Sunday, September 22, 2019

El Clasico: Title Decider or Too Early to Call?

More than a football match. More than a rivalry. This is a civil war re-enacted every year. A battle for supremacy, bragging rights and possibly a league title. Tonight, 20 of the 55 players nominated for the Fifpro XI will take to the pitch at the Camp Nou to do battle. That is the quality that the El clasico boasts....

Madrid Derby: Griezmann, Ronaldo & Other Things To Expect

On a golden weekend that promises top quality football after a drab international break, few games promise to be as entertaining or exhilarating as the Madrid Derby. Being the last match between these two at the Vicente Calderon, there is surely added incentive for both teams to show up each other in the super grudge match. After breaking...

Casemiro and the Problem With Real Madrid’s Balance

“Lider Con Apuros,” that was the headline boldly plastered across the back page of Madrid-based Sports daily, MARCA. Loosely translated as “Leader with Troubles,” it as an apt description of Real Madrid’s current plight. This is not quite the usual crisis talk few bad Los Merengues result bring. Madrid is atop La Liga Santander and unbeaten in 23 games dating...

Aritz Aduriz: Late Bloomer or Old Wine?

In a time when youthful talent is coveted more than ever, especially in the goal-scoring and attacking roles; Aritz Aduriz is breaking barriers and reshaping paradigms.   Gabor Kiraly and Gianluigi Buffon are testaments that age sometimes is just a number in football and doesn’t always correspond with ability. Some might say this is understandable since the pair aren’t outfield players...

Talking Tactics: Arda Turan is Barcelona’s Answer

The former Atleti player was signed by Barça at the beginning of last season but due to the transfer ban imposed on Barça, he was only able to make his debut at the beginning of this calendar year. For half a season he was unable to play any sort of football for Barcelona and only made a few appearances...

Golden Oldies: Spain’s Senior Citizens XI

There’s always a lot of buzz about the brimming youth system in Spain. The same goes for the youngsters that are churned out annually. We must howver also honour those who even at an advanced age are still at the top of their game in La Liga. This article is essentially an ode to the senior gentlemen of the...

2016 /2017 Season League Preview : The Spanish La Liga

352NG looks ahead to the season ahead with daily previews of the top 5 leagues as football season resumes across Europe. Barcelona will start defending a 24th La Liga title on Saturday, August 20 against Real Betis. The Catalans have opted for a clutch of youngsters with an average age of 22. The hierarchy are clearly indicating eyes are on...
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