Phil Ball Archive
Ball: The secrets of motivation
Phil Ball considers the issue of motivation, with particular focus on Jose Mourinho's failure with Real Madrid.
May 13, 2013
Ball: Mourinho walks his dog (again)
Phil Ball reflects on the La Liga season after Barcelona were finally crowned champions after Real Madrid were beaten.
May 6, 2013
Ball: Talk is cheap
Phil Ball reports on a busy week in Spain, with Jose Mourinho the focus of many of the headlines.
April 29, 2013
Ball: Changing of the guard?
Phil Ball wonders if it is too soon to write off Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League.
April 22, 2013
Ball: Money and conspiracy theories
Phil Ball headed to the bar to take in Valencia's thrashing of Malaga as the referee prompted anger.
April 15, 2013
Ball: Facts and figures
Phil Ball on Deportivo's Lazarus performance in La Liga, and San Mames new-found place in history.
April 8, 2013
Ball: Clones from Pea Mountain
With Xabi Alonso out of contract at the end of next season, Phil Ball picks out his perfect replacement.
April 1, 2013
Ball: The Canary chronicles
Phil Ball takes in a lesson on island football as he pays a visit to the sun-drenched Canaries.
March 18, 2013
Ball: Tweet and get beat
Phil Ball offers a cautionary tale from the Galician derby as Hugo Mallo's attempts to join the fans proved ill advised.
March 4, 2013
Ball: Clasico conclusions
Phil Ball considers the repercussions of Real Madrid's Clasico wins and reflects on a six-goal thriller between Betis and Sociedad.
March 4, 2013
Ball: Musho Beti
Phil Ball takes in a game at Real Betis' Benito Villamarin and puts himself among some of Spain's most passionate fans.
February 25, 2013
Ball: Camp Nou rehearsal
Phil Ball visits a snow-dusted Camp Nou as preparations heat up for Barcelona's meeting with Real Madrid.
February 18, 2013
Phil Ball: Madrid looking for Bale out
Phil Ball explains why Gareth Bale is more suited to Real Madrid than Barcelona and how he might be the tonic they need.
February 11, 2013
Phil Ball: Local hospitality
Phil Ball is left with an unpleasant taste in his mouth after making his maiden trip to Real Zaragoza's Estadio de la Romareda.
February 4, 2013
Ball: Geta life
Phil Ball gets to grips with Getafe as he pays his first visit to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on a freezing Saturday night.
January 28, 2013
Ball: Elche return
Phil Ball glosses over Ronaldo and Messi's tit-for-tat weekend to review Elche's Segunda success and spark of the King's Cup.
January 21, 2013
Ball: Bang the drums
Phil Ball reflects on an eventful week for Barcelona , which started with Guardiola announcing a future in Germany and ended with defeat.
January 14, 2013
Ball: Half-term report
Phil Ball sorts the over-achievers from the predictable at the halfway stage in Spain's La Liga.
January 7, 2013
Ball: A tale of two keepers (and Xabis)
Saint Iker was centre of attention again as Real Madrid edged a seven-goal thriller, writes Phil Ball.
December 23, 2012
Ball: Christmas crackers
Jose Mourinho decided to spark his very own apocalypse when he dropped Iker Casillas for the loss to Malaga, Phil Ball writes.
December 17, 2012
Ball: The losers' blues
Phil Ball tries to find reasons for Mallorca's slump from European candidates to relegation fodder.
December 10, 2012
Ball: The corridors of power
Phil Ball reflects on Messi's record-breaking brace and considers what life without Mourinho may entail for Real Madrid.
December 3, 2012
Ball: When I ruled the world
La Liga expert Phil Ball on a brilliant Barcelona start and a disappointingly defensive Atletico Madrid.
November 26, 2012
Ball: Topical troubles
La Liga expert Phil Ball bemoans Friday fixtures and sings the praises of Malaga's rising star Isco.
November 19, 2012
Ball: Hunting cats and sausages
La Liga expert Phil Ball reveals why he's always been a fan of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.