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Mexico captain Andres Guardado has forged a career, won hearts all over Europe

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At Age 20, Andres Guardado had little idea what was in store for his career.

The younger, curly-haired version of the player who would become Mexico's captain couldn't...






Real Betis use Manga and Anime to unveil Takashi Inui signing

Real Betis have announced the signing of Japan international Takashi Inui on a free transfer from La Liga rivals Eibar. But they've got very creative to do it. 

Betis drew on the inspiration from Manga and Anime to reveal the arrival of Takashi on Twitter. Several characters from Manga, including the dragon from Dragon ball, are seen in the video before Super Mario Brothers show up at Takashi's home to hand him a Doraemon soft toy, which has a Betis jersey inside that the player pulls out to...

Scouting Spotlight: Elseid Hysaj, Jordan Torunarigha and Fabian Ruiz

Elseid Hysaj's versatility makes him an attractive prospect.

Scouting Spotlight profiles players across Europe who have caught the eye. This week a Napoli full-back who is attracting interest from Real Madrid, Hertha's answer to Jerome Boateng and a young star at Real Betis.

Elseid Hysaj -- Napoli

After playing under Maurizio Sarri at Empoli, Hysaj followed the coach to Napoli in 2015 in a €6 million transfer. The Albania international has proven himself to be one of the club's most consistent performers as they chase their first Scudetto...

 By Sid Lowe

Real Betis coach Quique Setien: 'I understand football through the ball'

Setien played for four clubs over a 20-year career, becoming a manager in 2001.
Setien played for four clubs over a 20-year career, becoming a manager in 2001.

Betis manager Quique Setien is a Bruce Springsteen fan but once described himself as a "rolling stone" who loves chess and insists that its lessons can be applied to football. A technical, creative player from Santander who was at Atletico Madrid under legendary president and crook Jesus Gil, and under more managers than he can remember, he sits at a desk trying to list them all but soon admits defeat.

Setien was on the Spain bench at the 1986 World Cup, always lamented not getting the chance...

 By Chris Borg

Jack Wilshere could spurn Manchester City, Chelsea for La Liga move

Stevie Nicol feels Marouane Fellaini may be best suited with a move away from Man United after his contract expires.

With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here.

Betis 'close to Wilshere move'

Last month, Chelsea and Manchester City were reported to be potential destinations for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere -- but now he could be on his way to La Liga instead.

Wilshere's deal expires in the summer, meaning he can leave on a free transfer in July, and the Sun says Real Betis "believe they are close to pulling off a...

 By Nayib Moran

Guardado continues to excel for Betis; 'Chicharito' struggles at West Ham

MEXICO CITY -- Four years ago, Mexico finished the CONCACAF Hexagonal with 11 points and seven goals scored. El Tri had to take part in a playoff match against New Zealand just to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Criticism of Mexico's European legion increased throughout the Hex, mainly because the numbers were poor. Mexico only scored seven goals during the last Hex, and only two of those were scored by a player who was playing in Europe.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez stirred some controversy in...