Spain

Fernando Torres and the perils of coming home

Rekindling old relationships between players and clubs can be difficult, but Fernando Torres has pulled it off (Atletico Madrid) In July of 2007, Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres bid adios to the only club he ever knew. After seven years on the first squad and after becoming the team’s youngest captain at the tender age of 19, …

The day the Spanish Football Federation was born

This day in football history On 4 January 1909, representatives of several clubs met in Madrid to form the Spanish football federation. The meeting was held at the offices of Real Madrid, with club president Adolfo Meléndez serving as the federation’s first secretary. Originally named the Federación Española de Clubs de Football, the new organization followed …

The founding of Spain’s oldest football club

This day in football history On 23 December 1889, Dr. Alexander Mackay and a group of British workers at the Rio Tinto mining company in the city of Huelva formed the Huelva Recreation Club. Now known as Recreativo de Huelva, it is Spain’s oldest football club, earning it the nickname “El Decano” (the Dean). The club …

18-year-old referee sucker punched for calling a penalty

A particularly vicious Dirty Tackle of the Day When a referee awards a penalty, there’s little that can be done to change their mind. One thing that definitely won’t work: running up and punching them in the face. In fact, this is guaranteed to make the situation infinitely worse. And yet, that’s what one player in …

If it continued… (Barcelona v Real Madrid)

What would’ve happened if El Clasico didn’t end when it did (Barcelona/Twitter) A late Sergio Ramos equalizer stunned the Camp Nou and salvaged a 1–1 draw for first-place Real Madrid. Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead in the 53rd minute, but Ramos’ uncanny knack for scoring when it’s most needed stopped Barca from cutting into Real …

The birth of Barça’s founding father

This day in football history On 22 November 1877, Barcelona founder, player and president Hans-Max Gamper was born in Winterthur, Switzerland. An avid sportsman, Gamper grew up in Zürich, where he helped found and played for both FC Excelsior and FC Zürich. He also played for FC Basel. In 1899, he moved to Barcelona and, on …

Jamie Vardy celebrates goal with mannequin challenge

The England striker brings the world’s latest meme to the pitch If you haven’t noticed by now, the internet has been taken over by yet another new meme: the mannequin challenge. In England’s friendly against Spain, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy scored with an impressive header, connecting with a Jordan Henderson cross that saw the Three …

Barcelona’s unstoppable Barbara Latorre gets tripped, scores anyway

Not even egregious fouls can stop Latorre Barbara Latorre moved from Espanyol to Barcelona in 2015 and on Thursday she scored a spectacular goal against her former club. After evading a studs-up challenge, two Espanyol players colliding with each other, and getting hauled to the ground from behind, Latorre got back up, prevented a last-ditch clearance …