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Tag Archives: Xabi Alonso

Javier Mascherano is One Of World Soccer’s Underrated Defenders

Posted on by Saad Rashid
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In the 90th minute, as Arjen Robben raced through the center of Argentina’s defence, the stage was set. Putting an end to the demons of four years ago, where his failure to beat Iker Casillas one-on-one in the World Cup … Continue reading

Bayern Munich Reaping The Benefits Of A Rewarding Summer Transfer Window

Posted on by Ben Rosener
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In transfer windows, elite teams generally spend more money than their lesser counterparts. This is due to more success and larger war chests. Bayern Munich has pulled something of a U-turn on that school of thought. The team had to … Continue reading

Analyzing The Importance Of Defensive Midfielders

Posted on by Saad Rashid
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Claude Makelele is widely acknowledged as one of the best defensive midfielders in history. In 2003, he was sold by Real Madrid to Chelsea. Following this move, Zinedine Zidane famously said, “Why add another layer of gold to the Bentley … Continue reading

Interview With Guillem Balague: Talks Di Maria, La Liga, Premier League and Music

Posted on by Matt Jones
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The go-to man on all things Spanish football has long been Guillem Balague and he took time out from his busy schedule to have a chat with World Soccer Talk. The journalist, author and pundit provided us with some typically … Continue reading

Winners of the 2014 Summer Transfer Window

Posted on by Chris Winterburn
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1. Chelsea Players In Diego Costa-£32million Cesc Fabregas-£30million Filipe Luis-£15.8million Loic Remy-£10.5million Mario Pasalic-£3million Didier Drogba-Free Transfer Players Out David Luiz-£50million Romelu Lukaku-£28million Demba Ba-£4.7million Frank Lampard-Free Transfer Ashley Cole-Free Transfer Chelsea have had what can only be described as … Continue reading

Patience Necessary For Ancelotti And His New Real Madrid Talents

Posted on by Jacob Dorman
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Before the final whistle had sounded, the brow-furrowing and hand-wringing and calls for Carlo Ancelotti’s head had already begun. Real Madrid, looking less than resplendent in their hot pink away kits, were staring at a 4-2 defeat at the hands … Continue reading

Marouane Fellaini Pines For Manchester United But Is He Up To The Task?

Posted on by Jack Flahavan
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On Monday morning, David Moyes arrived at Manchester United’s Carrington training complex to start work, a whole 42 days ahead of schedule. In another line of work, Moyes would be commended for his professionalism, or, on the flip side, he … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 12 Review: Real Sociedad on the Up and Up Despite the Loss to Atlético Madrid

Posted on by Andy Pineda

For a club with an illustrious history, a three-year internment in the purgatory of the Segunda División almost erased the San Sebastián club from the collective consciousness.  As with most historical clubs who end up falling to the second division … Continue reading

Is Rafa Benitez About To Walk Alone?

Posted on by Paul Bestall

So it seems the end is drawing close for Rafa Benitez at Anfield, with reports all over the place pointing to the Liverpool owners offering Benitez £3 million to leave immediately. Quite what has happened to bring Liverpool lurching in … Continue reading

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: More Than C. Ronaldo against Messi!

Posted on by Rami Soufi

The titans of Spanish football will face off next weekend at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in the traditional El Classico which will carry an even greater importance this time because it could decide the league title’s destination. The two clubs are tied on … Continue reading

La Liga Review: Real Madrid Proves To Be A Legitimate Threat to Barcelona

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The Almería – Barcelona match had not concluded when Real Madrid took to the pitch, but a few minutes into their match with Sevilla, they knew that Barça slipped at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos and dropped two points … Continue reading

Finally, a Little Honesty from Captain Steven Gerrard

Posted on by Alex Caulfield

I really can’t wait to read the December installment of FourFourTwo Magazine. In this issue Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard finally states what we all know: the departure of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid has undeniably damaged the Merseyside club. I … Continue reading

Modest Improvement For Madrid

Posted on by Emilee Woods

Villarreal 0-2 Real Madrid 0-1 Ronaldo, 2’ 0-2 Kaka (pen), 73’ With four wins in four league games and three clean sheets in the bunch, it’s statistically difficult to find fault with Real Madrid’s early season performances. They have ostensibly … Continue reading

Another Impressive Scoreline Conceals Real’s Frailties

Posted on by Emilee Woods

Real Madrid 5-0 Xerez 1-0 Ronaldo, 1′ 2-0 Ronaldo, 75′ 3-0 Guti, 78′ 4-0 Benzema, 82′ 5-0 Van Nistelrooy, 89′ Real Madrid moved to the top of the table Sunday, ahead of Barcelona on goal differential, after a 5-0 rout … Continue reading

Would You Pick Real Madrid Or Barcelona?

Posted on by Rami Soufi

It is mouth-watering just to imagine a match featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema taking on an opposing team which includes Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Xavi Hernandez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to name just a … Continue reading

La Liga in the Champions League: Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The group stage of the Champions League began on Tuesday evening, and two La Liga outfits looked to initiate the exorcism of their personal demons. Real Madrid and its galácticos played its first Champions League match of the season against … Continue reading