The development of a footballer is a curious thing. Many a promising career has fizzled out into something highly unremarkable and the decline can often be painfully rapid. However for every case of unfulfilled promise, there are tales of slow starters who have gradually improved their game with age and experience and peaked a bit […]Read more "Thriving at 35 – Aritz Aduriz’s dream season"
The colourful Paco Jémez is approaching the end of his 4th season in charge of Rayo Vallecano. His ultra-attacking style has been branded foolish and naive in some quarters, particularly this season which has proved his toughest in charge of the Madrid club. However Jémez is the man responsible for guiding Rayo into their 5th […]Read more "Paco Jémez’s Rayo Vallecano – La Liga’s unlikely trailblazers"
Anyone born much later than 1990 and not from the Basque Country would be forgiven for not knowing much about Deportivo Alavés. Around the turn of the millennium though they were causing quite a storm in Spanish football. Surprise title challengers in 2000 and European finalists the following year in their debut continental campaign, football […]Read more "Alavés – Back from the brink & dreaming of a return to the glory years"