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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'

Spanish football has become fragmented and flat — Sunday in Euskadi. In the Frontón Bizkaia, Juan Martínez de Irujo was wearing a big Basque beret and an even bigger smile, holding the trophy with battered and heavily bandaged hands, another pelota triple crown his. In the Bilbao Arena, Bilbao Basket beat Real Madrid, knocking them off the top for the first time in 78 games.

Real Sociedad 1-1 Athletic Bilbao — When the final whistle went at the end of his first Basque derby, David Moyes strode from his bench shaking his head, greeted the Athletic Bilbao manager, Ernesto Valverde, crossed the sodden running track and went down the tunnel. In the very last minute, the final chance had dropped to Sergio Canales, but Gorka Iraizoz saved on his line.

Esteban Granero: David Moyes can take Real Sociedad to Champions League — There was a moment during David Moyes's first game as the new manager of Real Sociedad when television cameras showed him standing on the touchline at Riazor shouting at "Stefano". That would not be unusual except that Real Sociedad do not have a Stefano. They do, though, have Esteban Granero.

Studious Unai Emery's obsession is satisfied at Sevilla — And so the Europa League champions will attempt to do the thing that that the Europa League champions rarely truly want to do: defend their title. Sevilla progressed through their group with a 1-0 win over Rijeka on Thursday night, thanks to a goal from Denis Suarez.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s feats approaching new extremes — There were 44minutes on the clock, nine players between him and the goal and more than one club in Catalonia when Leo Messi appeared. In the time it took for the ball to leave his left foot, curl around the defenders and then curl back towards goal, somehow ending up in Kiko Casilla's net, everything changed.

Death of Jimmy Romero shows Spanish football still fighting to end fan violence — The brutal battle that ended with blood splattered across the street, a dozen injured and Jimmy Romero pulled from the Manzanares river beaten and dying began as planned early on Sunday morning. Members of the far-right Frente Atlético had gathered at 8am, four hours before their team faced Deportivo de La Coruña at the Vicente Calderón.

David Moyes’s first taste of La Liga has a distinctly British flavour — The plane came down and went up again, then came down and went up again. Twice it tried to land and twice it failed, so it climbed back through the wind and the rain and turned south, inland away from the Atlantic.

David Moyes’s Real Sociedad held at Deportivo La Coruña in first game — At the whistle, David Moyes emerged from the bench and applauded the two hundred Real Sociedad fans who had gathered high in the far corner. His new supporters applauded back. Twelve days after taking over, Moyes's debut ended with a 0-0 draw at Deportivo La Coruña.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi breaks La Liga goalscoring record vs. Sevilla — Barcelona's Lionel Messi broke Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goal-scoring record of 251 goals with a hat trick vs. Sevilla on Saturday. Messi opened the scoring on 21 minutes to equal Zarra's feat before netting again on 72 minutes to make it 252 Liga goals in 289 appearances and take him beyond the former Athletic Bilbao forward.

Telmo Zarra was La Liga's undisputed goal king -- until now — The station master at Asua station in the province of Vizcaya, northern Spain, was handing out tickets when he heard the fireworks go off. He looked up from his desk and asked, "What was that?" Was there some kind of local fiesta going on?
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