View from the Opposition: Can Barcelona’s golden boy bring back the golden years?

Much will be at stake for Barcelona when we visit Valencia this Sunday at the Mestalla. Victory will be a major boost to our Champions League hopes. Lose, and the likes of Real Sociedad, Villarreal, Rayo Vallecano and Athletic Bilbao will look to leapfrog us. There will be no margin for error.  Sadly, the fact […]

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View from the Opposition: Valencia vs Real Madrid still remains a historic rivalry

Games against Valencia are always a unique experience for me. For one, I am a Real Madrid fan who lives in the city of Valencia. The rivalry with Valencia is historic, and the 2 teams have had great games that have impacted my life. Throughout the years I have been able to live alongside Valencianistas, […]

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View from the Opposition: This is the new “Clasico” for Barcelona

As a Barca fan, it pains me to say that the upcoming game against Valencia has never felt so big a fixture to Barcelona until now. Unlike previous seasons, where one can easily pick a favourite for the game, both sides have never felt so equal, in almost all aspects. In the LaLiga table, both […]

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View from Opposition: Rest assured, Real Madrid will be out for revenge against Valencia

This Sunday, Real Madrid will head to Mestalla for a showdown with Valencia. We’ll have revenge on our minds – the 4-1 away loss to Valencia last season still stings deeply. But it’ll not be easy. Valencia’s home ground is always a tricky place to visit.  Moreover, we’re a much-changed side this season. It will […]

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Yay for youth: Valencia’s model is the future of football

While Valencia’s 6 summer signings have garnered the most talk, the club’s foundation is its academy – promoting youth players and tying them down to long-term contracts. Guillamon and midfielder Vicente Esquerdo have both recently signed extensions until 2023 and 2024 respectively, while Musah has committed to Valencia for the next 5 years till 2026.

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You Bet It Hurts: Spain’s Ban on Betting Sponsorships

Out of sight, out of mind, right? The less visible betting companies are, the less likely people will gamble. Therefore, gambling problems will diminish, especially among impressionable youths. Or so Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs believe, according to their research and having observed Italy’s precedent in 2019. Thus, Spain’s Royal Decree was passed in November […]

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Asian owners and anxious fans: will they ever get along?

The public sale of the Suning’s shares in Inter Milan looks to signal the end of China’s brief love affair with football. The fact that one of the largest retailers in the world’s most populous country is seeking to divest its interests in Serie A’s champion in waiting highlights the economic impact that COVID has had, and suggests that even for the rich, owning a football club is a luxury that few can afford.

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