As the San Siro finally began to empty following one of the tensest finals in European Cup history, two schools of thought quickly set in on quite how Real Madrid had managed to ultimately pip neighbours Atleti to win the trophy for the 11th time. Neutrals, who almost without exception were rooting for Diego Simeone’s […]Read more "How Real Madrid became European Champions for the 11th time"
60 years on from the very first European Cup final, won in dramatic fashion by an Alfredo Di Stéfano inspired Real Madrid, eyes in the Spanish capital will again be transfixed as Los Blancos take on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the latest edition of European football’s annual showpiece. Perhaps more so than in previous […]Read more "Zizou vs Cholo – Two men chasing footballing immortality in Milan"
For a prolonged period at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday, Unai Emery and his Sevilla players were on the brink of achieving footballing immortality in the Andalusian city at least. Just four days on from beating Liverpool to clinch a third straight Europa League crown, they had Barcelona a man down and under real pressure […]Read more "Sevilla miss out on cup double but Emery moves to the brink of the managerial elite"
15 years ago, the UEFA Cup produced a climax that at the time at least was regarded as European football’s greatest ever final. A logic-defying match packed with twists and turns, jubilation and despair captured the imagination of the millions watching around the world, not least the fans of Liverpool and Deportivo Alaves, who endured […]Read more "Remembering the 2001 UEFA Cup Final"
Barcelona somewhat predictably swept Granada aside on Saturday to clinch their 6th title in the space of 8 years. Despite enduring a month that nightmares are made of in April, few can argue that the Catalans didn’t deserve their triumph and even Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane was humble enough to admit as much. […]Read more "Immense Suarez the key as Barça win La Liga a different way"
Spain’s top flight has a knack of producing dramatic finales to the season at both ends of the table. The final weekend in 2014 saw Atleti dramatically win the title at Camp Nou with a draw that condemned Barcelona to 2nd place and Gerardo Martino to the sack. Meanwhile at the other end Granada pulled […]Read more "Title showdowns, relegation battles & talk of ‘maletines’ – It can only be the final weekend of La Liga"
A colourful chapter in the history of Spain’s top flight ended on Monday night as Levante were relegated from the Primera Division after a 3-1 defeat at Malaga. Their fate was ultimately sealed after two episodes of late heartbreak in the space of a week. They appeared to be on course for a 2-0 home […]Read more "Levante’s 6 year stay in La Liga over following defeat at Malaga"