As the only soccer website to have been taken over twice by SEO-geared businesses, we at Futfanatico know a thing or two about “key words” and “black hat” antics. Hardly a days goes by without some spam email asking about “content partnerships” filling our inbox. Still, cynicism cast aside, “search” can be useful. At the very least, the mass of information entering and leaving Google algorithms offer a glimpse into just what people are thinking and/or doing when they believe they’re alone, just a keyboard before them and no peering eyes.
As a website with plenty of clasico content (and Google Analytics), we’re happy to share just what folks really think/care/do/relate to the so-called “clasico.” At least online. Continue reading “An SEO Guide to the Clasico: Surprising Key Words” »
Don’t you just hate previews that tell what will happen? We all know that no human knows the future. However, we do know the past. Or at least we like to think we do. Thus, in anticipation of this weekend’s juicy clash, I’ve analyzed over a hundred past clasicos and key moments.
I have then performed addition by subtraction. I will tell you what will not happen. You can figure out the rest. Continue reading “The Real Madrid-Barcelona Clasico Preview by Subtraction” »
After moving and changing jobs, I’ll be honest – I hadn’t caught any Real Madrid games this season. Thus, this Saturday, I was pleased to see an exciting 2:2 draw with Villareal. Here are a few quick thoughts: Continue reading “A Sprinkling of Light Real Reflections” »
Real Madrid has finally purchased Gareth Bale for a world record 100 million euros. Of course, to finance the deal they had to sell fan favorite Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for 42 million euros. Thus, at Bale’s presentation, more than a few Real Madrid fans whistled in disapproval. Of course, this colossal sum for a goalscoring winger with a wicked burst of pace is similar to the CRon deal, but also reminds me of some other past deals.
Looking at past Galacticos (and some non-Galacticos) and with cynical madrileno fans in mind, I’ve concocted a list of other transfers/deals we could have done with that money. Continue reading “The Top Ten Transfers Real Madrid Could Have Made with the Bale Money” »
Linx. Links. M’eh. This site can’t afford an unpaid intern to pour coffee, sort mail, and correct typos. Thus, we encourage you to visit other, much more professional sites. These sites also offer some fine soccer reading. Continue reading “Some Wicked Cool Soccer Linx” »
Real Madrid has basically kept the same roster from last year. Yes, Higuain has left. We will miss Pipita. However, the bigger movement happened on the sideline. Madrid pried Carlo Ancelotti from PSG. Thus, the story of this season is this: can the Italian coach get the best out of a still strong nucleus of talent? Can Real Madrid balance a fight against Barca in La Liga with the grueling demands of search for the Decima?
Some folks point to stats to make predictions. Others like to wax tactics. Here at Futfanatico, we prefer superstition, correlations, and random observations. Thus, our season preview of Real Madrid revolves entirely around explaining and deciphering the various eyebrow gestures of Carlo Ancelotti. Enjoy. Continue reading “The Real Madrid Season Preview as Represented by the Shifting Eyebrows of Carlo Ancelotti” »
Yes, I’m on a blogging break. However, I still get around. That is to say, I am ambulatory. My legs function. I walk. I stand. I move. My hands also enjoy a full range of movement, not limited to swiping on an iPad and typing on an ergonomic keyboard. Here are some cool spots where you can find my written word on soccer: Continue reading “Elliott Turner Continues to Get Around” »
For English-speakers, the headline is “Whose fault is it that Mou left?” If I have to explain to you why this is ironic, you should not be reading this site. Go watch cat videos on YouTube.
Another year, another disappointment. No decima. No dice. Madrid fought the good fight in the King’s Cup, conceded La Liga way early, and fell in the semifinals of the Champions League. Despite some fun wins at the Camp Nou, even Jose Mourinho has admitted this is his worst season ever.
Many Madrid faithful find their spirits down. However, a few optimists repeat over and over some well-scripted speaking points to feel better. Or at least sound like they feel better. Here are a few: Continue reading “Real Disappointment – What Madrid Fans Are Saying To Themselves” »