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.
Steve McManaman, The First British Galactico
Though he was an unlikely superstar in many ways, Steve McManaman was the harbinger of the Galacticos era. Here’s how the scampish former Spice Boy ushered in a lavish age at Real Madrid.
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.
Royalist, Republican, Socialist, Fascist: The Chequered History of the Copa del Rey
Since its inception in 1903, the Copa del Rey has been treated like a political football. Over the decades, it has been appropriated by everyone and anyone who has ruled over Spain.