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Gerard Piqué finding his way without Carles Puyol

Gerard Pique, Barcelona.

Barcelona correspondent Alexandra Jonson takes a look at a year where the retirement of Carles Puyol has forced Gerard Piqué to step up his game as a player and a leader in a Barcelona defense that has allowed the fewest goals through the first 20 weeks of the season. After returning to Barcelona from Manchester United in 2008, Gerard Piqué would More...

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Ernesto Valverde, Athletic.
By Ameen Rabbani On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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The pressure is growing on Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde

Rewind to this time last year and the mood at Athletic Club couldn’t be any more different compared to now. The Basques had moved in to their stunning (albeit incomplete) new home bringing the crescendo from More...

Bartomeu, Enrique, Zubizarreta
By Jen Evelyn On Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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Transfer ban casts a shadow over Barcelona’s evolution

When Josep Maria Bartomeu took over the Barcelona ship in January 2014 after Sandro Rosell’s resignation, many thought that the worst bit was over for the Catalan club. Rosell had gotten tangled up in a web More...

Enzo Roco, Elche.
By Adam Matvya On Friday, December 19th, 2014
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Exploring the roots of struggling Elche’s defensive woes

With Elche now sitting rock bottom of La Liga following successive defeats at the hands of Atlético Madrid and Deportivo La Coruña in recent weeks, Adam Matvya ponders the reasons for the surprise extent of the More...

Villarreal v Real Sociedad.
By Ameen Rabbani On Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Villarreal’s impressive form of late shows they’re La Liga’s most vibrant team

You’ll be hard pressed to find an avid follower of Spanish football who doesn’t admire Villarreal. With an attitude that’s as bright as their all-yellow kit, whenever they play you are guaranteed More...

Real Madrid at Almeria.
By Alex Kirkland On Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Club World Cup is no mid-season distraction for Real Madrid

Ahead of Real Madrid’s trip to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup, Real Madrid correspondent Alex Kirkland explores why the competition represents more than it would seem for Los Blancos. For some, the FIFA More...

Luis Enrique, Barcelona.
By Kieran Sobels On Friday, December 12th, 2014
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Tactical tinkering the way forward for Luis Enrique’s Barcelona?

Following Luis Enrique’s surprise tactical shift in Barcelona’s midweek win over PSG in the Champions League, ISF Correspondent Kieran Sobels takes a closer look at just how successful the experiment More...

Lionel Messi & Xavi Hernández
By Alexandra Jonson On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Did Xavi’s lack of self-confidence trick us all?

This past summer Xavi Hernández decided it was time to leave FC Barcelona for the simple reason that he didn’t feel needed, he didn’t feel like he was good enough. This Saturday he made 125 passes, 94,5 % to More...

Valencia players.
By Jamie Kemp On Friday, October 31st, 2014
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Best XI of La Liga So Far

With the quarter mark of the La Liga campaign all but upon us, ISF correspondent Jamie Kemp takes a look back on the season so far, to compile a ‘Best XI’ of the the league’s stand-out performers More...

Jesé Rodríguez, Real Madrid
By Tom Wilde On Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
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Can Real Madrid’s young Spaniards oust the Galacticos?

After a somewhat shaky start to the season, everything is looking rosy again at the Santiago Bernabeu. A much needed win in El Clasico has seen all of the early season doom and gloom fade away and Real Madrid are More...



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