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Allen Dodson

  • joined Jan 20, 2011
  • last login Apr 20, 2014
  • posts 831
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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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Villarreal capture Oliver Torres on loan

Not maybe the marquee signing we were expecting, but a good one, even if only on loan--young Spanish starlet Oliver Torres arrives on loan from Atletico.

Transfer deadline nears for Villarreal

Hernan Perez out, Canales not coming here. That's all we know right now, with less than two days remaining.

Villarreal lose at Valladolid, 1-0

The Submarine's engines never got past neutral today, I'm afraid. Valladolid scored from a free kick late in the first half and held on for a 1-0 victory that may have saved their coach's job.

Villarreal journey to Valladolid in a key matchup

Valladolid have a decent roster, but results have been poor. The Submarine would like to keep up their sparkling away form of late and pick up three points, but it won't be easy.

Podcast: La Real and Almeria, and Valladolid

Villarreal USA's intrepid duo of Allen and Sidarth review Villarreal's recent performances, look ahead to Vlladolid and the rest of the league schedule. Enjoy.

Who's hot, who's not in Villarreal at the moment

A 2-0 win over Almeria, not an outstanding performance. Who's going well for the Submarine right now, and who isn't?

Villarreal welcome Almeria to El Madrigal

Time to focus on the league again--and with a struggling Almeria coming to town, three points from this match are essential to get those good vibes going and keep up the fight for a European place.

Villarreal go out of the Copa to Real Sociedad

After defeating La Real 5-1, we can't put the ball in the net, even with a penalty awarded to us. And so, we're out of the cup. Yawn.

PREVIEW: Villarreal CF-Real Sociedad

Time to get back to winning ways at El Madrigal. Real Sociedad come to town, though, so it won't be easy.

Tight, tense goalless encounter in the Anoeta

Tight, tense, exciting...but goalless. Villarreal are denied a clear penalty that could have resulted in the vital away goal, but otherwise it was quite even. All to play for in El Madrigal, then.

Villarreal visit La Real in the Copa. A guanyar!

Mexicans Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino and Gio dos Santos should all be on the pitch today as Villarreal go to Donostia in an attractive Copa del Rey round-of-16 battle.

Villarreal conquer Vallecas on Three Kings Day

Uche, Perbet, Moi--our Three Kings on Three Kings Day. 5 goals for us!

Villarreal visit Vallecas to take on Rayo

Here's the Villarreal USA gamethread....join us and comment on the action, or check back for updates if you can't watch it where you are!!

Villarreal Transfer Rumors (and fans' forum)

So, as long threatened, here is a placeholder for us to discuss any interesting rumors during the January transfer window.  It will be updated periodically with whatever firm news actually comes...

Podcast: Sevilla review, Rayo and La Real

Allen and Sid preview the matches against Rayo and La Real

Spanish clubs in the spotlight

Valencia is up for sale with at least one bidder identified; the European Commission is investigating whether Spain has provied illegal state aid to some La Liga clubs. Oh, and Musacchio is staying at Villarreal.

Happy holidays, groguets!

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Bons Nadals...

A sad end to 2013 as Villarreal lose to Sevilla

Two defensive errors and a lack of cutting edge in attack spell disaster for Villarreal today. We perhaps deserved a draw even so, but didn't get it.

Villarreal host Sevilla at El Madrigal

When these two teams last played, Marcelino was the Sevilla coach. He's enjoying much more success at Villarreal, and you know he'd love to finish off 2013 with a win.

Perbet fires Villarreal to round of 16

Villarreal defeat Elche 3-2 on aggregate to progress to the round of 16 in the King's Cup.

Villarreal travel to Elche without Cani or Asenjo

Needing a win in the second leg of the Copa tie against Elche, we don't have Cani (or Asenjo, who wasn't going to start anyhow) but we do get Bruno back. Plus, other news around Spain, including Djukic's firing and the EU investigating Spanish clubs

Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal: a few reflections

A few reflections from Allen on a day when we tried our best, but came home with nothing to show for it. Hard to do in the Camp Nou.

Barcelona insights from the Blaugranes bloggers

We had a few questions for our friends at Barca Blaugranes--see how they answered us

Cani signs a new contract with Villarreal

Playing better than ever, Cani signs a new contract to keep him at Villarreal until 2017.

It's Copa Time! Villarreal- Elche, Round of 32

Two Valencian Community clubs that haven't done much in the Copa del Rey (Spanish cup) competition in recent years tangle in El Madrigal.

Villarreal take on Malaga at El Madrigal

Friday afternoon (US time) Villarreal host Malaga at El Madrigal. Let's hope the football is warmer than the weather is likely to be!

Villarreal host Malaga at El Madrigal

Malaga CF comes to El Madrigal for the first time since April 2012. Most of their international stars, and Manuel Pellegrini, have moved on; new coach Bernd Schuster has found the going difficult...

Reflections on Villarreal, Elche--and Valencia

Some reflections on the Elche-Valencia match as well as our own. Don't forget, we play Elche in the Copa del Rey in a couple of weeks!!

Cani and Musacchio in the news, Gio at practice

Villarreal's Cani plays his 300th match for the club on Sunday, Mateo Musacchio is wanted by a couple of clubs, and the Cosmos conclude their visit to Vila-real tomorrow. And Gio dos Santos, Chechu Dorado, and Javier Farinos all practiced today.

Marcelino reups, Senna highlights, and more

Marcelino signs a contract extension to 2016, says he's very happy and Villarreal is the best team he's coached.

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