Spain is home to many passionate and intense footballing rivalries, reaching various parts of the country. Emotions run high in the Basque Country whenever Athletic Club and Real Sociedad meet. Battles between Sevilla and Real Betis create unforgettable atmospheres. In the capital, a victory for Atlético Madrid over Real Madrid can be of the highest importance for both bragging rights and title races. But one of … Continue reading TENERIFE X LAS PALMAS: THE BATTLE FROM THE CANARY ISLANDS
Spain’s various autonomous communities give the country a unique collection of culture, language and arts. This special variety of life can certainly apply to football as well. Madrid has always featured prominently in LaLiga, but never has it been represented quite so much in the top flight like the current campaign. The 2018-19 season features five Madrid clubs, accounting for a significant portion of the … Continue reading MADRID CONNECTIONS: THE UNIQUE RELATIONSHIPS OF A COMMUNITY
It was never going to be easy for anyone to follow Arsène Wenger as Arsenal manager, much in the same way as it has been a difficult task at Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson stepped away in 2013. In order to succeed at the Emirates, the Gunners wanted an individual that is completely dedicated to their craft and confident in their abilities to lead … Continue reading BREAKING GROUND: UNAI EMERY’S JOURNEY FROM SPAIN TO ARSENAL
Basking in the warm glow of the May sunshine, Josep Guardiola Sala was on top of the English game. Gabriel Jesus’s last minute lobbed goal against Southampton had helped Manchester City secure a 100-point season, a feat not achieved in the modern Premier League era. This completed a domestic double for the blue side of Manchester and this was rightly followed by adulation from all … Continue reading BREAKING GROUND: PEP GUARDIOLA’S BARCELONA EDUCATION THAT CHANGED MODERN FOOTBALL
Atlético Madrid are set for another run at a LaLiga title in 2018-19, especially after adding quality players like Thomas Lemar to a talented front-line and capturing the UEFA Super Cup. The club dates back to 1903, when they were founded as Athletic Club de Madrid. But like much of Spain in the 1930s and 1940s, the country’s civil war would change life in a … Continue reading THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, GENERAL FRANCO AND ATHLETIC AVIACION DE MADRID
A Galactico: an exciting, colossal, all-conquering Real Madrid superstar playing their part in a formidable, attacking side. Los Blancos teams of the 1950s, featuring Alfredo di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás, amongst others, were the original Galacticos and serial major trophy winners, but the club’s current president, Florentino Pérez, has constructed his own dream teams during his two spells in charge at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. … Continue reading IS IT FINALLY TIME FOR LUCAS VAZQUEZ TO BE GIVEN THE SPOTLIGHT IN THIS NEW ERA FOR REAL MADRID?
Football has a tendency to make you feel as though there is indeed humanity across the world, even when it doesn’t seem that way. While entertainment on the pitch is a natural desire, the by-product from the rivalries and passion is an overwhelming respect for one another across the majority of fanbases. At the World Cup, one of the lasting impacts is the brotherhood between … Continue reading REAL OVIEDO: A PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES