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  1. The La Roja case for Raul Garcia, San Iker and Barca's defence

    Graham Hunter

    If you take a glance at the superfluity of world class midfielders upon whom Spain can already call, then it's barely credible that one more candidate to make the plane to Brazil with the world champions has emerged. But that's what has happened a...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  2. Next stop on Villarreal's road to recovery: Camp Nou

    Graham Hunter

    When Villarreal jog out to face Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday night, Real Madrid and Atletico will be looking at them with a silent prayer that they take points from the Spanish champions. Sevilla and Valencia, meanwhile, will simply be lo...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  3. Adios to a tortured Temporada

    Graham Hunter

    Goodbye to Temporada 2012-13 in Spain -- a season of loss, pain, grief and, regularly enough to give us our fix, some quality football breaking through the dark clouds. It began with the immensely sad deaths of young Betis defender Miki Roque and ...

    Blog | June 01, 2013
  4. Plucky Levante caught in ugly investigation

    Graham Hunter

    Just a few short months ago I was standing a few hundred metres away from where Levante plays: the Ciutat de Valencia stadium. Juan Francisco Garcia -- or Juanfran, to use his working name -- was showing me the three-minute sprint he used to have ...

    Blog | May 14, 2013
  5. Barcelona's wide revolution

    Graham Hunter

    Part of the fun of watching FC Barcelona over the last four and a half years has been watching them tinkering with the norms of football tactics and formations. For their fans, and for neutrals who simply enjoy watching individual or group display...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  6. Five Spanish stories for 2013

    Graham Hunter

    New year, new challenges. The football will be exquisite, and there's a good chance that more European trophies will reside in Spain come May. But what will be the key storylines in 2013? Here are five. Not necessarily the top five, but a handful tha...

    Blog | January 03, 2013
  7. Beware the ghosts of Champions League past

    Graham Hunter

    This week, there are a lot of ghosts of seasons past for Spanish clubs and Spaniards in the Champions League. Perhaps the most distressing phantom is for Valencia's manager Mauricio Pellegrino, given Bayern Munich's visit to the Mestalla. Los Che ...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  8. It's about the trophies, stupid

    Graham Hunter

    A famous Manhattan resident, Josep Guardiola i Sala, always used to claim that "praise makes you weak." If he is right, then FC Barcelona need to be very careful to turn a deaf ear to sugary words and attempt to avoid even a glimpse of the Catala...

    Blog | November 14, 2012
  9. Graham Hunter -- Why Valencia deserves your respect -- Pep Guardi...

    Graham Hunter

    Roberto Soldado and Valencia have punched above their weight in La Liga, despite the club's financial hardships, yet their fans have turned on them, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | April 11, 2012
  10. Don't listen to the sheep on Fernando Torres -- Graham Hunter

    Graham Hunter

    Fernando Torres is playing well enough -- especially with international teammate Juan Mata -- to warrant inclusion in Spain's Euro 2012 squad, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | February 07, 2012
  11. Fernando Torres' career for Spain is in jeopardy -- Plus, Pep Gua...

    Graham Hunter

    As Fernando Torres continues his epic struggles in front of goal, his rivals -- notably Roberto Soldado -- threaten to usurp his place on Spain's squad at Euro 2012, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | November 30, 2011
  12. Power shift between Barcelona and Real Madrid is underway -- Grah...

    Graham Hunter

    With the international break upon us, La Liga has reached a crucial turning point. So let's draw five conclusions in a season in which a power shift might be about to take place, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | November 09, 2011
  13. Adil Rami, or "Shrek," represents Valencia's future -- plus stand...

    Graham Hunter

    Valencia has had to sell off its best players year after year, but the debt-ridden club does have a gem in Adil "Shrek" Rami, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | October 04, 2011
  14. Soccer: La Liga's proposed strike will not solve Spain's bigger p...

    Graham Hunter

    While a judge ruled that La Liga teams can not legally strike over TV rights this weekend, the financial problems within Spanish football run deeper than the issue being debated, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | March 29, 2011
  15. Soccer: La Liga looking to spread the wealth

    Graham Hunter

    In La Liga, it's Barcelona and Real Madrid -- and everyone else. But a proposed collective bargaining agreement could help spread the wealth, Graham Hunter writes.

    Story | Conversation | October 13, 2010
  16. Soccer: 5 things we've learned about La Liga

    Graham Hunter

    Valencia on top of the league, Real Madrid misfiring, Lionel Messi brilliant when not being kicked, and the underdogs showing snarling teeth: It's only Week 5 but already we've learned a thing or two about La Liga this season, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | September 28, 2010