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Tag Archives: barcelona

La Liga Jornada 13 Review: Espanyol Might Actually Be For Real

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Under trainer Mauricio Pochettino, Espanyol has gone through one of these hot streaks in every season he has managed the club.  After the club fired José Manuel Esnal “Mané” in the middle of the 2008-09 season, they hired Mauricio Pochettino … Continue reading

Will Cristiano Ronaldo score against Barcelona?

Posted on by Rami Soufi

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has been playing some of his best football since joining Real Madrid last season. Ronaldo has already scored 14 goals in just 12 matches in La Liga. Overall, the former Manchester United star has found the … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for El Clásico: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The José Mourinho – Pep Guardiola headline and the Lionel Messi – Cristiano Ronaldo headline have been covered and written many times over, so this preview of El Clásico will try to avoid these subjects and focus on the other, … Continue reading

El Clasico: Messi’s form ahead of Real Madrid clash

Posted on by Rami Soufi

Lionel Messi is without doubt one of the best players in the world if not the most talented at the moment. Messi has been in scintillating form the last couple of years having scored 38 goals in 51 appearances in … 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

La Liga Jornada 12 Review: Real Sociedad on the Up and Up Despite the Loss to Atlético Madrid

Posted on by Andy Pineda

For a club with an illustrious history, a three-year internment in the purgatory of the Segunda División almost erased the San Sebastián club from the collective consciousness.  As with most historical clubs who end up falling to the second division … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 12: Nov. 20 – Nov. 22

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The Valencian Derby between Villarreal and Valencia jumps out as the headline match of the weekend in La Liga.  Since Villarreal rose to La Liga for the first time in 1998, their record at home against their neighbors Valencia is … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 11 Review: Barcelona Produces a Complete Team Performance In Their Defeat of Villarreal

Posted on by Andy Pineda

A select few matches each season define the league in terms of pecking order and/or overall footballing ability.  Obviously, the two editions of El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona usually determine the fate of La Liga’s crown.  More specifically, … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 11: Nov. 13 – Nov. 14

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The highlight match of the weekend will occur at the Camp Nou, where Villarreal will want to display their résumé as a legitimate threat to a dominion currently ruled by Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.  After a topsy-turvy month of … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 10: Nov. 6 – Nov. 8

Posted on by Andy Pineda

In Atlético Madrid’s 1-2 win in the UEFA Europa League over Rosenborg in Norway on Thursday, Rosenborg enjoyed long spells of dominance over their Spanish opponents but could not convert more than once on their many scoring opportunities.  Atlético capitalized … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 9 Review: Real Madrid Passes Herculean Test

Posted on by Andy Pineda

With the reinstitution of the Galáctico policy following Florentino Pérez’s return as President of Real Madrid last summer, Pérez wasted no time in the second construction of his universe-beating side.  Lost in the shuffle of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, and Xabi … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 9: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1

Posted on by Andy Pineda

For a seemingly middling, 13th placed promoted team from La Liga Adelante with a 2-3-3 record, Hércules Club de Fútbol has debunked the increasingly popular theory that there is little competitive balance in Spain’s top division.  A two-goal victory at … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 8: Oct. 23 – Oct. 25

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Amidst the whirlwind of José Mourinho at Real Madrid, the somewhat human play of Barcelona, and the managerial change in Sevilla, Villarreal’s impressive start to their La Liga campaign has gone mostly unnoticed.  Villarreal had a chance to top the … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 7 Review: Did Barcelona Expose Valencia’s Faint Ambitions of Winning La Liga?

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Through the first six rounds in La Liga, Valencia CF led the way at the top of the ladder with sixteen points, one point ahead of Villarreal, two points ahead of Real Madrid, and three points ahead of FC Barcelona. … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 7: Oct. 16 – Oct. 18

Posted on by Andy Pineda

This weekend, the Camp Nou hosts the first match between legitimate title contenders as FC Barcelona invites league leaders Valencia into the Catalan crucible on Saturday evening.  Some might argue that the Atlético Madrid – Barcelona match in Jornada 3 … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 6 Review: Sevilla Shines Against Atlético Madrid in Gregorio Manzano’s Debut

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Gregorio Manzano took the reins of Sevilla FC one week ago from the sacked Antonio Álvarez, and he did not inherit a club that inspired any confidence from los nervionenses that filled the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Sunday afternoon. … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 6: Oct. 2 – Oct. 3

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán houses the match of the weekend, although the LFP did not grant the match with a glamorous time, as Sevilla hosts Atlético Madrid in a match where both teams will likely fight for a Champions League … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 3 Review: Real Madrid Grinds Out A Victory Over the Better Real Sociedad Side

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Early in the second half, before Angel di María opened the scoring with a sublime curler to the right far post to give Real Madrid the 0-1 lead, “El Especial,” José Mourinho, lambasted referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz for showing a … Continue reading