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Should Juventus Hire Benitez?

The Rafa Benitez saga continued yesterday, as he demanded answers from Liverpool’s ownership about his status for next season.  The speculation this weekend was that he had a secret deal in place to take over at Juventus and give the Italian club the high profile manager they were seeking, but so far […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 35: May 1 – May 2

There will be a Spanish team in a European final, but it is not the team that many expected.  Atlético Madrid completed their strange and wonderful trip to the Europa League final with an extra time goal by Diego Forlán against Liverpool.  As per usual, Atlético did not win the […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 34: Apr. 24 – Apr. 29

La Liga heads down the home stretch with five matches remaining, and Jornada 34 is littered with matches between the top and the bottom of the table. FC Barcelona hosts Xerez at the Camp Nou in the early Saturday kickoff, and both teams are running opposite of their position in […]

La Liga Jornada 32 Review: Athletic Bilbao Disappoints and Disappears Against Valencia

Sevilla failed to show up against a desperate Real Valladolid side.  Mallorca could only muster a draw against Real Zaragoza at La Romareda.  Athletic Bilbao knew that a win against Valencia on Thursday would ascend them to within one point of Mallorca for the final Champions League spot. Sure, Athletic […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 32: Apr. 13 – Apr. 15

With El Clásico in the rear-view mirror, La Liga continues forward with a mid-week round that will help shape the European and relegation battles. For Real Madrid, a mid-week match should be good for them so that they can move on quickly from a mentally and physically draining edition of […]

La Liga Jornada 31 Review: Xavi’s Foresight and Pep Guardiola’s Tactics Lead Barcelona Over Real Madrid in El Clásico

Throughout Barcelona’s two-year run of groundbreaking excellence, Josep Guardiola i Sala role as a tactician tended to be undervalued.  He reinstituted the “Total Football” concept that Johan Cruyff, Guardiola’s former manager at FC Barcelona, instilled when he was a player and a manager at the club, and he changed the […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 29: Mar. 27 – Apr. 1

After a mid-week round of fixtures, there is no rest for the weary as another slate of weekend matches comes much more quickly than they would earlier in the year.  This last quarter of the year becomes a war of attrition, and those who consistently stay fit will reap the […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 28: Mar. 23 – Mar. 25

Jornada 28 is only the second mid-week round of the La Liga season, the first occurring well back in late September.  Three teams in particular are glad that they get to play so soon: FC Barcelona, Getafe, and Xerez.  Xerez?   Yes, that same Xerez club that threatened to become the […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 27: Mar. 20 – Mar. 21

The final third of the season commences this weekend with a slate of matches that will likely impact European places more than the title race.  Both Real Madrid and Barcelona will face clubs at the bottom half of the table, and barring any catastrophes, they should fend off Sporting Gijón […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 26: Mar. 13 – Mar. 18

The thrilling race at the top of La Liga came to a head last weekend, when Barcelona dropped two points at surging Almería, and Real Madrid fought back from a 0-2 deficit to win against Sevilla in the second minute of stoppage time 3-2.  Now the two exemplars of Spanish […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 24: Feb. 27 and Feb. 28

After a less than impressive performance by the Spanish Armada in European competition, these teams return to their domestic responsibilities in order to regain their confidence.  Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao traveled to Wolfsburg and Anderlecht, respectively, and became punching bags for those teams as both Wolfsburg and Anderlecht scored four […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 23: Feb. 20 – Feb. 22

The obvious surprising result of the previous round was Atlético Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona to hand the Catalunyan champions their first loss in La Liga this season.  If analyzed deeper, however, Barça’s defeat at the hands of Los Colchoneros becomes less of a shocker. Historically, Atleti had a respectable […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 22: Feb. 13 and Feb. 14

This weekend, the focus will be on those teams who will play in European competition in the following midweek.  The question of domestic vs. European responsibilities remains an individual club decision, but for some teams, choices become more plentiful than others. Real Madrid faces Xerez at El Chapín, but Los […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 21: Feb. 6 and Feb. 7

Two clubs pulled the plug on their managers after a string of poor results that came to a head in the last round.  Ernesto Valverde’s Villarreal suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Osasuna, and Jose Luis Mendilibar’s Real Valladolid could only manage a 1-1 draw at home against […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 20: Jan. 30 and Jan. 31

One of the unique characteristics of La Liga is that after the first half of the season, the second half schedule is a carbon copy of the first half, except that the away team will now be the home team.  Thus, all those teams who did not achieve the result […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 19: Jan. 23 and Jan. 24

As La Liga heads into the midway point of the season, these next few rounds are some of the hardest of the campaign because the toil of playing for five consecutive months begins to wear on the players and the coaching staff both physically and mentally.  Motivation is a hard […]

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Superliga 2008: Some Thoughts

Photo by Thomas Shea from Superliga 2008 website As we enter the knock out stages of Superliga 2008 let me state that while the intensity level was as high for these matches last year the football has been much better this year. No offense to anybody but an LA Galaxy […]

Tottenham legend Dave Mackay dies, aged 80

Former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay has died aged 80, the Barclays Premier League side have announced. Mackay, who was part of Spurs’ 1961 double-winning team, passed away at hospital in Nottingham on Monday evening. “We were saddened to hear of the death of our former captain Dave Mackay […]

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