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La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 14: Dec. 12 and Dec. 13

The two late Saturday matches headline Round 14 of La Liga with the 150th edition of El Derbi Barceloní between local rivals FC Barcelona and Espanyol and a top-three clash with 3rd place Valencia hosting 2nd place Real Madrid.  Two other intriguing matches include high-flying Mallorca hoping to take their […]

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 […]

FC Barcelona Falls Behind Real Madrid Before El Clásico

In American sports, pundits and journalists throw around the phrase “trap game” when describing a game that would be looked over in anticipation of more important matters in the immediate future.  With a pivotal UEFA Champions League fixture with Inter Milan on Tuesday and El Clásico on Sunday against Real […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame Week – 18

The Week 18 numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   Week 18 137 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2006   11,399     7   15,564     14,549     120   2007   15,894   39.43%   6   15,966   2.58%   15,024   3.26%   117   2008   13,013   -18.13%   6   16,524   3.50%  […]

La Liga Review: The Guillotine Falls On Manolo Jiménez

When Sevilla hosted cellar-dweller Xerez on Tuesday evening, an aura of uneasiness surrounded the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.  In the front of the Sevillistas‘ minds was the poor form of their team.  An extended run of indolent performances culminated on Saturday evening with a 2-0 debacle against Espanyol, where Sevilla would […]

Replacing David Beckham… (Bend It Like Walcott?)

Until Fabio Capello took the wheel at England FC, I had this vision of an England World Cup qualifier 40 years from now: England are facing Croatia (who else) in a must-win fixture. The Three Lions are playing with ten men, though nobody’s been ejected. On 25 minutes, Luca Modric […]

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Jose Mourinho denies rift with brooding Diego Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho denied any rift with Diego Costa despite the striker’s unhappy reaction to being dropped to the bench for the scoreless draw at Tottenham Hotspur. Mourinho admitted the pair had argued at half-time during the mid-week Champions League victory away to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Costa’s mood […]