And here we go again … Gamper Trophy time, aka “Much ado about … what”

18 August 2014

Is it that time already? The Gamper Trophy match, the traditional festivity that is also a Friendly That Matters, is a herald for a new season at FC Barcelona. Liga starts next week, but the Gamper shows off the squad and its new signings, sets up a festive atmosphere and has, of late, rolled out […]

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Posted in Gamper Trophy, Match comments post, Preseason, Thoughts, Transfers/Transfer Rumors46 Comments

Once upon a time in Catalonia

17 August 2014

Note: This article was written some time ago to be published when Suarez’s signing was made public. Things got in the way, and five weeks later our new number nine will soon be presented in front of a full Camp Nou at the traditional Gamper’s Trophy. What the hell, I might as well… THE PRELUDE Little more […]

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Posted in Barcelona34 Comments

A case for the defense, aka “Not just any old defender, but almost”

09 August 2014

The most fascinating debate of this summer and its transfer window, has been the debate raging about our two centerback signings, Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen. A respondent on Twitter said to me that Vermaelen was fine, but that he was expecting a “spectacular” signing. So of course, precisely because I am guilty of thinking […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts, Transfers137 Comments

Mmmm, so satisfying, aka “A look back at transfer history”

08 August 2014

This will be a short one, in part because chocolate donuts await, but with the news of Thomas Vermaelen being all but done and the attendant wailing and rending of garments, I racked my brain to think of the last Barça transfer that satisfied everyone, and you know what? I came up with two, possibly: […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts, Transfers, Transfers/Transfer Rumors80 Comments

McKuler is not impressed, aka “The summer of our discontent”

26 July 2014

Whatevs … Summer is here, and after years of neglect of the sporting project, transfers are being made, players coming in that people — most notably the folks whose asses are on the line — hope will improve the team. Finally! Whatevs … not good enough.

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Posted in Thoughts, Transfers, Transfers/Transfer Rumors357 Comments

Winner of the World Cup Prediction Pool Game Thing

19 July 2014

Nope, I haven’t forgotten about this. (Can I get a drumroll, please?) The winner of the first BFB World Cup Predictions Game is…

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Posted in Contests, World Cup245 Comments

GOATS, success, failure and Lionel Messi, aka “Be here now.”

14 July 2014

The World Cup is over and now the debates begin about Messi, roiling tempests that reduce the actual winner of the tournament to a seeming afterthought. And they are so predictable that it’s almost lazy, as if by rote the same lines are drawn by the same groups of people: – Look at the stats. […]

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Posted in Messi, Thoughts, World Cup280 Comments

Immortality

12 July 2014

  6 Ligas 2 Copas del Rey 6 Supercopas de España 3 Champions Leagues 2 UEFA Super Cups 2 FIFA World Cups 1 Olympic Gold Medal

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Posted in Barcelona, Player Profiles, Preview80 Comments

Anything to win, aka “Benvingut, Luis Suarez!”

11 July 2014

Let’s be clear about this: The Luis Suarez transfer is a vile, disgusting act by desperate men, a board trying to save its power-hungry asses and a new coach who doesn’t want to be like his predecessor. It’s at the terminus of an arc of lies and neglect of a sporting project. At the end […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts, Transfers149 Comments

Misunderstanding Messi, aka “You don’t get it, but that’s okay. Hardly anyone does.”

06 July 2014

Messi doesn’t care. If you want to understand Messi, understand that. It took a while for me to figure that out, but this most recent World Cup brought a lot into perspective for me regarding Lionel Messi. There have been some excellent articles on him: a piece that goes back to Rosario, a statistical breakdown […]

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Posted in Messi, Supposition, Thoughts208 Comments

Ugliness in the beautiful game, aka “This is a man’s world”

04 July 2014

“I never meant to hurt anyone. I was defending my shirt.” The beautiful game wasn’t at all today as Brazil faced off against Colombia in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup. The sad part is that you could see it coming even before the match started as the coach of Brazil, “Big Phil” Scolari, […]

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Posted in Neymar, Thoughts89 Comments

The Argentina Primer: You’re a Hot Mess…

03 July 2014

…but I’m still into you.  

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Posted in Analysis, World Cup288 Comments

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