Archive for February 2012
On today´s episode of Forza Futbol we have Graham Hunter back on with us to talk about his recently published book Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World from BackPage Press Limited. We talk about Cruyff´s years at Barcelona as a player and his subsequent return as coach of the Dream Team. We follow Joan Laporta´s rise, Ronaldinho´s glory and his surprising role as mentor to Lionel Messi, and the machinations that oversaw the managerial change from Frank Rijkaard to favorite son Pep Guardiola.
Elisa, Mando and Ravi get together for a vintage edition of the " forza futbol pub talk". We went around the stories of La Liga.
1. The Cinderella story of Mirandes 2. Barça - Valencia: Valencia's trouble with lack of creativity in the midfield 3. Barça X Athletic Copa final 4. The Striker dilemma for Spain - What if Villa cant make it? 5. The woes of Sevilla. Can Michel save them? 6. Preciado gone. Can Sporting survive? 7. Are there any other coaches on the chopping block before the end of the season?
We welcome back Eduardo Alvarez of ESPNSoccernet.com to do a La Liga round-up, the transfer window happenings and much more. Eduardo writes the weekly quiniela column on ESPNSoccernet.com and contributes for Radio Marca of Spain and blogs for Esporte Interativo of Brasil. You may follow the "only trilingual spanish football commentator" on Twitter at @EdAlvarezSpain
0. Transfer window deals - best & worst 1. The state of La Liga. Do you feel the league is less competitive? Why? 2. The race for 3rd and 4th. Are Valencia, Athletic, Atletico and Malaga Champions League material? 3. What do you think will happen at Zaragoza? 4. The story of Mirandes 5. Are you surprised by Barça's away form and why? 6. Do you think Mou will stay another year at Madrid? 7. Who is the most improved player for you this year? 8. Who is the revelation of the year? 9. How are you Quinela predictions coming along?
And a lot more interesting stuff.