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Spain
Time for Barcelona to look beyond Gerard Pique?
08:01 Sunday 8th September 2019

Parading some of the best defenders in the game has contributed to FC Barcelona's success just as much as their dangerous front line has in recent times. Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal occupy a special place in the history of the club…

Spain
Should Barcelona have hired Marcelino?
08:00 Tuesday 4th June 2019

A civil war is threatening to break out in Barcelona. However, it’s not a political one this time. The reason is Ernesto Valverde. Blaugrana's fans and management have polarizing viewpoints on the Spaniard, mainly due to…

Spain
Why FC Barcelona need more than just Frenkie de Jong this summer
09:00 Friday 31st May 2019

The recent appointment of Xavi Hernandez as the head coach of Qatari champions Al-Sadd only underscores how much things have changed since his days at FC Barcelona. The club's former captain moved to the Middle East in 2015 as a player…

Spain
Equal time: Is Gareth Bale done?
08:00 Monday 27th May 2019

Six years ago, a young Welsh lad who played for Spurs was the hottest property around. He was destroying Premier League defences for fun as an attacking left winger, a long way from the scrawny left-back almost sold to Birmingham for £3million…

Spain
Would Barcelona domestic clean sweep earn Ernesto Valverde more time?
17:00 Saturday 25th May 2019

On the face of it, Ernesto Valverde is doing an admirable job as Barcelona manager. The Spanish tactician’s delivered four trophies since taking over the reins two years ago. Delve a little deeper, though, and all isn’t so upbeat…

Football
Cup Weekend: Can underdogs win in Spain, Germany, Scotland?
12:00 Saturday 25th May 2019

Manchester City proved to the rest of England there’s much work to be done if they’re to ever come anywhere close. Pep Guardiola’s side swept all three domestic titles. The Cityzens couldn’t stop scoring in the FA Cup…

Champions League
Football owes Liverpool an apology
08:00 Wednesday 8th May 2019

Forget the world, I owe Liverpool Football Club an apology. Earlier in the week, I questioned whether they were cursed by their association with LeBron James. A supremely talented squad, they appeared poised to come up short in a big moment…

Football
Why isn't Luka Modric living up to the Ballon d'Or tag?
16:55 Wednesday 10th April 2019

In the beginning, there was a vast sporting void. Then the English created Football. They ventured out from their Albion Garden of Eden to spread the game to the world while taking everything else in return. When the rest of the world…

Spain
Luis Suarez: The perfect complement to Lionel Messi at Barcelona
15:00 Thursday 4th April 2019

Just yesterday I saw it again on TV; the clip showing Luis Suarez weeping like a baby following Liverpool's collapse in the match against Crystal Palace. Under Brendan Rodgers in 2014 the Anfield side came agonisingly close to winning a…

Champions League
Copa del Rey Clasico second leg all about the Champions League for Barcelona
09:00 Wednesday 27th February 2019

There is more than one European juggernaut. There is only one Champions League trophy. Even so, clubs used to winning do not take well to missing out. Barcelona stand in the vanguard of UEFA giants but have come away from the ultimate competition…

Spain
Karim Benzema back to his best at the right time for Real Madrid
13:00 Saturday 9th February 2019

Karim Benzema has been amongst the most criticised players in world football over the last six months. Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid left big shoes to fill. The Frenchman started out with a fine response, scoring four times…

Spain
Adios, Andres Iniesta: Maestro to leave Barcelona
18:00 Saturday 28th April 2018

A badly kept secret was confirmed on Friday when Andres Iniesta announced this will be his final season at Barcelona. The midfielder didn't divulge his next destination, but he is expected to join a Chinese club.      …

Spain
Copa del Rey 2018 Final Preview: FC Barcelona vs Sevilla
14:00 Saturday 21st April 2018

Atletico Madrid's shiny new home ground, the Wanda Metropolitano, hosts its first Copa del Rey Final this evening. Barcelona and Sevilla will lock horns. The teams have played twice this season in La Liga. Barcelona won the first. The second…

Spain
Barcelona: Champions League capitulation not reason to write-off Blaugrana’s season
12:00 Sunday 15th April 2018

Barcelona's Champions League campaign wasn't supposed to end like it did. Not even Roma’s players believed they could achieve the impossible. Once the final whistle sounded on Tuesday night, the Giallorossi fans couldn't…

Other Tournaments
Potential Cup Champions from Europe’s big five football nations
08:30 Saturday 3rd March 2018

Among the oldest and most prestigious competitions in any country is its domestic Cup. It takes on various nomenclature in different climes. In England, it’s dubbed the FA Cup. In Spain, it’s the Copa del Rey or the King’s…