Tag: Spain

Analyzing The Club And Country Debate

Chelsea’s dynamic duo of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas are the latest soccer stars to receive criticism for not training with their national team. Despite both Spanish players completing a full 90 minutes during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool, a reported groin injury for Costa and hamstring problem for Fabregas has seen Spain veteran Sergio Ramos question the duo’s loyalty to their country. Ramos, who has collected 122 total caps for Spain, spoke on the issue on the two important players missing out due to perceived small injures. The 28-year-old stated, “Laying out rules is difficult. Often with injuries there ... Read more

Youthful Valencia Assistant Coach Ian Cathro A Potential Master Tactician In The Making

Valencia is currently sitting fourth in La Liga and only two points behind current leaders Barcelona. They’ve already beaten champions Atletico Madrid and look like a decent shout for a Champions League spot on current form. Los Che is being coached by Nuno Santo and assisting him is a 28-year-old Scot who made his name coaching youth team football in Dundee. Ian Cathro is one of the brightest coaches to have come out of the British Isles ,and if his career trajectory continues its spectacular course he could be on his way to bigger and better things. He has already ... Read more

Must-Watch International Matches This Weekend

With the international break now in full swing there have already been a number of shocks, goals and downright entertaining moments. Heading into the second week of internationals before domestic action resumes, here are a couple of must-watch matches. 1. Brazil vs Argentina, Saturday, 8am, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espanol and DishWorld The sponsorship driven circus that is the Brazilian national team heads to the Far East this weekend as the Selecao, fresh from their World Cup semi-final humiliation at the hands of Germany, face fierce rivals Argentina in Beijing in a friendly match. Despite there being little other than pride on the line, ... Read more

Can Spain Solidify Its Place As The Greatest International Side Ever?

Until they won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Spain had always been considered underachievers on the world’s biggest stage. One Honduran fan even had a sign that read “Honduras: As many World Cups as Spain.” Since then, La Roja has proceeded to become arguably the greatest international soccer dynasty of all time and hope to add another World Cup to its legacy this summer. It all began after the 2006 World Cup in Germany with qualification for Euro 2008. Spain breezed through and topped their qualification group. They won that tournament without losing a game and beat some very ... Read more

Guide to Premier League Players at the Confederations Cup

As Brazil continues to host the Confederations Cup, Premier League teams will have a number of their scouts in the country searching for new players to sign, while also keeping an eye on their own players. Ten years ago, there were hardly any Brazilians and Spaniards in the Premier League, but nowadays almost every team in the top four has at least a Spaniard in their ranks. The hosts have called up the Chelsea duo of Oscar and David Luiz, but Big Phil has surprisingly omitted Ramires. Another player that should have been included based on his performances this year ... Read more

Resumes Flying! The Week in Review May 30 – June 3, 2011

Photo by LA Galaxy For American soccer fans, we are entering a frantic month of soccer.  In addition to our normal MLS action, we will have the chance to see the Gold Cup and an impressive friendly against Spain.  With the action spread out across the U.S., this may be the most soccer saturated this country has been since the 1994 World Cup – cities across the country even without MLS teams will get to see the beautiful game at a high level. This has been a busy week in U.S. soccer, and below are some of the stories and ... Read more

Here is Who Should Really Make the Gold Cup Team

Photo by C.A.M. Stephans By now you have probably heard the Bob Bradley deadline of May 23 to announce his call-ups for the U.S. National Team. This is a critical call-up, as not only will these players play in the 2011 Gold Cup but also in the friendly versus Spain.  As such, Bob Bradley will likely go the opposite of Camp Cupcake and take a veteran lineup to Foxborough. But should he?  What should be the goals of the US Men’s National Team, June 2011 edition?  I’d argue the following should be the goals of Bob Bradley’s squad, in this ... Read more

Bob, Robert, and Omar: The Week in Review May 9-13, 2011

After a midweek tease, the MLS slate is full this weekend with all but two teams playing on Saturday.  For those looking forward to a little Friday night soccer, there will be none so you’ll just have to wait for Saturday night’s glamorous TV lineup, which includes the renewal of the U.S. leg of the Cascadia Cup rivalry. Now for the other stories catching our attention this week: Marcos Mondaini received a four game suspension and a $1,500 fine for his aggressive tackle on Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales.  The suspension is much less than Brian Mullan’s, but the league ... Read more