Ten observations from the El Clasico. Scoreline: FCB 5-1 White Jersey team Six goals made in South America give a Guardiolaesque scoreline but men of the match are Spain’s discarded wing backs – Jordi Alba & Sergi Roberto. 2. Before … Continue reading Pep Talk 22: Six Goals made in South America give El Clasico a Guardiolaesque scoreline
Visiting one of the world’s premier cities, one of the world’s most visited cities, within budget expenses, is always a challenge. Most of us have dreams of visiting Madrid one day. And yet many of us are deterred by various … Continue reading Travel: Madrid – A budget family itinerary
It was the 1998 World Cup, held at France when my fascination for the Spanish national team grew from admiration to unconditional support. Live coverage of European club football had started entering Indian homes and fascinated by Real Madrid and … Continue reading Pep Talk 21: My World Cup of Sorrow
I cut off all my football channels once the domestic league season got over. I didn’t see any point waiting for two weeks to see the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final to be played out between the third placed team … Continue reading Pep Talk 20: Champions missing on Champions League decider night
Insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from the book ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga’ – El Clasico diaries by Sid Lowe. While the book covers the entire history of Barcelona vs Real Madrid rivalry, I have only chosen the post-2000s … Continue reading Pep Talk 19: Insights from Sid Lowe’s ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga – El Clasico diaries
Over five years ago, in a pre-match press meet, the then Borrusia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp first time christened his brand of football. “I think he (Arsene Wenger) likes having the ball, playing good football. It is like an orchestra. … Continue reading Football: Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Heavy Metal’ football drowning out ‘tactical orchestras’!
When we entered Nou Camp stadium 14 April 2017, we were welcomed by a new intimidating 30ft by 20ft billboard. It was Messi’s clenched fist pumping up crowds after the historic 6-1 win over Paris St Germain. The crowd photographer … Continue reading Football: The image which justifies Neymar’s departure from Barcelona FC
FC Barcelona new manager Ernesto Valverde, happens to be the highest profile candidate, the Catalan giants have appointed in almost the last decade and a half! Ever since Louis Van Gaal was sacked in 2003 following a disastrous campaign (Barca … Continue reading Football: Six key areas FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde needs to fix
Ousted out of Champions league, falling apart in La Liga title race, bloodied by Marcelo’s elbow, tripped by Ramos’s sliding studs and abused by Madrid fans; Lionel Messi still had the loud last laugh. Right inside the enemy camp. Nothing, … Continue reading Football: Messi finally retorts to Ronaldo’s Calma celebration
Welcome to the Cristiano Ronaldo airport Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be touching everything gold at the moment. In May 2016, he led his team to Champions League 2015-16 trophy. In July he led his team to Euro Nations trophy 2016. … Continue reading Welcome to the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, stay at the Pestana CR7 Hotel!