El Derbi Madrileño – The obstacle between a statement and crisis

I’ve started to grow fond of international breaks, quite unlike say two years ago, at which time I hated time off from club football. Perhaps it is because there’s a bit of football fatigue, or maybe it was just a subconscious feeling of brushing away some of the doubts created by the loss to Real Sociedad before the players broke for international duty. If it was the latter, there isn’t a trickier match to come back to than the derbi madrileño. Real Madrid takes on league champions Atletico in the Bernabeu on Saturday at 8 PM local time in a match that comes much too early in the season for both teams, more so, for Real Madrid.


Merengue Bites 2014-15 Episode 6 – Champions League preview

From India, Singapore, Canada and France, your humble global Madridista podcasters Kaushik, Mark, Rahul and Ryan join forces to discuss the Champions League draw and its implications not just for Real Madrid’s campaign but that of other teams as well.

We also discuss a wide variety of issues including Florentino Perez’s impact on Real Madrid and his war of words with Angel Di Maria, CR7′s future at the club and which WAGs we crush on!

As always, thanks for your excellent questions and comments — do keep those coming! Until then, subscribe to Merengue Bites on iTunes or access it via the Soundcloud player below. HALA MADRID!!

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Guest Post: A comprehensive analysis of Real Madrid’s transfer window

As we are now on international break for 2 weeks after conceding our first la Liga loss of the season (4-2 to La Real Sociedad) we, at RMFB, decided to take the opportunity to talk and analyze Real Madrid summer transfer window. It’s been a busy summer, both in terms of arrivals and departure and here I’ll do my best to explain the decisions the club took in its first summer after winning La Decima.

First though, let me start by sharing my understanding of the work of an elite football club when it comes to the summer transfer window. What I’ve come to learn both as an observer and person who had the opportunity to discuss it with the actors of the game, is that the summer market is the last part -the execution- of a long plan. A football club that is working well usually begins to plan a season a year before. That means, basically, we can expect Real Madrid to start preparing for the 2015-2016 season about now. It only begins with a few simple tasks such as identifying the things that haven’t been addressed in the previous window. The machine never really stops. The recruitment cell More >

Merengue Bites 2014-15 Episode 5 – Anoeta Implosion

Mark, Kaushik and Ryan discuss Real Madrid’s shocking defeat at the Anoeta after going 2-0 up, which players performed well and which ones disappointed as well as transfer goings-on, with Ryan claiming that Lionel Messi is on his way to the Bernabeu

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