This country within a country has long been the breeding ground for Spain’s top stars, but so fiercely proud are the Basque Country's two biggest club sides that they are unique in world football. The Game columnist Andy Murray explains how.
Tag: La Liga
Atlético de Madrid had not won a La Liga title since 2014. Nor had anyone else except Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. With Real Madrid beating FC Villarreal in a simultaneous match, the title would have gone to them had Atlético tied or lost to Real Valladolid.
A shift in hierarchy, a scandal, a pandemic and many tears -- last season of La Liga took us for a ride. Now with the loss of big names like Messi and Ramos, fans flocking back to the stadiums and fresh new rosters, there is a lot to be revealed in the 2021-22 season.
It is a unique trick to make a photograph of the most prestigious trophies in club football – four Champions League cups, 10 La Liga crowns, seven Copa del Reys and more – project an aura of humiliating failure. But that is what Barcelona managed when they shared an image on social media, showing the full collection of Lionel Messi’s achievements, after the club’s greatest ever player was clumsily shoved out the door.
IMAGO Weekend Roundup. In the week the US ushered in a new President and era; the weekend saw the Dutch PM condemn corona riots as “criminal”, countries reaching emergency virus point and rallies in Russia protesting the arrest of Alexei Navalny.