La Liga Team of the Season 2014/2015

Rule as usual; one player per club. No more. Honourable mentions the exception. Criteria is based upon how valuable the individual has been to the team, and their improvement as a player. No players from Real Madrid or Barcelona. There will be a million teams produced with players from those teams. GK: Gerónimo Rulli There…

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…

Cantera profile: Athletic Bilbao’s pack of lion cubs prowling Lezama

Recent figures have shown that in Spain three cantera’s lead the way in terms of products coming through their football base, and turning out for the first team. Barcelona’s La Masia, one of the most famous in the world, and the lesser known but equally as essential Zubieta ran by Real Sociedad. Not so far…

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…

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…