FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale – Chapter 7: January 2021

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 6. For previous chapters, see Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, and Chapter 6. -Isaiah The month begins with me waving Paolo Gazzaniga off into the sunset as his loan ends, sending… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale – Chapter 7: January 2021

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Caganers, cows, and the club: looking at a few fires to put out

The other day, Antonio Conte was hired by Tottenham and the rumors swirled that Unai Emery was on board at Newcastle. It felt like a lot of the football world, or at least football Twitter, ground to a halt to yell about it. Barça Twitter–the English-language version to which I subscribe (monthly fee: all your… Continue reading Caganers, cows, and the club: looking at a few fires to put out

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A Strange and Twisted Tale

We often remember things and people as a series of emotional moments. We don’t really control them, but we have vivid recall when it matters most. I remember the moment I met my wife more than 14 years ago, although she was just a friend-of-a-friend and at the time it was no more momentous a… Continue reading A Strange and Twisted Tale

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Distant Stadiums and Broken Clubs

Today is really about one thing: crumbling infrastructure. It may seem like it’s about other things because I’m going to mention food, the Lord of the Rings, and even Power Rangers, but it’s actually all about infrastructure. As an American, I am no strange to oddly placed stadiums. In fact, it’s weirder to me to… Continue reading Distant Stadiums and Broken Clubs

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FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale – Chapter 5: November 2020

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 5. For previous chapters, see Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 4. -Isaiah November begins with interesting news out of America, as Al Gore wins his sixth term in office, celebrating… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale – Chapter 5: November 2020

FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 4: October 2020

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 3. For previous chapters, see Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. -Isaiah At the beginning of a tough looking month it’s nice to get some recognition. My players may be hacking each… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 4: October 2020

FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 3: September 2020

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 3. For previous chapters, see Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. -Isaiah Paulo Gazzaniga comes in on an emergency loan basically because he (a) speaks Spanish and (b) is willing to come. With… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 3: September 2020

FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 2: Transfers and Pre-Season

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 2. The first chapter can be found here. -Isaiah There are two types of manager in professional football: the kind that adapts to their players, letting them guide his style. Think of… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 2: Transfers and Pre-Season

FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 1: Introduction

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. Let’s go along for the ride on what is sure to be a roller-coaster ride to the, well, either the top or bottom of the European football mountain. -Isaiah Chapter One – Introduction Throughout my… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 1: Introduction