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Champions League: The landscape of El Derbi has shifted

Mark Houston April 14, 2015

Despite stuttering in recent weeks and dropping off the pace in La Liga, Atletico Madrid can take heart in the fact that they have shifted the landscape of El Derbi before tomorrow’s Champions League quarter-final first leg. El Derbi is, now, comfortably the second biggest fixture in Spanish football behind El Clasico. Unlike the see-sawing nature of… Continue Reading »

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The Blog d’Or 2014 #4 – Luis Suarez

Thomas Stelzer April 7, 2015

 The Ballon d’Or has caused some controversy in recent years with glaring omissions from shortlists and teams of the year, as well as some bizarre voting patterns and preferential treatment by coaches or players involved in the voting process. So, to try and bring some credibility back to football’s individual honours, we have created The… Continue Reading »

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Athletic Bilbao are rebuilding the San Mames fortress

Mark Houston April 4, 2015

Athletic Bilbao are one of Spain’s favourite clubs. Despite their Basque-only recruitment policy limiting who the club can sign, Los Leones are one of only three teams to have never been relegated from Spain’s top division. They managed a fourth-placed finish last season and secured Champions League football in August, but those highs were quickly… Continue Reading »

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How will the Socceroos line up in 2018?

Joey Ratcliffe April 3, 2015

With the 2015 Asian Cup victory on home soil still fresh in the memory, the focus now turns to Russia 2018 for Ange Postecoglou and the Socceroos. With two draws against Germany and FYR Macedonia now in the book and some new faces in the ranks, Australian football expert Joey Ratcliffe looks into the future and what the… Continue Reading »

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Alvaro Negredo: Bringing more than just goals to the Mestalla

Inside Spanish Football April 3, 2015

Inside Spanish Football’s Edward Stratmann takes another look at one of La Liga’s finest talents. This time it’s Valencia’s Álvaro Negredo under the spotlight; who despite not hitting the scoring heights initially expected, is offering much more in other areas to Los Che’s cause. While it hasn’t been the best season for Alvaro Negredo at Valencia,… Continue Reading »

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Barcelona show they can aim for greatness

Inside Spanish Football April 1, 2015

Inside Spanish Football’s Jen Evelyn reflects on the importance of last week’s Clásico victory for Barcelona against Real Madrid, indicating the Catalan side are proving they can confront the challenges ahead, with silverware in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League all within reach. By the end of March 2014, Barcelona had beaten Manchester… Continue Reading »

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The Blog d’Or 2014 #5 – Diego Costa

Adam Dow April 1, 2015

The Ballon d’Or has caused some controversy in recent years with glaring omissions from shortlists and teams of the year, as well as some bizarre voting patterns and preferential treatment by coaches or players involved in the voting process. So, to try and bring some credibility back to football’s individual honours, we have created The… Continue Reading »

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Who will prevail in the EPL Top 4 race?

Adam Dow March 24, 2015

With just eight games remaining in the English Premier League season, Adam Dow takes a closer look at who will finish where in their attempt to secure UEFA Champions League qualification after the completion of 38 rounds of the English Premier League. I’m hardly going out on a limb here by anointing Chelsea as 2014-15… Continue Reading »

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El Clasico: Role reversal since last encounter gives Barca the edge

Mark Houston March 22, 2015

The biggest match in club football is upon us again, and our chief Spanish writer Mark Houston looks at the see-sawing nature of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s respective seasons since their last encounter in October. If you missed our earlier build up for El Clasico, with the tale of the 1943 match which finished 11-1,… Continue Reading »

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High stakes for both Liverpool and Manchester United in Premier League showdown

Thomas Stelzer March 21, 2015

The biggest game on the Premier League calendar has rarely mattered this much. When Manchester United arrive at Anfield on Sunday, the result may dictate the short and long-term futures of England’s most successful clubs, writes Thomas Stelzer. With 38 league titles and eight European Cups between them they are veritable royalty, whose great reigns… Continue Reading »

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