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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba celebrate a goal against Cordoba during their Spanish First division soccer match in Barcelona

Things are still going well for Barça. They qualified for the Copa del Rey Final, are in the driver’s seat in their Champions League tie against Manchester City, and currently are league leaders. However, all this talk about another Barça treble is premature at this moment. Barça’s disappointing loss to Malaga has become nothing but a distant memory. Barça seemed to struggle with taking advantage of opportunities to breathe down Real Madrid’s necks. Now, they are the ones breathing the […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Mar - 18 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Barça’s recent first leg ties in both Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League saw the Blaugrana victorious in both clashes. Yet, their failure to finish off their opponents is a habit that must come to an end. Barça’s 2015 continue to be one full of progress ever since that loss to Real Sociedad with the minor hiccup of the Malaga loss. Whatever experimentation Luis Enrique was doing in the first half of the season has been abandoned. He and […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Mar - 3 - 2015 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Barcelona will take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening. It will be a rematch between the two clubs, as they played each other at the exact same stage of the competition last season – Barcelona won both legs and had an aggregate score of 4-1. They will be looking for a repeat of the 2-0 scoreline that they managed last season when they return to Manchester. Both teams have had differing form in the Champions League […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Feb - 23 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  This week looking at Spaniards abroad, it was challenging finding a Spanish player this time who stood out among his peers. David Silva has been in excellent form for Manchester City recently. Manchester City traveled to London Saturday to take on the League leaders, Chelsea. The defending champions have been finding life difficult at the moment with Yaya Toure playing in the Africa Cup. The last few weeks City has been dropping points where they would usually win all […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Feb - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

After a 7 game winning streak, some were thinking Barça were back. This nice winning streak has Barça back on the right tracks but there’s still room for improvement for Luis Enrique and his players. Ignoring the need for improvement though could be costly. Barça’s resurrection, or rejuvenation, came after their last loss away to Real Sociedad right after the winter break. The days following that loss turned into a hurricane for the Blaugrana after Messi did not show up […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 1 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Chelsea continue to show their run of dominance in the English Premier League this following weekend after defeating Swansea City 5-0 in Wales. This week in Spaniards abroad we will continue to praise two “blue” Spaniards and give accolades to the young man who was once considered to Lionel Messi’s replacement at Barcelona. Much to the chagrin of many “furia roja” fans Diego Costa still provides the goods for his club as opposed to his newly adopted country. Jose […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Jan - 23 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The three remaining La Liga sides found out their fate in the last-16 draw for the Champions League on Monday afternoon. To be fair, all three will be reasonably confident of making the last eight, as the league will be hoping for maximum exposure and a repeat of the all-Spanish final in Lisbon in May. The first tie will be a repeat of last season, as Real Madrid will take on Roberto Di Matteo’s Schalke side. Ancelotti’s men will be […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Dec - 16 - 2014 2 Comments READ FULL POST

  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

  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

    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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