Gareth Bale’s bloodless brilliance needs rough edges and a new setting | Barney Ronay

The most successful British footballer of his era deserves better than the image of aloof corporate excellence he has exuded in Madrid, and still has time to add some deeper texture At times it seems funny that we still call professional footballers “players”. Mischief, fun, mucking about: these are not the first qualities that spring […]
March 2, 2019 0

Luis Suárez scores twice as Barcelona see off Real Madrid to reach final

• Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona (Barça win 4-1 on agg)• Suárez 50, 72; Varane 69og For FC Barcelona, there is something about the Santiago Bernabéu. They came to the home of their greatest rivals needing a victory to take them to a record sixth-consecutive Copa del Rey final and while that is a task that […]
February 27, 2019 0

The January signings who are proving big hits across Europe

The transfer window hasn’t changed much in the Premier League but some new signings are impressing on the continent By Martin Laurence for WhoScored A month after the January transfer window closed, one could almost forget it happened for most Premier League clubs. Very few players made eye-catching transfers and even fewer have gone on […]
February 27, 2019 0

Sergio Ramos set for increased ban after Uefa charge him for deliberate booking

Ramos shown yellow card against Ajax in Champions League Geoffrey Kondogbia received two-match ban for same offence Uefa have charged Sergio Ramos with deliberately picking up a yellow card during Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 match against Ajax. The defender will find out on Thursday if he will face an extended suspension. The Real Madrid […]
February 26, 2019 0

Reserve teams in the lower leagues? That idea doesn’t even work in Spain

Pep Guardiola says Premier League clubs should have reserve teams in the Championship, but his argument doesn’t hold up By Gavin Willacy for Playing in the Shadows Pep Guardiola regularly suggests that English football should copy the B-team system he enjoyed in Spain, where the biggest clubs enter their reserve sides into the lower leagues, […]
February 26, 2019 0

Getafe inch closer to making the unbelievable dream a reality | Sid Lowe

The tiny club for whom every defeat is a ‘death’ are in La Liga’s top four and, amazingly, they might actually stay there Die meister, die besten, les grandes equipes, the Getafe?! You can almost hear the needle scratch, the eyeballs pop out and the jaws hit the floor. It is 13 years since Matthieu […]
February 25, 2019 0

The in-form young footballers in 2019

Kylian Mbappé is making 2019 his own, but teenagers Jadon Sancho, Ibrahima Konaté and Nicolo Zaniolo are also thriving By Martin Laurence for WhoScored Peter Bosz’s arrival as Bayer Leverkusen head coach just before Christmas has had a galvanising effect on a number of his players. Kai Havertz has certainly profited from the Dutchman’s possession-based […]
February 21, 2019 0

The five months in Italy that shaped Diego Simeone’s managerial career

Before Simeone took charge at Atlético Madrid, he kept Catania in Serie A – thanks in part to a great result against Juventus By Greg Lea for These Football Times It is difficult to overstate Diego Simeone’s achievements as Atlético Madrid manager. When he replaced Gregorio Manzano in December 2011, the club appeared to be […]
February 20, 2019 0