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Premier League
Equal Time: Leonardo Jardim should eschew Manchester United for Real Madrid
12:00 Monday 15th October 2018

Maybe it’s a lingering effect from my Star Trek: The Next Generation phase. It occurred to me when I reacted positively to rumours touting deposed Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim to manage Manchester United that I put great stock in the leadership…

Football
Is Real Madrid missing the Ronaldo effect?
15:00 Thursday 11th October 2018

Following a 3-0 loss to Seville three weeks ago, you'd expect the world's most successful club to come out fighting. Three winless, goalless games later, questions are again being asked at the Santiago Bernabeu. Much was made…

Spain
Why the Real Madrid clock is already ticking on Julen Lopetegui
15:00 Tuesday 9th October 2018

Many high-ranking members in the RFEF still fault Julen Lopetegui for La Roja’s poor run at Russia 2018. After all, it can't be their fault. They fired him on the tournament's eve, but he agreed to join Real Madrid following the…

International
England vs Spain: The Luis Enrique era begins in Wembley
09:00 Saturday 8th September 2018

Luis Enrique begins a fresh chapter in Spanish football annals after an inexplicable World Cup campaign triggered the abrupt closure of the previous. What better way than with a familiar England side in Wembley?  Enrique's situation…

Spain
How Karim Benzema is benefiting from Ronaldo's Real Madrid exit
12:00 Wednesday 5th September 2018

Karim Benzema is a man on fire. 'He’s a different Benzema,' Monday's AS cover boldly read, accompanied with a stylish image of the Frenchman following another assured performance for Real Madrid. Yet Julen Lopetegui claims…

Spain
Can Real Madrid beat Barcelona at their own game?
17:00 Saturday 1st September 2018

“They mesmerise you with their passing.” Those were the words of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot was describing Pep Guardiola's Barcelona. A side that beat his Man United team twice to lift the Champions…

Premier League
Is Marcos Alonso a man on a mission at Chelsea?
12:00 Saturday 1st September 2018

Much was made of the impending changes at Chelsea this summer as Antonio Conte's reign came to an expected, yet premature end. The focus was mainly on the future of starman Eden Hazard as well as Brazilian winger Willian who drew interest…

Spain
Can Thibaut Courtois displace Keylor Navas at Real Madrid?
15:00 Friday 31st August 2018

Thibaut Courtois was forewarned. Keylor Navas wasn't ready for new companions, especially goalkeepers. Not the Belgium international. Not even young Andriy Lunin. The Costa Rican sounded this warning after Real Madrid's 2-1 victory…

International
Luis Enrique is the perfect manager to put Spain back where they belong
08:00 Tuesday 10th July 2018

It's said the sun always comes out after the storm. I'm not sure how that applies around midnight, but it suits the news from the RFEF after Spain's disastrous turn at the 2018 World Cup. La Roja arrived in Russia as prominent…

Spain
How can Spain become great again?
15:00 Wednesday 4th July 2018

Agony, anxiousness and disgust trailed Spain’s ignominious World Cup exit. La Furia Roja has been on a steady decline for some time, yet such fatal capitulation was unexpected. Royal Spanish Football Federation must look to the future. Marca…

Spain
Where can Real Madrid add strength this summer?
17:00 Wednesday 13th June 2018

Real Madrid won their third successive UEFA Champions League title in Kiev to end the season, the first club to do so in the Champions League era and since Bayern and Ajax both did it between 1971 and 1976. Of course, Alfredo di Stefano's…

World Cup
What were Spain and Luis Rubiales thinking when sacking Julen Lopetegui?
15:04 Wednesday 13th June 2018

In April 2016, Chelsea announced Antonio Conte would become the club’s new manager following completion of his Euro16 duties with the Azzurri. It was fair notice, allowing the Italian to focus on the tournament without distraction and…

World Cup
Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Group B
12:30 Monday 11th June 2018

In housing former world champions Spain and current European champions Portugal, most would consider Group B something of a foregone conclusion. That would be foolish. Spain may have formidable strength in depth across their squad, so…

Spain
Iago Aspas: Liverpool flop to Celta Vigo hero
15:00 Saturday 28th January 2017

The career of Iago Aspas eventually came full circle: after showing promise while playing for Celta de Vigo, he went on to suffer a disastrous spell at Anfield; however, the Spanish striker is once again the talisman for the club where he first…

Opinion
Scorecard: How 7 new national team managers fared on their debut
17:55 Monday 5th September 2016

The August international break was one that witnessed several international coaches take their bow on the dugout of their new countries. For many, it was a forgettable first day at work, while some others had the time of their lives on their…

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