Archive for April, 2012
What a week this has been in Spanish football. Last Saturday Real Madrid won 2-1 at Barcelona to just about seal this season’s La Liga crown. Once the final whistle had gone I popped down to the city centre Cibeles fountain to report from the celebrations for Fox Soccer.
On Tuesday Barcelona agonisingly lost out to Chelsea at the Camp Nou. That prompted an analysis piece for Sport 360, looking at what had gone wrong for Guardiola’s men. The game reinforced a previous feeling that Barca were slipping which had included a look at their Messidependencia for Sport 360 and a Cesc Fábregas wakes up to reality Football Ramble blog.
The drama continued at the Bernabéu on Wednesday where I was reporting for Sport 360 as Real Madrid slipped agonisingly out of the Champions League on penalties to Bayern Munich (pictured is Neuer about to save Ronaldo’s). Then it was downstairs to listen to coaches José Mourinho and Jupp Heynckes and share their views on the game for Fox Soccer. Again Madrid’s demise was no huge shock to those who’d been following La Liga’s marathon race closely, as blogged about for Canada’s The Score.com site.
Friday came the report for Sport 360.com from the Barcelona press conference where Josep Guardiola confirmed he was leaving as head coach and assistant Tito Vilanova was stepping up. Saturday’s Sport 360 newspaper had a profile of the new boss as he stepped out of Guardiola’s shadow and a piece on how Pep’s departure might affect the big names within the Barca squad.
As Sport 360′s Spanish correspondent I’ve been taking in a lot of live games – at Osasuna’s Reyno de Navarra stadium to see Barcelona’s La Liga challenge falter with a dramatic 3-2 defeat, Real Madrid’s Bernabéu to watch Mourinho’s men steamroll (almost) all opposition, Barcelona’s Camp Nou to see Messi’s record breaking five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and Bilbao’s San Mamés to see Athletic outrun and outclass Manchester United in the Europa League.
There’s also been time for some more reasoned (ahem) analysis – with regular pieces for Sport 360 including this one on the emergence of Iker Muniain at Athletic and this one on the sinking of Villarreal’s Yellow Submarine, plus pieces for Fox Soccer including Málaga’s seeming emergence as a La Liga ‘third force‘ , and the Football Ramble looking at why the recent ‘law of silence’ at Real Madrid had more to do with internal dressingroom squabbles than anger at refereeing decisions.
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