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Time to dwell on the teams that occupied the bottom five positions in the top ten before the break. Valencia surprised me the most. Their performances have been far from impressive and before the Christmas break were in ninth.   10) Getafe – Pedro Leon The 27 year-old attacking midfielder has been by far the best player in this Getafe team. The Madrid based club signed him from city-rivals Real Madrid, and I’ve since seen an improvement in his game. […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Jan - 31 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Real’s Champions League adventure has proven to be more trauma than delight, their youthful side swept aside by more experienced continental performers. Bottom of the table, their ambitions are limited to tilting at a Europa League place as they travel to the Ukraine for the first time, but if they’re going to pull off a shock, this might be just the time to achieve it. Shakhtar have not been quite as consistent this season as usual, and they come […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Nov - 26 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Real Sociedad’s European dream is looking near to death, and having gone to Old Trafford in the last round knowing that the English giants were wobbling, their failure to grasp the opportunity to spring a surprise looks to have been terminal to their continental ambitions. Certainly David Moyes’ side look to be in better form than they were a fortnight ago. Admittedly, Real boosted their confidence by putting five goals past Osasuna on Saturday, and the use of […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Nov - 4 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      With their backs to the wall in Europe and hardly having started the domestic season like a house on fire, Real Sociedad fans would be forgiven for suffering from an overwhelming sense of ennui at the moment.   But every crisis is an opportunity. A double header against Manchester United might look like the graveyard of Real’s dreams – even the rather pale fantasy of sneaking into the Europa League via the back door – but it […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Oct - 22 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      Ironically for a club whose reputation is based around being left wing, it was the left which caused Rayo all sorts of problems in this match. However, in Paco Jémez they have a shrewd operator at the helm, and his swift actions addressed the issue. Not only did his changes shore things up, but they led to the decisive goal which earned his side a valuable three points from a tight match.   Real Sociedad’s approach looked […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Oct - 9 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Real Sociedad v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League Play-offs: Second Leg

    There’s a danger that Real Sociedad’s Champions League adventure will be over almost as soon as it’s begun. Unfortunate enough to be drawn in a tough group, they lost a key opening home match and the tough fixtures will continue to come thick and fast. If they don’t get something from this difficult encounter they run the risk of being cut adrift from the sharp end of the table after just two games. That would be a tough […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Oct - 1 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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        With the start of the 2013-2014 season, we can’t help but stop to consider  one of the best new talents in La Liga.    Haris Seferovic is yet another hidden treasure to emerge this season.   A little background on Seferovic – He first made waves in world football when he took part in the under-17 FIFA world cup of 2009, with Switzerland.  The world cup was  hosted in Nigeria where he emerged as  the top scorer […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Sep - 10 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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        As I’m sure you are all aware, the draw for the group stages of the Champions League has now been made, so it is now that time of year where I look at the La Liga teams’ groups, and make rash predictions!   Real Sociedad La Real qualified for the group stage for the first time in ten years through the playoff, recording impressive 2-0 wins home and away against Olympique Lyonnais. Their reward for finishing fourth […]

Posted by James On Aug - 30 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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  Real Sociedad booked their place in the Uefa Champions League group stages for the first time in ten years after putting Lyon to the sword with another two-nil victory, with two second-half goals from Mexican striker Carlos Vela.   Following on from the 1st leg display in the Stade Gerland last week, it was the away side who did most of the early running, but they very rarely troubled Bravo in the Real Sociedad goal.  Antoine Griezmann had an […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Aug - 28 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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      Real Sociedad will be going into the 2nd leg of this tie full of confidence after their two-nil win at the Stade Gerland last week. Jagoba Arrasate’s young side surprised a lot of pundits with their comprehensive victory over the seven-time French champions, they played with maturity beyond their years, scoring two magnificent individual efforts through Lyon fan Antoine Griezmann with his magnificent scissor-kick and a second-half, long-range dipping strike from Haris Seferovic to give La Real […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Aug - 26 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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