1. 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 4 months ago 15,889 reads 88 comments

  2. 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 4 months ago 19,015 reads 84 comments

  3. 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 4 months ago 17,757 reads 18 comments

  4. 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 4 months ago 17,467 reads 30 comments

  5. 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 4 months ago 16,432 reads 13 comments

  6. 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 4 months ago 10,377 reads 70 comments

  7. 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 4 months ago 37,133 reads 89 comments

  8. 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 5 months ago 4,286 reads 3 comments

  9. 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 5 months ago 32,988 reads 56 comments

  10. 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 5 months ago 8,807 reads 22 comments

  11. Barcelona Heading for Turmoil as Players Turn on Luis Enrique's Confused Methods

    Barcelona FC are no strangers to crisis. This time, however, their problems are not limited to what occurs on and around the pitch. Let’s not beat around the bush: Everywhere you look, Barcelona are in trouble...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 27,810 reads 96 comments

  12. Luis Suarez Not the Issue as Real Madrid Show Barcelona Flaws Under Luis Enrique

    There was only one topic of conversation prior to Saturday’s Clasico —w ould Luis Suarez be named in Barcelona’s starting line-up for the Clasico, or would he ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 24,030 reads 87 comments

  13. Clasico Is Too Close to Call as Real Madrid and Barcelona Adapt to Changes

    If Saturday’s Clasico is half as good as last season's breathtaking corresponding encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, which finished 4-3 in Barcelona’s favour, then ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 17,998 reads 136 comments

  14. Liverpool Were Told Valdés "Loved" the Club -so What Happened?

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that Victor Valdes was telling anyone prepared to listen just how much he ‘loved’ Liverpool and everything about it...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 34,926 reads 20 comments

  15. Lionel Messi Travels 10 Years from Shy Uncertainty to Stellar Name at Barcelona

    On October 16, 2004, Lionel Messi — at just 17 years and 114 days old — ran on to the pitch at Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium to make his La Liga debut for the Blaugrana as a substitute for Deco against Espanyol...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 57,191 reads 112 comments

  16. Vicente Del Bosque Has to Make Tough Choices If Spain Are to Rise Again

    Spain has at its disposal, not just some of the world’s best players, but arguably some of the best of all time, to pick from. Unfortunately what it no longer has is the best team...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 3,959 reads 1 comments

  17. 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 6 months ago 8,592 reads 39 comments

  18. 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 6 months ago 12,207 reads 15 comments

  19. 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 6 months ago 15,928 reads 23 comments

  20. 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 6 months ago 17,721 reads 75 comments

  21. 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 6 months ago 10,477 reads 5 comments

  22. 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 6 months ago 9,186 reads 33 comments

  23. 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 6 months ago 20,002 reads 21 comments

  24. 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 7 months ago 5,963 reads 21 comments

  25. 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 7 months ago 5,737 reads 35 comments