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Málaga – Estadio La Rosaleda

Charting the history of some Spanish clubs can be more complicated than following the most convoluted private affairs of a Hollywood star. Step forward the city of Málaga, who over the past century has seen its club’s experience mergers, take-overs, economic ruin and in recent years, apparent financial salvation and then potential ruin again. I More...

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By Chris Clements On Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Sevilla – Estadio Benito Villamarín

I don’t know about you, but I can’t help choosing a favourite when a city has two prominent clubs. More often than not I will plum for the lowest ranked as I feel that it is in my footballing DNA to More...

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Vila-real – El Madrigal – Estadio de la Ceramica

On the coastal plain close to Castellón de la Plana, around five miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea, lies a stadium so conspicuously larger than any of its surroundings it resembles a grounded oil tanker, More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Madrid – Estadio Vicente Calderón

If you didn’t know of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona’s dominance of Spanish football, you could be excused for thinking that Club Atlético de Madrid’s record of 10 league titles & 10 wins in the Copa More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, May 16th, 2011

Vitoria – Estadio Mendizorroza

For a club that goes by the nickname of El Glorioso, Deportivo Alavés seems to have more than its fair share of mediocrity. This historic club from the heart of the Basque country has experienced some dizzying More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Leganés – Estadio Municipal de Butarque

Up until a decade or so ago, Club Deportivo Leganés had their own private battles in the south of Madrid with local rivals Getafe Club de Fútbol. The majority were carried out in the lower reaches of the Spanish More...

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Barcelona – Camp Nou

“There are stadiums great by reputation and association which, when first encountered, disappoint. The Nou Camp is not among them”. So said Simon Inglis, the doyen of all things “stadium”. I must More...

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Barcelona – RCDE Stadium

Many people questioned the wisdom of RCD Espanyol when they revealed that their new stadium would be built on a strip of industrial wasteland by the banks of the Rio Llogbregat in the satellite town of Cornellà-El More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, February 18th, 2011

San Sebastian – Anoeta

When Real Sociedad moved to Anoeta in 1993 the change in culture must have been immense. It was not just a mile or so to the south of this beautiful coastal city, but a world away from the intense and claustrophobic More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Eibar – Ipurua

Maybe it’s because I don’t support a big club, but I look at SD Eibar and I like what I see. It’s small, well run, part of the community, yet still prepared to mix it with the larger clubs and bruise a few More...