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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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    Many of us La Liga watchers knew what to expect from La Real in terms of style of play and attacking threat, one thing I was slightly cautious about was the youthful side of the team, but that was put to bed tonight at the Stade Gerland, as two wonderful pieces of technique either side of half-time gave the Basque side a magnificent win and one foot in the group stages.       Real Sociedad came out at […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Aug - 20 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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        On Tuesday Real Sociedad will embark on a journey to join Real Madrid, Atletico and Barcelona in the group stage draw for the first time in ten-years. Standing in their way is perennial French qualifier Olympique Lyonnais. Both sides have begun their league campaign with Lyon having two wins from two matches and looking quite impressive in their latest showing away at Sochaux, meanwhile Real Sociedad have one from one with their home victory over Getafe […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Aug - 19 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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        Athletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad (Primera vuelta: 0-2)   The Basque derby takes place with roles reversed from last season: Real are the regional standard bearers, Athletic schlepping along in mid-table with just the faintest of nervous glances over their shoulders at the scrap just beneath them to avoid disaster.   “Even though I am a foreigner you can still feel that this game is different; it is not just any game” declared Marcelo Bielsa when […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Feb - 21 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Carlos Vela, Real Sociedad, El Tri, Chepo

    The Other Javier Vela, Vela, Vela, Sigh Too Little Too Late?         The Other Javier Javier Aquino, Cruz Azul and Mexican National Team Midfielder, has signed with Villarreal on a full transfer. Aquino, it should be noted, is a CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion, Pan American Games Champion, Toulon Tournament Champion, and an Olympics Games Champions. He was also a starting midfielder for Cruz Azul and will be sorely missed at the Mexican club.   I […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Jan - 30 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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    The Vasco Has Arrived The MLS? Summary       The Vasco Has Arrived Javier Aguirre, Espanyol Head Coach and former Mexico National Team Head Coach, has led Espanyol in 10 matches. Since Javier Aguirre took the reins of Espanyol from Mauricio Pochettino after the 13th round of league play, Espanyol has 3 draws, 3 wins and 1 loss. Aguirre has emphasized a solid defense, sometimes playing with 5 or six players on the back line.   Espanyol […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Jan - 19 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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