Mark is a Real Madrid fan. Payton is a Barcelona fan. Both are American soccer converts, and always manage to be upset about something, even though they support the two most successful clubs of all time. Listen in as the boys explain exactly why the current coaches/owners of their teams are idiots, and what they would do instead.
It's the official inaugural 2022/23 El Clasico Season Kickoff!! The boys, Mark (Real Madrid) and Payton (Barcelona) launch the new season of the best the game has to offer in Barcelona and Real Madrid. First, Mark takes us through how Real Madrid won a trophy already this season as they squared off against Frankfurt in the Super Cup (9:38). Then, the boys start their official betting lines for the season (27:35). So much to discuss, so much to look forward to this season for both sides. Be here for every piece of the action, from the beginning to the end, with El Clasico Podcastico.
Payton tries to unravel Barcelona's financial gymnastics as they race to register their new crew of star signings before the official start of the season in just a few days, while pushing others out the door (3:35). Mark teases his bold prediction for the season and gives his lineup, scorers, and predicted score for Real Madrid's first competitive game of the season, the UEFA SuperCup against Barcelona's old Europa League nemesis, Eintracht Frankfurt (23:18).
The boys dig into some fascinating storylines as the season quickly approaches. Mark shouts into the void as Barcelona leapfrog ahead of Real Madrid in summer signings, even though they supposedly have a salary cap of -144 million, as Payton revels in his club stealing player after player from Premier League giants. Also - Mark lies to himself yet again as he talks himself into Eden Hazard being the backup #9 this season to Karim the Dream. Plus, we discuss the Vegas El Clasico performances.
The boys review all the wild offseason happenings at the Blaugrana, with the Catalan side somehow finding over $100 million in the mattress to spend on Raphinha and Lewandowski, despite not even playing all their current players their salaries. Payton is over the moon about his new Polish striker (1:16), but discusses whether De Jong is being forced out, and what the Lewandowski signing means for the team going forward. Mark yells about the awful marketing for La Liga (20:08), and the yawning gap in spending power between mid-table Premier League sides and La Liga sides. Plus - we look ahead to the first El Clasico of the year (28:16) and we pick the lineups, scores, and much more!
We're back with more, brand new El Clasico Podcastico, and we're drinking lots of Lewandowski kool aid in our happy hour cocktails. We discuss all the angles on Barcelona's multiple attempts to sign the Polish striker, and what it would mean for Barcelona, and La Liga as a whole (4:05). Then, the boys give out the second half of their El Clasico Podcastico end of the season awards (31:30). Be sure to check out the video of this Happy Hour episode on the YouTube channel as well!
The stars are out and frothing at the mouth for the 3rd edition of the world-famous El Clasico awards. Which of your venerable hosts predicted their games right more often to start the season? Who will win "The Shooter McGavin" Award??? You must know, and you can only find out by listening to the latest episode of El Clasico Podcastico. We give our thoughts on the monumental transfers of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelian Tchouameni to Real Madrid, and the slightly-less-monumental Barcelona "signing", and where the Lewandowski situation is at (3:57), reveal how our game-by-game predictions fared all season, (21:22), see how our Bold Predictions at the start of the season fared (28:45), do the same for our over/unders for the La Liga season (40:35), and finally we dole out a few of the awards to the players and coaches, to wet your whistle for Part 2 (1:01:02).
Join your humble hosts with jaws agape as they stare in awe at perhaps the greatest goalkeeping clinic ever put on, by a giant Belgian man, as Real down heavy favorites Liverpool. The boys delve into the strange scenes that led to a 36 minute delay of kickoff (08:36), before breaking down the game itself (12:58), including each successive, impossible save by the keeper that would not let his team lose, and how on earth Real conjured this season's performance after supposedly being past their best (53:34). Your hosts also wonder how Mo Salah must be feeling after a tireless performance, and wonder why a miserable-looking Sadio Mane had to attend Liverpool's already-planned victory parade.
Grab a drink and join your favorite soccer hosts as we delve into the titanic, unlikely matchup that is soccer's Super Bowl. It's the Champions League Final, and we've got an episode chock full of all of the stats, analysis, and random speculation you love most, including who the old rust vs. rest argument favors (7:30), the epic history between of and between the two clubs (11:40), which players and matchups we're most excited about, all managed by the most huggable coaches (30:40), and what will actually happen in the game, with our ironclad predictions (1:01:30). Plus- we do a fantasy draft to top it all off! (1:20:30).
