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    September has bid us farewell and October is now upon us. Nevertheless, this new month begins with more questions than answers being provided by FC Barcelona and their manager Luis Enrique. These past few weeks were the manager’s first big test and although he passed his first big test, he still has much work to do. Back in September, I discussed Luis Enrique’s first big test of the season that awaited him that month. I asked if he […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Oct - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Spain remain many people’s tip to win next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, despite the tough group they were handed in December’s draw. The question is; can Spain retain their world crown and win their fourth major title in a row? Their opponents in Group B are Netherlands, Chile and Australia. As I said, a tough group. Australia are not good at all, and will likely lose all three matches, but as for the other two, it couldn’t […]

Posted by James On Dec - 19 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    By: Jeeshan Mirza   There is a cliché in North American sports- “Offence wins games, defence wins championships.” A similar idea is paralleled in the writings of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli who had said sometimes success rests on destroying the enemy’s ability to attack. If you were the manager of a club taking on a Valencia team of the late 90’s or early 2000’s this is something that would worry you. You would tell your players “Don’t let […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Oct - 28 - 2013 5 Comments READ FULL POST
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  For the first time in a decade, we are about to witness El Clásico featuring managers in their first ever El Clásico. Gerardo “Tata” Martino and his side will host Carlo Ancelotti this weekend in what will be their first ever encounter as managers of the big two clubs in Spain. As both men prepare their teams for this upcoming clash of arch rivals, one manager seems to have his team playing the way he wants to play while […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Oct - 24 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    As Muddassir Hussain’s recent article for this site argued, there is an abundance of left-sided talent in La Liga at the moment. In choosing his top five left backs, Muddassir made me think about the young Spanish players who might feature on the list in a year’s time. Once something of a problem position for the national team, it could be one of its strongest assets over the next decade.   Less than eighteen months ago, Jordi Alba […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Oct - 9 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      Hi, my name’s Cesar Benoit and I am here to write about  The Other 18. You may remember me from my old blogs, Valencia Offside and Road to 2010 Final. I’ve also had the privilege to write for various other publications such as Forza Futbol and First Touch. It’s been some time since I’ve written about the Beautiful Game. Why? Laziness and apathy is one reason. Lack of time is another. But they’re just excuses. Mainly I […]

Posted by CesarFF On Oct - 4 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

          The left-back position is one of the most important in any team, and provides the manager with defensive stability but also support for the attacking players. There are only a handful of left-backs in world football that can perfectly balance both attributes, however La Liga has several who are close to being or are already adept in doing so. takes a look at La Liga’s top five left-backs.     5. Nacho (Real Betis) A […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Sep - 25 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Sometimes a tragedy.. sometimes a love story. This Sunday was quite the tale.. a perfect scene set in the fortress Mestalla. With the previous weeks result still fresh one would expect the hostility of the crowd to have carried over to the weekend. But this was no repeat. This time the show had a different set of protagonists and plot ready. The Villain. An ex love. Unai Emery. And quite a foe indeed. Who else knows Valencia more than […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Sep - 24 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    The Defining Moment Most Valencia fans will not remember Malaga’s 3-0 victory against Zenit in the Spanish team’s first Champions League match on September 2012. In fact most will not want to remember, as this was the first match where Francisco ‘Isco” Alarcon demonstrated his talent to the World. Isco single handedly won the match for Malaga with his magic and wizardry, in the process scoring two goals. Isco’s maturity and sheer genius on the pitch made it […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Sep - 23 - 2013 3 Comments READ FULL POST

    For the past two seasons, there was an obvious need for Barça to sign another centre-back during the summer. Yet, the club continues to make a mess of things in their approach to address this glaring issue. Last summer, the club opted to sign defensive midfielder, Alex Song, hoping that he can also play the role of a centre-back, which did not come to fruition. This summer, they pursued players that were far too expensive with clubs not […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Aug - 15 - 2013 6 Comments READ FULL POST
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