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 La Liga, how appropriate that this weekend sees a rematch of perhaps last season’s most controversial match. Granada versus Real Madrid doesn’t immediately grab you … More La Liga: The spectre of match fixing looms

Napoli’s arbitrary punishment only encourages the conspiracy theorists

Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens Cannavaro and Grava try to keep positive As the dust settles on Napoli’s punishment over an aborted match fix three seasons ago, the simmering sense of resentment built up over years of enmity with the north shows no sign of abating. The  €70,000 fine is a pittance, the six … More Napoli’s arbitrary punishment only encourages the conspiracy theorists

Messi makes history, but a Betis star is born

Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens Lionel Messi hogged the headlines, of course, when he finally broke Gerd Muller’s record for most goals in a calendar year. Although the Madrid papers were delighted that Radomel Falcao gave them an excuse not to lead on this astonishing achievement: AS led on “Insatiable Falcao” and tucked Messi … More Messi makes history, but a Betis star is born

Javier Aguirre Takes on Espanyol’s Mission Impossible

The other Catalan club’s new coach Javier Aguirre Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens Harry Redknapp isn’t the only wily veteran to take on a dysfunctional bottom of the table side this week. Javier Aguirre is a master fire-fighter but he’s taken on a massive job at Espanyol. At least his side isn’t as far … More Javier Aguirre Takes on Espanyol’s Mission Impossible