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For the second season in a row, Neymar’s form has been disappointing. Although last year’s dip was expected, this year’s slump is surprising. Last season, I discussed the difficult challenge that awaited Neymar during the second half of his debut season for Barça. History has shown us that most recent Barça transfers have sizzled in the first half of the season only to fizzle in the ensuing second half. Sadly, history repeated itself when Neymar joined the likes of Ibrahimovic […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Apr - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      This week sees the conclusion of the Copa Del Rey semi finals, as last season’s top four clubs face off for the opportunity to contest the final. Well, I say contest. Both ties are pretty much done and dusted after last week’s first leg encounters. Tuesday – Madrid Derby Atletico have the more difficult task, after losing the first leg in Estadio Bernabeu 3-0 in a rather inept performance that has belied their achievements so far this […]

Posted by James On Feb - 10 - 2014 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

    Assuming Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t go goal crazy tonight, which admittedly is a rather naive assumption in such a lop-sided league, Leo Messi will be rewarded for his remarkable goal-scoring feats with the Pichichi. Every league honours its top scorer, but none of those trophies is as venerable or respected as the Spanish version. Never mind the generic “Golden Boot” moniker which is prevalent across much of Europe; the Pichichi’s very name evokes thoughts of goal-scoring heroism. When Athletic […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On May - 13 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

      The battle for the Pichichi looks to be over, although you could never totally rule out Ronaldo and Real Madrid pulling off something unbelievable on the final day of the season, but one scoring trophy will go right down to the wire.   The Zarra is the trophy which is awarded to the highest scoring Spanish striker in La Liga. Awarded by Marca, it’s named after legendary Athletic striker Zarra, and there could hardly be a finer […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On May - 12 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST

                                                                                             In this week’s 173rd  edition of the forzafutbol podcast Elisa and Ravi round up the big topics of this week.  The Champions League the Europa League, The Ballon d’Or nominations, the Golden Boy nominations and a host of other topics. It is a bumper edition. There are a lot of talking points in this one. Download this episode (right click and save) Subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes Segment#1 Champions League & Europa League recap – 22 minutes  Crucial win for […]

Posted by super submarino On Nov - 5 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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