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The 100 Best Footballers in the World

The Guardian’s 11-strong international panel of experts set about ranking the best footballers in the world, and end up with their top 100. #99 Diego Forlan Age: 33   Nationality: Uruguayan Team: Internacional The striker became the most capped Uruguayan of all time at the 2011 Copa América and is also the country’s record scorer. That seemed implausible when […]

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Team of the Season so far – La Liga

La Liga has almost reached its halfway point and there is one team well and truly on top as the winter break approaches – Barcelona. The Catalans lead the Primera Division by nine points from Atletico Madrid, with rivals Real a further four back in third. … In goal we find Betis’ Adrian, who has proved […]

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Radamel Falcao, the tiger finisher..

Atlético Madrid visit Camp Nou this weekend for a top-of-the-table clash and with a striker in supreme, scintillating form. And so it’s that time again. Two clubs, two cities, face to face. Sunday night at Camp Nou: first versus second in La Liga. Two teams that are way out in front, two players too. First […]

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Radamel Falcao – The Complete Goalscorer

Radamel Falcao displays eye of the tiger to fire Atlético Madrid to win. Radamel Falcao had scored 182 goals in his career but not one of them was a free-kick. He made his debut in the Colombian league at 13 and became a starter for River Plate in Argentina at 19, scoring seven in his […]

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Forget Messi & Ronaldo, Falcao should win Ballon d’Or

The gala presentation for the 2012 Ballon d’Or may still be some way off, however talk has already begun over who will be crowned the best footballer in the world. Three-time winner Lionel Messi is favourite for many people, while others believe Real Madrid’s Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has finally done enough to pip his […]

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Sid Lowe – La Liga returns

  ” Sometimes, somehow, football finds a way. The opening night of the new season was one of those times. They can sell your best players, asset-strip your dreams, cut the cable on the back of your TV, and destroy your chances of winning anything ever again. They can try to empty stadiums of fans […]

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La Liga Preview – Sid Lowe

Real’s and Barça’s ability to make the impossible look easy has crushed the ambitions of La Liga’s other clubs and tarnishes Spanish football’s golden age. ” It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. Spain are European and world champions, the most successful national team in history. They completed a unique […]

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