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Quique Setién's Barça produced more than a thousand passes during Sunday's game but looking closely at this data, more than 70% of these combinations were backwards...

ByAlfredo Relaño

Style is non-negotiable, something sovereign… This is often heard in football and hangs on the lips and keyboards of the many Barcelona journalists that monitor the life of the club.

ByAlfredo Relaño

The world of football is still coming to terms from the aftershock following Barcelona's loss to Atlético Madrid in Jeddah last week in the Spanish Super Cup ...

ByAlfredo Relaño

At the end of a year and a decade, France Football have selected their best XI of the last 10 years - a team which recognises Spain's LaLiga, notes Alfredo Relaño.

ByAlfredo Relaño

A steady game, neither fast nor slow, a kind of ‘allegro ma non tropo’ in contrast to the moderately slow ‘andante’ of those happy years of Xavi, Iniesta and co.

ByAlfredo Relaño

The ten year duopoly on the Ballon d'Or has been broken by Modric, which is praise indeed for a model player who conducts the team from midfield.

ByAlfredo Relaño

I was speaking with a friend of mine yesterday about Sergio Ramos playing with the Spanish national team and it reminded me of the joke about the two Basques who went out early to pick mushrooms.

ByAlfredo Relaño

A more direct style of football, lots of goals scored from set-pieces, basketball-style blocks from high balls into the box and less of an emphasis on ...

ByAlfredo Relaño

Spain’s Tiqui-taca high-possession passing brand of football was never intended to be like this - the drawn-out, overbaked version we saw of it in Moscow on ...

ByAlfredo Relaño

Pedro Sánchez ha dedicado uno de sus primerísimos actos como presidente a visitar a la Selección, en su último día de trabajo en España

ByAlfredo Relaño

All players leave, taking with them a piece of that gratifying life that football gives us, but some take a larger piece than others, and Iniesta's is one of the largest.

ByAlfredo Relaño

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