1. Southampton Manager Mauricio Pochettino at Career Crossroads

    After a season that has seen Mauricio Pochettino take his Southampton side to an eighth-place Premier League finish, the former Argentinian international now finds himself at a crossroads in his career...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 2 months ago 14,368 reads 6 comments

  2. Barcelona's Next Manager Will Have an Immense Task Ahead of Him

    Atletico Madrid’s shock defeat at Levante and Real Madrid dropping two points at home to Valencia means we still don’t know who’s going to end up lifting the La Liga Trophy this season...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 27,307 reads 61 comments

  3. Crowing Critics of Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich Style Are Woefully Misguided

    For reasons I find hard to fathom, people are celebrating and relishing Real Madrid ’s defeat of Bayern Munich, because it is supposed to mean the death of tiki taka and the end of an era...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 20,126 reads 165 comments

  4. Spain's Reaction to Dani Alves Incident Shows Message Is Finally Getting Through

    It was Mark Twain who said that "against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." He probably wasn' t talking about racism or racist actions, but there's much in what he says...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 5,108 reads 18 comments

  5. Tactics Are Key in High-Stakes Champions League Semi-Finals

    If the recent Champions League semi-finals have shown us anything, it’s that, as important as it is to win games, when it comes to these intricate chess matches over two legs, ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 16,345 reads 156 comments

  6. Football Will Miss Tito Vilanova, Truly a Man Without Enemies

    The footballing world is mourning the death of Tito Vilanova at the obscenely indecent age of just 45, following a brave battle with cancer...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 24,010 reads 55 comments

  7. Balague: How I Separated Fact from Fiction to Write Lionel Messi's Biography

    It's day three of "Inside the Football Media" week at B/R and for Wednesday's column we asked Guillem Balague to tell us about his experiences writing "Messi" which was released in December 2013...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 14,609 reads 23 comments

  8. Manchester United and PSG Interested in Transfer Swoop for Lionel Messi

    The following article is a translated and adjusted version of a piece I wrote for AS earlier this week. You can read the Spanish article here ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 128,545 reads 252 comments

  9. Gareth Bale Hits Elevated Heights with Real Madrid, as Isco Comes of Age

    There is only one team you can trust to maximise its potential, one you can trust to give you a game, to make the minimum of mistakes in La Liga, and it didn ’t turn up yesterday...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 23,028 reads 71 comments

  10. Lionel Messi Magic Can Win Copa Del Rey, but Barcelona Must Allow Him to Play

    When Alejandro Sabella became manager of the Argentina national side, he approached Barcelona’s then-manager, Pep Guardiola , and asked him, "What do I do with Leo?" ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 12,961 reads 49 comments

  11. Liverpool vs. Manchester City Was Much More Than Just a Football Match

    Something strange is happening in the Premier League. Since it became the richest league in the world it has become practically a mathematical certainty that the club that pays the most money in wages wins the most trophies...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 19,280 reads 75 comments

  12. Real Madrid Lack Extra Gear for Bayern, Atletico Thinking About Playing Courtois

    In the eyes of Barcelona fans, Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola is now the last bastion able to do some damage to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. It took the Bundesliga champions a while to react against Manchester United...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 50,624 reads 339 comments

  13. Irresistible Atletico Madrid Show Time Is Up for This Barcelona Side

    Diego Simeone has said all along that his modus operandi at Atletico Madrid is all about humility, sacrifice and passion, and he got them in spades from his side, who out-thought ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 13,548 reads 117 comments

  14. Should Barcelona Rethink How They Run La Masia?

    While Barcelona may well have breached the regulations with their signing of young players, the logic expounded by Corinne Szczur, the mother of one of the youngsters involved, is hard to refute...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 17,469 reads 100 comments

  15. Barcelona Transfer Ban Spells Trouble on and off Pitch

    Barcelona’s two-window transfer ban is very bad news indeed for the club—and not just on the pitch. But let’s deal with matters on the pitch first...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 23,633 reads 69 comments

  16. Barcelona Midfield Issues to the Fore as Atletico Take Champions League Edge

    Poised on a knife's edge, the pulsating Champions League quarter-final between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona looks certain to go to the wire, although I firmly believe that Tata ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 7,437 reads 25 comments

  17. No Team Is Perfect: Even Liverpool and Barcelona Can Improve

    It may not be the most popular thing in the world to criticise a team when they’re fighting for a league title, but the simple fact is there is no such thing as the perfect side...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 17,380 reads 77 comments

  18. Atletico Still Going Strong, but Cristiano Ronaldo Must Step Up for Real Madrid

    I don't understand the obsession about predicting games. There are a lot of questions on Twitter and social media asking for us to guess the outcome of matches...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 15,407 reads 209 comments

  19. Premier League Chairmen Can Learn from Example of Napoli's Aurelio De Laurentiis

    Football club presidents are more generally renowned for their ability to make copious amounts of money rather than their wit and wisdom...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 11,664 reads 19 comments

  20. Lionel Messi Magic Papers over Barcelona Cracks in Heart-Stopping Clasico

    For anyone who ever doubted it, the message following a heart-stopping Clasico is clear: Lionel Messi is back...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 21,071 reads 162 comments

  21. Barcelona Face Toughest Task Against Atletico, Real Madrid Will Be Confident

    The quarter-final draw for the Champions League has been made and there are four intriguing ties. The most interesting one for me is Barcelona against Atletico Madrid...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 26,238 reads 227 comments

  22. Clasico Places Carlo Ancelotti and Tata Martino Positions in Sharp Perspective

    With Sunday's Clasico almost upon us, the changing fortunes of football management have never been more apparent with Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid in a very happy place, while ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 22,827 reads 153 comments

  23. Atletico Madrid Still Firmly Believe in Their La Liga Title Credentials

    While the Real side of the Spanish capital may now be favourites for another La Liga title, whisper it in the red-and-white part of town: Atletico still firmly believe they can emerge triumphant...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 5,294 reads 39 comments

  24. Manchester City Must Find Winning Edge After Showing Barcelona Too Much Respect

    I was at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, and for 15 minutes in the second half it was clear that Manchester City were making life very difficult for Barcelona. It was with Edin Dzeko in the team that they caused so many problems...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 13,664 reads 194 comments

  25. Manchester City Can Heed Lesson of Valladolid to Cause Mayhem at Barcelona

    Things are not well at the Camp Nou, and if Manchester City finally decide to play the way we all know they can, they could be about to get much worse for Barcelona. Ignore City’s defeat in the FA Cup at the weekend...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 4,850 reads 75 comments