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  Gareth Bale provided a critic silencing performance as Real Madrid defeated Espanyol 3-0 in their first home game of 2015. The Welshman played a part in the opening goal scored by James Rodriguez and then scored a free-kick to seal the three points for the league leaders. Carlo Ancelotti fielded his strongest possible starting eleven, Sergio Ramos [rest], Dani Carvajal [suspended] and Luka Modric [injured] were the only ones missing out. Madrid started well, dominating at the business end […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Jan - 11 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  The Colchoneros sit in first place of group A in the UEFA Champions League after a very convincing 5-0 victory against Swedish champions Malmo FC. Atletico Madrid at the start of the match looked very slow in their attack which was reminiscent of their game last sunday against Espanyol. In fact the Swedes were able to go into the half time interval holding the Spanish Champions to a 0-0 draw. Malmo also had the better opportunity going into half […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Oct - 23 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    The international break is finally over and we are back to the “normal” regular club football grind. In other words the UEFA champions league returns this midweek and the game Wednesday between Atletico Madrid and Malmo will be crucial for los Rojiblancos. Diego Simeone’s side will be going into the match Wednesday coming off a much needed victory in La Liga. Los Colchoneros entertained Espanyol in the Sunday morning game at the Vicente Calderon. The breakthrough came in […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Oct - 20 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

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

    Juan Carlos Garrido walked out of departures and thought he was in the clear. On one side of the door there was a young man leaning against the wall. Suddenly as Garrido passed the man sprung up and started to follow the Betis Coach. ‘You only came to rob us’ and ‘Things were better before you’ are amongst some of the things that he screamed at the former Villarreal Coach. Garrido sped up and left the airport but […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Jan - 28 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    Oft they are forgotten and are just a mere side-note in the history books of a La Liga campaign. In Italy, Greece, Argentina, England and Scotland, there are many more too, they are a time when fans smile, clasp their hands together and look forward to getting one over on their bitterest of rivals. In Spain, apart from maybe in Sevilla, derbies seem to go ignored by the Press and some supporters which is a pity. The Galicia […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Nov - 4 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  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

      Atletico Madrid will be looking to bounce back as they visit Austria Wien in the Champions League on Tuesday night, after their 100% start to the season ended at the weekend.   Diego Simeone’s side lost 1-0 against Espanyol, as they failed to win their first league game after a run of nine successive victories.   Consequently, Atletico Madrid were unable to equal Real Madrid’s 1968/69 record of 10 consecutive league wins.   The home side go […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Oct - 22 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST

      It was 1968. Franco still ruled in Spain and England were the World Champions. The Beatles were still together and on the verge of releasing the now heralded ‘White Album’. La Liga was a different place too. Instead of being a two-horse race, it was an era of Real Madrid dominance. Los Blancos had won 7 out of 8 leagues so far and would had one more before the decade was out. The 68-69 season saw Real […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Oct - 21 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Last night’s match illuminated by a foreboding massive full moon was lost before it began. At least if you believed to words coming from fans mouths. Standing around the streets of Mestalla were some 32,000 waiting to enter.. the numbers were far lower usual. The conversation light and mostly negative. Dark humor about us going in to watch a match we were going to lose were echoing from every angle. In the square in front of Manolos the enthusiasm […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Sep - 20 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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