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La Liga Preview: Matchday 12

Nick Chernih November 22, 2014

We welcome back club competition after the international break, with the highlight of the round being the minnows Eibar hosting the mighty Real Madrid at the Ipurua, total capacity of 5,250 – a true David vs Goliath clash.  Barcelona host high flying Sevilla, with both sides hoping to break a spell of bad form and… Continue Reading »

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Socceroos fall to Japan 2-1

Adam Dow November 19, 2014

The Socceroos’ hoodoo in recent years against the Blue Samurai continued last night, with goals from Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki handing Japan a 2-1 victory in Nagai. It was a difficult night for Australia for the most part, especially in the second half, as Japan controlled the match to hand the Socceroos their eighth… Continue Reading »

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FIFA investigation farce further highlights the need for change

Mark Houston November 19, 2014

Back in June 2011, The Blog FC’s Mark Houston wrote a piece on the state of football’s global governing body amidst accusations of corruption regarding the processes of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. Using information from British investigative journalist Andrew Jennings and speaking with SBS Chief Football Analyst Craig Foster, a poor picture… Continue Reading »

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Were World Cup tactical trends reflective of the direction of club football?

Mark Houston November 15, 2014

With Spain’s shock early ousting from the World Cup in Brazil, many have labelled it as the “death of tiki-taka”. While those assertions are lazy and wide of the mark – it was simply a failure of playing their style effectively – there was a shift from possession-based football to direct styles of play getting… Continue Reading »

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Consistent Kroos the key ingredient for Real Madrid

Inside Spanish Football November 14, 2014

Inside Spanish Football’s Real Madrid correspondent Alex Kirkland is singing the praises of Toni Kroos after his exceptional performance against Rayo Vallecano this past week, while also detailing why the German international’s arrival couldn’t come at a better time for Los Blancos. With Toni Kroos it’s all about economy. No frills, no fuss, no showboating…. Continue Reading »

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La Liga Wrap Up: Suarez makes the difference and three of the top five drop points

Nick Chernih November 13, 2014

In a weekend that few surprises were expected, all the top five struggled at times. Real Madrid won comfortably 5-1, though not without a scare at 2-1 up.  Barcelona played terribly but rallied late to come back from 1-0 behind to win 2-1 against Almeria.  Sevilla, Valencia and Atletico all dropped points, with the first… Continue Reading »

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The Pod FC Episode 4: Yorke and Cole

The Blog FC Staff November 13, 2014

Joining Adam Dow this week for The Pod FC are regular guests Mark Houston and Mitch Walkerden, along with debutantes Joey Ratcliffe and Thomas Stelzer. The boys discuss Liverpool’s loss to Chelsea, what’s wrong with the other “top” clubs, the unexpected make up of the A-League table, the latest Socceroos squad and all the highlights… Continue Reading »

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Spanish Inquisition: Catalan Independence and what it could mean for Spanish Football

Inside Spanish Football November 12, 2014

The issue of Catalan Independence is something that is always a topic of discussion across all of Spain. It is normally spoken about with the jovial hypothesis that is often greeted over chats that take place in bars and restaurants. This time, it is different; this time Catalan Independence is a very real possibility. Inside… Continue Reading »

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EPL: Unlikely Top Four Contenders

Thomas Stelzer November 11, 2014

The Premier League table, 11 rounds in to season 2014/15, makes for interesting reading. Chelsea have steamed ahead, but the expected fight for European places behind them has thrown up a few surprises with the likes of Southampton, West Ham and Swansea sitting ahead of the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham…. Continue Reading »

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La Liga Preview: Matchday 11

Mark Houston November 8, 2014

After the shuffle of the top teams on Matchday 10, its another week where the top teams will all be looking to take advantage of any slip up or complacency of their rivals. Valencia face Athletic Bilbao in the match of the round, while Barcelona travel to Almeria, Real Madrid host Madrid rivals Rayo Vallecano, and… Continue Reading »

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