Real Madrid seems to have found a redemption arc after all came tumbling down following Ronaldo’s departure. To see their foes Atlético Madrid winning LaLiga must be a hard blow on the Merengues, but they weren’t exactly exempt of fault in the entire process. Now, with Carlo Ancelotti, the engineer of the Décima, back on the steering wheel, and Benzema leading the team like a true captain – and arguably one of the best strikers and playmakers in the world – Real Madrid might finally have a true chance to sit on the throne once again. The True Foes Simeone seems to find strategies to win … [Read more...]
Gareth Bale Should Be Real Madrid’s Hero – He Chooses to Be a Dispassionate Professional Instead
It is an open secret that the relationship between Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale and Real Madrid is not ideal. The player still counts as an outsider six years after signing with the Madrid club, and his attitude and commitment - or better said the lack of it - have attracted a lot of criticism toward the player. His latest stunt - flying a flag that read "Wales, Golf, Madrid, in that order" after the team's victory over Hungary, added fuel to the fire. The flag can easily be considered an act of open defiance, pointing a finger on the complicated relationship between the player and the … [Read more...]
Spain’s Euro 2020 qualification and a lack of El Clásico stars
The qualifying stages for Euro 2020 are coming to a close, with the final two rounds of games to be played this month. For six nations, their place in next year’s competition is already guaranteed with matches to spare. One of those countries is Spain, who were the latest to qualify following their last-gasp draw against Sweden in October. At this early stage, UEFA Euro 2020 odds favour Robert Moreno’s side. But there is one key talking point – the lack of players representing Barcelona and Real Madrid. The times are changing and gone are the days that the big two dominate … [Read more...]
3 Games in – How are the promoted teams getting on?
The 2019/20 La Liga season is still in its infancy just three games deep but already there are a few sides that have caught the eye for the right reasons and some for the wrong reasons. Two sides who are surprising many with their poor starts are Real Madrid and Barcelona who both surprisingly find themselves out of the top four. That means there may be some opportunity in the La Liga betting this season to gain some unexpected value – but only if you act quickly. However, those two sides often steal the limelight and with the prize of competing in La Liga so great, how have the … [Read more...]
Will More English Players Follow in Trippier’s Footsteps and Switch to La Liga?
Last summer, Kieran Trippier joined a select group of English players in making the switch to La Liga and signing for Atletico Madrid. The former Tottenham Hotspur man joins a list of ten other footballers to have moved to Spain since 1992, which includes Michael Owen, Jonathan Woodgate, and David Beckham. In the same timeframe, there have been an astonishing 135 Spanish players in the Premier League, highlighting the imbalance between the two leagues. If Trippier finds success in the foreign land, he may influence other English players to take the plunge as well. One of the main … [Read more...]
From Anfield to the Atotxa: A Look at John Aldridge’s Time at Real Sociedad
Liam Brady, Ian Harte, and Kevin Doyle share a bond of nationality and trade: they are all Irish and they were all professional footballers who played ‘abroad’, which is to say in continental Europe or North America; though in my estimation, and contrary to popular consensus, the Premier League is abroad too, a foreign league. Then there is the case of John Aldridge. Yes, he shares the characteristics of the players above, but he went one better - he was the first foreign player to turn out for Basque side Real Sociedad in some decades. The significance of this moment far outstrips that … [Read more...]
Girona – How realistic could European progress be?
In recent years, the league has been all about the ‘big three’ of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. This year, it was no different, although Valencia now appear to be a viable ‘fourth way’ in the short term. Christian Stuani has been on fire this season for Girona. Regardless of whether or not Valencia can continue to perform with such strength, the gap between the top four has been sizeable this season. The distance between the haves and have-nots is further illustrated by William Hill's Champions League odds, which spent a significant time this April declaring Real Madrid … [Read more...]
The Special History of Football in Spain
In Spain, football, as it is commonly known, or in the United States as soccer, is the most popular sport above all others. With the weather more on the fairer side most of the time, the Spanish national football team triumphed in both training and ended up winning the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and went on to be successful in the UEFA European championship and multiple Olympic tournaments. The traditional Spanish word for football is actually "futbol." 19th Century “Futbol” Football initially came to the shores of Spain in the late 1900s as an imported game from the British Isles where it … [Read more...]
How do you solve a problem like Malaga?
It was not that long ago that Malaga were supposed to be the next super club set to take over European football with a wealth of investment and promise of future glories. In 2010, then club president Fernando Sanz took to Qatar to seek investment in a club that had spent its entire existence yo-yoing between divisions. Determined to establish Malaga as a force in Spanish football, Sanz struck a deal with sheikh Abdullah ben Nasser Al Thani in which Al Thani ended up taking over the club and being appoint club president a month after the take-over was completed. Suddenly talk of Malaga … [Read more...]
Can Tony Adams be Granada’s Saviour?
Source: Spinning Sports via Facebook.com Seven points from safety with seven games to go is a tall order for anyone to achieve, and yet miracles do happen. Granada have been La Liga stalwarts since the start of the 2011/12 season but during that time, the club have yet to finish above fifteenth - and with just four wins to their name this season, it looks like they could finally be caught out. Following the dismissal of Lucas Alcaraz after a run of five defeats in their last six, club Chairman Jiang Lizhang stunned the footballing world by announcing that former Gunner Tony Adams would … [Read more...]