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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. Steep learning curve evident for Real Sociedad

    Phil Ball

    SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain -- The headline writers will see this game as a frustrating one for Manchester United, since a win would have pretty much sealed their passage to the next round, but in truth the game was more frustrating for Real Sociedad. The d...

    Blog | November 05, 2013
  4. Draw with United shows Sociedad have much to learn

    Phil Ball

    SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain -- The headline writers will see this game as a frustrating one for Manchester United, since a win would have pretty much sealed their passage to the next round, but in truth the game was more frustrating for Real Sociedad. The d...

    Blog | November 05, 2013
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  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Top Tenner: Clasico classics - best Barcelona-Real Madrid battles...

    Nick Miller

    Top Tenner picks out a selection of classic on and off-pitch battles between Real Madrid and Barcelona. 10 - Barca 3-2 Madrid (Spanish Supercopa second-leg, 2011) In his book Morbo, Spanish football expert Phil Ball describes Clasicos as less foot...

    Blog | October 25, 2013
  12. Top Tenner: Clasico classics - best Barcelona-Real Madrid battles...

    Nick Miller

    Top Tenner picks out a selection of classic on and off-pitch battles between Real Madrid and Barcelona. 10 - Barca 3-2 Madrid (Spanish Supercopa second-leg, 2011) In his book Morbo, Spanish football expert Phil Ball describes Clasicos as less foot...

    Blog | October 25, 2013
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Phil Ball - Spain's ascent a template for England

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball: The template for attractive, successful football teams has been created by bravery in Spain. Is England willing to follow?

    Story | Conversation | October 10, 2013
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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