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Here's the first of the "Clasicos" The 5-1 match.

Posted by Igor

Hi Rich, students and friends. I'm looking forward for tonight matches in the Uefa Champions League.

Which match would you recommend? I've the posibility of waching both, Bayern against Internazionale in HD or Man UTD vs. Ol. Marselle.

Have a great night everyone...

Posted by Igor

Champions Night

Hi Rich, students and friends. I'm looking forward for tonight matches in the Uefa Champions League.
Which match would you recommend? I've the posibility of waching both, Bayern against Internazionale in HD or Man UTD vs. Ol. Marselle.

Have a great night everyone...

Posted by Igor
Where does"Aliron, aliron, Athletic campeón" come from?At the end of century 19th, in the iron mines of Bizkaia, when an iron vein of extreme purity was found, the engineer of the mine would shot "ALL IRON" and the miners would be paid extra.
For this reason, every time the miners of Bizkaia cut the stone and found a new vein they would shout happily "aliron!,aliron!"....Expression which has became the cheer of the Athletic Club of Bilbao.

Posted by Igor

I'll try to do something similar against the students in the Fiesta match.

Two great results for English clubs this week in Europe. Both Tottenham and Arsenal beat Milan and Barcelona, to make the return matches in two week's time fascinating prospects.Spurs were better than Milan and their crazy captain, and Arsenal deserved to win with their exciting attacking football, bravely showing Barcelona that football is about more than clever passing and showy individualism. Well done you Londoners!!!

Goooooooool de Dani Aranzubia! Depor's keeper heads into history booksFor the first time in La Liga's history a goalkeeper scored from open play – and possibly saved Deportivo's coach from the sack

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Dani Aranzubia celebrates with his Deportivo team-mates after scoring the equaliser against Almeria. Photograph: Carlos Barba/EPA

It happened in the 95th minute but by the time the commentator on the radio had finished shouting Gooooooool! it was the 99th – and for once you couldn't blame him. This wasn't one of those moments when you waited and waited and waited, and then waited some more, as the Os tumbled off his tongue and the sirens wailed and the bells rang and the adverts blared; where you glanced at your watch and gazed out the window, when you scanned the fixtures nervously, thinking, "Yes, goal, I've got that, cheers … now, who for?" only to discover, eventually, exhaustedly, that it was an inconsequential strike in an inconsequential game somewhere in the second division. Córdoba's third against Xerez. No. This time was different. This time, it was worth the wait.

Racing Santander had just beaten Getafe thanks to an 88th-minute penalty in a game which their coach described with crushing honesty as "0-0 all the way" and which even their owner couldn't get all that excited about, merely thrusting a modest pair of fists in the air. Osasuna had thrashed Espanyol 4-0 under their new coach, José Luis Mendilíbar. And the night before Sporting Gijón had drawn 0-0 in Valencia to go with their 1-1 against Barcelona, maintaining a run of only two defeats in 10. Even Málaga, without a win in six, had picked up a point – thanks to a late goal from Sebas Fernández at Villarreal. True, Zaragoza, Hércules and Levante had all been beaten, but still Deportivo de La Coruña, fighting to preserve a 20-year stint in the top flight, needed something. And fast.

Because of a wonderful goal from Pablo Piatti, they were losing 1-0 to fellow relegation contenders Almería in the tightest race since … actually, let's not go there. Defeat would be their fifth in seven games. It might even be – at long last, said some – the end for their coach Miguel Ángel Lotina, a man with all the joie de vivre of Eeyore at a funeral. Defeat would leave them in 15th, a solitary point off the relegation zone, with four teams below them all within two points. And next weekend, they're playing Real Madrid. The referee had given four minutes of additional time. The clock said 94.02 and Deportivo had a corner. Pablo Álvarez took it, swinging it in. Three men leapt together, one was strongest – rising, said a commentator later, "like the classic No9". Getting his head to the ball, he nodded it goalwards. The clock said 94.12 when it crossed the line.

Ring! Ring! Ring! Woo! Woo! Woo!

¡Gooooooooo ...

… oooooooo ...

… oooooooo ...

[Look at watch, twiddle thumbs, wait, wonder]

… oooooooo …

… oooooooo ...

[Continue to wait, get a bit impatient]

… ooooooool! …


Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol!

[For who?]

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooool ...


… del Depor!

[Wow, that's a big goal]

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooool de Dani Aranzubia!

Dani Aranzubia? Hang on a minute, did we hear that right? Dani Aranzubia? The boy from La Rioja? The man who loves Bilbao's Guggenheim museum so much he took a holiday to New York to see the other one, only to declare Bilbao miles better? The former Spain international who played his only game in a friendly against Andorra in 2004? The one-time Under-20 World Champion? The genius who won back his place by accidentally injuring his rival and then playing a blinder in the Basque derby? The man Athletic Bilbao still shipped out on a free? Who Joaquín Caparrós trusted so little that he brought in a 38 year-old who wasn't even playing in the Second Division B, an aging rocker with knackered knees, rather than 'risk' playing him? The man who'd never, ever scored a goal before in his life? That Dani Aranzubia?

Dani Aranzubia, the goalkeeper?

