Author Archives: Andy Pineda

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 6: Oct. 2 – Oct. 3

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Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán houses the match of the weekend, although the LFP did not grant the match with a glamorous time, as Sevilla hosts Atlético Madrid in a match where both teams will likely fight for a Champions League … Continue reading

La Liga European Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Matchday 2: Sept. 28 – Sept. 30

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UEFA Champions League Real Madrid’s offensive woes will not be aided when they travel to the Stade de l’Abbé Deschamps on Tuesday and face an Auxerre squad who gave up the fewest goals in Ligue 1 last season with a … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 5 Review: Deportivo La Coruña Sinks Into the Relegation Zone

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Flashback ten years ago to the year 2000.  La Liga rose to the top spot of the UEFA coefficient rankings for the first time since 1966.  The final of the UEFA Champions League featured two Spanish teams with Real Madrid … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 3 Review: Real Madrid Grinds Out A Victory Over the Better Real Sociedad Side

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Early in the second half, before Angel di María opened the scoring with a sublime curler to the right far post to give Real Madrid the 0-1 lead, “El Especial,” José Mourinho, lambasted referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz for showing a … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 4: Sept. 21 – Sept. 23

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La Liga provides its supporters and spectators with its first midweek round of the season, and through three rounds of this long campaign, the table has already sorted itself out in terms of the apparent three tiers in La Primera … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 3: Sept. 18 – Sept. 20

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For the first time this season, the Spanish teams participating in European competitions will have to adjust to the quick turnaround from the midweek European fixtures to the weekend matches in La Liga.  While Getafe has only been in a … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 2 Review: Hércules Proves Its Strength Against Barcelona

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Before this current season, Hércules CF had tasted top flight football only twice in the past twenty-five years: the 1985-86 season, when their neighbors to north, Valencia, also suffered relegation for the first time in its illustrious history; and the 1996-97 … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 2: Sept. 11 – Sept. 16

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La Liga clubs spent a week on vacation after the opening round of fixtures because of the international FIFA date, although for Real Madrid and Barcelona, many of their players were on international duty.  In particular, ten players from Barcelona … Continue reading

La Liga Fixtures for the 2010-11 Season

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The Real Federación Española de Fútbol (the Spanish FA) released the full schedule for the 2010-11 La Liga season, and Jornada 1 will be held on the last weekend of August.  Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will commence their … Continue reading

World Cup 2010: Spain Triumphs In A Match of Contrasting Styles

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After Euro 2008, Vicente del Bosque took the reins of the Spanish national team from Luis Aragonés, the man that led Spain to their first international tournament conquest since 1964 when they hosted and won the second UEFA European Championships, … Continue reading

World Cup 2010: Spain Holds On For A 1-0 Victory Over Germany Despite Their Dominance

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David Villa became the talisman for the Spanish national football team, scoring five of Spain’s six goals in the tournament.  Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta controlled the midfield with their incisive passing and ball possession.  Fernando Torres could not get … Continue reading

Spain Effective If Unspectacular As They Win Group H in FIFA World Cup 2010

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With an unfathomable yet realistic possibility of an unceremonious exit from FIFA World Cup 2010, the Spanish national football team tussled with a Chilean side that has been one of the most impressive teams in this tournament thus far.  Marcelo … Continue reading

La Liga Talk Throughout the Summer

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This writer has not fallen off the face of the earth after the season concluded in mid-May.  I am writing this as I leave on a boat from Napoli en route to Palma de Mallorca.  I have been traveling through … Continue reading

Mallorca Enters Voluntary Administration

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A dispiriting final matchday left Mallorca forty seconds away from qualifying for the Champions League.  Sevilla manager Antonio Álvarez took a huge gamble late in that match by sending Sevilla youth product Rios Lozano Rodri into the match instead of … Continue reading

What David Villa’s Transfer to FC Barcelona Means For Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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The rumors, for once, came to fruition, as FC Barcelona will pay a transfer fee of €40 million to Valencia for Spanish international striker David Villa.  This tango (or the sardana for a more local, Catalunyan flair) danced by the … Continue reading

Vicente del Bosque Announces Spain’s Provisional 30-Man Squad For FIFA World Cup 2010 Part Three

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On Tuesday, the goalkeepers and defenders were discussed, and Wednesday, the midfielders were discussed.  With all of the creative talent in the midfield, that will bring the pressure on the forwards to convert the multitudes of chances that Xavi, Xabi … Continue reading