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Six of the Best – Past & Present Towers

There was a time, many years ago, when any self respecting stadium development in Spain could not be called complete without the addition of a tower. This impractical, egotistical appendage was all the rage during the 1940’s, when Franco’s regime and his hand-picked club presidents started to develop new arenas. The inspiration for the building More...

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By Chris Clements On Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Six of the Best – Madrid’s Hidden Gems

Think of stadiums in Madrid and thoughts immediately turn to the elite palace that is the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu or the hulking presence of the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Think a little harder and More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Six of the Best… Unexpected International Venues

Occasionally, albeit very occasionally, the RFEF get things right. Take for example their stance on allocating venues for international matches. With no national stadium to hog all the home fixtures, the Spanish More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Six of the Best… Stadiums in Galicia

Hey, Talk about repackaging old ideas as new. This makes me feel like a member of the Coalition Cabinet! Actually what this does allow me to do is to share with you some rarely seen photographs and showcase related More...

By Chris Clements On Sunday, October 21st, 2012

A Season in the Spotlight – La Liga 1945-46

Background. This was the fifteenth Spanish league championship and to date, the title had only travelled to the south of the country on one occasion when Real Betis won the league in 1935. By 1945, Betis had fallen More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, October 15th, 2012

Spain vs France & the Calderón Connection

When the draw for the UEFA qualification groups was held on 30 July last year, attention rightly focused on the Spain vs France fixtures. Tomorrow, at the Vicente Calderón, the first of the two ties will take place. More...

By Chris Clements On Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Arrested Development

Despite the effects of Spain’s crippling financial crisis and the lack of a coherent plan when it comes to scheduling fixtures, the Spanish football fan is a hardy breed. Reports of a mass exodus of spectators More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, September 14th, 2012

Grounds for concern?

Earlier this year, Forza Futbol invited me to write an article on the state of stadiums in La Liga. With a few notable exceptions, it did not make happy reading. I reported that the majority of clubs in Europe’s More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, September 10th, 2012

A Season in the Spotlight – La Liga 1985-86

Background. Spain in 1985 was unrecognisable from the neurotic, militarised State of a decade earlier. Democratic and social reform had transformed the country and its people, which in turn led to a surge in creativity More...

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Building for the Future?

Spanish football sits at the top of the international and club game, but all is not well. The perilous financial state of La Liga’s top clubs has been well documented, and whilst Spain’s best continue to shine More...