoring Manchester City lie in wait for Tata’s team, with many believing that Manuel Pellegrini’s side will triumph comfortably against the Catalans. And you know what? Up until the weekend, I was one of those people. However, the weekend has changed my opinion somewhat. I’m not saying Barça are […]

Posted by James On Feb - 17 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST

    Barça’s recent struggles against defensive minded teams have reignited concerns about this team’s ability to compete for titles down the stretch. The areas of concern range from not having adequate depth in case of injuries along with the lack of having a Plan B for teams that park the bus. With Champions League clashes against Manchester City on the horizon, perhaps Barça need to look into getting some players through transfers or on loan during this winter transfer […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Jan - 27 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Spain remain many people’s tip to win next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, despite the tough group they were handed in December’s draw. The question is; can Spain retain their world crown and win their fourth major title in a row? Their opponents in Group B are Netherlands, Chile and Australia. As I said, a tough group. Australia are not good at all, and will likely lose all three matches, but as for the other two, it couldn’t […]

Posted by James On Dec - 19 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    This week sees the final matchday of the Champions League group stages, and for FC Barcelona, that means a home clash with Glasgow Celtic. This game should have been a dead rubber, but defeat in their last match in Amsterdam a fortnight ago means that a point is still required to achieve first place in Group H. For Celtic, there is only pride to play for, as they cannot finish anywhere but bottom. Both sides played last Friday […]

Posted by James On Dec - 10 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    Oft they are forgotten and are just a mere side-note in the history books of a La Liga campaign. In Italy, Greece, Argentina, England and Scotland, there are many more too, they are a time when fans smile, clasp their hands together and look forward to getting one over on their bitterest of rivals. In Spain, apart from maybe in Sevilla, derbies seem to go ignored by the Press and some supporters which is a pity. The Galicia […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Nov - 4 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      Just when you thought El Clasico was happening all too frequently, here we go again. AC Milan and FC Barcelona go head to head for the third season running in the Champions League, and the second season out of three in the group stages. First up this season is Tuesday’s trip to San Siro, where all of Milan’s Serie A victories have come so far.   Barcelona go into the game on the back of La Liga disappointment. […]

Posted by James On Oct - 21 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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