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Following the seven undefeated matches in La Liga with an equal number of clean sheets , Barcelona are now set to face their eternal rivals Real Madrid at the  Santiago Bernabeu. The match seems to be a clash of titans as both teams have been in terrific form in the recent weeks. Barcelona haven’t conceded any goals in the league so far making a new record of clean sheets by Claudio Bravo.While Real Madrid have recovered very well from the earlier defeats they faced against Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid while …

So, to the fourth in this series of 6 articles looking at the top 60 players in world football and probably the hardest list to select. In researching this list I realised our generation is blessed with a group of fantastic central midfielders and picking just 13 was very difficult. In fact, it proved too difficult and I had to choose 4 honourable mentions instead of just 3. I apologise and hope you will understand the difficulty. Thank you and please enjoy, comment, discuss, vent your outrage at my selections and read the …

The third in a series of six articles looking at the best 60 players in the world at the moment, we are now onto full-back having done golkeepers and centre-backs. Please enjoy, comment, discuss and read the next article; the top 10 central midfielders.
Full-backs
Honourable mentions:

Fabio Coentrao – A frustrating year for the 26 year old former Benfica man, playing second fiddle to Marcelo for club and having a disappointing World Cup for country. However, he is still an intelligent player, who is technically skilful and tactically versatile. Young enough to still …

Colombia’s number 10, dubbed ‘El Nuevo Pibe’ (The New Kid), successor to Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama the original ‘El Pibe’, James Rodriguez is reportedly on the verge of a massive €80million move to Real Madrid that would make him the most expensive Colombian footballer of all time, surpassing the €60million current club AS Monaco paid for teammate Radamel Falcao last summer. The World Cup Golden Boot winner, and unofficial best player in the tournament, has the world at his prodigiously talented left foot. After his outstanding performances in leading Colombia …

Leading on from the top 10 goalkeepers in the world; I now present you the top 10 Centre-backs in the world. Remember, this is partly judged on recent performances and partly on permanent class. Enjoy, comment and discuss and remember to look out for the remaining four articles in this series of 6, the next one being the top 10 full-backs.
Centre-backs
Honourable mentions:

Diego Godin – An old school centre-half who bought into the ‘Simeone way’ from the very beginning to great effect. His dogged style and aerial prowess means he is now crucial …

The number 10 role is always the role that the kids want to play in nowadays, AS Monaco star James Rodriguez is irresistibly adding to the temptation of the role. James leads the way in this World Cup and proves to be the talisman for the South American side and is currently leading the race for the golden boot but they’re not just average goals he’s scoring as 3 of the 5 could be nominated for “Goal of the Tournament”. So what is ‘James’ all about and why the big …

Football can sometimes be so cruel. For Atletico Madrid to be so close to their greatest footballing night and to have it all taken away at the last minute must be heart-breaking for the supporters. The Ramos goal delivered what proved to be the knock-out blow for Atletico Madrid. It was only a matter of time before Real won as all the Atletico players were out on their feet. The final score line suggests that this was an emphatic victory for Real Madrid but it was anything close to being …

For football fans, the weekend ended with the thrilling Liverpool and Manchester City six pointer…and captain Steven Gerrard’s tears.
Liverpool fans overcame all possible emotions within those enthralling 90 minutes. First the sadness of Hillsborough tragedy anniversary; the silence; the goosebumps at kickoff; the anticipation of how the game will flow; then the elation after Raheem Sterling sidestepped the City defence to open the score; the dream of title; the shrill and stretching of vocal cords after 2-0; the skepticism of holding on; the ‘pinching myself’ at half time; the edginess …

Peace and tranquillity are usually traits that can be found in abundance desert regions throughout Spain. However, twice a year and this coming Wednesday “El Gran Classico” divides two cities over politics, nationality, class and sporting fanaticism.

Real Madrid: The club of the cigar smoker. Every banker, rich businessman and anyone of financial importance is a member. Some bring cushions to matches to avoid the potential stiffness of placing their backside on a hardback seat. On the outside the club always appears to have a mountain of debt. But don’t let …

Diego Simeone aims to become the first manager in Atletico Madrid’s history to record three successive of victories over rivals Real Madrid.
Simeone takes his table-topping side to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night having won their last two games over Real and he will hope to further etch his name into the history books as he continues to excel at the helm of the Vicente Calderón.
Having already led Atletico to the Copa Del Rey last season, his team will play tomorrow night with an unprecedented feeling of power, accompanied by …