La Liga

Camp Nou is haunted by a ghost that trips Barca players

Two bizarre penalties were awarded to Barcelona after players were mysteriously tripped by an unknown entity Down 2–0 on the final day of the season, Barcelona was in dire need of a win in order to sustain any hope of claiming another La Liga title. Miss after miss, shank after shank, the world famous front three …

Barcelona robbed of clear goal during draw with Real Betis

La Liga’s lack of goal-line technology costs Barca points Barcelona had a clear goal disallowed late in their 1–1 draw with Real Betis, renewing calls to bring goal-line technology to La Liga. Real Betis shocked the visitors by taking a 75th-minute lead. Even more shocking, however, was when Barca appeared to equalize, but the referee failed …

Sevilla employ magical floating ball in loss to Barcelona

The future of ball podium technology is NOW! (Sevilla FC) When Barcelona come to town, clubs are forced to do everything they possibly can to try and stave off the seeming inevitability of defeat. So with that in mind, Sevilla tried to counter the magic of Lionel Messi with an illusion of their own in the …

Valencia fans throw stuff at Barcelona players, Leo Messi rages

You throw seeds, Messi scores winners It’s not unusual to provide guests in your home with snacks and beverages, but Valencia fans did this to Barcelona players in a manner that was decidedly more hostile than hospitable. It started when former Valencia player Paco Alcacer, who joined Barca in a €30 million transfer last summer and …

The many crimes of Jesús Gil

How a talkshow host / small-town mayor / convicted criminal /sausage enthusiast stole Spain’s third-largest soccer team illustrations by Miguel Valenzuela This feature appears in Howler Issue 11. Snag a copy here. It was around ten-thirty in the morning when Jesús Gil y Gil, the 62-year-old president of Atlético de Madrid, hauled himself out of his …