La Liga

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the La Liga and everything Spanish football related.

Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Europe, Liverpool, Man Utd., Real Madrid

European Power Rankings

Eurosport has just released its inaugural European Power Ranking and Manchester United are on top. Intern Milan had led these rankings for much of the season but have dropped to fourth place after their recent stumbles is Serie A.

Europsport uses a mathematical formula based on based on points per game in domestic league and European games. What I cannot understand is how Arsenal are ranked higher than Chelsea. Chelsea finished higher than then in the Premiership and went two rounds further in the Champions League. Somehow the last-minute goal they conceded against Bolton cost them a place. And I thought the BCS formula was confusing!

Barcelona, Europe, La Liga, Real Madrid

Real Madrid Dispenses with FC Barcelona

With their 31st league championship already secured, Real Madrid wasted no time with their complete 4-1 victory over nemesis FC Barcelona at Bernabéu. This latest installment of the Spanish El Clásico ended early on with two goals from Real Madrid in the first twenty minutes. Barcelona’s loss dooms the Catalan club to third place in the Primera División. This result forces Barça into the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds where the potential for a shock upset by a smaller club looms.

Europe, Real Madrid

The 2010 UEFA Champions League Finals Awarded to Madrid and Hamburg

Santiago Bernabéu in the Spanish city of Madrid will be hosting the 2010 UEFA Champions League final and the other finals will be held in the Arena Hamburg in Germany. The UEFA Executive Committee recently confirmed the selection of the two stadiums after it met in Liechtenstein. The committee also was set to choose a venue of the 2011 Champions League final but that decision was postponed. The reason that the two stadiums were chosen, which are the home stadiums of Real Madrid and Hamburg SV, are because of their facilities, security, and accommodation.

Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Europe, Liverpool, Man Utd.

Champions League Quarterfinals Predictions

Arsenal over Liverpool

This is a tough draw for both teams who will play each other a few times between match ups in the Champions League. This is a classic match up of European soccer vs. Premier League soccer, as Liverpool always performs well in European play, while Arsenal always battles for the Premier League title. Things are no different this year, as Liverpool made it to the quarters of Champions League and are 4th in the Premier League, while Arsenal was recently surpassed by Chelsea for the 2nd spot after losing to them on Sunday. Even though Liverpool is moving up and Arsenal is moving down I think this is Arsenal’s year, as they will dispatch of Liverpool in the quarters.

Barcelona, Chelsea, Europe, Liverpool, Man Utd.

Liverpool versus Barcelona Final

The Champions League draw today sets up some intriguing quarter-final and semi-final match-ups. The quarter-final draw was:

Arsenal v Liverpool
AS Roma v Man Utd
Schalke 04 v FC Barcelona
Fenerbahce v Chelsea

The team listed first plays the first leg at home and first-leg ties take place on 1 or 2 April, with the return games on 8 and 9 April.

It is a tough draw for Arsenal and Liverpool who will play each other three times in a week with a league match sandwiched in between the two legs of the quarter-finals. Liverpool are the masters of European soccer and expect them to knock Arsenal out in a low-scoring affair.

Major League Soccer, Real Madrid

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Calderon Jokes

Thanks to STO reader Nathan Schorr for posting a link to this picture of Paolo Calabresi as Nic Cage at Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League match last week.

As even Helen Keller could see, that my friend is no Nic Cage.

I can’t imagine how Calabresi even pulled it off now that I have seen his so-called “disguise”. He really should have gone with Sacha Baron Cohen, as the hair and the beard are much more suited to play that role.

Europe, Real Madrid

Ramon Calderon May Be Blind

Nicolas Cage (aka Nicolas Coppola) is a recognizable man.

He won an Oscar. He married Elvis’s daughter. He partied with those crazy pom pom people from Spymonkey. He went on Oprah. Yes, he’s done them all, though not necessarily in that order.

He’s really famous. One of those celebrities everbody is aware of. A real culture permeater (which sounds really disgusting for some reason).

Yet, Ramon Calderon, president of Real Madrid, recently was “punked” by an imposter claiming to be Cage, but it wasn’t by the Kutch, it was by this guy:

Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Europe, Liverpool, Man Utd., Real Madrid

Champions League Quarterfinals Set

The Champions League Quarterfinals are set, well almost as Liverpool and Inter Milan play their second leg in Milan on March 11th with Liverpool traveling to Italy after winning the first leg at home 2-0. There have been some major surprises and some not so major surprises in the 2008 Champions League. Defending champions AC Milan will be watching from home, as they were defeated in the first round of the knockout phase. Two of the surprise teams that have made it to the quarterfinals are Schalke 04 from Germany and Fenerbahçe from Turkey. If Liverpool can get past Inter Milan there will be 4 teams from England’s Premier League in the last 8 teams in the 2008 Champions League Tournament.

Barcelona, Europe, Man Utd., News, Real Madrid

Soccer Teams Out Pace US Sports Teams in Revenue

Yesterday we covered the revenues of the top 20 soccer teams in the world in terms of revenue and how that Real Madrid Still Richest Soccer Club in the World . But how do Real Madrid and Manchester United stock up with the largest US sports franchises like the New York Yankees and Washington Redskins in terms of revenue?

Lets first look at the annual revenues of the teams in America’s largest leagues. According to Forbes magazine the top 5 baseball teams in terms of revenue are:

  • New York Yankees $277 million
  • Boston Red Sox $206 million
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Real Madrid Still Richest Soccer Club in the World

Numbers for the 2007-2008 season are available here

For the third straight year Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid topped the list of richest soccer clubs in the world. Three teams from the Premier League made the top five in Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, while another Spanish League team Barcelona is the other club in the top 5. The list is for the money generated but does not include transfer fees.

Dan Jones the partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, the group that compiled the list, stated, “This is the first time that any country has had three clubs in the top five of the Money League. Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium has transformed their revenues whilst Chelsea’s revenue increase sees them return to the top five.”