Weekend! Sadly the Bundesliga will continue first in a few weeks, but we have got a lot to discuss in this weeks Trequartista, the first of 2016.
Well, isn't christmas wonderful? The worst thing with having a few days off is, as a wise man once said (me), that it always ends with the miserable morning when you have to go to work. Even worse in this case as we have to wait a couple of weeks for the most wonderful football to return. In the mean time there are other leagues to watch and inspect. There are transfers of all kinds, transfer bans and more scandals in the football world. FIFA never ceases to amaze and enjoy, does it?
Naja, let's begin with the actual football. During the christmas and the week after a lot is happening in the world of football. In Premier League the heavy schedule around these weeks often makes one or two teams in the top of the league suffer. This year it was Arsenal who got hammered away against Southhampton. Even though they recovered quickly it was a real setback for the title candidates in England. A few other big games have been played, Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal, Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona, Valencia 2-2 Real Madrid, Roma 1-1 AC MIlan and Internazionale 1-2 Lazio for example. Nothing too surprising occured, bar the Barcelona-derby which ended 0-0.
FIFA never ceses to amaze and enjoy, does it? The organisation handed out another transfer ban this week, this time to Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid. Even though they were found guilty of violating the rules of FIFA, the Spanish FA has come out and stated that they stand behind the two Madrid clubs no matter what, which is a remarkeable thing, considering they didn't stand behind Barcelona when the same happened to them. Odd. It might have to to do with politics though. Even though it would be desirable if politics wasn't mixed with football, it is certainly inevitable and in Spain where the different regions of the country are more or less independent this might cause problems. Catalunya is probably the most nationalist region of all Spanish regions and they seem to be desperate to break free from Spain and form a new country. As Barcelona is the biggest city in Catalunya, the football club have been criticised for representing the Catalan valors and colours. It would be my guess that if any kind of discrimination towards Barcelona and Espanyol is actual, then it is because the region of Catalunya wants to break free from Spain. Summa summarum, football and politics should not be mixed.
New year, new me. It would certainly be odd if you as a reader really care about this next paragraph, but hey, it could be good to know. This spring things will be happening at Fresh off the Gegenpress. I am planning a trip to Germany to watch two games in Bundesliga, one in 2. Bundesliga and one in 3. Liga. I will therefore write some kind of a travel guide when on this trip. It can hopefully be used to guide you to some great places in Germany and a few of the stadiums you should visit, plus tips on tickets et cetera. We have also introduced a new feature on the site called "Travel" where we will post guides and tips on different stadiums in Europe.
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