Allen Dodson

  • joined Jan 20, 2011
  • last login Jul 23, 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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Segunda playoffs and relegation are set


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...

Podcast: Villarreal seaosn in review, part 1


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

Villarreal rumors: mostly goalkeeper and defender


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


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


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...

Villarreal's Aquino called to Mexican squad


A serious injury to Luis Montes in today's friendly between Mexico and Ecuador has resulted in our winger receoving a callup to the World Cup. Very sad news for "Chapo" Montes, who had scored just...

Big Segunda matches on Saturday


Jornada 41 of what seems like a never-ending season: the Liga Adelante nears its end. Some key matches on store as teams fight for promotion and against relegation

WIth Villarreal in Hong Kong, we catch up on news


Villarreal are in Hong Kong along with Valencia. Which reminds us, they have a new owner.....

Eibar (!!) promoted to Primera


Eibar has won promotion to the Primera on the pitch--now they have to win it in the boardroom, as they need 1m in share capital. And Racing Santander are back in the Primera after getting rid of...

Fantasy League Winners


Villarreal USA's fantasy league, like the real La Liga, is over for another season. And the winners are....

TV rights in Spain: who benefits and why


Implementing an EPL-type distribution system for TV rights in Spain: who wins, who loses, and why it won't happen. It might not be for the reason you think.

Villarreal fans' predictions: how did we do?


Villarreal supporters made a number of predictions before the season started--how did they do? Reasonably well, it turns out.

Villarreal News: May 21


First priority has to be sorting out the keeper situation--does Asenjo go or stay?

Osasuna match delayed by barrier collapse


Osasuna is leading Betis, but the real story is the collapse of a barrier that's resulted in four fans going to hospital.

It's a battle for sixth place in the Anoeta!


A few extra weeks rest, an easier road to the group stage, and a potentially bigger share of the Spanish TV pot for the Europa League matches. That's what sixth place means. Well, that and bragging...

Sadness in Vila-real: Bruno left off WC squad


The most deserving Bruno Soriano is not selected to the group of 30 (to be cut to 23) for Spain's World Cup defense. With younger players coming up behind him, hard to imagine he'll have another...

The relegation scenarios in La Liga


Okay, we know it's Barcelona-Atletico for the title, but what about relegation from La Liga? Almeria are almost safe, Granada, Valladolid and Osasuna all in grave danger of joining Betis in falling...

Villarreal cruise past Rayo, 4-0


Hard to findmuch to complain about, except for the injuries. The Submarine destroyed Rayo Vallecano 4-0 today at El Madrigal.

Gio named to Mexico's world cup squad; Aquino not


As had been widely prognosticated, Villarreal went 1-for-2 when it came to getting its players on to Mexico's World Cup squad. Possible Aquino could be called up if there's an injury somewhere, of...

Sr. Roig meets with fan groups, and team news


Sr. Roig meets with fan groups and urges them to be a model for Spanish football, just as our club's management is. Support the team, but racism, xenophobia, etc. will not be tolerated. Plus,...

Podcast: Villareal qualifies for Europe


Allen and Sid discuss our past and upcoming matches briefly, but mostly look ahead to the summer. Who might stay? Who might go?

The Segunda clubs in danger of relegation


Some clubs that have been in the Primera not long ago--Hercules and Girona--and others that were in the playoff chase last year such as Girona are among the clubs trying to avoid the drop to the...

El Madrigal stays open, and Uche isn't going to WC


Villarreal-related tidbits include a fine but no ground closure for the banana incident; Ike Uche isn't going to the World Cup, Gio may but Aquino probably isn't. And congrats to Giuseppe Rossi who...

The Segunda Division promotion race: tight as ever


Lots of draws and not many goals: the Segunda promotion race very tight, with at least eight clubs vying for the two automatic promotion spots and four playoff slots. Depor and Eibar have opened up...

Villarreal visit Sevilla in search of a point


Let's not let the eventual result overshadow how well Marcelino prepared the team and how well we played for the first three-quarters of the Barca match. How motivated will Sevilla be for this one,...

Podcast: Bananas and Barca.


The usual threesome discuss the banana incident at El Madrigal--Spanish authorities miss a golden opportunity to address the racism issue head-on . Plus, speaking of opportunities missed, we review...

Transfer rumors: we'll collect and discuss here


Rumored we are signing a young attacker from Italy's Pescara, and that Swansea is interested in Uche. (I await the inevitable rumor from Italy that Fiorentina are interested in him, just because)

There's a new Villarreal Fans' Forum on the web!


One of our Villarreal USA members has created an English-language forum site on the web. Here's more about it, and how to register. Let's get it going!!!

Celtic Submari raising funds for cancer research


Villarreal supporters' group Celtic Submari is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a campaign to raise 150,000 for research into treatment of pediatric cancer. Sr. Roig and representatives of the...

Villarreal reacts swiftly to racism incident


As thousands of bananas are eaten around the world in support of Dani Alves and against racism in football grounds, Villarreal has taken a rather more concrete approach to Sunday's incident. The...

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