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Euro thriller against Croatia highlights Spain’s need for goals

Spain's players celebrate.

Spain has qualified top of its group for the quarterfinals of the European football championship, but if the team wants to defend its crown it’s going to need more firepower up front.

June 19th, 2012 | Posted in Spain News, Sports | Read More »

Hands up if you find Barça’s beautiful game boring

FC Barcelona: too much tiki-taka?

They may be Spanish and European champions, but whisper it: Pep Guardiola’s team can run the risk of leaving us indifferent.

September 16th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog, Spain News | 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 »

Farewell to football’s crunching tackle?

Nigel de Jong gives Xabi Alonso the Dutch treatment in the World Cup final. Photo: fifa.com.

With referees punishing defenders more than they used to and cynical strikers using the tactic of play-acting, life is hard for soccer’s big tacklers.

November 16th, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Spain equipped for football immortality

Vicente del Bosque’s team have the weapons to be crowned world champions. But a tricky World Cup draw stands between them and a place in the history books.

June 10th, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Guardiola’s masterwork is based on Cruyff’s art

When Barcelona brushed aside Real Madrid, it confirmed the Catalan team’s brilliance under coach Pep Guardiola and the enduring power of “Cruyffism”.

April 13th, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

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