Debuts Part 7: Michu

JOHNNY MCLELLAND fondly remembers Michu’s explosive debut, whilst lamenting his short stay at the top table Some players burn brightly, but briefly. For a season in South Wales, Michu dazzled brighter than a diamond. However, his Premier League tenure would read like the ancient proverb: “the flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long”. […]

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Debuts Part 2: Emilio Butragueño

MATT EVANS remembers the debut of homegrown Real Madrid legend Emilio Butragueño, who helped usher in a new period of dominance for the capital club “It’s amazing”, the red-cheeked young man said to the camera; “it’s as if somebody up in heaven decided this”. His cherubic looks and neat side parting gave the unassuming appearance […]

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Debuts Part 1: Diego Costa

RYAN PLANT kicks off the Debuts series with a sweet and sour Atlético reintroduction for the unpredictable Diego Costa You get the impression that if Diego Costa watched The Thick of It he would admire Malcolm Tucker and think: ‘Yes, I’d happily go for a cerveza with him’. Though, if you looked at him in the […]

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Sergio Busquets: A Reassessment

It is an image that is forever burnt into my mind: Sergio Busquets peeking through this fingers to see if his theatrical response to Thiago Motta’s challenge had succeeded in getting his opponent sent off. In the maelstrom that was that 2010 Champion’s League semi-final between Inter and Barcelona, it was the defining image of […]

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