Lionel Messi Almost Scoring Is More Impressive Than Most Actual Goals

A player broadly similar to Lionel Messi might've been what Johan Cruyff imagined Barcelona would produce after implementing his philosophy, but not even the Dutchman could've foreseen this Argentine's specific genius. I mean, try to prevent your jaw from dropping when he merely gets close to scoring: » 10/18/14 4:26pm 10/18/14 4:26pm

Cruyff's Turn: How Barcelona's Greatest Icon Created Its Greatest Player

As you've probably heard by now, this week marks the 10-year anniversary of Lionel Messi's first official appearance with the Barcelona first team. The soccer world has come together to celebrate this feat, remarkable for all the obvious reasons—the goals, the passes, the dribbles, the trophies—and for the more… » 10/17/14 12:54pm 10/17/14 12:54pm

Real Madrid President: I'm Stupid, Not Crooked

It's maybe a little disconcerting when the president of the richest club in the world—the brains behind all significant player transfers coming in and out, a man so determined to fulfill his dream of a star-studded lineup that he'll jettison the one player that makes his team work in favor of a bigger name that… » 9/19/14 12:13pm 9/19/14 12:13pm

Ain't No Liga Like The One I Got: Your 2014-15 La Liga Preview

Here we are. The La Liga season has just started up, and now we get to watch the league with the world's three best players, its two best teams, and the saddest hodgepodge of patsies since Enter the Dragon. In spite of these financial realities, Spain managed to produce Europe's wildest title race last season, as… » 8/25/14 4:12pm 8/25/14 4:12pm

Real Madrid Might Be Unstoppable

As transfer windows go, this one has quietly been super. In England, Arsenal have done some things, as have Chelsea, and Manchester United are going to maybe buy the entire Dutch national team and Arturo Vidal before September 1. Luis Suárez bit someone, then got shipped to Barcelona to team up with the best player in… » 7/24/14 4:05pm 7/24/14 4:05pm

Real Madrid Win Champions League After Atlético Finally Run Out Of Gas

Atlético Madrid—at least the unrelenting, ever-charging, indefatigable version that has taken Madrid, Spain, Europe, and the entire soccer-loving world by storm this season—outclassed, out-ran, and out-fought Real Madrid en route to a 1-0 Champions League win on Saturday. Unfortunately, that iteration of Atlético only… » 5/26/14 1:57pm 5/26/14 1:57pm

Atlético Madrid's Diego Simeone Is The World's Dopest Manager

Atlético Madrid and Barcelona are set to play the biggest league game in the history of the world today. Most of the cast in this production are well known—Barça are still Barça, though by all accounts their manager is not long for this city; we've touched on Atléti's players before—but the total badassery of the… » 5/17/14 10:00am 5/17/14 10:00am

Greatest Ever La Liga Season Gets The Barça-Atlético Final It Deserves

The stage is set. As our search for the rightful champion of La Liga enters its final act, the protagonists make their way to center stage, swaying, stumbling, and trying to keep their feet about them to avoid face-planting into the orchestra pit like the third title aspirant, Real Madrid. The curtains will soon raise… » 5/08/14 1:40pm 5/08/14 1:40pm

Barcelona Slammed With Enormous Transfer Ban For FIFA Rules Violations

Today, FIFA announced unparalleled sanctions against Barcelona for repeated and systemic violations of the international body's youth transfer rules. Barcelona has been banned from any transfer activity for the entirety of next season. This is the coup de grâce in what already has been a monumentally embarrassing… » 4/02/14 11:48am 4/02/14 11:48am

Lionel Messi Broke Barcelona's All-Time Goal Record With This Hat Trick

Another game, another broken record in the simply unparalleled career of Lionel Messi. His hat trick against Osasuna yesterday put him atop the all-time Barcelona scoring charts at 371, surpassing Paulino Alcántara's 87-year-old mark of 369. It was a vintage display from a player whose game is only encapsulated by… » 3/17/14 2:28pm 3/17/14 2:28pm

How Atlético Madrid Is Making La Liga Fun Again

The typical European soccer league hierarchy is in a bit of flux this year. Yes, England's league, as usual, remains the deepest in the world in the midst of an amazingly competitive campaign with more swerves and shifts of momentum than a Gareth Bale free kick. But in Germany—often the most competitive from top to… » 2/11/14 2:47pm 2/11/14 2:47pm