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13 February 2009
SaturdayDeportivo (8th) vs Osasuna (17th)Now, La Liga Loca doesn’t mean to start the latest edition of its regular Friday ramble on a big old downer. But, Merciful Zeus, is this weekend’s serving of silage the worst set of fixtures ever? Or at least since the round of matches appeared for the first time last September?Almería vs Valladolid anyone? No? How about Numancia vs Mallorca?The round kicks off with Depor, a side that - to quote an acclaimed La Liga pundit this week: “if they finish in the Champions League places then we may as well pack up and leave” - against Osasuna, a team who are merrily set-piecing their way out of relegation trouble. LLL Prediction - Home winBetis (14th) vs Barcelona (1st)A sadly cynical La Liga Loca has a feeling that there were some sections of the visiting English media who were a tad disappointed that the international session in Seville was a happy-clappy affair with no reported racist nastiness. After all, the blog heard a story that some correspondents had contacted their colleagues in Spain to ask advice on which game they could go to last weekend to “hear racist abuse.”On a similar vein, there is one club in Spain doing its best to chip away against another widespread prejudice in the global game... homophobia. Barcelona have launched Spain’s first gay ‘peña’ or fan club. The PBGL - or Gay and Lesbian Barcelona Peña - was opened last week and awarded a plaque on the outside wall of the Camp Nou. In an interview with Marca, peña president, Josep Ribes sympathised with one particular Real Madrid player who is perhaps the biggest target of all from supporters in the stands all over Spain. “When they sing “Guti, Guti, Guti, (expletive), I feel bad. Both for me and him. It’s just offensive.”LLL Prediction - Away winValencia (4th) vs Málaga (7th)‘Dum, dum, de, dum’... it’s your wedding day... ‘Dum, dum, de, dum’... you are looking resplendent in your beautiful white dress.
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12 February 2009
Tony Adams isn’t the only man to get the boot in strange and/or unfortunate circumstances, as Rob Burnett discovers…
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12 February 2009
“Sexo, droga y Penarol” – Montevideo graffiti.
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12 February 2009
Spain’s superb 29-match unbeaten run began some two years ago with a 1-0 win over England, and continued last night with what was a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory at a sprightly Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville.
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11 February 2009
There is more than 11 reasons for us Brazilians to get excited again with the national team, who beat Italy as easy as pizza pie on Tuesday night at the Emirates Stadium.Robinho flying high, Ronaldinho returning to form, Elano proving once again that he’s decisive when it counts (why can't this guy get a game at Manchester City?), Felipe Melo making a solid debut, and even Inter Milan mis-fit Adriano showing he still wants to shine for his country.
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11 February 2009
What can be gleaned from the ‘Derby of the World’ is that, at present, Brazil are in better shape than Italy.
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11 February 2009
Hiddink, schmiddink. Most of the Chelsea fans I spoke to wanted one man to replace Scolari. The one man Roman Abramovich will never appoint. The outlaw Jose Mourinho.
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10 February 2009
Before Wednesday night's game in France, Diego, sporting greased back mullet and half of Sierra Leone's diamond deposits in his ears, relaxed on the Med.
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10 February 2009
In a mega-testosterone, time-warped environment when a team can be the bestest of all time in the morning and a big pile of poo come nightfall, three weeks in La Liga is a very, very long time indeed. But that’s about how long Vicente Boluda has been in charge at the Bernabeu since Ramón Calderón and his clan went off for a permanent party at Pachá On the footballing front, it has been simple sailing for Madrid with the side getting the job done as they try and gain ground on Barcelona. Not that everyone appreciates Juande Ramos’ efforts mind, with Sport’s Joan Batlle accusing the Castle Greyskull club of ‘total conservatism and zero creativity.” La Liga Loca suggests he tries reading an edition of his own paper one day.

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