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      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

Time to dwell on the teams that occupied the bottom five positions in the top ten before the break. Valencia surprised me the most. Their performances have been far from impressive and before the Christmas break were in ninth.   10) Getafe – Pedro Leon The 27 year-old attacking midfielder has been by far the best player in this Getafe team. The Madrid based club signed him from city-rivals Real Madrid, and I’ve since seen an improvement in his game. […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Jan - 31 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    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

  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 2 Comments READ FULL POST

  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

  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

    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

    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

      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

      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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