Alledged fraud, tax evasion and transfer bans; a season to forget for brand Barca

Last month saw FIFA hit FC Barcelona with a 14-month transfer ban for their improper recruitment of ten overseas youngsters. It has been well...

 

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2 April, 2014 Will forgotten man Llorente make it to Brazil?

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil rapidly edging closer, El Centrocampista looks at the options for the Spain national squad and especially whether the forgotten man Fernando Llorente can fight his way back into the fold. Since his official signing at Juventus on 1st July 2013, Llorente has struggled to find a similar vein […]...

31 March, 2014 Diego Costa and the real secret to Atletico’s success

Diego Costa’s ever expanding plethora of talents is incredible. Like the villain in a sci-fi movie, every time the opposition has him figured, he comes up with a new skill, a new attribute, which makes putting the ball in the net once again in his hands. He has an outrageous first touch, can outwork any […]...

30 March, 2014 Isco’s Summer Dilemma

Isco arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu as the bright young hope of Spanish football. The attacking midfielder was signed from Malaga for around €30 million, after his magnificent previous season where he helped Malaga reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League. In the summer of 2012, he helped Spain’s Under-21 side win the Under-21 European […]...

28 March, 2014 Tactics talk as Sevilla dent Real’s title bid

Real Madrid’s title hopes were delivered a serious blow on Wednesday night at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, as they lost 2-1 to in-form Sevilla despite having taken a 1-0 lead. Real Madrid, attempting to bounce back from a 4-3 defeat in the El Clasico, took the lead through a deflected Cristiano Ronaldo free kick. However, […]...

25 March, 2014 Jese Rodriquez – The Home Grown Galactico

What do Diego Maradona, Luis Figo, Davor Suker, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi all have in common? Their illustrious careers all started with dazzling performances at their respective FIFA Under 20 World Cup. Add to that list one Jese Rodriguez Ruiz. In the summer of 2012, ‘Jese’ bagged five goals and the Golden Boot at […]...

22 March, 2014 Barca, Atletico, and Real and their Champions League fate

Friday’s draw for the quarter-final stage of the Champions League has produced an intriguing all Spanish affair between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Arguably the toughest tie to call, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have built up quite the rivalry this season, having already faced each other three times – all of which ended in a draw. […]...

19 March, 2014 Crucial El Clasico

With La Liga now firmly planted in ‘the business end of the season’, the three-horse race that has captivated audiences over the past seven months is in danger of becoming a two-horse race when Real Madrid go toe-to-toe with Barcelona in the second Clásico of the league season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night. A win for […]...

18 March, 2014 Retro reinvented – win your favourite ‘retro’ shirt

El Centrocampista and Campo Retro have come together to offer all of our fans around the world a fantastic opportunity to win any retro shirt with any name and number on the back. Campo Retro has a wide range of retro shirts available from Arsenal to West Brom. With classic shirts and track jackets ranging back […]...

14 March, 2014 Real Betis’ contrast in fortunes

Seven months is a long time in football, especially if you are a fan of Real Betis. Coming into this season off a seventh placed finish which saw them qualify for the Europa League, hopes were high amongst the ‘Los Verdi Blanco’s’ faithful that they could compete on both fronts and push onto the next […]...

11 March, 2014 Why Puyol’s retirement proves Barca to be Mes Que Un Club

The end of an era. El Centrocampista analyses the Puyol-Barca relationship and what lies ahead for both club and captain. After 19 years of wearing his heart on the sleeve of his Blaugrana shirt, Carles Puyol was more pragmatic when announcing his retirement to a huddle of journalists inside the Nou Camp last week:  “The […]...

10 March, 2014 Spain’s squad is shaped for success

Spain continued their preparation for this summer’s World Cup finals with a 1-0 win against Italy in the Vincente Calderon last week. The Spanish side’s quality has never been in question, and with a squad brought up in the age of ‘tiki-taka’ football, there may be no solution to stop them empowering themselves on the […]...

7 March, 2014 Notes from Madrid

Last weekend El Centrocampista writer, and Atletico fanatic, Will Bains dug out his passport and made the trip over to Madrid, where he managed to take in no less than three La Liga matches in just two days. Here he tells of his tales… Last weekend was the Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderón – […]...

28 February, 2014 Do Atlético have enough to break up the La Liga duopoly?

Last Sunday night Atlético Madrid lost grip on the La Liga title with a 3-0 away defeat to Osasuna. After going two thirds of the season neck and neck with Barcelona and Real Madrid, is one loss enough for the dream to be over? In many other leagues that claim would be ridiculous, but in […]...

24 February, 2014 Villarreal: The Yellow Submarine keeping its head above water

From the Champions League to the Segunda…and back again? El Centrocampista takes a look at this season’s surprise package as newly-promoted Villarreal enjoy a return to the top-flight. May 18 2012. A dark day in the history of Villarreal CF. Radamel Falcao nods home Athletico’s winner two minutes from time and with that header sends […]...

21 February, 2014 Player profile : Nacho Monreal

In the first of our Player Profiles, Honor Cantrell takes a look at the career of Arsenal full back Nacho Monreal. Name: Ignacio Monreal Eraso Date of birth: 26 February, 1986, 27 years old Place of birth: Pamplona, Spain Height: 1,79  Nationality: Spanish  Position: left back, defender Foot: Left footed Agent: Bahia Interncional  Clubs (current […]...

19 February, 2014 “I’m back” – Simeone returns to the San Siro

“One day I will be back”, he said just eleven months ago. Who knows if Diego Pablo Simeone imagined that that day would be so soon. Tonight the doors of the Giuseppe Meazza in San Siro will open before him to host his team for the first leg of the Champions League round-of-16 against AC […]...