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

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 throughout Spain, the controversies with the upcoming La Liga TV […]

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

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 to win their group, the Gunners always knew that there […]

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

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 in January for bright, young talents and seasoned veterans (or […]

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

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 the final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night […]

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

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 and an FA Cup with Chelsea, and a Coppa Italia […]

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

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 campaign.  Despite this extended run of breathtaking football, Barça only […]

La Liga El Clásico Review: Barcelona Brilliance Buries Blancos
La Liga El Clásico Review: Barcelona Brilliance Buries Blancos

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 and demonstrative counterpart José Mourinho, Guardiola usually keeps to himself, […]

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

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 to get out of the relegation zone.  As late as […]