1. Distance Between Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola Is Dictated by Footballing Life

    Ahead of Pep Guardiola 's return to Barcelona as Bayern Munich head coach in the Champions League semi-final first leg, here is an extract from my book Messi , which is the first authorised biography of Lionel Messi...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 1 day ago 23,085 reads 68 comments

  2. How La Liga's Changing Television Deal Will Level the Playing Field in Spain

    The news that La Liga television rights are to be sold collectively rather than individually puts an end, at long last, to a scandal that has besmirched Spanish football for years...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 6 days ago 22,506 reads 97 comments

  3. Diego Simeone Facing First Hints of Backlash at 'Negative' Atletico Madrid Style

    Diego Simeone has enjoyed many great moments during his tenure as boss of Atletico Madrid , but last week’s Champions League quarter-final exit to city rivals Real Madrid was not one of them...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 9 days ago 16,776 reads 33 comments

  4. Pep Guardiola Set for Barcelona Homecoming with Bayern Munich

    Just as night follows day, it was almost inevitable that at one point or another Pep Guardiola and his Bayern Munich side would cross paths with Barcelona, his home town and the scene of his greatest triumphs...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 13 days ago 25,570 reads 121 comments

  5. How Barcelona, Atletico and Real Are Gearing Up for Champions League Second Legs

    Barring a major shock, Spain looks set to have two representatives in this season's UEFA Champions League semi-finals—but which two? Never say never, but with three away ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 16 days ago 11,685 reads 53 comments

  6. What Makes a Lionel Messi or a Cristiano Ronaldo?

    One of them is reserved, quietly spoken, at times seemingly almost apologetic, while the other is loud, gregarious with a self-confidence that some feel borders on the arrogant. But don’t be fooled; appearances are deceptive...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 20 days ago 41,923 reads 252 comments

  7. Barcelona and Real Madrid Prepare for Champions League with Lingering Concerns

    Spain’s football elite enjoyed varying fortunes in their final matches ahead of this week's Champions League games, with Real Madrid going into them—if not the most relaxed—certainly the most rested...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 23 days ago 9,162 reads 51 comments

  8. Santi Cazorla Helping Us to Take Football Beyond Borders for Troubled Youngsters

    On Feb. 14, 2013, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling , announced in a Green Paper that it costs anywhere between £100,000 to £200,000 to keep a youngster under the age of 18 in a youth offenders’ institution...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 27 days ago 15,669 reads 16 comments

  9. Spain No Longer Strike Fear into Hearts of Opponents

    Let’s not mince our words here — we’ve been humbled. The prospect of playing Spain, in the recent past, used to strike fear into the best international sides in the world...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 1 month ago 16,760 reads 119 comments

  10. Barcelona Flawed Even in Clasico Win, but Still No Chance Real Madrid Sell Bale

    Considering it is the biggest league match in the world bar none, it is not surprising every Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has consequences. Last Sunday’s clash has been no exception to the rule...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 1 month ago 27,321 reads 133 comments

  11. Premier League Clubs Need to Stop Whining and Get Back to Basics

    What caused the demise of English clubs in Europe this season? I asked Manuel Pellegrini after Manchester City became the last Premier League club to bid farewell to the Champions ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 1 month ago 14,512 reads 102 comments

  12. Real Madrid's Gareth Bale Still Learning How the Massive Club Works

    In football, players from different countries are divided by much more than something as simplistic as language and playing styles. Differing mentalities also play a huge part. Let’s look at the Real Madrid vs...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 1 month ago 11,893 reads 32 comments

  13. Despite Champions League Disappointment, Jose Mourinho and Chelsea Will Be Back

    Jose Mourinho is a very complicated character, so his oversimplistic reasoning for Chelsea ’s bad performance and ultimate Champions League elimination at the hands of a 10-man Paris Saint-Germain is disappointing...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 1 month ago 17,938 reads 96 comments

  14. Frustrated Cristiano Ronaldo Facing Biggest Challenge of His Real Madrid Career

    Those closest to Cristiano Ronaldo will tell you that when he is playing badly you don’t have to let him know, because no one knows it better than the player himself...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 1 month ago 41,585 reads 116 comments

  15. Angel Di Maria Not Main Reason for Premier League Malaise at Manchester United

    A quick glance at the standings in the Premier League might suggest Manchester United under Louis van Gaal are on course to fulfil his brief—namely, a finish that will guarantee a lucrative return to the Champions League...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 2 months ago 21,973 reads 71 comments

  16. In Europe, English Sides' Failure to Prepare Leaves Them Prepared Only to Fail

    Let's start with a question. Just how has the richest soccer league in the world bar none—where the bottom club earns from TV rights more than the usual third-place finisher ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 2 months ago 17,403 reads 87 comments

  17. Referees Remain a Controversial Topic, but More Technology Is Not the Answer

    The pressure on the man in the middle has never been greater, as players, managers and fans—even some of the referees themselves—call for the introduction of more technology to the game...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 2 months ago 7,939 reads 34 comments

  18. Manuel Pellegrini's Tactics to Blame for Champions League Defeat to Barcelona

    Any faint hopes Manchester City harboured that Barcelona were ripe for plucking following their shock defeat at home to Malaga last weekend were blown away into the cold Manchester air in a 30-minute spell on Tuesday night at the Etihad...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 2 months ago 24,103 reads 115 comments

  19. Why I'm Embarking on a New Adventure with Biggleswade United

    I have always said it: I am a very lucky man. In more than 20 years writing and broadcasting about the sport I love, I have seen—and met—the greatest players on the biggest of stages on the grandest of occasions...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 9,050 reads 10 comments

  20. Atletico Madrid's Struggles at Celta Vigo Help Explain Interest in Santi Cazorla

    The saying has it that after the Lord Mayor’s show comes the dustcart, and so it proved for Atletico Madrid this weekend...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 12,060 reads 38 comments

  21. Cristiano Ronaldo Struggling to Maintain His High Standards

    While 2015 couldn’t have got off to a better start for Cristiano Ronaldo when he won his second Ballon d’Or on the trot, it’s fairly safe to say that it is rapidly turning in to his own "annus horribilis...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 38,111 reads 214 comments

  22. Real Madrid's Star Trio Invite Criticism as Performances and Commitment Dip

    Real Madrid, and indeed Barcelona, know how quickly fortunes can change in football. While Barcelona look at last to have found their "mojo," for Los Blancos , just 50 days after ...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 18,537 reads 171 comments

  23. Atletico Restore La Liga Credentials as Real Madrid Left to Lick Open Wounds

    Atletico Madrid’s comprehensive 4-0 battering of city rivals Real should not come as too much of a surprise to anyone. This was the proverbial accident waiting to happen...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 17,300 reads 188 comments

  24. Manchester United Will Not Sign Aymeric Laporte This Window

    The convoluted world of the biannual soccer transfer window doesn't get any clearer, and now, poor David Moyes is the latest victim of a confused system that proves that in football, nothing is ever as simple as perhaps it should be...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 29,792 reads 57 comments

  25. Juan Roman Riquelme's Career Was a Beautiful Journey Yet an Uncomfortable Ride

    Jorge Valdano would surely have become a poet had he not decided to dedicate himself to a life in football. He is, in fact, one of the best writers ever to have dealt with football...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 3 months ago 14,601 reads 8 comments