Champion’s League Final Saturday 20.45 CET

Champion’s League Final Saturday 20.45 CET

Wembley Stadium FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United FC What a game we have lined up for Saturday night!  Indeed, I cannot imagine anyone missing this game. Truly, it has everything and, most importantly, it will be a very finely balanced game with no clear favourite. The final this year is being played between probably the best football team in the [...]

Spanish title won, relegation battle will go to the wire!

Spanish title won, relegation battle will go to the wire!

Barcelona sealed their third consecutive league title (La Liga) last week, although, unlike Manchester United who beat Liverpool (and are now the most successful club in English football with 19 titles) Barcelona are way behind Real Madrid.  Indeed,  Barcelone still need about another 10 titles….however, the championship alternates between the big two.  To see why, have a look at my [...]

In the world of football the rich become richer while the poor, poorer.

The world’s two richest clubs, based on Deloitte’s revenue rankings, Barcelona and Real Madrid, seem to be, year in year out, unbeatable by their Spanish rivals in La Liga. There are very good reasons for their domination of domestic football, which analysts have said also gives them an edge over European rivals. But actually how dominant are they in Spain? [...]

Champions League - Semi finals, first leg

Champions League – Semi finals, first leg

If anyone who knows anything about football were to judge the options of each team on the performances in the first leg, without any shadow of a doubt, Manchester United would be clear favourites to lift the trophy in Wembley at 28 May. Tuesday night saw Manchester United sail past Shalke 04 in Germany. It was one of the most [...]

Barsa or Real Madrid? Cristiano  or Messi? Xabi or Xavi?

Barsa or Real Madrid? Cristiano or Messi? Xabi or Xavi?

Football in essence is about winning, whether or not you play beautiful football or not, it is entirely secondary, victory is the only thing that really matters. Indeed, if Pep Guardiola played his flowing possession football, so beautiful to the eye, but had lost a dozen games this season, without doubt he would have already been sacked. As simple as [...]

Spain football – La Liga (an update)

Spain football – La Liga (an update)

Everything is much the same at the top for La Liga – but matters are very tight for the teams at the bottom. Barcelona didn’t let Atletico Madrid surprise them, winning convincingly 3-0. Flores didn’t play Diego Forlan in the first half, but in the second half, when Diego Forlan came on, the team improved enormously.  It becomes more and [...]

Spanish La Liga round-up and latest news

Spanish La Liga round-up and latest news

  Happy New Year to all! My apologies for lack of actively in recent weeks. I was off in Florida at the MLS Combine and Draft which kept me very busy.  Certainly, we still have much to learn from the USA on how to run sport. Agents, for example, are highly respected and welcomed by MLS, which is extremely welcoming [...]

CHAMPION’S LEAGUE FINAL SIXTEEN

CHAMPION’S LEAGUE FINAL SIXTEEN

Champions’ League Final Sixteen. The Champions’ League is without doubt the biggest soccer club competition in the world. Over the last couple of days the final group stages were played out and the final sixteen were decided. All the favourites got through to The Champion’s League final sixteen.  Champions Inter, although they qualified second will have a tough round coming up, [...]