I was one of those in Krasnodar, Russia, who lived through the 24 hours of "What's happening to Julen Lopetegui?" when the Spanish FA president decided whether to back or sack La Roja's coach last June.
Now, four months later, here we are again. Chaos reigns, short-term criteria will dominate over either mid- or long-term planning, egos are to the fore and Lopetegui must be very unsure indeed whether he's got several hours or several days to alter his fate at Real Madrid.
Back in Krasnodar the...
Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr. will miss the Clasico against Barcelona later this month after he was sent off for diving moments after scoring a superb goal in Real Madrid Castilla's draw with Celta Vigo B on Sunday.
Spanish football regulations mean his suspension covers both senior games and Castilla matches, and he will therefore miss the game at the Camp Nou next weekend.
Vinicius, 18 -- who was not part of the senior squad as Madrid suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Levante on Saturday -- had curled...
Barcelona moved back to the top of La Liga with a 4-2 win Saturday against Sevilla but they were left with concerns over an injury to Lionel Messi.
Messi set up Philippe Coutinho for the opener and scored the second himself before being forced off with an arm injury after 26 minutes.
Luis Suarez added Barca's third from the penalty spot in the second half after a remarkable double save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the other end.
Sevilla pulled one back through Pablo Sarabia, with Ivan Rakitic...