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La Liga Jornada 33 Review: Tenerife Rises to Within One Point of Relegation Salvation

“NINO, NINO, NINO!” chanted Los Chicharreros in the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López.  When shouted aloud, the chant sounded like an onrushing ambulance through a traffic-jammed street, and for Getafe, who fell victim to the brilliance of Nino, they needed the assistance of EMT workers. After a 0-0 draw at home […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 32: Apr. 13 – Apr. 15

With El Clásico in the rear-view mirror, La Liga continues forward with a mid-week round that will help shape the European and relegation battles. For Real Madrid, a mid-week match should be good for them so that they can move on quickly from a mentally and physically draining edition of […]

La Liga Jornada 31 Review: Xavi’s Foresight and Pep Guardiola’s Tactics Lead Barcelona Over Real Madrid in El Clásico

Throughout Barcelona’s two-year run of groundbreaking excellence, Josep Guardiola i Sala role as a tactician tended to be undervalued.  He reinstituted the “Total Football” concept that Johan Cruyff, Guardiola’s former manager at FC Barcelona, instilled when he was a player and a manager at the club, and he changed the […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 29: Mar. 27 – Apr. 1

After a mid-week round of fixtures, there is no rest for the weary as another slate of weekend matches comes much more quickly than they would earlier in the year.  This last quarter of the year becomes a war of attrition, and those who consistently stay fit will reap the […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 28: Mar. 23 – Mar. 25

Jornada 28 is only the second mid-week round of the La Liga season, the first occurring well back in late September.  Three teams in particular are glad that they get to play so soon: FC Barcelona, Getafe, and Xerez.  Xerez?   Yes, that same Xerez club that threatened to become the […]

La Liga Review: Athletic Bilbao Misses An Opportunity To Inch Closer to a Champions League Spot

While Real Madrid and Barcelona run away from the rest of the field in the struggle for the La Liga title, the tussle for the next four European spots is just as fascinating.  The mix of teams truly runs the gamut from the usuals to the upstarts. Sevilla and Valencia […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 27: Mar. 20 – Mar. 21

The final third of the season commences this weekend with a slate of matches that will likely impact European places more than the title race.  Both Real Madrid and Barcelona will face clubs at the bottom half of the table, and barring any catastrophes, they should fend off Sporting Gijón […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 26: Mar. 13 – Mar. 18

The thrilling race at the top of La Liga came to a head last weekend, when Barcelona dropped two points at surging Almería, and Real Madrid fought back from a 0-2 deficit to win against Sevilla in the second minute of stoppage time 3-2.  Now the two exemplars of Spanish […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 24: Feb. 27 and Feb. 28

After a less than impressive performance by the Spanish Armada in European competition, these teams return to their domestic responsibilities in order to regain their confidence.  Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao traveled to Wolfsburg and Anderlecht, respectively, and became punching bags for those teams as both Wolfsburg and Anderlecht scored four […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 23: Feb. 20 – Feb. 22

The obvious surprising result of the previous round was Atlético Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona to hand the Catalunyan champions their first loss in La Liga this season.  If analyzed deeper, however, Barça’s defeat at the hands of Los Colchoneros becomes less of a shocker. Historically, Atleti had a respectable […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 22: Feb. 13 and Feb. 14

This weekend, the focus will be on those teams who will play in European competition in the following midweek.  The question of domestic vs. European responsibilities remains an individual club decision, but for some teams, choices become more plentiful than others. Real Madrid faces Xerez at El Chapín, but Los […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 21: Feb. 6 and Feb. 7

Two clubs pulled the plug on their managers after a string of poor results that came to a head in the last round.  Ernesto Valverde’s Villarreal suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Osasuna, and Jose Luis Mendilibar’s Real Valladolid could only manage a 1-1 draw at home against […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 19: Jan. 23 and Jan. 24

As La Liga heads into the midway point of the season, these next few rounds are some of the hardest of the campaign because the toil of playing for five consecutive months begins to wear on the players and the coaching staff both physically and mentally.  Motivation is a hard […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 18: Jan. 16 and Jan. 17

With the gap widening between Barcelona and Real Madrid and the rest of the league, Valencia, Deportivo La Coruña, and the other potential contenders need to keep winning and hope that the top two slip on some wet spots along the way.  Real Madrid will visit the cathedral, San Mamés, […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 17: Jan. 9 and Jan. 10

Only the players know whether Los Magos (The Magi) left them with treats or a lump of coal in their shoes on Epiphany, but with this weekend’s matches upcoming, they can begin the process of maintaining their good form or making up for their naughty play from last year.  The […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 16: Jan. 2 and Jan. 3

As 2010 arrives through the doorstep, La Liga returns with a vengeance from the winter break that seemingly flew by so quickly.  As soon as these players finish their grapes and cava to ring in the new year, the focus needs to return to their football responsibilities. Nearing the conclusion […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 14: Dec. 12 and Dec. 13

The two late Saturday matches headline Round 14 of La Liga with the 150th edition of El Derbi Barceloní between local rivals FC Barcelona and Espanyol and a top-three clash with 3rd place Valencia hosting 2nd place Real Madrid.  Two other intriguing matches include high-flying Mallorca hoping to take their […]

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Premier League Gameweek 8: Cheers And Jeers

Here’s a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week eight of the Premier League. Cheers The International break is over: While there were some intriguing international matches, it’s good to see clubs take the pitch again. Anthony Pilkington: The Norwich man netted two goals in another […]

Aston Villa Extends North American Tour to Columbus

Aston Villa has announced the second match of its North American tour. Villa is scheduled to play against Columbus Crew in a friendly on Saturday, July 28 at the Columbus Crew stadium. Since the match will be on a Saturday night, it’s likely that it may be televised. The match […]

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Why I’ll be watching CONCACAF Cup on FOX Sports, not Univision; By Oliver Tse

Ever since I started watching soccer on English-language U.S. television regularly in August 1994 (as a replacement for Major League Baseball, which had a player strike and had to cancel the World Series that year), I have always believed that the development of home-grown North American sportscasters is one small […]

Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to mask his decline

Earlier last week, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho left yet another club by mutual agreement. The story was like every other. After an initial bout of optimism, his time at the club (in this case, Fluminense) quickly turned tumultuous, and a split was in the best interest of both parties. It’s the […]