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David Bevan
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Pep turns to Pedro to take Barca towards the title

by David Bevan

Barcelona 4 Tenerife 1 Back in the summer of 1987, a baby boy was born in Tenerife and named by his parents as Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma. Nearly twenty-three years later, at the beginning of a crucial forty five minutes of football, he strode onto the pitch at the historic Camp Nou charged with providing the […]

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides equalizing goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Osasuna at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 2, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. 2

Masoud misses chance to make Madrid miserable

by David Bevan

Halfway through an intriguing second half, with the scoreline standing at an unlikely two apiece between Real Madrid and their humble visitors Osasuna, Iker Casillas suddenly found himself confronted by two red shirts. Krisztian Vadocz, scorer of the third goal of the night, was wearing one and the Iranian international Masoud Shojaei was wearing the […]

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Finalists Atletico at last make a case for the defence

by David Bevan

Liverpool 2 Atletico Madrid 1 (2-2 on agg, Atletico Madrid win on away goals) Quique Sanchez Flores is used to succeeding Rafael Benitez. He succeeded Benitez as a coach in the Real Madrid youth setup. He succeeded Benitez in the home dugout at the Mestalla. Finally, he succeeded at Benitez’s expense and steered Atletico Madrid […]

Coach Jose Mourinho of Inter Milan follows his players backdropped by coach Josep Guardiola of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League group F match between FC Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Camp Nou Stadium on November 24, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won the match 2-0. 1

Inter will prove a Real test for Bernabeu-focused Barca

by David Bevan

One single word dominates the countdown to tonight’s Champions League Semi Final second leg between Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Camp Nou – remuntada. It is the Catalan word for “comeback” and it is being repeated ad nauseum by Barca fans across the globe. To miss out on retaining the most prized trophy in […]

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Nervy times for Los Nervionenses as Getafe keep their cool

by David Bevan

Getafe 4 Sevilla 3 Barcelona are desperate to retain their league title. Real Madrid are desperate to steal it. Mallorca are desperate to qualify for the Champions League and Xerez are desperate to scramble clear of relegation. The majority of the other sixteen teams in La Liga don’t appear overly desperate to achieve anything this […]

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Guardiola’s trust in youth inspires the next generation

by David Bevan

Some names for you: Pinto, Dalmau, Adriano, Muniesa, Espasandin, Rueda, Keita, Jonathan, Jeffren, Rochina, Oriol. Seydou Keita is arguably the least flashy member of the current Barcelona first team lineup, operating largely in the background as his more prominent team-mates take centre stage, but his name positively leaps out of those listed above. You might […]

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Rampant Real back on track at the Bernabeu

by David Bevan

Seventy-two minutes have passed at the Santiago Bernabeu. A largely listless third-placed Valencia side are struggling to show their attacking class, with the much sought-after David Villa cutting a frustrated figure having been well marshalled by his former team-mate Raul Albiol. Real, leading through a well-taken but poorly defended first half goal from Gonzalo Higuain, […]