Revista de La Liga: Humble surroundings can house greatness; Atletico Madrid and Eibar can vouch for it

Ipurua, Eibar – ‘Fabricando Suenos!’ was the phrase that adorned the arched-La Liga pitch-side entrance at Ipurua. Both sets of players – Eibar and Atletico Madrid – walked under it and onto the pitch ready for another battle. Rather symbolically, both clubs have certainly lived up to that statement in recent years. Eibar – the […]

Revista de La Liga: Barcelona crush Real Madrid in the Christmas Clasico and extend their lead at the top of La Liga

Bernabeu, Madrid – There was to be no white Christmas as the huge banner unfurled at the south end of the ground had predicted. Los Blancos were left with a blue Christmas at the end of the Clasico – it was the handful of Barcelona fans positioned high inside the Bernabeu who were full of […]

Revista de La Liga: A special Basque rivalry was renewed at San Mames on Saturday afternoon

San Mames, Bilbao – It all started around 11 o’clock on Saturday morning in the heart of Bilbao. It was derby day. Athletic fans dressed in red-and-white-striped shirts confronted Real Sociedad fans in blue and white and tried to wind them up, get the better of them. Songs, jokes, and put-downs – all well-crafted and […]

Revista de La Liga Especial: Oliver visits Getafe and Valencia who are both experiencing a resurgence this season

Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe – “If I’d been at home, I would have changed the channel,” remarked Eibar captain Dani Garcia after Getafe’s goalless draw against Eibar. It was certainly nothing to get overly excited about. It was a match between two inform sides that deploy a 4-4-2 formation in an organised and aggressive manner. […]

Revista de La Liga: Valencia show Barcelona why they are their closest challenges

Mestalla, Valencia – ‘The view is good from here,’ said the Valencia manager. ‘You see things that you wouldn’t normally.’ Sitting not far from the reporters who were either commentating, commenting, or providing analysis on his side, nor far from the owner of the club of whose ambitions he must fulfil; Marcelino found himself halfway […]

Revista de La Liga: The first Madrid derby at El Metropolitano may not have been memorable but it was certainly symbolic

El Metropolitano, Madrid – The first ever Madrid derby at El Metropolitano finished goalless; the result left both of the competitors ten points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona and the match itself helped illustrate why. Diego Simeone said post-match that “there was football all over the place,” and for the opening five minutes that was […]

Revista de La Liga: An Alcacer double drowns Sevilla at a wet Camp Nou

Camp Nou, Barcelona – There was a lot to take in before the evening entertainment began on Saturday. Messi’s 600th appearance was greeted with an immense storm an hour before kick-off. Fortunately, the thunder and lightning had relented by the time the ball began moving, but waterproof ponchos were still needed by those who decided […]

Revista de La Liga: The ‘show’ at the Metropolitano finishes all square whilst there’s a nine-goal thriller at Betis

Metropolitano, Madrid – “It was a good dinner for everyone because there was a great show” proclaimed Ernesto Valverde as he sat in the post-match press conference. “I said that we were going to adapt and we did adapt. I have a positive feeling from the game”. Barcelona and their opponents, Atletico Madrid, showed that […]

Republic of Ireland head to the playoffs after a 1–0 victory against Wales

When Wales and the Republic of Ireland were drawn together in Group D on that July evening at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Saint Petersburg there was anticipation aplenty. Days later, when the schedule of fixtures was released, it was confirmed that they would face each other on the final matchday. Just imagine if it all […]

Revista de La Liga: Chaos in Catalonia leads to an empty Camp Nou whilst it’s raining goals at the Anoeta

Camp Nou, Barcelona – It was 14:49 on Sunday afternoon – just 26 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time – when FC Barcelona released the following statement “FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression. […]

Revista de La Liga: Real Madrid left Vitoria victorious whilst Girona welcomed their Catalan neighbours

Mendizorozza, Vitoria – Real Madrid were unable to better the goalscoring record set by Pele’s Santos in the sixties and score in 74 consecutive matches on Wednesday evening. Real Betis came to the Bernabeu and prevented Real Madrid from scoring for the first time since April 2016 when they drew with Manchester City in the […]

Revista de La Liga: Atletico christen new stadium with a victory whilst Real Madrid’s triumph at Anoeta brings La Real’s winning start to an end

Metropolitano, Madrid – The Atletico Madrid players strolled out of the main building at the Ciudad Deportiva Atletico de Madrid, wash bags in hand, and formed an orderly queue in the beating Madrid sun. They boarded the team bus – Griezmann was last on, the cool kid of the gang, and went straight to his […]

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