Yes, him. "No one told me to go up for the corner, I just thought it was a good idea," said Aranzubia. And, boy, was it. Already a hero because of a string of saves, on Sunday evening Aranzubia became the first goalkeeper to score in Spain for nine years, since the penalty-taking Nacho González in March 2002 – the man against whom Stan Collymore made his debut for Mighty Oviedo and the man who outscored the Englishman that season. Aranzubia is only the sixth goalkeeper to ever get a goal in the Spanish league. And the first goalkeeper to do so with a header, although Andrés Palop famously scored one for Sevilla in the Uefa Cup and Jacques Songo'o had another disallowed for Depor in February 2000. The first goalkeeper, in fact, to score from open play in history. Santamaría, Fenoy, Chilavert, and González all got theirs from penalties; Prats twice scored from free-kicks.

No wonder his team-mates went mad, grins like Zippy's stretched across their faces. Aranzubia disappeared under a pile of bodies. "I thought I was going to suffocate," he admitted. "I couldn't breathe; I had to get them off me. What really matters is that the goal was so important for us." The goal took Depor to 13th, giving them a tiny bit of breathing space, a three-point gap between them and the relegation zone. AS gave him its gold award for the week, the cover declaring incredulously: "Gol de Aranzubía!". Marca too, noted the feat – in small letters below a big whinge about Dani Alves (possibly) being offside in the build-up to Barcelona's first goal against Athletic Bilbao. And Sport, the Catalan comic, didn't mention it at all, of course. But everyone else did. "Dani," said 'striker' Rikki, recalling Spain's most famous header of the ball, "was Carlos Santillana". As for Dani himself, he smiled modestly: "I did what I see my team-mates do."

Beg your pardon?

Dani Aranzubia scored because he had to. Now, that's always true about the goalkeeper who goes up for a corner in desperation but this was about more than the result. This was about Deportivo; this was about the limitations felt by a team that long since stopped being Super Depor, about the harsh reality of economic crisis and austerity. The harsh reality of their football, a reality made all the harder to take because of the memory of what they once were. Aranzubia did not do what he sees his team-mates do; he did what they so rarely do.

There have been one or two brilliant matches this season – the incredible 3-3 with Sevilla springs to mind. There have been one or two brilliant individual performances too – and Adrián in particular has impressed. Depor's continued presence in the First Division is to their credit, as is the patience they have shown, the stability they have fostered. And you can only have admiration for fans who responded to their team's desperate form by storming the training ground and hanging up huge banners declaring their support, applauding them as they jogged round the pitch. But still Deportivo are desperately, life-sappingly dull. So bad, you'd rather switch over to Tele5 – and that's bad. Or, better still, turn off your television set, go out and do something else less boring instead.

Depor staved off relegation by going for five at the back in 2007-08 and faced by a similar situation this year, took the same route. Even when they have got results – and their last four league finishes have been a reasonably impressive 10th, seventh, ninth and 13th - they have rarely done so with a flourish.

One newspaper claimed that Aranzubia had been Rikki for the night. Only Aranzubia scored. Rikki has been their striker for the last five years, during which his goals tally has read 3, 5, 6, 8 and 2. But it is not just Rikki and it is not really his fault. Last season, only Espanyol got fewer goals than Depor. All three relegated teams scored more. For the last four years, their top scorer has not got into double figures. Their current top scorer, Adrián, has four. On Sunday night Aranzubia became the seventh top scorer in a 29-man squad. And what goals they do get tend not to be works of art: Depor, the joint lowest scorers in the league, are the seventh highest when it comes to set plays. They are among the top 10 for outside-of-the-area belters too – goals that take little creation, just a momentary explosion.

When it comes to Deportivo matches, it's rare that the alarm sounds, the bells ring and the commentator drags out the word Gol!, leaving you hanging on, desperate to know who got it but convinced that straining to hear will ultimately prove pointless. Sunday was different, unique. Sunday was worth the wait. Nine years later, a goalkeeper scored. Eighty-three years later, a goalkeeper scored from open play. It was the first time ever. All the banging and crashing and ringing and shouting always seems to herald something special but so rarely delivers. This time it really did. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooool de Dani Aranzubia!


  1. Cissoko may come from the juvenile to Real Madrid in the market in June. adebayor and ending his contract with Real Madrid but Madrid has the option to purchase but there are rumors that it is possible that come kun aguero

  2. Tamudo redial with the Royal Society, and yesterday the victim was mallorca with a very tight score of 1-0
    or Nsue, or guzman, Cavenaghi and have been able to remedy this result
    the real has got the three points in Anoeta

  3. Copenhagen 2-0 chelsea
    Chelsea won yesterday at the Copenhagen. The new team won the Copenhagen towers but unfortunately were not his were his partner Nicolas Anelka

  4. olimpic Real Madrid 1-1
    this game is based on poor performances by Madrid in the first half, dominated the olimpic with gourcuff's magnificent performance in the second half, I think Madrid is more danger, the referee did not see the hand in the area due to CR7 need to throw before a move very similar in this case the ball hit the post.
    on 63 minutes and a half, adebayor is changed by benzema, a very adebayor disappeared in the match and on 65 minutes benzema marks his goal to his former team and tied the game 84 Gomis

  5. Florence looked very happy he got to his feet and to celebrate the goal he had made karim and immediately realized I was doing wrong and sent his hands to his head

  6. Richard did you see the Wayne Rooney`s goal?
    It was amazing!

  7. Yeah, it was a great goal. It's a pity that he doesn't score like that for the England team!!

  8. We are going to beat you RIchard!!

  9. We have the best team, and also the best coach.We are going to win Richard, you are a looooser!

  10. You've got nothing to do. We've never lost and we're not going to do it this season. As Richard said, I don't like losig, so I'll try to do my best for winning the match