Morbo Minute–Week 2=Week 1

As I mentioned in my previous Old Futbol Buffet post, I missed all of the matches on Saturday and Sunday. I didn’t even know Real Madrid had thrashed Real Zaragoza until Monday afternoon. I spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday gathering articles and reading blogs in an attempt to catch up. Here are some of the things that caught my attention.

Phil Ball reflected on the opening weekend of La Liga, which saw Valencia surprisingly score and ship goals, Atletico Madrid not surprisingly not score, and Real Madrid annihilate Zaragoza in a weekend of goals, goals, goals around Europe.

El Centrocampista took a look at FC Barcelona’s defensive permutations as they cope with injuries, suspensions and thinness at the position. In the game against Villarreal they opted for Abidal, Busquets and Mascherano in the back.  Barcelona Football Blog went all out in a two part tactical breakdown of Villarreal and FCB.  Really good reading.  Part 1 Part 2

Sid Lowe commented on the opening weekend as well, focusing on Cuper’s knack for finishing second and Negredo’s performance for Sevilla against Malaga.

Speaking of Malaga, Forza Futbol had Christian (@christianmcr) on from Euro Sport and Event Management, and he provided almost an hour of information and passion regarding the Malaga project. That was the word he used over and over. He explained the short and long term goals of the club; the vision of the academy to provide players for the squad a la FCB; the current four year sponsorship deal—advertising for UNESCO; and the social consciousness of the club, which includes diverting revenue from friendlies and saving a club from relegation. Definitely worth a listen as Shiekh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani attempts to create a force which will compete with the Big Two.

 

Just a few things as I close . . .

Four of the Spanish teams in Europe (Valencia, Villarreal, Atletico and Sevilla) are without shirt sponsors, after failing to agree deals.

Matt from @Inbedwimaradona discusses the globalization of football & what happens when you wear your favorite kit around town.

Forza Football put together some Spanish Kit Porn.  Doesn’t have everything but helpful if you haven’t bought a jersey for the upcoming season.

A decent preview of Athletic Bilbao from SpanishFootball.info.

Atlético signed Colombian attacker Falcao. Hopefully he will provide the goals lost with the departure of Aguero (Manchester City) and Forlan (Inter Milan)

Finally, if you have not seen Getafe’s promotional video for this seasonWarning: NSFW, it is a car wreck that cannot be missed.

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