1. As Spain Look Ahead, Vicente Del Bosque's Legacy Will Grow Stronger with Time

    The headline from Marca was neither aggressive nor sensationalist, even though they often are. Instead, there was a feeling of acceptance to it, which will grow more widespread with time...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 days ago 633 reads 9 comments

  2. Spain's Glorious Dynasty Toppled by the Very Team It All Started With: Italy

    It ended the way all dynasties do: messy. The clock had just ticked into added time when Emanuele Giaccherini broke with the ball directly from a Spain corner...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 3 days ago 4,153 reads 31 comments

  3. Spain Eye Historic Run: Blowing of Euro 2016 Opportunity Has Presented Another

    They were 13 seconds that changed everything. For Spain. For Italy. For Germany. For France. For everyone.  At one end inside the Stade de Bordeaux, Aritz Aduriz had been played in by Sergio Busquets...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 days ago 8,837 reads 24 comments

  4. Breaking Down How Spain Can Topple Well-Drilled Italy in Euro 2016 Clash

    Vicente del Bosque was prepared to admit it. It was late on Tuesday evening in Bordeaux, and after a shock loss to a weakened Croatia, his Spain outfit had just been sent to the daunting ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 days ago 2,151 reads 4 comments

  5. Sloppy Spain Build Their Own Euro 2016 Mountain as They Swap Paths with Croatia

    The net bulged and those behind it erupted in euphoria. In front of them, Spain's David De Gea sat on the turf in shock, his arm pointing despairingly at a team-mate, his head quickly dropping...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 days ago 21,458 reads 12 comments

  6. Behind Sizzling Spain, Vicente del Bosque Proving He's Not so Stubborn After All

    Nolito to Alvaro Morata : goal. Nolito on his own: goal. The second of those had just gone in at the Stade de Nice, and its scorer was headed straight for the bench, where an embrace was waiting...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 11 days ago 5,711 reads 12 comments

  7. State of Spain: Purring La Roja Ideally Placed to Defend Crown at Euro 2016

    The cover of Marca said it all: "That is how champions play." It was the morning after the most dazzling display of Euro 2016 to date, a proper fiesta of football, and a familiar realisation was setting in: They're the favourites...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 12 days ago 4,177 reads 15 comments

  8. Dazzling Spain Establish Themselves as Euro 2016 Favourites with Turkey Win

    It's only ever been them who could play like this. The question was whether they still had this in them. That question has now been answered...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 13 days ago 9,007 reads 25 comments

  9. Spain's Steady Euro 2016 Start Can Be Accelerated by Subtle Alterations

    The whistle blew, the three points were theirs and thoughts everywhere were the same: We've seen that one before...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 16 days ago 4,095 reads 9 comments

  10. Euro 2016: Gerard Pique Lifts the Clouds over Spain, the Country He Divides

    Gerard Pique rose, nodded home and then trotted over toward the advertising hoardings, a look of defiance spread across his face. Quickly on his back was him ; right in his gaze deliriously roaring for him was them ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 17 days ago 16,148 reads 45 comments

  11. Resurgent Andres Iniesta Primed to Lead Spain Through Euro 2016

    Thirteen minutes were up on the clock, and Andres Iniesta had retreated into his own half at the Camp Nou...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 20 days ago 7,020 reads 11 comments

  12. Alvaro Morata and Aritz Aduriz: Breaking Down Spain's Euro 2016 Striking Options

    Spain and their strikers: Around major tournaments in recent years, it's been one of international football's topics of intrigue, and ahead of Euro 2016, it's no different...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 21 days ago 2,150 reads 6 comments

  13. Spain's Iker Casillas-David De Gea Duel Reflects Team's Position Amid Evolution

    Letting go is hard. Spain and Vicente del Bosque are proving it. It was late on Tuesday night in southern Madrid when David De Gea arrived in the press room at Getafe's Coliseum Alfonso Perez...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 23 days ago 9,005 reads 33 comments

  14. A 5-Point Plan to Take Spain to Euro 2016 Glory

    It ended after a treble, and yet in a way, the treble is still on. For Spain, though the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil brought an end to their historic run in major international ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 24 days ago 843 reads 3 comments

  15. Spain Should Test Aduriz and Morata in 2-Striker Systems in Friendly vs. Georgia

    There's something you can do when you have two strikers: play them both. Together. And on Wednesday, that's precisely what Spain manager Vicente del Bosque did...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 26 days ago 2,155 reads 3 comments

  16. Free-Spirited Nolito Entering Euro 2016 as Spain's Surprise New Weapon

    Two weeks ago he was a relative afterthought, and just two days ago he was still only an outside chance. But right now, Nolito is working in twos, and twos change things...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 30 days ago 3,997 reads 18 comments

  17. Arsenal's Hector Bellerin Storms into Spain's Euro 2016 Squad with Typical Speed

    Hector Bellerin is fast. At everything. Along a right flank on football pitches across England, there is nobody faster. Over 40 metres, he holds the record sprint time at Arsenal and is thought to be quicker over that distance than Usain Bolt...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 12,010 reads 32 comments

  18. Spain Show Depth vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, but Euro 2016 Preparations Look Messy

    It's in a single position where all of this is encapsulated, and on Sunday evening, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque put it into words...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 3,653 reads 3 comments

  19. Real Madrid Find Salvation in the Champions League as Only They Know How

    The plane landed at Barajas Airport in Madrid just after 6 a.m. local time on Sunday, carrying the most prized possession of all: The trophy. Their trophy...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 10,242 reads 112 comments

  20. Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

    Zinedine Zidane's message was a simple one. "We'll have to run, run and run," the Frenchman said at his pre-match press conference . "We know what it is to suffer...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 35,949 reads 18 comments

  21. Why Luka Modric vs. Gabi and Augusto Will Be Key Real Madrid vs. Atletico Battle

    It's been no secret that Atletico Madrid's players have long admired Luka Modric , and ahead of their UEFA Champions League final meeting with the Croatian and Real Madrid on Saturday at San Siro in Milan, Atletico's Koke made it clear again...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 6,982 reads 38 comments

  22. Have Real Madrid Finally Stumbled Across Path to Glory Under Zinedine Zidane?

    It all felt hasty and riddled with risk, but that was nothing new. At the Santiago Bernabeu, the most rapid exercise of one-out-one-in was unfolding, a sense of process absent as those in the room were denied the chance to even ask questions...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 11,371 reads 42 comments

  23. Remembering Real Madrid's Champions League Final Win over Atletico in 2014

    The scoreboard read 1-1 and the clock read 109 minutes. In normal circumstances, everything would be growing chaotic and rapid amid the tension, but these weren't normal circumstances...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 5,054 reads 36 comments

  24. Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid Sequel Will Be Nothing Like the Original

    They say sequels are never as good as the originals, and it's possible this one won't be as good either. Instead, it could be better...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 11,269 reads 96 comments

  25. James Rodriguez Is Still a Star but Would Be a Risky Signing for PSG

    It sounds like a lot, and that's because it is. Last week, Madrid-based AS (h/t Goal ) reported that Paris Saint-Germain are considering an €80 million offer for Real ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 6,662 reads 9 comments