1. Gareth Bale Can Now Take the Baton from Ronaldo and Secure Real Madrid Legacy

    He said this wasn't him at full tilt, but those trying to catch him might have felt otherwise. With the ball still a couple of touches and a pass away, Gareth Bale set off into the space in front...

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  2. Is Jorge Sampaoli the Man to Reacquaint Barcelona with Their Own Religion?

    Jorge Sampaoli certainly has a way with words. For a man who spends his weekends looking like the most agitated man in Spain, forever pacing furiously around his technical area with ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 7 months ago 7,831 reads 0 comments

  3. PSG Hammering Signals the End for Luis Enrique-Led Evolution at Barcelona

    Thomas Meunier looked up, and all he saw was empty space. For 70 minutes, he and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates had seen little else, so he put his head down and ran and ran ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 7 months ago 12,379 reads 0 comments

  4. Yannick Carrasco Emblematic of Atleti's Arch, but He's Made for Premier League

    To borrow a line from Jurgen Klopp, if you could shoot like Yannick Carrasco you'd probably try it all the time; you'd probably get up in the morning and just shoot the f--king ball around in the garden or something...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 7 months ago 8,283 reads 0 comments

  5. Griezmann, Aguero, Morata, Costa and More: Is a Striker Merry-Go-Round Looming?

    Financially speaking, if a market becomes flooded with a certain type of product, prices for said product plummet...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 months ago 14,685 reads 0 comments

  6. Has Sergio Aguero Reached the Beginning of the End at Manchester City?

    October 29, 2016: Ah, those were the days. A time when a few small things in this world still made sense, when Pep Guardiola remained more fabled than fraud to that always-reasonable ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 months ago 14,108 reads 0 comments

  7. Will Antoine Griezmann Be the Man to Launch New Era of Success at Man Utd?

    For decades now, the golf cart has been a prime vehicle of choice for many an important meeting. It's said you don't really know someone until you've shared a golf cart with them...

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  8. Could Alvaro Morata Be Real Madrid's Next Local Legend or the One Who Gets Away?

    There wasn't a lot of time—there rarely is—so there was only one thing for it. Setting off at a sprint and only getting faster, trailing the play before surging ahead ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 months ago 4,383 reads 0 comments

  9. Can Philippe Coutinho's New Liverpool Deal Keep Him out of Barcelona's Reach?

    The in-vogue-again George Orwell once remarked that "sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 months ago 5,872 reads 0 comments

  10. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema Still Can't Quite Shake Jose Mourinho's Barb

    Jose Mourinho is not alone in holding mistrust for the needlessly flamboyant, but few would seize the chance to banish those who practice it quite like him...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 months ago 8,113 reads 0 comments

  11. Can Arsenal Break the Curse of Being Themselves and Satisfy Alexis Sanchez?

    After two decades in his current position, Arsene Wenger needs little training in how to publicly defuse a situation...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 months ago 7,018 reads 12 comments

  12. Despite the Form Guide, Neymar Is the Most Valuable Man in Football

    One of football's time-honoured maxims is that "the league table never lies." Type that into Google and quickly you'll be stumbling through betting websites that have tweaked it a little to "the form table never lies...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 months ago 10,887 reads 46 comments

  13. Is Madrid's Dominance Seasonal, or Has Balance of Barca Rivalry Entered New Era?

    It was physical, choppy and intense, but more than anything, it was heated—both on the pitch and in the stands...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 months ago 11,870 reads 116 comments

  14. FIFPro World XI Reflects Spanish Domination, but Prem Players Making Ground

    The votes of more than 25,000 professional footballers across the globe are in, and their verdict is clear: Dear Premier League, you need step away from that slimming mirror...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 12,705 reads 59 comments

  15. La Liga Heads into 2017: It's a Big Year For...

    After a break over the Christmas period to recharge the batteries, Spanish football returns this weekend as La Liga heads in 2017...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 7,972 reads 14 comments

  16. After a Year of Zizou, Do Real Madrid Now Have a Template for Sustained Success?

    They'd made a few bumps of their own and had been more than a bit messy, had conceded too many for comfort and had forced themselves to rally late. Once again, they'd shown their other side that won't go away, doing it the hard way, being who they are...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 8,506 reads 24 comments

  17. Is Jorge Sampaoli Overtaking Diego Simeone on the Superclub Wish List?

    Bang, bang, bang and bang, get the hell out of here. It started in the 25th minute , and by the 35th minute, it was all over—four goals in no time, an opponent buried with blistering speed and a good dash of swagger thrown in...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 4,917 reads 10 comments

  18. N'Golo Kante: The Quietly Dominant Figure of the Premier League

    It might be a bit of a stretch to suggest Gary Lineker is some sort a prophet, but in a year in which the crisp-selling former England striker has been everything from voice of the ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 7,270 reads 22 comments

  19. La Liga at Xmas: Madrid in Control, but Volatility Suggests Nothing Is Decided

    The accusation thrown at him is that he's lucky, and the man himself agrees. "I do have a lucky star," said Zinedine Zidane , per AS.com...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 6,196 reads 28 comments

  20. La Liga Hangover: As Lionel Messi Dazzles, Barcelona Look Like Barcelona Again

    On and on he went; past one, past two, past three and past four. Javi Fuego was first, Diego Reyes was next and then Gerard Moreno and David Lopez were after them...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 10,937 reads 31 comments

  21. La Liga Preview: Contract Signed, Suarez Ready to Resume Battle with Espanyol

    He doesn't like them, and they don't like him, which, ironically, is just how he likes it. Being loathed on one side of a divide is not just the only way he knows how but also how he knows he's doing it right...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 1,681 reads 9 comments

  22. Premier League Scoring Is at All-Time High: Bad Defenders or Something Else?

    In they went, one after another, all 29 of them in a matter of hours: Three at the Liberty, four at the Emirates, five at Vicarage Road, five at Turf Moor, six at the KCOM and another half-dozen at the King Power...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 3,206 reads 7 comments

  23. Cristiano Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or a Reward for His Adaptability and Relentlessness

    The time before, he'd stared down the lens of the camera, and now he was staring down them all. Behind him lay Jan Oblak on his back inside his own goal, Stefan Savic on the ground with him and Atletico Madrid as a whole in his wake...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 months ago 5,909 reads 50 comments

  24. La Liga Hangover: Ramos Will Be Ramos, and There's Nothing You Can Do About It

    It was George Packer at the The New Yorker who once wrote that we should "pay attention to other people's nightmares, because they might be contagious...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 10 months ago 3,958 reads 15 comments

  25. La Liga Preview: Are Simeone's Atletico Madrid Already out of the Title Race?

    Even if it hasn't been made explicit to them, most are aware that courting a partner isn't usually advisable while you're sharing a flat with another...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 10 months ago 2,582 reads 10 comments