Defending World Champions, European Champions in 2008 and 2012, success at the age-group level, Real Madrid and Barcelona continually top or near the top of the wealthiest clubs list and home grown players much sought after around the world – this is a Golden Age for Spanish soccer ……..or is it?
Last week there was a very public reminder that success has not brought benefit to all. Because for all the success achieved over the last 10 years or so Spain has an unsustainable system by which the top two teams – Real Madrid and Barcelona – siphon… to read more please click on the link.
Lead-up and line-ups
Both teams went into this game with new coaches and new signings. What wasn’t new was the expectations and hype.
To date Barcelona had negotiated the transition to Gerardo Martino with greater success than that of Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti.
Barcelona dropped their first league points in nine games last weekend in a scoreless draw away to Osasuna.
Real Madrid was three points behind Barcelona after a 2-2 draw with Villarreal and a 1-0 derby loss to Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid went into the game looking for a third consecutive clasico win, something they had not done in 34 years.
Of Real Madrid’s three big summer signings only Gareth Bale made…to read more please click on the link.
Another frenzied end to a transfer window in Europe and the discussion will now move quickly from discussing and debating who strengthened their squads and who lost out, to the vast amount of money that has just been spent.
Two of the biggest spenders were Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur but rather than pushing the clubs into the red both clubs will likely generate… to read more please click on the link.