La Liga

the butcher of bilbao

How The ‘Butcher of Bilbao’ Almost Ended Diego Maradona’s Career

On 24 September 1983, the man fans called ‘Goiko’ committed one of the most infamous fouls in the history of the game. It would lead to poisonous bad blood between him and Maradona, ending in mayhem at the final of the Copa del Rey a year later.
Will Magee
6.16.17
marc overmars

Charting Marc Overmars’ Unlikely Comeback Four Years After Bowing Out at Barca

Overmars was forced to retire in 2004 owing to a nagging knee injury, and for many his time as a player ends there. Often forgotten, however, is his unexpected swansong in the Dutch second tier.
Will Magee
6.15.17
pel droed

​Remembering Sgorio, The Cult Football Show That Brought Europe's Finest to Nineties Wales

In the mid nineties, before football coverage had reached saturation point, Sgorio brought Welsh viewers an embarrassment of European football riches.
Jim Weeks
4.13.17
La Liga

Fernando Torres Hospitalised After Suffering Serious Head Injury

"It's very ugly to see it, we were all scared but at least the news we have received so far is good," said Filipe Luis.
Liam Daniel Pierce
3.3.17
english footballers abroad

Gary Lineker at Barcelona: When Leicester’s Favourite Son Went Overseas

Having made his name with Leicester and Everton, the mid eighties saw Gary Lineker snapped up by ‘El Tel’ at Barca. Together, they would stir a slumbering Catalan giant, and restore glory to the club once more.
Will Magee
1.26.17
tax evasion in football

Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo Allegedly Involved in Massive Tax Evasion Scheme

According to information leaked to Der Spiegel, Ronaldo alone could have hidden upwards of $160 million.
Liam Daniel Pierce
12.5.16
el clasico

Double Disaster in El Clasico: The Mutual Humiliation of Barca and Real

In the mid-nineties, Barcelona and Real Madrid embarrassed each other in El Clasico with uncanny symmetry. It was a reminder that even the loftiest champions must learn the value of a humbling defeat.
Will Magee
12.1.16
sex tapes

La Liga Players Forced to Apologise After Sex Tape Goes Viral

A sex tape featuring two SD Eibar players and one unidentified person was released without their consent, and widely shared online.
Mike Vorkunov
10.7.16
barcelona's genetic appeal

The Magnetic Pull Of Barcelona: Barca DNA and The La Masia ‘Loan’

With the phrase ‘Barca DNA’ resurfacing in relation to Hector Bellerin, it’s beginning to feel as if the signing of a young La Masia graduate is never anything more than temporary.
Will Magee
9.20.16
the ruin and redemption of the loan system

Make or Break: The Last-chance Saloon of the Senior Loan

For players like Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere, the senior loan provides a final chance at redemption. That said, it could also be the beginning of the end.
Will Magee
9.1.16
changes to the champions league

New Champions League Format “A Scandal” Says Ligue 1 Union Boss

The top four leagues in Europe are to be guaranteed four Champions League spots from the 2018/19 season onwards, leaving the head of the Premiere Ligue union fuming.
UK Sports Staff
8.30.16
real madrid

European Union Says Real Madrid Owes Spanish Government 18.4 Million Euros

Real Madrid may owe Spain €18 million, and could face even more trouble over their business classification.
Mike Vorkunov
8.26.16
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