1. 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 4,044 reads 27 comments

  2. 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 17,264 reads 31 comments

  3. 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 7,376 reads 16 comments

  4. 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 16,457 reads 58 comments

  5. Ranking Atletico Madrid's Players on Their Performances at Euro 2016

    For a club that has enjoyed significant success in European football in recent years, Atletico Madrid didn't feel sufficiently represented at Euro 2016...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 1,403 reads 4 comments

  6. Ranking Barcelona's Players on Their Performances at Euro 2016

    Barcelona's players all left without a trophy —that 's not a common sentence. After claiming seven of nine possible titles across the last two domestic seasons, Barcelona's stars were part of national teams that came up short at Euro 2016...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 5,363 reads 23 comments

  7. Rebuilding Spain: Del Bosque's Successor Faces Tricky Task After Euro 2016 Exit

    This wasn't a Roy Hodgson -style exit, but ultimately the same result was coming, and right there he knew: It was time. "I have more or less decided," Vicente del Bosque said succinctly...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 1,992 reads 1 comments

  8. Ranking Spain's Players Following Their Euro 2016 Exit

    The dynasty is over. Spain's empire is no more. On Tuesday, La Roja returned home empty-handed from Paris, where Italy had ambushed them a day earlier at Euro 2016 to strip them of the second of their two titles that they'd so famously held at once...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 months ago 5,826 reads 18 comments

  9. 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 months ago 752 reads 9 comments

  10. 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 2 months ago 4,254 reads 31 comments

  11. 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 2 months ago 8,878 reads 24 comments

  12. 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 2 months ago 2,167 reads 4 comments

  13. 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 2 months ago 21,488 reads 12 comments

  14. 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 2 months ago 5,721 reads 12 comments

  15. 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 2 months ago 4,204 reads 15 comments

  16. 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 2 months ago 9,203 reads 25 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 4,099 reads 9 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 17,687 reads 47 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 7,050 reads 11 comments

  20. 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 3 months ago 2,206 reads 6 comments

  21. 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 3 months ago 9,049 reads 33 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 952 reads 3 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 2,170 reads 3 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 4,120 reads 18 comments

  25. 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 3 months ago 12,038 reads 32 comments