August 2016

Real Madrid take three points
Posted by jschario on 08/27/16
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Atlético Madrid may not be losing, but they are leaving precious points on the table to begin the season, even after spending big to bring in shiny new reinforcements. Every point matters especially in a league where you're competing with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, both clubs that are expected to take three points every match, unless they are playing each other. That's why there's reason for concern for the club on the Mazanares, even if the season has not even finished its second week. However when one looks closer at the teams they are drawing against, concern can turn into... Read More
Both Barça and Madrid take three points
Posted by jschario on 08/22/16
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Real Madrid and Barcelona each got off to positive starts to their respective domestic campaigns, as expected. The Spanish La Liga kicked off its 2016-17 season this weekend with Real playing Real Sociedad in San Sebastian today and Barcelona playing at home in the Camp Nou against Real Betis of Sevilla. Barcelona, playing without Neymar who the previous day left his mark on the gold medal game against Germany at the Olympics (wonder if that victory serves as any sort of compensation for the inexplicably poor loss they had against Germany in the 2014 World Cup - also on home soil). Neymar of... Read More
Both Barça and Madrid take three points
Posted by jschario on 08/22/16
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Real Madrid and Barcelona each got off to positive starts to their respective domestic campaigns, as expected. The Spanish La Liga kicked off its 2016-17 season this weekend with Real playing Real Sociedad in San Sebastian today and Barcelona playing at home in the Camp Nou against Real Betis of Sevilla. Barcelona, playing without Neymar who the previous day left his mark on the gold medal game against Germany at the Olympics (wonder if that victory serves as any sort of compensation for the inexplicably poor loss they had against Germany in the 2014 World Cup - also on home soil). Neymar of... Read More
Posted by jschario on 08/17/16
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Rumors are swirling around Barcelona players both current and old, with one of the latter rumored to headed to their rivals in the Spanish capital.  Barcelona goal keeper Claudio Bravo has his bags all but packed, prepping to move to Northern England to play for former Barça manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Current Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been using a goalie rotation between Bravo and the Catalan's other keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen. Bravo has featured mostly in Barcelona's domestic matches, while the German ter Stegen patrols goal for their Champions League and Copa del... Read More
Win Spanish Supercopa
Posted by jschario on 08/15/16
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Watching their rivals capture the first available trophy of the season couldn't have been too pleasant for Barcelona players or their fans. Luckily, they did not have to wait too long, and they even got to try their luck against the same team Real Madrid played in the European Supercup, Sevilla. Barça technically won both the Copa del Rey and La Liga titles, and of course the champions of each competition face each other for the Spanish Supercopa. But of course Barcelona can't play themselves, so Copa del Rey runners up Sevilla were on the chopping block yet again. This time however, the... Read More
Edge Sevilla in the European Supercup
Posted by jschario on 08/10/16
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Somewhat ironically, the two teams in the European Supercup had to travel to nearly the opposite side of the continent to play each other even though they both play in the same domestic league. Real Madrid and Sevilla left Spain's sunny skies for the legendary Norwegian summer for the battle between the UEFA Champions and Europa League winners. It was closer than Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez would have liked, but the match was a perfect display of Real's depth within the squad. Zidane was without the all-world attacking trident, BBC of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo... Read More
Posted by jschario on 08/08/16
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It has been an odd summer in Madrid. Normally, the south side team, Atlético Madrid are the ones with rumors swirling around about players leaving while their northern neighbors are the ones bringing in talent. In 2016 however, it seems the roles have reversed.  Monday marked another departure from the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, with former star-in-waiting Jesé Rodriguez finally completing a move to French club Paris Saint-Germain, to play for new coach and fellow Spaniard Unai Emery. The exact transfer fee was not announced, although PSG did say that Jesé signed a five-year contract through... Read More
Posted by jschario on 08/04/16
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It's August and we are less than 30 days away from the end of the transfer window. Real Madrid and Barcelona are always teams to watch come summer time, what with their endless surpluses of cash, title hungry fans and all-or-nothing philosophies.  However this summer Barça have remained quiet, making a couple low-key moves that are more frugal and splashy. Real Madrid as well, for the second summer in a row have remained uncharacteristically quiet, and this year are more likely to make headlines for their departures than their arrivals.  Last year at least club president Florentino Perez had... Read More