Sid Lowe: “Spanish Football Has Become Fragmented and Flat” Reply

Real Sociedad Atletic

Stadiums aren’t filling. Fans are largely treated with disdain. And while the authorities are now belatedly acting to stamp out bad atmosphere, little is being done to foment a good atmosphere

Sid Lowe writes for The–Sunday in Euskadi. In the Frontón Bizkaia, Juan Martínez de Irujo was wearing a big Basque beret and an even bigger smile, holding the trophy with battered and heavily bandaged hands, another pelota triple crown his. In the Bilbao Arena, Bilbao Basket beat Real Madrid, knocking them off the top for the first time in 78 games. And in the Teatro Principal in San Sebastián, Athletic Club de Bilbao were about to take on Real Sociedad in the Bertso Derbi, a kind of Basque sing-and-joke-off. Not far away, down the boulevard and in from the beach, Anoeta waited in the rain for the main event: Athletic Bilbao versus Real Sociedad.

In the narrow streets of the old town, they had been having an informal Bertso Derbi of their own, in between the patxaran and the pintxos. Blue and white shirts and scarves were everywhere, even on a dog or two. There were red and white shirts too; fewer than normal, but they were there.



La Liga Finally Addressing Its History of Violence; Why Has It Taken So Long? Reply

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Deportivo closed the stand usually occupied by the club’s ultras in the wake of the recent death of one of their fans in Madrid.

Phil Ball writes for Sport–I watched the Deportivo v Málaga game on Saturday night. It seemed the logical thing to do after the week’s events here in Spain, after the fall-out from last week’s incident in Madrid when a Deportivo supporter died after a mass brawl with Atlético Madrid ‘ultras’. It hasn’t been a good week for the Galician club, and things got worse on Saturday night when they lost 1-0 on a rainy evening, in a game that they probably deserved to win – but as the Spanish saying goes ‘A perro flaco todo son pulgas’ (All the skinny dog gets is fleas). Malaga’s keeper Carlos Kameni saved a penalty and generally stopped everything else thrown at him. Formerly in the shadow of Willy Caballlero after arriving in 2012 from Espanyol, he deserved a bit of the spotlight on Saturday night, although his saves were not quite as spectacular as the goal Sergi Darder hit first time from 30 metres, after Depor’s goalkeeper Fabricio kicked the ball out poorly from the area. Goal of the week, and just Deportivo’s luck. They huffed and puffed from then on, but never managed to blow Malaga and Kameni down.


Human Towers of Tarragona – In Pictures Reply

Human tower Tarragona

Team members climb over one another to add further layers to their tower during the 25th edition of the Contest Castells, which is held every two years.

The–The tradition of building human towers, or castells, dates back to the 18th century and takes place at festivals in Catalonia, where teams – ‘colles’ – compete to build the tallest and most complex towers.

A castell is considered successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. The highest castell on record was a 10 floor structure with three people in each floor.


La Liga: A Preview of Spain’s Top Soccer League Reply

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Here’s up-to-date, comprehensive English-language coverage of the Spanish futbol league–from Elkhart, Indiana, USA!

Dustin George-Miller writes for the Elkhart–The World Cup is “done and dusted,” as they say, but club football is just beginning in Europe and around the world. If you caught football fever this summer, there are lots of ways to keep scratching that itch. Earlier we previewed the English Premier League. This time, let’s head south and visit sunny Spain. When you think of Spanish football, you probably think of Barcelona and Real Madrid, two of the biggest, best and most important football clubs in the world. Honestly, you’re forgiven if those are the only two teams you can name from the Spanish league, since, with only a few rare exceptions, those are the only teams that matter.


James Rodriguez Unveiled to Huge Crowd Reply

James Rodriguez Madrid–Colombia’s World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid’s latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup in Brazil, has moved to the European champions from Monaco on a six-season contract. Spanish media said Real paid about €80 million for the 23-year-old playmaker, which if correct would make him the fifth most expensive player in history after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Luis Suarez.


Uniform Threat to Women’s Beach Volleyball Reply

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Mark Nolan writes for The–A vocal fighter in the battle against drugs in sports, so much so she became the head of Spain´s anti-doping agency, Ana Muñoz, the Director General of Sports, presided over another battle this week, one which could change the face of a sporting genre forever. In a meeting on Thursday with Francisco Blázquez, the President of the Spanish Handball Federation, the question as to whether the sports kit worn by ladies participating in the beach based version of the sport was the hot topic of conversation, with the simple question, “Is it sexist?”


World Cup–Here’s What Happened Last Time Reply

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2014 World Cup Competition Launches Today in Brazil

From OscarCastiHD–Hello guys! Here I have the video compilation of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, from the perspective of Spain, where they won their first World Cup. Spain Team: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), José Manuel Reina (Liverpool), Víctor Valdés (Barcelona), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Raúl Albiol (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xavi Hernández (Barcelona), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Jesús Navas (Sevilla), Cesc Fábregas (Arsenal), Javi Martínez (Athletic), David Silva (Valencia), Juan Manuel Mata (Valencia), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Barcelona), Pedro Rodríguez (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic).


“Who Is Ever Going To Beat This Guy?” Reply

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Rafael Nadal Makes History In Roland Garros Win Over Novak Djokovic

Randy Walker writes for World Tennis–Ted Robinson of NBC Sports concluded Sunday’s broadcast of the French Open men’s final asking “Who is ever going to beat this guy?” It is one of the biggest questions in tennis – and in all of sports – of Rafael Nadal of Spain at the French Open.

With tennis history hanging in the balance with seemingly every bludgeoning swing of the racquet, Nadal claimed his ninth French Open singles title – and his 14th career major title – with a physically challenging 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win over Novak Djokovic  in the championship match at Roland Garros. The win places Nadal into a second-place tie with Pete Sampras for the most major championships won in a career by a man with 14 – three shy of Roger Federer’s record of 17.