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    The persistent injuries suffered by club captain and legend Carles Puyol have led to pundits and fans everywhere calling for Barcelona to sign a top level centreback. While I have agreed, I have also always been of the opinion that there is one waiting in the wings. And this season has seen him stake a claim to be Puyol’s long term replacement in the Barca backline. Step forward Marc Bartra. The twenty three year old has been very […]

Posted by James On Jan - 17 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  The defensive midfield position has become one of the most important positions on the park. It mostly came to prominence in modern football when former Real Madrid man Claude Makalele made it sort of his own and it became important when he as the ‘water carrier’ who did all the dirty work which allowed at the time, Real Madrid’s fantastic array of attacking options to flourish. I’m going to take a look at a few of the best, currently […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Jan - 11 - 2014 1 Comment 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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  Real’s Champions League adventure has proven to be more trauma than delight, their youthful side swept aside by more experienced continental performers. Bottom of the table, their ambitions are limited to tilting at a Europa League place as they travel to the Ukraine for the first time, but if they’re going to pull off a shock, this might be just the time to achieve it. Shakhtar have not been quite as consistent this season as usual, and they come […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Nov - 26 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Oft they are forgotten and are just a mere side-note in the history books of a La Liga campaign. In Italy, Greece, Argentina, England and Scotland, there are many more too, they are a time when fans smile, clasp their hands together and look forward to getting one over on their bitterest of rivals. In Spain, apart from maybe in Sevilla, derbies seem to go ignored by the Press and some supporters which is a pity. The Galicia […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Nov - 4 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    Real Sociedad’s European dream is looking near to death, and having gone to Old Trafford in the last round knowing that the English giants were wobbling, their failure to grasp the opportunity to spring a surprise looks to have been terminal to their continental ambitions. Certainly David Moyes’ side look to be in better form than they were a fortnight ago. Admittedly, Real boosted their confidence by putting five goals past Osasuna on Saturday, and the use of […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Nov - 4 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      With their backs to the wall in Europe and hardly having started the domestic season like a house on fire, Real Sociedad fans would be forgiven for suffering from an overwhelming sense of ennui at the moment.   But every crisis is an opportunity. A double header against Manchester United might look like the graveyard of Real’s dreams – even the rather pale fantasy of sneaking into the Europa League via the back door – but it […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Oct - 22 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      Ironically for a club whose reputation is based around being left wing, it was the left which caused Rayo all sorts of problems in this match. However, in Paco Jémez they have a shrewd operator at the helm, and his swift actions addressed the issue. Not only did his changes shore things up, but they led to the decisive goal which earned his side a valuable three points from a tight match.   Real Sociedad’s approach looked […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Oct - 9 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      The right-back position is one of the most important positions on the pitch and can have a very big influence on how the team operates. Some top European sides have used the position to build-up play from the back, and in the modern era of football, which is littered with fast attack-minded wingers, the best right-backs find the balance between defending and attacking. So having previously outlined the top left-backs, now I take a look at the […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Oct - 9 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Elisa and Javier discussed the latest in Champions League, Europa League and La Liga action!   Download this episode (right click and save) Subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes

Posted by super submarino On Oct - 6 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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