25
Aug

La Liga minnows SD Eibar win top-flight debut on wonder goal

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SD Eibar made its La Liga debut this weekend and promptly celebrated their first three points thanks to a 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad. The club from the tiny Basque town of Eibar, which boasts a population of just over 27,000, also made sure the winning goal was a memorable one.

Midfielder Javi Lara buried a beautiful free kick from an impossible angle to etch himself forever in club lore:

The underdog of all underdogs, Eibar is the smallest club to ever to compete in La Liga and had to raise $2.3 million in capital just to keep its place in the league after earning promotion from the Segunda Divison.

Their home ground, Ipurua Stadium, holds just 5,900 spectators (there are plans to raise the capacity to a whopping 6,700). And now they’re playing the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, whose own arenas could hold three Eibars. The entire town. Three times.

We here at the Blog sincerely hope the magical ride continues for as long as possible. What a great story.

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22
Jan

Bradford stuns Villa, books place at Wembley

Bradford AFC made history on Tuesday becoming the first fourth-tier side in over 50 years to reach the League Cup final after defeating Premier League Aston Villa 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday.

Villa were unable to claw back the 3-1 deficit from the first leg of the Capital One Cup encounter even though leading scorer Christian Benteke put them in front before halftime.

Read more here.



1
Nov

FOX Soccer caught up with Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit ahead of their playoff clash with the LA Galaxy on Thursday night. Vancouver is the first Canadian team to make the MLS playoffs, and they must face the reigning MLS Cup champions in a one-off knockout match away at the Home Depot Center.

"With our backs against the wall as an underdog, you go in there and just fight," DeMerit said.

Check out this video to hear more from DeMerit on what it means for him to have reached this milestone, and his hopes for the future of the club.