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Future looks bright for ambitious and deep-pocketed Malaga

June 6, 2011

In our latest post on Spanish soccer, Iain Rogers in Madrid looks at Qatari Sheikh Abdullah al Thani’s ambitious plans for Andalusian club Malaga and an impressive victory for Spain over United States that underlined the world champions’ strength in depth. 

Grondona faces trouble at home

June 2, 2011

By Rex Gowar
River Plate’s dire relegation situation is the principal talk of Argentina’s TV soccer chat shows, a bigger story than the crisis at FIFA where Julio Grondona, in power since 1979 and fending off corruption allegations, said he will seek yet another term in office as president of the Argentine FA.

Xavi’s Wembley tears turn to triumph

May 30, 2011

In our latest post on Spanish soccer, Iain Rogers in Madrid muses on the brilliance of the peerless Xavi and Real Madrid’s decision to hand more power to coach Jose Mourinho at the expense of sacked director general Jorge Valdano. 

Hasta luego Depor

May 25, 2011

In our latest post on Spanish soccer, Mark Elkington in Madrid looks at the dramatic final day of La Liga action, which saw once-mighty Deportivo Coruna relegated. Rayo Vallecano were promoted, meaning there will be four clubs from the capital in the top flight next season for the first time.

Clash of egos at River Plate

May 24, 2011

River Plate’s former goalkeeping great Ubaldo Fillol, a World Cup-winner with Argentina in 1978, has resigned as their first-team keeping coach after what he felt as a lack of respect shown by Juan Pablo Carrizo on Sunday.

Soccer Break Friday – Time to say goodbye

May 20, 2011

Blackburn Rovers. Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wigan Athletic. Blackpool. Birmingham City. Five teams, two must go. Who will it be?

River Plate enraged more than ever by Boca defeat

May 19, 2011

It is hard to recall a time when River Plate have been more enraged by a defeat to their bitter enemies Boca Juniors than now.

Soccer Break Thursday – Power to Portugal

May 19, 2011

It was no classic but Porto cemented themselves as one of Europe’s top sides on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over compatriots Braga in the Europa League final in Dublin, surely the start of better days for the Portuguese game.

Soccer Break Wednesday – Will you watch the Europa League final?

May 18, 2011

Will you be watching the Europa League final later on Wednesday? Do you even know who is in the final? Does it annoy you that such a tough competition gets undervalued because of the unstoppable rise in popularity of the Champions League?