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Archives: Barcelona

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid: Can Real still be considered Champions League contenders?

Posted on by Mark McAllister

Tonight’s game promised to give one of the closest indications so far of who could become European champions this year, but in truth, nobody could’ve predicted what followed. Barcelona dissected their rivals with precise, incisive play that arguably would have … Continue reading

Will Barcelona or Real Madrid win El Clasico?

Posted on by Rami Soufi

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 … Continue reading

Barcelona Tear Apart Panathinaikos To Qualify

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

With just one more set of group stage matches to go, many teams have mathematically qualified for the knockout stages, but few did it better than Barcelona. Although Valencia destroyed Bursaspor 6-1, Barcelona played their usual brand of spectacular football, … Continue reading

Mallorca Enters Voluntary Administration

Posted on by Andy Pineda

A dispiriting final matchday left Mallorca forty seconds away from qualifying for the Champions League.  Sevilla manager Antonio Álvarez took a huge gamble late in that match by sending Sevilla youth product Rios Lozano Rodri into the match instead of … Continue reading

What David Villa’s Transfer to FC Barcelona Means For Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The rumors, for once, came to fruition, as FC Barcelona will pay a transfer fee of €40 million to Valencia for Spanish international striker David Villa.  This tango (or the sardana for a more local, Catalunyan flair) danced by the … Continue reading

Vicente del Bosque Announces Spain’s Provisional 30-Man Squad For FIFA World Cup 2010 Part Three

Posted on by Andy Pineda

On Tuesday, the goalkeepers and defenders were discussed, and Wednesday, the midfielders were discussed.  With all of the creative talent in the midfield, that will bring the pressure on the forwards to convert the multitudes of chances that Xavi, Xabi … Continue reading

Vicente del Bosque Announces Spain’s Provisional 30-Man Squad For FIFA World Cup 2010 Part One

Posted on by Andy Pineda

On Monday evening, Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque detailed the initial squad he will invite to Spain’s World Cup training camp.  The thirty-man team will be whittled down to twenty-three by May 19, and for the most part, … Continue reading

Inter Milan Completes The Italian Job on Barcelona in the Champions League

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The sprinklers rose up from the pitch and sprayed the Inter Milan players and staff.  The Barcelona anthem, “Cant del Barça,” blared through the loudspeakers as the Culés did not know whether to clap off their Blaugrana heroes or vehemently … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 34 Review: Málaga Denied of a Shock Victory at Mallorca

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Juan Ramón López Muñiz brought Málaga into La Liga in 2008 after a two-year hiatus in the second division.  Throughout his playing career, he played on teams constantly scrambling either to stay in La Liga or to be promoted to … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Andy Pineda

“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 … Continue reading

ESPN Deportes Scores Big with El Clásico

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Last Saturday’s telecast of El Clásico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu was the highest-rated and most-watched program on Spanish-language cable television this year. El Clásico was seen on ESPN Deportes by an average of … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 32 Review: Athletic Bilbao Disappoints and Disappears Against Valencia

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Sevilla failed to show up against a desperate Real Valladolid side.  Mallorca could only muster a draw against Real Zaragoza at La Romareda.  Athletic Bilbao knew that a win against Valencia on Thursday would ascend them to within one point … Continue reading