Join Brooklyn's #1 soccer hosts (probably) for every ridiculous angle on the transfer travesty that embarrased everyone involved. Payton does a bit of a happy dance on Madrid's grave as Mbappe commits to three more years of Qatar's sportswashing project, but Mark wonders if in the long run Real will come out on top, given the history of massive contracts. Plus - Mark makes a guarantee on which star Los Blancos will end up with instead.
The boys dig into the meaty transfer revelation that Mbappe has agreed to personal terms with Real Madrid, while also wondering what exactly that really means (4:35) and discuss if this move puts Real Madrid back on top of the football world, talent-wise (32:10), before diving in to talk about the hilarious & disturbing anti-football match that Barcelona vs. Getafe (7:53). Plus, Real Madrid's second unit gets outplayed by tiny Cadiz (13:50), and Mark previews the final La Liga matchday vs. Real Betis (22:34), and Payton predicts Barcelona's last game of the season against Villareal (28:05).
Grab your favorite cocktail and step into the El Clasico Lounge for another Happy Hour edition of El Clasico Podcastico. Mark and Payton take us through some big transfer news, including both confirmed moves and those that may happen soon, including Rudiger, Mbappe, De Jong, and more (4:16), before your hosts dig into some La Liga results, as Ousmane Dembele showed his value in running rampant over Celta Vigo (25:36), and Vini Jr. puts in a magisterial performance as Real bully Levante in a match that doomed the Valencia-based side to relegation (45:00).
As the La Liga season winds to an end, Mark and Payton stay glued to their seats, covering all of the weekend's action, transfer rumors, and more. First, Payton covers Barcelona's thrilling finale against Real Betis, including Ansu's return stunner (4:20). Next, Mark takes us through Real Madrid's mostly meaningless loss to pouting Atletico Madrid (29:59). Then Barcelona's game against Celta Vigo on 5/10 gets a deep preview from Payton as Barcelona look to the future and experiment with the youngsters (46:12). Finally, Mark and Payton discuss the Kylian Mbappe transfer news and rumors (51:18). It's all right here, on El Clasico Podcastico!
The Karim rises to the top yet again in a preposterous, ridiculous, spectacular comeback in the dying moments against Manchester City that continues one of the greatest and strangest Champions League journeys of all time, started by one of Real's best young players, and finished by one of their oldest (1:46). Also, Barcelona get ready for their weekend clash at Real Betis (55:36), and Mark previews the Madrid derby at the Wanda (1:00:17).
Mark talks title as he reveals his 5 key storylines that led Real Madrid to the promised land, and an unlikely 35th title that not many saw coming (19:55). Plus, Payton reviews a big win for Barcelona over Mallorca, with an exciting cameo from one of the games' brightest young talents (3:18). And of course, we get hyped for next Euro Heist Movie: Carlo and the Kid, AKA Man City vs. Real Madrid in an incredibly exciting Semifinal second leg, for a shot at playing in soccer's Super Bowl (41:20).
Mark feels somewhat upset that Man City bullied Real Madrid by simply being much better at football than them in a close, incredibly exciting Champions League semifinal that once again somehow managed to exceed the hype. We detail every chance, half chance, and delicious bit of skill from a game that featured a team of the world's best footballers, plus a couple of guys from Real Madrid (6:17). Plus, Payton looks ahead to Ansu Fati's return against Mallorca this weekend (42:30), and Real Madrid need just a point against Espanyol to secure their 35th La Liga title (53:57).
Payton tries to make sense of the most recent senseless loss for Barcelona, as they somehow contrive to fall to Rayo Vallecano yet again, this time at home (4:40), before Mark fantasizes about yet another big European night for his Real Madrid team as they travel to rainy Manchester (30:11), to take on Pep's mighty English champions. Its England vs. Spain, Guardiola vs. Ancelotti, and most importantly, Real Madrid vs. Man City, and we have all the angles to get you ready for the big game!
