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La Liga Thursdays – Matchday 14 Preview

Ten of the top stories from around LaLiga this weekend, including some high-profile contract renewals and some big anniversaries.

LaLiga legend David Villa announces his retirement

One of the all-time LaLiga greats has announced that he’s hanging up his boots. David Villa, who starred for a number of Spanish clubs including R. Sporting, Real Zaragoza, Valencia CF, FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid, will retire following the end of Vissel Kobe’s J-League season. Villa won the LaLiga Santander title on three occasions, with Barcelona in 2010/11 and 2012/13, and then again with Atleti in 2013/14.

Five LaLiga players net for Spain

Spain breezed through the first of their November Euro 2020 qualifiers on Friday night with a 7-0 win over Malta in Cadiz. Five of the scorers came from LaLiga Santander clubs, with Alvaro Morata (Atletico de Madrid), Jesus Navas (Sevilla FC), Pau Torres, Santi Cazorla and Gerard Moreno (all Villarreal CF) all getting on the scoresheet.

Luka Modrić is awarded the 2019 Golden Foot

Real Madrid’s mercurial midfielder picked up the prestigious award given out each year to a player over the age of 28 in recognition of their outstanding achievements through their career.

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La Liga Thursdays: The Quickest Goals In La Liga This Season

Spanish football has had its eye on the clock more than usual this season, mostly to see how long it takes Rodrygo Goes to get on the scoresheet. Real Madrid’s 18-year-old sensation is very much the flavor of the month, shining in his first season in La Liga and showing a distinct taste for early goals.

On his LaLiga debut for the club against Osasuna he scored just two minutes after coming on as a substitute (95 seconds, to be precise). On his first LaLiga start, he took just seven minutes to find the back of the net. And just last week, on his first start in the Champions League, the Brazilian struck twice within the first seven minutes of Real Madrid’s impressive 6-0 win over Galatasaray. His first, a well-taken shot from distance into the bottom corner, came after just three minutes.

Known back in his native Brazil as ‘O Raio,’ or ‘Lightning Bolt,’ the Sao Paolo native has wasted no time in living up to his reputation as a scorer of fast goals. But he’s by no means the only player with the ability to strike early on. Here are the four fastest goals of the LaLiga Santander season so far… will we see Rodrygo on this list by the season’s end?

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The Soccer Podcast Without A Name (Yet) S01E08 [Podcast]

 

 

Bongani ‘Da Bongz’ Nkosi and Thabang ‘Da Real Cheez’ Kgeledi discuss this weeks soccer topics. But they should hurry because each topic has a time limit.

The Discussion This Week:
1. Sundowns Draw
2. Top of The Table Results
3. Bottom of The Table Results
4. El Clasico
5. Manchester City Go Top
6. Games To Look Forward To
7. Quick Hits

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La Liga: The El Clasico Rivalry Across Europe – Real Madrid And Barcelona Also Lead The Way In Youth Development

With the El Clasico taking place tonight (in the Copa Del Rey) and on Saturday evening, we take a look at how both clubs make the podium for the numbers of academy graduates playing in Europe’s top five leagues.

Real Madrid and Barcelona may add another chapter to world football’s greatest rivalry this weekend, but the presence of these two giants won’t only be felt in Madrid on Saturday night.
The El Clasico rivals boast two of the very best academies in European football, with the Catalan side’s La Masia and the capital city club’s La Fábrica both famous for their non-stop production lines. They’ve produced past LaLiga Santander legends such as Xavi, Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Iker Casillas, Raúl and Guti, plus current stars such as Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Lucas Vázquez.

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La Liga Match-day 24: Pack Chase La Liga Leaders Barcelona

In La Liga match-day 24, pack chase leaders Barcelona in a weekend of friendly reunions and head to head battles.

Barcelona will have their eyes on a big three points against visitors R. Valladolid on Saturday night, coming into the game on the back two successive draws in LaLiga Santander.

match-day 24 Barcelona

The game at the Camp Nou will also be extra special for Ronaldo Nazario, now president of Valladolid, who won La Liga’s pichichi top scorer award during his stint at Barcelona in 1996/97.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, are going for a sixth consecutive LaLiga victory at home when they face Girona on Sunday lunchtime with key players including Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema bang in form. Santi Solari’s side moved second in the table following last weekend’s 3-1 derby victory at Atletico de Madrid, while an out-of-form Girona have fallen to just one point above the drop zone.

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