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Gabe Lezra

  • joined Jan 28, 2011
  • last login Jul 22, 2014
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I'm a full-time armchair manager of Real Madrid, and a recent graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. I grew up watching Madrid play at the Bernabéu, and some of my earliest memories are of celebrating in or around the Cibeles after we won the 1995 Liga and the 1996 Champions.

I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, so I love the Packers, and the Badgers with all my heart; I lived in Boston for a year in 1996, so naturally I love the Yankees and the Knicks.

My life ambition is to be yelled at by Jorge Valdano during a press conference for asking him an uncomfortable question, and then being removed forcibly by security. (I did meet Valdano when I lived in Madrid, but never got to say anything questionable to him because I was too afraid of being kicked in the face. True story.)

I run SBN's Real Madrid CF blog Managing Madrid, and spend most of my free time fantasizing about Real Madrid's starting 11, tactics, and Mourinho's suits. I also am in charge of SBNation.com/soccer 's Spain section. Woo!

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A Fan Of...

  • MLB New York Yankees
  • NBA New York Knicks
  • NFL Green Bay Packers
  • NCAAF Wisconsin Badgers
  • NCAAB Wisconsin Badgers
  • Golf Sergio García
  • Boxing Ali, Fraser
  • Cycling Alberto Contador, Óscar Freire, Óscar Pereiro, Miguel Indurain
  • Tennis Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Carlos Moyá, David Ferrer
  • FIFA Spain, USA
  • La Liga Real Madrid
  • EPL TBD
  • MLS Real Salt Lake
  • Winter Olympics USA
  • Figure Skating USA
User Blog

Valencia, Málaga Win Easily, Begin Race For 3rd

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Málaga and Valencia won easily against Real Betis and Zaragoza, respectively, shoring up both team's candidacies for the top-4. But with Valencia's rocky start, will Málaga keep their momentum long...

La Liga's Zero-Sum Games

Real Madrid trail Barcelona by eight points. No, that's not a typo. It's true. But with only five weeks of soccer played, is this really the end?

Real Madrid Dominate Millonarios 8-0

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Real Madrid obliterated Millonarios 8-0 in the Santiago Bernabéu Trophy. Sure, it was a good game. But how important was it?

Managing Madrid United Coming Soon

Big, big changes are coming at Managing Madrid. And we can't wait to show them to you.

La Liga 2012, Week 5 Preview And Fixtures: This Is Already Over, Isn't It?

Preview and fixtures for all the games in Week 5 of Spain's la Liga BBVA.

La Liga 2012, Week 4: Barcelona Makes Madrid Sweat, Málaga, Valencia Sweep

Barcelona put some serious pressure on Real Madrid with a win against Sevilla; Málaga and Valencia maintained their positions.

La Liga 2012, Week 4 Preview And Fixtures: Real Madrid Continue Tough Opening At Sevilla

Real Madrid travel to Sevilla in another tough match of the early going, while Barcelona fly to Madrid to take on Getafe. Interesting week in the Liga BBVA.

Welcome to the Future of Managing Madrid and SB Nation

Welcome to the future of Managing Madrid and SBNation. Hala Madrid!

Barcelona Vs. Valencia: Blaugrana Eek Out Tough Win

It's rare to see Barcelona lose--or even drop points in--back-to-back games, so it was without a huge amount of shock that they ground out a workmanlike, tough win in the Nou Camp Sunday afternoon...

La Liga 2012, Week 3 Preview And Matches: Let's Get Down To Business!

The first few weeks of la Liga never seem to be real: none of the teams that you'd expect are ever at the top, and it seems like all the best players are trying to sleep off a long hangover. Well,...

Editor-in-Chief Gabe Lezra on Soccer Analytics for The Atlantic (Featuring Graham MacAree of WAG!)

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Hey MM, check out this article that I co-wrote with my buddy Zander on soccer analytics for The Atlantic! It was really cool to get a chance to do this kind of work, and even cooler to get to do it with one of my best friends in the entire world; plus, I got to talk to Graham over at We Ain't Got No History and pick his brain for the piece. Anyways, if you're interested in the future of soccer statistics and analytics, check out the piece.

Osasuna Vs. Barcelona 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Barcelona return to the scene of the crime today--the place, Pamplona, where they officially disengaged from the Liga last year, after a 3-2 loss to Osasuna.

La Liga 2012, Week 2: Mistakes, Teenagers Dominate Opening Salvo

Mistakes, and another teenager, dominated the first set of games in Week 2 in Spain, as Zaragoza--a side that I don't think I've ever picked to win--stole three important points off of Espanyol...

La Liga 2012, Week 2 Preview And Matches: Halftime For Real Madrid And Barcelona

Sure, La Liga is more important than the Supercup. But that doesn't mean that this weekend will feel like anything more than a brief break, a breather for Real Madrid and Barcelona to regroup.

Video: Previewing Real Madrid Vs. Barcelona

SBNation's Ryan Rosenblatt previews Real Madrid vs. Barcelona on SBN's YouTube channel.

La Liga 2012 Week 1: Ex-Segunda Teams Sweep

It was a good day to be a recently-ascended Liga team Monday evening, as they went 2-0 against their better-credentialed opponents, in a relatively shocking display of how weak the bottom of the...

Atletico Madrid Vs. Levante: 1-1 Draw, Enter Sandman

The LFP would do well to take note: if they want to schedule games that run until 1AM, it'd be pretty smart to at least try not to allow Levante to take part in them.

Athletic Bilbao Vs. Real Betis 2012: Betis Win Despite Giving Up 3-Goal Lead

In what is certainly the best game of this current Liga--and what will be a strong contender for game of the season down the road--Athletic Bilbao rallied back from a three-goal first half deficit...

La Liga 2012, Weak 1: Malaga, Sevilla, Mallorca Just Victors In Opening Salvo

Mallorca's Hemed secured the lead in the provisional Pichichi race (IT COUNTS), while Fabrice, at sixteen years old became the youngest person to ever score in the Liga. Malaga, Mallorca, and...

La Liga 2012, Week 1 Preview And Fixtures: What's Past Is Prologue

For the first time in an impossibly large number of years, Real Madrid and Barcelona will have spent less than 100 million combined on new players this offseason. So, with only a few changes, this...

Welcome Our New Writer!

MM welcomes a new writer to the staff.

A Heartfelt Goodbye

Managing Madrid stands with Tim Allen's friends, family, and the Canis Hoopus extended community in their hours of grief. It is with a heavy heart and a somber soul that we conduct our business...

Real Madrid Sells Joselu To Hoffenheim For €6M

Real Madrid and German club Hoffenheim have agreed to terms for the transfer of Joselu, the young starting forward for Real Madrid Castilla. The Germans will pay 6 million for the rights to the...

When Is No News Good News For Real Madrid?

Real Madrid's preseason is chugging along without much fanfare. And that couldn't be better news for Real Madrid.

Málaga Implodes: Pellegrini, Cazorla Out, Others To Follow

According to reports from Spain, Malaga CF will part with a good number of highly valued assets to pay off their debts. The first to go will be star midfielder Santi Cazorla, who is in London...

Málaga CF: Still Rich, And Not In Danger Of Being Relegated

Málaga CF is facing a liquidity crisis during the complicated negotiations surrounding the sale of the club, but they will not be relegated or removed from the UEFA Champions League.

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