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Allen Dodson

  • joined Jan 20, 2011
  • last login Jul 11, 2014
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A fan of the beautiful game for many years, discovered Villarreal through the CL heroics and heartbreaks. I liked the fact that they were from a small town in the Valencian Community and yet were on the world stage with Arsenal, Liverpool, Barcelona, etc. so began supporting Villarreal. I haven't made it to El Madrigal yet, but hope to one of these days!

My wife and I (and our three cats) are now living in central California, in the Sierra foothills. Apart from blogging about Villarreal, I also spend a good deal of free time cooking and playing music, and enjoying the local wines. I can't claim my paella is a true paella Valenciana, but it's getting to be pretty darn good!!

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World Cup: France, Nigeria, Germany, Algeria today

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African sides are in the spotlight today, though neither is expected to triumph over European opposition. France-Nigeria will start us off, followed by Germany-Algeria. I'm expecting more goals, and fewer minutes of play, than yesterday.

Gio scores goal for Mexico, but El Tri head home

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In what we thought would be a fascinating match, and pretty much was, Mexico took the lead through a Giovani dos Santos goal before paying the price for going defensive--and for clumsy challenges on Arjen Robben one too many times.

Podcast: World Cup...the knockout stage begins

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The group stage has been more enjoyable than usual (well, not for everyone) but now we turn to the knockout round, where extra time and penalties can decide who goes through. And don't forget, yellow cards can be important too.

Suarez ban is among most severe in FIFA history

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I guess FIFA wasn't impressed with Uruguay's defense of Suarez, safe to say. 9 match ban for the national team; 4 month ban elsewhere, during which time he can have no football-related activity (even watching a match) of any kind.

USA-Germany, Portugal-Ghana the big matches today

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Group G takes the spotlight, though Algeria and Russia are also playing for a spot in the round of 16 in Group H, Belgium are already there

Villarreal friendlies so far, transfer news

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A visit to the garden spots of the UK: Swansea, Middlesborough. Ah, but can Villarrreal arrange a friendly for a cold Wednesday night in Stoke?

All to play for in four world cup matches today

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Let's be honest--group E has been horrible to watch. But going into the last match, only Bosnia are out. And in group F, everyone still has a chance, though France will almost surely top the group and play the group E runnerup in the round of 16.

A wild day on the World Cup stage

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Uruguay and Italy, two teams that have the "win at all costs" mentality....but what Luis Suarez did was beyond the pale.

World Cup: Do or die for Croatia and Mexico

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Hard to believe the focus today isn't on defending champions Spain, but their match against Australia means nothing. Netherlands-Chile decides who faces Brazil in the next round, and Mexico-Croatia determines who else goes through from Group A

Villarreal USA Podcast: World Cup Review

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Allen and Sid take time out to discuss Gio's performance at the World Cup, Spain's implosion, and teams that have impressed so far.

Cordoba promoted to the Primera

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Cordoba is promoted to the Primera, as "fans" cost Las Palmas victory, a last-minute goal from Ulises Davila sending the Andalusians up after the proceedings had been stopped for a premature pitch invasion and celebration

England expects....Italy to do its duty

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Italy-Costa Rica looks to be the pick of the three matches today. Both played well in their first match, can Italy put the Ticos away and give England a theoretical chance to progress?

Oliver Torres not returning to Villarreal

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Looks like the negotiations with Atletico Madrid have not worked out, as Marca reports Oliver is being loaned to Porto 'where he can get Champions League football'. One match a week in an easy league, too.

Spain in the World Cup: what went wrong?

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Yes, VDB was overly faithful to the old guard, but there are problems beyond that. Allen considers how opponents have come to terms with Spain's possession football. Now it's time for La Roja to respond.

All or Nothing for Spain today: World Cup Preview

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With little news from the Villarreal camp, we turn our attention to the World Cup and today's matches. The Dutch play Australia first, but barring a Socceroo miracle, Spain know they have to beat Chile anyhow. Croatia-Cameroon: a draw helps Mexico

Gio fairly quiet, works hard as El Tri earn draw

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Mexico went toe-to-toe with favored Brazil, and came out with a point. Some 0-0 draws are boring; this was one of the best matches so far. Does drag the goal average down, though.

La Liga transfers, Segunda playoff/relegation news

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One Villarreal transfer target is gone, and Barcelona snap up one of the best in La Liga Justa. Meanwhile, the Segunda playoffs continue, and potential administrative relegation looms for a couple of clubs.

Ex-Villarreal man Altidore and the USMNT in action

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A Monday fans in the US have been waiting for. USA-Ghana. Come on, Stars and Stripes, and good luck, Jozy!

More World Cup fun: 4 Matches Today

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Colombia and Uruguay make their debuts in the competition today, and the Italy-England matchup is a tasty one. And the Blue Samurai take on the Elephants. After all those goals yesterday, more, please!

Villarreal's Forgotten Man: Jonathan de Guzmán

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He's been on loan the last two seasons, but Jonathan de Guzmán is still property of Villarreal as he hopes to pay an important role for the Dutch side in this World Cup.

Villarreal Rewards its Fans

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Ticket prices are frozen, or even reduced in some cases, in 2014-15, and you can become a VYP (Very Yellow Person). Come on now, you know you want to.

It's World Cup time!!

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After the longest buildup and opening ceremony that the money and ego of Sepp Blatter and his FIFA buddies can create, it's TIME FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!! Host nation Brazil face Croatia in a Group A battle.

Player Profile: Giovani dos Santos

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With 11 goals and 8 assists, Gio proved his worth for Villarreal this season. Now he'll start for Mexico against Cameroon. We review his strengths and assess what to look for on Friday.

Giovani dos Santos to start for Mexico

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Villarreal's Gio dos Santos gets a chance to shine in the first match against Cameroun. Read more about Mexico's lineup here

Striker carousel: who comes, who goes?

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Jony, Perbet, Uche--all could be made available this summer for transfer. We seem to want to add two bodies up front, and one of them could be Álvaro Morata? Yes, please.

Segunda playoffs and relegation are set

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Hard luck on Mirandés, who go back down to the Segunda B. Mallorca barely stay up. The playoffs have in-form Real Murcia, Las Palmas, Cordoba, and Sporting. I'd sure be expecting a Murcia-Sporting final matchup.

Podcast: Villarreal seaosn in review, part 1

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Allen and Sidarth enjoy chatting, blabbing, pontificating, whatever. Hey, we had a good season!!

Villarreal rumors: mostly goalkeeper and defender

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A fairly quiet rumor mill so far. Maybe things will pick up now that everyone is back home from China.

Valladolid turn to Rubi, Planaguma to Espanyol B

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News of two coaching appointments. Lluis Planaguma replaces Sergi Gonzalez as manager of Espanyol's B team, while Rubi Ferrer takes over from JIM at Real Valladolid.

Spain's King abdicates: Villarreal USA knows why

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It's a slow day here at the Villarreal USA nerve center, so in our first piece of fottball-inspired political analysis, we tell you the REAL REASON Spain's king, Juan Carlos, is stepping down. It's all to do with football.

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