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  1. Time will tell if Luis Enrique is right for Barcelona

    Graham Hunter

    To my eye, Luis Enrique has always reminded me of Roy Keane. Facially and physically they are similar and when the Spaniard was in full flow, bursting forward from midfield to make a tackle, make a goal or tuck the ball away himself, there was a simi...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  2. Atletico's dreams come true at Camp Nou

    Graham Hunter

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Little wonder that the Camp Nou applauded at the end. Not every last man, woman and child -- that would be nirvana, which, in football, doesn't exist -- but large swaths of fans identifiably, kitted out either in Barca's blaug...

    Blog | May 17, 2014
  3. Barca and Atletico are both worthy of winning La Liga

    Graham Hunter

    They say that by the end of the season, the league table never lies. But in Spain it appears as if it might be about to be guilty of a wee fib. My guess is that should Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid on Saturday afternoon at the Camp Nou, there wil...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  4. Notion that Messi has had a bad season is rubbish

    Graham Hunter

    If there's an urge to pose the question: "What's up with Leo Messi?" then it might be pertinent, first, to self-examine: "What on earth is up with us?" Even though he still stands to win his fifth Spanish title in six years, there's a widespread a...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  5. Alves incident must generate anti-racism momentum

    Graham Hunter

    I would never go so far as to say that the racist cretin who tried to humiliate Dani Alves on Sunday night has ended up doing something positive. However, there is the tantalizing thought that part of the punishment may be realizing that it was the o...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  6. Tito Vilanova: A good man, gone too soon

    Graham Hunter

    Memories of Tito Vilanova, the former Barcelona manager, who died on Friday at the age of 45. If I close my eyes and pause for a minute then it's just a day ago, perhaps two, that I was explaining to our readers just who Tito Vilanova was, why he...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  7. Bale proves which Spanish club got the better mega-deal

    Graham Hunter

    The seeds of this Real Madrid Copa victory, this bitter Barcelona Copa defeat, were sown in 2003. They really were. That's when a chain of events began that opened up the possibility of a "Cain and Abel" relationship-freeze between Florentino Pere...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  8. Clasico final could have far-reaching implications

    Graham Hunter

    Good luck, in particular, to those Barcelona players whose careers are either at or coming to an end and, as always, may the better team win. But I can't deny the impression that it would be the more positive result were Real Madrid to win Wednesd...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  9. Atleti exultant as Barca compromise their style

    Graham Hunter

    The first name which flitted into my mind when Howard Webb blew the final whistle was that of Luis Aragones. His death earlier this year robbed Atletico Madrid of the man who was, arguably, their all-time legend. On Wednesday night his old club...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  10. Burning Questions about Barca's impending ban

    Graham Hunter

    So far, the whole Barcelona ban episode has taught us almost as much about the football news machine as it has about FIFA's Article 19 (Protection of Minors) in the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. When this bomb dropped last Th...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  11. Barca-Atletico a great advert for football

    Graham Hunter

    BARCELONA, Spain -- The day before Tuesday's match, Dani Alves joked that Luis Figo kept selecting the "hot" capsule from the hat when the draw was made, because having paired Barcelona with Bayern Munich last season, here was another of what Alves r...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  12. La Liga's race for fourth heats up

    Graham Hunter

    Over the years, Hollywood and television have sold us the image that the only ways to deal with high pressure are through suave nonchalance (James Bond, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, "North By Northwest" or "The Sting") or testosterone-fuelled ...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  13. Food for thought after a fabulous Clasico clash

    Graham Hunter

    If you watched it, you'll never forget it. Ninety minutes seared on your consciousness, the memory of which will keep you warm on cold nights and bring colour to a month of humdrum days. Unless you wear one of these two club's colours, let's s...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  14. Homegrown stars to the fore in this clasico

    Graham Hunter

    For Real Madrid, this has been a week where any tension over the clasico has been defused by a huge outpouring of sympathy and support for Jese, their home-bred tyro whose damaged ligaments will rob him of the next nine months. Spain is a very di...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  15. Look out, Messi, Ronaldo is the real record breaker

    Graham Hunter

    Having, legitimately enough, made a bit of a production about Lionel Messi breaking Barcelona's all-time scoring record at the weekend, it is, naturally enough, Cristiano Ronaldo's turn. I'd like to subjugate the record he did achieve against Scha...

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  16. From humble beginnings, Messi makes history... again

    Graham Hunter

    I must admit I consider myself very fortunate to have been present for Lionel Messi's first Barcelona goal. Both of them. Please forgive the grammar; it's not really an error. Back on May 1, 2005, in a game vs. Albacete, the world got a taste ...

    Blog | March 16, 2014