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A Better Lens at Spanish Football

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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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      The Switzerland born Croatian international was always destined for the top-level.   He began his career at FC Basel impressing top clubs around Europe even as a youngster. As he progressed through the youth ranks, it was clear Rakitic would become a key man to the Swiss side. In his second season with the first team he was to become an established regular and would contribute to the side’s success – scoring 11 goals in 33 Super League […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Oct - 16 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Top of the Fifa rankings, and the current holders of the European under-19 and under-21 crowns – it seems that the reign in Spain is here to stay for a while longer. With this continuing success, the best teams around Europe are after the top Spanish starlets. Bayern Munich have acquired the services of Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez whilst Real Madrid have signed Isco and Asier Illaramendi, but lets take a look at the young Spanish footballers that will showcase their talents in […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Sep - 12 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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