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 Big Analysis: Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia

Last season couldn’t have been more contrasting for Athletic Bilbao and Valencia. Valencia showed promise following a whole host of talented signings, including the likes of Álvaro Negredo, Matthew Ryan, André Gomes and Rodrigo, however their season was derailed with four managerial appointments and many results going against them – including a 7-0 thrashing by…

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The nearly men: Valencia and the Champions League

It’s April 2001 and a Champions League quarter-final where Valencia host Arsenal at the Mestalla, trailing by a goal on aggregate. The atmosphere is tense, gripping, and drawing to an enthralling conclusion. It has already been a hostile affair; shirts pulled, cards brandished, and whistles blown, much to the chagrin of the Spanish support. The…

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Jack Greenwell: the legendary coach England forgot

Nowadays it’s becoming increasingly rare for English managers to find success outside of the British Isles. Steve McClaren led Twente to the Eredivisie title in 2010 but then struggled in Germany with Wolfsburg. Further back, Sir Bobby Robson did well in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain in the 1990s while Terry Venables won the La Liga…

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