La Liga: Jornada 32 Weekend In Review

For anyone that’s new to these parts, I don’t write weekend reviews, but rather link to reviews since I don’t find it to be a good use of my time. And since others do a great job, I just link to them!

La Liga Results-Jornada 32

Saturday 12 April 2008 (Spanish Time)
20:00 Valencia 1 – Racing 2 FT
22:00 Recreativo 2 – Barcelona 2 FT

Sunday 13 April
17:00 Valladolid 1 – At. Madrid 1 FT
17:00 Betis 0 – Levante 1 FT
17:00 Getafe 0 – Zaragoza 0 FT
17:00 Espanyol 0 – Osasuna 1 FT
17:00 Deportivo 3 – Athletic 0 FT
17:00 Mallorca 2 – Sevilla 3 FT
19:00 R. Madrid 1- Murcia 0 FT
21:00 Almería 1 – Villarreal 0 FT

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La Liga: The First ‘Jueves de Feria’ Without Antonio Puerta

It would be criminal of me today to not mention Antonio Puerta, on this ‘Jueves de Feria’ (Feria Thursday).

2 years ago, Antonio Puerta single handedly started Sevilla on a run that would Spain 15 months and 5 separate titles (UEFA Cup 2006, 2007, Spanish Copa Del Rey 2007, Spanish Super Cup 2007 and European Super Cup 2006). His goal against Schalke didn’t only lift Sevilla to the finals against Middlesbrough, but it was also a spectacular goal, scored in the 100th minute of the game, in Sevilla’s 100th year of existence.

When this goal was scored, the city quite literally erupted into a frenzy, as you can see from the video. This goal will live as one of the greatest goals in Sevilla history.

Manolo Jimenez wrote a great remembrance today in MARCA about this topic. Remember that Jimenez was Puerta’s coach in Sevilla Atlético for a few years before his move up to the first team under Joaquin Caparros, and ultimately under the guidance of Juande Ramos.

His few lines says it all:

No resulta fácil encontrar las palabras adecuadas cuando se trata de recordar la figura del gran Antonio Puerta. Es un futbolista, una persona, por la que siento una especial predilección. Se cumple el primer Jueves de Feria sin él, se cumple el segundo aniversario del Jueves de Feria que cambió la historia del Sevilla y el destino de Puerta.

It’s not easy to find the right words when trying to remember the great Antonio Puerta. He’s a footballer, a person, for whom I felt a special predilection. It’s the first ‘Jueves de Feria’ without him, and it’s the second anniversary of the ‘Jueves de Feria’ that changed Sevilla’s history, and Puerta’s destiny’

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One-Liner Guide to La Liga- Jornada 27 (Next Week, I Take On Paragraphs!)

Welcome back to the LAST One-Liner Guide to La Liga- Jornada 27.  No, don’t run crying into the streets yet, I’m just allowing myself to expand a bit in the upcoming weeks because I feel I can be wittier in more than one line.  And well..frankly..I can.

Your Spanish Cosita

I present to you the winner and Spanish representative in the Eurovision 2008 contest, Rodolfo Chikilicuatre. He is a comedian on a late night TV show in Spain called ‘Buenafuente’. This season, fans decided to break the sterotype of boring and dull songs and just go balls out with this guy.

If this guy wins, it would be amazing. What a star.

La Semana Pasada

–Is the Sky Really Falling in Spain?? I beg to differ.

— Getafe is ‘The little club that could’ moving on to the Round of 8 in the UEFA Cup. Aupa Geta!

–Apparently Barcelona are already making their Shopping list for next season, and who would have thought, 2 Sevilla players (and Diego Capel is missing) are on their list. On the same topic, AS gives a look at what Sevilla players are being sought after this off season.

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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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La Liga: Sevilla’s Poulsen May Be Heading to Barcelona

So we get out of the Champions League and now we immediately start selling off players??

I first read this on <a href=”http://spanishfootballsports.blogspot.com/2008/03/fc-barcelona-has-agreement-with-poulsen.html#links”>Spanish Football and Sports</a> that Sevilla midfielder Christian Poulsen is headed to Barcelona come season’s end.

I read the <a href=”http://www.elsesports.cat/pesports/eeItem.jsp?itemid=261751&amp;seccio=barca&amp;item=noticies”>article in TV3</a> (note the article is in Catalan:TV3 is one of the TV stations in Catalunya) and basically it says that the contract has been confirmed, but Barcelona still has to convince Del Nido on the deal.  The sticking point also is that Poulsen has one more year left on his contract at Sevilla and the two clubs will have to come to an agreement on how to handle that.

Poulsen is a good midfielder.  He won’t score you many goals, but he knows how to defend and has played very well this season with Keita.

