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Managing Madrid Podcast: Iker Casillas Legacy; Las Blancas Pt 2; How To Analyze Football

Kiyan Sobhani and Om Arvind discuss Casillas’s time at Real Madrid; Las Blancas continue their season preview series; and Kiyan talks about the nuance required to analyze football properly


This episode of the Managing Madrid Podcast comes in three parts.

Part One (‘Las Blancas’ with Om Arvind, Jess Houwen, Grant Little, and Raquel Barbadillo)

- The history of Primera Iberdrola’s format

- The unpopular changes made by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)

- What Primera Iberdrola might look like next season and whether it’ll be played at all

- The disparity in attentiveness and effort paid to the men’s league vs. the women’s league

- The damage that the RFEF’s potential decisions might cause

- Madrid CFF’s history

- Madrid CFF’s recent form

- Madrid CFF’s key players

- Why Real Madrid took over CD Tacón and not Madrid CFF

- Madrid CFF’s great youth structure

- The history of Athletic Bilbao Femenino

- Overview of Athletic Bilbao’s squad

- Thoughts on Real Madrid’s pink kit

Part Two — 1:02:15 (Iker Casillas discussion with Kiyan Sobhani and Om Arvind)

  • Our initial reaction to Iker’s retirement
  • Casillas standing up for what he believes in, and not taking Mourinho’s side
  • Revisiting: The Tito eye poke, and Iker’s texts to Xavi and Puyol
  • Jose Mourinho’s use of Pepe on the field
  • A discussion on the battle between short-term managers, club values, and long-term sporting vision
  • Iker’s deeper analytics post 2014
  • Explaining his decline
  • His legacy and rank all time
  • Iker vs Buffon
  • Iker vs Diego Lopez
  • And more.

Part Three — 1:56:55 (Journalist Corner with Kiyan Sobhani)

  • How to analyze football
  • The holistic approach
  • How to interact with other journalists online
  • And more.

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Hosts this week:

Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo)

Om Arvind

Grant Little (@grantlittle09)

Raquel Barbadillo (@raquelbars)

Jess Houwen (@jesshuh15)

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