Real Madrid and Barcelona took care of business over the week in La Liga, and the boys are here for it. First, Payton breaks down the Barcelona victory at Real Sociedad on Thursday, and the hefty toll it took on Barca's defensive line (3:45). Then, Mark and Payton discuss the Mbappe transfer saga (22:13) and what the odds are he still transfers to Madrid. Next, Mark walks us through Madrid's turbulent victory away over Osasuna (34:42). To finish this week's action off, Payton previews Barcelona's game against 14th Rayo Vallecano (47:15). It's all right here, on El Clasico Podcastico!
Payton, our resident Barca fan, explains how his team has so spectacularly ended its meaningful season games with surprising losses to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League (8:31), and then Cadiz in La Liga (1:07:40). Plus, Mark gives his thoughts on yet another incredible comeback for Real Madrid against the third best team in La Liga that may have clinched La Liga for Real (38:49). Plus - we give our predictions for the midweek games, with Real Madrid taking on Osasuna (1:27:40), and Barcelona needing a win against 5th place Sociedad (1:22:18).
Mark and Payton dive into one of the best Champions League games of all time, as Real Madrid add yet another incredible European night to their storied past, and we answer all the tough questions about what this dramatic comeback means for the prospective Spanish Champions. Do Real Madrid possess some intrinsic European magic? Should Benzema be the favorite to win the Ballon D'or this season?? We answer all that and break down an absolutely bonkers 2nd leg against Chelsea (6:40) Plus, don't miss the preview of Barcelona's all-important contest against Eintracht Frankfurt as Xavi tries to pull his revolutionary team to some major hardware this season (49:45). Also, the La Liga action-packed weekend gets a complete preview as Barca take on Cadiz, and Real Madrid try to recover in time for a tough away match against third-ranked Sevilla (1:00:20).
Another exciting weekend of La Liga action warms Mark and Payton's little hearts as their teams both managed to win despite resting key players ahead of massive European midweek games, as Real Madrid took care of business against Getafe (6:14), and Barcelona needed all 90 minutes in a 5 goal thriller against Levante (16:05). Plus - Mark looks ahead to an incredibly tense 2nd leg as Real Madrid attempt to put away a resurgent Chelsea team and reach the Champions League Semifinals (40:14). Who will start? Who will win? Who will score? We have all the answers and more, on El Clasico Podcastico!
Mark walks us through yet another legend-building performance by Karim Benzema in Real Madrid's best win of the year over Chelsea in the Champions League (7:48). Then, Payton breaks down what went right, and everything that went very wrong in Barcelona's Europa League contest against the strong German side of Eintracht Frankfurt (54:00). Plus, it's onwards to this weekend's La Liga action! Payton previews Barcelona's matchup against relegation-likely Levante as the blaugrana travel to play in Valencia (1:11:22). And finally Mark makes his predictions for Madrid's game against feisty Getafe (1:20:20).
Join your favorite hosts for a lively review of some wild weekend La Liga action, as Mark wonders what Payton's Barcelona brain thinks about Real Madrid's legion of penalty decisions in a close contest against Celta Vigo (4:44). Plus, the boys are blown away by one of Barcelona's youngest players scoring one of their best, and most important goals of the season in a battle for second place against Sevilla, and is stunned at Xavi's results thus far (28:37). Also, we get foamy at the mouth for a frothy Champions League date with a certained sanctioned Chelsea Football Club, as Real Madrid look for to avenge last year's embarrassing semifinal loss to the same club (49:34). But there's more! Payton gives us his thoughts on Barcelona's last remaining hopes for a trophy this year, as they eye the Europa league silverware in a quarterfinal date with Eintracht Frankfurt (1:06:23).
Welcome back to El Clasico Podcastico! The boys return after the international break and discuss the latest news on transfers, contract negotiations, and most importantly, the return to La Liga action. After the main headlines of the week, Mark shivers at the prospect of another slip up for Real Madrid in a tough away matchup against Iago Aspas and Celta Vigo (18:20). Then Payton breaks down everything you need to know for Barcelona's gigantic clash against the current number 2 in La Liga, Sevilla (32:54). Can Barca leapfrog Sevilla for the second place spot in the table, and put a little more pressure on Los Blancos? Can Real Madrid extend their lead at the top? Find out right here, right NOW, on El Clasico Podcastico!
