Category Archives: The Big Match

The Big Match: Real Madrid-Barcelona

It was one of the most important El Clasico matches one could remember. The winner would undoubtedly hold a major advantage in claiming the title with only 7 matches remaining. So when Real Madrid and Barcelona battled at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening it was all set up for another classic confrontation.

 

In the end what we saw probably wouldn’t reach classic status yet it was an enthralling fixture complete with some back and forth football and no shortage of intensity and desire from the combatants in question.

Xavi's Brilliance Led Barcelona To Victory

 

Real came out of the blocks quickly perhaps to no surprise. After last season’s 6-2 embarrassment at home to Pep Guardiola’s side, the Madridistas surely wanted to exact some revenge especially in a match of such importance. And let’s be honest, in the opening exchanges it was Manuel Pellegrini’s side who looked a bit more composed and dangerous in and around goal. Continue reading

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The Big Match: Panathinaikos-Olympiakos

With all the big matches that were played this past weekend, perhaps it is a surprise to some of you that we would select this one Panathinaikos against Olympiakos, the biggest of all Greek derbies as the one we would cover.

At One Game, One World however we want to cover topics and matches for that matter that don’t get splattered across the daily headlines of every website. So in the future we will certainly cover Manchester United-Liverpool or the A-League Final or the Superclassico in Argentina, but for this weekend we decided to focus on Greek football’s most passionate match. Continue reading

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The Big Match: Barcelona-Valencia

Welcome to the first installment of our Big Match series. Here we will analyze and examine a particular match at length. It could be a huge European match featuring clubs from England, Spain, Italy, Germany or France or perhaps a derby from Argentina, Brazil, or even Australia and Greece. It could be a World Cup clash, or possibly a lower league match-up that for some reason or another has come to our attention (mostly it’ll just be talking about a match we’ve seen on television or have gone to).

 Please enjoy our first Big Match report on Sunday’s La Liga game between Barcelona and Valencia at the Nou Camp in Barcelona.

Perhaps it’s only comparisons to last season that have people questioning Barcelona’s likelihood of winning back-to-back La Liga and Champions’ League titles. Even the most optimistic of Barca supporters had to be thinking that there was no way the lofty heights of last season would be reached. Six for six in all the competitions they entered, how could that possibly be topped or matched?

In truth, Sunday’s clash against third-placed Valencia answered little to those wondering if this side is able to win La Liga and the Champions’ League again. The potential is there for a repeat of domestic and continental honors, but the question is can this side minus Samuel Eto’o and without significant contributions this season from his replacement Zlatan Ibrahimovic or fellow frontman Thierry Henry do the business during the business end of the season. Continue reading

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