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Player Ratings: Pedro and Luis Suarez on form as Barcelona end 2014 in style

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique admits his side are a work in progress, but expects them to challenge Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for the La Liga title.
Barcelona signed off 2014 with a fine win over Cordoba on Saturday, with Luis Suarez scoring his first goal in La Liga.

Barcelona achieved a convincing 5-0 victory against Cordoba at the Camp Nou on Saturday to end the year in style. Pedro, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi (two) scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who signed off before the winter break with a fine win.

Luis Enrique's men managed to open the score line within the first minute in what was a decisive moment that changed the game completely. From that point on, the visitors' need to push forward to get at least one point from their trip to...

 By Sid Lowe

Recreativo Huelva's anniversary celebration has British and Irish roots

Barcelona helped to commemorate Recreativo Huelva's 125th anniversary in the summer.

Editor's note: This article has been adapted from a speech about the origins of football in Spain, given by the writer in Spanish on July 18, 2014.

Like any good story, this one starts in the pub. Football was born officially in the Freemason's Arms, near Covent Garden in London, in October 1863. It was there that "The Rules and Regulations of the Game" were written and from there that football took over the world, Spain included. They call bullfighting the "fiesta nacional," but Spain's true fiesta...

Another showing like against Huesca will keep critics off Barcelona's back

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has expressed he'd like to follow in the footsteps of former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola and be a coach at the legendary Catalan club.

Luis Enrique summed up 2014 on Friday using a very particular Spanish vernacular that is best translated up as "amazing" or "excellent," but it will not have a very happy ending if his Barcelona side fail to beat lowly Cordoba on Saturday and put on a bit of a show for the Camp Nou crowd. The fact is Barca missed a great chance last weekend to put pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga and finish 2014 on the top of the pile.

Their 0-0 draw with Getafe was a huge two points lost that could...

Iker Casillas' journey from depths of despair to Real Madrid's 700 club

The ESPN FC crew discusses Iker Casillas' future with Spain after David de Gea replaced him in goal in the game against Luxembourg.

Half a year can seem like a lifetime in the world of football -- just ask Iker Casillas. Just six months ago, the Real Madrid legend must have been wondering if his hugely decorated spell at Real Madrid was coming to a not-so-decorated conclusion, but now the 33-year-old will hope to celebrate his 700th official appearance for the club he loves by lifting the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday night.

Real were minutes away from not even being in Morocco at all. Carlo Ancelotti's side were staring...

 By Lee Roden

In securing Angel Correa, Atletico Madrid finally get their heir to Aguero

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone remained coy on the possibility of Fernando Torres returning to Spain.

The high turnover of players at the Vicente Calderon means every summer is important for Atletico Madrid. With the La Liga title win and Champions League final appearance last season raising expectations, getting it right this year was particularly crucial for the club. Mario Mandzukic, Antoine Griezmann and Alessio Cerci were all significant investments made in an effort to maintain the momentum, yet before any of those forwards completed their moves, one striker should have already arrived.


Barcelona have enough depth and quality to survive a transfer ban

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Sid Lowe discuss the Champions League draw, where Barcelona drew a tough Manchester City side in the round of 16.

It may have been a dead tie against third-rate opposition, but Tuesday's 8-1 win over Huesca on Tuesday night in the last 32 of the Spanish Cup again proved that Barcelona have enough talent in reserve if the current transfer ban on the club is upheld.

A decision is expected at some stage before the end of December -- word in the Catalan media on Wednesday is that it could come in the next seven days -- from the Court of Arbitration for Sport about the FIFA ban that currently stops Barca from...