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  • Aurélien Tchouaméni: The Quiet Architect of Real Madrid’s Ascending Empire

    France, with its history steeped in romance, offers a tableau of delights: the refined beauty of its language, the allure of its wines, and the timeless charm of its landscapes. This romanticism extends beyond the arts and into the arena of football, where France’s reputation remains untarnished. Our grandfathers and fathers celebrated the genius of…

  • Iñaki Williams: The Journey of Kwaku

    It has been nothing short of a magnificent campaign for Athletic Club de Bilbao. They have won their first major trophy in 40 years, edging Mallorca on penalties in the Copa del Rey Final, and they are all but guaranteed to finish in fifth place and qualify for next season’s UEFA Europa League. One player…

  • Ilias Akhomach: Villarreal’s Moroccan Magician

    La Liga has no shortage of promising wingers and attacking midfielders. With the likes of Savio, Nico Williams, and Take Kubo, among many others, the Spanish first division has enough young firepower to outshine even the sun on a hot Andalusian summer afternoon.   There are many styles and profiles in the league, which makes…

  • Yan Couto: Girona’s Mercurial Wing Back

    In Europe’s top five leagues, only one defender has managed at least 8 assists, 45 successful dribble take-ons, and 145 progressive carries in a single campaign in the past three seasons: Girona’s (City Football Group’s) Yan Couto. If that seems like an arbitrary cut-off for a grouping of statistics, that is because it is. But,…

  • Girona: The Great Leap Forward

    Girona, Spain. Compared to Barcelona’s vibrant beaches, this homely town offers serenity. Exquisite Catalan cuisine. The picturesque River Onyar. Timeless forts from the Roman Empire. And of course, tourists. It is no wonder HBO‘s Game of Thrones, co-signed Girona in the summer of 2015. The city’s cathedral was the backdrop to Margery Tyrell’s aborted walk…

  • Takefusa Kubo: Home at Last at Real Sociedad

    Over the past few years, Japan has lurked in the shadows as one of the rising stars in international football. They’ve qualified for every World Cup since 1998, they’ve produced the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Maya Yoshida and Makoto Hasebe, and they’ve had their fair share of memorable performances on the world stage. Nevertheless, they…

  • Pau Cubarsí: Barcelona’s Rafa Márquez Regen

    Barcelona will consider the 23/24 season a missed opportunity, however, the emergence of La Blaugrana’s latest crop of young talent will be seen as a huge silver lining. Real Madrid are, at the time of writing, possibly just three games away from securing their 36th La Liga title…something Barcelona will consider a huge failing on their…

  • Girona v Barcelona Bet Builder Stats & Predictions

    Girona v Barcelona Kick Off: Saturday 4th May, 17:30 Competition: La Liga Watch Live: Premier Sports 1   For Bet Builder stats at your fingertips, head over to Andy’s Opta-powered Bet Builder stats tool, free to use on his website. Expert insight on the Premier League, SPFL, EFL, and major European leagues can be found…

  • Mario Hermoso: The Highly Coveted Defender Available on a Free

    It has been five years since Mario Hermoso departed Espanyol and returned to the Spanish capital, joining Atlético Madrid. Since then, he’s played a leading role in Atleti’s 2020/21 La Liga title, served as a versatile performer at center back and left back, and registered 10 goals and 6 assists in 168 appearances for the Rojiblancos.…

  • Antonio Rüdiger: Real Madrid’s Kaiser in Defense

    Stamford Bridge’s modest 43-000 capacity was never going to be enough to entertain the histrionics of Antonio Rüdiger.   Whilst the German defender will forever be grateful to Chelsea for giving him the platform to perform – finding his voice and producing a string of metronomic displays as the Blues marched towards an unprecedented Champions…