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Episode 17 — 20 Wins On The Trot

Mark, Rahul and guest panelist Sushil discuss Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Almeria, which saw Los Merengues open up a 4-point lead atop the table while creeping closer to Curitiba’s world record of 24 consecutive wins. The guys also discuss Real Madrid’s possible Champions League Round of 16 match-ups, Gareth Bale’s uninspiring form and Isco’s evolution into a Seedorf-like midfielder, in addition to creating a Dream Real Madrid XI consisting of non-Real Madrid players as well as an all-Madridista boy-band.

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Episode 16 — Another Day, Another CR7 Hat-Trick

Mark, Kaushik and Rahul discuss Real Madrid’s regulation 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo courtesy of a record-breaking hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo and an encouraging performance from Asier “Batman” Illarramendi.

Also on the docket for episode 16 — Real Madrid’s midfield injuries, transfer window targets (or lack thereof) and a discussion on confirmed (Marco Asensio, Mink Peeters) and rumoured (Lucas Silva, Martin Odegaard) signings of youngsters.

Finally, for this week’s IsraQM Segment, the guys compare individual Real Madrid players to car brands and ponder which La Liga team would win a Hunger Games-style fight to the death.

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Episode 15 – Despatching Malaga and Debating Balon d’Or

The Merengue Bites crew is back to analyse the match against Malaga that took the win streak to 16 matches. Does this make this team better than the 2012-13 team? How long will the streak go? In part two the panel discusses the ever so debatable topic of Balon D’Or and other FIFA awards, puts together a team of best players that Madrid have sold, and discusses Madrid’s potential signing Marco Asensio. So much goodness packed into one show? Yup, that’s how sweet Merengue Bites is. Clearly we don’t pun as well as we podcast.

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In the episode, we also had a listener question asking us to name the best team made up of players sold by Madrid. We stretched the rules a little, forgot a few players, but here’s what we came up with. Agree?


In the absence of Luka Modric

FIFA Virus. I never believed that was a thing. After all, they’re football matches just like the weekly La Liga matches. Chances of someone getting injured in international matches are probably the same as doing so in club matches. I’d argue even less, because club games in general are far more intense, but I digress. However clubs, and fans crib, when players go out to play for their nations in these FIFA days. I am not a fan either, but that’s mostly because I tend to get saturated with the 24*7*365 cycle of football coverage and if I can appreciate a break, perhaps the players would even more. But there’s a certain pride about representing your nation that I probably will not understand. Clubs crib because if players get injured under their watch, its part of the process, but if its while on duty with their nations, its out of their control. They do get insured by FIFA but when there’s a chance to crib, why would people not crib? Over time, I’ve come to accept these injuries, but when I heard about Luka Modric’s injury in Croatia’s match against Italy, I was bummed for a bit. I made peace More >