This is it, folks! The last El Clasico matchup of the season has been played, and the boys are here to go over everything that went right for Barcelona, and everything that went very, very wrong for Real Madrid in this unbelievable result at the Bernabeu. Mark and Payton go over the lineups, the tactics, the mistakes, and all the blood and glory that took place in the podcast's titular matchup. This is the one we've been waiting for, and it was well worth the wait! What does it mean for La Liga? For both teams in general? Find out right here, on El Clasico Podcastico!!
Join your favorite football friends for a sloppy hour of talk about the most historic matchup in sports history - its el clasico! Xavi's men are coming in on an 11 game unbeaten run, while Ancelotti's Los Blancos are hungry to complete a record-breaking sixth straight win against their eternal rivals. Also - Payton reviews an important Europa League comeback against Galatasaray as Barca continue their quest for some silverware this year (8:29), before previewing the big game itself, including lineups, tactical battles to watch, and predictions (28:04) and Payton and Mark have the most fun they can remember as they complete the first ever El Clasico Draft. Who would you pick from the Real Madrid and Barcelona squads if you were starting a football club from scratch? Find out at (1:10:29).
El Clásico week kicks off here on El Clasico Podcastico!! Real Madrid and Barcelona both took care of things in their own ways over the weekend in La Liga. First, Payton breaks down Barcelona's dominating victory over Osasuna 4-0 (10:30). Then Mark takes us through Real Madrid's nervy-looking contest against feisty Mallorca (23:45). And finally, the boys preview Barcelona's big Europa League matchup against Galatasaray this Thursday (44:05). It's all right here, on your favorite soccer podcast! Be sure to tune into the livestream Friday night for the big El Clasico Happy Hour Preview!!
The boys dissect the incredible, once-in-a-generation three goal second half Champions League comeback by Real Madrid vs. PSG with all the angles, including all of the celebrations, goals, and fights, including what it means about PSG as a club (2:30). Plus, Barcelona slog through a tough Europa League matchup with Galatasaray at home (1:00:14), and get ready for a crucial weekend date with Osasuna (1:17:30). Plus, Real Madrid look for their fifth straight win against Mallorca and their star loanee Kubo (1:20:49).
It's another stunner here on El Clasico Podcastico!! The boys go over all the action from the La Liga weekend starting off with Mark reviewing Real Madrid's wonder-goal packed festival against Real Sociedad (5:30). Then Payton breaks down Barca's tough away match against Elche (22:30). The Barcelona vs Galatasaray Europa League Round of 16 on Thursday gets framed (50:03). And then it all comes down to one last game, one last Champions League battle in the Bernabeu for Real Madrid against the infamous PSG (55:05). It's all right here, on El Clasico Podcastico!!!
Join the boys for a tipsy discussion on whether Barcelona are officially back after some a pair of dominant wins over Napoli (7:20) and Athletic Club (48:00), and if Mbappe is still going to Real Madrid after PSG submits an absolutely absurd offer and Mark and Payton play "what would you do??" if they were Mbappe and Haaland decide their futures this summer (1:06:40). Also, Real Madrid struggle in a close win at Rayo Vallecano (33:40). Plus - Mark previews a big game against Champions League challenger Real Sociedad (1:20:20) and Payton bets big for Barcelona against Elche (1:24:59). Place your bets (figuratively, of course) with our hosts as they predict the next chapters for the two most successful teams of all time!
Soccer fans! Football fans! Futbal fans! Rejoice! This episode of El Clasico Podcastico has got all the latest news and action for Barcelona and Real Madrid. First, Payton reviews the Barcelona vs Napoli Europa League clash in the Camp Nou (3:40). Next, Mark regales us with the Real Madrid resurgence to form as they sharpened their blades over lowly Alaves in La Liga (30:30). Then, the Barcelona vs Valencia game is discussed as Barcelona had perhaps their best half of a game yet in the Xavi era (43:16). Last, the boys discuss the second leg of Barca's round of 32 matchup as the blaugrana fly to Naples to play in the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples to finish out the Maradona Derby (1:06:41). Don't forget to send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with all of your comments, suggestions, and letters of gratitude. And of course as always if your predictions for the games are sent in before kickoff we will give you a shoutout on our next episode!Follow us on twitter: @epodcasticoYoutube: El Clasico Podcastico
It's a wild recapico episode coming hot off the wires as the boys take us through all of the action from last week's big matches. Mark breaks down the stalemate in Real's La Liga 0-0 draw to the yellow submarine, Villarreal, in the estadio de la Ceramica (4:30). Then Payton walks us through the Catalonian Clash in Espanyol's stadium as Barca were forced to battle to steal a point in the dying moments of the game (18:00). And for the last review of the week, the boys discuss the Galactico war in Paris as Real Madrid traveled to square off against Mbappe, Messi, and the rest of PSG in their first leg in the Champions League round of 16 (46:35). Also, don't miss the preview of Barcelona's Europa League campaign as they face Napoli in their first challenge to win the plastic cup (1:19:25). It's all right here, on El Clasico Podcastico!!!
