BARÇA STAR GETS THE BIRD, SPAIN DEBUTS IN THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
The Spanish Week in Review
With the domestic saga of La Primera finally done and dusted, attention switched to the international game as the Spanish selecciones were in action in Euro 2016 qualifying and the Women’s World Cup.
It also meant the press had less cud to chew on so they homed in on a silly quip Gerard Pique had made at Barcelona’s post Champions League party and regurgitated the old Real v Barca rivalry all week.
Pique’s probably inebriated joke about Cristiano Ronaldo’s birthday party being the start of Barça’s season was hardly offensive, and par for the course among celebrating Barcelona fans.
The largely Real-supporting media’s faux Agen Dominoqq outrage not only betrayed their childishly partisan approach to football reporting but also revealed a stark hypocrisy:
If it had not been for them making such a fuss over the party incident – when the Colombian DJ broke the house rules and tweeted perfectly innocent party photos, that night would not have become an issue so big it may have unsettled Carlo Ancelotti’s team psychologically.
They cannot on one had attack their favourite team for being unprofessional and at the same time get angry when Barcelona thank them for handing them an advantage.
SPAIN 2:1 COSTA RICA, Leon 13,000
The witchhunt of Pique continued into Thursday, when he was booed arriving in Leon for Spain’s friendly with Costa Rica, and whistled relentlessly throughout the game every time he touched the ball.
There were voices chanting his name in support, but Castilla y Leon is largely madridista, as the jeers and whistles drowned out the opposition and the Football Federation’s regional representative Marcelino Mate failed to …