Valencia left light by Birmingham and Villa

Valencia left light by Birmingham and Villa

Birmingham City and Tottenham Hotspur fans must be rubbing their hands together with glee at the tantalising prospect of witnessing Nikola Zigic enter into combat with Peter Crouch at set pieces in games between the two clubs next season. At a slightly lower altitude, but perhaps a higher plane of technical ability, it will also […]

Mourinho move will tempt reluctant media

Mourinho move will tempt reluctant media

In case you hadn’t noticed, the English media bloody love a bit of Jose Mourinho. In fact, they love all of him. From his relentless quotability to his remarkably candid opinions and consistently suave appearance, Mourinho will always be the special one on Fleet Street. It was love at first sight. Even before the Portuguese’s […]

Zlatan: the €68million question

Zlatan: the €68million question

The alice band of brothers Tall but not a targetman, quick of mind but not of body, incredibly expensive but arguably not first-choice – critical descriptions that could match two players at world-class football clubs, both of whom have been outshone this season by a younger colleague who allies a formidable work ethic with dazzling […]

Sevilla's wing wizards seal Copa success

Sevilla’s wing wizards seal Copa success

Copa del Rey Final: Sevilla 2 Atletico Madrid 0 The magnificent surroundings of the Camp Nou provided the backdrop for a rather grand party on Sunday night as Barcelona clinched their twentieth La Liga title. And this coming Saturday, events at the Santiago Bernabeu will determine whether it will be Bayern Munich or Inter Milan […]

Jackett's Lions roar back to Wembley Way

Jackett’s Lions roar back to Wembley Way

Millwall 2 Huddersfield Town 0 (Millwall win 2-0 on aggregate) London is a great city. There is so much to do and to see. It is understandable that many people who live and work in London fail to see the attraction in leaving to explore the rest of the country at the weekend. Home sweet […]

Brilliant Barca fend off Real to clinch title number twenty

Brilliant Barca fend off Real to clinch title number twenty

Barcelona 4 Valladolid 0 If Barcelona and Real Madrid are seen as two well-oiled machines at full pelt, one nosing ahead of the other, then events on the final Saturday of La Liga almost resembled Wacky Races in comparison. At the foot of the table, it’s more like Countdown as the Segunda Division prepares to welcome […]

Sevilla's late show leaves Mallorca all at sea

Sevilla’s late show leaves Mallorca all at sea

Almeria 2 Sevilla 3 The big question in La Liga on Saturday night was simple. Who would be heading for the Champions League? Would it be Sevilla, who travelled to Almeria, or Mallorca, at home to Espanyol, that clinched that crucial fourth place? With less than a minute of the season to go, it was […]

A reflection on La Selección

A reflection on La Selección

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday announced his provisional 30-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup. In case you missed it, here it is: Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Diego Lopez, Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes Defenders: Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa, Cesar Azpilicueta, Joan Capdevila, Carlos Marchena, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos Midfielders: Xabi […]

Edgy Barcelona on the edge of glory

Edgy Barcelona on the edge of glory

Sevilla 2 Barcelona 3 Pep Guardiola’s first failure to win a competition as Barcelona coach arrived well over a year after taking charge at the Camp Nou. It came at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. That night, Manolo Jimenez’s men were completely outplayed by a rampant Barca and suffered a 1-0 defeat but advanced […]