Allen Dodson

  • joined Jan 20, 2011
  • last login Aug 18, 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: Do or die for Croatia and Mexico


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...

Villarreal USA Podcast: World Cup Review


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


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...

England expects....Italy to do its duty


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


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...

Spain in the World Cup: what went wrong?


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...

All or Nothing for Spain today: World Cup Preview


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...

Gio fairly quiet, works hard as El Tri earn draw


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


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...

Ex-Villarreal man Altidore and the USMNT in action


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


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,...

Villarreal's Forgotten Man: Jonathan de Guzmán


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


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!!


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...

Player Profile: Giovani dos Santos


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


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?


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


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?

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