Author: Kxevin

In my fantasy life, I’m a Barca-crazed contributor over at Barcelona Football Blog. In my real life, I’m a full-time journalist at the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago, Illinois.

January 29, 2010 / / Team News
Hmmm .... we must improve, but how?

Is it already that time of the season?

EMD is saying that Guardiola has been asked to choose between Ribery and Silva for our soon-to-be-vacant left wing. Apparently he likes both, but Silva fits the Barca profile better in terms of ball and player movement on the pitch, and being Spanish. Stay tuned for lots more in that shell game. Personally, I’m not sure that my preference sits with either. What say ye?

January 28, 2010 / / Injuries
We got a lot of what it takes to get along!

–We made money last season! 8 million Euros to the good, to be precise. Between all the prize booty, exhibitions, etc, our beloved club finished with a profit. An actual, true-to-life profit.

–In the “ex Barca” file, Harry Redknapp has him some Monument. Our own Eidur Gudjohnsen has a home in Tottenham. Yay! It’s a loan deal, but it’s expected that he will be able to stay. Monument should do quite well in the Premiership, as he shone with Chelsea.

January 28, 2010 / / Nonsense
January 28, 2010 / / Nonsense
January 27, 2010 / / Team News
I'm sitting .... for now ....

So, it would appear that we have a quandary.

Or do we?

In one corner, we have Pedro!, product of the farm, scorer of goals in six different competitions, with as many goals as our highly paid import Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If he keeps up his current qualities of showing up and scoring goals, we might have to change his nickname to something official, like Action Jackson, or some such.

January 26, 2010 / / Thoughts

Look deep. Deep into my eyes. What do you think? Can my boys and I pull the magic trick of going undefeated for an entire La Liga season?

You are getting sleeeepyyyy. Sleeeepyyyy ….

Ding! Wake up now, because it’s time to contemplate.

Our beloved club has reached the halfway point of the season with a 5-point lead on one Evil Empire. It is also undefeated in the league, having conceded but 10 goals.

Yes, you read that right …. 10 goals.

January 25, 2010 / / Nonsense

This is about the simplest post that I have done in a while, but at the halfway point of the season, as we revel in the meaningless distinction of being winter champions, let’s have a love/hate post, as in:

What Barca player do you love, and what Barca player do you hate (note that this can be a mild dislike, if hate is too strong a descriptive.)

January 24, 2010 / / La Liga
No worries, Gerard. I got this.

The year 2008 might well stand as one of the best transfer summers that our beloved club has ever had. We grabbed Gerard Pique, Dani Alves and Seydou Keita, all in that same summer.

And at the time, people giggled as Del Nido rubbed his scaly fins together, saying that we were taken to the cleaners with the 14m for Keita and the 28m (and counting) for Alves. There were a lot of “What did we buy him for,” for the former, and “Boy, did we overpay” for the latter.

Only now, in the light of history and overwhelming success on the part of our club, do those transfer fees now seem a bargain, as both players have been crucial parts of our machine of victory. And today was no exception. Keita slid into the role of defensive midfielder and did an excellent job, and Alves just raised pure hell, with a hand in all three of our goals, one crappy little samba and a performance that earned the enmity of Valladolid’s home faithful.

So what the hell is this picture of Victor Valdes doing up here, right?

January 23, 2010 / / La Liga
January 21, 2010 / / Team News
Yay for us!

Okay. First off, who the hell knows what this all means, but I will never pass up the opportunity to crow about an accolade heaped upon our beloved club, especially one that is objectively subjective. Or subjectively objective. Or something that isn’t somebody saying “We are best. So there. Neener, neener.”

The IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) has crunched the numbers, and found that since 1991, we are the best club in the world. That’s world, people, as in monde, mundo, everywhere you might even remotely be able to see when you go outside of wherever you are as you’re reading this, and look around.

Word.

January 20, 2010 / / Team News
Hmmm....how many zeros?

It’s official. Pep Guardiola will be returning for another season as our coach. He agreed to a one-year deal, and the paperwork will be signed this summer.

It’s all Xavi’s fault, as our galvanic midfielder said “I can’t imagine Barcelona without Guardiola. And if he doesn’t sign, I plan on sending every pass into the cheap seats until he does. Neener, neener.”

Which took care of that.

January 19, 2010 / / Transfers/Transfer Rumors
You want to pay me HOW MUCH?

Wayne Rooney?

Wayne Rooney

WAYNE ROONEY??!!

Sure, why not?

In this week’s hot rumor, the Manchester United hitman is rumored to a “priority” for us. Apparently he calls Piquenbauer all the time to talk about what it’s like to play for us (“Dude, they make me polish all the trophies!), and he is purportedly our main summer transfer target.

This week.