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Author Archives: Andy Pineda

Forza Fútbol Podcast: Issues in La Liga and the Spanish Game

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Last Thursday, I was invited by Armando and Elisa from Forza Fútbol to be on the site’s podcast, and the discussion centered around several topics: the state of La Liga in terms of overseas marketing, the flourishing cantera youth academies … Continue reading

La Liga European UEFA Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings: Feb. 15 – Feb. 17

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UEFA Champions League The tie of the round begins at the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal Stadium according to UEFA) as Arsenal and FC Barcelona meet in the knockout phase of the Champions League for the second consecutive year.  When Arsenal failed … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 23 Review: Manolo Preciado and Sporting Gijón Shock Barcelona

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There was a time on Saturday night when Lionel Messi actually became frustrated with himself and his teammates.  There was a time on Saturday night when Xavi Hernández could not find the killer pass through the hard-working, organized defense.  There … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 23: Feb. 12 – Feb. 14

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Round 23 of 38 might be a little too early to mention relegation six-pointers, but with teams twelfth to twentieth a within a slender five points of each other and the gap widening between these teams and the first eleven … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 22 Review: Málaga’s Dour Draw Against Sevilla Signals An Upward Trend for Los Boquerones

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani could have done anything with his time, and with all of his responsibilities on his docket, president of a football club would seem to be near the bottom of his list. … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 22: Feb. 5 – Feb. 6

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Two of the most active clubs in the January transfer window meet together this weekend in an Andalucian derby at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán between Sevilla and Málaga.  Málaga and new owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani scoured the world … Continue reading

Copa del Rey Semifinal Second Leg Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings: Feb. 2

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With the league title slipping away from Real Madrid’s hands, their two cup competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey, could be the tournaments that they can realistically expect to win.  Real can stamp its name in … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 21 Review: Athletic Bilbao Fortifies Sixth Place in La Liga Over Atlético Madrid

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The headlines emanating from Bilbao have had little to do with Athletic’s white-hot form, as the rumors swirling around Fernando Llorente’s future destination have blanketed this historic club.  Tottenham Hotspur has been the main culprit of the Llorente saga, originally … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 21: Jan. 29 – Jan. 31

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Espanyol’s surprising start has not only stretched to this juncture of the season but has also improved from a club that only garnered points at home to a team that can win the tough matches away from home.  Impressively winning … Continue reading

Copa del Rey Semifinal First Leg Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings: Jan. 26

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For the past several seasons, Real Madrid treated the Copa del Rey as a nuisance and a burden rather than a competition worth winning.  José Mourinho has changed that mentality.  One Taça de Portgual with FC Porto, two Carling Cups … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 20 Review: Real Madrid Struggles Yet Again and Wins Unconvincingly Yet Again

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Maybe Florentino Pérez might start to appreciate Gonzalo Higuaín now. The man that Pérez wanted to offload since he returned for his second stint as Real president sits in the stands because he is recovering from surgery that repaired a … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 20: Jan. 22 – Jan. 24

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La Liga officially begins the second half of its season this weekend, and FC Barcelona has continued its stellar form with a staggering fifty-two points out of a possible fifty-seven points, a Spanish record for the opening half of any … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 16 Review: Barcelona Ends the Calendar Year With Romp In Catalan Derby

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Before the biggest match in Andrés Iniesta’s career and in the history of Spanish football, Iniesta had a trillion thoughts running through his head.  One of those thoughts that came to fruition was writing a message to his close friend, … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 16: Dec. 18 – Dec. 20

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Back from personal vacation, this weekend’s round of matches is the last one of the 2010 calendar year before the players go on their own vacations during the La Liga winter break.  To top off the end of 2010, El … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 14: Dec. 4 – Dec. 6

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Now that the El Clásico tornado has swept through Spain, leaving bits of Real Madrid debris in its wake, everyone can take a breath and move on with the rest of the season.  Real must pick up the pieces and … Continue reading

La Liga El Clásico Review: Barcelona Brilliance Buries Blancos

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Josep Guardiola, known for his cool demeanor inside and outside of the technical area, channeled his feelings for all things Madrid when he refused to give Cristiano Ronaldo the ball for a throw-in on the half-hour mark.  Unlike his outspoken … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 13 Review: Espanyol Might Actually Be For Real

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Under trainer Mauricio Pochettino, Espanyol has gone through one of these hot streaks in every season he has managed the club.  After the club fired José Manuel Esnal “Mané” in the middle of the 2008-09 season, they hired Mauricio Pochettino … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for El Clásico: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

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The José Mourinho – Pep Guardiola headline and the Lionel Messi – Cristiano Ronaldo headline have been covered and written many times over, so this preview of El Clásico will try to avoid these subjects and focus on the other, … Continue reading