The One with the Spanish Inquisition…

The_Spanish_Inquisition_by_lyonlamb You didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition?

Ben and Sophie return to the Lounge to discuss where it all went wrong for Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League this week.

Was Messi selfish to start? Who is helping Ronaldo? Is it time these teams looked beyond their individual icons in favour of collective choreography? Did Mourinho mess up? Why didn’t Tito react? Is a miracle comeback possible for either side? Just where do they go from here?

A Conversation With…Cristian Nyari

Bayern Munich had a nightmare end to their Champions League campaign last season. That was followed-up by major disappointment at Euro 2012 for the German national side.

In A Conversation With Cristian Nyari from Bundesliga Fanatic, we get stuck into some delicious dialogue about all things German football. Will Bayern bounce back? Or will we see more dominance from Dortmund? We cover the big two, Schalke, Huntelaar and life without Raul. Plus we take a peek at the younger players bursting through the German football scene, including Mario Gotze and Marco Reus and the impact they will have this coming season. Cristian also shares his thoughts on Joachim Low and his tactical approach in the Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy.

What’s it all about..?

42-17021668I am a Brit living in the United States. I grew up in London watching the beautiful game. Arsenal is my team. I had the privilege to watch them play at Highbury for many years. Then I moved to the States. Luckily, Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports have given me my weekly Premiership fix. My fix also requires the images and sounds of La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Eredivisie and the Bundesliga. ESPN came to the rescue too when they started broadcasting the Champions League in High-Definition. Life got better that day. I am also a huge fan of international soccer, especially European and the flare of those exquisite South American teams. Brazil and Argentina have been an art form for decades.