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Champions League
Can Barcelona loot and pillage Napoli?
17:00 Tuesday 25th February 2020

In any list of absolute football fortresses in Europe, San Mames, Mestalla and San Paolo must rank near the top. While some might first consider grounds like Anfield, Old Trafford, the Allianz Arena, Santiago Bernabeu, Nou Camp and, more recently,…

Premier League
Is it time everyone forgives Kepa Arizabalaga?
19:00 Wednesday 19th February 2020

How the calm and harmless-looking Kepa Arrizabalaga manages to make headlines for the wrong reasons is quite bewildering, to say the least. Is he easy on the eye but difficult to deal with, or are we misjudging again? We’re all outsiders…

Premier League
Chelsea, Manchester United youth face steep learning curve
09:01 Wednesday 21st August 2019

We’ve all seen the nature documentary or Youtube clip where the cute little bear cubs come across a skunk. Unafraid, they run up to play with it, learning a hard lesson while Pepe le Pew strolls off with his tail proudly in the air. If…

Pressure everywhere as free-falling Alaves square up against fading Bilbao?
12:00 Monday 17th December 2018

In one of the most competitive La Liga seasons in recent times, Deportivo Alaves has been the biggest surprise package of the campaign so far. While sides like Getafe, Real Betis and Girona are giving the traditional top four teams a run for…

Will Athletic Bilbao suffer first relegation from Primera Division?
09:00 Monday 10th December 2018

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao belong to an exclusive group of Spanish football elites. Since the Primera Division’s inception in 1929, the trio's enjoy an uninterrupted stay. For the Basque club, that streak has rarely…

Inaki Williams shouldn't have extended his contract with Athletic Bilbao
12:00 Sunday 21st October 2018

Every young footballer's dream is to play for a top European side. It's where the money, glamour and prestige all reside. Some never make it. Now and then, a player who could sells himself short. By extending his contract with…

La Liga Preview: Are all 20 clubs prepared for 2018/19?
08:00 Friday 17th August 2018

La Liga lost arguably their best ever player this summer, when Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid to sign for Juventus in the Italian Serie A. But that does not mean that football fans should avoid following Spanish football during the…

Who is Aymeric Laporte?
09:00 Wednesday 31st January 2018

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have been in the market for a central defender in this transfer window and after a period of being linked with West Bromwich Albion and Northern Ireland defender, Jonny Evans, they have finally decided to make…

Sky is the limit for Athletic Bilbao winger Inaki Williams
15:00 Friday 15th September 2017

Athletic Bilbao have one of the world's most extreme transfer policies, since they only sign players who have some sort of link with the Basque country. But one of their best players could leave soon, as Inaki Williams has enough potential…

Pep Guardiola's Zen Buddhist club
10:00 Friday 8th September 2017

Pep Guardiola rejoined Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano at Man City to restore the lost Barcelona ethos. Spiritually speaking, it was the wrong choice. At its peak, Barcelona was a shining light for leftist ideologues everywhere.Alone among…

Spanish Primera BBVA: A half-term report
12:05 Wednesday 5th February 2014

Tom Reade takes a look at La Liga and delivers his half-report card on the Spanish Primera. Back in August, the majority of world football expected business as usual from La Liga: the annual two-horse race for the title contested by Real Madrid…

Match Report: Atletico Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao
23:05 Wednesday 9th May 2012

An all Spanish European cup final. Not the one we all anticipated back in September yet both these teams deserved their place in Bucharest for the Europa League final.Madrid were the far more focused side from the off. Pressing Bilbao at every…

No Cups But Plenty Of Mugs
18:38 Friday 16th March 2012

Manchester United's exit from the Europa League was only remedied by the later exit of rivals Manchester City. Whilst United were contenders for the competition, City were the favourites so that's a minor, albeit churlish, positive for United…

The wonder of Athletic Bilbao
04:09 Sunday 11th March 2012

Athletic Bilbao's humbling of Manchester United at Old Trafford may garner them some new supporters in the coming days, and these fans will be well warranted. A myth that has been widely propagated recently is that there are only two clubs…

The Curious Case of Athletic Bilbao
20:00 Sunday 1st January 2012
By Evan

Athletic Bilbao is a team of players from the same region, Basque country. It is a rule that when any manager comes in he has to sign Basque players and no exceptions. Just because that it is a team of only Basque players doesn't necciseraly…