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 [...]

Brazil are Champions of the Under 20 World Cup 2011

Brazil are Champions of the Under 20 World Cup 2011

Brazil beat Portugal in extra time to win the Under 20 World Cup 2011 In a very even match (and certainly not a night for the goalkeepers), Brazil overcame Portugal with a winning strike in the second half of extra time. Oscar was the hero of the night scoring all three goals for Brazil. Both teams managed to come back [...]

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 – [...]