1. 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 21,384 reads 162 comments

  2. 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 26,285 reads 227 comments

  3. Clasico Places Carlo Ancelotti and Tata Martino Positions in Sharp Perspective

    With Sunday's Clasico almost upon us, the changing fortunes of football management have never been more apparent with Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid in a very happy place, while ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 22,881 reads 153 comments

  4. Atletico Madrid Still Firmly Believe in Their La Liga Title Credentials

    While the Real side of the Spanish capital may now be favourites for another La Liga title, whisper it in the red-and-white part of town: Atletico still firmly believe they can emerge triumphant...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 5,334 reads 38 comments

  5. Manchester City Must Find Winning Edge After Showing Barcelona Too Much Respect

    I was at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, and for 15 minutes in the second half it was clear that Manchester City were making life very difficult for Barcelona. It was with Edin Dzeko in the team that they caused so many problems...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 13,701 reads 194 comments

  6. Manchester City Can Heed Lesson of Valladolid to Cause Mayhem at Barcelona

    Things are not well at the Camp Nou, and if Manchester City finally decide to play the way we all know they can, they could be about to get much worse for Barcelona. Ignore City’s defeat in the FA Cup at the weekend...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 months ago 4,884 reads 75 comments

  7. 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 6 months ago 51,158 reads 359 comments

  8. 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 6 months ago 30,602 reads 306 comments

  9. 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 6 months ago 10,844 reads 36 comments

  10. 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 6 months ago 11,627 reads 97 comments

  11. 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 6 months ago 96,072 reads 202 comments

  12. 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 6 months ago 13,830 reads 189 comments

  13. 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 6 months ago 13,250 reads 166 comments

  14. 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 6 months ago 10,509 reads 72 comments

  15. 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 7 months ago 13,260 reads 156 comments

  16. 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 7 months ago 14,407 reads 68 comments

  17. 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 7 months ago 13,390 reads 70 comments

  18. 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 7 months ago 22,516 reads 69 comments

  19. 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 7 months ago 27,763 reads 65 comments

  20. 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 7 months ago 14,123 reads 76 comments

  21. 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 7 months ago 15,218 reads 45 comments

  22. 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 7 months ago 8,878 reads 6 comments

  23. 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 7 months ago 12,454 reads 9 comments

  24. 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 7 months ago 25,192 reads 52 comments

  25. 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 7 months ago 17,058 reads 78 comments