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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. La Liga: Big boys' burden, as Barcelona stutter, Atletico lose

    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 t...

    Blog | October 20, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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 18, 2013
  9. 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
  10. Greatest Managers, No. 5: Helenio Herrera

    Phil Ball

    Greatest managers

    Story | Conversation | August 08, 2013
  11. Ball: Mourinho walks his dog (again)

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball reflects on the La Liga season after Barcelona were finally crowned champions after Real Madrid were beaten.

    Story | Conversation | May 13, 2013
  12. Ball: Changing of the guard?

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball wonders if it is too soon to write off Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League.

    Story | Conversation | April 29, 2013
  13. Ball: Clasico conclusions

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball considers the repercussions of Real Madrid's Clasico wins and reflects on a six-goal thriller between Betis and Sociedad.

    Story | Conversation | March 04, 2013
  14. Ball: Camp Nou rehearsal

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball visits a snow-dusted Camp Nou as preparations heat up for Barcelona's meeting with Real Madrid.

    Story | Conversation | February 25, 2013
  15. Phil Ball: Madrid looking for Bale out

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball explains why Gareth Bale is more suited to Real Madrid than Barcelona and how he might be the tonic they need.

    Story | Conversation | February 18, 2013
  16. Phil Ball: Bang the drums

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball reflects on an eventful week for Barcelona , which started with Guardiola announcing a future in Germany and ended with defeat.

    Story | Conversation | January 21, 2013