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…

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…

Jonathan Viera finally flies the nest

Confirmation of Jonathan Viera’s transfer to Valencia from UD Las Palmas came as little surprise, the deal had been talked about for quite some time and when Viera rejected an offer from Granada in January it became apparent he already had a deal elsewhere without another club. After all, the Andalucían club had offered Viera…

Copa de Campeones de Juvenil: Tournament preview

The draw has now been made for one of the most prestigious youth competitions in Spain, the Copa de Campeones de Juvenil. It’s a competition that brings together the 7 winners of their respective División de Honor Juvenil groups, plus the best second placed team. The overall conclusion is to determine who has the best…

Galician Derby: Pre-game thoughts

The stage may not be as grandeur, but the significance of the upcoming Derbi gallego is more tremendous than ever before. At this decisive time of the season, Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruña face-off in what some are billing as a Segunda División title decider. With both expected to be in the Primera next…

Simeone’s identity for Atlético Madrid provides true promise

Too many times we have seen false dawn encompass the Vicente Calderón, but for once, a dawn arrives bringing with it a truth. Sunday evening saw Atlético Madrid present their strongest evidence since Diego Simeone’s arrival, that they have finally gathered themselves an identity. Few times in their recent history, Atleti have grasped such a…