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Rubber bullet ban won’t solve Spain’s policing problem

Members of the Basque police force, the Ertzaintza, look on as demonstrators remember Iñigo Cabacas.

Recent street demonstrations – against the government, or to celebrate football games – have exposed the need for better relations between police and the Spaniards they are supposed to be protecting.

April 18th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

La Liga: The Diego Effect

Diego Simeone

“Whenever you put on a shirt like Atlético’s, there are no excuses,” announced the still relatively new coach Diego Simeone ahead of the game against city rivals Getafe. Never one to fail to produce inspiring rhetoric, it is Los Rojiblancos domestic form of late that is a little less awe-inspiring.

April 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Spain News, Sports | Read More »

La Liga: Spanish success

Athletic Bilbao's Oscar de Marcos

First Fernando Llorente’s sumptuous volley hit the back of net before Óscar de Marcos secured the win over the mighty Manchester United, crashing the ball home in the second half to send the San Mamés wild.

March 20th, 2012 | Posted in Spain News, Sports | Read More »

Athletic Bilbao returns to big-time with Manchester United tie

Fred Pentland brought English values to Bilbao's soccer team between the wars.

Can the Basque team’s ‘English Way’ overcome the champions of England?

March 7th, 2012 | Posted in Spain News, Sports | Read More »

Athletic Bilbao’s golden generation stands at the crossroads

Reasons to be cheerful: Athletic Bilbao currently look like the real deal.

The Basque football club, which holds a presidential election this week, is limited by its locals-only selection policy. But with a wealth of talent coming through the ranks, the future looks particularly bright right now.

July 4th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, 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 »

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