Busy month in Spanish football
November’s been exciting enough as I’ve settled into role as Spanish correspondent for UAE newspaper Sport 360. It still takes a bit of time to explain about being an Irish guy living in Madrid writing in English, about Spanish football, for readers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but it’s working well.
There’s definitely been plenty to write about, including lots of goals. I’ve been to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu to report for the paper on Madrid’s 7-1 win over Osasuna in La Liga, 6-2 hammering of Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and 4-1 win over nine man Atlético in the Madrid derby. I also got to direct a visiting Croatian journalist to the Bernabéu mixed-zone, which was nice to be able to do. This close view was handy when it came to writing about why Madrid are playing so well at the moment.
Besides Madrid there’s also been plenty of different Spanish football stuff to cover for Sport 360 – including a breakdown of Lionel Messi’s first 202 goals for Barcelona, a preview of Spain’s ultimately unsuccessful recent trip to Wembley and a profile of ex-Atlético and Sevilla and new Al Ahli coach Quique Sanchez Flores.
My weekly blog on the Football Ramble website is handy for looking at different aspects of the Spanish game – recent pieces have covered the Galician derby down in La Segunda, Sergio Ramos’ mistaken view of his own strengths and the wheels coming off at Real Betis. There was also a blog for Iberosphere about how Jose Mourinho can’t but smile when everything’s going his way. More seriously, I wrote a piece for the latest When Saturday Comes magazine on the influence of Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes has on various La Liga clubs. No link for that one, but you should buy the magazine.