La Liga Weekly Podcast: Warlocks and Hangovers

PODCASTING ABOUT DRAGONS AND SWORDS AND the number of dogs in the USA. Also I think we talk about a game or something that’s going to happen sometime soon.

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.


  1. Alexinho
    November 26, 2010

    I’ve never been so psyched for a Clasico. Going through all the ones I have on my computer.

    Loved the Ronaldo vs. Messi ESPN article in the last post.

    Whoever said “gobble gobble” on this post is awesome.

  2. Kari
    November 26, 2010

    Whoa! Soto just saved me from being seriously Hectored Ramzi-style. That’s not joking matter. You have it in for me today, don’t you Isaiah? It’s the .gifs isn’t it? 😀

    Repost of comment pending…

  3. momo
    November 26, 2010

    In-depth tactical analysis please! Looking at you Euler! You have a gift, enlighten us. 🙂

    • November 26, 2010

      Didn’t you listen to the podcast? How much more in-depth tactical analysis do you need!?

  4. blitzen
    November 26, 2010

    Reposting from the other thread. I know it’s rude, but I got hectored and I really did want some feedback:

    I found this interesting quote from Michael Laudrup in an article discussing his switch from Barcelona to Real Madrid:

    “I’d tried everything and, under Johan Cruyff – the most important coach I ever played for – we won everything. I heard stories I’d fallen out with Cruyff, that other things happened, but none of it was true, none of it was behind my reason for leaving.

    “There was another issue – the 1994 World Cup in USA. Barca had nine players in the Spanish squad plus Ronald Koeman, Hristo Stoichkov and Romario, all going to the US.

    “I knew from experience that the season after can be difficult if you have a lot of players who have been to the World Cup, with injuries and so on. So I thought, this is the moment to leave.”

    We have a similar situation this year, of course, with players in the NTs of Spain, Argentina, Brazil, and France. And it is true that our first few games of the season were less than convincing, with fatigue and Xavi’s injury being a factor. We seem to have gotten over that for the most part. Still I don’t think I really understand Laudrup’s mindset. To leave a winning team just at the moment you think they might need you most and go to their bitterest rival simply because you want a change. There must be more ti it than that.

    I was actually looking for information on Luis Enrique’s switch from RM to Barcelona. Perhaps someone more informed than I could compare and contrast the situations of these two? Or provide a link to somewhere with in-depth analysis?

    If anyone wants to read the full article, it is at:


    • Jnice
      November 26, 2010

      I agree with you and Kari.There must be more to it. It doesn’t really make sense to me.

  5. Kari
    November 26, 2010

    So I’ll just go ahead and be an a** and repost this. Just because blitzen did it too I can.


    “Unexplained Net Loss Before Clasico Leaves Madrid In An Uproar”
    – Net missing before Madrid’s final training session
    – Real Madrid director Jorge Valdano accuses Barca of picking on team

    Reuters, Sunday 28 November 2010 18.30 GMT

    An inexplicable loss of nets in the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona has fierce rivals Real Madrid, who FC Barcelona take on in the much anticipated El Clasico tomorrow, claiming a conspiracy and a form of mind games by Barcelona ahead of the Clasico.

    The nets were seen missing from goal-nets and groundsmen could not find more nets to replace them with. FC Barcelona, who were training just hours before the nets went missing, refused to comment.

    Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano believes foul play has occurred. He told radio station Cadena Ser: “I once said every team that is good to the ball, is good to the public. It’s still true, but Barcelona have not been good to the public. Because we are Real Madrid CF and we are the richest club in the world. Everyone loves us and we deserve more respect–we’ve earned it.”

    He also claims other teams would be treated differently. “It’s pretty sh*tty of them to do that to us. So sh*tty that they could even put it on a stick and take it all the way to Liverpool. In fact, I bet if Liverpool[FC] were to come back [here to Barcelona], as unlikely as that is seeing how they play nowadays, this wouldn’t happen to them. And they even won here before! As a matter of fact, I believe this sort of thing wouldn’t happen to any other team.”

    Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is up in arms. He told Marca, a Madrid based newspaper: “It’s a disgrace. A f*cking disgrace. When Drogba got sent off I didn’t get surprised. Because it is [a disgrace].

    “Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one. Me, and more importantly I, don’t deserve this kind of treatment. If I’m hated in Barcelona, it is their problem not mine.”

    This is Mourinho’s first Clasico and Sport, a Barcelona based newspaper, claims Mourinho is just running scared and cannot handle the pressure of such a big occasion.

    But Mourinho refutes this claim: “Fear is not a word a word in my football dictionary.”

    “I am prepared. The more pressure there is, the stronger I am. In Portugal, we say the bigger the ship, the stronger the storm. Fortunately for me, I have always been in big ships. FC Porto was a very big ship in Portugal, Chelsea was also a big ship in England and Inter was a great ship in Italy.

    “I don’t care that “Barca” can also be translated into “ship”. I’m at Real Madrid, which is considered the biggest ship on the planet”.

    The training session was moved to Petit Camp, a small pitch near the famous “Gran Teatre de Liceu” theatre in Barca.

    “It was not the ideal situation, but the players took it with much grace, as expected from players of Real Madrid. The guys here are willing to do anything for the team and that’s what makes me happy.”

    Real Madrid play Barcelona on November 29th, a game which many believe will have a large impact on the title race in Spain.


  6. Stephen
    November 27, 2010

    Awesome LaLiga Weekly podcast. I’ve been a listener for only a few “episodes” but I must say its refreshing to hear female voice 🙂
    Also, it’s much better to step aside from trash-talking and really hear some realistic analysis, and in the podcast you guys couldn’t be more right. The big issue I feel is the “post-match” words. Pride is on the line, but like em (the girl in the audio) said if we come out with a beautiful game, no ref. crap, no awful calls, just a good hard fought game, I feel that would alleviate the pain to either side.

    PS: GolTv is dedicating the entire weekend to this game, I’ve seen some awesome footage of both teams. Tune in if you have it. HD and regular GolTv.

  7. BarcaOwl
    November 27, 2010

    I just wanted to say thanks for the podcast. It’s something I always look forward to ever since I found this blog. 🙂

    By the way, is it possible to subscribe to it?

  8. ak
    February 7, 2011

    hey isaiah, new user to this site…just wanted to know, can i download this podcast for my music player or must it be listened to here?

  9. ak
    February 7, 2011

    i see that kevin above has given the link for itunes download, but it says to download itunes first…i already have itunes installed
    i m a total noob to this, plz guide me

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