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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
2019/20 Barcelona La Liga preview
17:01 Thursday 15th August 2019

Barcelona continued to dominate La Liga last season, finishing 11 points clear atop the table. Rivals Real Madrid trailed the Catalans by a massive 19 points. Diego Simeone's Atletico took advantage to secure the second spot. Ernesto Valverde…

Spain
Why FC Barcelona need to fix their centre-back issues before the season kicks off
12:01 Saturday 3rd August 2019

The summer break presents football clubs the opportunity to reflect on the previous season, highlight their major weaknesses and work towards putting things right before the next campaign kicks off. Like other European elite outfits,…

Premier League
Is John Stones ready to step up at Manchester City?
12:01 Thursday 25th July 2019

When Leicester City visited the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in May, it was a do-or-die affair for the home side. A resurgent Leicester under Brendan Rodgers had become a thorn in the flesh of the big six. But having also shocked…

Spain
What's behind Ousmane Dembele's turn in fortune at Barcelona?
09:00 Sunday 27th January 2019

Ousmane Dembele’s Barcelona exit seemed almost inevitable two months ago. The Catalan club seemingly gave up on their second-record buy. Fast forward to January, the Frenchman was suddenly Ernesto Valverde’s second-most-important…

Spain
Can Barcelona end 11-day nightmare?
09:00 Wednesday 3rd October 2018

In modern football, clubs are never far from a crisis. The bigger they are, the closer to impending doom. As one of the world's biggest, Barcelona understand more than most. Even failing to win in style is often enough for the vultures…

Stadiums
Pique, Giovinco, Ibra file 'class action suit' over insufficient grounds
15:00 Wednesday 29th August 2018

Major League Soccer plays a summer schedule, UEFA in the winter but players on either side of the North Atlantic share a common aversion to artificial turf. Not only do they prefer a natural surface, they expect groundskeepers to maintain their…

World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo throws down the gauntlet in Russia; Can Lionel Messi respond?
09:00 Saturday 16th June 2018

In 2016, the Euros were followed by the Copa America Centenario. At the first competition, Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal to the final. He damaged a knee ligament in the first half and had to withdraw. His knee wrapped, he emerged from the…

World Cup
World Cup Group B: Can Portugal capitalise on Spain's turmoil?
12:30 Friday 15th June 2018

Julen Lopetegui was ousted as Spain manager just two days before their World Cup opener. Portugal had no intention to follow suit. Having won the 2016 European Championship, Fernando Santos is aiming to double up in Russia. Dubbed the Iberian…

Spain
What next for Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde?
08:00 Thursday 17th May 2018

Barcelona's season came to an unhappy, premature end when they lost 5-4 to Levante on La Liga's penultimate weekend. Like a house of cards collapsing as you place the final one, the defeat killed off Barca's hopes for the first…

International
International Friendlies: Germany v Spain: A Combined XI
13:25 Friday 23rd March 2018

Germany and Spain are set to meet tonight at the Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Stadium. The two most likely favourites to win the World Cup later in the year face each other to begin preparations for the same. Joachim Low’s side has a better…

Spain
Barcelona shows guts in maintaining La Liga unbeaten run at Espanyol
08:00 Tuesday 6th February 2018

If you aren't familiar with the politics of football in Barcelona, it's a little like Glasgow. Rather than Celtic and Rangers divided by sectarianism, the two big clubs in the Mediterranean port city are divided according to their…

Managerial News
Pep Guardiola's Ultimate XI
13:00 Friday 5th January 2018

Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time and has taken charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. He is cruising to the Premier League title this season but do any of his Manchester City players make his all-time eleven…

Spain
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…

Opinion
When in doubt, act Canadian
09:00 Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Political turmoil, reminiscent of my Canadian upbringing in the 1970s, forced an otherwise unremarkable Barcelona match to be played behind closed doors. FIFA, UEFA, and the RFEF, all political organisations administrated by elected officials,…