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December 5, 2010 / / Barcelona


To pass the time before our review is up and to clear the air over all of this, we are reporting both the official FC Barcelona statement about yesterday’s travel issues as well as President Rosell’s letter to supporters regarding the situation. It appears to me that the blame lies with RFEF and possibly the boards of both clubs, though this seems more to have been an issue where RFEF failed to communicate to anyone in a concise or fair manner. It appears we were told numerous incorrect things while waiting for the planes to become available and then as soon as the truth was made known, we boarded the train / bus as quickly as possible to make the match. I think comments about the players / coaches regarding them being snobs or elitists for only wanting to fly are unfair, as that was obviously not the case, and Pep was unamused by of all this yesterday in his presser after the game. Eventually, President Rosell takes the blame in the matter, and I am glad he has stepped up to say so, but this does not seem something that should fall to him, but to RFEF. Read MoreQuick Note: Travel Issues

December 2, 2010 / / Barcelona

Please Give Me News Luke
Hey friends, just wanted to give you a few newsworthy points before the weekend when there is another game and all that jazz. News, notes, thoughts, pass the time! Read MoreLoose Ends

November 29, 2010 / / Barcelona
November 25, 2010 / / Barcelona
November 23, 2010 / / Barcelona

Through 4 games in the 2010-11 Champions League campaign Barcelona has been moving along in a rather up-and-down fashion, roughly the equivalent of a season of “Mad Men”: never terrible, occasionally missing its stride, but brilliant the rest of the time. Simply, unequivocally, brilliant. In our first foray into continental competitions this year, the boys brutally decimated Panathinaikos 5-1. Then a trot of 1-1 at Kazan, 2-0 to Copenhagen, and 1-1 to Copenhagen leaving us top of the group with 8 points and holding tiebreakers over second-place Copenhagen, who sit on 7 points. A win here and we are one step closer to qualifying in 1st for the Round of 16. So without further adieu, let’s Preview.
Read MoreCL Preview: FC Barcelona at Panathinaikos F.C.

November 18, 2010 / / Barcelona
November 15, 2010 / / Barcelona

So excited to come to Barcelona, I shall dance!

Today, possibly prematurely, PSV Eindhoven’s official team site has revealed that a deal has been reached for the transfer of 24-year old attacking Mid / Winger Ibrahim Afellay. Rumors are that the fee is to be between 3-4M Euros, which is a damn steal honestly. No word on the personal terms, but rumors have it as a 4.5 year deal beginning in January. Read MoreOfficial: Ibrahim Afellay to Barça in January

November 11, 2010 / / Barcelona
November 10, 2010 / / Copa del Rey
Thiago's in there somewhere?

Comprehensive beatings are sometimes fun to write about, especially when it is against a Valencia, Real Madrid, Villareal, or the like. We can gush and fawn and generally praise the entire team while reveling in our own superiority, at least until the next week. This game against Ceuta though was something all together more measured. Like my cat Bella pawing at a bug or some such thing, perhaps the bug puts up a fight for a minute, but other than that it’s just a prolonger and measured torture. In a Copa del Rey match where Pep was looking to give some young kids reps we introduced Messi up 3-1… It was that bad for the North Africans.

Read MoreFC Barcelona v. Ceuta Rewind

November 5, 2010 / / Nonsense
October 27, 2010 / / Nonsense

As the entire world, even those living in caves or the people who live under the Las Vegas strip, the CHUDS I believe they are called, well know by now, Paul the Octopus, predictor, Oracle, god to many of us, has passed away at the ripe old age of 2.5 years. We here at THE Barcelona Football Blog are not the cold, calculating sons (and daughters) of bitches we might seem to be at first blush. We have feelings too, feelings of pride and sadness, or glory and failure, or living and dying. Unfortunately during this dark week our lives have been collectively shattered and we leave this memorial in tact so that you may share your most fond memories of our most holy of Krakens. Read MoreIn Memoriam: Paul the Octopus

October 22, 2010 / / Thoughts

Ugly, yet effective

Yeah yeah, this is an article inspired by Wayne Rooney and you are on a Barcelona Football Blog… get over it. So Rooney gets pissed because the guys at Manchester United are stringing him along for a contract renewal, even though he is one of the better strikers in the world and played hurt for 4 months trying to will MUFC and England to titles. So he got pissed, said he wanted out and created a huge media firestorm surrounding his supposed flight from Old Trafford to Chelsea, Madrid, Barcelona, Man City, or the most likely destination of all: NY Red Bulls. Predictably then, the media backlash turns on Rooney because he’s not “loyal” to his team and is a “traitor” and all that heavy-handed moralizing that really does not fit in the place of modern business contracts. Especially in club football, where your side dumps you for a Euro and a 40. Probably even more predictably, Rooney today re-signed on a new 5-year deal with the Red Devils and the world is finally back to rotating around the sun on it’s proper axis. But what can we learn from this saga about how we should react to players, clubs, and the news that comes about? Read MoreAll Your Wayne Rooney Are Belong To Us