Author: Luke

We calls 'em likes we sees 'em.

June 16, 2010 / / Barcelona
June 14, 2010 / / World Cup

It is I, Luke. Still guiding you through all this slog. Today’s review is brought to you by horrifically low-scoring affairs (except in Germany, where it is being produced by sheer, utter, annihilation). Anyway, let’s get to the recaps, what the games mean, and what all of you think. Also, please don’t forget to check out Isaiah’s post about the Barcelona presidential elections.

D'oh!

June 6, 2010 / / Barcelona

The US Game
Hi, my name’s Luke, and I am your guide to all things World Cup here at the Barcelona Football Blog. This is part 2 of 2 in the preview before the big event, part 1 is available here. Hopefully we will have some live blogs for some of the games and some good predictions from everyone on the board. Besides, this is the World Cup. If you are not excited about it, please stop reading now. Anyway, enjoy the previews.

My father is a man of many colloquialisms. Many of them a somewhat deranged collection of quaint Southern phrases attempting to convey greater philosophical meaning. Well if his goal in all that was to see such things memorialized in a blog, he should be very proud.

Many American football (soccer, whatever) fans are usually wont to become expatriates to other nations, occasionally for legitimate reasons, but mostly because the American brand is so bland and ugly and the team is almost wholly ignored by the American media excepting the lead-up to the World Cup and matches against Mexico. Honestly, these are probably legitimate reasons too, but for some reason I cannot seem to quit the red, white, and blue.

May 31, 2010 / / Barcelona

The Jules Rimet Trophy
Hi, my name’s Luke, and I am your guide to all things World Cup here at the Barcelona Football Blog. This is part 1 of 2 in the preview before the big event. Hopefully we will have some live blogs for some of the games and some good predictions from everyone on the board. Besides, this is the World Cup. If you are not excited about it, please stop reading now. Anyway, enjoy the previews.

To many of us, sports serve a useful purpose in our lives. They provide us with a sense of inclusion, competition, and a way to feel like we are part of something bigger than we actually are, whether fans of gigantic clubs like FCB, or much smaller teams like Chievo, the parameters are all the same. The case is even stronger for national teams when feelings of pride for one’s homeland combine with the aforementioned factors in sports. Normally, this is where it ends: Sports having their place in our lives behind other concerns like family and society. However, on certain occasions, sports are liable to transcend those boundaries and become a bigger part of the lives of millions and billions of people. That is the World Cup.

The World Cup is special, I cannot think of a better way to say this. It is hard to understate the cultural, sporting, and emotional impact that our planet’s largest sporting event imparts. For better or for worse, the hopes and fears and dreams of nations and peoples rest on the shoulders of 23 men playing with a ball in some far off land. The histories being played out on the field usually stands as a microcosm for contemporaneous political and social events occurring at that time. Whether it is the waning English empire and their team’s oppressive arrogance in ignoring the first 3 tournaments, and then showing for the 4th like they owned the place only to be cut down by the Americans in an unbelievable game. Or a wealthy organization holding the games in South African to show the symbolic “rise” of Africa in terms of international football significance and industrialized nations capable of trading and providing for the welfare of their citizens (not that Africa needs any of this “proof” as it has been making strides for many years, but I mean, large corporations and nations have been doing this for a very long time – Belgium/America in the Congo?); all while possibly further bankrupting the South African economy for years to come (see blood diamonds/Greece in the wake of the 2000 Olympic Games). Many other examples could be made, and likely will be, but suffice it to say, they go to proving that this is the world’s biggest, and most important, sporting event.

May 28, 2010 / / Barcelona

Like many of you, I love the summer transfer window. Not because it offers any concrete information on players, but because it is filled with rumor-mongering, lying, and general tomfoolery on account of clubs representatives, agents, and the players themselves. While some may despise it for this very reason (ahem, fearless leader Isaiah, ahem); the level of bluster fulfills some deep-seeded desire for gossip that I just need. As such, I am tasked with providing you with all the juiciest gossip on Barça players and possible transfers. I will update this periodically, and if I miss something, I am sure you will all make it painfully obvious to me in the comments. Please remember this is all based on rumors and speculation for the most part.

Oh, you thought this was going somewhere else?

May 23, 2010 / / Barcelona

Arbitrary and capricious “Top 10” lists are always fun. They are fun for the writer because they get to throw an opinion out into the ether with no real backing or reasoning and pretend this is legitimate. They are even better for readers because they can create their own lists and consistently lambast the writer. So… knock yourselves out.

Here we have FC Barcelona’s Top 10 Moments of the Year (from after the Champion’s League final until the end of the Valladolid match). Please note, these are moments, not just goals, saves, good things for the club, or bad ones. These are the 10 most important events that occurred throughout the year that I feel are the most significant in terms of lasting moments. Feel free to add yours below or correct any I may have missed.

May 21, 2010 / / Barcelona
May 16, 2010 / / Barcelona
May 16, 2010 / / La Liga