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  1. Derby days take centre stage in Spain

    Phil Ball

    I heard Michael Laudrup talking on the English TV on Saturday morning about the importance of the first Welsh derby he'd been involved in, between Cardiff and Swansea. It was the first time the teams had ever met in the Premier League, and Laudrup (a...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  2. Madrid experiment fails to blunt Barca

    Phil Ball

    It was an interesting weekend's action in La Liga, and not merely because of the season's first Clasico. However, I must admit that I like watching this fixture in different places, difficult as it is to get into the real thing. The trouble is, wit...

    Blog | October 28, 2013
  3. Big boys' burden

    Phil Ball

    The Spanish refer to the "FIFA virus" as a phenomenon that affects those bigger clubs whose international players return home from patriotic duty (as in last week) only to find themselves injured or too exhausted to perform adequately for their clubs...

    Blog | October 21, 2013
  4. Football possessed

    Phil Ball

    It's been an interesting week, with several European-based talking points, and it will be an interesting week to come, with a midweek league programme of fixtures to be played out over an extended series of days. I use the word 'interesting' with som...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  5. Spain's true colours

    Phil Ball

    The best thing about the early season games is the colour. There's something about the contrast of the lush green of August (as long as there hasn't been a drought) with the fat sun and the light-blue sky, mixed in with the colour combis of the two t...

    Blog | August 25, 2013
  6. Barcelona stroll, Real Madrid made to sweat

    Phil Ball

    Viva La Liga loca. At least I managed to get along to the opening game of the season, at 7 p.m. on a balmy Saturday night in Anoeta, but that didn't require much effort from me. All it took was a five-minute motorbike ride with my son and we were the...

    Blog | August 19, 2013
  7. Reasons to be cheerful?

    Phil Ball

    A summer without a Real Madrid spending fest wouldn't be the same somehow, but, so far, it has been Tottenham's Daniel Levy who has managed to prolong the agony for the Spanish club's hungry supporters, who are still feeling undernourished after a me...

    Blog | August 15, 2013
  8. Phil Ball: Media punta power

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball discusses how Spain is reaping the dividends of its media punta riches.

    Story | Conversation | October 17, 2011