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Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo.
Sports Columnist — Guardian

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

Valencia assistant Ian Cathro prevails in La Liga’s battle of the Scots — At the start of Valencia's match against Real Sociedad at noon on Sunday, 18 players and coaches occupied two benches at the Mestalla, accompanied by a supporting cast of doctors, delegates, physios and fitness trainers. There were seven Spaniards, three Portuguese, two Brazilians, two Argentinians and one Finn.

Celta win the Galician derby, while Barcelona find a new bogey team — The Deportivo fans had gone but Celta's supporters were still there, high in the stands at Riazor, when their players came back out to celebrate with them. Their team had just won the Galician derby for the second time this season, the double completed, and they were determined to enjoy it.

The curious case of Real Sociedad’s victory over Sevilla in La Liga — The first explosion went off not long after at 12.15, followed immediately by another. And then another, and another, and another, Bang! Bang! Bang! For 90 minutes it went on, 11 explosions in all, crashing through the Basque sky, growing increasingly frequent until eventually San Sebastián fell silent and the people emerged, stepping wide-eyed out into the street, relieved and rejoicing, dressed in blue and white.

Barcelona’s deadly trident can help club bounce back against Manchester City — At the end of Barcelona's match with Málaga on Saturday afternoon, the club's president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, insisted: "Now we have to think about Manchester City." It was tempting to conclude that they already were. The intensity and attitude that had defined them over the last six weeks, and of which Leo Messi had been speaking just two days before, had gone.

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets knows Manchester City pose serious threat — The last time Barcelona met Manchester City at the Etihad, Barcelona parked the bus. Then Yaya Touré clambered on board the real one. According to Víctor Valdés, he spent "two hours" taking photos and greeting old friends.

Messi and Ronaldo make scoring look easy but is it the hardest thing in football? — "What is the hardest thing to do on the football pitch?" Everything in football is constructed on there being one answer to this question. It is the answer we would all give, when asked, something we have learned by rote from a young age. It even comes in a ready-made, prepackaged, accepted form.

Athletic Bilbao Villarreal Sevilla get good results in Europa League writes Sid Lowe — With so many La Liga teams still alive in the Europa League, Sid Lowe surveys how they all fared in Thursday's round of 32 first legs. "When I saw my name up on the board, I was so excited."

Real Madrid’s home discomforts can ease at Schalke in Champions League — Real Madrid scored twice against Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday evening but the loudest noise heard at the Santiago Bernabéu was not the cheers that greeted the goals, scored by Isco and Karim Benzema. It was the whistles of reprobation that accompanied the club's captain, Iker Casillas, when his name was read out before the game.

Valencia enjoy late Valentine’s after half-time betrothal lifts spirits — She looked down at him, tears in her eyes, and he looked up at her, heart racing. He was holding a Valencia shirt in his hands with "Will you marry me?" printed on the back where a player's name and number should be. They both wore Valencia scarves; orange for him, pink for her.

balance of power shifts in Madrid — Real Madrid unable to live with Atletico's brilliance. David Moyes Real Sociedad find themselves in a relegation battle. Why Athletic Bilbao are different from most clubs. 1) Simeone's Atletico are ripping up the Madrid form book Once upon a time, Atletico Madrid just could not beat Real Madrid.
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Mar 02, 2015

@TSF fascinating piece. One line made me giggle. " no one is talking about a european cup at the stadium of light". In madrid they still are

Mar 02, 2015

@PhilKitro @ursus_arctos59 at risk of terrible self plugging, did you read my interview with him?

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