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Real Betis expose Barcelona using the tactics that made modern Barca great

To immediately understand the principal reason Betis humiliated Barcelona this weekend at the Camp Nou, you can go back to mid-July 2008 on a training pitch in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Yes, Ernesto Valverde was soundly beaten on tactics by Quique Setien.

Yes, if you compare Pau Lopez's superb first-half save from point-blank range, when Clement Lenglet thought he had scored, against Marc-Andre ter Stegen's limp-wristed effort that let Betis go 3-1 up, they can tell one tale of why the points went...

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets gives signed shirt to Betis coach Quique Setien, boss tipped for Camp Nou

After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation.

After becoming the first coach to inflict a home defeat on Barcelona in 26 months, Real Betis manager Quique Setien's stock has never been higher.

With a reputation for prioritising attractive, attacking football, the word on the wire in Spain is that Setien may well end up plying his trade with Barca, and sooner rather than later.

Indeed, with Ernesto Valverde's future uncertain beyond the summer, there are some who believe the Catalans will make their move to bring the highly-regarded Betis boss...

La Liga's maverick magicians entertain Spain from their backyards

Any other 37-year-old man with a mop of shockingly bleached hair, dancing wildly late on a Sunday night, shirt off and posing like the Hulk in full "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" mode, would draw derogatory comments about his "midlife crisis." But Joaquin Sanchez is no ordinary man. No ordinary footballer, either.

Somehow, the Real Betis captain is dreams made flesh. Wildly talented at football, uproariously funny, durable given that his club's medics announced last season that he's been...


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...