Ballsy Banter Roll Of Honour 2012: Player of the Year

December 21, 2012 in Awards

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We come to our fifth day, and it’s the big one. The category that sorts the men from the boys, the people that have risen above the rest to have the best year of their respective careers.

This category, is ‘Player of the Year’.

Let’s see who our esteemed panel have chosen in this instalment of this year’s ‘Roll Of Honour’.

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All change at Atlético Madrid?

November 20, 2012 in La Liga

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With a little over a month to go until the January transfer window opens, the football press rumour mill is already building up to something approaching top speed. In amongst all the usual froth - much of it nothing more than hearsay packaged as exclusive and designed to shift a few newspapers – one or two snippets do actually bear close scrutiny and invariably involve the usual English and Spanish suspects. The only difference between the approaching 2013 window and previous others is the identity of the Madrid club around which most of the speculation has been centered.

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La Liga Previewed - Part 1

August 22, 2012 in La Liga

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This time last year, Spanish football appeared to be in crisis, with, amid no little rancour and much supposed regret, the season’s opening weekend of fixtures in the top two divisions lost to strike action. Fast forward twelve months and with the underlying reasons - unpaid players wages and grossly unfair TV rights distribution - no less of an issue but masked by a fragile peace, the 2012/13 season is all set to kick off against a worsening economic situation and the Spanish triumph at Euro 2012 largely forgotten. Money troubles abound, something the English Premier League has been quick to take advantage of, with more quality players leaving than arriving Spanish clubs are having to sell to survive. Real Madrid emerged champions last season, finishing nine points better off than Barcelona in second place and with a whopping great 39 points more than Valencia in third. Unless the teams bubbling under can summon a little more consistency, 2012/13 looks as though it will be a case of deja vu with the Clásico giants romping away. Make no mistake, Spain has some decent teams, but presently, too many of them are riding the crest of a trough, something that has to change if La Liga is to become as competitive as the Premier League. Malaga, for example, briefly threatened, but as the Qatari money dried up, so did their title credentials. Read on for the runners and riders.

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