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Five moments of Spanish glory captured in paint

November 11, 2011

Pressed to name the five key goals in the history of the Spanish national team, most soccer fans would easily be able to pick the two most recent.

Messi’s FIFA Ballon d’Or award is still a victory for team football

January 10, 2011

SOCCER-SPAIN/

It’s strange that when 2009 winner Lionel Messi was awarded the combined FIFA Ballon d’Or award on Monday there was shock in the Zurich auditorium and around the globe.

Ballon d’Or shortlist should give Premier League pause for thought

October 26, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/England performed well below expectation at the World Cup in South Africa and judging by the FIFA Ballon d’Or list announced on Tuesday the stock of the Premier League is not at its highest either.

‘Iniesta generation’ flooding Barcelona maternity wards

January 29, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/The first week of May 2009 was a rather good one for Barcelona fans and it seems like many of them celebrated in the time honoured fashion.

Time to revamp player awards

October 31, 2008

This week we had the nominations for FIFA world player of the year, discovered the winner of the FIFPro world player of the year and mulled the contenders for the Ballon d’Or.

Xavi’s understated brilliance deserves recognition

October 21, 2008

Spain celebrate

The shortlist for the Ballon d’Or got shorter this year, but there was still room for seven members of the Spain squad that restored a bit of faith in football at Euro 2008.