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Archives: Barcelona

Monzón Gets First Callup

Posted on by Juan Arango

Luciano Monzón and Diego Milito were the two newest players to be called up by national team coach Alfio Basile for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against neighboring rivals Uruguay and Chile. Monzón has been one of the outstanding performers … Continue reading

Friday Five: Wembley to Host 2011 Champions League Final, Thierry Henry Unhappy

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

In a new experiment, I am going to try a weekly wrap-up of news stories that caught my eye but that I don’t think require pages of analysis as I am prone to doing So, here they are, concise and … Continue reading

One Foot Already In Second Division?

Posted on by Juan Arango

I was exchanging messages with Elisa the other day as she thought that I was a tad hard on Athletic Bilbao.  She thought that I was putting them in second division, which is far from the truth.THIS is how I … Continue reading

Savagery… 25 Years Later.

Posted on by Juan Arango

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, … Continue reading

Milito Worries Increase

Posted on by Juan Arango

Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito could see his career in jeopardy as he has not been allowed to run recover appropriately from his ACL tear back on May 5th.  The timetable for his recovery was scheduled at about six months, but … Continue reading

2008-09 Barcelona Home Jersey Reviewed

Posted on by Christopher Harris

For the 2008/2009 season, Barcelona are again wearing a home kit designed and manufactured by Nike. I was able to get my hands on the shirt recently and here are my thoughts regarding the shirt. There are some replica soccer … Continue reading

Good Matchday For Spanish Clubs

Posted on by Juan Arango

Spain’s big four in the Champions League came out in great shape after one matchday.   Barcelona looked like their usual selves- both good and bad- and were able to handle Sporting Lisbon by a score of 3-1.   Real … Continue reading

Forlán Out For Three Weeks

Posted on by Juan Arango

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 … Continue reading

Champions League Group C Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

FC Basel 1893 How They Got Here:Basel beat Vitoria de Guimaraes (also known as Vitoria SC) 2-1 on aggregate in the third round of qualifying. Basel won the Swiss League last season. Star Performer: MF Benjamin Huggel. An experienced member … Continue reading

Double-Talk On Messi

Posted on by Juan Arango

There has been quite a deal of talk about Lio Messi.   Between the fans and media from both sides of the Atlantic is just seems like they are talking out of both sides of their mouth.  They seem to want … Continue reading

Maradona Slams Messi

Posted on by Juan Arango

You can criticize his political leanings or the way he lived his life.  Yet when it comes to telling the truth he never backs down.  Diego Maradona will compliment you the same way he will criticize you. var iamInit = … Continue reading

Tabárez Makes Crucial Call Up

Posted on by Juan Arango

Oscar Washington Tabárez not only has to deal with the pressure that the Uruguayan media is putting on him, but he will have to play two vital games against direct rivals that are fighting for one of those direct spots … Continue reading

Champions League Group Stage Draw Results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I’ll have more analysis and comments later but for now just a quick update on the results of today’s drawing. Some of the groupings, as in past seasons, was almost a bit too predictable but there are some interesting matchups … Continue reading

Intriguing Matchups For Spanish Teams

Posted on by Juan Arango

Both Madrid sides got a tough draw in the upcoming group stage of the UEFA Champions League.  Of all of the Spanish team Real Madrid got the unenviable distinction of being in this year’s Group of Death.   They will … Continue reading

Dunga’s Last Stand

Posted on by Juan Arango

Dunga could be seeing his days numbred as coach of the Brazilian national team. The road is not very easy for the Canarinha as they face an inspired Chilean side in Santiago, they wil then follow that up with a … Continue reading

Basile Makes Call-Up

Posted on by Juan Arango

Argentine national coach Alfio Basile called up his 23 men to face Peru and Paraguay in September. There were two surprises on this list as Internacional´s Andrés D´Alessandro and Porto’s Ángel Di Maria were called up for duty. This left … Continue reading

Angel of Gold

Posted on by Juan Arango

The man of the past 24 hours within the Argentine national team was Ángel Di Maria. He was being inquired about by Real Madrid and then Barcelona but he quickly quashed any speculation as he mentioned that he would remain … Continue reading

Fast Track To Arshavin

Posted on by Juan Arango

Hopefully this becomes great news for LLT´s Barça nut R.D. Baker as Zenit St. Petersburg officially stated that negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur over Euro2008 revelation Andrei Arshavin broke off earlier on Wednesday. This leaves the door wide open for Barcelona … Continue reading