1. Diego Simeone Delivered Title Glory by Getting Maximum from Atletico's Players

    With Diego Simeone ’s Atletico Madrid winning the La Liga title—after it looked on some occasions like no one wanted to win it—the Argentine coach and former player has now won four trophies in just two and a half years...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 8,404 reads 13 comments

  2. England Should Follow Spain's Lead on B Teams for Top Clubs

    I am amazed about the response to the debate over B teams in English football. The Football Association thought long and hard about it, before chairman Greg Dyke announced the plan on May 8...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 11,923 reads 72 comments

  3. Europa League Triumph Would Be Fitting Tribute to Sevilla Hero Antonio Puerta

    With next season's Champions League places decided, all roads now lead to Turin for Sevilla , where the Andalusian club will be looking to become only the fourth club to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League for the third time...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 6,880 reads 6 comments

  4. La Decima Obsession Costs Real Madrid as Barcelona, Atletico Spurn Title Chances

    Real Madrid may or may not finally achieve their ambition of winning La Decima — their 10th European Cup — this season. Arguably, however, this obsession has cost them the La Liga crown...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 23,516 reads 138 comments

  5. 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 4 months ago 14,437 reads 6 comments

  6. 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 4 months ago 27,358 reads 61 comments

  7. 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 4 months ago 20,267 reads 165 comments

  8. 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 4 months ago 5,162 reads 18 comments

  9. 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 4 months ago 16,368 reads 156 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 24,049 reads 55 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 14,679 reads 23 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 129,384 reads 252 comments

  13. 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 4 months ago 23,120 reads 71 comments

  14. 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 4 months ago 13,013 reads 49 comments

  15. 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 4 months ago 19,311 reads 75 comments

  16. 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 4 months ago 50,691 reads 333 comments

  17. 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 5 months ago 13,572 reads 117 comments

  18. 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 5 months ago 17,548 reads 100 comments

  19. 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 5 months ago 23,686 reads 69 comments

  20. 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 5 months ago 7,468 reads 25 comments

  21. 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 5 months ago 17,405 reads 77 comments

  22. 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 5 months ago 15,436 reads 209 comments

  23. 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 5 months ago 11,720 reads 19 comments

  24. 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 5 months ago 21,303 reads 162 comments

  25. 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 5 months ago 26,272 reads 227 comments