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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.

Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend — 1. Suarez finally ends waits for La Liga goal Barcelona's home game against Cordoba on Saturday was Luis Suarez's final opportunity of 2014 to end the "80 million euro summer signing still not scored in La Liga" narrative, which had been getting louder and louder through recent weeks in the Spanish and Catalan press.

Borussia Dortmund's fall from grace — The situation faced by Borussia Dortmund at the end of 2014 is dicey, to say the least. The 2013 Champions League finalists have suffered an almighty fall from grace and will spend their winter break inside the Bundesliga's relegation zone, but they have reacted as Dortmund react: Jurgen Klopp is set to remain in charge despite the heavy storm clouds hovering over the Westfalenstadion.

Real Madrid enjoy their Club World Cup win despite tournament's curious feel — Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup was a fitting end to what has been a superb 2014 for coach Carlo Ancelotti and his almost all-conquering team. It's also a boon to club president Florentino Perez and the marketing team at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

FIFA Club World Cup — A trio of observations on Real Madrid's 2-0 win vs. San Lorenzo in the FIFA Club World Cup final. 1. Ramos is the man for the big occasion again The game had seen more yellow cards than shots on goal when Sergio Ramos rose majestically to head in Toni Kroos' well-flighted corner and open the scoring.

La Liga Betting: Lionel Messi To Give Barca Fans A Merry Christmas — Barcelona coach Luis Enrique continues to experiment with line-ups and systems, to general bemusement among blaugrana fans and pundits [and perhaps players too]. Last Saturday's goalless draw at Getafe brought a new round of criticism for the former Camp Nou favourite.

Player Focus: Giménez Form Calling Miranda's Right to Start for Atletico into Question — When regular first-choice Miranda was injured on international duty with Brazil in November, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone had no qualms about putting in 19-year-old Giménez and partner Giménez has now played six games for Godín has a decent average of 7.34, but Jose Maria Giménez, and the teenager has responded with a string of excellent performances.

Three Points on Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal in La Liga by Dermot Corrigan — MADRID -- Three quick thoughts from the Estadio Vicente Calderon as Atletico Madrid were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home by Villarreal. 1. Atletico slip up Atletico's first home defeat of 2014 came as a surprise, but Diego Simeone's side did not play well here.

La Liga Betting: Rotated Barcelona Won't Be Turned Over At Getafe — Luis Enrique's Barcelona remain a hard team to figure out. The 3-2-4-1 formation for Wednesday's decisive final Champions League group game at home to Paris Saint Germain lead to some major issues in defence and attack. The doubts were raised when ex-Barca player [for one up and down season] Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring.

Javier Tebas: Barcelona stabbings show need for crackdown on ultras — La Liga president Javier Tebas has said the stabbing of two Paris Saint Germain fans after Wednesday's Champions League game at Barcelona showed how important it was to eradicate the threat of ultras. The supporters were taken to hospital after being stabbed outside the Camp Nou by individuals wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, according to the local Mossos d'Esquadra police force.

La Liga Betting: Madrid To Put Managerless Almeria To The Sword — La Liga's weekend starts earlier than usual, with in-form Real Madrid's trip to struggling Almeria brought forward to Friday night due to Los Blancos' World Club Cup commitments in Morocco next week. The two teams could not come into the game heading in more different directions.
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Dec 21, 2014

Just the 47 photos in AS slideshow of Ronaldo unveiling huge statue of himself today on Madeira:…

Dec 21, 2014

Simeone just now: “An enormous 2014 is closed. Thanks to all the players for what they've done this year. And we can get better...”

Dec 21, 2014

FT Athletic 1-4 Atletico. Athletic seemed in control at HT but Atletico roared out after break & Griezmann got a hat-trick.

Dec 21, 2014

@ohiskaka1990 totally different players I reckon. And Saul will come good.

Dec 21, 2014

Siqueira off now holding his ear after Aduriz caught him with boot. Youngster Lucas on for last few minutes. Still 11 v 11 on pitch.

Dec 21, 2014

Guess the silver kit does go well with Griezmann's platinum hair after all.

Dec 21, 2014

Griezmann had 3 goals in 774 minutes in La Liga for Atletico up till today. Hat-trick in first 81 mins tonight.

Dec 21, 2014

Replays suggesting Griezmann well offside as Raul Garcia got touch on his pass...

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