Barça – Mès que un Club (More than a Club!)

Barça – Mès que un Club (More than a Club!)

Why Barcelona are much more than just a football club A friend of mine, ‘Pep el Vikingo’ has a bar in Valencia, where almost everything is allowed (within the limits of the law). He is a cultured man from an excellent family background (a noble ancestry) and a university graduate whose hobbies include reading Shakespeare (and learning it off by heart, [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

Harry Rednapp returns from Madrid empty handed, literally!

Harry Rednapp returns from Madrid empty handed, literally!

Last Thursday Harry Rednapp travelled over to Madrid to watch the Atletico Madrid v. Real Madrid return leg in the Spanish Cup which Real Madrid won 0-1 to qualify for semi-finals. Harry was, without doubt, following the progress of Diego Forlan, as already mentioned in this blog. However, venturing out from the stadium to buy some sweeties, he was mugged [...]

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 [...]

Champions League draw: games for the last 16!

Champion’s League draw, 17 December 2010. 12 noon.   Games for last 16 in the order of the draw for the Champions League   Roma vs. FC Shakhtar Donetsk AC Milan vs. Tottenham Hotspur Valencia CF vs. FC Shalke 04 Inter vs. FC Bayern Munich Olympique de Lyon vs. Real Madrid Arsenal vs. FC Barcelona Olympique de Marselle vs. Manchester [...]