Author Archives: Michael Barnes

About 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 Roundup, Gameweek 33: Madrid Clubs First and Second as Barca Crash at Granada

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Barcelona slumped to defeat at Granada and both Madrid sides took full advantage to pile more pressure on Barca and their coach Tata Martino. Real Madrid’s emphatic victory over Almeria and Atletico’s win at Getafe mean Los Colchoneros are three … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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. … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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. … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 25: Basques 2 Leaders 0

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 22: Atletico Madrid Top La Liga After Barca Loss

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There was finally a shift at the top of La Liga as Atletico Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad to go top, while Barcelona were beaten by Valencia. Real Madrid were held to a draw by Athletic Bilbao and remain third. Atletico … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 21: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid March On [VIDEO]

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La Liga’s top three all won at the weekend to leave the Spanish title race too close to call. Barcelona and Real Madrid enjoyed home wins against Malaga and Granada respectively while Atletico Madrid put four past Rayo Vallecano. Barcelona … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 20: Real Madrid Poised as Barca and Atleti Drop More Points [VIDEO]

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Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both dropped points but Real Madrid won again to close the gap on La Liga’s top two to a point and leave all three clubs embroiled in a three horse-race for the Spanish title.  Barcelona were … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 19: Real Madrid Profit from Atleti-Barca Stalemate

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Real Madrid were the major beneficiaries from the weekend’s La Liga action, narrowing the gap behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to three points after their slender win at Espanyol and the top two’s goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon. Barcelona … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 18: Treble for Alexis as Barca and Atleti Maintain Lead

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There were wins for Spain’s top three as La Liga resumed after the Christmas and New Year break. Barcelona defeated Elche comfortably, Atletico Madrid won at Malaga and Real Madrid overcame Celta Vigo. Alexis Sanchez took full advantage of the … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 17: Pedro’s Treble as Barca Hit Five

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Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both had to come from behind to win their respective matches in the final game week before the mid-season break. As a result, the two clubs remain level on points at the top of La Liga, … Continue reading