The boys get loose in the El Clasico Lounge and play a game of "would you rather?" (3:41) with some important questions about the rest of the season, and next year, including the chances of both Real Madrid and Barcelona landing the two best young players in the world, and they make their predictions for a tough weekend slate of games, including what will happen to Real Madrid without their best player against a Villarreal side that rates as one of the top 10 in Europe (22:40), and Payton has some controversial forwards in his lineup as Barcelona take on their city rival Espanyol (31:04).
In a content-packed edition of El Clasico Podcastico, the boys bring you a meaty episode of your favorite Barcelona and Real Madrid focused podcast, and you don't want to miss this one! New signings, breaking news stories, and three whole game reviews coming right at your ears for your listening pleasure. First, Mark takes us through yet another Real Madrid Copa failure, this time against Athletic Bilbao (12:54). Payton walks us through what was perhaps Barcelona's best game yet under the Xavi regime as the blaugrana took on fierce rivals Atletico Madrid inside the Spotify Camp Nou (32:15). Then, Mark analyzes Madrid's return to La Liga action as they took on a spirited Granada side (1:05:55), which was not as easy as you might expect. It's all here for you right here, on El Clasico Podcastico!!
I guess soccer can be exciting! The boys review some news before diving into four games, all featuring comebacks, controversy, and late, late goals. Mark airs his grievances with a certain ref as Real Madrid need all 120 minutes to outlast Elche in the Copa Del Rey, needing a pair of goals from unlikely sources (15:57), and Barcelona get a goal late in regular time from a certain Spanish star at Bilbao, before it all went to tears in overtime (28:14). Plus, Real Madrid had their second game against Elche in the space of 72 hours also go down to the wire, this time in La Liga (48:10), and Barcelona manage a dramatic win over Alaves, also at the death! (1:01:36). We got all the goals, analysis, and whining here at el clasico podcastico.
In this TITULAR El Clasico matchup, Barcelona and Real Madrid square off on the pitch in the Semi-Finals of the Spanish SuperCopa in Ryiadh, Saudi Arabia. Mark and Payton break down everything that happened on the pitch in the game that took extra time to decide a winner. Real Madrid had won 4 El Clasico matchups going into this game, did they extend it to 5? Find out right now, on El Clasico Podcastico! Also, the fellas give previews on their Copa del Rey round of 16 matchups, as Real take on Elche and Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao. Don't miss this one!!!
It's El Clasico time here on El Clasico Podcastico!! The boys are here to give you the latest on all things Real Madrid and Barcelona. Mark takes us through the La Liga matchup between Real Madrid and Valencia (18:25) before Payton gives the rundown of Barcelona vs a stout Granada side at the Nuevo Los Carmenes (35:33). Then, it all comes down to this, as Barcelona and Real Madrid get set to face off in the Supercopa semi-final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (54:58). Who will start? What will be the keys to the game ? Why is it in Saudi Arabia? All these questions and more will be answered, right here, on El Clasico Podcastico's El Clasico Podcastico!!!
The boys debate whether Coutinho is the worst transfer in the history of football, and also dive into two delicious weekend matchups, as Real Madrid try and put in their first good performance of the calendar year against a decent Valencia side, and Barcelona look to continue their solid run of form under Xavi against a Granada side that has been their boogeyman lately.
Mark and Payton are back and riding the lightning as La Liga gets underway after the holiday break. Payton discusses Barca's last game of 2021, a hotly contested bout against Sevilla (4:30). Mark takes us through Real Madrid's first game of 2022 in a doozy against lowly Getafe (17:00), and then Payton does the same as Barcelona barely edged Mallorca in a thrilling game (29:50). Then the boys discuss the tournament results as Real Madrid and Barcelona both throw their hats in the ring for the round of 32 in the Copa Del Rey, with Real's first game against last year's giant-killers, Alcoyano (42:05) and Barcelona's first match against the Andalusian side, Linares (50:15). Then your favorite hosts conclude their Mid-Season Espectacular as they give out their WOAT and MVP's of the year thus far (1:06:20), and review their El Clasico betting lines (1:21:40). It's all here on El Clasico Podcastico, don't forget to hit subscribe!
