Archives: Barcelona

The smoke clears

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

…and we are left with 16 teams. The knockout phase pairings will be drawn on December 21 at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. The complete list of teams heading into the draw is posted below: 2007/08 UEFA Champions LeagueRound of 16 … Continue reading

Matchday 5 – Tuesday Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

With Euro 2008 qualifying put to rest and a round of domestic games under their belts, Europe’s top clubs return their focus to the Champions League for Matchday 5. This round of games should clarify which teams will progress though … Continue reading

Rijkaard-Dinho’s Days Numbered?

Posted on by Juan Arango

When a team is struggling performance-wise, there are various guilty culprits. In the end, the one that has to take the brunt of the blame and could be eventually be the fall guy come the end of the first semester … Continue reading

Truce in TV war

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Truce in TV war A temporary truce was reached October 9th in the media wars between Sogecable’s AVS and Mediapro over the right to broadcast Spanish league games both in Spain and abroad, following a ruling in a Madrid court. … Continue reading

Matchday 3; Tuesday Predictions and Players to Watch

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Here’s a quick rundown of the Tuesday games. My picks to win are in bold. Stuttgart – LyonLyon’s for has picked up in recent domestic outings while Stuttgart has continued to struggle. I don’t see that changing in this match. … Continue reading

Rangers run riot; AC Milan misfire

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Matchday 3 is upon us and there are some key matchups to look at. In this first preview, we start with Group E where Barcelona travel to Glasgow for a tough road game against Rangers. The atmosphere at Ibrox should … Continue reading

Injury impact

Posted on by Christopher Harris

There are two very attractive matchups this weekend but both fixtures look to be impacted heavily by injuries (or travel exhaustion) suffered by key players. First let’s look at the Real Madrid v Espanyol match. Real Madrid will be without … Continue reading

Sevilla’s Stylish Start

Posted on by Christopher Harris

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 … Continue reading

No Barcelona or Real Madrid for GolTV Viewers

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Due to “The Television Wars” in Spain, Sunday’s match between Racing Santander and Barcelona was another casualty of the fight between Audiovisual Sport and Mediapro causing the big game to be blacked out around the world. Closer to home, the … Continue reading

Real Madrid sign Drenthe – is Robben next?

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Defending Spanish champions Real Madrid signed one of the summer’s hottest prospects, wing-back Royston Drenthe from Dutch club Feyenoord. The club did not give the terms of Drenthe’s transfer but sports daily AS report that a fee of €13 million … Continue reading

Roma sign Giuly

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Ludovic Giuly has completed his move from Barcelona to AS Roma. Barca accepted an offer of between 3.2 and 4.4 million euros over the weekend and Giuly travelled to Italy on Monday to finalise the transfer. He passed a medical … Continue reading

Barca in for Henry

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

In a blockbuster move Thierry Henry appears ready to end his eight-year stay with Arsenal as reports are flooding across the wires that he has agreed to sign for Barcelona in a £16m transfer deal with Henry agreeing to terms … Continue reading

Madrid still on target for the title

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Barcelona dropped 2 massive points against Espanyol which let Real Madrid off the hook as they clawed out a 2-2 draw against Zaragoza. Barcelona had been leading into the 89th minute and Real were losing but an amazing reversal of … Continue reading

Beckham Inspires Real Madrid to Late Win

Posted on by Christopher Harris

If GolTV and Spain’s Primera Liga wanted to advertise the superiority of La Liga, today was the perfect advertisement. The triple bill of Deportivo La Coruna v Sevilla, Recreativo Huelva v Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid v Barcelona was simply … Continue reading

Deco Departing?

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The rumour mill has been working overtime and the latest is that Deco’s agent is expected in Milan on Wednesday to hold talks with Internazionale. The FC Barcelona playmaker has been linked with a switch to Serie A several times, … Continue reading

Down to the Wire

Posted on by Christopher Harris

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 … Continue reading

Lionel Messi Scores The Goal of the Decade

Posted on by Christopher Harris

When Barcelona faced Liverpool in the Champions League several weeks ago, they should be glad that Lionel Messi wasn’t in the type of form that he’s now. That’s because he’s scored one of the goals of the decade thus far … Continue reading

Reflections on La Liga Matches

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Here are some of my observations from last weekend’s La Liga matches: Chelsea shouldn’t have a lot to fear in the Champions League with Valencia although the Blues still shouldn’t take the Spanish side lightly. Against Racing Santander, Valencia looked … Continue reading