Ivan Gazidis believes Arsenal squad will ’embrace’ Unai Emery’s studied approach

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes that the squad will ’embrace’ newly appointed head coach Unai Emery’s studied approach to his profession after being unveiled by the north-Londoners on Wednesday, a philosophy which has a proven track record of achieving triumph, gongs and ground-breaking records. Sitting alongside Emery in the Spaniard’s inaugural press conference, Gazidis […]

‘Excited’ Unai Emery lauds Arsenal’s German metronome

So, it’s official, Arsenal unveiled former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery as their new commander and chief in readiness for the 2018-19 campaign and the newly instated Spaniard, who’s ‘excited’ to be part of the club’s history, has lauded one Gunners player in particular, the German metronome that is Mesut Ozil, of course. Emery inherited […]

Ever wondered why La Liga’s top goalscorer wins ‘the Pichichi’?

Pichichi was more than a great goalscorer who died before his time. He was a law student, an Athletic Bilbao legend, an Olympian, a referee and a man who ‘lived life on the edge’ By Dan Parry for These Football Times
In most leagues the name of the trophy given to the player who scores the most goals is self-explanatory: the golden boot in England, the capocannoniere (head gunner) in Italy and the gol krallığı (goal king) in Turkey. This is not the case in Spain, where the top goalscorer award is named after a man called Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, better known as Pichichi. Moreno was born in the Bilbao neighbourhood of Casco Viejo in May 1892. His father was a lawyer who also served as the city’s mayor and his mother was related to the famous writer Miguel de Unamuno. Football was still something of a novelty at the Continue reading "Ever wondered why La Liga’s top goalscorer wins ‘the Pichichi’?"

Iniesta rides off into the sunset too

Its been a week of tears and farewells.Buffon bid farewell to Juventus,Torres said goodbye to Atletico Madrid ( scoring a brace in his last match) and Iniesta said his goodbye to Barcelona. “Today is a difficult day but it’s been 22 marvellous years. It’s been a pride and a pleasure to defend and represent this […]

Has one league ever dominated European football like La Liga? | The Knowledge

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“Atlético Madrid’s win against Marseille in the Europa League final means eight of the last nine major European finals have been won by Spanish teams – and Real Madrid could make that nine out of 10,” begins Claire Miller. “Has one country ever dominated European football like this before?” The Premier League marketing department may have trademarked the phrase “best league in the world”, but not even they have the brass neck to claim it is the strongest. La Liga has dominated European competition throughout the 2000s, and especially in the last five years. Continue reading...

Fernando Torres takes his leave as Atlético Madrid’s historic memory | Sid Lowe

This time it really was the end for The Kid, taking his final bow with Atlético on an emotional evening at the Wanda Defeat hit hard and so did the coach, apportioning blame and pointing the finger; they had let everyone down, he said. It was 2001, Spain had been knocked out of the U17 World Cup, and during the flight home Fernando Torres and Andrés Iniesta, close friends since they had met at 14, decided to put their feelings into words. As they sat on the plane, they wrote a letter outlining everything that had gone wrong. They never posted it but the writing helped and when they touched down back at Barajas airport they swapped shirts, dedicating them to each other. On the shirt Fernando handed to Andrés, it read: “One day you and me will win the World Cup together.” Nine years later, they did. Eight Continue reading "Fernando Torres takes his leave as Atlético Madrid’s historic memory | Sid Lowe"

Eintracht Frankfurt deny Bayern Munich the double in DFB-Pokal final

• Game was Eintracht manager’s last before taking over at Bayern
• Real Madrid finish third in La Liga after draw with VillarealNiko Kovac left Eintracht Frankfurt the perfect parting gift with victory against his future employers Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal final. Kovac delivered the cup, and with it European football next season, in his final game in charge before replacing Jupp Heynckes as Bayern boss this summer as Frankfurt won 3-1 in Berlin. Ante Rebic scored either side of Robert Lewandowski’s equaliser, with his second goal after 82 minutes surviving a VAR check by the referee after Bayern appealed for a handball in the build-up. That was not the end of the replay drama, however, as Frankfurt survived another review in injury time when the referee decided that Kevin-Prince Boateng’s kick on Javi Martínez was not worthy of a penalty. Continue reading...

Soccer TV: Portland Timbers vs LAFC

portland-timbers-fanendo-adi-player-of-the-week-soccer-mlsThe finals of the FA Cup and DFB Pokal are on the weekend soccer TV schedule, with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht playing for a trophy. It's also the finale of the 2017-18 Serie A season with Juventus already champions but the relegation places uncertain. MLS has a game on national TV on Saturday with Portland hosting LAFC. As always with national TV, check your local listings to make sure your affiliate is carrying the games. Portland Timbers vs LAFC at 3pm on Saturday on Fox. The hope for MLS is that soccer fans watching the FA Cup on Fox will stick around for the MLS game. As lead-ins go, the FA Cup is a strong one. What the viewers will get is a Portland team coming off of a home win over the Sounders and an LAFC team that's impressed home and away in their debut season. LAFC drew 2-2 with Continue reading "Soccer TV: Portland Timbers vs LAFC"

