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Spain Files Legal Appeal Against Qatar's Winter World Cup

Before Swiss agents rolled up on Zurich’s Baur au Lac hotel, snatched a handful of top FIFA execs, and put in motion the series of events that would culminate in their president’s resignation, soccer’s governing body seemed pretty much omnipotent. That day has changed, thankfully, and people are making moves. » 6/29/15 4:08pm 6/29/15 4:08pm

Arda Turan Wants To Leave Atlético Because The Coach Makes Him Run A Lot

“To earn more for doing less,” Marca’s report on Atlético Madrid’s unsettled Turkish star begins. “It is many people’s dream and among them, apparently, is Arda Turan.” And while the reality of his discontent isn’t quite that tidy, it’s basically accurate. » 6/27/15 5:56pm 6/27/15 5:56pm

Carlo Ancelotti Is Real Madrid's Newest Scapegoat

It’s maybe a little disconcerting that Real Madrid—a players’ club if there ever was one; one where the 8th-biggest name on the team sheet likely holds more sway in the future direction of the club than any of the ever-changing coaches thrown aboard then unceremoniously shoved off the managerial merry-go-round after… » 5/26/15 5:40pm 5/26/15 5:40pm

Cristiano Ronaldo Scoffs At Championship, Exults In His Own Ronaldoness

For pretty much everyone involved or invested in La Liga, the biggest opportunity on offer during yesterday’s penultimate match day of the season was, seemingly, for Barcelona to wrap up the league title by beating Atlético. Cristiano Ronaldo, though, had his eyes on a larger prize. While Barcelona were crowned kings… » 5/18/15 6:21pm 5/18/15 6:21pm

Cristiano Ronaldo's Mad Again Because A Teammate Scored And Not Him

We’ve seen this story before, and you know what? We can’t even hate on this. Sure, this is some petulant behavior, but you’ve got to be impressed that Cristiano Ronaldo gives so few fucks about what anyone—even his teammates—thinks that he doesn’t even try to hide his frustration at not being the one to tap in a… » 4/30/15 12:15pm 4/30/15 12:15pm

Barcelona Are Unreal Right Now

Sweet mother of God, Barcelona are a force of nature. It’s currently about an hour into their match against Getafe. Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar have all scored. And those goals make up just five of their six total, each scored with some of the most outrageous skill you’ll see this year or any other. » 4/28/15 3:20pm 4/28/15 3:20pm

Antoine Griezmann Scored An Acrobatic Scissor Kick Because He's Amazing

Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann is playing out of his mind right now. In his first season in the incredibly demanding Diego Simeone system, playing in a new position as a central striker, he currently sits atop the non-Messi/Ronaldo La Liga scoring table with 20 goals. His 19th, scored on Saturday against… » 4/20/15 3:44pm 4/20/15 3:44pm

Antoine Griezmann Hitting Deportivo With The Bicycle Kick

There was at least one and probably two missed offside calls on this series from Atlético Madrid’s match today at La Coruña, but don’t let that take away from the athleticism Antoine Griezmann displays here as the Frenchman handles a knuckling header to deliver a bicycle kick off the half-volley. Griezmann has a… » 4/18/15 12:51pm 4/18/15 12:51pm

Suárez Puts Barça Up On Valencia Less Than A Minute Into The Match

Today’s La Liga battle at Camp Nou started off strong for the home side as Barcelona easily moved down the pitch—Sergio Busquets had a lot to do with this thanks to finding Messi on a long through ball—with Luis Suárez depositing the ball in the net, all in less than a minute. » 4/18/15 10:15am 4/18/15 10:15am

Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Find Their Final Forms

For a depressingly large group of actuarial soccer fans, this season's thrilling edition of the duel between temporally and cosmically entwined superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has mainly served as another set of cudgels to club down the other's reputation and legacy. Go deeper, because if you're… » 3/19/15 2:39pm 3/19/15 2:39pm