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Merengue Bites Episode 8 - The goals they are a flowin' edition

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Kaushik, Ryan and I talked about Real Madrid's violent act of butchery at the Riazor over the weekend. Rahul missed out because he had to attend a wedding. He would later on say that had he known we were going to score 8, that he would have skipped the wedding. :)
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USA v Portugal: Can Klinsmann’s men contain an incensed Cristiano Ronaldo?

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USAv Portugal: Can Klinsmann's men contain an incensedCristiano Ronaldo? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jurgen Klinsmann's USA team can qualify through to the Round of 16 with a victory against Paulo Bento's Portugal, tomorrow in Manaus, but it will be no mean feat for the Stars and Stripes.

World Cup Warmup: Ronaldo rests as Portugal draw a blank against Greece

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World Cup Warmup: Ronaldo rests as Portugal draw a blank against Greece - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Portugal played out a goalless draw withGreece today at the Estadio Da Luz in Lisbon, the stadium where, last week,Cristiano Ronaldo played and scored in the Champions League finalfor Real Madrid against their local rivals; but today, he chose to sit out the game in the same location, this time for his country.

Merengue Bites Podcast: Calebrating the Copa Del Rey and looking forward to Bayern Munich

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To mark Real Madrid's momentous 19th Copa Del Rey Trophy, the pod had all four members around this time: Bassam, Kaushik, Rahul and myself. We talked about the bliss that was the Copa Final, pondered Barca's current doldrums and ALMOST got a singing performance out of Bassam.
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In part 2, we took on a number of tough questions and previewed our upcoming Champions League Semi-Final match vs.

Spineless, Gutless Chokers (Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid 0)

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My Twitter Feed last Tuesday Night
Spineless, Gutless Chokers. No Character. No Resolve. No Poise, No Cojones.

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These were some of the words I used to describe Real Madrid last Tuesday night as I watched in horror how Real Madrid almost sabotaged their own advancement to the Champions League Semi-Finals.

Merentue Bites Episode 6 - Derby Talk

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It was just Rahul and me this week to talk about the Derbi Madrileno. We also asked ourselves re: what the realistic expectations ought to be for Real Madrid this season plus a look into Jese's prospects with the first team.

2014-02-10: Merengue Bites Podcast Episode 3 (Real Madrid 4 - Villarreal 2)

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I had the privilege to host the podcast last weekend, where the boys and I discussed Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Villarreal as we looked forward to the second leg match of the Copa Del Rey vs. Atleti tomorrow.
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We also took in a few questions from the comments section of the blog as well as from twitter.

Winning Great, Good, Bad and Ugly (Real Madrid 3 – Atletico Madrid 0)

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Before last night's match, Real Madrid were desperate... -Desperate for a win against a top tier opponent -Desperate for a win against Atletico Madrid, who had already beaten us twice in a row after a more-than-decade-long hoodoo. . And finally, last night, Carlo Ancelotti and his boys delivered that much-needed win.

3 Points (Espanyol 0 - Real Madrid 1)

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Real Madrid were right back to a 4-3-3 last night much to my surprise. Diagram is from whoscored.com
3 Points. That's the number of points that our boys won in that hard-fought match at the Cornelia El Prat last night.

Struggling to Make the Puzzle Pieces Fit

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What a disgusting result. What a disgusting performance. . After celebrating the fact that Real Madrid supposedly went off to its best start with 9 points from 3 matches before the international break - Real Madrid finally dropped points last night in El Madrigal. And with that draw, we have now finally allowed eternal rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have now leapfrogged us in the league table with their respective 100% records (I honestly wonder when Barcelona are finally going to let a second half collapse do them in).

Struggling to Make the Puzzle Pieces Fit

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What a disgusting result. What a disgusting performance. . After celebrating the fact that Real Madrid supposedly went off to its best start with 9 points from 3 matches before the international break - Real Madrid finally dropped points last night in El Madrigal. And with that draw, we have now finally allowed eternal rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have now leapfrogged us in the league table with their respective 100% records (I honestly wonder when Barcelona are finally going to let a second half collapse do them in).

Stale Sagas and Tired Tales

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Another match, another 3 points - that's the good part. Another match, another sputtering performance - that's the bad part. Another match, another round of Diego Lopez vs. Iker Casillas rhetoric - that's when it gets worse... Another match, another round of Gareth Bale speculation - that's the worst.

