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Can Mariano Diaz salvage his career at Madrid?
09:00 Friday 6th March 2020

Mariano Diaz’s career came to a standstill at Real Madrid before this past week's El Clasico. Bereft a single La Liga appearance all season, a last-minute cameo in the campaign's most important match appeared as likely as Boris…

Courtois, Hazard, Real Madrid; The White is not always greener
09:00 Sunday 8th December 2019

Normality returns in Spain’s capital. Real Madrid, the superstar team of world football, is battling Catalan giants Barcelona at the top of the table. However, not everything is rosy. Two of Madrid’s biggest stars, one ‘Galactico’…

El Clasico on hold as Catalan independence movement disrupts La Liga
17:00 Thursday 24th October 2019

El Clasico has been postponed and there is no doubt which club is happier about it. The last time Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona in a league fixture was in 2016. On that night Cristiano Ronaldo’s 85th-minute strike wrapped up…

Why do El Clasico stars fall on Bayern?
08:01 Wednesday 21st August 2019

El Clasico is the most-watched domestic game in the world. That's just one reason players are willing to abandon their clubs to feature for either La Liga giant, Barcelona or Real Madrid.   Many who think a move to 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…

Is Barcelona's defence a real concern?
09:00 Thursday 15th November 2018

FC Barcelona, a club rich in history where superstars create moments of magic. Barca's magic again sees them leading La Liga but they are facing an odd issue. The Blaugrana leak goals far too often. That's unusual for a side and manager…

Premier League
Money now dominates the Manchester Derby
09:00 Sunday 11th November 2018

As mentioned in previous ramblings, I didn't come to football until later in life. I grew up in Canada, played hockey in the street and schoolyards all year round, only kicking a ball during recess at school, where hockey sticks were…

Has the absence of Messi and Ronaldo watered down El Clasico?
12:00 Sunday 28th October 2018

The first El Clasico of the season is upon us. There is, however, something unique about Spain's most anticipated game this time around. This will be the first El Clasico in over a decade that will see both Lionel Messi and Cristiano…

Barcelona can cope without Lionel Messi for El Clasico
08:00 Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Saturday wasn’t a great day for El Clasico. In the afternoon, Real Madrid continued their impotent run until the 73rd minute against Levante, the squad losing the match 2-1, the RM board losing further faith in manager Julen Lopetegui.…

Did El Clasico aura overwhelm referee Alejandro Hernandez?
08:00 Wednesday 9th May 2018

Typically, when one club has won the title while the other is playing for pride, the atmosphere surrounding a match is not expected to be feisty. That rule does not apply to El Clasico.  In a game many felt was a dead rubber, Real Madrid…

The 12 Days of Football: Two Title Races
08:00 Sunday 24th December 2017

On the second day of football/UEFA gave to me/two title races/and Antonio Conte and a back three Welcome to the Twelve Days of Football's second installment. The series looks back on football in 2017, and where it has brought us. Tis'…

Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona : 3 standout performers
20:00 Saturday 23rd December 2017

The big games separate the truly great players from the overrated. El Clásico has been the pinnacle of world-class talent, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continuing that tradition over the past decade. With over 500 million…

El Clasico: Real Madrid and Barcelona combined XI
09:00 Saturday 23rd December 2017

The biggest rivalry in European football is almost ready for its next instalment. The 236th competitive Clasico takes place at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Which side will come out on top, Real Madrid or Barcelona? A win for Barca tightens…

El Clasico: 5 reasons Real Madrid cannot afford to lose to Barcelona
18:00 Friday 22nd December 2017

It is arguably the world’s biggest and most anticipated club football match. The first El Clasico of the season is finally here. It’s been long awaited by football fans all over the world since the beginning of the season. After…

The El Clasico game changers
13:30 Friday 22nd December 2017

Its time for another episode of El Clasico, time for the two legendary clubs from Spain and Catalonia to come head to head for the biggest game in club football. It is no hidden fact that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are eternal rivals and…