La Liga: ”If the players are sick, they should go to the shrink!”

Javier Clemente, new coach at Real Murcia after the sacking of Lucas Alcaraz, did anything buy shine in his debut on Sunday, falling 3-0 to Getafe. However, this former almost appointed manager of Iran had this to say after the loss.

“está enfermo, pero mientras hay vida hay esperanza”, que cree en eso “lo mismo que en Dios” y que “si los jugadores están mal, que vayan al psiquiatra”.

[the club] is sick, but while there’s still live, there’s still hope. [The club] believes in this “the say way they believe in God” and “if the players are sick, they should go to the psychiatrist.”

So apparently Clemente thinks all of his problems with the club might be solved by a little trip to the shrink. Or maybe Clemente realizes they are currently sitting in 19th place on 23 points, six behind 18th place Recreativo and a chance to stay in the top flight this year.

Clemente does know what he’s doing for those of you who think he may be a bit mad. This is the man that managed the 1983 and 1984 Athletic Bilbao team who won back to back La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey crown as well.

He’s also the manager involved in what Four Four Two called one of the top 50 best fights in soccer history, when Andoni Goikoetxea annihilated Diego Maradona from behind, solidfying the feeling of his ‘hardcore’ Athletic team at that time.  The following meeting between the two clubs, and after 106 days on the sidelines with a shattered ankle, Diego Maradona extracted his revenge with a bicycle kick to the face of Bilbao’s keeper.

Maybe Maradona should have went to the shrink.

One-Liner Guide to La Liga-Jornada 27

The one-liner guide to La Liga is coming back just like your in-laws every Christmas.

Ready? Set? Go.

Your Spanish Cosita

Pro Evolution Soccer. PRO, which is what the Spanish call it, is as much a part of the footballing culture as La Liga. Whenever groups of guys in Spain get together, everyone wants to ‘echar un partidito’ (play a little game). Some people take it a bit further and take Pro and tweak it to their liking. Last year’s edition, someone made a ‘La Sexta’ edition complete with Andres Montes and it is by far the best edition. Thanks to Swap Magic, I can play that edition when I’m home and relive all of my La Sexta memories with Andres Montes yelling all the time.

This one is one of games that people alter, called in Spanish, ‘parché’. In this game, everything is changed to Canal + which is one of the television networks that has La Liga games in Spain.

In case you don’t know who Montes is, here he is calling the Italy-Germany game from WC 2006 with the rest of the La Sexta crew.

La Semana Pasada

Here’s some of the week’s top stories.

–The return legs of the Champions League saw Sevilla knocked out in what some are calling one of the Champions League’s best games (not based on defense). Barcelona went through after winning at home against Celtic 1-0, but losing Leo Messi for 6 weeks (more on that later). Real Madrid went down against Roma 2-1 at the Bernabeu. It really should have been a 2-0 scoreline as Real Madrid’s goal couldn’t have been more offside if they tried.

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