All Graham Hunter Posts
Without a hint of vindictiveness or nastiness I’m obliged to tell you that when Gary Lineker opined on Karim Benzema the other night he was talking absolute, unadorned, ill-informed garbage.
You’d need to be obtuse beyond belief not to notice that something exciting is happening in English football. And, no, it’s not the return of the Premier League.
Apologies in advance but I’m going to put you under pressure this beautiful Friday.
I promise, scout’s honour, that this will be one of the very few occasions when the dirty word “politics” scars the sports pages of the Evening Express.
Honestly, it’s a scandal how Gareth Bale is treated over here. It really is.
It’s genuinely the case that a central reason for me choosing to move our family life from London and the banks of the Thames all those years ago and set up tent in Barcelona was the fact that Spanish football allowed you to go and watch training on a daily basis.
I think I know you all well enough to state that you’ll be glued to the Catalan “derby” tomorrow night at the Camp Nou.
The fact Spain are playing their most delicious football for at least five years and people like me are praising them to the heavens won’t be something which makes Julen Lopetegui swollen-headed or complacent.
It takes a special kind of president to unveil the club’s record signing, a footballer who was coveted by Manchester City and who had been declared “untransferable” by Borussia Dortmund – and still be viciously booed by his own fans.
The manner in which Barcelona lost Neymar to Paris St Germain was already ultra-embarrassing and ultra-damaging …
You’ll know by now that when Madrid and Barcelona face-off in the match known universally as El Clásico you’re rock-solid guaranteed to get the best quality and spectacle anywhere in football.
When I moved to Spain it was with the certainty that not only was the football better there but the working relations between a decent journalist and the main characters in the industry were also better.
Pound for pound, Gareth Bale is already close to being, or in fact may already be, Britain’s most successfully exported footballer.
It’s about Neymar this week. Of course it is.
The European Under-21 Championships in Poland are turning into quite the wee post-season boost for Real Madrid.
Now I'll admit it, every eight or nine years I might get something wrong. But in this instance I'm convinced it's a horrible, half-brained idea for Cristiano Ronaldo to re-sign for Manchester United.
I take it as a Holy Communion between you and me that you, like me, are already missing competitive football like a Sahara straggler misses a cold lager.
I know this may already have been covered in the "Hatch, Match and Dispatch" pages of the Evening Express ...
It's that time of year again. Little less travelling, no matches but a tsunami of questions about the transfer market - some of which I can answer, some of which I can't.
Even though we all think we know precisely what will happen, Spain will be on tenterhooks on Sunday evening as La Liga goes all the way down to the wire with two teams still able to clinch the title.
Graham Hunter: Real Madrid v Barcelona is about as perfect as football can be – so savour the experience
Drink it in - Real Madrid versus Barcelona is as good as it gets
I recently spent time with one of football's great characters, and winners, who's quite sure that a couple of European finals were taken from his grasp by skullduggery.
By the end of the powerplay at the King Power stadium there wasn't a shred of doubt that Leicester deserved to proceed or that Sevilla deserved to be knocked out of Europe for the first time, get this, since 2011.
Another disciple of the Bielsa coaching tree is the hottest managerial prospect in La Liga
Graham Hunter: Lionel Messi another Camp Nou box office sensation like legendary Kubala – so reward him with new deal
This is a Leo Messi story. But to get to the point I want to make I'm going to start with a Hungarian who smuggled himself out of the post-war totalitarian state in his country and lived in a refugee camp for a year in order to do so.
Whether or not you think 2016 has been an exceptionally "damned" year for talented, creative people dying, the fact remains we've suddenly lost a raft of men and women who did things that mattered to us, which helped shape at very least our mood, ideas ... and perhaps even our personality.
It's been the perfect way to mark the release of Johan Cruyff's posthumous autobiography.
Arda Turan is one of those guys around whom things happen.
There's been a bit of an old Cristiano-Messi related spat in the Spanish media over the last week or so and yes it’s true, I was coincidentally aware of its genesis.
Ronaldinho was unceremoniously kicked out of Barça by Pep Guardiola for painting the town red too often.