Filed under: European Football, Spain | Tags: Barcelona, Gerard Pique, La Liga, Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola
By Tom Johnston
The dejection on Lionel Messi’s face walking off the field spoke to more than the immediate, resulting anguish of the moment. Sure, he’d unfathomably failed to convert on a penalty kick that would have spared Barcelona its surprising Champions League departure last week. But then there were other impending disappointments at play in his club’s recent descent, not the least of which was the imminent departure of his beloved manager, Pep Guardiola.
Messi moves about a football pitch like a man having his every way. But that missed 12-yard shot against Chelsea was just as much a commentary on Leo’s mortality as was Pep’s decision to move on despite his finest player’s (and his teammates’) public pleas for him to stay. And as effortless as Messi is on the pitch, Pep is even smoother off of it; knowing his value as a premier manager, he would not be tied down to long contracts. Instead, he always made his decision essentially on a year-by-year basis. (more…)
Filed under: European Football, Spain | Tags: Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas, Clasico, Higauin, Iniesta, La Liga, Lionel Messi, Ozil, Puyol, Real Madrid, Ronaldo
Real Madrid and Barcelona face off tomorrow in a match that, just two months ago, seemed destined to have no impact on the title race in La Liga, but a result is now vital for both teams. Barca simply has to win to have any practical chance at winning the league this year and Real must at least manage a draw in order to avoid a world’s worth of pressure for their final matches of the season. We polled our writers with five questions – 1) Which team has more pressure on it on Saturday? 2) Will there be any surprise inclusions, exclusion or substitutes? 3) If Barcelona win, will Real Madrid still win La Liga? 4) What will the result be? 5) Who will score the goals and be man-of-the-match? The NTA team has all weighed in and here is our take on this weekends Clasico:
Filed under: European Football, Spain | Tags: Barcelona, Classico, La Liga, Lionel Messi, Real Madrid, Ronaldo
By Tom Johnston
While the Spanish national team’s technically brilliant 2010 World Cup victory made their country the capital of the modern soccer world, it’s the mesmerizing, record-breaking rivalry of a couple imports in La Liga lifting Iberia’s international appeal to an even higher level.
Filed under: Champion's League, England, European Football, Germany, I Know I Think, Spain | Tags: AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga, Champions League, La Liga, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Premier League, Real Madrid, Tottenham
The close of the European season is fast approaching. Here are 5 things I know I think about the next two months.
Filed under: England, Euro 2012, European Football, Germany, Podcast, Spain | Tags: Alex Ferguson, Gareth Bale, Gerard Pique, Iker Casillas, Jose Mourinho, Maicon, Nemanja Vidic, Neymar, Pep Guardiola, Vincent Kompany, Wayne Rooney, Xavi, Yaya Toure
On January 9, FIFA will announce the winners of its annual prizes: Ballon d’Or, Coach of the Year, Puskas, World XI, Presidential, and Fair Play. Here we will present NTA’s choices for Ballon d’Or, Coach of the Year, Puskas and World XI in reverse order. (more…)
Filed under: England, Germany, MLS, Spain | Tags: AC Milan, Argentina, Atletico Paranaense, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Boca Juniors, Borussia Dortmund, Brazil, Celtic, Chelsea, England, Espanyol, France, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Inter, Juventus, Kaizer Chiefs, kits, Lazio, Malaga, Marseille, Olympique Lyon, Portland, QPR, Racing Club, Real Madrid, River Plate, Stuttgart, Sydney FC, Tottenham, West Brom, Zenit
NTA is watching the Chelsea v Fulham match, realizing this match-up is between one of my favorite and least favorite kit in the EPL. So why not a post on the best current uniforms in world football, a nice soft post before this weeks podcast? (more…)
Filed under: 2014, AFC, American Soccer, CAF, Champion's League, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, England, European Football, International Football, Podcast, Spain, UEFA, USMNT | Tags: Jozy Altidore, Jurgen Klinsmann, Manchester United, Mario Balotelli, Real Madrid, Stuart Holden, Timmy Chandler
NTA is very proud to release our first podcast!
This week we provided a year in review and looked ahead to 2012, discussing the USMNT, EPL, La Liga and Champions League!
Filed under: Champion's League, England, I Know I Think, Spain, UEFA, USMNT | Tags: Barcelona, Jurgen Klinsmann, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid
By way of introduction, here is a list of 5 of my solid beliefs about the game. (more…)