1. Brendan Rodgers: No Spanish Player Coming to Anfield (What Happened with Valdes)

    What looked to be a potential marriage made in heaven between Liverpool FC and Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper, Victor Valdes looks to have hit the rocks before it’s even begun...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 11 hours ago 16,954 reads 14 comments

  2. 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 4 days ago 55,969 reads 105 comments

  3. 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 days ago 3,830 reads 1 comments

  4. 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 days ago 8,498 reads 39 comments

  5. 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 13 days ago 12,012 reads 15 comments

  6. 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 17 days ago 15,803 reads 23 comments

  7. 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 19 days ago 17,560 reads 75 comments

  8. 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 24 days ago 10,084 reads 5 comments

  9. 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 25 days ago 8,938 reads 33 comments

  10. 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 28 days ago 19,556 reads 21 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 5,909 reads 21 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 5,661 reads 35 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 10,108 reads 26 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 2,523 reads 1 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 32,010 reads 69 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 66,350 reads 54 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 34,434 reads 19 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 45,427 reads 88 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 20,645 reads 64 comments

  20. 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 2 months ago 23,830 reads 46 comments

  21. 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 2 months ago 12,904 reads 54 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 4,758 reads 17 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 8,378 reads 66 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 9,908 reads 12 comments

  25. 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 4 months ago 31,036 reads 99 comments