The Spanish League and another two horse race?

The Spanish League and another two horse race?

The holidays are over (for us all, including me) and the Spanish league has begun…. A week earlier than usual, with suffocating heat (August is hot usually, but on top of that there is a heat wave), with some games starting at 23.00, to be able to accommodate all the PPV (pay per view) games. Barcelona beat Real Sociedad comfortably, [...]

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona - a tale of four “Clasicos” in a month

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – a tale of four “Clasicos” in a month

Real Madrid vs Barcelona are truly massive games in Spain…and, as I have discovered on my travels around Latin-America, they are just as important throughout the whole of the Spanish speaking world.  I remember being told in El Salvador, for example, that a Real Madrid vs Barcelona game had more impact on the nation than the national team playing – [...]

Pep Guardiola and the fall and rise of the passing midfielder

Pep Guardiola and the fall and rise of the passing midfielder

In 2004, Gabriele Marcotti published a rather notable article in The Times about FC Barcelona’s head coach Pep Guardiola, whilst he was still a player. It wasn’t a piece about Pep Guardiola’s great career as a footballing legend – it was about how, in 2004-spec football, Guardiola was surplus to requirement. How things change! Today, Pep Guardiola is one of the [...]

Barsa or Real Madrid? Cristiano  or Messi? Xabi or Xavi?

Barsa or Real Madrid? Cristiano or Messi? Xabi or Xavi?

Football in essence is about winning, whether or not you play beautiful football or not, it is entirely secondary, victory is the only thing that really matters. Indeed, if Pep Guardiola played his flowing possession football, so beautiful to the eye, but had lost a dozen games this season, without doubt he would have already been sacked. As simple as [...]