1. 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 ...

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  2. 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 1 month ago 2,161 reads 3 comments

  3. 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 1 month ago 4,054 reads 18 comments

  4. 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 12,018 reads 32 comments

  5. 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 3,657 reads 3 comments

  6. 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 10,247 reads 112 comments

  7. 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 35,963 reads 18 comments

  8. 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 6,992 reads 38 comments

  9. 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 2 months ago 11,388 reads 42 comments

  10. 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 2 months ago 5,058 reads 36 comments

  11. 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 2 months ago 11,273 reads 96 comments

  12. 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 2 months ago 6,722 reads 9 comments

  13. Why Lucas Vazquez Was Real Madrid's Most Surprising Player in 2015-16 Season

    It's the sort of season-shaping run you associate with the heavy hitters, but this one didn't belong to one of them . Instead, it belonged to Lucas Vazquez. Assist for the tie-killing goal against AS Roma : Check...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 8,338 reads 15 comments

  14. Scouting Real Madrid Transfer Target Kevin Gameiro

    After his starring performance in Sevilla 's 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Wednesday's UEFA Europa League final, Kevin Gameiro suddenly looks to be hot property...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 4,157 reads 1 comments

  15. 3 Real Madrid Players Whose Stock Tumbled in 2015-16 Season

    Another year, another season of turbulence: There were always going to be casualties. Amid a characteristically chaotic campaign at Real Madrid in 2015-16, there were a number ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 13,921 reads 22 comments

  16. Away from Barcelona and Madrid, Sevilla the Symbol of La Liga's Hold over Europe

    They'd been outnumbered, but it hadn't mattered. As a collective, they'd been the little guy, but it hadn't mattered. It said so much. In one corner of Basel's St...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 5,784 reads 20 comments

  17. Defiant Cristiano Ronaldo Rebelling Against an Approaching Future at Real Madrid

    That defiant streak; there it was again. It was early evening at Riazor , and Real Madrid were deflated. Against Deportivo La Coruna , Cristiano Ronaldo had led them to victory with an early assault, but it hadn't mattered...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 16,311 reads 82 comments

  18. 5 Things Learned from Real Madrid's 2015-16 Liga Season

    Where do you start? After the most tumultuous of seasons, it's difficult to get your head around Real Madrid ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 13,801 reads 34 comments

  19. Power Ranking Every Real Madrid Player from the 2015-16 La Liga Season

    Second. Again. For Real Madrid , it's becoming all too familiar at this time of year to watch their eternal rivals parade La Liga's trophy through the streets of Barcelona...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 12,262 reads 32 comments

  20. Real Madrid Can Be Buoyed by Storming Late Run, but Old Habits Cost Them La Liga

    For 15 minutes, the table said they were champions. Then came the news: Barcelona 1-0 Granada . Luis Suarez had been at it again, breaking the resistance, but for another 13 minutes there was still hope...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 23,515 reads 72 comments

  21. Deportivo La Coruna vs. Real Madrid: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

    Five became four, four became three, three became two and now here we are: One to go. It was back on April 20 when this furious five-game dash to the line all started, a three-way ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 6,849 reads 9 comments

  22. Danilo Case an Important Lesson for Real Madrid Ahead of Delicate Summer

    Those watching could see it for themselves. They knew . Amid a political mess, they didn't need the dots connected for them, but those involved connected them anyway...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 4,759 reads 2 comments

  23. Zidane the Poster Boy, but La Liga's Curious Mid-Season Hits Go Beyond Madrid

    Zinedine Zidane and Quique Setien quickly shook hands before going their separate ways. It was late on a Sunday night of retrospective significance at the Estadio de Gran ...

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  24. 3 Areas for Raphael Varane to Improve on to Become a Real Madrid Great

    La Liga was just kicking off and Real Madrid were preparing to take on Sporting Gijon on Spain's north coast, when  Marca made a declaration most agreed with: "It is Raphael Varane 's year...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 3 months ago 7,120 reads 15 comments

  25. Why Retaining Lucas Vazquez Is a Key Summer Task for Zidane at Real Madrid

    It was impressive and it was pivotal, but more than anything, it was just so Lucas Vazquez. The rain was hammering down in the south of the capital, and under gloomy skies Real Madrid 's immediate outlook looked rather similar...

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