Daryl Finch

London (1991). A graduate from the University of Nottingham, Daryl has worked for SUR in English since 2014 as reporter, sub-editor and head of sport.

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10/12/2017 18:09


An unexpected boost far from home

After eight agonising months on the road with just a single point from 12 away games, Malaga finally picked up a win at what is proving to be a lucky ground for them with a 2-0 victory at Anoeta. Despite terrible luck with officials over recent mon

08/12/2017 09:20

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Peter the Great's frigate open to the public in Malaga this Saturday

Russian sail training and museum ship, the Shtandart, will dock in Malaga tomorrow, Saturday, where it can be viewed by the general public. On the way to Spain, the Shtandart has travelled 2,000 nautical miles from the UK, through the Bay of Biscay

04/12/2017 12:32


Barona Fuengirola top Andalusian inline hockey league

The Fuengirola Lions are fielding two sides as they look for success in the Andalusian inline hockey league this season. Barona Fuengirola and Fuengirola Lions both played two games each on Sunday; the latter started against Malaga, beating them 10

02/12/2017 13:25


Fans turn on Míchel after dire home draw

For the first time during his reign, the fans' ire was directed at head coach Míchel following a disappointing home draw to Levante on Friday night. Having won their last two home games against Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruña, respectively, this

01/12/2017 14:05


Defensive reinforcements imminent at Malaga

The start of the winter transfer window is just over a month away and yet Malaga are set to announce a new signing in the coming days. Following news that left-back Juankar has been ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage, th

01/12/2017 12:32


Double international success for Aloha College

Aloha College U18 boys' and girls' football teams returned victorious from their international debut at the eighth International Schools Algarve (ISA) tournament, held in Vilamoura, Portugal. The girls' team won their final 2-1 against the Internat

28/11/2017 22:33


Malaga crash out of the Copa del Rey with underwhelming draw

Malaga crashed out of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday night after a 1-1 draw against Numancia at La Rosaleda. The Blue and Whites trailed the second division side from the first leg (1-2) but looked set to progress on away goals when Adrián hooked Jony

27/11/2017 12:29


The Fuengirola Lions, new leaders of the Liga Sur

The latest round of Liga Sur games took place in Fuengirola at the weekend with hosting team, the Fuengirola Lions, playing three games. Their first, against Aguilas, started badly with the Murcia side getting off to a strong start, taking a 5-2 le

25/11/2017 16:26


Míchel's men give Real a rough ride at the Bernabéu

Malaga went into Saturday's game at the Bernabéu with nothing to lose. They had never beaten Real Madrid on their home patch and simply aimed to consolidate their improved form after last week's victory over Deportivo La Coruña. The visitors put up

10/11/2017 17:14


Kit controversy blights build-up to Spain friendly in Malaga

The Spanish national team returns to play at La Rosaleda for the first time in more than five years this weekend, but much of the build-up has surrounded the new kit the side will be wearing, rather than the players wearing it. The new strip, desig

06/11/2017 17:49


A mixed start as Fuengirola Lions get league defence under way

Fuengirola Lions got their defence of the Liga Sur under way in Seville on Saturday with a match against Roller Murcia, who came third in the International Tournament held in Fuengirola in September. Willy Ericsson put the Lions ahead, assisted by

30/10/2017 15:43


A victory at long last

The agonising wait is finally over. Malaga picked up their first win of the season at the tenth time of asking as they saw off Celta Vigo at La Rosaleda on Sunday night. The home side, who were languishing at the bottom of the table having picked u

27/10/2017 12:16



Photography is coming back in a big way with smartphones now boasting high-quality cameras and Instagram being the medium of choice for many young people to share their own unique moments. This clock face, located on the top floor of a world-famous

21/10/2017 23:20


Refereeing decisions cost Malaga at the Camp Nou

A trip to the Camp Nou is difficult even at the best of times. So with Malaga five points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table, they needed luck to be on their side. However, this deserted them as early as the second minute on Saturday night a

20/10/2017 13:45


Míchel receives vote of confidence from Husillos

Despite his side sitting bottom of the La Liga table with just a single point, Malaga head coach Míchel has received the backing of his new sporting director, Mario Husillos. Husillos has said that the Malaga boss will not be losing his job, even a

