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

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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

SOCCER-CHAMPION’S LEAGUE-REAL MADRID-VALENCIA Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP via Getty Images

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)