Richard P Martin
Richard Martin is an English journalist based in Madrid specialising in Spanish football. He works as a translator for Spanish sports newspaper AS and has written for and When Saturday Comes. He tweets about Spanish football and other subjects @rich9908

Blog Entries by Richard P Martin

Atlético Thrash Sevilla and Dare to Dream of Toppling Real

(1) Comments | Posted 26 November 2012 | (04:05)

"Glory is achieved by fighting", read a huge banner behind one of the goals in the Vicente Calderón before Atlético Madrid's game with Sevilla on Sunday. It was an appropriate message, as Atlético have not gotten where they are this season - second in the league, on 34 points from...

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Benzema's glorious Return Gives Mourinho a Selection Conundrum

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2012 | (15:08)

"I can't say my start to the season has been great," admitted Karim Benzema in an interview ten days ago. He was frustrated at being second fiddle to Gonzalo Higuaín in Real Madrid's attack, playing 260 fewer minutes less than his fellow striker, and had scored just one goal in...

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Size Doesn't Matter in Football - It Never Has

(2) Comments | Posted 10 October 2012 | (14:54)

After watching Santi Cazorla deliver another superb performance for Arsenal during their 3-1 win over West Ham last Saturday I was struck by the importance several sections of the media attached to the Spanish midfielder's height.

Cazorla's height has been the focus of interviews with The Mirror, and...

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Real Madrid Limp to First Away Win of the Season in Bizarre Circumstances

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2012 | (13:54)

Sunday night in Vallecas, Madrid: The narrow Avenida Albufera, next to Rayo Vallecano's stadium, is teeming with activity. There are supporters scrambling to buy last-minute tickets, there are boozed up punters hovering outside the packed bars, having one last swig of their drinks before going into the ground.


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The Bizarre Logic of Getafenomics

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2012 | (20:10)

Before Barcelona beat Getafe 4-1 away from home last Saturday, Cesc Fabgregas said it would be a difficult game "because Getafe's fans always put pressure on us". Players flattering opposition supporters is nothing new, but Fabregas was simply not telling the truth: Getafe's fans make hardly any noise at all,...

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La Liga Week 1: Madrid draw, Villa Returns and Rayo Make a Stand

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2012 | (03:59)

So the opening weekend in Spain's Primera Division wasn't so bad after all. First of all all the matches went ahead, which was a real concern just two weeks earlier. As well as games, there were goals, and lots of them: 29 in total, including eight in one game. The...

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2012/13 La Liga Season Set to Kick-off to Background of Player Exodus and Financial Turmoil

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2012 | (16:35)

The 2012/13 La Liga season begins on Saturday after a turbulent week which has punctured any excitement for the new campaign and left many fearing for the future of the league beyond Real Madrid and Barcelona.

It all began with the announcement on Monday that Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente...

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Spanish Football in Disarray as La Liga Clubs Revolt Over Kick-Off Times

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2012 | (19:22)

When Vicente Del Bosque's side thrashed Italy 4-0 in Kiev on 1 July to retain the European Championship and become the first ever team to win three major international trophies in a row, football in Spain seemed to be experiencing its finest hour. It was a striking contrast with the...

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