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A Better Lens at Spanish Football


          23 year old Espanyol winger Christian Alfonso made his first appearance under new coach Javier Aguirre last weekend in the Bernabeu, and coincidentally Real Madrid were also the opposition when he made his first team debut in October of last year. Originally signed as a 13 year old by the ‘pericos’ from near neighbours CD Hospitalet in 2002, Alfonso returned there two years later, and thus his chances of a career appeared to have receded […]

Posted by Liam On Dec - 20 - 2012 Add Comments READ FULL POST

They say that form is temporary but class is permanent. Yet oddly, it seems in Spain at the moment that often class is temporary, and it’s a reflection of an alarming trend which suggests that things aren’t quite right under the sparkling La Liga facade. Only a fool would doubt the quality of football in Spain at the moment. The national side plays a fine brand of football and stands astride the game as world and continental champions, as high […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Mar - 12 - 2012 2 Comments READ FULL POST
A view of Montserrat

    In 2009 a man went for a walk. Well it was more of a hike. At the end of the hike he stood in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary and begged for a miracle. Mauricio Pochettino took over at Espanyol when there were 3rd from bottom. Few had faith in that Argentine and less when he found himself and his team at the bottom with just 22 points and only 10 weeks to go. He […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Feb - 21 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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