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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 18, 2013
  11. 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
  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. Greatest Managers, No. 11: Vicente del Bosque

    Phil Ball

    Greatest managers

    Story | Conversation | August 06, 2013
  14. Ball - The secrets of motivation

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball considers the issue of motivation, with particular focus on Jose Mourinho's failure with Real Madrid.

    Story | Conversation | May 20, 2013
  15. Ball: Mourinho walks his dog (again)

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball reflects on the La Liga season after Barcelona were finally crowned champions after Real Madrid were beaten.

    Story | Conversation | May 13, 2013
  16. Ball: Changing of the guard?

    Phil Ball

    Phil Ball wonders if it is too soon to write off Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League.

    Story | Conversation | April 29, 2013