1. The Reasons for This 'Different' Lionel Messi

    Leo Messi is the topic of conversation of everyone in the pub these days. And in the media. What’s happening to him? And in truth, what’s wrong? And what about the reported ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 50,846 reads 359 comments

  2. Barcelona Continue Toward the Inevitable End of Their Cycle of Dominance

    It is funny how fans demand changes, instant changes, when a team loses a couple of games. But for Barcelona, who lost 1-0 at Real Valladolid on Saturday, many readers prefer ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 30,558 reads 307 comments

  3. Talismanic Carles Puyol Was the Heart and Soul of Barcelona's Golden Era

    Carles Puyol ’s decision to leave Barcelona after 19 years with the club probably means the curtain will now come down on the La Liga career of one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 10,793 reads 36 comments

  4. For Atletico and Real, This Full-Blooded Madrid Derby Had It All

    For lovers of the beautiful game, this latest clash between the tetchy, spiky working-class urchins from the wrong side of town ( Atletico , clich é No...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 11,597 reads 97 comments

  5. Exclusive: Real Madrid Striker Alvaro Morata Agrees to Permanent Arsenal Move

    Alvaro Morata, the 21-year-old striker who was considered a potential starter at Real Madrid in years to come, has agreed to join Arsenal . Not on loan, but transferred...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 95,994 reads 202 comments

  6. Back on Top, Real Madrid Look Like Favourites for the La Liga Title

    It’s all change at the top of La Liga with Real Madrid three points clear and now favourites for the title...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 13,801 reads 189 comments

  7. Premier League Teams' Mentality Has to Change If They Are to Conquer Europe

    After the defeats of Arsenal and Manchester City to Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively, I want to touch on the English teams’ European displays. A lot has been said about the naivety of the English teams...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 13,213 reads 166 comments

  8. Barcelona Prove They Are Still a Winning Machine in Champions League Victory

    Manuel Pellegrini will almost certainly be getting a call sooner rather than later from UEFA 's disciplinary committee following his tirade over the performance of the Swedish referee ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 10,479 reads 72 comments

  9. After Returning to Their Essence, Barcelona Could Be Bad News for Man City

    At long last, and perhaps just in time, the penny’s dropped at Barcelona. Tata Martino’s previously all-conquering Catalan side has finally returned to its essence, ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 5 months ago 13,215 reads 156 comments

  10. Forget Mind Games, Jose Mourinho's Approach Is Working Brilliantly for Chelsea

    I don't believe in mind games at all. It is a bit of an obsession in England, but I think everyone is giving it too much importance...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 14,364 reads 68 comments

  11. Cracks Starting to Show at Atletico Madrid in Bid for 'Impossible' La Liga Dream

    Someone once said that a week was a very long time in politics. In football, it can feel even longer. Ask Atletico Madrid ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 13,364 reads 70 comments

  12. Jese Rides Mourinho Apathy to Make Mark with Real Madrid Under Ancelotti

    As a youngster at one of football’s most renowned "finishing schools," the line between arrogance and confidence is a perilously thin one; a line that can make or break you...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 22,400 reads 69 comments

  13. Tough Times for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid but He Needs to Keep Working Hard

    It is past the halfway stage of the Liga season and it is an interesting situation, as Gareth Bale has played only 51 percent of the minutes of games for Real Madrid in La Liga and Champions League...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 27,595 reads 66 comments

  14. Juan Mata Is the Ideal Foil and Role Model for Manchester United

    While Juan Mata ’s arrival at Manchester United may represent the first tentative steps toward a new dawn at Old Trafford , the talented midfielder from Burgos is a long way from being the new Messiah at the Theatre of Dreams...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 14,089 reads 76 comments

  15. Diego Simeone and Atletico Taking the War to Real Madrid and Barcelona

    For the first time since 1996, Real Madrid ’s “noisy neighbours” Atletico sit loud and proud at the top of La Liga; still in the hunt for all the season’s major honours...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 15,153 reads 45 comments

  16. New-Look Valencia Get Surprise Early Reward After Rolling the Dice in January

    The January window may well be, historically, the worst time to try to fix your footballing fortunes, but that hasn't stopped Valencia from giving it a go...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 8,852 reads 6 comments

  17. Sergio Canales: From Real Madrid's Next Superstar to Valencia's Unwanted Man

    With the transfer window ticking down, speculation continues apace about the future destination of Valencia's Cantabrian midfielder Sergio Canales...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 11,195 reads 9 comments

  18. After Reclaiming Ballon D'Or, What Comes Next for Cristiano Ronaldo?

    With his Ballon d’Or regained, Cristiano Ronaldo , an avid collector of personal accolades, has now got a second Puskas Award for goal of the season firmly in his sights...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 25,171 reads 52 comments

  19. Sandro Rosell and Barcelona Set for a Bumpy Ride over Neymar Deal

    The decision of Sandro Rosell to fall on his sword following a court case that will explore the dubious details of Neymar ’s move to Barcelona promises to be only the first bombshell in a story that looks set to run and run...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 17,008 reads 80 comments

  20. Juan Mata Transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United Is Right Fit for Everyone

    The likelihood of Juan Mata becoming a Manchester United player is increasing by the minute. If it happens, it would be a suitable move for everyone involved...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 57,164 reads 152 comments

  21. Real Madrid Look Hot for Liga Glory as Barcelona Will Falter; Atletico Will Tire

    One game into the second half of the season and a cursory look at the Liga table shows you don’t have to be a footballing genius to work out that, barring a miracle, the winner ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 20,454 reads 153 comments

  22. La Liga Transfer Targets XI (Players Who Finish Their Contract This Summer)

    With January more than halfway complete, dozens of players from around Europe are being linked with transfers this winter. Only two weeks remain in the month, and rumours are heating up...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 16,897 reads 6 comments

  23. Expect Luis Suarez to Join Messi and Ronaldo on Ballon d'Or Podium Next Year

    With the red carpet only just re-rolled following the glittering extravaganza that was the Ballon d’Or presentation night, attention is already focusing on just who the main contenders might be for the 2014 award...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 27,897 reads 53 comments

  24. Manchester United Will Have to Show Real Madrid the Money to Sign Fabio Coentrao

    With the transfer window beginning to kick into gear, the latest rumour to have gained legs surrounds a deal that will bring Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao on loan to Manchester United until the end of the season...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 23,876 reads 21 comments

  25. Ambitious Pepe Mel Will Bring Passion and Style to West Bromwich Albion

    Following West Bromwich Albion's announcement that he has been named their new coach, today's piece is on Pepe Mel. There is a bit of confusion about him, so I’ll attempt to clear things up and take you through his career...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 7 months ago 2,977 reads 15 comments