Mauricio Pochettino: the Espanyol diaries

Mauricio Pochettino looked as bemused as anyone. “I don’t know how we did it,” he said. “Espanyol were bottom and Barcelona were top, and all the people were saying Espanyol were dead and had no chance. It was a special victory.” The Argentine coach was discussing his Espanyol side’s 2-1 win at the Camp Nou…

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The reinvention of Aritz Aduriz

Stepping off the platform at the Abando train station and into its main corridor, you are immediately reminded of where you are. As your footsteps take you through clouds of tobacco smoke and the distinct smell of freshly brewed cortados, you encounter a giant stained glass window. A journey deep into a city’s soul, each piece…

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Diego Maradona: the disastrous Sevilla diaries

Ask any football follower about the greatest players to play the sport and Diego Maradona will gloriously be at the very top of most lists. A career that started and ended in his homeland of Argentina, Maradona’s path detoured at some of football’s most prestigious locations – Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Newell’s Old Boys and famously…

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The renaissance of Iago Aspas

Google Iago Aspas and you will find yourself presented predominantly with the words ‘Liverpool’ and ‘flop’. Google Iago Aspas and press space bar and you will be given the suggestion ‘Iago Aspas corner’. The fact that he is most well-known – at least in the UK – for the above is misleading. When the average…

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