2012 began with a bang in Spanish football, with the month’s two Copa Clásicos. This meant a report from the Bernabéu on Barca’s first leg victory, tactical analyses such as this one on the pros and cons of Barca’s deployment of Cesc Fábregas and Alexis Sánchez, and an opinion piece arguing José Mourinho was threatening to quit as he knows he could likely be sacked anyway. There has also been La Liga bread and butter to keep up with – like this report from the Bernabéu on Madrid 3-1 Zaragoza.
There’s also been more stuff for FOX Soccer. This first game preview weighed up the respective squad depths, the immediate after-game analysis looked at how Barca coach Guardiola was rewarded for keeping the faith and this return leg preview looked at Mourinho’s struggles to meet sky-high expectations in Madrid.
Away from the big two the latest When Saturday Comes magazine has a piece from me looking at how the RFEF have been milking their World Cup winners by arranging prestige friendlies around the world for €2m a pop. And on the blogs there’s been a look at the continuing soap opera behind the scenes at Rayo Vallecano for the Football Ramble and a piece for Iberosphere on the serious implications for Spanish football clubs of a recent 7% income tax hike.