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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
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  If any other team in Europe would allow their two most important midfielders to leave, they’d struggle to pick themselves up for the new season, but it seems both Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso were surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. Lets start with Di Maria. The Argentine completed his €75million move to Manchester United to become the most expensive transfer in the history of English football and the most expensive sale in Real Madrid’s history. El Fideo […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Aug - 29 - 2014 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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  Both of Madrid’s biggest clubs are at loggerheads as the season reaches its dying embers.  Not only are they fighting along with Barcelona for the La Liga title, now they will end the season going head-to-head in the biggest club game in European football in Benfica’s Stadium of Light on May 24th. In the end, it was all too easy as Madrid thrashed Bayern and ended their hopes of back-to-back European titles. Atleti booked their place in the final […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On May - 6 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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  La Decima is potentially just 180 minutes away, it would end a 12-year wait for the Real Madrid fans and lift a massive weight off the shoulders of the manager Carlo Ancelotti and his group of players.  First, they must get past the holders and their Catalan coach Pep Guardiola, who will no doubt be left smarting after his side’s loss at the Bernabeu, doubly so with it being his first personal loss at the home of Real Madrid […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 28 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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  After yesterday’s boring 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, the Champions League returns with one of Europe’s juiciest draws – defending champion Bayern Munich against 9-time winner Real Madrid.   This isn’t just a matchup between two big clubs. This is a semifinal tie between two of the most successful teams in the European game. Spanish paper Marca called it the ‘Clasico de Europa’ and they couldn’t be more spot on.   It’s the […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Apr - 23 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Having had the weekend off, Real now face the moment they’ve been building up to. La Decima is tantalisingly close: to bring it even closer all they have to do is conquer Bayern’s relentless side. And Pep Guardiola. Despite the extra time, there’s no doubt which side will have had the more meticulous preparation. Guardiola was unbeaten at the Bernabeu in his four years at the helm with Barcelona and we all know he’ll have spent the last […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Apr - 23 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has revealed he held a brief meeting with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez when mulling over where to move at the end of this season. The Polish star made the decision to join a number of Dortmund stars to have made the move to rivals Bayern Munich, but the striker has admitted to holding initial talks about a possible switch to the La Liga giants.   When it became clear the Poland international wouldn’t be […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Apr - 11 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  This summer will be one of the most important in FC Barcelona’s recent history. From the manager to the squad, we could see some huge upheaval at Camp Nou.   Manager – Tata in Tatters? Gerardo “Tata” Martino has been under intense pressure – a lot of it unfair and unwarranted – since he took the job last summer. He has set records at the start of the season, while also beating Real Madrid home and away to reignite […]

Posted by James On Mar - 28 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Friday sees the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League take place. La Liga has most participants of course, with Atletico, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the hat. They are joined by reigning champions Bayern Munich and their Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, Borussia Dortmund, the finalists of last year, Paris St Germain with ex-Barca man Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack. The other two sides that make the line-up are a floundering Manchester United side and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Mar - 20 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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    I’m typing this while watching Martin Demichelis’ career fall apart. The question is whether observers are right to draw conclusions about the comparative demands of La Liga and the English Premier League from the Argentinian’s torture. What I’m watching is Manchester City’s FA Cup quarter final with Wigan Athletic, and as you might have gathered, it isn’t going well for the billionaire home team. The visitors, despite being a division lower than their hosts, are 2-0 up and […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Mar - 10 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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