The Spanish League and another two horse race?

The Spanish League and another two horse race?

The holidays are over (for us all, including me) and the Spanish league has begun…. A week earlier than usual, with suffocating heat (August is hot usually, but on top of that there is a heat wave), with some games starting at 23.00, to be able to accommodate all the PPV (pay per view) games. Barcelona beat Real Sociedad comfortably, [...]

La Liga – one league or two?

La Liga – one league or two?

Barcelona and Real Madrid – love them or hate them. In a previous article, I explained some of the massive differences between the big two in Spain and the rest of La Liga. In fact, I am absolutely sure that no one will argue with me that we watch two separate leagues in Spain, the Championship between Barcelona and Real Madrid and a competition between [...]

Hard times ahead for Spanish football?

Hard times ahead for Spanish football?

One of the things I have heard more than anything else since the transfer window has been ‘warming up’ for it’s opening on July 1st, is: “we have to get players out – before we sign any more”. Even Real Madrid and Barcelona are dependent on moving some surplus bodies out of their dressing rooms before considering major transfer market [...]

Summer without the beautiful game?

For many in Europe, the season is over and football takes a break until the Premiership or La Liga gets underway again in August. However, for those of you whose tastes go a little further – there is plenty going on around the world. In Toulon, the Scout 7 tournament is drawing to an end with Colombia vs Mexico and [...]

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? [...]

Under-20 Sudamericano, La Liga and Arse Wenger

Under-20 Sudamericano, La Liga and Arse Wenger

Under-20 Sudamericano, Peru. Brazil confirmed themselves as champions of the Under-20 Sudamericano competition in Peru by walloping Uruguay 6-0!  However, it is worth mentioning that Uruguay played all their reserves, as they were already qualified for both the World Cup and the Olympic games and the manager considered they deserved a game. Meanwhile, Colombia were well beaten by Argentina 2-0, [...]

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 [...]

Damian Petcoff: a star for the future, already a reality

Damian Petcoff: a star for the future, already a reality

Full name: Damian Ezequiel Petcoff Kailer Nationality: Argentina Date of birth: 24.05.90 (Age 19) Height: 1’75m Weight: 70kg Position: Midfielder Foot: naturally right-footed but good use of left-foot Damian Petcoff is a young central midfielder with enormous potential and future. Damian moved to Spain aged 15 with his family from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Badajoz, Spain. Damian had already made [...]