1. Easing the Pressure: Neymar Puts in Fine 45 Minutes Against Malaysia

    There must have been a sigh of relief from Neymar after 45 minutes in Malaysia so epic that it blew the dressing room door open...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 9,413 reads 9 comments

  2. Top 3 Targets: Why Barcelona's Centre-Back Signing Could Be Found in La Liga

    The Spanish season starts in just over a week, and yet a lackadaisical Barcelona have still yet to land arguably the most-needed reinforcement to their squad—a centre-back...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 7,617 reads 55 comments

  3. Champions Cup Final: Real Madrid Show They Will Survive Without the Special One

    Wednesday’s International Champions Cup final between Chelsea and Real Madrid could have been a curious clash between two sides with new coaches, new players and new dreams for the season to come...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 5,584 reads 31 comments

  4. The Real Madrid Reboot: The Starting XI to Face the Upcoming Campaign

    It has been an unusual summer in the Spanish capital—for the Real Madrid -supporting side of it at least...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 11,980 reads 75 comments

  5. Battle of the Bosses: Why Tata Martino vs. Ancelotti Will Be Dignified but Dull

    The relationship between the respective coaches of Barcelona and Real Madrid over the past three years can best be described as fractious...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 7,889 reads 68 comments

  6. Everton 1-2 Real Madrid: Rating Carlo Ancelotti's Men in Champions Cup Win

    The Starters Iker Casillas : 6/10 After a prolonged break due to Confederations Cup duty, Casillas was back for his first preseason appearance for Real Madrid ...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 6,289 reads 18 comments

  7. Bale vs Ronaldo: How Would Real Madrid Play Both Superstars in Same Side?

    There is great fun in imagining Carlo Ancelotti ’s phone giving off a beep indicating that a message had arrived from the Real Madrid president. “Hi. New footballer on the way...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 25,329 reads 141 comments

  8. Galacticos vs. Galaxy: Why MLS Matchup Is a Must-Win for Real Madrid

    The fancy pants, glamour cats of Real Madrid will be certain of top billing in Thursday’s clash between the Galaxy and the Galacticos in the International Champions Cup...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 2,423 reads 18 comments

  9. Isco: Is There a Role for the Playmaker in Ancelotti's Ideal Real Madrid ?

    The money that Real Madrid are investing in grass roots football in Spain is truly admirable. There should be medals awarded, it is all so humbling and moving...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 7,579 reads 58 comments

  10. PSG vs Real Madrid: Five Things We Learned from Friendly Clash

    Solid and professional is the best and admittedly unimaginative description of Saturday night’s 1-0 friendly win for Real Madrid against Paris Saint Germain...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 9,029 reads 36 comments

  11. Beauty and the Beast: Can Pepe Restore Reputation Under Ancelotti?

    There has been a fairly peripheral figure at Real Madrid in the preseason so far. A veteran who is now one of the longest serving members of the squad...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 2,893 reads 27 comments

  12. Benzema or Bust? Real Madrid's Friendly Draw Leaves Ancelotti with Big Decision

    In many ways, the Real Madrid press should have been delighted with the 2-2 draw in Wednesday’s friendly with Lyon. The big boys had failed to do the business in the clash in the Stade Gerland...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 9,823 reads 71 comments

  13. 5 Key Battles: How Barcelona Can Avoid Another Battering by Bayern Munich

    Neymar, Barcelona’s star signing, is still in on his holiday. So is the side’s Spanish international contingent, a fairly numerous bunch, let’s be honest...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 3,954 reads 21 comments

  14. Bournemouth Battered: Real Madrid Fire Up Preseason Engine

    The fixture still looks like a curious one in comparison to the other clubs Real Madrid will be playing this summer. That list includes Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Inter Milan — considerably more saucier than an English Championship side...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 2,963 reads 17 comments

  15. Continuity or Change: What Will Be the Strategy for Barca's Future?

    Life has a cruel habit of picking up the best laid plans and dumping them on the floor. Then booting them around a bit for good measure...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 4,213 reads 73 comments

  16. Kaka's Future: Why Staying at Real Madrid Would End World Cup Dreams

    At some point soon, Kaka may well take the hint that his immediate future lies outside of Real Madrid ...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 10,019 reads 47 comments

  17. Cristiano Ronaldo: How the Real Madrid Man Can Get Even Better Under Ancelotti

    Questioning whether Cristiano Ronaldo can improve as a footballer is a little like the “what have the Romans ever done for us?” scene from The Life of Brian ...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 13,406 reads 22 comments

  18. David Villa: Why the Striker Means Everything to Atletico Madrid

    Getting anyone to move anywhere in Madrid before 11 at night is an ordeal due to the mind-melting heat. The fact that 20,000 sweating, sweltering supporters trekked down to the Vicente ...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 4,423 reads 17 comments

  19. La Liga's Ultimate Matchup: All-Spanish Barcelona vs All-Spanish Real Madrid

    For several years now, Barcelona’s Spanish contingent has been the backbone of the current European and World Cup-winning national side...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 13,501 reads 27 comments

  20. Thiago Alcantara: What Losing Star to Bayern Munich Would Mean for Barcelona

    The summer began so promisingly for Barcelona with the arrival of Neymar , the world’s hottest talent. In terms of the transfer market, everything has gone a little pear-shaped since that moment...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 9,639 reads 109 comments

  21. La Liga's Best Foreigners: An XI to Take on the World

    The tempting approach when setting out to write an article like this is to go geeky and find some obscure foreign types for the XI. Basically, anything to avoid whacking together a team culled from Barcelona and Real Madrid ’s ranks...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 2,572 reads 14 comments

  22. Summer Signings: David Villa Arrives at Atletico Madrid with Fantastic Future

    Atletico Madrid supporters should probably have learned a bit of patience by now. The arrival of David Villa on a three-year deal for €5.1 million was yet another lesson for the Vicente Calderon clan to keep the faith...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 3,057 reads 0 comments

  23. Willy Caballero: Can Malaga's Unsung Hero Be Manchester City's No. 1?

    If ever there was a late bloomer in football, then it is Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero, a player rising to fame in his early 30s. Until three seasons ago, the Argentinean was perceived in Spain as an odd-looking fellow with an amusing first name.

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 2,112 reads 8 comments

  24. Golden Goals: Gonzalo Higuain's Greatest Moments for Real Madrid

    When Gonzalo Higuain leaves Real Madrid on the completion of the saga with Arsenal , an awful lot of wonderful memories will be left behind for the Santiago Bernabeu fans...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 4,573 reads 15 comments

  25. Match-by-Match: A Guide to Real Madrid's Preseason Tour

    Compared to epic globe-trotting world tours that see sides exhausted and weeping by the time the domestic season starts, Real Madrid ’s summer schedule is a fairly modest one...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 7,139 reads 4 comments