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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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    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
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  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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    Luis Enrique’s name still has currency. His superb career for the great clubs of Spanish football and La Roja guarantees that he is held in high esteem. But he’d better start getting results as a coach before prospective employers begin to recognise that there’s a whiff of the Emperor’s New Clothes about him when it comes to management. In an alternate universe Enrique became Barcelona’s coach this Summer. In the real world he needs to establish that he […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Nov - 2 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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        With the arrival of Salvo as president of VCF and project “GloVal” in operation. The focus of which is to create players of Valencian reference in place of making large moves for players of renown. Salvo declared that ” Valencia does not buy stars, we manufacture them.”   This new project aims to train the large base of first team players so that in the current economic state transfer spending will be as low as possible. […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Sep - 25 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      This match was always going to be played out according to type as perennial fighters Rayo faced technicians Barcelona. To an extent that was the case, but Barcelona’s response to the challenge was an interesting change from what we been used to over recent years. Indeed, it might be seen as confirmation of the death of the Guardiola Principle.   The headline stat is a striking one: for the first time in five years – 317 games […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Sep - 23 - 2013 4 Comments READ FULL POST
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  I suppose this game went according to the script: Barcelona dominated possession, Malaga looked to frustrate them, and the outcome was an away win. However, it posed some interesting questions going forward for Bernd Schuster’s side. They set themselves up as an orthodox 4-5-1 and in the opening couple of minutes they probably followed the template their coach had laid out perfectly. They cleared a long ball down the left, recovered it twice by forcing errors by pressing deep […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Aug - 27 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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