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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'

Real Madrid’s clásico win down to Carlo Ancelotti’s calm rebuilding — All around him people were losing their heads but Carlo Ancelotti barely raised an eyebrow. Which is going some for him. His president was getting twitchy, his captain was getting whistled and his team was getting beaten. On TV sets, they were getting wound up, just for a change like.

Real Madrid’s emphatic win over Barcelona has Carlo Ancelotti purring — "It's been a long time since the Santiago Bernabéu was able to chant 'olés' against Barcelona." In a phrase, the Real Madrid defender Pepe had summed it up. Late in the second half of the 229th clásico, and the first this season, the scoreboards high up at the north and south ends of the stadium showed: "Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 1."

Luis Suárez’s debut for Barcelona ‘bittersweet’ after Real Madrid defeat — Luis Suárez described his long-awaited debut for Barcelona as bittersweet after his new club were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid at the Bernabéu; he set up the opening goal but finished on the losing side.

Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona — For a while here, Luis Suárez must have thought that his would be the perfect debut, but the feeling would prove a fleeting one. When the fixtures came out with the biggest game in club football scheduled 18 hours after the end of his ban, he had described it as "destiny" and just three minutes into his Barcelona career he provided the pass that enabled Neymar to give them to the lead.

Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho take friendship and rivalry into battle — When Louis van Gaal took the manager's job at Barcelona in the summer of 1997, he was a year early. Originally, the idea had been to go to Catalonia for a season, familiarising himself with his surroundings, the league and the language, plan for the club's future and then take over the following season.

Gareth Bale absence fails to take gloss off greatest game on Earth: el clásico — The world's most expensive player will not be there when Real Madrid and Barcelona emerge from the tunnel at the Santiago Bernabéu just before six o'clock tomorrow evening, but the world's best will. So will the world's second best, whichever way round you prefer to place them.

For Luis Suárez the end is in sight. Or is it the beginning? — Monday morning at Sant Joan Despí and the countdown has begun. It is 11am when Barcelona's players appear, heading for pitch two where the sprinklers are still going. They are preparing for a Champions League match against Ajax but this is clásico week and it is inevitable some are already looking to Saturday evening at the Bernabéu.

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.
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Oct 31, 2014

Eibar-ALmeria ... un lunes as las 5? Leo bien?

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JamesTylerESPN: Why would Raul move to the NASL? @sidlowe on the Real legend's eternally competitive spirit.

Oct 31, 2014

@beardedgenius And completely agree with thew notion that he gets rejected for things he should not.

Oct 31, 2014

@beardedgenius I'm not sure I'd call him underrated but the ridiculous effort, the hardwork and the admirableness stuff is bang on.

Oct 31, 2014

RT @TORLA04: Me queda una plaza en el coche para la #JornadaRequexon Tic, tac, tic tac...:) @Espiritu2003

Oct 31, 2014

RT @GaryLineker: Offending item nicely disguised with autumnal leaves. And no, it's not one of mine!

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ellispalmer94: Wow, just wow: state education is equated with kids to ending up on the scrapheap. Pure ignorance in this article...

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