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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.