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.

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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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La Liga: Real Zaragoza Gets a Win, Loses a Coach

Just as quickly as I said Ander Garitano gave Real Zaragoza their first win since Halloween, the Basque coach announced his resignation late Monday night.

The resignation came as a complete surprise to most around the club. Garitano was scheduled to appear at several media appearances but was reported to have a fever, thus missing his appointments.

However, now the truth has come out that Garitano has left Zaragoza, after only two games as head coach. He wasn’t a newbie to Zaragoza, as he came there in 1996 from Athletic Bilbao and stayed there until his retirement in 2002, when he dawned a track suit and became a youth team head coach.

Garitano cited ‘personal reasons’ for leaving the club, but it was widely known that he wasn’t happy with Andrés D’Alessandro and the attitude he was bringing to the club.

Headlines dealing with Zaragoza constantly rang out lines of ‘It’s not a problem with the players, it’s a problem with the attitude’, something that Garitano wanted to chance as the head coach.

‘Given the state I am in right now I would have damaged the team and the club if I had carried on and I want to go now given that the team is in the middle of the table.

‘I don’t feel strong enough to face up to this challenge. I prefer another person to take over because the team needs someone who is 100 percent.’

Zaragoza will again be on the hunt for a new head coach, with all fingers pointing to Javier Irureta, former Recreativo skipper.