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  On my recent trip to  the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, I got a chance to sit down and chat with Alexi Lalas, former player of USMNT, GM of LA Galaxy and a senior analyst for Soccer at ESPN. Alexi was also on the increasingly popular Soccer panel at the SSAC. We chatted about the MLS, the recent win of US over Italy, the upcoming Euro 2012, SPain’s chances and some La Liga topics. Enjoy the great insights […]

Posted by super submarino On Mar - 8 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST
The Soccer panel at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

The Soccer panel at the Sloan Sports Analytics conference will get underway in a few hours at 1pM Eastern/10AM Pacific here at Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The Panelists are: Alexi Lalas – former player of the US Mens National Team Drew Carey – owner of the Seattle Sounders FC Steven Houston – Head of Technical Scouting, Hamburg FC Steve Brown – Everton FC Scott McLachlan – Chelsea FC The panel will be moderated by Marc Stein, Senior Writer, ESPN. […]

Posted by super submarino On Mar - 3 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

    Guest blogger, Peggy van Huizen is back with a fan’s personal view of the transfer market. Enjoy!  So with another crazy transfer season behind us and the rumours apparently already a-flying for the new one quickly approaching, I thought I would pose the ultimate question to everyone. During the transfer season, do you stick with your team?  Or do you follow your favorite player to their new team?  Which do you choose and why? To start the ball […]

Posted by Elisa On Oct - 29 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

San Mames, Bilbao  Elisa, Mando and Ravi welcomed Chris Clements of the wonderful and informative blog Estadios de Fútbol en España. The site has a lot of information about the majority of the stadiums in Spain. La Liga, Segunda and even further down. Chris descrbes how he got into this hobby and his modus operandi of getting the information about the stadiums. Agenda : Stadiums in Spain, Audience, tickets etc..  52 minutes. Top 5 stadiums in Spain The uniqueness of […]

Posted by super submarino On Oct - 25 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Laudrup on one of his happier days on La Palma.Not anymore. In the latest forzafutbol podcast (pod#167) we talked to Christopher Hussein of Real Mallorca.CO.UK a Mallorca fan from his childhood about the Laudrup, Serra Ferrer saga and how it ended in the exit of the flamboyant Danish player-turned coach. You will be surprised with what Chris says, because a lot of this never comes out in the mainstream Spanish media. Elisa and Ravi also take a look at the good and the not so […]

Posted by super submarino On Oct - 1 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST

     Levante, Messi and Cristiano are the protagonists of week 5 We are into week #5 of La Liga. Some normalcy has returned. Real Madrid blew past Rayo Vallecano even while playing with 10 men. Barcelona slammed another fiver, this time against Falcao and the ‘new look’ Atlético Madrid. Some wackiness continued with Levante in Champions League positions after their third win in a week. Impressive ‘Granota’ is the best team in the Valencian Community. Game of the week: Real Madrid […]

Posted by super submarino On Sep - 26 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Can Villarreal break the duck against Napoli in their last CL game? Highly Doubtful

                                                                           Nilmar and Cavani carry the hopes of their respective teams Preamble After a disappointing loss to Bayern at home, Villarreal face an uphill task of keep their hopes live in the Champions League. They have to go to the Stadio San Pablo, Naples Italy and get a result against the dangerous Napoli side. Napoli got off to a fast start in Serie A but have just scored 1 point in their last two games. The slow start of Villarreal is well documented. The […]

Posted by super submarino On Sep - 26 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Here are the standings of the new predictor game that we launched on friday. Elisa is the winner of the 1st round.  (No it is not fixed). Come back on Thursday for the next time you can Predict 5! BAR  X ATM SPO X RAC ATH x VIL RMA x RAY SEV x VAL Score Final Result 5-0 0-0 1-1 6-2 1-0 Elisa 3-2 0-0 1-1 2-1 0-1 8 NoDidierZokora 5-0 2-0 2-3 3-0 1-0 7 Geiiir 3-1 2-1 1-1 […]

Posted by super submarino On Sep - 25 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

Being in the United States, I am never a fan of mid-week games La Liga games, especially when there are match-ups like Valencia x Barcelona. Here are a few quick thoughts on the mid-week games. Result of the week: Betis 4 – 3 Zaragoza. Not just for the result alone but what it meant to the table. Betis is top, all alone and 2 points clear of Valencia. 4 games 4 wins. Pepe Mel has this time firing on all […]

Posted by super submarino On Sep - 23 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Hello ForzaFutbolers! Elisa, Mando and I had the pleasure of chatting with one of our regulars, Juan Arango from Gol TV. We discussed a lot about La Roja, the Spanish national team as well as the current affairs of La Liga – the movement started by Del Nido, Fernando Roig et al to address the disparities of La Liga and a host of other problems like Ley Concursal, catastrophic fiscal management of clubs etc.. Some great insights and debate as […]

Posted by super submarino On Sep - 14 - 2011 5 Comments READ FULL POST
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