Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
A Super-Clasico for Real Madrid
ESPN Soccernet, October 23rd, 2006 4:39PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Real Madrid's fans are in rapture: Robinho has finally been given (and is taking) his chance, Raul is scoring again, the players have learned how to defend as a team, and as a result, Los Merengues produced their best performance of the season yesterday, beating bitter rival Barcelona 2-0 at home in the most emphatic and rewarding Superclasico for Madrileleños since Real's 4-2 victory over Barca in April 2005. ESPN Soccernet's Phil Ball points that just a week ago, bemused Spanish media outlet La Marca was asked "Es posible jugar peor?" (Is it possible to play worse?), following Madrid's lifeless 1-0 loss away to Getafe. The day after that game, Coach Fabio Capello offered his resignation, which was promptly rejected by President Ramon Calderon. Capello later told his players that if they ever played so badly again, he would quit the game and move into a monastery. After the Getafe match, the Catalans were rejoicing "at the further evidence that the house of Bernabéu was still in disarray." Not so much disarray, but a walking disaster, even worse than last year. But, oh what a difference a week makes, and, possibly, the decision to include Robinho, whom Capello at that point had given no chance all season. Come Steaua Buchuresti in the Champions League in midweek, a Robinho-inspired Real thoroughly trounced the Romanians on their home turf, giving the team the kind of fluency and confidence it needed ahead of yesterday's big match. Real also got a little help from Chelsea, which handed Barcelona its first loss of the season at Stamford Bridge. All these factors were enough to turn the tide in Real's favor, and following Sunday's performance, Real now finds itself fourth, just two points behind leader Barcelona and Valencia, and full of confidence. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
High school vs. club debate rages in New Jersey    
High school vs. club has long been an issue on the boys side, culminating with the ...
Man United's Falcao Out Two Weeks    
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for another two weeks with a "new injury", ...
Arsenal's Injury Woes Ahead of Man United Clash     
While much has been made of the injury crisis facing Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal, ...
Bolton Coach Fumes at Klinsmann    
Bolton Wanderers coach Neil Lennon on Friday slammed USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann for what he called ...
Liverpool Investigates Sturridge Injury    
Liverpool has opened an investigation into Daniel Sturridge's persistent injury problems after the striker suffered yet ...
Report: Messi Could Leave Barca over Tax Threat     
According to unnamed sources cited by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Lionel Messi may leave Barcelona due ...
Chelsea's Costa 'Totally Recovered' From Injury    
Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that star striker Diego Costa, who missed Spain's 3-0 win against ...
Klopp Hints at Reus Departure     
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is powerless to keep Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund, and hinted ...
Report: Blind Injury Not as Bad as Feared     
Manchester United on Thursday was boosted by the news that defender Daley Blind will be out ...
Parma Deducted Points for Missing Payments    
Serie A club Parma will be deducted between one and six points this season for failing ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives