1. 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 20 hours ago 26,659 reads 57 comments

  2. 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 2 days ago 7,066 reads 17 comments

  3. 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 5 days ago 4,236 reads 22 comments

  4. 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 6 days ago 17,494 reads 13 comments

  5. 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 8 days ago 7,301 reads 32 comments

  6. Barcelona's MSN vs. Madrid's BBC: The Rivalry Within a Rivalry Set to Heat Up

    Together, they'd all done it. At last. In the crisp air of the Spanish capital in mid-January, Gareth Bale had gone first, Cristiano Ronaldo second and Karim Benzema third...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 days ago 15,817 reads 147 comments

  7. Spanish Super Cup: Barcelona, Sevilla Hunting Momentum in the Cup That Deceives

    Vicente Iborra put it neatly. "It would be a very special moment," the new Sevilla captain told Marca , when asked ahead of the UEFA Super Cup what it would mean to lift the trophy...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 12 days ago 3,321 reads 10 comments

  8. La Liga? Premier League? Why This Is the Season for Devotees to Embrace Both

    It's started already. "I can NOT believe your folks would spend that sor'a coin," bemoaned one of them. Agreeing, another one nodded, gruffly muttering: "Absolute bollocks...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 13 days ago 4,724 reads 41 comments

  9. UEFA Super Cup: Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid Can Confirm Progress vs. Sevilla

    Its classification is competitive, there's a trophy up for grabs and those involved will make all the right noises...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 15 days ago 7,560 reads 18 comments

  10. Atletico to Swansea: Borja Baston Highlights Premier League's Threat to La Liga

    You rarely have to listen to Javier Tebas for too long before it starts: the warnings, the calls for action, the urgency in the need for change. His eternal subject? The Premier League...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 15 days ago 4,063 reads 17 comments

  11. Gareth Bale: From Real Madrid Outcast to the Cusp of Domination

    Gareth Bale is rested and healthy. Gareth Bale is confident and comfortable. Gareth Bale is carrying complete belief, both within himself and from everyone connected to Real Madrid ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 17 days ago 16,111 reads 42 comments

  12. Real, Barcelona, Atletico: Stability Points to Rampant Season at Top of La Liga

    The line of questioning is consistent and unrelenting: Where do you want to strengthen? What needs addressing? Who are you targeting? What do you think of him? This is a very ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 20 days ago 7,983 reads 49 comments

  13. Will Style Matter for Pragmatic Zinedine Zidane in 2nd Real Madrid Season?

    It was late, it was hot and everyone was exhausted, but Real Madrid had won and that was all that mattered. The how was irrelevant, for now at least...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 22 days ago 5,935 reads 24 comments

  14. Paul Pogba to Manchester United Signals Challenge to La Liga's Era of Dominance

    The show had been surprisingly underwhelming, but there was nothing unexpected about the result. On an emblematic night in so many ways, the Santiago Bernabeu had rocked, and Europe's rulers had done it again...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 22 days ago 57,163 reads 212 comments

  15. Real Madrid Continue to Be a Contradiction by Astutely Planning a Future Squad

    You know the business model by now. You've grown accustomed to it, always ready for its unique brand of football-meets-commerce-meets-entertainment...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 26 days ago 13,937 reads 27 comments

  16. Striker Role in Diego Simeone's Atletico Has Become Among Toughest in Football

    He'd arrived for big money, and now he was going for big money, but those details weren't the most significant. Instead, this was a deal in which the when and the  where  mattered more, and in which the why  mattered most...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 27 days ago 3,153 reads 7 comments

  17. Real Madrid Saw Atletico Rise; Could Barcelona See Same with Ambitious Espanyol?

    There's always an uncomfortable sense of risk around such proclamations, but Chen Yansheng was going for it anyway...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 29 days ago 10,775 reads 19 comments

  18. Negredo, Gomes Gone: Valencia Hit the Reset Button Ahead of Defining Season

    The cover from Superdeporte was distasteful and tinged with nastiness, but concurrently, with two simple words it reflected a certain relief that promised change was coming.   "Gracias, Boro," it read...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 30 days ago 5,093 reads 14 comments

  19. All Quiet in Madrid: Real's Stable Summer Will Help Zidane Challenge Barcelona

    The final of the Champions League in Milan was still two weeks away, and in Spain's far north-west, Real Madrid were frustrated and title-less—so close but still so far; surrounded by what ifs...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 9,980 reads 36 comments

  20. Barcelona's Luis Enrique Has Had 2 Dominant Years: Does the Hard Part Start Now?

    It would be easy to think it was said about Jose Mourinho, but though it wasn't, it has applied to him and many others as well...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 8,533 reads 33 comments

  21. Antoine Griezmann: The Euro 2016 Star on Whom Atletico's Simeone Era Now Rests

    The tournament was supposed to belong to Paul Pogba, but it didn't. And that in itself was significant.  It was in the days prior to the Euro 2016 final in Paris between France ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 12,561 reads 28 comments

  22. Jorge Sampaoli: Could Sevilla's New Rebel Follow Simeone in Shaking Up La Liga?

    The opening message was typically him, but even still, there was something in it. Defiant, daring, it felt neatly aligned with the potential of the environment he's stepped into, ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 4,036 reads 27 comments

  23. Denis Suarez Will Be Barcelona's Player to Watch in Pre-Season

    Offseason: What offseason? Just two months after playing their last competitive fixture of 2015-16 and not even three weeks after the conclusion of Euro 2016, Barcelona will kick-off ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 17,242 reads 31 comments

  24. What Does the Future Hold for Munir El Haddadi at Barcelona in 2016-17?

    Six weeks still remain in the summer transfer window of 2016, but already Barcelona have made significant alterations to their double-winning squad of last season...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 7,350 reads 16 comments

  25. Suarez, Umtiti, Digne: Barcelona's Swift Dealings Bode Well for New Treble Tilt

    There's always something ominous for rivals when a club does its summer business like this. Swift and methodical, the process radiates purpose and clarity as the construction takes ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 16,453 reads 58 comments