1. Spain Must Go Back to the Drawing Board as They Are Not Learning from Mistakes

    Vicente del Bosque made no secret of the fact when speaking to the media after the match that saw Spain lose their first Euro qualifier since Sweden beat them 2-0, 36 matches ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 8,582 reads 39 comments

  2. Tedium of Euro 2016 Campaign Can at Least Shine Light on Future Spain Stars

    Spain’s group-stage exit at last summer’s World Cup sent shock waves around the footballing world...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 12,202 reads 15 comments

  3. Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao Set to Face off in Clash of Clear Ideologies

    While at first glance the different philosophies of Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, who meet this weekend at the Santiago Bernabeu , may seem a world apart, a closer inspection reveals one very important similarity...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 15,924 reads 23 comments

  4. Barcelona Lose Collective Plan in Champions League Defeat to Paris Saint-Germain

    I don’t know. You wait over 10 hours to see a goal go into the Barcelona net and then, in less than 55 minutes — like London buses — three of them turn up one after another...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 17,710 reads 75 comments

  5. Diego Simeone Needs New Style of Attack for Atletico Madrid's La Liga Defence

    Throughout his highly successful tenure at the Vicente Calderon, Diego Simeone has come up against all manner of examinations, all of which he has passed with flying colours...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 10,452 reads 5 comments

  6. Football Writers' Week: Guillem Balague on Writing Lionel Messi's Biography

    It's Football Writers' Week at Bleacher Report, and to wrap things up, we turned to B/R's very own Guillem Balague , a man with more strings to his bow than we care to mention...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 9,125 reads 33 comments

  7. Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic Leading Barcelona Revolution Under Luis Enrique

    Four games in, 12 points in the bank and not so much as a single goal conceded, things are looking pretty rosy at the Camp Nou at the moment...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 19,971 reads 21 comments

  8. Champions League Drubbing of Basel Is Statement of Intent from Real Madrid

    While Real Madrid ’s 5-1 thumping of Basel might flatter to deceive, Los Blancos’ Champions League opener sends a loud message to the footballing world — write us off at your peril...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 5,962 reads 21 comments

  9. Real Madrid May Be Struggling but Don't Write off Champions League Holders

    You don’t have to be a genius to realise the departures of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso have affected the work of Carlo Ancelotti and the performances of the current Real Madrid side...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 4 months ago 5,733 reads 35 comments

  10. Real Madrid and Atletico Have Much to Work on as La Liga Season Progresses

    Before the start of the season, Real Madrid were the bookies’ and pundits’ favourites to regain La Liga and retain the Champions League. Now, with just two league games played, they seem to be regarded by some as a “work in progress...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 10,182 reads 26 comments

  11. Spain's Golden Years May Never Return but There Is a Silva Lining for Del Bosque

    It is impossible that Spain will reach the dizzy heights of the past six years ever again; they will never have the same players, the same urgencies — the perfect storm...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 2,561 reads 1 comments

  12. Talent and Personality Will See Victor Valdes Become Liverpool's First Choice

    As I have said before, when things start to move in the transfer business, they tend to move fast. Sometimes, however, they can move very slowly indeed for the simple reason that there’s no hurry — yet...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 32,200 reads 69 comments

  13. Xabi Alonso: From 'He Is Not for Sale 100 Percent' to 'Let Me Go'

    The transfer world is at best complicated, but just how did "I'm going nowhere" become "Please let me leave" for Bayern Munich’s shock announcement of signing Xabi Alonso ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 66,720 reads 54 comments

  14. Breaking Football Transfer Stories Requires Trust and Commitment to Facts

    There’s something quite bizarre about people casting judgement on your professionalism by way of transfer stories you may or may not uncover. What it suggests is a lack of knowledge of how it all works, which is normal...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 34,573 reads 19 comments

  15. Real Madrid Want to Sell Angel Di Maria Quickly, but Is It Really That Easy?

    What seems clearer than daylight now is that if Angel Di Maria was bluffing with his demands of Real Madrid , then the club has finally decided the time is now right to call him on it...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 45,535 reads 88 comments

  16. Cristiano Ronaldo's Fitness Will Be Major Concern for Real Madrid This Season

    You didn ’t have to be a genius to realise that the injured Cristiano Ronaldo we saw with Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil was a shadow of the player he normally is...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 20,789 reads 64 comments

  17. Lionel Messi Poised to Hit New Heights Under Luis Enrique at Barcelona

    Relaxed, refreshed and reinvigorated, Lionel Messi showed enough sharpness in the pre -season Gamper Trophy match against FC Leon to suggest that, after a less-than-satisfactory ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 24,114 reads 46 comments

  18. Real Madrid Look Like the Side to Beat Ahead of the New La Liga Season

    Without so much as a ball kicked yet in the new La Liga season, Real Madrid have already sent out a warning to the rest of Spain and the whole of Europe that they will, very likely, be the team to beat this season...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 12,993 reads 54 comments

  19. Germany's Moment of World Cup Magic Means Lionel Messi Must Wait 4 More Years

    RIO DE JANEIRO —In what has been a brilliant World Cup, this always felt like a final that would be settled by a moment of brilliance...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 4,812 reads 17 comments

  20. The Time Is Right for Lionel Messi and Argentina to End World Cup Wait

    "The Argentinean player, if he has a virtue is this one: he gets bigger in the biggest challenges,” renowned coach Angel Cappa said on Radio Onda Cera this week...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 8,416 reads 66 comments

  21. Experienced Names in World Cup Semi-Finals, but Smaller Nations Learning Fast

    All things being equal, with everyone getting a fair shake of the dice and the vagaries of good fortune being evenly distributed, just what does it take to win a World Cup? I’ve ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 9,949 reads 12 comments

  22. Argentina Are Not Pretty, but They're Certainly Effective

    BRASILIA, Brazil — During the last few weeks, most of the big motivational talk from Alejandro Sabella has been about the solidity of the squad ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 31,038 reads 99 comments

  23. France Fail to Fire on the Big Stage as Germany Reach 'Home' Once Again

    RIO DE JANEIRO—This always looked like it would be a battle between the power of France's midfield, with Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye and Blaise Matuidi, and German resolve and ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 7,699 reads 24 comments

  24. Argentina Revert to Form vs. Switzerland, but Lionel Messi Still the Trump Card

    ARENA CORINTHIANS, SAO PAULO — After what looked like a marked improvement against Nigeria in their final group game, Argentina seemed to go back to their predictable, old ways against Switzerland on Tuesday in the round of 16...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 16,595 reads 43 comments

  25. Lionel Messi Has World Cup in Sight, but Argentina Will Have to Win It His Way

    This always looked like it could be Lionel Messi ’s World Cup and early indications would suggest that the little magician from Rosario means business...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 15,038 reads 64 comments