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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Lowered standards push Barcelona to the brink

    Graham Hunter

    Anyone who has taken any kind of evangelical joy from the quality of football which FC Barcelona have been playing since autumn 2008 will have been distressed, perhaps traumatized, by what they watched on Saturday. The fact the Spanish champions l...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  5. Diego Costa transition key to Spain's World Cup fortunes

    Graham Hunter

    There will certainly be some who don't wish Diego Costa well against Italy on Wednesday night. To some he's a traitor; to others, one of those players whose behaviour sullies football. I take a wholly different stance: The Brazilian-turned-Spania...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  6. Barcelona show patience on the road to victory

    Graham Hunter

    MANCHESTER -- They call it "pausa" in Spanish football. It is that magical, quiet moment when frantic play seems to stand still and a footballer of brains, distinction, creativity or class does something special. A pass, a dribble, a twist, a turn...

    Blog | February 18, 2014
  7. 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
  8. The La Roja case for Raul Garcia, San Iker and Barca's defence

    Graham Hunter

    If you take a glance at the superfluity of world class midfielders upon whom Spain can already call, then it's barely credible that one more candidate to make the plane to Brazil with the world champions has emerged. But that's what has happened a...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  9. Rosell out, Bartomeu in: Barcelona's new era begins

    Graham Hunter

    At face value, it has been an inglorious few days for Football Club Barcelona. The sound of the revolving door in the president's office. The need to publicly open up the entire transfer transaction which brought Neymar to the Camp Nou from Santos...

    Blog | January 29, 2014
  10. The eerie parallels between Pep, Xavi and Cesc

    Graham Hunter

    It's funny how the passage of time can not only dull the memory but utterly "erase" things that actually happened. Although he disagrees with me and repeatedly claims that Andres Iniesta is already his better, I honestly believe that Xavi Hernande...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  11. 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
  12. How Iniesta almost missed the World Cup

    Graham Hunter

    The following is an extract from Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja's Historic Treble, available to buy on Friday, Nov. 15. As Captain Guillermo Gomez-Paratcha got Spain's Airbus 340/600 airborne, destination Johannesburg and the 2010 World Cup, Andr...

    Blog | November 15, 2013
  13. Latest injury a turning point moment for Messi

    Graham Hunter

    I think it's a bit sad that Lionel Messi and Sir David Brailsford are probably not going to work together at any time in their professional careers. But not much sadder than the fact that we are unlikely to see the Argentinian genius playing football...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  14. Costa to Spain one of football's biggest, best stories

    Graham Hunter

    Pele has taken sides, Big Phil Scolari has his knickers in a twist about it and Vicente Del Bosque has admitted that he feels somewhat "obliged" on the matter. Meanwhile, the Fernandos (Llorente and Torres) deserve to have their noses out of join...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  15. Lou Reed and Barcelona's rock'n'roll football

    Graham Hunter

    Lou Reed shared the same interest in the promotion of Tibetan civilisation and culture as Carles Puyol. Gerard Pique is one of those footballers who knows his alternative music culture inside out and Victor Valdes is a real connoisseur of the North A...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  16. Breaking down Spain: Goals, goals, goals

    Graham Hunter

    Goals, Part I: Spain may be underrated This week, it's all about goals. It always should be, you might argue. "A game without goals is like a Sunday without sunshine" is one of the most well-known phrases attributed to Alfredo Di Stefano. A cute o...

    Blog | October 15, 2013