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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

La Liga: team of the week!

Interesting photo showing the team of the week from the weekend's La Liga fixtures. Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Celta Vigo and Barcelona all got 2 players into the team, with Sergi Roberto (who featured in our Top 5 Young'uns to watch out for blog post 2 years ago) making the cut! Roberto managed an assist, whilst teammate Neymar had the highest score this week after his performance and goal in Barcelona's 2-0 win over Getafe. After watching the Real Madrid game at the weekend, it's pretty clear to me why Marcelo cemented his place among the top this week. Positioned at left back, he was defensively and offensively fantastic - so much so that the man sat next to me had to whip out his phone and text a friend "Marcelo is the best left back in the world" I don't necessarily agree with that, but he's definately up there. Another interesting player to make it into the team is Iago Aspas, who failed to impress at Liverpool last season. The 28 year old has scored 6 in 10 for current club Celta Vigo. With this team of the week in mind here's a look at how things currently stand:

Who's your favourite player from this team of the week?

Monday, 2 November 2015

Back to the Bernabéu!

Real Madrid took on Las Palmas at the Bernabéu this weekend, and I was *finally* in attendance. I bought my ticket last Monday, and was given two ticket options - Print it off or download it to the Passbook app on my iphone. Now my iphone is shattered into a thousand pieces and is literally clinging on for dear life..but I think I might be banned from the printing room at uni (wasn't my fault) so I opted for the former.

Saturday morning arrives...along with an unplanned hangover. I decided to use this unusual predicament to investigate whether a live football match can cure a hangover... It can't. I did however feel a lot happier after watching Real beat Las Palmas 3-1. 

So back to the beginning, I climb about 3000 stairs and reach my seat with 5 minutes to kick off and the row is completely empty. I stretch out thinking I've hit the jackpot, until about 10 minutes after kick off a man and woman arrive. She proceeds to take 32 selfies before actually acknowledging the fact Ronaldo has just scored. Obviously watching the likes of Toni Kroos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo play football isn't nearly interesting enough when someone has posted another picture of a minion with a totally unrelated quote. No less than 30 minutes into the game a group of friends arrive with the demeanour of someone taking a leisurely stroll through the park..before realising there is a game of live football happening directly in front of them and taking the rest of the seats to my left.  The rest of the stadium is booming, my seat was in Lateral Oeste which is more for tourists than die hard Madridistas, the view however was amazing. 

The game itself was great, with all the goals coming in the action packed first half before things slowed down in the second. Real took the lead inside 4 minutes with a goal from Isco, a few minutes later Ronaldo headed home his eighth La Liga goal of the season bringing it to 2-0. Las Palmas managed to pull one back through Santana Trujillo, before Jese scored to restore Madrid's 2 goal lead. The scoreline stayed the same until the final whistle, despite Ronaldo almost adding to his tally in the closing minutes. This victory allowed Real Madrid to remain at the top of the table ahead of Barcelona...both teams remain on the same points but Madrid have the better goal difference.

I am so tempted to book tickets for the PSG game tomorrow night...95 euros is justified right?! It's for blog research purposes!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Back in Business!

So after an unplanned hiatus, I am back! and there's been a few changes since the last post!!
I now live in Madrid, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one with football running through it's core. Football is a way of life here, with most of the city fiercely divided between Real and Atlético Madrid. Living here means I also have super easy access to all things La Liga, so I will be able to keep you updated with everything happening here direct from source. I'll also be posting the usual array of posts regarding football in general!

One of the few things I miss from England (and I mean few) is the MOTD theme tune warming my eardrums on a Saturday night...I am constantly online checking the latest news from the English league but somehow it's not the same without Gary Lineker's dulcet tones (inset obligatory joke about shitting yourself). Don't get me wrong most Spanish people are aware of the English league, but they probably don't know who scored West Brom's first goal on Saturday at 3pm...

Secondly during the break, the blog reached 10,000 views! which is so incredible that it has reached so many readers from all around the world. Honestly the best, most humbling feeling ever. Thanks to anyone who has read the blog! (or even accidentaly clicked! your sausage fingers could have earnt me about 1p in advertising)

*Also, just like to mention a certain Leeds fan I met outside a club last weekend who told me there was absolutely no chance in a million years Klopp would ever manage Liverpool, I have something I'd like to say to you...hahahahahahahahahahhaha...HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Famous Football Fans

Nothing quite defines your opinion of a celebrity like the knowledge that they're rooting for the same team as you! So read on carefully, your favourite film could be a little less favorable if it's main star is a rival fan.

Tom Hanks - Aston Villa

Yes, you read that right, Forrest Gump was actually heading to Villa Park when he started running. Seriously, Tom Hanks is a big fan of the midlands team, stating that he "Relishes their victories". He began supporting them after seeing their name whilst on a trip to the UK and thinking it sounded like a 'lovely place'. If you're still finding it hard to believe, watch the hollywood legend in this teaser clip for AVTV.

  Jay Z - Arsenal


Jay Z began following Arsenal after Arsene Wenger lent him that infamous coat for a music video*...only messing, he's mates with Thierry Henry. He reportedly wants to invest some of his $520 million fortune in the club. He's no stranger to the Emirates either, he watched the Gunners draw 1-1 with Man United there in 2013.


Lana Del Rey - Liverpool


Lana Del Rey began following Liverpool thanks to her manager whose mood is dependent on the results (don't we all know that feeling!). She turned up with him in tow for the reds 3-2 victory over Spurs in 2013, stating "I’ve not had the chance to attend a game before but I’ve watched Liverpool on TV before. It’s great to actually come to Anfield"

Matt Damon - Everton

Matt Damon ran into the Everton team whilst staying in the same hotel, and was given a signed shirt before taking photos with the squad. He also pledged his alliegance to the toffees in an interview by a fellow can watch that here. It's worth mentioning the fact he attended a Chelsea/Arsenal game at Stamford Bridge...maybe he just supports anyone wearing blue.

