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On the face of it, Ronaldinho conjured up the timing of a true showman when he chose to announce his retirement just as Coutinho arrived at Barcelona.
It has always intrigued me greatly that football, like ordinary life, has “sliding doors” moments.
On the face of it, the Coutinho operation should be nice and simple for FC Barcelona.
Sometimes you really need to understand the context in order to appreciate things properly.
It was perfect timing, just ahead of Madrid hosting Barça tomorrow lunchtime at their magnificent Santiago Bernabéu stadium ...
Alex Ferguson’s arrival at Old Trafford in November 1986 saw a gradual flood of fans flying from Aberdeen to Manchester every couple of weeks for United’s home games.
In theory this is the time when the Little Boss must come to Barcelona’s rescue. Again.
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You only needed to take a look at the Barcelona bench away to Juventus to understand how much Valencia have got under the skin of La Liga’s leaders.
Since I moved to Spain I’ve been witness to some properly remarkable events while covering the greatest football the world’s ever seen.
Graham Hunter: It’s not the same Aviemore … delight at seeing the Auld Enemy gubbed seems a thing of the past now
It’s my adopted country, their football has given me almost unparalleled joy over the years, my kids have grown up here and I do love most things about Spain
Well, there’s a very strong chance that we’ve just suffered the weakest week of European football by Spanish clubs since I moved over to Iberia 15 years ago in my single-handed bid to make La Liga’s clubs Uefa-dominant.
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 ...