Low cost and high reward: Gálvez and Arribas cases in point

Given the plight of Spain’s transfer market as a whole, the free market has become along with the loan market, the most important and decisive aspect of the transfer window. Players are seeing their contracts expire for two reasons, with either a) the club they’re contracted to simply not being able to afford a healthier…

La Liga Team of the Season 2012/2013: Midfield and Attack

Here is the second part of my La Liga Team of the Season 2012/2013, focusing on the midfield and attack. An immensely difficult area to choose from, but I thought certain players stood out as mentioned in their respective placings. The first part if you missed it is here. CM Ander Herrera At 23-years-old Ander…

La Liga Team of the Season 2012/2013: Goalkeeper and Defence

So, here we are. Another La Liga season is over and what a fascinating one it has been  – especially outside the top two. That is therefore where I’m plucking my selections from as I do every year, to give people – or at least attempt to, insight into matters elsewhere in Spain. Looking over…

Alberto Moreno brings about light but Sevilla remains in the dark

“80% of the work I do, is dedicated to the cantera….” – Sevilla Sporting Director, Monchi Alberto Moreno Pérez for the past two months or so has become one of Sevilla’s most reliable players of the current campaign, and while performing impressively he’s also flown the flag for a the cantera at Sevilla. His performances…

Espanyol get lost on their way to ‘The Promised Land’

“We reiterate our full confidence in [Mauricio] Pochettino and his coaching staff. We are confident they are able to overcome this situation. All the directors have agreed”. Rafael Train, spokesman for RCD Espanyol’s Board of Directors stated on Tuesday morning. That they’ve come to ‘another’ decision means little for the supporters, after all these are…

The best signings in La Liga – that you missed (Part I)

Jordi Alba joined Barcelona, Luka Modrić signed for Marca as the object of their summer desires and Málaga did some asset stripping. Pretty much the Spanish transfer window in a nutshell – except not quite. Economic strife mans clubs are having to be more astute in the market, and with that some interesting deals have been…

Midfield brains central to Valencia’s new era under Pellegrino

When Mehmet Topal departed Valencia last month, questions were raised about the sense behind allowing such a player to go quite so easily. Systematically he was one of two defensive midfielders left at the club, and with the other being David Albelda a reasonable case could be put forward stating the Turk was the only…

La Liga Team of the Season 2011/2012: Midfield, Attack and Coach

In the second part of my La Liga Team of the Season 2011/2012 I look at the midfield and attack. This was probably the most difficult area to select from as there have been so many individuals excellent for their team. Hopefully I can acknowledge others’ contribution enough in the honourable mentions section. If you…

La Liga Team of the Season 2011/2012: Goalkeeper and Defence

One team, one rule: No Real Madrid or Barcelona. The best of the rest? If you like, but I prefer not to view it like that. The contribution of the following players has been substantial in terms of retaining a level of quality and depth in La Liga. For example, Chico at Real Mallorca is…

Simeone’s identity for Atlético Madrid provides true promise

Too many times we have seen false dawn encompass the Vicente Calderón, but for once, a dawn arrives bringing with it a truth. Sunday evening saw Atlético Madrid present their strongest evidence since Diego Simeone’s arrival, that they have finally gathered themselves an identity. Few times in their recent history, Atleti have grasped such a…