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Tag Archives: La Liga

The Undervalued Importance of Assistant Managers

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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It’s safe to say that if an average soccer fan were shown a picture of José Mourinho and asked which club he managed, he would know the answer straight away. Same would be said for Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, or … Continue reading

MLS ’13 – Accepting MLS as a Feeder League

Posted on by Robert Hay

In the United States, we are used to the best.  The best cars, the best electronics, the best TV shows, everything we have is the best.  Even if we did not make it or create it, we still want it … Continue reading

Are the Fire Playoff Bound? Three Questions for Chicago

Posted on by Robert Hay

Chicago ended the year as potentially the best non-playoff team in MLS.  They caught “fire” and had a winning record for the final third of the season, almost stealing the tenth playoff spot from New York.  The same team that … Continue reading

Serie A clubs struggling in the Champions League

Posted on by Rami Soufi

Italy’s elite clubs are struggling in the Champions League and have struggled since 2000 despite two trophies won by Milan and one by Inter in the last decade. Italian clubs were the dominant force in the 1990s with Milan and … Continue reading

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 European UEFA Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings: Feb. 15 – Feb. 17

Posted on by Andy Pineda

UEFA Champions League The tie of the round begins at the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal Stadium according to UEFA) as Arsenal and FC Barcelona meet in the knockout phase of the Champions League for the second consecutive year.  When Arsenal failed … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 23 Review: Manolo Preciado and Sporting Gijón Shock Barcelona

Posted on by Andy Pineda

There was a time on Saturday night when Lionel Messi actually became frustrated with himself and his teammates.  There was a time on Saturday night when Xavi Hernández could not find the killer pass through the hard-working, organized defense.  There … 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 Jornada 22 Review: Málaga’s Dour Draw Against Sevilla Signals An Upward Trend for Los Boquerones

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani could have done anything with his time, and with all of his responsibilities on his docket, president of a football club would seem to be near the bottom of his list. … 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

Copa del Rey Semifinal Second Leg Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings: Feb. 2

Posted on by Andy Pineda

With the league title slipping away from Real Madrid’s hands, their two cup competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey, could be the tournaments that they can realistically expect to win.  Real can stamp its name in … 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

Posted on by Andy Pineda

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

Copa del Rey Semifinal First Leg Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings: Jan. 26

Posted on by Andy Pineda

For the past several seasons, Real Madrid treated the Copa del Rey as a nuisance and a burden rather than a competition worth winning.  José Mourinho has changed that mentality.  One Taça de Portgual with FC Porto, two Carling Cups … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 20 Review: Real Madrid Struggles Yet Again and Wins Unconvincingly Yet Again

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Maybe Florentino Pérez might start to appreciate Gonzalo Higuaín now. The man that Pérez wanted to offload since he returned for his second stint as Real president sits in the stands because he is recovering from surgery that repaired a … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Andy Pineda

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

Tough Draw In Europe For Italian Teams

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

With the Champions League and Europa League draws having taken place, the rest of the season is slowly drifting into a more predictable mush. There’s just one last weekend of Serie A action (this weekend), and then there’s a solid … 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