16/10/2017 15:18


Another game, another defeat for Malaga

This was billed as the match Malaga would kickstart their season. Fresh from the international break, the partisan crowd at La Rosaleda on Sunday night encouraged their side from the outset, boosted by the return to fitness of Luis Hernández and Juan

30/09/2017 19:50


No derby joy for Malaga

The short trip to Seville on Saturday was a fruitless one for Malaga who have now suffered six defeats from seven league games after their latest loss in the Andalusian capital. A penalty from Éver Banega and a strike from Luis Muriel within two mi

17/09/2017 00:04


Improved Malaga can't spoil Atlético's party

A resolute Malaga performance was not enough to spoil the party as Atlético Madrid ran out 1-0 winners in their first game at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday night. Almost 65,000 people, including King Felipe VI, packed into the new gro

15/09/2017 18:46


International inline hockey back in Fuengirola

Local inline hockey team, the Fuengirola Lions, will this weekend host the eighth international inline hockey tournament, with a total of ten participating teams. Because of growing interest from abroad, local sides Málaga, Marbella and Sevilla are u

11/09/2017 23:39


Winless Malaga fall into the drop zone

Malaga fans were left calling for the departure of owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani after their latest defeat, their third out of three games so far, saw them propping up the table. La Rosaleda was unusually subdued on Monday night even before fans w

01/09/2017 18:07


The Malaga fine art collection makes way for Picasso

The Malaga Museo de Bellas Artes, the province's fine art collection, closed its doors to the public on 1 September 1997 - the start of a protracted and emotional saga which would only get its happy ending at the end of last year, almost twenty years

31/08/2017 20:34


Malaga province welcomes the Vuelta a España

The country's biggest cycling race rolled into Malaga province on Thursday as the twelfth stage of La Vuelta a España departed from Motril bound for Antequera. Race leader Chris Froome couldn't build on his commanding lead from stage 11 in which hi

26/08/2017 23:41


A change of shape but no change of fortune

Malaga's woeful run continued as they fell to their second consecutive league defeat on Saturday night. Newly-promoted Girona made history as they claimed their first ever win in the top flight at the expense of an ineffective Malaga side in desperat

11/08/2017 18:24


Lazio claim the Costa del Sol Trophy

Malaga's miserable record in preseason continued as Italian side Lazio claimed a comfortable 1-0 victory in the Costa del Sol Trophy match in front of a half-full La Rosaleda on Saturday night. Míchel fielded an eleven which many would expect to li

06/08/2017 16:23


Al-Thani publicly shuts down move for Javi García

In the aftermath of Saturday's defeat to Lazio, Malaga head coach Míchel confirmed that he was interested in adding Zenit defensive midfielder Javi García to his squad. He said: "I spoke with him yesterday. It's looking good. We're just waiting for t

04/08/2017 19:26


A new era for Malaga, with new captains

With the old guard moving on, there were new faces on Tuesday when Malaga's new first team captains, Roberto Rosales, Recio and Miguel Torres, presented this year's edition of the Costa del Sol Trophy. Malaga take on Lazio this Saturday at La Rosal

28/07/2017 20:55


Luis Aragonés, architect of Spain's footballing domination, is born

It was an unpopular decision; but he never shied away from controversy (he once got into a spot of bother for calling Thierry Henry a "black shit"). Ahead of his side's Euro 2008 qualifier against Sweden, Spain coach, Luis Aragonés, left Raúl, captai

21/07/2017 18:11


Malaga to kick off LaLiga season at home to Eibar

The first game of the season is always a special occasion, but this year it will be of special significance for Keko, Adrián and Borja Bastón as they welcome their former side Eibar to La Rosaleda on the opening day. Fixtures for every round of the

11/07/2017 19:18


Rafa Nadal bows out after mammoth five-hour clash

Rafa Nadal crashed out of Wimbledon in spectacular style on Monday, losing an epic battle with Luxembourgian Gilles Müller after almost five hours of play. The Spaniard was applauded off the court despite losing 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 in what was th

