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  The first week of the English Premier League has officially ended and the only team to show its fangs in week one was Chelsea FC. Jose Mourinho’s side traveled to Turf Moor Stadium to take newly promoted Burnley. Many have speculated on which goalkeeper would start the match, with Thibault Courtois having returned from his multiple years on loan from Atletico Madrid and Peter Cech who was the long time veteran goalie for the blues. Chelsea supporters also have […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Aug - 18 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Excluding the big boys, let’s take a look at some of the finest signings in La Liga so far that have flown under the radar..     Jose Rodriguez – Deportivo On loan from Real Madrid, Jose Rodriguez is a player to keep an eye out for this season. Having graduated from the youth system at Real, he is one of the most exciting talents coming through, who has already played under Jose Mourinho. He made his senior debut […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Aug - 13 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Xavi Herández boarded the team bus and went straight to the back. Head down and a glum expression he didn’t acknowledge any of the hundred or so Barca fans that had been calling his name as he walked out of the ground and on to the bus. Still they tried to get his attention as he sat waiting for his team-mates to join him so he could leave and forget a match where he was almost invisible. So […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Apr - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Ok, so maybe the whole season hasn’t been a disaster, but it certainly feels like it right now! A shocking performance and defeat at Valladolid is not the ideal preparation for such an important match. But then Manchester City suffered a shock of their own at the weekend; eliminated from the FA Cup by second tier Wigan Athletic in a replay of last season’s final, which Wigan also won. Tata Martino is coming under increasing pressure at Camp […]

Posted by James On Mar - 11 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    I’m typing this while watching Martin Demichelis’ career fall apart. The question is whether observers are right to draw conclusions about the comparative demands of La Liga and the English Premier League from the Argentinian’s torture. What I’m watching is Manchester City’s FA Cup quarter final with Wigan Athletic, and as you might have gathered, it isn’t going well for the billionaire home team. The visitors, despite being a division lower than their hosts, are 2-0 up and […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Mar - 10 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    It was a beautiful finish. The ball came across him from the left as he ran into the box and he took a deft touch with the right foot to tee it up, then with the same foot flicked it elegantly into the bottom corner. Beautiful execution, perfect technique, aesthetically delightful. Trouble is, it’s March and it was only his second league goal in open play all season. That’s not a situation Roberto Soldado has found himself in […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Mar - 5 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Barça’s one week of positive results brought back praise from critics and supporters following their victories against Rayo Vallecano and Manchester City. However, all that exuberation was premature following this weekend’s loss to Real Sociedad. Barça no longer control their destiny but they can control their fate if they continue their trend of mediocre performances. Since December, Barça have won six of their eleven league matches while losing three times and suffering two draws. Those results allowed Real Madrid […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Feb - 24 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Barça’s recent struggles against defensive minded teams have reignited concerns about this team’s ability to compete for titles down the stretch. The areas of concern range from not having adequate depth in case of injuries along with the lack of having a Plan B for teams that park the bus. With Champions League clashes against Manchester City on the horizon, perhaps Barça need to look into getting some players through transfers or on loan during this winter transfer […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Jan - 27 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Four Spanish teams graced the Uefa Champions League group stage this season, as Real Sociedad qualified for the first time since the 2003-2004 season. The Basque’s were joined by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – all four teams came into the group stages as fearsome opponents for any team around Europe. The only Spanish casualty was that of the new boys – Real Sociedad. Jagoba Arrasate’s side only managed to score one goal in their six games and […]

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