October 2016

Morata has the hot hand (or foot) at the moment
Posted by jschario on 10/30/16
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When you gather the world's best soccer players onto your club as if they were a set of trading cards such as how Real Madrid does, there are bound to be position battles and controversies. Before the 2016-17 season began, one such position was bound to be for their number "9," where they have a log jam of supreme talent, boo hoo. On one hand in France international Karim Benzema, who has been entrenched there since he came over in 2009 from Lyon and forms an intregal part of the BBC attacking trident for manager Zinedine Zidane. Eagerly awaiting is young Spanish international Alvaro Morata,... Read More
Opens up Copa del Rey play
Posted by jschario on 10/26/16
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The Copa del Rey, what a great tournament. If you are not a fan of Real Madrid or Barcelona, it presents your team with the opportunity to hoist a trophy at the end of the year. Or if you happen to be a fan of one of the lower division clubs that start out in the tournament, it presents your club - of whom some of the players may be your relatives - the chance to share the pitch with some of the best players in the continent, if not the world. Although if you indeed are a madridista or blaugrana, the Copa del Rey presents your with the opportunity to watch your squad's B team get some run.... Read More
Posted by jschario on 10/23/16
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After the ninth week of games in the Spanish Primera División, there were quite a number of changes to the league table as the partiy amongst the top teams showed itself this weekend. Atlético Madrid came into the weekend as the league leaders, but retreat back to the capital from Sevilla in fifth place. Diego Simeone went toe-to-toe against his fellow Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli on the other sideline. Unfortunately for Simeone, his side could not pull any points out of the visit to the Sanchez Pizjuan. Samuel Nasri proved himself to be a shrewd pick up for Sevilla FC, supplying the creativity... Read More
Guardiola returns to the Camp Nou, Real and Atleti still on top
Posted by jschario on 10/19/16
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Another week, another week of the status quo in the Spanish top flight soccer league. Sometimes the Spanish league can be boring, or at least as boring as a league featuring names like Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar could ever be.  Though it is boring in the sense that there are three teams that are all but guaranteed to absolutely whallop their opponents unless it's one of the teams in the top five of the table. And that's exactly what happened over the weekend for Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid. All three played last Sunday, with Barcelona playing Deportivo... Read More
Posted by jschario on 10/15/16
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Longtime US national team goal keeper and one-time captain Tim Howard recently called young US starlet Christian Pulisic a "prodigy." And while that may not be much of a stretch, it brings up the notion that Pulisic could be the best player to ever come out of the United States. "I think Christian is what you call a prodigy. I think every now and again, every 10 or 15 years or so, you get one of those. It's hard to explain how he's so talented, why he's so talented, why he's so fearless at such a young age. It's not normal." Landon Donovan is widely regarded as the best American ever, and he... Read More
Posted by jschario on 10/05/16
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Leagues around Europe are taking the week off to accommodate for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers taking place this week. For Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, they hope that the time away provides their players with a much needed mental break after a tough stretch of league games the past couple weeks. On the other hand, teams at their level always are biting their nails until after the break, as nearly their entire rosters are out on international duty. That means they are with different doctors, training staff and of course, coaches.  Without any action to speculate on, debate or... Read More
Barcelona loses to Celta Vigo
Posted by jschario on 10/02/16
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The 2016-17 campaign has not gone as expected or as hoped for any of Spain's big three clubs - Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Atlético got off to a rough start, starting out the season with a string of ties, Real Madrid has ended its past four matches domestic and European in a draw and Barcelona just lost its second match already. Atleti has managed to climb back atop the table, drawing even at 15 points with Real Madrid and ahead based on goal differential, although the big shocker this weekend was Barça losing to Celta Vigo. Traveling to Galicia Sunday, they dropped three... Read More