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  1. Season Review: Real Madrid

    Rob Train

    What was expected of Real this season? A new manager with a record of success, a new world record-breaking signing, and a squad assembled more expensively than a top Hollywood cast; Florentino Perez will have expected some form of silverware at least...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  2. Madrid run Bayern out of the ring

    Rob Train

    Finally. After 12 years, 11 managers and an outlay that could have bailed Spain out of its banking crisis several times over, Real Madrid is in the final of the Champions League. The Decima is a single game away. * Hunter: Real's way is pave...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  3. Will Real thrust Casemiro back on center stage?

    Rob Train

    No club manager enjoys an international fixture break, but Carlo Ancelotti has been dealt a particularly cruel blow in this latest round of FIFA knockabouts. While Cristiano Ronaldo, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric were desperatel...

    Blog | November 16, 2013
  4. Attack best form of defense for Real in Istanbul

    Rob Train

    There can be few greater comforts for a manager seeking a third consecutive Champions League semifinal than the simple truth Jose Mourinho is presented with in Istanbul: score, and through you go. That pretty much sums up the situation Real Madrid...

    Blog | April 09, 2013
  5. Mourinho goes window shopping in London

    Rob Train

    International breaks are a troubling time for any top-flight manager, with the concern that a star player might return from an away day in a far-flung corner of the globe on crutches very real indeed. - Mourinho keeping quiet on his future At ...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  6. Mt. Mourinho erupts again

    Rob Train

    Jose Mourinho is not a happy man. In an interview with Portuguese state radio on Tuesday, the Real Madrid coach essentially accused FIFA of rigging the vote for the Best Manager award at the 2012 Ballon d'Or. This is nothing new; when Barcelona e...

    Blog | March 19, 2013
  7. Fingertips in Bernabeu ensure nervous evening at Old Trafford

    Rob Train

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson predicted goals ahead of the Champions League clash between his side and that of his old Premier League sparring partner Jose Mourinho and goals there were, although not as many as might have been anticipat...

    Blog | February 13, 2013
  8. International breaks give Mourinho a headache

    Rob Train

    No club manager likes international breaks. Sir Alex Ferguson's pitched battle with national federations is the stuff of legend. Many was the occasion when the Manchester United medical staff would send a seemingly timely sick note to the relevant FA...

    Blog | October 17, 2012
  9. Attack Barca's best form of defence - expect a few goals

    Rob Train

    People have criticized Jose Mourinho for employing negative tactics against Barcelona in the past, which was hardly a surprising reaction to his first Clasico experience as manager of Real Madrid. It was November 29, 2010 and the biggest defeat of th...

    Blog | October 06, 2012
  10. La Liga could be Andre Villas-Boas' next stop -- Rob Train

    Rob Train

    Andre Villas-Boas might find his next coaching opportunity in La Liga, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | April 11, 2012
  11. La Liga -- Previewing the Madrid derby between Real and Atletico-...

    Rob Train

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho expects a tense battle with capital rival Atletico on Saturday, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | November 25, 2011
  12. Champions League -- the continued reinvention of Valencia -- socc...

    Rob Train

    Despite not having the war chest of its rivals and having to sell off its best players, Valencia continues to stay competitive, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | September 28, 2011
  13. Soccer: Manuel Pellegrini has betrayed La Liga fans

    Rob Train

    In admitting that he purposely fielded a weak team against Real Madrid on March 3 to save his A team for another match, Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has betrayed his craft -- and the fans, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | March 08, 2011
  14. Champions League: Arsenal can take advantage of Carles Puyol's ab...

    Rob Train

    Look for Arsenal to exploit the fact that Barcelona's on-field general, Carles Puyol, will not be available for their game, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | February 16, 2011
  15. La Liga: Second acts in Spain's La Liga

    Rob Train

    We look back at a few happy -- and not so happy -- sporting reunions in La Liga between club and manager, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | February 10, 2011
  16. Train: Why La Liga would benefit from foreign takeovers

    Rob Train

    La Liga has become a glorified Scottish Premier League -- a two-team race. Foreign input may prove to be the only recourse to restore Spain's league to a competition worthy of the name, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | January 25, 2011