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Girona are set to stay in La Liga, thanks to Machín & co

In the words of Bon Jovi, we’re halfway there! At least, that’s what Girona fans will be thinking as they edge ever closer to what looks like probable La Liga survival. How have they managed it? Well it’s been certainly much more than just City’s shared resources which have helped Girona establish themselves as a worthy top-flight team in Spain. Instead, a mixture of both old and new faces all singing from the same hymn sheet coupled with a continuation of the same winning mentality from last season’s promotion from…

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Team Spotlight: CD Almunecar City’s fast-growing Malaga City Academy

While CD Almunecar City continue to dominate in the seventh tier and push to rise through the divisions quickly, there is also another arm to the club that is proving successful, Malaga City Academy. This is by no means just a side project by owner George Jermy, using it as a platform for young footballers to train as if a professional and giving them somewhere to showcase their abilities and get noticed by the bigger clubs. It is no surprise that they have a 16-year-old goalkeeper on trial at nearby…

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Mikel San Jose: Supporting Independence and playing for Spain are not mutually exclusive

Spanish unity has become a very delicate subject in recent years. Particularly since the attempts by the northeast region of Catalonia to vote on independence resulted in violence last October. Athletic Bilbao player Mikel San Jose is from the northern Basque region of Spain, another fiercely autonomous region. The Basque region has its own violent history with ETA (an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), a nationalist and separatist organization that originally promoted Basque culture and ultimately morphed into a terrorist group. Incredibly, San Jose recounted a story of when he was 16 years old…

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Antoine Griezmann Blog La Liga 

Cerezo talks title race between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona

The President of Atletico Madrid, Enrique Cerezo has stated that his club will not give up the title just yet. They plan to challenge league leaders Barcelona for the La Liga crown until the very end of the season. Los Rojiblancos sit second in the league and have reduced the gap at the top of the table by four points within the past two weeks. FC Barcelona dropped points against both Espanyol and Getafe. Cerezo has high hopes after a good run of form for Atletico Madrid this season and feels that it…

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Team Spotlight: CD Almunecar City and its enormous potential

A seventh-tier club is not a team that tends to grab people’s attention, especially in Spain, but then CD Almunecar City are not your average side. Not even a year old, but their potential is already being viewed as endless, particularly when they scored 42 goals in their first seven games and are well on course to earn promotion. George Jermy is the brains, brawn and bank behind this new club, with the player/coach/owner previously on the books at Norwich City, AFC Bournemouth and Villarreal to name a few. But…

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Real Madrid 3-1 PSG: What we learned as Ronaldo bounces back

What did we learn as Real Madrid beat Paris Saint Germain 3-1 on Wednesday evening in the Champions League. Unai Emery hasn’t learnt from Barcelona The Spanish coach watched on in shock last season as Luis Enrique’s Barca came from behind in the tie to produce one of the most amazing comebacks in football history. His PSG side played well for large parts at the Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, taking the lead through Adrien Rabiot, but they saw Ronaldo score twice and Marcelo strike to lose the game, mainly in…

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Spotlight on upcoming talent: Barcelona’s Xavi Simons

When it comes to academy players few teams produce better players than Barcelona. Barça has the likes of Gerard Pique, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi (just to name a few) who have come through the ranks to become a first-team regular. The latest player who in a few years time is set to break into the first-team is Dutch under 13s star Xavi Simons. It may seem early to even think of putting him in the same category as those aforementioned players. But the quality of Simons is apparent and he is…

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“Zidane must continue” demands Guti

With pressure continuing to build over Zinedine Zidane’s future as Real Madrid boss, a former teammate has called for the Frenchman to remain at the Bernabeu, regardless of what happens when Los Blancos face Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League last 16 round. Guti, who is currently the head coach of Real’s Juvenil A side, offered his views on Zidane’s position whilst speaking to El Chiringuito de Jugones in the lead up to this evening’s clash in the Spanish capital. Discussing his Galáctico era colleague on the television show…

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Real Madrid vs France… A History

As Real Madrid face PSG on Valentine’s Night in the Round of 16 in the Champions League, we look through the Los Blancos archives to explore their history against French sides in Europe. Advantage – Real Madrid The Champions League, as we know it know, favours Los Blancos in this fixture. They met in the 2015/2016 season during the group stages, both times, Real Madrid kept a clean sheet, beating the French side 1-0 at the Bernabeu, before a 0-0 draw in the French capital. This time though, PSG will…

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A tactical explanation of Quique Setien’s Real Betis

Real Betis have been one of the most entertaining sides in not only Spain, but across Europe this season. What has made them so intriguing and desirable to watch orientates around the tactics used by manager Quique Setien. The Spanish coach was in charge of Las Palmas last season and made them equally entertaining. The use of the 4-3-3 system set the islanders up to play an attacking, ball retaining style with little focus on defending. This format has been transferred to the Andalucian outfit this season also. Last season,…

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