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Rob is a writer and editor who has lived and worked in Spain for several years. A contributor to the El Pais English edition, he specialises in sport and writes a football blog for ESPN.

Why Spain are still the team to fear

David Silva has only appeared occasionally for Spain recently, despite his scintillating form.

The football world champions look likely to head to next year’s European Championship as favourites. An enviable talent pool and Vicente del Bosque’s cunning use of it mean Spain can confidently aim for a third major title in a row.

October 14th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Spain News, Sports | Read More »

Real Madrid’s ‘señor’ status at play as Mourinho takes control

Best of enemies: Mourinho (left) and Valdano.

In just one year, José Mourinho has secured the departure of Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano and increased his control over the club enormously. But in handing the Portuguese so much power, Real Madrid is taking a big gamble.

June 14th, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Djokovic the joker gets serious about number 1

Djokovic (left) and Nadal could provide this season's big rivalry. Photo: mbevis (flickr).

This year’s tennis clay court season should see Novak Djokovic muscle in on the Nadal-Federer rivalry. The Serb has been in superb form so far this year and the Spanish world number one will have to work hard to stop him stealing the top spot.

April 11th, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Torres’ patchy form hints at world champions’ decline

Is Chelsea's Torres now surplus to the requirements of Spain?

This may be the best Spanish team the world has seen, but it is struggling to live up to the heights of its European Championship-winning performances in 2008. The team needs new options and Fernando Llorente might be one man who can provide them.

March 30th, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Athletic Bilbao’s local lions belie football’s global trend

Basque pride: Athletic Bilbao have never been relegated. Photo: n.macca

An old-fashioned locals-only selection policy should be suicide for a modern top-tier team. But Basque side Athletic continue to punch above their weight and compete with wealthier clubs.

March 8th, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Contador in the clear, but under a cloud

Contador may have just scored his most significant victory.

The world’s top road cyclist has avoided receiving a lengthy ban for doping from the Spanish federation. But Spain is likely to face increased scrutiny from anti-doping authorities, who fear the country is going too far in protecting its athletes.

February 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

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