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
Real-Villarreal Showdown Gets Top Billing
Sporting Life, August 31st, 2007 3:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

There has been no word yet that the Spanish league resolved its dispute with its television distributor, so don't expect to see many La Liga games televised this weekend, but the show goes on, nevertheless. Without a doubt, this weekend's headliner is the clash between Real Madrid and Villarreal at El Madrigal. The Yellow Submarine and its new Italian-American striker Giuseppe Rossi made an impressive start to the season last week, trouncing neighbor Valencia 3-0 at the Mestalla; New Jersey-born Rossi scored from the spot and added an assist in the victory.

Spanish champion Real came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid at home, 2-1, last Saturday thanks to goals from Raul and new signing Wesley Sneijder. It was a deserved derby win for the Merengues, who looked poor during the preseason, but Madrid's squad is still settling. New signings Arjen Robben and Gabriel Heinze didn't have a chance to play last weekend, signing for the club just days before the season opener. Both players should be available against Villarreal this weekend.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Barcelona hosts Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, in what should be a cakewalk for the Catalans, although they will be without Samuel Eto'o, who suffered a groin injury and should miss the next two months. Valencia needs to jumpstart its season at newly promoted Almeria after being beaten so badly by Villarreal at home last weekend. Following the death of midfielder Antonio Puerta, Sevilla's match against Osasuna was postponed.

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
Orlando City Signs Shea     
New MLS club Orlando City on Friday announced the signing of U.S. national team midfielder Brek ...
Report: Juve Eyes January Move for Falcao     
According to Italian soccer site Calciomercato, Manchester United may consider getting second-choice striker Radamel Falcao's huge ...
Reus Fined $665K for Driving without a License    
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been handed one of the biggest driving fines in German ...
Balotelli Receives One-Game Ban, Fine for Instagram Post    
Mario Balotelli received a one game ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds after being found ...
Robbie Rogers: FIFA 'Insane' to Host World Cup in Russia, Qatar    
LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers has spoken out about FIFA's decision to stage the next ...
FIFA to Publish World Cup Corruption Report    
FIFA's executive committee on Friday agreed unanimously to publish Michael Garcia's report into the bidding process ...
FIFA: Qatar Needs Labor Reform to Keep 2022 World Cup    
FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger on Tuesday indicated that 2022 World Cup host Qatar must ...
CWC: Auckland City the 'Winner,' but San Lorenzo Progresses     
Real Madrid's will face San Lorenzo of Argentina in Saturday's Club World Cup final after the ...
Di Maria Beats Messi, Aguero to Argentina's Player of the Year    
Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has beaten Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to Argentina's player ...
League Cup: Rodgers Defends Sterling as Reds March On     
Following Liverpool's 3-1 League Cup quarterfinal win at Bournemouth, Coach Brendan Rodgers defended two-goal hero Raheem ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives