‘La Liga’ Category

  1. A Tribute to Juanito

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    April 2, 2012 by Ricardo Sanchez Esquivel

    Juanito

    Real Madrid is known for the quality of its players, the magical moments that the great white legends have brought to their audiences. The list of names is endless and filled with true artisans of the craft. Di Stefano and his 5 European trophies, Zinedine Zidane and the legendary volley that gave the 9th European title to the Merengues, Butrageño’s breath taking dribbles in the box, Hugo Sanchez and the 38 first touch goals in a single season. Real Madrid has cultivated a long tradition of exquisite players that gave the Club its fame with feats of skill, endurance and will. Yet among the galaxy of stars that fills the club’s history, there is one star that has left an impression so great in the hearts of the Madridistas that it is still remembered in every match, the one player that left an impression so profound that every 7th minute the Santiago Bernabeu stadium still roars with his name, Juan Gómez González “Juanito”.


  2. Rafael Benitez: Football’s Forgotten Man

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    March 30, 2012 by Sean Charles

    Rafael

     

    Honours:

    La Liga (2): 2001-02, 2003-04

    UEFA Cup (1): 2003-04

    UEFA Champions League (1): 2004-05

    UEFA Champions League Runner Up (1): 2006-07

    FA Cup (1): 2005-06

    FA Community Shield (1): 2006

    UEFA Super Cup (1): 2005

    Supercoppa Italia (1): 2010

    FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2010

    Individual awards:

    Don Balón Award (1): 2001-02

    UEFA Manager of the Year(2): 2003-04, 2004-05

    FA Premier League Manager of the Month (5)

     


  3. FC Barcelona One Touch Football

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    March 30, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa

    A jazzy compilation of Barcelona’s one touch pass by our friend Jos Witt. Splendid!


  4. Real Madrid on Fire this Season

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    March 5, 2012 by Mike Bruski

    Real Madrid
    Real Madrid are on course to break 3 major all time records this year, some even by a big margin. All while Mourinho just became the fastest La Liga coach ever to win 50 league games, and Cristiano Ronaldo is on track to better his record breaking goal tally from last season.
     

    When José Mourinho was appointed manager of Real Madrid in June 2010, he stated that his teams are always better in his second season. It appears he was right, because his Real Madrid is currently the runaway leader of La Liga, and on course to break 3 major historical records.


  5. Interesting Fact of the Day: La Liga, the Two Horse Race

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    March 3, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa


    As we can see from the above table, Real Madrid are top of La Liga with a goal difference of +59 and Barcelona are second with a GD of +52. The team with the next highest goal difference is third-placed Valencia with a GD of +8.  Moreover, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are leading the goal scoring chart with 29 and 28 goals respectively. It is interesting to note that 12 La Liga clubs (highlighted in yellow) haven’t managed to score as much goals as either players.

    What more can be said? The numbers speak for themselves, Real Madrid and Barcelona are far ahead of the competition.


  6. Marcelo Bielsa’s man-marking system

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    February 28, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa

    This video shows Athletic Bilbao’s impressive defensive game plan against Barcelona in their league game. Led by their Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, commonly known as Loco Bielsa, Athletic have been employing innovative tactics. Known for embracing youth, Bielsa’s first move was to dismiss three older players. He then brought in three youngsters to replace them: De Marcos (22 years old), Iturraspe (22 years old) and Jon Aurtenetxe (20 years old).

    This video shows you exactly how his man-marking system works. Against strong sides he relies on good defensive performances which results in a more counterattacking approach, while against weaker sides he plays a tiki-taka possession style.


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