Meet David Villa, El Guaje

Monday 15 November 2010 11:31

You already know that his full name is David Villa Sánchez and that he plays in FC Barcelona under the number 7, but what else do you know about him?

He was born in 1981 in Tuilla, Asturias, one of the greenest places in Spain. He wanted to play for Real Oviedo, but he was rejected because he was too short! So he started playing for the local team, Real Sporting of Gijón. Then he went to Real Zaragoza, and from there to Valencia.  It wasn’t until this very year (2010) that Villa got to FC Barcelona.

He debuted with the Spanish Team in 2005 and was acclaimed Best Scorer in 2008 with  4 goals. During 2010’s FIFA World Cup he surpassed Raul as best scorer with the Spanish Team, scoring a total amount of 8 goals.

Villa’s currently the 18th best scorer in Spanish League’s History, with almost 150 goals, and is a playable character in the FIFA videogames since 2007.

As for his personal life, he’s married and has two beautiful little girls named Olaya and Zaida. His nickname is “El Guaje”, that means “little kid”, because he was always trying to play with the older ones.

Also, he’s one of the candidates to this year’s Ballon d’Or. Do you support him?

How do I get to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium?

Monday 8 November 2010 11:23

Once you get to Madrid holding your tickets, you will probably wonder how can you get to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Don’t worry: here we are to guide you and make sure you enjoy Real Madrid’s match.

The easiest way is, probably, taking the underground. Why? Because you only need to get to the Santiago Bernabeu station, at L10, open from 6 am to 1:30 am. If it’s crowded, you may try Cuzco or Nuevos Ministerios and go for a walk. Here you have Madrid’s underground map, just be sure you don’t miss your stop!

In case you prefer the bus, the ones that get you to the stadium are 14, 27, 40, 43, 120, 147 and 150. And the night-buses that get you back when the match is over and it’s getting late are N23, N24 and L10. Here you can find a simple map portraying all the bus stops that surround the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

But if you want to get there by car, just memorize this handy data: the stadium is located at the crossing between Paseo de la Castellana (one of Madrid’s main avenues) and Concha Espina Avenue. Here you have the map of its precise location.

And remember that the stadium is located very close to the center of the city, so why not make the most of the visit and go for a bit of tourism?

7 Spanish candidates to the Ballon d’Or 2010

Tuesday 2 November 2010 13:35

This year, 7 out of 23 candidates to win the Ballon d’Or are Spanish: Casillas, Puyol, Cesc, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta and Villa. What do you know about them?

1.- Casillas (1981) plays as Real Madrid’s goalkeeper and captain. He was Best Goalkeeper in the World in 2008 and 2009, consecutively. People call him El Santo (The Saint) because some of his actions have magically saved his team.

2.- Puyol (1978) plays defense and captain at FC Barcelona. He was chosen as the best defense in the UEFA League 2006. People call him Tarzan because of his curly hairstyle.

3.- Cesc (1987) started at Barça, but now plays for Arsenal. He has been playing with the Spanish team since he was only 17: he’s the youngest player, with 57 games behind him. His real name is Francesc.

4.- Xavi (1980) plays as midfielder at FC Barcelona, and he is considered one of the best in the world. He started playing football at only 11 years old at La Masia. He hasn’t got a popular nickname.

5.- Xabi Alonso (1981) plays as midfielder at Real Madrid. Football runs in his family: his brother and father are football players too. People call him El Donostiarra (a reference to the Basque City where he was born).

6.- Iniesta ( 1984) is a midfielder at FC Barcelona and was the one who scored the goal that won the FIFA World Cup 2010. People call him Sweet Iniesta and he has  his own song.

7.- Villa ( 1981) is a scorer at FC Barcelona. He’s also the top scorer in Spanish Team history, and won the Silver Boot during the World Cup. People call him Villa Maravilla.

Which one is your personal favorite?

FC Barcelona: a brief history

Tuesday 26 October 2010 17:00

Today we will learn a bit about Barça’s history. The Catalonian club was founded on 29th of November, 1899, by just 12 people. They had gathered thanks to the newspaper ad written by Hans Gamper, a Swiss who loved football. The original name was “Football Club Barcelona”, in English, and the first president was Walter Wild. The membership fee was only 2 pesetas (about 0’01€).

By the twenties, the club already had 11.000 members and a big stadium, Camp de Les Corts. However, things were about to turn bad: with the arrival of the Spanish Civil War, the number of members got down to only 2.500 members and the war destroyed most of the archives.

Under the dictatorship, FC Barcelona lost his English name for a Spanish one, “Club de Fútbol Barcelona”, and by his 50th birthday, the club achieved the great result of 25.000 members.
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Spanish League – Round 8

Friday 22 October 2010 14:28

This weekend’s Real Madrid vs. Racing has everyone talking about Sergio Canales, former Racing player that will have to play against his friends for the first time. Mourinho trusts Canales, but is also worried about him playing below his possibilities or being distracted by the media.

On the other side, we have Espanyol vs. Levante. Levante’s players have a serious problem with the injuries this season. Six players aren’t able to step on the field, so won’t be facing Espanyol this weekend, but the manager has already affirmed that they’ll do their best even without their most well-known players.

A round with only two matches but also the promise of very intense football. Enjoy, remember that our web provides tickets for all major football events held in Spain and we’ll see you on Monday!