05/07/2017 16:32


Deal agreed with Wolfsburg for Ignacio Camacho departure

His name has never been far from the gossip columns, but now Ignacio Camacho is set to leave Malaga for good, with German side Wolfsburg agreeing a deal with both player and club. A 13-million-euro offer has been accepted by the Costa side, who wil

05/07/2017 16:28


One in one out; Borja Bastón replaces Sandro in Malaga's frontline

Malaga have completed their third signing of the summer after Swansea City striker Borja Bastón signed a year-long loan deal on Tuesday. The deal agreed between the two parties is highly favourable for Malaga who have not had to pay a loan fee and

30/06/2017 19:46


Brexpats press ambassador on the lack of official information

British ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, sat down with representatives from Brexpats in Spain following the forum on Friday and heard a wide range of concerns affecting British people resident in Spain. While he could offer few concrete answers g

29/06/2017 12:50


"I feel like I have several homes"

At just 16 years of age, Mozart Dee has already experienced what many would be lucky to experience in a lifetime. This is because at the age of five, her parents decided to leave California and embark on a 'digital nomad' lifestyle, taking in 48 diff

23/06/2017 15:46


23 June 2016: The UK votes to leave the EU in a historic referendum

On the day billed as "Independence Day", the day that the British people would "take back control", the people of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar went to the ballot boxes to deliver a result few in the establishment had considered possible. Europ

12/06/2017 20:30


Hundreds of bodybuilders descend on Marbella

Two-time UKBFF British champion Robert Taylor was in Marbella this week as he took part in the IFBB Olympia Amateur Spain 2017 competition. Taylor, who runs The Muscle Unit Gym in Barnsley, was the highest placed Briton in the men's 90kg bodybuildi

28/05/2017 11:15


Luis Enrique bows out with Copa del Rey final win over Alavés

Luis Enrique ended his spell as Barcelona boss on a high last Saturday as the Blaugrana recorded a 3-1 victory against Deportivo Alavés in the Copa del Rey final, the last official game to be played at the Vicente Calderón. The match was effectivel

26/05/2017 17:34


Lessons to be learned

Football fans have short memories, that much is true. And it's far from unreasonable for many Malaga fans to want to forget Juande Ramos' ill-fated second spell at the club. Perhaps it's fair to say that Malaga have ended the season exactly how man

26/05/2017 13:00


Silence across the country to remember the victims

At midday on Tuesday, public institutions across the country held a minute's silence for the victims of the attack the night before. Prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, was joined by British ambassador, Simon Manley, to remember the 22 victims, many of

22/05/2017 18:12


Real Madrid bag the title on a big day for Malaga old boys

There have been few occasions at La Rosaleda to match this one in recent years and the home faithful didn't disappoint; a sell-out crowd turned out to witness the final game of the season and one that would decide the destination of the title. It w

19/05/2017 20:34


19 May 1939: A show of strength from the new regime

With the Civil War recently over, General Franco sought not only to celebrate the Nationalist victory, but also demonstrate the permanent nature of his regime with a large-scale military parade through the capital on 19 May 1939. The spring of 1939

19/05/2017 20:17


Who needs what from the title decider at La Rosaleda?

All eyes will be on La Rosaleda this Sunday evening, for one of the biggest games witnessed on the ground since Borussia Dortmund visited in the Champions League quarterfinal in 2013. Real Madrid need just a point to win their first league title si

03/05/2017 16:00


Derby goal fest adds to Malaga's holiday cheer

Malaga made it three wins on the spin with six goals shared out in an enthralling derby contest at La Rosaleda on Monday night. The home side were the first to settle into any sort of rhythm and carved out the first chance of the game courtesy of a

28/04/2017 15:55


Full house for Cudeca's 25th anniversary classical concert

Cudeca's 25th anniversary year celebrations got off to a flying start as Malaga's Cervantes theatre filled out for a celebration of classical music on Tuesday night. Recognising the work of the cancer hospice over the past quarter of a century, hu

22/04/2017 15:53


Sandro inspires comfortable home win

The double match week got off to a great start for Malaga who saw off Valencia by a comfortable two goals to nil at La Rosaleda on Saturday afternoon. Míchel reverted to a more conventional line-up than that which lost in Galicia last week, employi

21/04/2017 13:34


21 April 2005: Congress passes gay marriage reform bill

There were celebrations among LGBT groups across Spain after the Spanish Congress voted in favour of the reform bill that would allow marriage between same-sex couples. With 183 votes in favour, 136 against and three abstentions, Minister of Justic

31/03/2017 15:17


Tangier: colourful past, vibrant future

From an Arabic outpost for spies and writers, to the perfect getaway for rock stars and the jet set, Tangier has seen it all. Controlled by everyone, and at times no one, Morocco's northernmost city has always been uniquely placed in the Arab world.