Stale Sagas and Tired Tales

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Another match, another 3 points - that's the good part. Another match, another sputtering performance - that's the bad part. Another match, another round of Diego Lopez vs. Iker Casillas rhetoric - that's when it gets worse... Another match, another round of Gareth Bale speculation - that's the worst.

3 Points on a Stuttering Start

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Rather than your Jolly Uncle, Ancelotti looked more like a James Bond Villain last night. It didn't help that the football wasn't as pretty as we all hoped / expected either. Let's Give it time. More work needs to be done.

La Liga begins at last.

3 Points on a Stuttering Start

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Rather than your Jolly Uncle, Ancelotti looked more like a James Bond Villain last night. It didn't help that the football wasn't as pretty as we all hoped / expected either. Let's Give it time. More work needs to be done.

La Liga begins at last.

Diego Costa

Craques não europeus que começaram “por baixo”

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Oriundos de África ou da América do Sul algumas das "super-estrelas" que hoje pontificam em algumas das equipas mais poderosas da Europa começaram em clubes modestos quando chegaram ao "velho continente". São exemplos de que o trabalho compensa e, com um pouco de sorte mistura, o talento acaba por ser reconhecido.

Um onze de brasileiros naturalizados em actividade

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Diego Costa é o último de uma vasta legião de futebolistas nascidos no Brasil que optaram por representar outra selecção. Este caso ganhou maiores contornos mediáticos porque, ao contrário do que sucedeu na esmagadora maioria das restantes situações, o ponta-de-lança foi chamado para representar o país onde nasceu e que até chegou a representar por duas vezes.

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In Need of Spinal Surgery (Real Madrid 5 – FC Basel 1)

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AS called it 'European Therapy', I on the other hand, think that the work which needs to be done ought to be something more along the lines of surgery.
It's been 5 hours and I still can't make up my mind: Did Real Madrid's 5-1 win over Basel last night set a roadmap to recovery?

Crushing the Banana Skin (Real Sociedad 0 – Real Madrid 4)

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. Post-clasico, we all knew it: there were 2 banana skin games left in the La Liga calendar. The first was at the Sanchez Pizjuan against Sevilla. The second was last Satuday at the Anoeta. We failed in Seville. We succeeded in San Sebastian.

Keys (Real Madrid 3 – Borussia Dortmund 0)

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Borussia Dortmund sorely missed Robert Lewandowski last night. The big man will be waiting for us at the Signal Igduna Park next week.

The TV screamed as soon as I switched it on. I switched it on at exactly 2:48am – 3 minutes late, and I had already missed a goal.

2014-02-23: Merengue Bites Podcast Episode 5 - Bravo! Raul Bravo!

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Went for a trip to Malacca with my parents who came to town. Didn't think I was going to make the podcast, much less see the match vs. Elche. Thanks to the good folks at Malacca's beautiful Casa Del Rio Hotel however, I was able to catch the meh game - and thus was able to join the boys over the weekend to talk Real Madrid.

Merengue Bites Rebooted (thoughts on Real Madrid 2 - Granada 0)

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The boys of RMFB gave me the wonderful opportunity to participate in the re-booted version of their podcast, Merengue Bites. Click and play to listen to our thoughts on last Saturday's Granada match and then some...


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Horror Hair: Pepe Debuts Stunningly Atrocious New Dreadlocks (Photo)

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Just when we were kind of getting used to the atrociousness of his loose, wet, Mark Crossley-esque bubble perm look, Pepe has gone and done this to himself...

Ugh.

The guy from the Counting Crows called, wants his hideous matted rat's nest of a hairstyle back.

Disgraceful Pepe Dive Against Atletico Madrid (Vine)

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Pepe wouldn't be regarded as the most loved player in the World by any stretch of the mind, however even he stooped to a new low with this disgraceful dive during Real's 2-2 draw with Madrid rivals Atletico today!

Disgusting! Real Madrid’s Pepe blows snot at Chelsea target

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Disgusting! Real Madrid's Pepe blows snot at Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Diego Costa was at the centre of a hotly contested Copa del Rey clash between Atletico and Real Madrid last night, with Portuguese defender Pepe clearing his nose on the striker's face during Real's 3-0 win.

El moco de Pepe a Diego Costa.

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The Transfer Lens – Pepe to Manchester City? Yarmolenko to Liverpool?

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The Transfer Lens Pepe to Manchester City? Yarmolenko to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Still no sign of Juan Mata today as the month's biggest transfer continues to procrastinate something rotten!

