Bilbao Special Jersey To Revindicate Cup

16 04 2009
Bilbaos Kit To be Used For Copa del Rey final (Europapress)

Bilbao's Kit To be Used For Copa del Rey final (Europapress)

When stepping on to the pitch at Mestalla, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will both have 24 conquests in the Copa del Rey.   In an effort to begin the campaign to become once again the undisputed Cup King, the Basques presented an exclusive jersey that will be exclusive to the Copa final.  Below the illustrations explains the teams participating in the match as well as the date.

Logo On Athletic Jersey For Copa Del Rey Final (CanalAthletic.com)

Logo On Athletic Jersey For Copa Del Rey Final (CanalAthletic.com)

Based on your sources, Athletic has 23 or 24 titles.  If one were to include the 1902 title, which waswon by Vizcaya FC (who would merge with Athletic Club and Bilbao FC to make what is now Athletic Bilbao).  This is why Athletic jersey will have a special crest on their jersey as a symbol to claim that title. The jersey will be exactly the same one they have been using all season, but for this match the crest will have a black background with the present Copa Del Rey as well as the trophy that was won in 1902.  There will also be five stars and two smaller trophies that symbolize the 24 trophies that the club wants to have recognized.

Press Conference

The symbolic and vindicating character of this jersey is very important for everyone,” said club official Carlos del Campo.  That point of view ws not looked upon by various club members whose hopes were let down after the anticipation that was built by the club’s marketing campaign leading to the unveiling on Thursday.





La Liga Week 30 Wrap

12 04 2009

Numbers seemed down this week in La Liga mostly due to the Easter holiday, but that did not reduce the excitement in the league.  Barcelona continue their ways en route to their 19th league title.  The Blaugrana Ballet showed offense, yet they were not as sharp when it came time to define the game.  Andrés Iniesta scored in the first minute in front of an open goal after Thierry Henry crossed the ball in the six-yard box.  Morris would double the lead for the Blaugranas when he would deflect an Iniesta pass into the back of the Recre net.  Lio Messi missed a penalty kick in the match.  Víctor Valdes also established a new scoreless streak which is nearing th 500-minuite mark.

Real Madrid in the meantime kept pace with a 2-0 win against Valladolid at the Bernabéu.  Although Madrid did not show much on the pitch, Raúl opened the scoring for the Merengue and Guti would set up the Arjen Robben for the clincher.   Once again, the champs were efficient and continued their unbeaten streak in the domestically.  Madrid have not lost a match in La Liga since November when they lost to Barca at the Nou Camp.

Málaga showed why they are the surprise team of the tournament as they have reached Europa League spots and are just three points out of the Champions League next season.  Duda and Eliseu buried a hapless Villarreal side  2-0 at El Madrigal who seemed more focused on their midweek Champions League clash in London against Arsenal.

Barcelona 2-0 Recreativo

BAR:  Andrés Iniesta (1′), Morris (68’og)

Villarreal 0-2 Málaga

MAL:  Duda (37′), Eliseu (86′)

Mallorca 2-0 Almería

MLL: Cléber Santana (60′), Gonzalo Castro (90′)

Real Madrid 2-0 Valladolid

MAD; Raúl (44′), Arjen Robben (82′)

Sporting 2-3 Valencia

SPO:  David Barral (35′) , Mate Bilic (71′)

VAL: David Silva (18′), David Villa (55′ pen), Mata (88′)

Numancia 0-0 Espanyol

Racing 2-3 Betis

RAC: Peter Luccin (5′), Nikola Zigic (32′)

BET: Edu (19′), Achille Emana (29′, 53′)

Osasuna 2-1 Athletic

OSA: Masoud Shojael (21′), Sergio (82′)

ATB: Pablo Orbaiz (24′)

Sevilla 0-1 Getafe

GET:  Gavilán (82′)

Deportivo 1-2 Atlético

DEP: Bodipo (87′)

ATM: Agüero (44′), Simão (70′)

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MAF X

7 04 2009

Yes, how time flies.  We now have posted ten shows in this new cycle.  You know what it could not have been at a better time and with a better guest.  CNN SI’s Greg Sica was with and he taught us about the best hang outs and why everyone in Uruguay loves TITS (not those, you pervs!).  George starts to feel the the effects of strip clubs as well as his new partnership with Dr. Sica as they scrounge the world looking for hot soccer women.

Oh by the way we did talk about  South America, Spain, Champions League, and some CONCACAF in this edition of Mad About Futbol.

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This Week On MAF

5 04 2009

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The guys will wrap up the weekend in Spain and Italy as well as in Argentina and the rest of South America as well as the MLS alongside MLSTalk’s Kartik Krishnaiyer and Jovannei Arroyo.

SI.com and Goal.com writer Greg Sica will be with us to hang out and talk about Copa Lib as well as discuss the fallout from CONMEBOL quallies. He will also give his Champions League predictions as the quarterfinals are about to begin.





Athletic And Barca Ask For Bernabéu Final

6 03 2009

Both Fernando Macua and Joan Laporta will ask to see if the Spanish federation (RFEF)will be willing to change the venue for the final of the Copa del Rey from Mestalla to the Santiago Bernabéu. Read the rest of this entry »