Justin Timberlake - Man United

Justin became a fan thanks to his friendship with Alan Smith who played for United from 2004-2007.  The unlikely pair met at the Lowry hotel and struck up a friendship, with Justin confirming “I’m a Red! I’m mates with Smithy so he’s my favourite player but Ronaldo doesn’t suck either, he’s awesome. I really like Rooney too."

Snoop Dogg - Everyone

This fella says he smokes 80 joints a day...I think that's all we need to say to explain this one.

*this is definitely a joke

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Who Nou?

Almost two years ago I visited one of the most famous stadiums in the footballing world, the Santiago Bernabéu, home of Real Madrid.

This week I returned to Spain, but this time ventured into the home of their Catalan rivals: Camp Nou. The largest stadium in Europe with a capacity of 98,787, it stands in the centre of Barcelona along with it's museum and 3 storey merchandise store. You can tour the legendary stadium for 23 euros, and like the Santiago Bernabéu, it does not have a guide - you are free to take as much time as you like browsing the various sections open to the public (and believe me, it's gonna take time!) 

The tour follows a chronological pattern leading you from the inception of Barça in 1899 through their illustrious career, in both La Liga and Europe. The museum features tri-lingual plaques filled with information about the club and important moments throughout their history - for example the signing of Diego Maradona in 1982. 

Once you've finished looking at the endless rows of trophies and vintage kits, you step out into the stadium itself. No matter who you support or where you come from, you cannot help but feel awestruck as the infamous 'més que un club' comes into view. 

Stadiums this big make the average premier league 45,000 seaters feel like a cosy meeting in the pub, some seats are so high up it makes you wonder whether they provide a complimentary telescope with every match ticket in order to watch the game...

Once you've finished marvelling at the pitch, it's back inside to the dressing rooms. Initially they are quite plain (unlike the personalised dressing rooms at the Bernabéu) that is until you reach the massive hot tub in the middle of the room...

Where Carles Puyol washed his hair for 15 years

The tour continues by giving you the chance to have a photo taken of you and your favourite player! (With the help of green screen of course) After this you can go through onto the touchline, and from this angle the place looks even bigger! The next part of the tour takes place at the top of the stadium, so prepare for some serious stairs. They can pay £65 million for Luis Suárez, but don't expect them to shell out for a lift. You may think this is an overexaggeration, but the woman next to me had to stop climbing the stairs because she couldn't breathe (to be fair, she was trying to climb them like Usain Bolt).

Once at the summit, you can admire the view of Barcelona from Camp Nou. The landscape of Barcelona is beautiful and takes your breath away (if you haven't already lost it climbing the stairs). The tour concludes with a 3D experience of the club, where you can use to headphones to listen to the typical atmosphere at the Nou Camp during a game and view clips of their finest moments. After this you are directed, as always, back to the shop to spend 15 quid on a pencil. I saved this money and spent it in one of the small bars close to the stadium (£1.20 for a beer!).

The 23 euros was well worth paying however, in order to experience one of the most famous stadiums in football. I'd love to go back to watch a match and experience the atmosphere first hand. A must for any football fan.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

How many?!

As you probably saw, Southampton beat Sunderland 8-0 on Saturday, making it one of the highest winning margins in the premier league. Of course the biggest winning margin remains Manchester United's 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995, in which Andy Cole scored 5 of the 9! So with all this talk of goals, we are going to take a look at some of the biggest winning margins...ever!

As Adema 149 - 0 SO l'Emyrne

Yes you read that right, 149-0! the highest scoreline on record in association football to date, even cementing a place in the Guinness World Records book. However as you can imagine, there was a lot more to this game than a few goalkeeping mistakes...the game was actually a protest, in which SOE scored 149 own goals. You can read more about that game, and the subsequent action taken here.

Arbroath 36 - 0 Bon Accord

No protest here! The first round of the scottish cup in 1985, and Arbroath thrashed Bon Accord 36-0 with John Petrie scoring 13 goals! (unlucky for some, some being a certain Scottish football team!) Some may not have been happy with this victory though, as 5 more Arbroath goals were disallowed and the referee believes that it could have been 43-0! 

Austrailia 31 - 0 American Samoa 

The socceroos managed to put 31 past American Samoa in a 2002 World Cup qualifier, with Archie Thompson scoring 13 goals - the most goals scored in an international match. This was a game of record breakers as David Zdrillic scored 8 goals - the second most goals scored in an international game!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wenger V Mourinho: A History

On Sunday we saw Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, in a game which the home side won 2-0 and went 5 points clear at the top of this table.This fixture has brought the two managers together 12 times, with Arsene yet to secure a win against Jose. Mourinho has been a thorn in the side of Wenger since his arrival to the premier league in 2004, and on Sunday their fiery relationship provided this gifable moment for fans...

 However the stats aren't the only problem between the two, with Jose infamously labelling Wenger a voyeur... 

"I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur," he said. "He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, they have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks and speaks and speaks about Chelsea."

Wenger hit back, calling the comment 'disrespectful'. Although, after a 12th game without a win against him, I think Arsene will be pointing that telescope through Mourinho's window.

The game on Sunday also saw former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas playing against his former team in the Chelsea colours. After his £30m move from Barcelona in the summer, Jose saw further opportunity to ruffle Arsenes infamous coat feathers by saying that Cesc 'really wanted to join Chelsea' and  due to this a return to the Emirates was out of the question. Wenger offered up another response in their war of words, stating that he didn't know what the truth was.

The pair next meet in the premier league on the 25th April 2015, where Arsene will continue searching for a win. 13th time lucky?