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Exploring the roots of struggling Elche’s defensive woes

Enzo Roco, Elche.

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 club’s defensive struggles – in a team that had previously been renowned for the very opposite. Since Fran Escribá took the More...

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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...

Athletic Club Bilbao celebrate victory at Almería
By Heath Chesters On Monday, October 27th, 2014
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Athletic Club Bilbao turning point couldn’t be at a more crucial time

Athletic Club Bilbao managed to secure a long-awaited victory this weekend, on the road at Almería, but with key fixtures ahead over the next fortnight, they must also produce consistency, if they’re to avoid More...

Lucas Alcaraz, Levante
By Adam Matvya On Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
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In an Awkward Place: Levante’s Decision to Hire Lucas Alcaraz

La Liga has experienced it’s first managerial casualties of the season, with Albert Ferrer replaced by Miroslav Djuckic at Córdoba, whilst Levante also made a swift change, sacking José Luis Mendilibar and More...

By Tom Conn On Friday, October 10th, 2014
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La Roja Debate: Should Del Bosque bench Diego Costa for Paco Alcácer…or start both?

Spain continued their impressive run of defeats by breaking their 14-game unbeaten run in qualifiers with a 2-1 loss to Slovakia on Thursday evening and the focus continues to be on Chelsea striker Diego Costa, More...



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