1. Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich Has the Makings of a Fierce European Rivalry

    The loathing was palpable. "Today ugly football—Atletico—played against the best football in the world," declared Arturo Vidal, defeat bringing not admiration but resentment...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 day ago 4,775 reads 30 comments

  2. La Liga Hangover: Welcome to Zidane's New World, Where Cristiano Now Lives

    Grown men instructing other grown men to sit down has become the main event, or so it might seem. Only a handful of hours after Made in Manchester gave us its latest episode on ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 3 days ago 14,542 reads 40 comments

  3. La Liga Preview: Wounded Giants There for the Taking in 11-Day Binge?

    The French writer and political theorist Jean-Jacques Rousseau once declared that happiness requires three things: "a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 days ago 3,043 reads 7 comments

  4. LaLiga Hangover: Real, Barcelona and Atletico Take Turns Showing Little Chinks

    The great British philosopher Bernard Williams once said: "We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 days ago 3,427 reads 7 comments

  5. LaLiga Preview: Can Simeone and Atletico Madrid Scratch Their Barcelona Itch?

    It had started brightly, quickly became complicated and then fizzled out to more of the same. As a pattern, it was all too familiar, and in their case, familiarity doesn't breed contempt but fury...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 days ago 3,256 reads 18 comments

  6. LaLiga Hangover: Zidane's Marching Real Madrid Look the Right Kind of Different

    It hadn't been pretty, and there was no celebration for the occasion, but this was one and it felt apt this way...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 days ago 9,717 reads 30 comments

  7. LaLiga Preview: How High Can Rising Bosses Setien, Sampaoli and Pellegrino Go?

    After looking at it once, you're forced to look at it again. The first name is as familiar as they come, but from there, it's as though the rest have been thrown in a hat and drawn out at random, office-sweepstakes style...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 12 days ago 1,323 reads 2 comments

  8. Just 4 Weeks In, Premier League's Establishment Squashing Notion of New Norm

    The main event was still a week away, and this was only the curtain-raiser, but inside Wembley Stadium, a banner emblazoned with only two words hit the right tone: "We're back...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 13 days ago 5,441 reads 18 comments

  9. Will Return of Champions League and Europa League Bring More Spanish Dominance?

    From Barajas airport, the first stop was the Santiago Bernabeu and then it was on to the Plaza de Cibeles...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 15 days ago 2,640 reads 35 comments

  10. LaLiga Hangover: Boring? Predictable? Alaves Shock Barcelona to Expose Fallacies

    They had to score the winning goal twice, but that they did only served to highlight the extent of what it was that they'd done...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 16 days ago 15,948 reads 51 comments

  11. LaLiga Preview: Latest Step in Spain's Crusade Against the Premier League Begins

    Forget the Manchester derby—it's all about Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid. Well, so says Javier Tebas...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 20 days ago 3,721 reads 34 comments

  12. Neymar: For Football's King-in-Waiting, the Waiting Game Has Its Own Challenges

    The blond guy is back. No, not that one; the other one. If Neymar until now has been figuratively following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi , he's now literally doing so, too...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 20 days ago 13,173 reads 39 comments

  13. Karim Benzema: Can Paradoxical Madrid Striker Realise Full Scope of His Talent?

    Return No. 1: It's hot and it's late, but Real Madrid are in full flow anyway. A week earlier they'd looked a little rudderless in a scoreless draw with Sporting Gijon, but suddenly they're buoyed and full of swagger...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 22 days ago 4,527 reads 20 comments

  14. Back Again but Different: Cristiano Ronaldo Entering Crossover Year at Madrid

    The pictures of him training through the summer heat of Madrid in a jumper might have suggested otherwise, but Cristiano Ronaldo can't continue what he's been doing until now. He's said so himself...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 23 days ago 15,379 reads 59 comments

  15. Is Prioritising the Champions League an Option for Simeone's Atletico Madrid?

    The sense of dejection was overwhelming. "If we continue like this we'll be fighting against relegation," Antoine Griezmann told beIN Sports ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 25 days ago 3,085 reads 13 comments

  16. Nani, Pato, Boateng, Arda and More: LaLiga's Year of the Resurgence Seekers

    The crowds in attendance were of different sizes, but at each location, there was a similar feel. Excitement was evident, but more than that, in a way these felt like necessary fresh starts for the men at the centre of them...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 28 days ago 11,854 reads 34 comments

  17. 100 Wins In, Record-Breaking Luis Enrique Continues to Innovate at Barcelona

    It all happened so fast and was so lethal. Instantly, it struck that this was so them : breathless, swift from front to back and beautifully brutal.  And yet, there was something different about it, too...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 30 days ago 3,244 reads 16 comments

  18. LaLiga Hangover: Could Freefalling Valencia Be Headed for a Relegation Battle?

    Paco Alcacer sat largely motionless in the stands, wearing a club shirt he soon wouldn't need. At every opportunity, the camera flashed his way, saying so much about Valencia each time it did...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 8,086 reads 13 comments

  19. LaLiga Preview: Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid Need to Get Going—Fast

    It had all grown frantic to the point of being desperate. One after another, attacks piled up and the tension grew, but when the relief finally arrived, it was taken away almost immediately...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 5,678 reads 9 comments

  20. The Year of Suarez: La Liga's Kings Messi and Ronaldo Have a Challenger

    It started with a lashed first-time strike, featured the finishing touch to a characteristic team move and ended with a thumping free-kick. By day's end, the look of the scoreboard was familiar and this all felt so routine...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 28,042 reads 63 comments

  21. Barcelona, Real Madrid's Rapid Starts Make Ominous Viewing for Rest of La Liga

    It didn't take long. Fans were still taking their seats at the Camp Nou, but already Barcelona were off and running. In trademark fashion, Lionel Messi , coming deep, had picked out Jordi Alba with a chipped, cross-field ball...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 30,110 reads 59 comments

  22. La Liga Hangover: Sampaoli's Sevilla Are Already a Wonderful Point of Difference

    Quique Sanchez Flores slumped back angrily into his chair, thumping his matchday notes over his knee with the exasperation of a man who'd had enough. "It's only Week 1, Quique," you wanted to reach out and say...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 7,599 reads 17 comments

  23. La Liga Is Here: Summer of Silence to Be Broken by Familiar Fun, Faces, Genius

    You hear that? Silence. For months it's been this way, almost eerie in its permanence.   Not least because it's new.  If La Liga is upon us, you'd barely know it based on noise, and noise is how these things are measured, or so we're told...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 4,317 reads 22 comments

  24. Pato and Ganso: The Unfulfilled Brazilian Prodigies Seeking New Life in La Liga

    Act 1: It's late, and the Santiago Bernabeu is tense. With one already to his name, Alexandre Pato is free and Real Madrid can't react. Drawn to the ball, Sergio Ramos and Pepe are out of the picture, and Marcelo is stranded, too...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 17,922 reads 13 comments

  25. Jorge Sampaoli's Sevilla Finding out Barcelona Have as Much Steel as Style

    The August heat of Seville had been as sweltering as ever. With the clock approaching midnight, Sevilla 's players—drenched in sweat, exhausted and barely moving—trudged off the pitch at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 7,352 reads 32 comments