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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Time for Spanish football to take a stand against racism

    Graham Hunter

    It's not a simple job to try to explain the part horror story, part dark comedy at Racing Santander football club over the past three years, but suffice to say, it is the living nightmare of every single supporter across the planet. In 2011 the cl...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  5. Argentine Di Maria settles fiery 'Brazilian' Copa clash

    Graham Hunter

    MADRID -- Graham Hunter was on hand at the Bernabeu as two own goals and a Jese strike gave Real Madrid a comprehensive 3-0 victory over crosstown rival Atletico in their Copa del Rey semi-final, first leg. Played in the Spanish capital between th...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  6. Hunter: Mercurial Di Maria settles fiery 'Brazilian' Copa clash

    Graham Hunter

    MADRID -- Graham Hunter was on hand at the Bernabeu as two own goals and a Jese strike gave Real Madrid a comprehensive 3-0 victory over crosstown rival Atletico in their Copa del Rey semi-final, first leg. Played in the Spanish capital between the ...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  7. Adios to a tortured Temporada

    Graham Hunter

    Goodbye to Temporada 2012-13 in Spain -- a season of loss, pain, grief and, regularly enough to give us our fix, some quality football breaking through the dark clouds. It began with the immensely sad deaths of young Betis defender Miki Roque and ...

    Blog | June 01, 2013
  8. Atletico grit trumps pouty Madrid in Copa final

    Graham Hunter

    The only thing which will be quivering more than the woodwork at the Bernabeu will be Jose Mourinho with indignation. For a bad loser at the best of times, this defeat, Real Madrid's first to Atletico Madrid in 14 years, means that if he leaves th...

    Blog | May 17, 2013
  9. Fear of derby despair driving Atletico in Copa final

    Graham Hunter

    It has been about a century, perhaps two, since Atletico beat Real Madrid; the Copa del Rey final is in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium; and the bookmakers don't give a fig for Los Colchoneros' chances of victory Friday evening -- but it was Jose Mouri...

    Blog | May 16, 2013
  10. Fear of derby despair driving Atletico in Copa final

    Graham Hunter

    It has been about a century, perhaps two, since Atletico beat Real Madrid; the Copa del Rey final is in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium; and the bookmakers don't give a fig for Los Colchoneros' chances of victory Friday evening -- but it was Jose Mouri...

    Blog | May 16, 2013
  11. Real Madrid dominate Barcelona to reach King's Cup final

    Graham Hunter

    BARCELONA -- There was a myriad of sights and sounds to take away from this thumping Real Madrid 3-1 (4-2) Copa del Rey semifinal victory over Barcelona. So late at night are some of Spain's games, so great are the geographical distances between cit...

    Blog | February 26, 2013
  12. If Mourinho's leaving, let the Copa be a coup de grace

    Graham Hunter

    Times have been so turbulent at the home of the Spanish champions of late that only the foolhardy would say "definitely," but there is sufficient indication that Spain may be about to see its final Camp Nou Clasico with Jose Mourinho in charge of Rea...

    Blog | February 25, 2013
  13. A festival of football in Madrid

    Graham Hunter

    This was sublime. Football at its purest, its quickest, its most relentless -- thrilling enough that if anyone had watched this sport we love for the first time tonight then they'd be hooked for life. Craving more. When so many of the world-renown...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  14. La Liga -- Jose Mendilibar is bedrock of Spanish football -- Grah...

    Graham Hunter

    Jose Luis Mendilibar might be a journeyman in La Liga, but when it comes to developing talent, the Osasuna manager is in a class of his own.

    Story | Conversation | February 14, 2012
  15. Don't listen to the sheep on Fernando Torres -- Graham Hunter

    Graham Hunter

    Fernando Torres is playing well enough -- especially with international teammate Juan Mata -- to warrant inclusion in Spain's Euro 2012 squad, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | February 07, 2012
  16. Real Madrid rallies, but Barcelona wins and reaches Copa del Rey ...

    Graham Hunter

    Barcelona staked a 2-0 lead in the first half, but Real fought back to even the score at 2-2. It wasn't enough, however, as Barca reached the King's Cup semifinals, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | January 25, 2012