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La Liga full of shocks

Posted by Daniel Stone on August 27, 2007

antoniopuerta.jpgLa Liga got underway this past weekend with plenty of goals, entertaining football and a long list of shocks. Although there was some wonderful football, what happened at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán overshadowed all the football. Antonio Puerta suffered two heart attacks and is still in a critical condition. Let’s hope he will have a speedy recovery.  

Barcelona started their campaign with new signing Thierry Henry on the bench, with such a star studded frontline there was no room for him in the starting line up. One may wonder, if Henry is used as a substitute he may end up regretting his move to Sunny Spain, in contrast to the King status he had back at the Emirates. Back to the proceedings at El Sardinero (Racing Santander’s stadium), Henry came off the bench and came closest to breaking the deadlock with a shot that hit the post. The fantastic four (Barcelona front line: Messi, Ronaldinho, Eto’o & Henry) couldn’t have imagined starting the season firing blanks! Racing also threatened at the other end but the deadlock could not be broken as the game finished 0-0. Shock number 1. 

Other shocks include all three newcomers to La Liga starting with convincing victories; Almeria beating Deportivo 0-3 away, Valladolid beating UEFA Cup finalists Espanyol 0-1 away and Murcia beating Champions League hopefuls Zaragoza 2-1 at home. Shock number 5 came at Mestalla, Villarreal battering title credentials Valencia 0-3. The latter had two stars sent off; Joquin for dissent and David Villa, for mouthing off and diving The Spanish FA have said they will not be tolerating diving in La Liga this season, so let’s see how long this will last as a downfall to this great league is that players do fall theoretically all too often. 

Finally, Real Madrid endured a moral boosting win over neighbours Atlético Madrid. The pundits were predicting an away win (or even stating that this was the best chance Atlético had in beating Real in many years, this due to Real Madrid suffering their worst pre-season in many many years). After the first minute this looked the case after the all so reliable Guti (NOT!) lost his marker, Aguero who headed the ball in at the back post from a corner. Real moved up a few gears (they started in reverse to be honest) and took control of the game, playing entertaining football (as Schuster promised). Raul headed in the equaliser and before the winner came Sergio Ramos hit the post with a header as did Guti with a free-kick. In the 79th minute Wesley Sneijder popped up with the winner striking from 20 yards out which evaded Leo Franco via a deflection. These were the remaining results: 

A. Bilbao 0 – 0 Osasuna

Sevilla 4 – 1 Getafe

Mallorca 3 – 0 Levante

Recreativo 1 – 1 Betis

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Posted in Almería, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Deportivo, Espanyol, La Liga, Murcia, Racing, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal, Zaragoza | 2 Comments »

Reyes snapped up by ATLÉTICO Madrid

Posted by Daniel Stone on July 30, 2007

reyes.jpg Atlético Madrid have snatched José Antonio Reyes from under the noses of their arch rivals Real Madrid. It was an almost certainty that Reyes would be playing in the Real Madrid white strip for the up and coming season but Atlético had something else in mind. It hasn’t been officially confirmed yet but the deal is practically done. 

Real have missed out on Reyes due to their complete and utter arrogant behaviour. Reyes spent last season on loan at Real Madrid in a deal that saw Julio Baptista move in the opposite direction. The agreement was that if the deal was made permanent Real Madrid would have to pay Arsenal £2m. However, after a disappointing season in the Premiership, with few moments of brilliance (4 goals against Liverpool come to mind) Arsenal decided against making Baptista’s move permanent.  

On the other hand, Real Madrid were still keen on keeping Reyes but refused to pay the amount agreed when the player went on loan. Real offered no more than £4m, pretty insulting considering Arsenal had paid £10.5m only 3 years earlier. Atlético have since made a superior bid of £6m which Arsenal have accepted. The ironic thing is that last summer Atlético offered £8million for Reyes, which Wenger dismissed as an insult! 

What makes this even more bizarre is that Atlético and Real are arch rivals (as big as Liverpool and Man U, the Heinz saga comes to mind) and Reyes, excuse my language, doesn’t give two monkeys where he plays this season as long as he doesn’t have to go back to London. I never thought London was that bad!? Some kind of loyalty to Real considering he scored the two winning goals on the last day of the season which sent the Merengues (Real fans) into raptures delivering them their 30th La Liga title.  

There will be more in the near future on the Spanish football media and the subject of players being ‘tapped up’ by interested suitors. The latter the reason for Reyes’ price tag having dropped drastically.

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