Peripheral Vision

On running, pointing, shouting and the other subtleties of football

5 Reasons Why Javier Hernandez Might Not Have Saved Van Gaal’s Season

The logic is alluring. Javier Hernandez has scored 9 in 22 for Bayer Leverkusen this season, while the club that let him go have managed 24 in 20 Premier League … Continue reading

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What will Rafa Benitez’s demise at Real Madrid mean for Florentino Perez?

A penny for your thoughts Rafa. Understanding what’s going on in the now ex-Real Madrid coach’s head at the moment would be fascinating. If nothing else, Benitez has given the … Continue reading

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SWAY OF THE DAY: Spanish Referees

How a blow was struck for brave officiating this weekend.

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Is Levante’s Pretty-Ugly Fairy Tale Finally Over?

As I watch Levante crash to a 4-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad, a performance described by the Revista podcast as the worst by any team in La Liga … Continue reading

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SLIDESHOW: Levante UD v Real Sociedad

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What would make you hate football?

Fair play, this Samsung advert has made me consider football afresh. For the first time I’m wishing it had never been invented: if that would save us from nonsense like … Continue reading

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Rafa Márquez: Mexico’s Leader and Burden

Why should Mexico be worried? Because there’s a complex balancing act to be struck between the established international stars who stuttered through qualifying and the home-based squad which have done … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The History of Football in Three Minutes

As tweeted by Danny Baker!

February 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Final Week of San Mames

There might be one more, meaningless game to come, but last weekend saw the final game at San Mames, the first football ground built in Spain. It looks its age, … Continue reading

June 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo)

Scouting isn’t rocket science! Every time a Premier League side signs a good foreign player the nation goes crazy. Who is this mystery guy? Where did he come from? Anyone … Continue reading

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La Liga: The spectre of match fixing looms

Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens A week after the vice–president of the LFP, the governing body which runs Spanish football’s top two divisions, claimed there is match fixing in … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Last Chance To See: Juan Carlos Valerón

Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens Their remaining time on the pitch is running out: some bewitched us and are embarking on a final lap of honour; others won’t be … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

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