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  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
A full house at the Camp Nou is not always guaranteed.

    Despite the effects of Spain’s crippling financial crisis and the lack of a coherent plan when it comes to scheduling fixtures, the Spanish football fan is a hardy breed. Reports of a mass exodus of spectators from the country’s stadia have been greatly exaggerated, with attendances generally holding-up.   These scare stories were prompted by some dreadful attendance figures in the first couple of weeks of this season, which led some doom-mongers to prophesise the financial meltdown of […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Oct - 15 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST

      Bielsa and Simeone were speaking outside the press room. It had been a night to forget for ‘El Loco’ but he was still polite. It was the perfect result for ‘El Cholo’ with the European Super Cup Final on the horizon. The players instead of celebrating, had a quick rub down and made their back on to the pitch where they would have to do a few final exercises before hitting the showers. There was something new […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Oct - 8 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST
The gap is only 6 points now

This week Elisa and Ravi welcome back Phil Ball, author of White Storm and Morbo among others. We discussed the upcoming “Clásico” at length and much more. You may find Phil Ball’s weekly La Liga column on ESPN here. You may follow Phil on Twitter . Download this episode (right click and save) Agenda (not necessarily in the same order) 1. Your take on the contrasting starts to the season of Real Madrid & Barcelona? 2. What do you expect […]

Posted by super submarino On Oct - 3 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST

    Levante 2012-13: Season Outlook   Once again here we are, wondering how next season could possibly be any better than last. Levante fans were overjoyed in 2011 to see their team play out to a 0-0 draw in Mestalla against archrivals Valencia CF to mathematically avoid relegation. No one really ventured to place the bar any higher than it already was, though at the start of the 2011-12 season, Levante had clearly made a huge jump in the […]

Posted by Dean On Aug - 17 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    The Futbol draft had their big gala awards this past week to honor the youth academies and the young Spanish player age 16 to 20.  The awards were given to a Gold XI, Silver XI and Bronze XI.  Here’s the illustrious list by club:   Gold:  Fernando Pacheco (Real Madrid), Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, Isaac Cuenca, Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona), Iker Muniain, Jon Aurtenetxe (Athletic), Koke (At. Madrid), Iñigo Martínez (Real Sociedad ) Isco (Malaga) and Rodrigo (Benfica). Silver: […]

Posted by Elisa On Jun - 6 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Elisa and Ravi discussed the latest in La Liga in our latest podcast.   Download this episode (right click and save) Agenda 1. Atleti beats Athletic to win the Europa League 2. Relegation battle 3. Unai goes to Russia 4. Zaragoza is out of Administration!! 5. Financial woes of big private firms in Spain We hope you enjoy this podcast.  

Posted by super submarino On May - 11 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST
La Liga pub talk

Elisa and Ravi go Virtual-pub style in a free-wheeling discussion about the current topics of La Liga Topics Download this episode (right click and save) Agenda 1. Real Madrid, the new champions 2. Athletic vs Atleti Europa League final 3. Relegation battle and the battle for the European spots. We hope you enjoy this podcast. Please do write us your feedback

Posted by super submarino On May - 4 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Elisa  and Ravi welcomed Javier from Valencia into the Forzafutbol gang. We discussed the aftermath of Champions League, Europa League and the departure of Pep Guardiola    Download this episode (right click and save) Agenda 1. Europa League – Valencia exit. Atleti, Athletic 2. Champions League – Shock exits of Madrid and Barça – What went wrong? 3. Pep’s departure and who are the successors? 4. Predictions of the two finals and some La Liga mixed in. We hope you […]

Posted by super submarino On Apr - 28 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Preamble Athletic has definitely given up on La Liga and ending in the Champions League spots for next year, the team will need to win 7 of the following 9 matches (given that RM and BCN are losses) to make the cut and fight for those, the performances in the last Liga matches have been disastrous and the team looks tired and spent, the consequence of playing virtually all season long with the same starting XI and with only about […]

Posted by Arkulari On Mar - 29 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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