La Liga in the Europa League

La Liga logo. We start the soccer news with La Liga's dominance in the Europa League. Since revamping the UEFA Cup and merging in the Cup Winners' Cup for the 2009-10 Europa League, Spanish clubs have won it five out of eight times. The only time over that period that a La Liga team lost a Europa League final was when both finalists came from Spain. Sevilla accounts for three of those titles with their three-peat from 2013-14 through 2015-16. Atletico Madrid has the chance to match those three trophies when they play Marseille in the 2017-18 Europa League final on Wednesday (2:30pm - FS1). It's an impressive run from the La Liga teams with one unavoidable caveat. Their Europa League success is overshadowed by their Champions League success. Over that same period, La Liga clubs have won five out of eight trophies with Real Madrid playing for a Champions League three-peat later Continue reading "La Liga in the Europa League"

‘Seville’s Eurovision’ leaves both teams in Europe and everyone partying | Sid Lowe

The derby, one of the few matches of the penultimate weekend with anything riding on it, didn’t disappoint Betis’s bus made its way through a cloud of green smoke, while Sevilla’s passed the police cordon down the last, short stretch of empty street, turning off palm tree avenue to the Benito Villamarín. It was momentarily quiet outside, just a few stall holders in the sunshine, but inside the bus was different. On the right, a window had been smashed – not there, but four kilometres away, where a Sevilla fan had waved his team off over-enthusiastically – and sitting alongside it was the manager Joaquín Caparrós, exposed and in his element. Someone had put the club anthem on and he was belting it out like a man possessed, the 62-year-old shaking his fists as he sang. In the rows behind, the players banged on the glass. “We’re Sevilla and Continue reading "‘Seville’s Eurovision’ leaves both teams in Europe and everyone partying | Sid Lowe"

Levante end Barcelona’s invincible dream

Barcelona had just two more games to go to make it a whole La Liga season in which they had been unbeaten Alas the dream of being the first La Liga team of the modern era to go down in history as being invincible came unstuck in their penultimate game against lowly Levante. Levante took […]

European roundup: Barcelona lose unbeaten record after 5-4 Levante defeat

• La Liga champions Barça lose despite Philippe Coutinho hat-trick
• Juventus win seventh consecutive Serie A title with Roma drawBarcelona’s long unbeaten run in La Liga ended in thrilling fashion as the champions suffered a shock 5-4 defeat away to Levante in their 37th game of the campaign after resting Lionel Messi. Levante raced into a remarkable 5-1 lead against the Double winners after 56 minutes and although Barça fought their way back with a hat-trick from Philippe Coutinho and a Luis Suárez penalty they were denied the chance to end the Liga season without losing. Continue reading...

Soccer TV: Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers

seattle-sounders-portland-timbers-mls-soccer-august-2016It's the conclusion of the 2017-18 Bundesliga season on Saturday and the Premier League on Sunday on the weekend soccer TV schedule. NBC is all in on the final day of the Premier League, but unfortunately there's not a lot of excitement left in the various scenarios. We previewed the final day of the Bundesliga for USMNT players as well as the Premier League. In Serie A, Juventus can win the title on Sunday at Roma on beIN Sport. Our highlight game comes from MLS with the latest installment of the Cascadia Cup. Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers at 4pm on Sunday on ESPN. Seattle is coming off of a big midweek result, beating Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field. Portland is coming off of an epic hype video that drew the attention of the filmmaker they were spoofing.

Sevilla resist Real Madrid fightback to stay in Europa League race

• Cristiano Ronaldo missing through injury as Real lose 3-2 at Sevilla
• Ousmane Dembélé hits double as Barcelona thrash Villarreal 5-1Sevilla remain in the hunt for a Europa League spot as Joaquin Caparros secured his first win since taking temporary charge with a 3-2 win against Real Madrid at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The visitors, who could have moved above their city rivals Atlético and into second with a win, were without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and suspended Gareth Bale and it showed as they posed little attacking threat. Continue reading...

The top 10 breakthrough stars of the season in Europe’s big leagues

Some exciting talent has emerged across Europe this season, from Liverpool to Lyon and Leverkusen By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport Network Trent Alexander-Arnold has profited from injuries to both Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez over the course of the season to become Liverpool’s first-choice right-back. Having started eight game in the Champions League this season, the academy graduate is clearly a player Jürgen Klopp trusts on the big occasions. The 19-year-old’s endeavour, delivery and willingness to get on the ball have made him a fan favourite at Anfield. Rating 7.04 Continue reading...

Barcelona and Real Madrid explode into life to make the clásico matter | Sid Lowe

There was supposed to be little to play for but after 28 shots, four goals, a red card and bags of controversy, it didn’t feel like it “Nah, nah, it was quiet,” Marcelo grinned and everyone laughed. A few metres away, through the door to the left, Ernesto Valverde took a seat and came straight out with it. “Decaffeinated,” he said dead pan, the hint of a smirk of his face. There was a bit of a laugh then too. Everyone knew what they meant, the irony not lost on anyone, Valverde’s first word of the week, sent right back at them.
Outside, the confetti had settled all around the Camp Nou, billions of bits of colour everywhere, and it was quiet now, midnight approaching and 97,797 people heading home, but still their minds raced and their hearts too, trying to make sense of it all, picking their way Continue reading "Barcelona and Real Madrid explode into life to make the clásico matter | Sid Lowe"

Messi and Ronaldo both score in a brilliant El Clasico

Messi and Suarez both scored in an -enthralling El Clasico in which no quarters were asked for and none given.Bale and Ronaldo did the scoring for Real Madrid so that the game ended at 2-2 with Barcelona down to 10 men. With Barcelona having already won Spanish league title and Madrid focused on a third […]