Barcelona are looking at the Danish midfielder to replace Edmilson who’s contract is up on June 30th and will not resign with the Catalan club.

One-Liner guide to La Liga- Jornada 25

The One-liner Guide to La Liga is back like a Rolling Stones reunion tour.  Let’s go.
Your Spanish Cosita

Each town in Spain has their own feria. Feria is basically, a carnival. But they are the most intense week long carnivals you will ever be a part of in your life. Spain’s most famous feria is ultimately the Feria de Sevilla, which is always held in April. The Feria de Sevilla was started in 1847 as a cattle trading fair, but quickly escalated into the party that it is today. This is one of the most traditional ones where women still dress in the typical flamenco dress. The ferias are also well known for having casetas which are the typical ‘little houses’ along the streets were people go and dance and eat.

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Champions League-La Liga Edition: A Tale of 3-2’s

Le Sigh. =(

Fenerbahçe 3 – Sevilla 2

A Sevilla side with no excuses couldn’t defend worth a damn and still almost came out of Turkey with a win. Three Fenerbahçe goals scored on TERRIBLE defending by Sevilla.

I’ll spare a recap of the game since everyone knows how much I hate doing them. But I’ll still give my two cents.

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La Liga: Jornada 20-A Derby, A Goal, A Team Struggling

Jornada 20 down in the books in La Liga and what a Jornada it was. Some of the more notable happenings in this matchweek.

—Saturday saw my Sevilla fall to a 12th place Getafe side in the 92nd minute. A back and forth game saw Sevilla draw first blood, but watched Getafe fight back in the second half. Sevilla, down 2-1 in the final minutes, were redeemed by Right back Drago in the 89th minute, but saw their hopes for a point crushed by Contra in the 91st minute. Struggling can’t describe what place we are in now. Luis Fabiano said in AS ‘We should be embarrassed to play this way’. As well they should. All Sevilla has left this season is the Champions League, which

— Sunday brought upon the fastest goal in La Liga history. Llorente scored 8 seconds into the Espanyol-Valladolid match thanks to a hail mary-esque pass springing him for the goal. Valladolid were victorious 2-1.

(Go here to see the goal, for some reason the video won’t embed)

—The Madrid Derby brought out another early goal, this time by Raul, who netted 30 seconds into the Atlético-Real Madrid game. Ruud Van Nistelrooy volleyed in a corner in the 42nd minute to put the madridistas up 2-0. (More on the Derby by Tim Stannard here) The win puts Real Madrid 7 points clear of Barcelona, who won 1-0 against Racing Santander (attended by CHI pundit Breton).

—Real Zaragoza broke their 10 game losing streak with a 3-1 win against Real Murcia. Zaragoza were led by Diego Millito’s brace, which gave Zaragoza’s newly installed manager Ander Garitano his first win at the helm. Abel continues to be a bust for Murcia this season.

The scores for this week were:

ATLÉTICO 0-2 R. MADRID
BARCELONA 1-0 RACING
ZARAGOZA 3-1 MURCIA
LEVANTE 2-2 MALLORCA
ALMERÍA 1-0 DEPORTIVO
VALLADOLID 2-1 ESPANYOL
BETIS 1-1 RECREATIVO
OSASUNA 2-0 ATHLETIC
GETAFE 3-2 SEVILLA
VILLARREAL 3-0 VALENCIA

My Interview with Jesus Alvarado

A few people have asked me about my interview on Sevilla FC radio. I uploaded it and put it into a video, since that is really the only way to do it.

The interview took place last Friday with Jesus Alvarado, one of the most respected Sevilla FC followers and bloggers out there. He runs his own blog at Jesus Alvarado and also is the president of the Sevilla Supporters Club ‘Hasta La Muerte

The interview was about 30 minutes long, complete with me getting cut off twice due to the snow. The interview is in Spanish, but give it a listen. It really was an honor to interview with Jesus on his show and hopefully I’ll be invited back again.


Interview with Jesus Alvarado on Sevilla FC Radio Tomorrow

As I mentioned in a previous post I recieved an invitation from Jesus Alvaredo, who is a god amongst Sevilla fans, to be interviewed on his radio show ‘Sevillistas por el mundo’ on Sevilla FC radio.

I’m going to talk about why I became a Sevilla fan and why I write both on here and on The Sevilla Offside. The show will be on Sevilla FC radio (link to the website here. In order to listen, click on the bottom where it says ‘Haz Click Para Escucharnos’).

The show starts at 1:00pm EST (7:00pm Spain time) and Jesus and I will be talking for about 30 minutes. I’ll be sure to give a shout out to the CHI crew.