1. Champions League Defeat Cannot Disguise Qualities of Bayern Under Pep Guardiola

    First things first. Manchester City are still very much in the Champions League thanks to a brave, committed display against, arguably, the best organised side in Europe, Pep Guardiola ’s Bayern Munich...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 8 minutes ago 4 reads 0 comments

  2. All Is Not Well with Lionel Messi, but Let's Just Enjoy His Brilliance

    It was only ever going to be a matter of time before Lionel Messi beat the 59-year-old La Liga goalscoring record held by Telmo Zarra...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 2 days ago 31,091 reads 88 comments

  3. Vicente Del Bosque Faces Tough Decisions as Spain Enter Period of Transition

    Spain is in transition, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The only trouble is that I’m not convinced that coach Vicente del Bosque knows what form that transition should take...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 15 days ago 4,215 reads 3 comments

  4. Exclusive: How Real Sociedad Convinced David Moyes to Become Their New Manager

    As we all now know, David Moyes is the new Real Sociedad manager. Having broken the story on my Twitter feed, here are the details on how the deal unfolded...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 17 days ago 32,686 reads 56 comments

  5. Gareth Bale's Return Underlines Why Some at Real Madrid Are Wrong to Doubt Him

    It’s probably ten years since we saw as exciting, dangerous and complete a Real Madrid as the Carlo Ancelotti side that currently stands top of this season’s La Liga table...

    Guillem Balague Written by Guillem Balague about 17 days ago 8,688 reads 22 comments

  6. 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 23 days ago 27,568 reads 96 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 23,901 reads 87 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 17,955 reads 136 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 34,733 reads 20 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 56,905 reads 105 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 3,937 reads 1 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 8,559 reads 39 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 12,135 reads 15 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 15,885 reads 23 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 17,667 reads 75 comments

  16. 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 2 months ago 10,325 reads 5 comments

  17. 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 2 months ago 9,064 reads 33 comments

  18. 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 2 months ago 19,848 reads 21 comments

  19. 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 2 months ago 5,928 reads 21 comments

  20. 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 2 months ago 5,709 reads 35 comments

  21. 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 3 months ago 10,150 reads 26 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 2,546 reads 1 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 32,133 reads 69 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 66,610 reads 54 comments

  25. 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 3 months ago 34,505 reads 19 comments