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Living in Madrid, writing on football for ESPN, Irish Examiner, WSC, Whoscored & Unibet and talking about football for Newstalk and others.

We need third-party investment funds to help compete — Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin says his club could not compete at the top level without the help of third-party investment funds, while maintaining no outside party has ever forced Los Colchoneros to sell a player against their own will.

Player Focus: Alves' Threat from Wide Still Worth its Weight in Goals for Barcelona — A common sight during Barcelona games so far this season has been Dani Alves getting into a good position up the right wing, and then putting in a cross that causes little or no danger to the opposition defence. Alves actually tops the entire Liga in the 'inaccurate cross' standi...

Real seek Anfield revenge — Tuesday, March 10, 2009, and Marca's editors are sure they are onto a winner. 'This is Anfield, but so what?' says that morning's front cover of the of Real Madrid-backed sports paper, riffing on the famous players' tunnel sign at Liverpool's stadium, and claiming that Madrid's players would not be intimidated in the slightest in that evening's game.

Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend — 1. Something has to give in forthcoming Clasico The statistics after the opening eight weeks of the season suggest Saturday's Clasico to be the meeting of an unstoppable force with an immoveable object. Saturday's 5-0 win at Levante means that Real Madrid have now scored 30 goals in the first eight games of the season, a feat not achieved since 1987-88.

La Liga Betting: Deportivo Can Take A Point From Valencia Grudge Match — These two teams status as the respective 'little brother' in the Spanish and Catalan capitals means they have a lot in common, but not necessarily that they get on well. Last season brought two very tight encounters, with Espanyol actually beating Atletico at home in October, and the eventual La Liga champions grinding out a 1-0 win in March's return game.

La Liga - Cristiano Ronaldo and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez lead Real Madrid to an easy 5-0 win over Levante - ESPN FC — Three things we learned from Real Madrid's straightforward 5-0 victory at Levante's Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Saturday afternoon's La Liga meeting. 1. Madrid warm up nicely for big week This was billed as a possible banana skin for Madrid, who were heading to Levante straight after the international break, in a stadium where they had just two -- very narrow -- wins in their last five visits.

La Liga Betting: Real To Prepare For Liverpool With A Stroll Past Levante — Through recent years Levante has been a difficult place for Real Madrid to go. Jose Mourinho's side drew 0-0 at the Ciutat de Levante in 2010/11 and lost 1-0 in 2011/12. The following year Cristiano Ronaldo was elbowed by home defender David Navarro, but still managed to score before coming off dizzy and watching from the bench as replacement Alvaro Morata hit an injury time winner.

Dani Alves eager to see 'beast' Luis Suarez unleashed for Barcelona in clasico at Real Madrid — Dani Alves says he cannot wait to see "beast" Luis Suarez finally make his debut for Barcelona, potentially in the first La Liga clasico of the season against Real Madrid later this month.

Iranian businessman Hossein Hedayati claims he is set to take over Getafe — Iranian businessman Hossein Hedayati says he has an initial agreement to buy La Liga club Getafe. Hedayati -- known to some as "the Iranian Roman Abramovich" -- has previously been involved in football in his home country, and now says he wants to invest in a European club.

Team Focus: Efficient Eibar Enjoying First Foray in La Liga — Eibar began the 2014/15 La Liga season as many fans' second side, due to the tiny Basque club's fairytale rise through the divisions in recent years, and their successful campaign to raise the funds needed to meet Spanish football's skewed financial wellbeing regulations.
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Oct 21, 2014

Luis Enrique: “I always suffer when picking XI, but you want all your players able to help, to make the team stronger, and I have that now."

Oct 21, 2014

Luis Enrique: "Mascherano played against to pivote, brought criteria to our play, is at a spectacular level.”

Oct 21, 2014

Luis Enrique asked if he'd seen Roma result: “I saw it during the game and I thought scoreboard was broken. But Bayern very strong team.”

Oct 21, 2014

Luis Enrique: “I believe Busquets will be able to play [clasico] but we will have to wait and see.”

Oct 21, 2014

Luis Enrique in press conf: "Im brave & try to make decisions to benefit team. We won game, and able to rest some very important players.”

Oct 21, 2014

Messi in mixed zone: "There's lots of things said, but when the boss needs to take me off, he takes me off, no problem."

Oct 21, 2014

De Boer pretty honest / up front: "The first goal okay. But the second goal is a mistake by our team. That cannot happen at this level."

Oct 21, 2014

De Boer: "Problem was too much respect for your opponent. You must play your own style. We failed in that. So I was angry at HT."

Oct 21, 2014

De Boer asked if Messi & Neymar unstoppable: "Bale & Ronaldo too, players from other world. Very difficult to stop em but my players did ok"

Oct 21, 2014

Frank De Boer "We can play much better than this, we must play much better than this. Players are young, but they must show their quality."

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