La Liga Team of the Season 2014/2015

Rule as usual; one player per club. No more. Honourable mentions the exception. Criteria is based upon how valuable the individual has been to the team, and their improvement as a player. No players from Real Madrid or Barcelona. There will be a million teams produced with players from those teams. GK: Gerónimo Rulli There…

Low cost and high reward: Gálvez and Arribas cases in point

Given the plight of Spain’s transfer market as a whole, the free market has become along with the loan market, the most important and decisive aspect of the transfer window. Players are seeing their contracts expire for two reasons, with either a) the club they’re contracted to simply not being able to afford a healthier…

Santi Mina: The brilliance is striking

Kids in Spain these days don’t really want to be a number nine. They want to be a creative midfielder, or as recent Spanish youth squads have shown, a winger. This trend seems to have past a young man born in 1997 by. Santi Mina is his name, 17-years-old is his age and right now…

Fede Vico: Awaiting the explosion

“When I leave football, I’d like to be a psychologist. If I wasn’t that, then probably an entrepreneur”. At 18 years old, Fede Vico is already looking ahead to his career after football. It’s the one he’ll have in it though that could bring him success – and if early signs are anything to go…

Cantera profile: Athletic Bilbao’s pack of lion cubs prowling Lezama

Recent figures have shown that in Spain three cantera’s lead the way in terms of products coming through their football base, and turning out for the first team. Barcelona’s La Masia, one of the most famous in the world, and the lesser known but equally as essential Zubieta ran by Real Sociedad. Not so far…

Javi Martínez; Bayern, his brother and being rather good.

“He has physical and technical attributes which make him very special. He is an extraordinary football player.” Xavi Hernández, currently the most decorated Spanish footballer around, was not talking about a teammate of his at Barcelona. He was talking about a footballer located over 300 miles away in the city of Bilbao; he was talking…

The best signings in La Liga – that you missed (Part I)

Jordi Alba joined Barcelona, Luka Modrić signed for Marca as the object of their summer desires and Málaga did some asset stripping. Pretty much the Spanish transfer window in a nutshell – except not quite. Economic strife mans clubs are having to be more astute in the market, and with that some interesting deals have been…

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…

Spain’s European Championship 2012 squad: A player-by-player analysis

Today Vicente del Bosque named his 23 man squad which is heading to the European Championships this summer, and as expected there is much to debate. Here are some explainations behind the presence of each player, and of course those who will be absent. GOALKEEPERS Iker Casillas: Spain’s superb number one will be appearing in…

La Liga Team of the Season 2011/2012: Midfield, Attack and Coach

In the second part of my La Liga Team of the Season 2011/2012 I look at the midfield and attack. This was probably the most difficult area to select from as there have been so many individuals excellent for their team. Hopefully I can acknowledge others’ contribution enough in the honourable mentions section. If you…

La Liga Team of the Season 2011/2012: Goalkeeper and Defence

One team, one rule: No Real Madrid or Barcelona. The best of the rest? If you like, but I prefer not to view it like that. The contribution of the following players has been substantial in terms of retaining a level of quality and depth in La Liga. For example, Chico at Real Mallorca is…