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Tag Archives: espanyol

Forza Fútbol Podcast: Issues in La Liga and the Spanish Game

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Last Thursday, I was invited by Armando and Elisa from Forza Fútbol to be on the site’s podcast, and the discussion centered around several topics: the state of La Liga in terms of overseas marketing, the flourishing cantera youth academies … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 23: Feb. 12 – Feb. 14

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Round 23 of 38 might be a little too early to mention relegation six-pointers, but with teams twelfth to twentieth a within a slender five points of each other and the gap widening between these teams and the first eleven … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 22: Feb. 5 – Feb. 6

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Two of the most active clubs in the January transfer window meet together this weekend in an Andalucian derby at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán between Sevilla and Málaga.  Málaga and new owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani scoured the world … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 21 Review: Athletic Bilbao Fortifies Sixth Place in La Liga Over Atlético Madrid

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The headlines emanating from Bilbao have had little to do with Athletic’s white-hot form, as the rumors swirling around Fernando Llorente’s future destination have blanketed this historic club.  Tottenham Hotspur has been the main culprit of the Llorente saga, originally … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 21: Jan. 29 – Jan. 31

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Espanyol’s surprising start has not only stretched to this juncture of the season but has also improved from a club that only garnered points at home to a team that can win the tough matches away from home.  Impressively winning … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 20: Jan. 22 – Jan. 24

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La Liga officially begins the second half of its season this weekend, and FC Barcelona has continued its stellar form with a staggering fifty-two points out of a possible fifty-seven points, a Spanish record for the opening half of any … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 16 Review: Barcelona Ends the Calendar Year With Romp In Catalan Derby

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Before the biggest match in Andrés Iniesta’s career and in the history of Spanish football, Iniesta had a trillion thoughts running through his head.  One of those thoughts that came to fruition was writing a message to his close friend, … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 16: Dec. 18 – Dec. 20

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Back from personal vacation, this weekend’s round of matches is the last one of the 2010 calendar year before the players go on their own vacations during the La Liga winter break.  To top off the end of 2010, El … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 14: Dec. 4 – Dec. 6

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Now that the El Clásico tornado has swept through Spain, leaving bits of Real Madrid debris in its wake, everyone can take a breath and move on with the rest of the season.  Real must pick up the pieces and … Continue reading

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

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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

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

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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

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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?

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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