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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

Back in April, FC Barcelona  displayed a huge banner in the Camp Nou prior to a league match kickoff that read “La Masia No Se Toca” which meant, La Masia is not to be touched. However, those words may have fallen on deaf ears under this regime. With the Montoya fiasco, following the Thiago fiasco, one has to wonder if the La Masia players wonder if their future lies elsewhere. It’s been a difficult time for Barça fans what with […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Dec - 17 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  Barça’s trip to Madrid under first year manager Luis Enrique was a nightmare for both team and manager. Mistakes in tactics and his reaction in the aftermath has some Blaugrana fans concerned about the team’s future. The good news is that Barça is still in first place but the question is for how long? Luis Enrique’s first visit to the Santiago Bernabéu as a Barça manager made for great stories. However, his past was irrelevant since he managed at […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Oct - 30 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

“Ein Prosit Ein Prosit Ein Prosit,” its nearing the end of Oktoberfest and Bayern Munich as always look strong and effective in both attack and defense. After the first nine games in the Bundesliga and three games in the UEFA Champions League, Munich has scored a total of 30 goals in both competitions. Contrary to their high goal scoring record at the moment Munich has also only conceded three goals in their 12 games in the league and the Champions […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Oct - 28 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

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

  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

  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

  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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