Michael Barnes

Based in Cambridge, UK, Michael is a freelance football writer, currently working for Football-Espana and the North American magazine Soccer 360. Previously a news and feature writer for A Different Liga, he has written for Uefa.com and Football-Italia and writes features for the matchday magazine at Cambridge United FC, where he has held a season ticket since 2003.
La Liga preview: A new season beckons for Spanish giants
La Liga preview: A new season beckons for Spanish giants

The Spanish Primera Liga gets underway this weekend with Barcelona defending the title they won for the 23rd time last season. Real Madrid, under new leadership, will again provide the Catalans with their sternest challenge, but expect Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla to be leading those determined not to let […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 35: Barcelona Win For Tito Vilanova
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 35: Barcelona Win For Tito Vilanova

Just two days after the death of Tito Vilanova, Barcelona staged a remarkable comeback to beat Villarreal but Atletico Madrid remain on course to become Spanish champions after a narrow win over Valencia. Atleti are four points ahead of Barca and six in front of Real Madrid, who thumped Osasuna […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 34: Barca Win But Atleti March On
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 34: Barca Win But Atleti March On

Atletico Madrid defeated Elche to take a four-point lead over Barcelona, who ended their losing streak with a win over Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid trail their city neighbours by six points, but have a game in hand as their match with Valladolid was postponed ahead of their Champions League semi-final […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 32: Atleti Stay Top as Big 3 All Win Again
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 32: Atleti Stay Top as Big 3 All Win Again

It’s “as you were” at the summit of La Liga as the top three all won once again. Athletic Madrid overcame Villarreal, Barcelona beat rock-bottom Betis and Real Madrid won well at Real Sociedad. Atleti are a point ahead of Barca, who in turn lead Real Madrid by two points […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 31: No Change in Spain as Top Three All Win
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 31: No Change in Spain as Top Three All Win

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid all registered wins at the weekend as the Primera Liga title race in Spain looks set to go right to the wire. Atletico were victorious in Bilbao, Barca won the Catalan derby and Los Blancos hammered Rayo Vallecano. Atletico Madrid remain on top of […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 30: Barca Bounce Back as Sevilla Derail Madrid
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 30: Barca Bounce Back as Sevilla Derail Madrid

Real Madrid suffered a second successive defeat, losing at Sevilla as Atletico Madrid and Barcelona both gained victories to pull clear of Los Blancos in the Spanish title race, but Barca’s success was marred by a serious injury to goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Barcelona followed their 4-3 Clasico victory on Sunday by beating Celta Vigo 3-0 […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 29: Barca Back in Business in Super Clasico
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 29: Barca Back in Business in Super Clasico

An incident-packed Clasico saw Barcelona edge Real Madrid by the odd goal in seven to close the gap at the top of La Liga to a point while Atletico won at Real Betis as the Spanish title race took another intriguing turn. The season’s second Clasico delivered seven goals, three […]

el Clasico Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona Could Be Spanish Title Decider
el Clasico Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona Could Be Spanish Title Decider

With 10 gameweeks remaining, it might be rash to suggest that the result of one match could determine the destination of Spain’s Primera Division title but, come the end of the season, this weekend’s Clasico in Madrid might in retrospect have had a significant bearing on the final outcome. Real […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 28: Barcelona Hit Seven as Top Three All Win
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 28: Barcelona Hit Seven as Top Three All Win

In the past weekend action in Spain, leaders Real Madrid remain in pole position in La Liga after winning at Malaga while second placed Atletico Madrid are three points behind their city rivals after beating Espanyol. Barcelona put seven past Osasuna but stay third, trailing Atletico by a point. Real […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 27: Real Madrid Make Light of Barcelona Shock
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 27: Real Madrid Make Light of Barcelona Shock

Real Madrid are three points clear at the top of La Liga after beating Levante on Sunday. Atletico Madrid won at Celta Vigo to trail the leaders by three points and Barcelona’s shock defeat at Valladolid leaves them a further point behind in third. Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 24th goal of the […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 26: Real Madrid Hold the Lead in Spain
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 26: Real Madrid Hold the Lead in Spain

Real Madrid top La Liga after finishing all-square with Atletico Madrid in the city derby. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are just a point ahead of Barcelona, who won at home against lowly Almeria, while Atleti trail the Catalans by two points. Cristiano Ronaldo struck eight minutes from time to secure a […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 25: Basques 2 Leaders 0
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 25: Basques 2 Leaders 0

Real Madrid beat Elche to go three points clear at the top of La Liga, as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both succumbed to Basque opposition. Barca were well-beaten by Real Sociedad while Atletico were humbled at Osasuna. The title race is poised to take another twist next weekend when Los […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 24: Messi Moves Closer to All-Time Record [VIDEO]
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 24: Messi Moves Closer to All-Time Record [VIDEO]

Lionel Messi broke one record and moved closer towards another as Barcelona defeated Rayo Vallecano with ease. Real Madrid won 3-0 at Getafe and Atletico Madrid beat Real Valladolid by the same score as the three title contenders remain separated only by goal difference. Lionel Messi rewrote the record books […]

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 23: Atletico Madrid Stunned At Almeria [VIDEO]
La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 23: Atletico Madrid Stunned At Almeria [VIDEO]

Atletico Madrid lost their outright lead at the top of La Liga, their defeat at Almeria providing the story of the weekend. With Barcelona and Real Madrid both winning against Sevilla and Villarreal respectively, the top three are all level on 57 points, Barca having the advantage of a superior […]