31/03/2017 14:19


Morocco, closer than ever before

Northern Morocco has been made even more accessible now by Air Arabia who is running direct flights between Malaga and Tangier three times a week. The half-hour flights cost as little as 19 euros each way though be aware that surcharges apply if us

24/03/2017 12:11


24 March 1988: Gibraltar elects Joe Bossano as Chief Minister

With a turnout of around 74 per cent, Gibraltarians voted in Joe Bossano, with his distinctive moustache and large-framed glasses, as their new Chief Minister on 24 March 1988. Many voters waited until after work to cast their votes with queues formi

24/02/2017 18:46


A victory, at long last

Something about Malaga's victory on Monday felt inevitable. Despite being on a run of ten games without a win and facing up to impressive opposition, you still got the feeling that the win would come. Marcelo Romero has done a magnificent job since

07/02/2017 15:39


Malaga looking over their shoulders after latest home defeat

It's now eight games without a win for Malaga after a fortunate Espanyol side escaped with all three points at La Rosaleda on Saturday afternoon. In the weekend's early kickoff, Malaga started the brightest. Unfortunately for them, Michael Santos h

03/02/2017 19:17


The English Cemetery welcomes the British Ambassador

British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, visited the English Cemetery in Malaga on Friday morning as members of the cemetery's trust, led by president Bruce McIntyre, offered him a guided tour of the premises and showed him the site where the new r

03/02/2017 14:37


José Rodríguez joins to reinforce Malaga's midfield

José Rodríguez is now a Malaga player. His signing was confirmed on Tuesday, transfer deadline day, after the player passed his medical on Monday morning. The midfielder joins until the end of the season on a loan deal from German club Mainz, with an

31/01/2017 15:55


José Rodríguez joins to reinforce Malaga's midfield

José Rodríguez is now a Malaga player. His signing was confirmed on Tuesday, transfer deadline day, after the player passed his medical on Monday morning. The midfielder joins until the end of the season on a loan deal from German club Mainz, with an

27/01/2017 18:04


Nadal sets up Federer final in the Australian Open

Rafa Nadal has set up the final everyone was anticipating after seeing off Bulgarian Gigor Dimitrov in an enthralling five-set semi-final on Friday. In a match that lasted almost five hours, the Mallorcan won 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 to reac

25/01/2017 18:00


Malaga react, but with no reward

Malaga fell to a fourth league consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon as they took on league leaders Real Madrid at the Bernabéu. Few could fault their effort in a game in which they had chances of coming away with at least a point and could feel a

24/01/2017 21:02


Malaga sign Luis Hernández from English champions Leicester

Malaga have added further reinforcements to their backline after confirming the signing of centre-back Luis Hernández on Tuesday. The 27-year-old joins from English champions Leicester City after enduring an unhappy six months in the East Midlands du

18/01/2017 18:04


Martín Demichelis completes Malaga return

Malaga's defensive crisis is about to be eased with the arrival of centre-back Martín Demichelis, who has rejoined the club on a free transfer some three and a half years after he left. The 36-year-old was a free agent after having his contract wit

17/01/2017 10:31


New era, same old problems

It wasn't the start new Malaga head coach Marcelo Romero would have hoped for as his side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Balaídos on Sunday night. Romero rung the changes, reinstating Carlos Kameni in goal but after just seven minutes, he was beaten. Shar

06/01/2017 13:57


Romero: "I'm capable of taking this project forward"

Marcelo 'Gato' Romero was presented as Juande Ramos' replacement as head coach last Friday and was keen to get on with business. He came across as humble, yet showed conviction that he is the right man for the job. He is, after all, not a beginner in