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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,…

Opinion
Barcelona, post-Guardiola: What has gone wrong?
10:00 Tuesday 22nd August 2017

After Barcelona lost 5-1 to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, captain Gerard Pique admitted the Catalans are Los Blanco's inferior club. Poor signings, spiraling form, and off-field problems paint a picture of gradual decline evident in…

Spain
Barcelona team news ahead of Real Sociedad encounter
18:50 Saturday 15th April 2017

Luis Enrique's side are anxious to regain form when they face Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou. Here is our Barcelona team news for their upcoming La Liga game. The Catalans had a humiliating experience when they lost 2-0 to Malaga last weekend…

Opinion
Andre Gomes doesn’t deserve to be booed by Barcelona fans
10:00 Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Andre Gomes is getting the wrong end of the stick from Barcelona fans – the Portuguese midfielder has been heavily criticised by the Blaugrana faithful for his perceived lacklustre performances since joining the Catalan giants. It got worse…

Opinion
Have we witnessed the death of possession football?
15:17 Wednesday 15th February 2017

There is no denying that Barcelona have been absolutely fantastic, often indestructible and just pure magic to watch for many seasons now and I for one have been really glad to have been around to witness it. But after the La Liga legends have…