On November 29, 2009, I unleashed my three-year old son Junito on the world of soccer and proudly chronicled his exploits. The task was simple enough: mold the greatest ever player for Real Madrid. We’ve all enjoyed the ups and downs, cried at the false early retirement, and were happy to see him come back stronger than ever. And had fun on Vimeo and Youtube. Sadly, though, it must end. Today.
There’s two problems: (1) Junito’s talent and (2) Me getting in the way. Continue reading “Junito: An Unexpected & Abrupt Ending” »
I’ve already written about third party ownership. In the best light, it’s a way for poorer countries and clubs to pool risk and invest in players. Regardless of your opinion, it’s a product of the transfer system: as long as clubs exchange lots of money to get players, folks will try to get a slice of that pie. Sometimes it’s shady agents. Sometimes it’s shady family members. Sometimes, with creative contracts, it’s the players themselves.
The English FA banned third party ownership, even though Chelsea has recently been investigated by the Guardian for alleged links with a Portuguese agent and suspicious tax-haven shell companies. That situation, though, is still developing and opaque. Today, I’d rather look at the juicy details from the Neymar transfer, which have come to light thanks to a soci lawsuit (and led to the resignation of an FC Barcelona President). Continue reading “The Neymar Transfer Third Party Party” »
, “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley, featuring LL Cool J
Remember that lovely soccer magazine you and I Kickstarted not so long ago? Well, gasp, a year has passed. During that time, they, Howler magazine (remember!), have reached 5,000 subscribers and published four glorious issues. One of the best parts of Howler Mag is the timeline, which is a chronology of a major club that is a delicious mix of eccentric and essential facts, cool pictures, and some seriously mad design skillz.
In Issue 4, guess who wrote the Real Madrid timeline? Continue reading “A Howling Good Time” »
If the clasico could be trademarked, it’d be worth millions. If it was publicly traded (like Manchester United), I’d buy some shares. Why? Well, in the past few months, Microsoft talked about buying nonexistent “naming rights” to the Bernabeu, Barca wants to expand or move out of the Camp Nou, and they recently signed an “inside the shirt” deal with Intel. The club called this deal “innovative.” In sum, both the Spanish clubs are great at soccer, but also money-making machines.
Technically, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are both owned by socios, but, in reality, they are multinational corporations. They are heavily in debt, but have enough total annual revenue to not sweat it. Still, many can remember a time when Barca refused to even sell the front of their shirt, let alone the inside liner. Here’s a trip down memory lane as we mark the emergence and eventual dominance of the “sponsorship” model in soccer. Continue reading “The Classic Co. – How Did We Get Here?” »
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” »