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  This week looking at Spaniards abroad, it was challenging finding a Spanish player this time who stood out among his peers. David Silva has been in excellent form for Manchester City recently. Manchester City traveled to London Saturday to take on the League leaders, Chelsea. The defending champions have been finding life difficult at the moment with Yaya Toure playing in the Africa Cup. The last few weeks City has been dropping points where they would usually win all […]

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

  Chelsea continue to show their run of dominance in the English Premier League this following weekend after defeating Swansea City 5-0 in Wales. This week in Spaniards abroad we will continue to praise two “blue” Spaniards and give accolades to the young man who was once considered to Lionel Messi’s replacement at Barcelona. Much to the chagrin of many “furia roja” fans Diego Costa still provides the goods for his club as opposed to his newly adopted country. Jose […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Jan - 23 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Atletico Madrid Wednesday go back into the frying pan at the Camp Nou to take on Barcelona in the Quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. The previous occasion this new year Atletico Madrid traveled to Barcelona for the league and the Colchoneros were defeated 3-1. Barcelona’s attacking triumvirate of Messi, Suarez and Neymar each tallied a goal pass Moya and the Colchoneros to take home all three points back on the eleventh of January. Hopefully this time around Atletico […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Jan - 21 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The Colchoneros will look to exact revenge from the team that gave Atletico Madrid their first loss of the new campaign. The stage is set for Atletico, at the Calderon to assure their place into the next round of the Champions League. Olympiakos who entertained Atleti at the port of Pireaus Greece for the first game of the Champions League handed the Colchoneros their first defeat of the new campaign. The Rojiblancos will be entering the match in a fine […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Nov - 25 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Friday’s Supercopa saw Atletico Madrid victorious over their city rivals Real Madrid, but there were many talking points taken from friday’s second leg at the Vicente Calderon. One big talking point was the fact that Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone was sent off for dissent in the 25th minute. El Cholo’s actions after he received his walking orders was under scrutiny. The Spanish Football Federation announced further punitive actions to Simeone in form of a eight game ban. The […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Aug - 30 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  The first week of the English Premier League has officially ended and the only team to show its fangs in week one was Chelsea FC. Jose Mourinho’s side traveled to Turf Moor Stadium to take newly promoted Burnley. Many have speculated on which goalkeeper would start the match, with Thibault Courtois having returned from his multiple years on loan from Atletico Madrid and Peter Cech who was the long time veteran goalie for the blues. Chelsea supporters also have […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Aug - 18 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Spain a couple of years ago many described as glorified Scotland (back when Rangers were still in SPL but that’s a different argument) in regards that there was two massive teams that won both the La Liga and the Copa del Rey consistently. Until two years ago when Atletico Madrid returned from their long and miserable exile from top flight football. Since Atletico Madrid won the Copa del Rey over their cross town rivals Real Madrid in 2013 there […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Aug - 12 - 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
Everton's Gerard Deulofeu celebrates

    Gerard Deulofeu’s outstanding equaliser for Everton in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal proved the Barcelona teenager is the real deal and manager Roberto Martinez is right to want to keep him. The 19-year-old made the move from the Nou Camp to Goodison Park on a season-long loan in the summer and upon his arrival Martinez described him as a “diamond of Spanish football”. Following a quiet start to life on Merseyside, the product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Dec - 12 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Espanyol gave an object lesson in how to handle Barcelona for the first 68 minutes of this derby, as Javier Aguirre showed there’s more than one way to park a bus.   Obviously Espanyol didn’t come to Camp Nou looking to dominate with attacking verve. But they also showed that the best way to take Barsa on in their own back yard isn’t to sit deep and invite pressure, as that has an inevitable conclusion. Admittedly, Aguirre’s men ultimately […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Nov - 4 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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