Athletic Bilbao would have no problems with the proposed UEFA plan of mandating eight homegrown players in the squad of eighteen for every match or the theoretical 6 + 5 rule, where six players of the starting eleven would have to be eligible for the national team of their club’s […]
With the Spanish football season only two and a half weeks away, teams are finishing their last preseason friendlies and making their final changes in preparation for the La Liga season. There are many questions concerning each of the twenty teams in La Liga, and this preview will explore the […]
Numbers seemed down this week in La Liga mostly due to the Easter holiday, but that did not reduce the excitement in the league. Barcelona continue their ways en route to their 19th league title. The Blaugrana Ballet showed offense, yet they were not as sharp when it came time […]
Madrid Feel “El Chorreo” At Casa De Anfield Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid LIV: Torres (16′), Gerrard (27′ pk, 47′), Dossena (88′) LIV adv. on 5-0 agg. Drogba and Essien Are Money- Again Juventus 2-2 Chelsea JUV: Iaquinta (18′), Del Piero (74′) CHE: Essien (45’+1′), Drogba (83′) CHE adv. on 3-2 […]
Both Fernando Macua and Joan Laporta will ask to see if the Spanish federation (RFEF)will be willing to change the venue for the final of the Copa del Rey from Mestalla to the Santiago Bernabéu.
Wednesday Betis 0-0 Mallorca (MLL adv. on 0-1 agg.) Sporting 1-2 Athletic SPO: Carmelo (1′) ATB: Gabilondo (41′), David López (51′) (ATB adv. on 1-2 agg.) Thursday Sevilla 2-1 Valencia SEV: Kanoute(35′), Squillaci (90′) VAL: Marchena (7′) (SEV adv. on away goals) Barcelona 3-2 Espanyol BAR: Krkic (34′, 48′), Piqué […]
The Copa del Rey got its draw for the quarterfinals and there are some intriguing matchups. Four of the last Copa del Rey winners are still in the race as well as the winningest club in this tournament. Barcelona-Espanyol The big matchup right now is is the Catalan derby being […]
What a way to celebrate Raúl’s 500th appearance in Spanish first division. In addition to achieving such a milestone, Raúl also scored his 212th career goal in the 16th minute courtesy of a Gonzalo Higuaín pass into the box and the Madrid starlet took advantage of the jewel.
As if their lead was not wide enough, Barcelona could really seem uncatchable with only two weeks left in the first half of the season. It’s not going to be easy for the blaugrana as they will face current cellar dwellers in Osasuna.
Week 17 was one of returns,debuts, goals, and quite a dose of controversy.
To many Barcelona fans, all 120,000 of them that came to the Nou Camp that fateful September 24th saw that this was going to be their year. If having won the Copa del Rey the year before was any indication, the match against defending champ Athletic Bilbao would be their […]
Athletic Bilbao´s Basque only policy puts them is quite a distinct disadvantage in today´s more globalized football industry. They see themselves Although it is still early, and Athletic Bilbao once again see themselves fighting to avoid relegation (as them along with Real Madrid and Barcelona are the three teams that […]
Atlético Madrid forward will be out for approximately three after injuring his right thigh in Tuesday night’s Champions League opener against PSV Eindhoven. Forlán injured the medial portion of his quadriceps in the 26th minute of the Colchoneros´ 3-0 win at Philips Stadion. The injury will see Forlán […]
As The Gaffer already mentioned Sevilla kicked off their season on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Getafe. While I had been looking forward to the Madrid derby, I decided to watch the Sevilla-Getafe match and was not disappoined at all. The game had plenty of excitement, flair and talking […]
With 6 games left, the race for the title in La Liga is very close with four teams still having a realistic shot at winning it all. Barcelona are currently in first but have been in less-than-stellar form recently. They managed to eke out a 1-0 win over Levante this […]
With the recent World Cup qualifiers demonstrating how pathetically weak the US striker corps is the time has come for Bob Bradley to call back the player whose exclusion from the World Cup 2006 squad raised the most eyebrows. To Bradley’s credit he did feature Twellman in the 2007 Gold […]
The Portland Timbers made a move to upgrade in goal yesterday by swapping keepers with D.C. United, sending Steve Cronin to the nation’s capital in exchange for Troy Perkins. It was the two club’s second trade of the offseason; during the expansion draft D.C. sent Portland Rodney Wallace for first overall […]
Here’s a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week fifteen of the Premier League. Note: Readers can follow Matt @thehackreport Cheers 1. Nani: The Manchester United winger netted two goals and an assist in the win over the Wolves. 2. Antonio Valencia: United’s other winger […]
Atlético Madrid defender Luis Amaranto Perea was called up to take part in next week’s friendly against Haiti in the Colombian city of Pereira. Perea was one of two Spanish league based players that was called up by by coach Eduardo Lara for this friendly. The other was Hercules’ […]
In England, it’s not uncommon to hear the saying that “Zonal marking is not defending.” But, what the fact that these pundits often ignore is that goals are scored even when defenders are man marking. It’s not that man marking is the be all and end all of defending. It’s […]
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said Wednesday he expected a “playoff” Champions League game against Olympiacos on Dec. 9 as the two teams vie for a spot in the knockout phase. “It will be like a playoff game because the head-to-head counts and we have things to catch up with,” Cech […]
Sepp Blatter said Wednesday that he was the target of “an inquisition” by FIFA’s ethics committee, which has suspended him for 90 days and called for further sanctions over corruption charges. Blatter, who led for FIFA for 17 years until his suspension in October, appeared in several Swiss media on […]
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez hailed his team’s 6-1 rout of Roma in the Champions League as a “perfect game,” which also saw Lionel Messi start for the first time since returning from injury. Suarez scored twice as the holders celebrated qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with […]
Whatever your take on Daniel Levy, you have to admit that the Tottenham Hotspur chairman is a bit of a wizard in the transfer market. Hard as nails to deal with, his insistence on getting the best possible transfer deal, penny for penny, led Sir Alex Ferguson to say dealing […]
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Wednesday he will not rush injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge back into first-team action until the England international can prove he is more “robust.” Sturridge, 26, was on the bench for Saturday’s 4-1 demolition of erstwhile Premier League leaders Manchester City, the first time he […]