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Lighting up La Ciudad del Futbol in Las Rozas - a municipality near Madrid and the home of the RFEF - are two European Championships, one World Cup and countless trophies from under-age successes. Domestically there’s the small matter of Real Madrid and Barcelona too, the two teams who were pretty much solely responsible for FIFA’s team of the year and who’s regular meetings - known as El Clasico - regularly draw millions of viewers worldwide.
Jornada 24: Espanyol vs. Real Betis; Cornella-El Prat
To coin an old cliché, football is a very funny game.
Another illustration of this took place at Cornella-El Prat on Sunday night as an Espanyol team, inflated with the confidence that not so long ago resided in Real Betis, took on Los Verdiblancos from Seville.
Sergio Garcia’s first half goal was enough to help Espanyol to back-to-back home wins, moving them level on 18 points with Celta Vigo who were forced to leave Cornella-el Prat pointless on Saturday.
one. Messi breaks Mullers record. The woodwork took a beating, Betis were good but Barcelona still won. Lionel Messi’s brace in the 1-2 win took him above Gerd Muller’s record of goals in a calendar yet set in 1972. Here are some more numbers thanks to @MessiStats: 86- goals for club and country in 2012; 63- minutes per goal; 21- most hat-tricks by a Barca player in all competitions; 17 most goals scored by a Barca player in El Clasico matches.
one. Pellegrino pushed from Mestalla bench. It has been a bad week for people called Mauricio; first Pochettino and now Pellegrino. Of those with MP initials only Manuel Pellegrini remains in a job. Journalists, sub-editors and bloggers can at least breathe a sigh of relief.Valencia decided enough was enough this weekend following a 5-2 defeat at home to Real Sociedad. Couple that with no league wins away from home and President Llorente felt it was time to wield the axe on the man who only replaced Unai Emery in the summer.
futbolgrande flutter: week fourteen.
Four games today and they get gradually more mouth watering as the day heads towards tomorrow.
The La Liga weekend is once again upon us mere mortals, and there are some tasty treats to look forward to. It’s been branded the fiercest derby in Spain because of the competitive balance it presents; it’s Sevilla v Real Betis tomorrow night. Before that Barca and Real Madrid host Zaragoza and Athletic Club while two out of form sides- Celta Vigo and Mallorca- meet in Galicia. Here is our treble:
one: As expected, Messi v Ronaldo. It was billed as the most political clàsico since 1975. It once again turned into a duel between the world’s two best players. First Ronaldo drew blood, then Messi levelled. Then Messi, exquisitely, curled home a free kick before Ronaldo took his turn to level the scores. Two all. It was also noted that for what we have come to expect from a clàsico- controversy- there was little of, and what we have come to have expect from Barca- high pressing- there was also less of. Eight points the gap.
Depor-ted, but not for long…
SuperDepor are back. Well not quite SuperDepor. More like Back-at-the-first-time-of-asking-Depor.
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