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Tag Archives: real madrid

Guardiola Steps Down As Barcelona Boss

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After 4 seasons, 13 trophies and hours upon days of exquisite football, Pep Guardiola has decided that a change is best for both himself and Barcelona. Coming directly on the heels of being eliminated from the Champions League by Chelsea … Continue reading

Mourinho Receives 5-Match Ban

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body rendered its verdicts on the proceedings relating to the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona on April 27th. Real Madrid coach José Mourinho, who was dismissed from the bench in … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Semi-Finals: Lionel Tidies Up A Messi Game

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The third installment of this season’s ‘El Clasico’ match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona could have been renamed ‘El Fiasco’. Depending on your outlook, it may have been surprising to see Jose Mourinho’s Madrid squad setup with such bullying tactics. … Continue reading

DC United Lines Up Quality Friendlies

Posted on by Robert Hay

I will be the first to admit that my proximity to RFK Stadium may color my biases a little bit.  But after seeing DC United’s press release on their latest friendly, I have to be impressed with this club.  Despite … 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

What Major League Euro Clubs Do You Want to See on a U.S. Tour?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Earlier this offseason, I posted a poll and question about what EPL teams you would like to see do a tour of the United States.  Since then we have seen Barcelona confirm a three-stop tour of the U.S., where they … Continue reading