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 >
Merengue Bites is back after a week’s break and Madridista Mac has Ryan and Kaushik with him to discuss the victory against Rayo Vallecano, Ancelotti’s renewal rumours and other topics. The crew also play a trivia game which you, the listener, can play as well. The panel also tries to name the best team out of Real Madrid cantera products and if that’s not enough there’s also answers to whacko questions about superheroes and the likes. What better way to fill the international break?Tweet
Mark, Rahul, Kaushik & Ryan discuss Real Madrid’s easy and super-impressive 4-0 away win at Granada. The panel also address Isco’s future once Gareth Bale returns from injury, whether Real Madrid have well and truly moved on past Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo’s unbelievable evolution as a player.
As a Halloween treat, the guys also put their heads together to come up with an All-Time Worst XI of Real Madrid players, which you can see at the very bottom of this page.
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Merengue Bites’ All-Time Worst Real Madrid XITweet
For the first time in history, we bring you a Merengue Bites podcast with the full global roster of panelists — from five different countries no less, Mark, Kaushik, Rahul, Bassam and Ryan exult in Real Madrid’s excellent 3-1 comeback victory over Barcelona at home. We analyze the keys to the game, pick out five of the best individual performers and discuss how much we like Varane and dislike Luis Enrique. All this and more!
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