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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Third-place pretensions

    Phil Ball

    You could call Diego Simeone many things, but "subtle" probably wouldn't be one of them. Or as a friend of mine once said, "About as subtle as an air raid." Given these incontrovertible facts, Simeone the player and Simeone the manager have plenty in...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Phil Ball: Animus intactus

    Phil Ball

    Time for Spain's winter break, and that of Phil Ball too, as he considers La Liga's state of play.

    Story | Conversation | December 19, 2011
  14. Phil Ball: That La Liga stuff

    Phil Ball

    A bright-eyed Phil Ball is back with his weekly analysis of all the action from La Liga.

    Story | Conversation | August 30, 2010
  15. Home and Away

    Phil Ball

    Why is Deportivo la Coruna's home record so bad? Phil Ball dissects the Galicians.

    Story | Conversation | March 20, 2006