Noisy neighbours Leganés give Atlético blues to take back corner of Madrid

The tiny club from cucumber country south of the capital, where most people support Real or Atlético, are the only side in La Liga not to have let in a goal. Ever. Butarque was blue, just like their manager wanted and just like their captain’s hair. “I hope they wear Leganés shirts and only Leganés […]
August 29, 2016 0

Barcelona maintain perfect start as Ivan Rakitic goal beats Athletic Bilbao

Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half to help Barcelona win 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday for a second straight victory at the start of the La Liga season. The Croatia midfielder headed in a well-placed cross by Arda Turan to cap a quick attack that broke down Bilbao’s high defensive line in the […]
August 28, 2016 0

Álvaro Morata celebrates Real Madrid return in win over Celta Vigo

A late goal by Toni Kroos sealed victory as Real Madrid defeated an impressive Celta Vigo to win their first home La Liga game of the season. Álvaro Morata scored his first goal for the hosts since returning from Juventus to break the deadlock on the hour before Fabián Orellana equalised for Celta in the […]
August 27, 2016 0

Five outsiders Sam Allardyce should consider for his first England squad

Before picking his squad on Sunday, the new England manager should consider Curtis Davies, Jack Cork, Mark Noble, Nathan Redmond and Andros Townsend By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network At 31 years of age, time is not on Curtis Davies’ side as he strives for international recognition. Yet, the centre-back […]
August 23, 2016 0

Manu García realises boyhood dream at Atlético after leaping Alavés fence

The lifelong Alavés fan popped up to score a 95th-minute equaliser for his hometown club on their return to La Liga after a decade of heartbreak and chaos Deportivo Alavés’s resistance finally broke four minutes after midnight when the 27th shot of the match flew in, or so it seemed. Kévin Gameiro’s foot trembled and […]
August 22, 2016 0

Sunderland have that sinking feeling again – Football Weekly

The podders reflect on Middlesbrough’s victory in the Wear-Tees derby. Plus, Hull continue to shine, Burnley boss Liverpool, and Italy and Spain go goal crazy Max Rushden completes his three-show stint at the helm of Football Weekly, and he’s got Jonathan Wilson, Paul MacInnes and Jacob Steinberg for company. We begin by discussing the impressive […]
August 22, 2016 0

Luis Suárez scores hat-trick in Barcelona 6-2 rout of Real Betis

Luis Suárez grabbed a hat-trick and Lionel Messi scored two goals as Barcelona began their quest for a third straight La Liga title with a 6-2 rout of Real Betis. Arda Turan, whose two goals against Sevilla helped Barça lift the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, gave them an early lead at the Camp Nou […]
August 20, 2016 0

Low crowds and chaotic La Liga fixture list cannot deter from guarantee of drama

Spain’s top clubs face fines for not filling their stadiums during the new season but as ever there will be plenty to enjoy on the pitch Spain’s football stadiums will be full this season – and that’s an order. Well, they’ll look full, anyway. The Spanish league will fine clubs whose grounds aren’t at 75% […]
August 19, 2016 0