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La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 18: Jan. 16 and Jan. 17

With the gap widening between Barcelona and Real Madrid and the rest of the league, Valencia, Deportivo La Coruña, and the other potential contenders need to keep winning and hope that the top two slip on some wet spots along the way.  Real Madrid will visit the cathedral, San Mamés, […]

Sevilla and Valencia Are Pretenders Rather Than Contenders for La Liga

In the last few years, the top six teams have distanced themselves from the rest of La Liga.  Real Madrid and FC Barcelona represent the top two, and Villarreal, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia compete for the next four places.  Atlético Madrid continues their bumbling start into the Christmas break, […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 13: Dec. 5 and Dec. 6

Hurricane Clásico passed through the shores of Spain with a FC Barcelona win, and now normalcy can somewhat return to La Liga.  The two most important matches in terms of the championship race are 5th place Deportivo La Coruña vs. league leaders FC Barcelona and 8th place Athletic Bilbao vs. […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 12: Nov. 28 and Nov. 29

This weekend’s round of fixtures is highlighted by El Clásico, the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid.  Not only are they the two most successful teams in the history of Spanish football, they occupy the top two spots in this season’s table.  Real Madrid has a one point lead over […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 11: Nov. 21 and Nov. 22

It is Friday, which means it is time to prepare for non-stop action from Spain with La Liga back in the fray.  After an intense week of World Cup qualifying playoffs, the focus turns back to the domestic responsibilities. The times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST) and include the […]

Atlético Madrid Continues Their Stumbling Start

Atlético Madrid prolonged their faltering start with a 1-1 draw against Racing Santander on Saturday.  Even with a man advantage for the majority of the second half, they lacked the finishing touch to nip the win from a feisty Santander side.  Racing came off a 4-1 drubbing at El Sardinero […]

La Liga 2009/2010: A Season Preview (Part Two)

Continuing the La Liga preview, part two will discuss the next seven teams in alphabetical order: Málaga, Mallorca, Osasuna, Racing Santander, Real Madrid, Sevilla, and Sporting Gijón. Málaga Will Málaga stave off the second season syndrome?  After a couple of seasons in La Liga Adelante, Málaga rose from the lower […]

Senna Out Of Midweek Clash

Last week it was Santi Cazorla that was being lamented prior to Villarreal’s away leg match against Arsenal. News got worse for Manuel Pellegrini when Spanish international Marcos Senna would be ruled out of the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinals in London. Senna left the pitch limping late […]

Guti Refuses To Warm Up?

José María Gutiérrez was always a players with a temperment. Now that same temperment has him on the outside looking in with Madrid coach Juande Ramos. This rivalry has become part of the subplots in the Madrid media as the team now sees the weeks pass by and their six-point […]

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Arsene Wenger at the Root of Arsenal’s Problems

Arsene Wenger was rightfully under fire from Arsenal supporters and the press following the Gunners’ disappointing 0-0 result against Aston Villa from this past weekend. Chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” rained down on Arsene Wenger from his own travelling fans after the Arsenal manager brought on defensive […]

Doubts About England Selection

I have severe concerns about Sven’s selection for tomorrow’s match against Ecuador. He’s essentially fielding a 4-5-1, although actually it’s a 4-1-4-1 with Rooney up front, and a midfield comprising Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard and Cole. The back four will be Cole, Ferdinand, Terry and — unbelievably Owen Hargreaves. Michael Carrick, […]

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Virgil van Dijk has given Southampton one of the best center back pairings in England

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