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  1. Basement blues

    Phil Ball

    I was sitting in a windswept stand at a rural club in Alava on Saturday, over in the western part of the Basque Country. It was freezing, night was falling and my son was playing under the yellow glare of the floodlights. Behind the lower stand op...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  2. Bouncing back to La Liga

    Phil Ball

    I was sitting in a windswept stand at a rural club in Alava on Saturday, over in the western part of the Basque Country. It was freezing, night was falling and my son was playing under the yellow glare of the floodlights. Behind the lower stand oppo...

    Blog | November 10, 2013
  3. 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
  4. Phil Ball: It was derby time in Spain's La Liga this weekend.

    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 03, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 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 27, 2013
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. A Rayo of hope?

    Phil Ball

    As you trudge gamely up the gradual slope of Albuferas in the district of Vallecas, past chain shops, cheap shops, cell-phone accessory shops, boarded-up shops, gaming parlours, and dozens of small bars and cafes, you pick up that narrower sense of w...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  10. A Rayo of hope?

    Phil Ball

    As you trudge gamely up the gradual slope of Albuferas in the district of Vallecas, past chain shops, cheap shops, cell-phone accessory shops, boarded-up shops, gaming parlours, and dozens of small bars and cafes, you pick up that narrower sense of w...

    Blog | October 06, 2013
  11. Of mattresses and conspiracies

    Phil Ball

    It's a measure both of Real Madrid's present predicament and Atletico's position of strength that anything other than a mattress-maker win would have seemed like a shock. Atletico Madrid, in case you didn't know, are called "Los Colchoneros" ("the ma...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  12. Atletico celebrate a record-breaking start to the season.

    Phil Ball

    It's a measure both of Real Madrid's present predicament and Atletico's position of strength that anything other than a mattress-maker win would have seemed like a shock. Atletico Madrid, in case you didn't know, are called "Los Colchoneros&quot...

    Blog | September 29, 2013
  13. 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
  14. The omnipresence of modern football doesn't fans, writes Phil Bal...

    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 22, 2013
  15. Submarines versus Torpedoes

    Phil Ball

    Of the potential points of interest this weekend, the Villarreal versus Real Madrid game was an obvious place to look for what used to be called "journalistic interest." Nowadays that means making sure you're not doing anything else at 22:00 on a Sat...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  16. Phil Ball on a stuttering Real Madrid performance

    Phil Ball

    Of the potential points of interest this weekend, the Villarreal versus Real Madrid game was an obvious place to look for what used to be called "journalistic interest." Nowadays that means making sure you're not doing anything else at 22:0...

    Blog | September 15, 2013