1. 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 1 day ago 9,856 reads 46 comments

  2. 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 6 days ago 11,807 reads 116 comments

  3. 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 8 days ago 12,509 reads 59 comments

  4. 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 13 days ago 7,837 reads 14 comments

  5. 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 15 days ago 8,391 reads 24 comments

  6. 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 26 days ago 4,853 reads 10 comments

  7. 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 28 days ago 6,963 reads 22 comments

  8. 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 29 days ago 6,185 reads 28 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 10,814 reads 31 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 1,646 reads 9 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 3,193 reads 7 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 5,809 reads 50 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 3,703 reads 15 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 2,534 reads 10 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 5,182 reads 8 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 6,357 reads 7 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 5,282 reads 43 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 2,635 reads 31 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 13,941 reads 46 comments

  20. 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 1 month ago 10,258 reads 11 comments

  21. 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 1 month ago 3,636 reads 14 comments

  22. 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 1 month ago 1,126 reads 1 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 3,290 reads 18 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 795 reads 0 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 4,558 reads 23 comments