Mark and Payton are buzzing after a wild first half of the La Liga season has Real Madrid at the top and Barcelona in the hunt for a Champions League place. The boys first dig into the latest transfer news and rumors, including an apparent brewing battle between the Spanish giants for Haaland's signature, and we put percentages on the chances he joins Mbappe at Real Madrid next season (12:30). Plus - we cover some recent results, including Real Madrid-Cadiz (1:00:10) and Barcelona-Elche (34:56). Also, Mark and Payton look back at their pre-season "bold predictions" to see how they've fared so far (1:08:12), and who is the greatest oracle. Don't miss part one of the two-part mid-season special, right here on El Clasico Podcastico!
The boys are back again to talk about another thrilling weekend of La Liga football, as Real Madrid took on Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in the first el derbi of the season, and put on a counter attacking masterclass (6:59). Then, Payton discusses Barcelona's improved play looked like they had an important win over Osasuna, but found a way to give it away (30:56). Also - Mark previews this weekend's upcoming Real Madrid-Cadiz match (55:47) and Payton gives his predictions for Barcelona-Elche (1:09:04), and mull over some interesting transfer news, with Barcelona figuring out a way to make Haaland their main man (47:30), and a change in approach by Real in acquiring their favorite French winger (50:20). Plus, Payton talks about Barcelona's loss to Boca Juniors in the craven money grab that was the Maradona Cup (1:01:27)
Barcelona take several steps backwards this week, falling to Real Betis and then getting trounced by Bayern Munich to get knocked out of the Champions League, and into Europa for the first time since before Messi stepped onto the pitch for the Blaugrana. The boys go over all that is Barca's misery, the implications going forward, and much more. Mark and Payton also discuss Real Madrid's winning ways in both Champions League and La Liga, how Ancelotti is addressing his starting XI, and both teams' prospects heading into the second half of the season. Don't miss this classic episode, a juicy juxtaposition of Mark's highs and Payton's woes!!Recaps:Barcelona vs Real Betis - (8:55)Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad - (28:43)Barcelona vs Bayern - (52:30)Real Madrid vs Inter Milan - (1:24:13)
Mark and Payton review the latest dramatic wins for their historic teams, as a late strikes save all three points for Xavi & co. against a slick Villareal side helmed by probably-a-vampire Unai Emery (5:40), and Mark gushes over the latest unbelievable goal by a certain young Brazilian in a possible title-deciding comeback for Los Blancos against Sevilla (38:20), before diving into an incredible escape as Real Madrid somehow hang on against Athletic Club (1:07:11) . Plus - the boys preview the weekends fixtures, with Barcelona taking on Real Betis (1:24:11), and Real Madrid in a top-of-the-table clash against Real Sociedad (1:33:22).
Happy Thanksgiving, El Clasico Fanaticos! Sink your teeth into this meaty episode as the boys Mark and Payton discuss the latest action in the La Liga and Champions League games for Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona took on Espanyol in a Catalan Derby to be remembered as Xavi's first game and victory at the helm of the Blaugrana (6:25). Real Madrid then faced lowly Granada in a bountiful harvest of a game for Los Blanco's (37:50). The boys then move on from the La Liga appetizers to the Champions League entrees, as Barcelona attempted to secure their spot in the knockout stages with a victory against Benfica (59:19). Real Madrid then finished off the podcasting week with a chance at redemption against Sheriff and lock up their number one seed leaving their group (1:34:45). Sit down, pull up a chair, WASH YOUR HANDS, and enjoy this full course meal of El Clasico Podcastico!
Your favorite soccer hosts are well rested from yet another international break and are ready for another round of La Liga football! Payton makes some bold predictions for the first game of the Xavi era, and goes through all the lineup decisions the brand new coach will have to consider as he tries to steer Barcelona away from the bottom of the table, and Payton strategizes how he will watch the game while attending a wedding (4:51). Then, Mark is wowed by Hazard and Bale's incredible ability to never be healthy, and wonders if Real Madrid can shake off the international break rust to get an important win and climb to the top of the table (20:56). The boys also discuss Dani Alves' unveiling, and give Xavi a nickname (3:15).
