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Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo.
Sports Columnist — Guardian
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Football, politics, history, sunsets, Estela, mugs, bad jokes, #tsfp. Author 'Fear And Loathing in La Liga' & 'Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism'

Álvaro Arbeloa: Anfield is unique. I’ve told my team-mates to enjoy it — Álvaro Arbeloa knew. "When they opened up that little ball and the piece of paper inside said "Liverpool", I said: 'Group B'. I knew we'd be drawn against them." The Real Madrid defender smiles. "Well, I don't know if I knew it or if I just really wanted it."

Athletic Bilbao blow away European hangover but only for a moment — The San Mamés wasn't finished but it was almost ready. It was September 2013 and Athletic Bilbao's new home was still missing an end, right there where the rubble of their old home was being cleared days before its hundredth birthday, but it was preparing to open its doors for the first time.

‘Play the European Cup final, or your career is over’ — 'That was one of the very few times I ever got a bonus for losing." Vicente del Bosque pauses for a moment and then adds: "the very few...or the only." It may seem unthinkable now, and it did not make it any easier to take then, but when Real Madrid travelled to Paris for the European Cup final in May 1981 they were expected to lose.

Lionel Messi: how Argentinian teenager signed for Barcelona on a servillete — Charly Rexach grins a familiar grin. "I'll go down in Barcelona's history," he says. Born and raised in Pedralbes, the smart neighbourhood that lies up the hill from the Camp Nou, Rexach joined Barcelona at the age of 12 and he has spent almost half a century there, on and off.

Spain a shadow of their former selves after fourth defeat in six games — From Solna to Zilina, for eight long years Spain went unbeaten in qualifiers. Defeated 3-2 by Northern Ireland in September 2006, they then lost 2-0 to Sweden in their following game. It proved a turning point and the run began. Between October 2006 and October 2014 they played 35 matches, winning 32, drawing two and losing none.

Diego Costa's troubling lack of goals for Spain — Atletico Madrid: 27. Chelsea: 9. Spain: 0. Diego Costa can't stop scoring for his clubs and he can't start scoring for his country. Not yet, anyway. It's been six months since he made his debut for Spain -- 18 months since he made his debut for Brazil -- and he has played six times with la selección , five of them as a starter, but he is yet to get a goal.

Kenny Dalglish to present Luis Suárez with European Golden Shoe — Luis Suárez will be presented the European Golden Shoe by former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. Suárez arranged for Dalglish to fly to Barcelona to be part of the ceremony which will be held in the Catalan capital next Wednesday, having insisted that he wanted to share the award with his former club.

Nuno hails attacking style after Valencia victory over Atlético Madrid — Valencia's shirt did not carry a sponsor but it did carry a slogan. " Junts tornem", it said, a statement of intent written across the players' "chests as they ran on to the pitch: " together, we'll be back ". Thirteen minutes later, they were.

Real Madrid: Carlo Ancelotti isn't lying when he says Cristiano Ronaldo is the best — Not Hernan Crespo, Alessandro Del Piero, Paolo Maldini or Andrea Pirlo; not Kaka, Clarence Seedorf, Didier Drogba or Petr Cech; not Edgar Davids, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi Buffon or David Beckham; not Xabi Alonso, Alessandro Nesta, Cafu or James Rodriguez; not Andrei Shevchenko, Gareth Bale, Frank Lampard or Karim Benzema; not Ronaldinho, Thiago Silva or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Xavi Hernández, the football romantic, set to make Champions League history — "When I was a kid I used to watch him on the television. Playing alongside him today was a pleasure." Saturday evening at the Camp Nou and the Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto is talking about team-mate Xavi Hernández. It is no exaggeration.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @KaisorBasar: WBA red-faced over tweet before Marouane Fellaini’s United goal via @guardian

Oct 21, 2014

RT @SusoAmieiro: @sidlowe as it's not The Riazor or The Mestalla. They're place names. Does anybody say The Anfield, The Goodison or The Old Trafford?

Oct 20, 2014

FNAC, Barcelona. (Los rumores q apuntan a q yo lo puse asi para que se viera son falsas...Ajem) #MiedoyAscoEnLaLiga

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