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Author Archive for Sid Lowe

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Julen Lopetegui roars as the king of Seville and repays Monchi’s faith | Sid Lowe

This is the game you can’t afford to lose, and the Sevilla coach’s wild eyes showed what winning the 130th derby meantWhen it was over, Julen Lopetegui started roaring, mouth so wide you could fit his half of Seville inside. He wore a wild look in his …

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Son’s reaction to Gomes injury shows how hard it is for players to walk away

From John Fashanu to Andoni Goikoetxea, it is not just the injured who feel the pain of career-threatening tackles‘Take that.” Roy Keane stood over Alf-Inge Haaland, lying in a crumpled heap never to play a full game again, delivered his message and wa…

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Osasuna film festival offers players a view to a thrill and unique bond | Sid Lowe

With not much money but spirit to burn, the club are using footage of fan power to drive their La Liga returnBack in the summer, when the recently promoted Osasuna were building a squad for their return to La Liga, they sent videos to the players they …

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Osasuna film festival offers players a view to a thrill and unique bond | Sid Lowe

With not much money but spirit to burn, the club are using footage of fan power to drive their La Liga returnBack in the summer, when the recently promoted Osasuna were building a squad for their return to La Liga, they sent videos to the players they …

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Proud Athletic Bilbao are on a journey to find ways to win beyond ball games | Sid Lowe

The Basque club’s book-publishing and literature and film festivals are a model for how smaller clubs can express their identities in an era of super-club domination“They push me against the wall, hands on my head. They frisk me, recriminating me in a …

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Nabil Fekir, Rubí and a picture that sums up sport | Sid Lowe

Real Betis v Celta Vigo was supposed to be the end. But one coach looks like he will still be standing after a dramatic finaleMaybe the best way to grasp what happened on Wednesday night and what it meant is to pause it and watch it back again frame by…

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And the big winners of this season’s first Clásico weekend … Granada | Sid Lowe

This wasn’t supposed to happen. But Granada are only the third promoted team to ever be top of La Liga as late as thisThe first clásico weekend has a habit of shaping the season, a glimpse of the way things are and the way they’re going to be, pieces s…

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Spanish female footballers to strike over pay and part-time contracts

• ‘We have to fight for our rights,’ says Bilbao’s Ainhoa Tirapu• Players’ strike expected to start on 16 NovemberSpain’s women footballers have voted to go on strike after negotiations over a collective agreement with the clubs broke down over minimum…

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Pace, precision, power, joy: Real Sociedad storming in La Liga | Sid Lowe

Imanol Alguacil’s team are rocketing this season with a style of football that is delighting their fans and playersThere was one loud explosion and then six more followed. Across the city they knew that could mean only one thing: Real Sociedad had won …

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A new Sevilla but the same old story as Barcelona blow them away | Sid Lowe

Julen Lopetegui’s side did many things right at Camp Nou but missed chances allowed Barça’s big guns to take them apart“This is a game in which the team that puts the ball in the net wins,” said Nolito, helpfully. Which is why he departed the Camp Nou …

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A new Sevilla but the same old story as Barcelona blow them away | Sid Lowe

Julen Lopetegui’s side did many things right at Camp Nou but missed chances allowed Barça’s big guns to take them apart“This is a game in which the team that puts the ball in the net wins,” said Nolito, helpfully. Which is why he departed the Camp Nou …

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Sancho and Trippier show freedom of movement brings opportunities | Sid Lowe

Younger players are heading further afield as a path to first-team football and it’s benefiting national teamsG areth Southgate was still beaming when he arrived at the ground. There had been just enough time to watch Ben Stokes produce the innings of …

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Sevilla and Sociedad’s special show puts Madrid derby in shade | Sid Lowe

Real and Atlético disappointed on Saturday but Sunday in Seville saw the game of the La Liga season so farThere were three minutes gone when Adnan Januzaj produced the perfect pass for Mikel Oyarzabal to score the first goal and three minutes left when…

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Sevilla and Sociedad’s special show puts Madrid derby in shade | Sid Lowe

Real and Atlético disappointed on Saturday but Sunday in Seville saw the game of the La Liga season so farThere were three minutes gone when Adnan Januzaj produced the perfect pass for Mikel Oyarzabal to score the first goal and three minutes left when…

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Rodrygo and the ‘ilusión’ of La Liga’s 21st-century boys | Sid Lowe

Week six had been marked by kids, born after 2000, but also by two veterans at the other end of the scale“I like the goal, yeah,” Zinedine Zidane said, “but I like controls more, and his control was the hostia.” Which was one, pretty good way of puttin…

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Barcelona trapped in a recurring nightmare that began at Anfield | Sid Lowe

Last season’s calamitous Champions League exit against Liverpool did not cause Barcelona’s crisis – it exposed structural failures which were ignored for too longBarcelona’s crisis? Pretty much the first thing Junior Firpo did as a Barça player was mis…

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‘A star is born’: Ansu Fati announces himself and changes his world | Sid Lowe

This wasn’t one of those things that just happens. It wasn’t something you watch; it was something that takes you with itThis story starts in a self-proclaimed communist utopia, a tiny village in the Andalucían countryside where Che Guevara looks out f…

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Dani Ceballos: ‘I’ve hardly noticed any difference between Real Madrid and Arsenal’

The midfielder on settling at Arsenal, why Anfield stunned him and how rain, snow and Christmas fixtures will not put him offIt starts with a song. Dani Ceballos listens back, laughs, then looks down a little bashfully. “Surprising,” he calls it. Arsen…

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Spain ready for first women’s clásico, as Real Madrid enter the fray | Sid Lowe

On Saturday night the season kicks off with Barcelona v Real Madrid, though the latter are strictly not called thatOn Saturday night the Spanish season opens with el clásico but this time it is different. At 6pm at the Estadi Johan Cruyff, for the firs…

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Jordi Cruyff on Johan: the dad who became Barcelona’s spiritual father | Sid Lowe

Before the unveiling of a statue outside Camp Nou, Jordi Cruyff talks of how his famous father shaped his life and why it did not work out at Manchester UnitedThe way Jordi Cruyff tells the story, the way his mum and dad always told it, one day Johan C…