Uruguay kicks off and pins hopes on Forlan

The Uruguayan league kicked off last weekend and predictably for a small nation, Montevideo will continue to dominate the Primera Division. Thirteen of the 16 teams are from the capital city, with three – Villa Teresa, Liverpool and Defensor Sporting – added to the 10 that survived last season. It might have been 14 had Rampla Juniors not been relegated. The top two clubs, Penarol and Nacional, have stood astride the Primera Division for decades, and there’s little chance that they will ever be unseated from their position at the forefront of Uruguayan football. Between them they have won 72 … Continue reading Uruguay kicks off and pins hopes on Forlan

World Cup Day Eight: The reign in Spain is over….England mainly on the plane?

Spain’s tepid defence of the World Cup signaled the end of an era for the global game. Like all playing systems, the time of “tiki-taka” has probably come to an end. Or has it? Was it just that too many of Spain’s team have been around for too long? I like to think it is a combination of both. Whatever the prognosis, Spain are out and the competition may have found its “people’s favourite” in little Chile. Given that Spain took many years to discover their tournament mojo, I hope the nation is not too harsh of Xavi and his … Continue reading World Cup Day Eight: The reign in Spain is over….England mainly on the plane?