Are Osasuna about to set a new standard? They could end the season as the best awful team of all time. For much of the season, La Liga pundits have been united in their view of the relegation scrap: ” Stick a fork in it, it’s done.” Their logic is compelling: the bottom three are awful … More Osasuna’s exercise in magnificent futility
The little clubs that can: Leganes and Eibar clash in La Liga.
Klinsmann’s narrow side might mark the beginning of the end for him. … More Copa America Tactical Report: USA v Colombia
The logic is alluring. Javier Hernandez has scored 9 in 22 for Bayer Leverkusen this season, while the club that let him go have managed 24 in 20 Premier League games. So if Manchester United had held onto the Mexican they’d therefore have been a lot better off. Reality isn’t that simple though: circumstances matter … More 5 Reasons Why Javier Hernandez Might Not Have Saved Van Gaal’s Season
A penny for your thoughts Rafa. Understanding what’s going on in the now ex-Real Madrid coach’s head at the moment would be fascinating. If nothing else, Benitez has given the impression throughout his career that he knows his own mind. Often his strength of opinion has ultimately been to the detriment of his job security: … More What will Rafa Benitez’s demise at Real Madrid mean for Florentino Perez?
How a blow was struck for brave officiating this weekend. … More SWAY OF THE DAY: Spanish Referees
As I watch Levante crash to a 4-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad, a performance described by the Revista podcast as the worst by any team in La Liga so far this season, a kid sits in front of my wearing a coat bearing the slogan “Never EVER give up.” He left before the … More Is Levante’s Pretty-Ugly Fairy Tale Finally Over?
Fair play, this Samsung advert has made me consider football afresh. For the first time I’m wishing it had never been invented: if that would save us from nonsense like this, the sacrifice would be worthwhile! Some many unanswered questions: how much did it cost to make this thing? Was it really worth it? And, … More What would make you hate football?
Why should Mexico be worried? Because there’s a complex balancing act to be struck between the established international stars who stuttered through qualifying and the home-based squad which have done better since the identity of the coach changed? Because they were unrecognisably bad in CONCACAF qualifying zone they usually boss?Or simply because they most senior … More Rafa Márquez: Mexico’s Leader and Burden
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