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Barcelona Set Up For Domestic Success And Champions League Failure

Last May, when Luis Enrique was appointed manager of Barcelona, the 44-year-old inherited a group of players that hadn’t lived up to the lofty expectations of previous Barcelona sides. Former coach “Tata” Martino played a role in the Catalan club’s domestic and European decline last season. The Argentinian’s tactics and man-management […]

Will Barcelona or Real Madrid win El Clasico?

All eyes will be on the clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid with the magnificent Camp Nou playing host to this top of the table meeting of the eternal rivals. Without disregarding or belittling the history behind this intense rivalry which extends beyond the football pitch to engulf social and […]

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 US TV Listings for Jornada 20: Jan. 30 and Jan. 31

One of the unique characteristics of La Liga is that after the first half of the season, the second half schedule is a carbon copy of the first half, except that the away team will now be the home team.  Thus, all those teams who did not achieve the result […]

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 […]

Villarreal Spoils Barcelona’s Party at the Camp Nou

A festive atmosphere enveloped the Camp Nou on Saturday evening as the boys of the Blaugrana celebrated their unprecedented six-trophy year with their Barça faithful.  Villarreal was a mere afterthought as the Barcelona players deservedly received their plaudits for a year of literal perfection.  Even Villarreal showed them respect before […]

Sevilla and Valencia Are Pretenders Rather Than Contenders for La Liga

In the last few years, the top six teams have distanced themselves from the rest of La Liga.  Real Madrid and FC Barcelona represent the top two, and Villarreal, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia compete for the next four places.  Atlético Madrid continues their bumbling start into the Christmas break, […]

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Interview with Jay DeMerit

The career thus far of Jay DeMerit, the American central defender who plays for Watford, is a remarkable story of determination. Many players would have given up after not being picked to play for a Major League Soccer team. Not DeMerit, though, who traveled to Europe in search of a […]

Despite Excellent Gold Cup, Landon Donovan Has Not Earned Automatic Selection

All of the headlines and analysis over the course of the last three weeks has been about how Landon Donovan has forced his way back into the United States starting XI with his performances against lesser competition and the Costa Rican “B” side (or in Honduras’ case almost a “C” […]

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