Pep turns to Pedro to take Barca towards the title

Pep turns to Pedro to take Barca towards the title

Barcelona 4 Tenerife 1 Back in the summer of 1987, a baby boy was born in Tenerife and named by his parents as Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma. Nearly twenty-three years later, at the beginning of a crucial forty five minutes of football, he strode onto the pitch at the historic Camp Nou charged with providing the […]

Masoud misses chance to make Madrid miserable

Masoud misses chance to make Madrid miserable

Halfway through an intriguing second half, with the scoreline standing at an unlikely two apiece between Real Madrid and their humble visitors Osasuna, Iker Casillas suddenly found himself confronted by two red shirts. Krisztian Vadocz, scorer of the third goal of the night, was wearing one and the Iranian international Masoud Shojaei was wearing the […]

Finalists Atletico at last make a case for the defence

Finalists Atletico at last make a case for the defence

Liverpool 2 Atletico Madrid 1 (2-2 on agg, Atletico Madrid win on away goals) Quique Sanchez Flores is used to succeeding Rafael Benitez. He succeeded Benitez as a coach in the Real Madrid youth setup. He succeeded Benitez in the home dugout at the Mestalla. Finally, he succeeded at Benitez’s expense and steered Atletico Madrid […]

Inter will prove a Real test for Bernabeu-focused Barca

Inter will prove a Real test for Bernabeu-focused Barca

One single word dominates the countdown to tonight’s Champions League Semi Final second leg between Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Camp Nou – remuntada. It is the Catalan word for “comeback” and it is being repeated ad nauseum by Barca fans across the globe. To miss out on retaining the most prized trophy in […]

Nervy times for Los Nervionenses as Getafe keep their cool

Nervy times for Los Nervionenses as Getafe keep their cool

Getafe 4 Sevilla 3 Barcelona are desperate to retain their league title. Real Madrid are desperate to steal it. Mallorca are desperate to qualify for the Champions League and Xerez are desperate to scramble clear of relegation. The majority of the other sixteen teams in La Liga don’t appear overly desperate to achieve anything this […]

Guardiola's trust in youth inspires the next generation

Guardiola’s trust in youth inspires the next generation

Some names for you: Pinto, Dalmau, Adriano, Muniesa, Espasandin, Rueda, Keita, Jonathan, Jeffren, Rochina, Oriol. Seydou Keita is arguably the least flashy member of the current Barcelona first team lineup, operating largely in the background as his more prominent team-mates take centre stage, but his name positively leaps out of those listed above. You might […]

Rampant Real back on track at the Bernabeu

Rampant Real back on track at the Bernabeu

Seventy-two minutes have passed at the Santiago Bernabeu. A largely listless third-placed Valencia side are struggling to show their attacking class, with the much sought-after David Villa cutting a frustrated figure having been well marshalled by his former team-mate Raul Albiol. Real, leading through a well-taken but poorly defended first half goal from Gonzalo Higuain, […]