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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Atletico, Real offer high entertainment despite high stakes

    Graham Hunter

    It was hot and it was hectic. Real Madrid's "net" feeling will be that to win in midweek, making sure of Champions League progression, and then come here to trail 2-1 at halftime but get out with a draw isn't too disastrous. As for Atletico? There...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  5. Despite poor record in Germany, Real well placed for UCL run

    Graham Hunter

    It's only February, but of the 16 teams left in the Champions League, it's already apparent that only three can legitimately still dream of winning the fabled treble that Bayern Munich are defending this year. Arsenal and Manchester City are (math...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  6. Irrepressible Ronaldo reaches new levels of brilliance

    Graham Hunter

    After a vote of ESPN FC's editorial team and readers, Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of our "2013 belonged to..." award. The Portuguese superstar has enjoyed astonishing individual success for club and country over the last 12 months, the highli...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  7. UCL draw tricky, kind, fun for Spain's elite

    Graham Hunter

    We are all capable of a little slip of the tongue, particularly under pressure, so no harm and no foul to UEFA's Gianni Infantino. During the draw for the Champions League knockout round, he credited Real Madrid with 10 titles in this competition bef...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  8. Confusion, secrecy, chaos will ruin Ballon d'Or

    Graham Hunter

    Of course, as soon as the news filtered out, broken first to my knowledge by Spain's France Football correspondent, Francesc Aguilar of El Mundo Deportivo, the conspiracy theories erupted. And that was the benign part. There followed incredulity, ...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  9. Barcelona too good for Real Madrid in the Clasico

    Graham Hunter

    BARCELONA -- They do say fortune favours the brave. They do... don't they? Well, don't go asking Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti for confirmation. You may get a slap. As he heads back to Madrid, having lost his first Clasico as Real Madrid man...

    Blog | October 26, 2013
  10. Carlo Ancelotti hopes to turn around poor fortunes vs. Barcelona

    Graham Hunter

    It isn't just because of the no-smoking rule at the Camp Nou that Carlo Ancelotti's relationship with FC Barcelona, as both a player and a coach, can be characterized as a tale of close but no cigar. The Italian, who will coach in his first Clasi...

    Blog | October 24, 2013
  11. A very Real dilemma in Madrid

    Graham Hunter

    All the ingredients are there for a crisis -- or at least the Real Madrid version of one. They lash out the most money on signing a player in the history of football and by mid-October Gareth Bale will have spent far more time injured than playing. T...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  12. Referee fallout and analyzing Madrid's Dark Knights

    Graham Hunter

    In the half-hour after Real Madrid won at Elche (near the seaside town of Alicante) on Wednesday night, Spain's national police received about 120 reports of a robbery having taken place. "We'd just like to make it clear we are in the business of ...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  13. Barca's style evolution could prove costly

    Graham Hunter

    It's quite natural that the first competitive meeting between FC Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam has led to a great deal of rose-tinted, retrospective writing and broadcasting. After all, the two most intoxicating periods of football in the Catalan c...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  14. Real Madrid must take the responsibility to develop Gareth Bale's...

    Graham Hunter

    The last time Real Madrid broke the world transfer record and hosted a "galactic" event at the Santiago Bernabeu it didn't go without its glitches either. Cristiano Ronaldo was the subject of adulation back then, after a courtship that lasted even...

    Blog | September 03, 2013
  15. 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
  16. 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