1. World Cup Hopes: Has Madrid Move Boosted Isco's Chances of Being in Brazil?

    Florentino Perez can sometimes be a bit of a grumpy-faced sourpuss. But last Wednesday, the Real Madrid president was as cheerful as can be. At times, there was almost a smile on his face...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 4,621 reads 17 comments

  2. Mo' Money, No Players: Athletic Bilbao's Transfer Window Worries

    Most cash-strapped clubs in La Liga are peering through the transfer shop window shaking their heads in regret at the goods on display and their price tags. “Too expensive, too expensive, too expensive,” is the familiar refrain...

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  3. Fears for the Future: Can Malaga Bounce Back from Another Summer of Sales?

    It does not take long for a club and its supporters to become accustomed to a certain level of success and feel like it has been that way forever...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 1,237 reads 7 comments

  4. Who Will Be Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid Starters in the Season to Come?

    Real Madrid are late starters to the summer transfer games, due to the delay in appointing Carlo Ancelotti as the new boss...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 8,462 reads 49 comments

  5. 5 Positive Points from Spain's Confederations Cup Journey

    The Confederations Cup final may not have been a hill of happy beans for the Spanish with a hefty defeat to Brazil. But there were still plenty of happy thoughts for Vicente del Bosque to mull over, on the flight back to Europe...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 2,507 reads 14 comments

  6. Terrible Transfers: Why Everyone Loses in Isco's Move to Real Madrid

    In any given football transfer, there is at least one party who comes out as a big winner. In Falcao ’s summer shuffle to Monaco, Atletico Madrid pocketed a tasty fee ...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 34,857 reads 117 comments

  7. Why France U-20 Star Geoffrey Kondogbia Is Such Hot Transfer Property

    With Spanish midfielders not particularly known for their stature, there is always a certain Gulliver against the Lilliputians element to some battles in international clashes...

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  8. Triumph or Disaster: Could Rooney, Neymar and Messi Play Together at Barca?

    Three footballers walked onto a pitch; an Englishman, a Brazilian and an Argentinian. What the punchline is to the gag depends on your feelings as to whether a glass of water is half full or half empty...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 5,615 reads 61 comments

  9. Why Born-Again Spain Must Go Back to Basics to Beat Italy

    Spain suddenly appear to be the world’s summer sweethearts due to the hearty manner in which Vicente Del Bosque ’s boys have approached the Confederations Cup...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 1,064 reads 16 comments

  10. Mission Accomplished: Spain Strike Right Balance in Tahiti Test

    Let’s face it, taking out Tahiti in Thursday night’s Confederations Cup clash was never going to be the hardest part of the game for the World Champions...

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  11. Top 4 Transfers: The Best Signings from La Liga's Summer so Far

    All but two La Liga teams are penniless and are sniffing abound for freebies and loan deals for their new signings. This sees selecting gold-plated, stomach-tingling summer transfers being a bit of a tough affair...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 7,793 reads 7 comments

  12. Why Unsettled Thiago Leaves Barcelona With Tough Decision to Make

    The moment matters turned more than a little pear-shaped for the apparently unsettled Thiago Alcantara was way back at the end of the season before last...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 9,028 reads 54 comments

  13. Match Preview: Spain Set to Take It Easy on Tahiti

    Well, that was rather easy. A match that the Spanish players may have expected to have come out battered and bruised and begging for the summer holidays to begin, turned out to be a fairly simple affair...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 1,965 reads 6 comments

  14. 5 of the Best: The Big Winners from La Liga's Season

    I know, I know, I know. This list is undoubtedly going to displease the vast majority of those who read it...

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  15. Real Madrid vs. Osasuna: 5 Reasons to Pay Attention

    So this is going to be a tough sell, then. In terms of football, Saturday’s final game of the season for Real Madrid and Osasuna —which have absolutely nothing to play for — is a dead rubber...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 2,374 reads 20 comments

  16. Real Madrid's Young Guns: An U-21 Best XI to Face the Future

    Not being known as a fan-pleasing hippie, Jose Mourinho was never going to be one for sticking a plucky, promising youngster into the grown-up Real Madrid team on the basis of sentimentality...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 5,080 reads 24 comments

  17. Top 5 Best Signings in La Liga over the Past 10 Seasons

    There is a single word in football that is a near guarantee of causing pitched battles in bars, cafes and even on sofas around the world. It is a small one—to be fair—but full of mystery, controversy and indefinable frustration...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 3,218 reads 22 comments

  18. Real Madrid: What Mourinho's Departure Means for Club's Key Players

    “And don’t come back!” is set to be the less-than-fond farewell from a number of Real Madrid players, when Mourinho leaves the club’s premises for the last time...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 4,266 reads 7 comments

  19. Jose Mourinho: Why the Maverick Manager's Beginnings Are the Best

    Having Jose Mourinho managing your football club is like a Kardashian marriage—head spinning, implant-enhanced, oh-so-promising beginnings with an inevitable, acrimonious end...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 7,289 reads 16 comments

  20. La Liga's Best: The Runners and Riders to Be Manager of the Year

    If you are a mad Madridista or all balmy about Barcelona, without a single concern about the other 18 clubs in La Liga, then move along now. Nothing to see here...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 1,079 reads 3 comments

  21. Wayne Rooney: Why the Man United Man Would Find a Role at Real Madrid

    Unless you are a big fan of Tahiti’s national football team, the most unlikely participant in the summer’s Confederations Cup, the summer is going to be a boring one...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 3,205 reads 13 comments

  22. Why Manuel Pellegrini Never Stood a Chance at Real Madrid

    Comparing the relationship between Florentino Perez and former Sporting Director Jorge Valdano to Mr. Burns and Smithers from The Simpsons is all too tempting...

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  23. Five Things on Real Madrid's Wish List for the Club's Next Coach

    The most expected unexpected news is officially out. Jose Mourinho will be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu after three fun-filled and wonderfully sensationalist years at Real Madrid ...

    Tim Stannard Written by Tim Stannard about over 1 year ago 8,241 reads 14 comments

  24. Bale vs. Neymar: Why the Welshman Is the Best Bet to Love Life in La Liga

    The first challenge for both high-profile players should moves to Spain take place this summer will be shattering a few stereotypes...

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  25. Atletico Madrid Face Future with Heads Held High

    All but the most blindly optimistic Atletico Madrid fans lost faith in their team’s chances in the capital city clash against Real Madrid some time ago...

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