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Joaquin calls for patience after Real Betis suffer season of mediocrity

Former Barcelona player Dani Alves feels it might be time his old club moved on from their current passing game following another disastrous Champions League exit.
With Philippe Coutinho still struggling to adjust to life at Barcelona, compatriot Dani Alves feels says he needs to change his mentality if he wants to succeed.

Spain's penultimate league weekend of the season was so intense, unpredictable, tearful and joyous in almost equal measure that you may well have missed a legend doing something legendary.

Real Madrid were torn apart, humiliated ahead of their season finale against Real Betis. Barcelona wandered their way through the post-Anfield hangover but still managed to almost fatally pierce Getafe's Champions League aspirations.

Girona crumbled to almost certain relegation despite winning at Madrid...

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...

 By Ben Gladwell

Joaquin pleads with Fiorentina to let him return back to Real Betis

Joaquin is already hard at work on his bullfighting techniques as part of his goal celebrations.
Joaquin started his career with Real Betis.

Fiorentina midfielder Joaquin insists he wants to go home and join Real Betis this summer, making a plea to the Serie A club to release him as he is "not very well."

Betis have made an offer for Joaquin, 34, but the Viola have yet to accept. They are still trying to convince the player to stay since coach Paulo Sousa is keen on keeping him.

However, Joaquin says he is no longer fully committed to Fiorentina, adding that he is desperate to return to his former club.

"I want to go back to Betis, I...