Midfield brains central to Valencia’s new era under Pellegrino

When Mehmet Topal departed Valencia last month, questions were raised about the sense behind allowing such a player to go quite so easily. Systematically he was one of two defensive midfielders left at the club, and with the other being David Albelda a reasonable case could be put forward stating the Turk was the only…

Spain keep the glory coming at European U-19 Championships

Spain’s second trophy of the summer and with the potential of one more to come. If it’s one thing that the country can be proud of these days as it trudges through various financial swamps, it’s the footballers. With the seniors triumphing in Poland and Ukraine, last night stepped up the U-19’s in Estonia. A…

Carvajal represents the right move for Real Madrid

Real Madrid, fresh off a scintillating season, are fortunate in that they have a squad packed with quality, at a both tender and experienced age. Improvements still need to be made however, and José Mourinho hasn’t achieved what he has to this day by standing still. That’s why this summer when stepping into the market…

Jordi Alba: Sprinting to success

When Johan Cruyff recognises your talent, it usually means you’re doing something right, “He has been the revelation of the tournament”. The praise was the latest in a long line of achievements for Jordi Alba – days after the words from the iconic Dutchman the full-back was to reach the highest point of his career…