Robinho: the legend we waited in vain for

Illustration by Charis Tsevis. View more of his work here The collective radar of world football is an enigmatic mechanism at the best of times. Sometimes it unearths tantalising treasures made to entrance the globe, other times it fails to penetrate deep enough to find anything of note. There’s really no specific formula to follow, and…

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The second coming of Florentino Pérez

Three events occurred in perfect synchronicity in order to facilitate Florentino Pérez’s second attempt at managing the global superpower that is Real Madrid. The first was on 10 March 2009 as Real Madrid appeared on the pitch at Anfield against Liverpool, attempting to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the first leg of the round of 16…

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The Big Analysis: Sevilla vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid is an institution that is perhaps matched only by their fiercest rivals, Barcelona. Following on from their Champions League triumph last season, they have started this campaign in incredible form and, going into this match against Sevilla, the side from Madrid were on a 41-match unbeaten run. Zinedine Zidane took control following the…

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Asier Illarramendi: giving back, not giving up

“Yes Isco, I stopped the silliness.” This was Asier Illarramendi’s first return to Anoeta since he decided to switch the blue and white stripes of Real Sociedad for the famous white of Real Madrid the previous summer. On the Saturday evening of 5 April 2014, on this occasion wearing his new club’s fetching orange away…

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The Big Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

“La BBC contra el Muro Amarillo,” ran Tuesday’s front page headline in Madrid’s football newspaper, Marca. Translated as, “the BBC (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano) against the Yellow Wall,” the paper focused on the challenge posed to Real Madrid’s superstars at Signal-Iduna Park in Westphalia, Germany. The Yellow Wall describes the 25,000 capacity grandstand behind the goal…

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Can Real Madrid end the Champions League hoodoo?

With the Champions League group stage underway, everyone will have an opinion on who will win this season’s competition. The usual suspects head the betting, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and defending champions Real Madrid leading the way and a handful of other potential winners among the 32 teams. It’s a great market for providing long-term…

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