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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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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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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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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