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” »
For a sought after manager paid millions per year, Jose Mourinho has a bad rap. In sum: many think he’s a shortsighted taskmaster. They point to Inter Milan’s fall from grace as proof that, despite a treble-winning season, he ran the team into the ground. Some claim he picks a Starting XI, will make good subs, but rails to properly rotate and blood young talent. Of course, another interpretation is that Mou at Inter got the best out of a veteran squad even if his signings (Mancini, Quaresma?) did not blossom. His Chelsea squad also won the EPL title, UEFA Cup and Champions League after he left.
Let’s look closer at Mou and, with this knowledge, reflect upon Real’s current travails. Continue reading “The Dreaded Post-Jose Mourinho Hangover” »
Ah transfers. The shopping season has come to a merciful end (until Winter), but some stories are still playing out. This array of soccer lynx revolves around transfers both old and new.
Enjoy! Continue reading “Untamed Soccer Lynx – Into the Wild” »
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” »
As a society, we place a premium on telling the truth. However, more often than not, the truth gets twisted, concealed, beaten, and murdered. There are two types of untruths: telling a boldfaced lie and, equally important, not revealing important facts. In the world of soccer, untruths abound.
I speak, of course, of team sheets. Continue reading “Matchfit Mistfits – Truth & Faction in Teamsheets” »
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” »
UEFA is a big deal. They organize a somewhat well-known club competition and even a few national team tournaments from time to time. A few years ago, I blogged about my soccer playing toddler. The premise was simple: he would someday star for Real Madrid. I created and uploaded to YouTube a nifty video of his highlights interspersed with highlights of slightly more well known Real Madrid players.
The video was live for a glorious two weeks before the copyright trolls came knocking…. Continue reading “UEFA Cowers Before Might of Amateur Soccer Blogger” »