“How could we lose that game?” Questions Pep Guardiola as Jose Mourinho & Manchester United’s comeback spoils Manchester City’s party

It appeared for a long while that it was done. Manchester City had sewn it up, or, at least, they thought they had. So had everyone else. Manchester United fans, slumped on their seats, looked aimlessly in the distance. Others were down on the concourse thinking but not talking. Whilst in the home sections of […]

State of the Nations: A look at how the major nations are shaping up prior to this summer’s FIFA World Cup

With the 2018  FIFA World Cup kicking off in just over two months, Oliver Miller casts his eye over the European and South American nations likely to have a say in Russia. The Favourites The current favourites to win the World Cup in Russia – and retain the trophy – are Germany. Coach Joachim Low […]

Revista de La Liga: A royal meeting sees Espanyol continue their unbeaten run by coming from behind

RCDE Stadium, Barcelona – Receiving royal patronage is an honour. An honour that both Espanyol and Real Sociedad have had the privilege of. In 1910 and 1912 respectively, they were permitted to use the term Real in their names and the royal crown in their badges. Both clubs are proud of their history and the […]

Who is Maurizio Sarri?

In the summer of 2015, Maurizio Sarri received a phone call from Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentis, at first he thought he was the victim of a practical joke. By his own admission, it took Sarri a while before he realised that it really was the cinema tycoon on the other end of the line, […]

Revista de La Liga: Malaga are now a shadow of their money-rich former selves

La Rosaleda, Malaga – There was once a feeling of togetherness in Malaga. The fans connected with the players, they were both participants; they each played their part. “Connecting with the supporters is where true satisfaction comes from,” said Javi Gracia – the current Watford manager – when he was in charge of Malaga. That […]

Copa del Rey Recap: Barcelona make history whilst Leganes’ Copa journey comes to an end

Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla – “Without fear, with courage,” was Vincenzo Montella’s response as to how his Sevilla side were going to address this second-leg tie against Leganes. Having scored an away goal last week, Sevilla were the favourites but then Leganes have long defied expectations; rising from Segunda B to la Primera in a […]

Revista de La Liga: The Sevillan sun shines on the debutant as Real Betis take on overachieving Villarreal

Benito Villamarin, Sevilla – “Moron! Moron!” shouted the Betis fans. It was not aimed at the Villarreal players, nor the referee. But it was aimed at one of their own. Loren Moron has worn the green and white of Real Betis since his youth – last season he made 23 appearances for Betis’ second team, […]

Copa del Rey Recap: A pair of close matches means that both ties are still in the balance

Camp Nou, Barcelona – The goalscorer, the match-winner, the player who has now scored 16 goals in 16 consecutive games in all competitions, admitted that his side’s advantage going into the second-leg is minimal. “There are 90 minutes left,” Luis Suarez said, “and Valencia at home are always stronger.” One thing is for sure; there’ll […]

Revista de La Liga: Real Madrid bounce back from Copa elimination by achieving a rare victory in Valencia

Mestalla, Valencia – “We deserved the victory. We deserved a game like that.” Zinedine Zidane – as cool and calm as he has been throughout his tenure as Real Madrid – sat at the long white table in the press room and admitted that he’ll “never change.” The afternoon had seen his side win a […]

Copa del Rey Recap: Leganes make history and progress at the expense of a stuttering Real Madrid

Bernabeu, Madrid – “Yes we can!” was the rather hopeful and optimistic chant sung by the relatively small contingent of Leganes fans pre-match. “Yes we have!” was what they sang unexpectedly at the final whistle. The small side from southern Madrid had come to the home of the mighty Real Madrid and overturned a first-leg […]

Copa del Rey Recap: Espanyol make history with derby win in the first-leg of the cup

RCDE, Barcelona – ‘Thank You Valverde’ was written large on the stadium scoreboard before the match and by the end, the sentiment towards their former manager had been enhanced. Not only had Espanyol managed to beat Barcelona but they brought an end to their Catalan rival’s 29 match unbeaten run stretching back to the Super […]

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