1. Atletico Madrid's Struggles at Celta Vigo Help Explain Interest in Santi Cazorla

    The saying has it that after the Lord Mayor’s show comes the dustcart, and so it proved for Atletico Madrid this weekend...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 12,064 reads 38 comments

  2. Cristiano Ronaldo Struggling to Maintain His High Standards

    While 2015 couldn’t have got off to a better start for Cristiano Ronaldo when he won his second Ballon d’Or on the trot, it’s fairly safe to say that it is rapidly turning in to his own "annus horribilis...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 38,202 reads 214 comments

  3. Real Madrid's Star Trio Invite Criticism as Performances and Commitment Dip

    Real Madrid, and indeed Barcelona, know how quickly fortunes can change in football. While Barcelona look at last to have found their "mojo," for Los Blancos , just 50 days after ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 18,542 reads 169 comments

  4. Atletico Restore La Liga Credentials as Real Madrid Left to Lick Open Wounds

    Atletico Madrid’s comprehensive 4-0 battering of city rivals Real should not come as too much of a surprise to anyone. This was the proverbial accident waiting to happen...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 17,302 reads 187 comments

  5. Manchester United Will Not Sign Aymeric Laporte This Window

    The convoluted world of the biannual soccer transfer window doesn't get any clearer, and now, poor David Moyes is the latest victim of a confused system that proves that in football, nothing is ever as simple as perhaps it should be...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 29,810 reads 57 comments

  6. Juan Roman Riquelme's Career Was a Beautiful Journey Yet an Uncomfortable Ride

    Jorge Valdano would surely have become a poet had he not decided to dedicate himself to a life in football. He is, in fact, one of the best writers ever to have dealt with football...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 14,702 reads 8 comments

  7. Evolution Not Revolution Sees Luis Enrique Emerge from Rain Clouds at Barcelona

    He obviously wasn’t concerning himself about the plight of Barcelona or Luis Enrique when he said it, but to paraphrase the words of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady , “By George, I think he’s got it...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 16,898 reads 46 comments

  8. Romantics Can Dream, but Athletic Bilbao Still Struggling to Find Vintage Crop

    You have to go back as far as 1984 to find the last time Athletic Bilbao paraded the Liga trophy along the banks of the Nervion river that cuts through the city...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 4,604 reads 2 comments

  9. Lionel Messi Not the Sole Reason Luis Enrique Will Lose the Battle at Barcelona

    If there’s one thing we know more than anything about Leo Messi, it’s that this is a player who prefers to do his talking on the pitch, not off it...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 28,092 reads 42 comments

  10. Cristiano Ronaldo's Third Ballon d'Or a Reward for Obsession That Defines Him

    Away from the swanky hotels and golden beaches of Madeira, that island jewel in the Portuguese crown, they say that if you’re born and raised here you fall into one of two distinct ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 16,364 reads 60 comments

  11. Fernando Torres' Debut in Fringe Selection Underlines How Far Atletico Have Come

    For Diego Simeone, the return of Fernando Torres to Atletico Madrid 's starting line-up for the first leg of the Copa del Rey last-16 match against Real Madrid was always going to be a win-win situation...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 29,922 reads 25 comments

  12. Lionel Messi's Barcelona Issues More Complex Than a Simple Manager Feud

    The mischievous boxing promoter Mickey Duff once wryly observed that a rival promoter had achieved the seemingly impossible with one of his latest fighters. “He’s done a Cecil B...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 61,134 reads 178 comments

  13. Balague's 2014 La Liga Awards: Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid Excel

    With the Liga season heading into a brief hiatus for the festive period, the time is right to take a look back at 2014. And what a year it was...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 15,223 reads 76 comments

  14. For Spanish Players, the Premier League Dream Can Often Become a Nightmare

    Football may well be an international language. Unfortunately, for many players, it is a language all too frequently lost in translation...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 20,401 reads 104 comments

  15. Manchester City Wanted to Avoid Barcelona, but the Feeling Is More Than Mutual

    A few days ago Manchester City's David Silva announced to the media that he would, if possible, prefer to avoid a Spanish club in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 16,161 reads 163 comments

  16. With Atletico Madrid's Koke, What You See Is What You Get

    We are all products, to some extent or another, of our environment; young footballers, very often, more than most. Jorge Resurreccion Merodio, or as the world knows him, Koke, is no different...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 16,163 reads 88 comments

  17. Exclusive Images from 'Barca: The Illustrated History of FC Barcelona'

    Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague has a fascinating new book out, entitled 'Barca: The Illustrated History of Barcelona' and published in association with the great club itself, who granted access to Barcelona's library of historic images...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 19,089 reads 84 comments

  18. Madrigal Mauling Reveals Extent of Real Sociedad Issues David Moyes Must Address

    If, after his torrid spell at Manchester United , David Moyes thought managing Real Sociedad was, by comparison, going to be a walk in the park, then their humbling at the ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 17,763 reads 18 comments

  19. Change Is Coming to Simeone's Atletico Madrid; It Needs to in La Liga as Well

    With just over one third of the La Liga season gone, defending champions Atletico Madrid are preparing themselves for the possible departure of their most prized asset—their manager, Diego Simeone ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 17,476 reads 30 comments

  20. Spanish Football Must Find Fundamental Cultural Change to Rid Game of Hooligans

    The one thing we can be certain of is this: The dreadful finale to the terrible scenes that unfolded last Sunday before the Atletico Madrid vs. Deportivo game was no accident, but rather, a disaster waiting to happen...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 16,483 reads 13 comments

  21. Champions League Defeat Cannot Disguise Qualities of Bayern Under Pep Guardiola

    First things first. Manchester City are still very much in the Champions League thanks to a brave, committed display against, arguably, the best organised side in Europe, Pep Guardiola ’s Bayern Munich...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 10,382 reads 70 comments

  22. All Is Not Well with Lionel Messi, but Let's Just Enjoy His Brilliance

    It was only ever going to be a matter of time before Lionel Messi beat the 59-year-old La Liga goalscoring record held by Telmo Zarra...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 months ago 37,157 reads 87 comments

  23. Vicente Del Bosque Faces Tough Decisions as Spain Enter Period of Transition

    Spain is in transition, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The only trouble is that I’m not convinced that coach Vicente del Bosque knows what form that transition should take...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 9 months ago 4,293 reads 3 comments

  24. Exclusive: How Real Sociedad Convinced David Moyes to Become Their New Manager

    As we all now know, David Moyes is the new Real Sociedad manager. Having broken the story on my Twitter feed, here are the details on how the deal unfolded...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 9 months ago 33,010 reads 56 comments

  25. Gareth Bale's Return Underlines Why Some at Real Madrid Are Wrong to Doubt Him

    It’s probably ten years since we saw as exciting, dangerous and complete a Real Madrid as the Carlo Ancelotti side that currently stands top of this season’s La Liga table...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 9 months ago 8,811 reads 22 comments