Manchester United fans continue to haunt the social media networks, desperate for an inkling into what's going on; while Chelsea fans continue to lament the impending loss of one of their truly great players from the last decade.

Real Madrid Defender Is a True Trooper

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Pepe is no stranger to tactics and positioning in the center of Real Madrid's defense. He can normally be found in the air heading crosses away from Real's box and on the ground executing sliding tackles to stop attacks against his team-mates.

But his physicality brought a wide open cut above his right eyebrow during the match against FC Copenhagen during week two of the UEFA Champions League as Pepe clashed with Copenhagen's Daniel Braaten.

Diego Costa Chooses Spain

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How should we put this? Some of Spain's players can get under one's skin looking at you, Sergio Busquets. You're not off the hook either, Alvaro. Some of the shenanigans not, of course, exclusive to Spain are often amplified by the fact that they're so @#$%ing good. Current champions of the Milky Way and all, you know.

Neymar knocks Pepe into his own keeper, scores lovely solo goal

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We haven't even had the first Clasico of the season and Barcelona players are already getting into it with Real Madrid players. Early in Brazil's friendly against Portugal, Real Madrid's Pepe tried to knock Barcelona's Neymar off the pitch, but Neymar got the best of the tussle by tripping Pepe into Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Man City’s defensive crisis is back on, Martin Demichelis out for six weeks

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Manchester City are once again in a defensive injury crisis after reasonably priced panic buy Martin Demichelis was ruled out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury. The Argentina international was signed from Atletico Madrid for £3.5m on Sunday despite the fact he had only joined them on a free transfer from Malaga [.

Manchester City forced to dip in the market for a defender

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Manchester City forced to dip in the market for a defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following injuries to Manchester City's defenders Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany right and Matija Nastasic left, the Premier League runners-up look set to make moves in the transfer market in search for a new defender as cover.

City to approach Atletico if Pepe bid fails

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Manchester City will reportedly turn their attention towards defenderMartin Demichelis if theirbid for Real Madrid's Pepe fails, according to the Manchester Evening News. The Manchester giants have been adamant in their pursuit for another center back, with Pepe as their number one target, but will reportedly move on to the ArgentinianDemichelis if the Premier League club cannot snap up Pepe.

Germany

USMNT: A Look at the Enemy III

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Thomas Muller is searching for das "golden" boot. (photo:bcc.co.com)

With their openingmatches in the books, OTF's Juan Santoliva gives some insight on the USMNT's group G opponents...

Germany vs Portugal

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A game of craziness and just absolute dominance hurt Portugal's chances of advancing out of Group G thanks to a 4-0 beating from Germany.

World Cup Roundup: Mourinho claims Pepe red card may be undeserved

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World Cup Roundup: Mourinho claims Pepe red card may be undeserved - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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Jose Mourinho thinks Portugal defender Pepe may not have been deserving of a straight red in Germany rout

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that the red card issued to Portugal defender Pepe may not have been the right decision, but that the Real Madrid man should buck up his ideas, with his behavior not at the right level.

Another Iberian massacre

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I must admit that I expected more of Portugal. But their tactic of "pass the ball to the handsome tall guy" totally backfired against a well-organised and clinically efficient Germany. In my view Thomas Muller was the find of the 2006 World Cup, and I still believe he could have done a difference had he played the 2010 semifinal against Spain.

Pepe Red Card vs Germany 2014 WC Pepe Headbutts Muller Video

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Pepe Red Card vs Germany 2014 WC Pepe Headbutts Muller Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This Pepe red card v Germany (VIDEO BELOW) saw the Real Madrid centre half sent off in Portugal's opening group fixture against Germany.

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Reaction to US World Cup opening win, Union v Harrisburg US Open Cup news, more

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Reaction to big US win over Ghana in their World Cup opener. Union take on Harrisburg tonight in US Open Cup. More news.

Red card, late goals and silly season is upon us

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The fun stuff in Brazil continued yesterday with two very watchable games while Iran and Nigeria decided to provide us with Phil Neville co-commentary in football form sandwiched in the middle.

There was big Arsenal interest in the first game of the day between Germany and Portugal, with Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker starting.

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Weekday World Cup Musings - June 16

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Spain 1 - Netherlands 5: The 'Roja' Wedding
It's painful to see Iker like this.
This would be perhaps the most shocking result of the WC thus far. The shock does not come from the fact that the Dutch won, but from how badly they destroyed Spain.