Strap in for a wild ride through the first 35% of Real Madrid's season as Mark and Payton guide you through all the top players, storylines, and statistics that you need to know (11:08). Listen in as Mark unveils his two key explanations for Real Madrid's surprisingly strong start in La Liga and Champions League so far. Also - Payton reveals some interesting info about Barcelona's newest (old) signing (5:40).
It's a Barcelona special here on El Clasico Podcastico! Xavi Hernandez, former Barca player and legend, comes back to save the shattered world he left behind in Spain. He arrives with his own squad of coaches, his own medical staff, and a new set of rules for the Blaugrana. He's got his work laid out for him, as Barca let a 3 goal lead slip in their last game against Celta Vigo, and barely eked out a win against Dynamo Kiev earlier in the week. All this and more is discussed by our boys Mark and Payton as the new era of Barca begins! It's all right here, on El Clasico Podcastico!!!
Join your favorite silly soccer hosts as they dive into the last weeks' rounds of fixtures, with Payton revealing his feelings on Ronald Koeman being finally fired after a year and a half as Barcelona coach (0:06). The boys then dive into the blaugrana's most recent games against Rayo Vallecano (4:30) and Alaves (28:20) and Payton tries to figure out if Barcelona can make a push for the champions league places or if this will be a truly historically bad season. Also - Mark reviews Real Madrid's El Clasico hangover against Osasuna and wonders why Madrid struggle so much against organized opposition (19:11), before hailing young Vini Jr.'s brace against Elche (45:00) and what his ascent into a superstar could mean for Real Madrid's UCL title hopes this year. Plus - Mark and Payton preview the upcoming round of Champions League fixtures, with Barcelona desperately needing a win against Dynamo Kiev (1:18:10), and Real Madrid taking on Shakhtar Donetsk (1:20:45).
Another exciting edition of the biggest game in sports is in the books! Payton reflects on Barcelona's fourth straight loss in the hundred-year-old rivalry, breaking down Koeman's questionable decisions both in the starting lineup and in-game, and wonders how on earth he is still the coach. Mark revels in a brilliant performance from Real Madrid's newest signing, but sees a scenario in which the game could have ended very differently. Join the boys and see how their predictions fared, who our "clowns of the match" were, and how this massive result could affect the clubs' seasons moving forward as both teams get prepared for the midweek games in La Liga (1:16:42).
The boys are beside themselves with excitement for the first el clasico of the '21-22 season as both teams look to show the world who's boss in the eternal rivalry. First they dive into the form book to see how both are playing in the runup to the big game, with all the analysis of Barcelona's impressive and not-so impressive wins after the international break (10:09), and Real Madrid's avenge their two losses against Shakhtar Donetsk with a glittering performance against the Ukrainian side, and what that could mean for Barcelona (43:14). Then, they dig deep into the massive matchup itself, with Problems & Opportunities (58:11) for each of their sides, and finally get down to the dirty details with their predicted lineups, goalscorers, and final score for the game on Sunday (1:18:40).
Mark and Payton dig into the latest gut punches for both El Clasico sides, Barcelona and Real Madrid in this very special craptastic episode. The boys review Barcelona's crushing defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid (5:25), and Real Madrid's very exciting and marginally offside loss away to Espanyol (37:25). Will Real Madrid bounce back after the international break? Do Barcelona hope to ever bounce back at all? How much longer will Koeman stay as manager of the blaugrana? Can Nacho play defense anymore? All these questions, and much more, are settled in this episode of El Clasico Podcastico!
Payton can't figure out the baffling in-game and lineup decisions that led to Barcelona's historic defeat in Lisbon (00:49), as Barcelona start off their Champions League campaign with two losses for the first time, and we dial up the sack-o-meter to see when exactly Koeman may be replaced, and with who. Also, we look ahead to the first big La Liga matchup of the season, and Payton makes his predictions as Barcelona limp into the Wanda Metropolitano to take on Atletico Madrid (37:50). Plus, Mark is excited about a certain German's return to Real Madrid's starting lineup as Real Madrid look to get back on track against Espanyol after a couple disappointing results (47:19).