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Soccer, Social Media: EPL And La Liga Dominate – Infographic

Europe is home to the best club soccer in the world, thanks in no small part to powerful domestic leagues, like Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A. But there’s no debating which two associations reign supreme on the continent: the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.

The EPL and La Liga regularly send top clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid deep into the international Champions League tournament. One could argue that either the EPL or La Liga rules Europe in a given year. But which league is winning on the social web?

La Liga teams have more Twitter followers than their EPL counterparts, but EPL fans are more active, mentioning their teams in 81.5 million tweets over the past year compared to 65.2 million for Spanish clubs. On Facebook, EPL teams just barely out-Like La Liga’s league-wide total, but the numbers are essentially equal. La Liga’s signature match between Barcelona and Madrid also drew about four times as much Twitter chatter as last year’s Manchester Derby between United and City.

La Liga superstars Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid dominate the social buzz, however, compared to Manchester United’s new dynamic duo of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Messi and Ronaldo were mentioned in over 24 million tweets over the past year, compared to just under 9 million for Rooney and van Persie.

Sports website TheScore used data from social analytics company Sysomos to pull all these stats and more to produce the infographic. Check it out for a snapshot of how the EPL and La Liga compare on the social web.

Source: Mashable.com, thescore

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It can be done – Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho claim La Liga Title from Barca and Pep Guardiola

Saturday’s clasico between the two soccer heavy weights Real Madrid and Barca once again delivered an outstanding soccer event worth watching. Saturday’s winner: Real Madrid. With a deserved win over their rival from Barcelona, Real has more or less secured the championship in La Liga.  With four games left, Real is seven points ahead of Barca and can only lose the title if Christmas and Easter fall on the same day.

Sami Khedira put Real up, while Alexis goal tied the game for a few minutes until Cristiano Ronaldo took Oezil’s master pass and secured the win for Real.

The much anticipated clash between the giants demonstrated that Barca can be beaten at Camp Nou. While Barca dominated possession, Real, like Chelsea in the middle of the week, controlled the game from a defensive position. With Real shutting down the major supply lines Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, Barca couldn’t develop the grip it takes to break the Real defense.  Dangerous attacking by Real also kept Barca honest when it comes to establishing overwhelming pressure. Very rarely was Barca able to confuse Real’s defense and when it happened the few opportunities were generously wasted.

Jose Mourinho, who is in the firing line of the press for month, should have a good night sleep and sweet dreams for the night. The Portuguese is on the hitlist of the entire soccer press around the world after deciding not to speak to the press anymore. Since soccer knowledge is usually low in the soccer press, but personal revenge need high, the coach had to listen and read all kind of nonsense over the past weeks. Since the midweek loss at Bayern Munich the heat has turned up and the press claimed and reported all kind of stuff from tactical mistakes to personal issues and back. The win against Barca and the win of La Liga should ease the pressure for the Portuguese, at least until the second leg champions league semi final against Bayern Munich.

Real is facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday and Real is under pressure to overcome a 2-1 deficit in order to reach the champions league final. With Saturday’s presentation against Barca, Real should be ready for the Germans.

Barca on the other hand has to overcome a few other obstacles in order to reach the final.  It will be interesting to see how the success spoiled team is dealing with a mini crisis after two consecutive losses in major games. Failing to overcome the 1-0 deficit against Chelsea on Tuesday will leave the Catalan’s with nothing else than the Copa del Rey, or even nothing.  The same result has left Real on the receiving end of healthy laughter from parts of the press last year.

It is very well possible that the dream of a champions league final between Real and Barca will be busted in the coming week. Bayern Munich and Chelsea are travelling to Spain with the determination to defend their lead and will fight with the knife between their teeth. Both have major motivations and issues themselves and are fighting for European participation next season and in Bayern’s case, for participation in the final in their own stadium.  Full Report and Comment Section

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