Don Balón was a Spanish weekly sports magazine specializing in Spanish and international football. The magazine was published in Barcelona between 1975 and 2011. It was distributed on five continents.

Don Balón
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Editor-in-ChiefJuan Carlos Casas
First issue7 October 1975 (1975-10-07)
Final issue2011
CompanyEditorial Don Balón, S.A.
Based inBarcelona

History and profileEdit

The magazine was founded in 1975[1] by José María Casanovas, a very well known Spanish sport journalist, who had the idea of creating an internationally recognized sport magazine.[2] In the same year he also founded the daily sport newspaper Sport, which focuses on FC Barcelona.[2]

Don Balón had its headquarters in Barcelona.[1] The magazine was published on weekly basis[1] and was a member of the European Sports Magazines association along with similar publications World Soccer, Kicker, and A Bola.

Don Balón published special magazine supplements every year on La Liga and European competitions. In 1976 the magazine launched the Premio Don Balón (Don Balón Award) yearly to the best Spanish player, the best foreign player, the best coach, the best referee and the breakthrough player in La Liga.[2]

The magazine also produced an annual list of 100 young players, who they felt had huge potential, from across the world. When the magazine ceased publishing, In Bed with Maradona, an online football journal, continued this list [3]

The magazine disappeared on September 2011 due to the economic crisis and a scandal which brought on the arrest of its lead editor Rogelio Rengel.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c The Europa World Year: Kazakhstan - Zimbabwe. Taylor & Francis. 2004. p. 3908. ISBN 978-1-85743-255-8. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Prasidh Kumar Mishra (10 October 2010). Sports Journalism. Pinnacle Technology. p. 91. ISBN 978-1-61820-463-9. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. ^ In Bed with Maradona
  4. ^ Exclusive: Siempre Football meets… Don Balón Archived 14 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Siempre Football

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