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Posts tagged La Liga

Mar 27 '13

will the deep-rooted problems in spanish football boil over?

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.

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Feb 18 '13

why betis needn’t feel too down and espanyol won’t get carried away

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.

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Jan 12 '13

report: espanyol 1-0 celta vigo

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.

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Dec 10 '12

five things from la liga: week fifteen

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.

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Dec 3 '12

five things from la liga: week fourteen

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.

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Dec 1 '12

what if all the home teams win?

futbolgrande flutter: week fourteen.

Four games today and they get gradually more mouth watering as the day heads towards tomorrow.

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Nov 17 '12

futbolgrande flutter: week twelve

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:

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Oct 9 '12
200 words on tomer hemed

He scored one day, then he scored the next. Both for Mallorca. Both against Espanyol. [[MORE]]

This season’s 11PM kick offs in La Liga caused quite a stir. They’ll be remembered for fan protests, games spanning two days and one particular player scoring on Saturday and Sunday in the same match. Tomer Hemed.

The Mallorca striker, 25, came through the ranks at one of Israel’s top clubs; Maccabi Haifa. Before becoming a shoe in there though he had to prove himself during three loan spells, the last one at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.

There, managed by John Gregory (don’t laugh), the Israeli international hit twelve goals in a side relegated from the country’s top flight. Next season, back at his parent club, he notched eighteen. Europe was awoken. 

Glasgow Rangers looked to be his destination in June 2011 before Mallorca snatched his signature away from the Scottish giants.

His first season in Spain bore ten goals in all competitions. This season, he’s already halfway to replicating that total. The six foot front man sits on five, fourth in the Pichichi behind Falcao, Messi and Ronaldo.

He’s averaging a goal every 109 minutes, and the Islanders will need that to continue as they look to avenge back to back defeats after the international break.

200 words on tomer hemed

He scored one day, then he scored the next. Both for Mallorca. Both against Espanyol.

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Oct 8 '12

five things from la liga: week seven

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.

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Aug 16 '12

the return of deportivo la coruna

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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