Spanish Football in 2010: A Retrospective

December 18, 2010


“It’s been an historic year in the life of Spanish football. On the evening of the 11th July, with one swing of his right foot, Andrés Iniesta lit up Johannesburg to win his country its first World Cup and confirm Spain’s place at the very pinnacle of the global game. With La Liga commencing its annual winter hiatus next week, I thought I would use this week to review the year and give out some prestigious awards – Los Equalisers de Oro (The Golden Equalisers), as I like to call them.” The Equaliser


Analysing Cesc Fàbregas’ impact at Arsenal

December 18, 2010

“Keeping Cesc Fabregas in the summer was a symbolic one, if not already indicated by his position as captain of this side. Fabregas is the talisman; the highest profile player and a leader of his generation. If he ceased to believe in Arsenal Wenger’s project then what hope does a youth development policy have? Little – according to Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra.” The Arsenal Column


Inter on top of the world

December 18, 2010

“Inter Milan became the first Italian side to collect five major trophies in a single calendar year as they brushed aside TP Mazembe in the final of the Club World Cup. Two goals in the space of five minutes early in the first half from Goran Pandev and Samuel Eto’o – who shook off an injury to play – put Inter in control, and Jonathan Biabiany completed the scoring five minutes from time.” ESPN


Andy Brassell

December 18, 2010

“It wasn’t all fine wines and canopies at last nights NOPA awards. In between hobnobbing with Barry Glendenning, the chaps from the Football Ramble, Zonal Marking, Swiss Ramble and virtually all of Twitter, I managed to grab a few words with European football freelancer, Andy Brassell.” European Football Weekends


Life in La Liga at…Mallorca

December 18, 2010

“With the squad’s best players such as Borja Valero, Mario Su疵ez and Ariz Aduriz sold off, the club slipping into administration over the summer and subsequently thrown out of the Europa League by UEFA, a position won after a fifth-place finish last season, Mallorca were expected to be one of the strugglers in la Primera, this time around.” Football 365


Roy Hodgson: Not so great expectations

December 18, 2010

“AS people who still believe Roy Hodgson is the right man for the job at Liverpool are finding out (Hello Patrick), defending the indefensible is nigh on impossible.” Well Red


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