Sports media spends a lot of time searching for narrative. Which is fine – they make it easier to write stories, and they enrich our enjoyment of the game. In the case of Spain’s most famous rivalry, the clichés are so well worn that some of them no longer ring true. So let’s not talk… Continue reading Presidents, Managers, and the Significance of Style (on El Clasico)
Or, how I learned to keep calm and trust Pep. “Messi looks to have lost the thread of his dynamite and Iniesta, the poor guy, looks like he is sleep-walking. I don’t want to sound too opportunistic but I was ridiculed when I said Barcelona are a worse side than last year and above all… Continue reading Defeat and Other Four-Lettered Words
I went to the most beautiful place in the world for the first time last week. This post isn’t a match report, although the Atletico game merits discussion. Nor is it a loving paean to Camp Nou, although I could most certainly go on (and on) about its majesty. Instead, let’s talk about what it… Continue reading Membership and Identity: A Polemic
Greetings, earthlings. I’m Linda, long-suffering London-based grad student and occasional football blogger at The Beautiful Game. I enjoy playing Devil’s Advocate, Argentinian football players and Pep Guardiola. Nice to meet you all.
Let’s talk signings.