Two jewels waiting to be crowned

Two jewels waiting to be crowned

The academy I represent in Cali, Colombia (Sarmiento Lora) is renowned not only for it’s fantastic social input, it is also one of the best football academies in Colombia. Just mentioning that that it has produced a star such as Faustino Asprilla – should be enough to convince anyone! However, to prove the point Mario Yepes,  Miguel Angel Calero y [...]

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? [...]

For me, and so many; just: SEVE

For me, and so many; just: SEVE

Severiano Ballesteros, Born in Santander on 9 Abril 1957, passed away yesterday, 7 May 2011, aged 54. For once, on this football blog, I feel obliged to write about a great man who wasn’t a football player. He was a great football fan, and one of the biggest fans of Racing de Santander CF and supported that club in every [...]

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 [...]

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona - a tale of four “Clasicos” in a month

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – a tale of four “Clasicos” in a month

Real Madrid vs Barcelona are truly massive games in Spain…and, as I have discovered on my travels around Latin-America, they are just as important throughout the whole of the Spanish speaking world.  I remember being told in El Salvador, for example, that a Real Madrid vs Barcelona game had more impact on the nation than the national team playing – [...]

CONCACAF under 20 tournament, Guatemala: Mexico are the champions!

Viva Mexico!!! Mexico are champions of the CONCACAF under 20 tournament, Guatemala So, no last minutes surprises last night as Mexico saw off Costa Rica 3-1 and were deservedly the champions – and, indeed, probably the best team by far! The third and fourth place game was won by Guatemala on a penalty shoot-out 7-6, beating Panama after the ninety [...]

CONCACAF under 20 tournament Summary

CONCACAF under 20 tournament Summary

CONCACAF under 20 tournament Summary: Qualified for under 20 World Cup Central and South America: Panama Mexico Costa Rica Guatemala Guatemala CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament: Sunday’s  final – Mexico v. Costa Rica. I’m now back in Spain, as we had the 4 classifiers for the World Cup.  Really, the semis and final aren’t too relevant to us although, of [...]