1. Gianni Infantino's 48-Team World Cup Will Kill the Essence of the Tournament

    And so here we are, again. You might have thought that we were past all of this. You might have thought that FIFA was ready to smarten up. You might have thought Gianni Infantino was the man to lead that...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 5,275 reads 8 comments

  2. Iago Aspas: From That Liverpool Corner to the Heels of Ronaldo in La Liga

    Iago Aspas stretched out his shirt with his left hand, lifting the chest of it toward his mouth to kiss the badge...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 6,426 reads 7 comments

  3. La Liga Hangover: Barca Should've Won the Battle, and Now Madrid Can Win the War

    Who else but him? No, not him or him . Not Neymar or Luis Suarez , either. Not Luka Modric or Andres Iniesta , or Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema , or Ivan Rakitic or Marcelo, or Gerard Pique or Lucas Vazquez...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 5,305 reads 43 comments

  4. Clasico Preview: Can Real Madrid Land Knockout Blow, or Will Barcelona Duck It?

    Manager Zinedine Zidane sat there in that quiet, serene way of his, waiting for the question that would inevitably come but also to deliver the response he would inevitably give...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 2,644 reads 31 comments

  5. Neymar, James and the Clasico Rivalry That Never Materialised

    It should have been the beginning, but in 55 minutes, it had become the end. Only moments earlier, Andres Iniesta , surging from deep, had rocketed a shot into the top-right corner ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 13,984 reads 46 comments

  6. Pep Was Never Loved in Munich; Ancelotti's Bayern Showing He Should've Been

    It's the line he'd probably like to have back and one that, if Bayern Munich aren't careful, he could struggle to live down. "Bayern will win the Bundesliga without even taking their hands out their pockets," manager Carlo Ancelotti said ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 10,345 reads 11 comments

  7. La Liga Hangover: Lucky Barcelona Escape as Real Sociedad Commit Identity Theft

    His team had escaped but he knew there was no escaping it. Earlier, only seconds removed from what had been billed as a battle but had instead turned out to be a one-way stampede, one of his senior players hadn't held back; another had followed suit...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 3,684 reads 14 comments

  8. La Liga Preview: Valencia Look at Sevilla and See the Club They Should Be

    Enzo Perez said Valencia have hit rock bottom, but the problem is they might not have. It was almost exactly 12 months ago when they thought they'd hit it; again a couple of months ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 1,129 reads 1 comments

  9. Barcelona Return to Anoeta Graveyard: How Do Such Hoodoos Prolong Themselves?

    Luis Enrique had warned them, and yet maybe that was part of the problem. "This is an incredibly tough away trip," the Barcelona boss had told the press ahead of a pivotal weekend...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 3,309 reads 18 comments

  10. After the Brits: Valencia, Real Sociedad Now Show Neville and Moyes Differently

    Gary Neville might have let go of a little shrug before feeling a dash of consolation. If he'd checked his phone just after 5 p.m...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 815 reads 0 comments

  11. La Liga Hangover: The City of Madrid Is White Again, and White Only

    Rarely has a substitution ever felt as though it was saying so much, so directly and so forcefully. As the clock ticked into the 83rd minute, as the ball zipped around the pitch from ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 4,579 reads 23 comments

  12. La Liga Preview: For Real and Atletico, the Ownership of Madrid Is Up for Grabs

    So here we are again, ready to do all this once more. With the sort of frequency only Top Gear reruns from Dave's middle-of-the-day programming can match, Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid is back, for the 17th time in three years...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 4,611 reads 21 comments

  13. Madrid Derby Marks Key Juncture in Zinedine Zidane's Evolution as a Manager

    Zinedine Zidane has so far survived the cauldron, but he hasn't yet survived the Calderon. One is the racing and complex political world of his own club, a sporting institution ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 2,454 reads 11 comments

  14. Man Utd's Soaring Wage Bill Reflective of Double-Edged Nature of PL's TV Deal

    The numbers are in and they're what we all expected: Premier League clubs are loaded like never before. After a summer in which cash rained from the Sky (and, ahem, BT, too) like ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 837 reads 0 comments

  15. Vitolo: Sevilla's Action Man Becoming Bolter from the Pack for Lopetegui's Spain

    Julen Lopetegui had seen it before and had picked him precisely for it, and seeing it again on such a stage will have only reinforced it...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 months ago 901 reads 0 comments

  16. EPL's Mega Managers: Numbers Point to Enormous Impact of Conte, Klopp and Co.

    The two onslaughts came on back-to-back days, strikingly similar in their style and identical in margin of victory...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 15,775 reads 17 comments

  17. La Liga at the Break: Scintillating, Fierce and Rejecting All the Stereotypes

    The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan whistled for a few seconds and then it took its first breath. For almost two hours on that Sunday evening in Spain's south, it had been denied any chance ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 7,128 reads 21 comments

  18. Dazzling Sevilla the Talk of La Liga, but Quiet Villarreal Might Be Just as Good

    Vitolo waved his index finger and stormed toward the corner flag, arms outstretched in front of thousands more doing the same. Under the lights, Sevilla had exploded and the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan had exploded with them...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 853 reads 0 comments

  19. La Liga Hangover: Sizzling Sevilla Help Barcelona Rediscover Their Other Side

    Speculating about private conversations might often be a mugs' game, but it's reasonable to think that whatever Luis Enrique said at half-time on Sunday night at the Ramon Sanchez ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 4,559 reads 16 comments

  20. La Liga Preview: Is It Just Natural That Barcelona Are Losing Cruyffist Sheen?

    The post-match track had been chosen by none other than the man himself. As the curtains figuratively closed at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, as those inside headed for the ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 5,857 reads 20 comments

  21. EPL and La Liga Proving Rush to Declare Possession Football Dead Was Too Hasty

    It was one of the iconic quotes of the season among several from Claudio Ranieri, who, while taking on everyone with a smile, became part adorable grandparent, part tactical visionary...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 14,925 reads 42 comments

  22. Is the Premier League's Mega TV Bubble at Risk of Collapse?

    Up and up and up and up they've gone, numbers spiralling beyond comprehension. Seemingly detached from the realities of other industries for so long, Premier League football has become the boom component of the entertainment sector...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 21,071 reads 36 comments

  23. La Liga Hangover: Are Real Madrid an Accelerating Diesel or Ticking Time Bomb?

    Zinedine Zidane turned to his bench with a smile and a look of deep satisfaction he couldn't disguise. Before him, his Real Madrid had won back the ball deep in their own half; four touches and nine seconds later, it was sitting in the opponents' net...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 10,263 reads 40 comments

  24. La Liga Preview: Volatile at the Top, When Will This Season Begin to Make Sense?

    As they arrived back in the capital on Sunday night, in addition to the tiredness, you could have excused Atletico Madrid for feeling a bit miffed...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 3,139 reads 34 comments

  25. Barcelona Are Flirting with Loss of Key Element in Their On-Field Identity

    One of them had a go, and then it was the other's turn. From end to end, they surged in waves, three and four at a time charging through vast expanses, each minute of it whipping Mestalla further and further into a frenzy...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 months ago 6,467 reads 38 comments