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Our wonderfully mercurial LB and CBEric Abidal has a tumor on his liver, according to the official Barcelona Catalan Twitter feed. He will have surgery this Friday. We know nothing more and the team is respecting Abidal’s privacy, as he requested, meaning we will not hear much more concrete information from the club unless the player allows.
Eric’s contributions to the club, which have been immense as starting LB and a fill-in when needed at CB, make him a special figure for us fans, but as a human being firstly, we hope the player recovers quickly. Please leave your good thoughts, karma, prayers, whatever you do that you feel sends good vibes out for a human and a wonderful FCB player. Also, please do not make rogue speculations about the nature of the tumor in the comments. Let’s just all hope he gets better.
We love you Eric, get better soon. Here is some of the player’s heart, from the Sevilla game.
Dani Alves gets a lot of flack. Some Barcelona fans want him to shut up and sign his contract extension already. Commentators and fans think he dives and whines too much. For some reason, the Brazilian managers seem to believe Maicon is a better option on the right. I guess they haven’t been awake since the middle of the World Cup? And finally some fans seem to think he is a monkey of some kind? This morning, The Spoiler reported that our lovable Dani reported in an interview that he regularly hears racist taunts from fans in opposing stadia. To quote the man:
“Unfortunately, I have learned how to live with it. Every match the crowd goes after me. They insult me, call me monkey.”
“I don’t give it a lot of importance. I think you are only offended if you make a big deal about it. My family gets sad. They complain, but I try to distance myself from it.”
“They punish the clubs sometimes, but it’s uncontrollable. It will never end.”
As you will almost certainly know, the Department of Homeland Security and ICE seized a number of live streaming sites on Tuesday. Among them were perennial football favorites ATDHE, Channel Surfing, and Rojadirecta, though as Deadspin noted, Rojadirecta is not a U.S.-based site and it has been ruled legal in Spain, where it principally operates. Obviously this is leaving many football fans in something of a tizzy and asking a lot of questions: why did the U.S. government choose to do this? On what legal basis? Why can’t I watch that Benfica-Porto Portuguese Cup match I’ve been waiting on? Don’t worry, I am here to attempt to answer these, and many other questions for you. Continue Reading
Because we know how loyal you, our awesome readers are, we sent Isaiah out to do some top secret undercover spy work in and around London. After many days without communication, and having to sleep with countless bucktoothed English winches (and lords, mind you), his search has borne fruit. We have been given the official English Media Pricing Guide for FC Barcelona first team players. The quotes provided are from English managers and press members themselves. So without further adieu, we present it to you, in all its glory. Continue Reading
Well, well, well. That one certainly ended the first half on a positive note then. A true team victory against Pelligrini’s newly-reconfigured Malaga side where the rampant fervor of the first half was replaced with cautiousness in the second before a moderately exciting finish. It would be all pats on the back and thumbs up and smiles except for the injury to Dani Alves, which is likely to keep a normal mortal out anywhere from 10-15 days with a calf strain. So knowing Dani he’ll be on the training pitches running sprints and yelling at Pique today. But enough of that silliness, let’s take a quick look back while those of us in America celebrate the life and death and legacy of the amazing Martin Luther King, Jr (#respect #pouroneout). Continue Reading
Sunday, 3:00 pm EST – 9:00 pm Barcelona Time, GolTV, GolTV HD
Preview time! Malaga travels to the slipperiest pitch in Europe to face the unstoppable (read: not actually unstoppable) buzzsaw that is the FC Barcelona multi-headed hydra, with Valdes claws, and Pique haunches. In short, it’s mean, probably has bad facial hair, but it’s a damn good passer. As you should be aware, the boys come into this tie off 4-0 and 5-0 victories and is working on a 27-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, stretching all the way back to the times when Jesus rode dinosaurs, er, the September loss to Hercules. I am told by the internet that this ties an FC Barcelona record, I don’t know how reliable that info is, but come on, the tubes never lie right? This match also represents the midway point of the La Liga season. In other words, it’s the most important game ever. Continue Reading