1. 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 9 months ago 27,822 reads 96 comments

  2. 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 9 months ago 24,039 reads 87 comments

  3. 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 9 months ago 18,000 reads 136 comments

  4. 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 9 months ago 34,942 reads 20 comments

  5. 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 10 months ago 57,351 reads 112 comments

  6. 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 10 months ago 3,963 reads 1 comments

  7. 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 10 months ago 8,597 reads 39 comments

  8. 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 10 months ago 12,221 reads 15 comments

  9. 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 10 months ago 15,932 reads 23 comments

  10. 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 10 months ago 17,723 reads 75 comments

  11. 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 10 months ago 10,513 reads 5 comments

  12. 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 10 months ago 9,235 reads 33 comments

  13. 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 10 months ago 20,065 reads 21 comments

  14. 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 11 months ago 5,967 reads 21 comments

  15. 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 11 months ago 5,743 reads 35 comments

  16. 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 11 months ago 10,195 reads 26 comments

  17. 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 11 months ago 2,568 reads 1 comments

  18. 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 11 months ago 32,219 reads 69 comments

  19. 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 11 months ago 66,902 reads 54 comments

  20. 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 11 months ago 34,654 reads 19 comments

  21. 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 11 months ago 45,553 reads 88 comments

  22. 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 11 months ago 20,803 reads 64 comments

  23. 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 11 months ago 24,168 reads 46 comments

  24. 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 12 months ago 13,001 reads 54 comments

  25. 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 1 year ago 4,816 reads 17 comments