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  1. Clasico final could have far-reaching implications

    Graham Hunter

    Good luck, in particular, to those Barcelona players whose careers are either at or coming to an end and, as always, may the better team win. But I can't deny the impression that it would be the more positive result were Real Madrid to win Wednesd...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  2. Atleti exultant as Barca compromise their style

    Graham Hunter

    The first name which flitted into my mind when Howard Webb blew the final whistle was that of Luis Aragones. His death earlier this year robbed Atletico Madrid of the man who was, arguably, their all-time legend. On Wednesday night his old club...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  3. Food for thought after a fabulous Clasico clash

    Graham Hunter

    If you watched it, you'll never forget it. Ninety minutes seared on your consciousness, the memory of which will keep you warm on cold nights and bring colour to a month of humdrum days. Unless you wear one of these two club's colours, let's s...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  4. Look out, Messi, Ronaldo is the real record breaker

    Graham Hunter

    Having, legitimately enough, made a bit of a production about Lionel Messi breaking Barcelona's all-time scoring record at the weekend, it is, naturally enough, Cristiano Ronaldo's turn. I'd like to subjugate the record he did achieve against Scha...

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  5. From humble beginnings, Messi makes history... again

    Graham Hunter

    I must admit I consider myself very fortunate to have been present for Lionel Messi's first Barcelona goal. Both of them. Please forgive the grammar; it's not really an error. Back on May 1, 2005, in a game vs. Albacete, the world got a taste ...

    Blog | March 16, 2014
  6. After weeks of struggle, Barcelona get it right

    Graham Hunter

    BARCELONA -- So, there will be three Spanish teams in the Champions League quarterfinals once again. Broadly, that's a litmus test of quality, but not a guarantee that any of them will contest the final in Lisbon. This candidate, the club which ha...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Atletico's UCL challenge, Jese's rise, Messi vs. Man City

    Graham Hunter

    In the San Siro in midweek there won't be just fans of AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, but surely some Inter Milan die-hards who've sneaked in and dared to dream. Dream that one day, soon, one of their heroes will return to drag them out of the mire. D...

    Blog | February 18, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Title race set to tighten after Calderon draw

    Graham Hunter

    MADRID -- "Who remembers the winter champions?" Tata Martino asked journalists after this match finished 0-0. "I'd prefer to be the summer champions: That's just a little bit more interesting." If the Argentinian's sincere and articulate postgame ...

    Blog | January 11, 2014
  12. Irrepressible Ronaldo reaches new levels of brilliance

    Graham Hunter

    After a vote of ESPN FC's editorial team and readers, Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of our "2013 belonged to..." award. The Portuguese superstar has enjoyed astonishing individual success for club and country over the last 12 months, the highli...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  13. As times change at Barcelona, should the formation?

    Graham Hunter

    Johan Cruyff, the architect of it all, is fiercely disliked by the Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, and has announced that he will not return to the Camp Nou while Rosell is in charge. Pep Guardiola, the Crown Prince of Cruyffism, came, won and...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Barcelona too good for Real Madrid in the Clasico

    Graham Hunter

    BARCELONA -- They do say fortune favours the brave. They do... don't they? Well, don't go asking Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti for confirmation. You may get a slap. As he heads back to Madrid, having lost his first Clasico as Real Madrid man...

    Blog | October 26, 2013