Barça 0, Bayern Munich 3, aka “There’s hope, but …”

Nothing about the FC Barcelona experience is like a modern club. As grim reailty goes, that is a good place to start. The Camp Nou is, like the team, a construction zone. It’s in too many parts dusty, gray and musty, redolent with a scent that only a romantic would consider history. It’s just old.… Continue reading Barça 0, Bayern Munich 3, aka “There’s hope, but …”

New season, new beginnings, aka “Barça dominoes”

It seems almost weird to have football beginning at a time such as this, when the club that we follow (those who haven’t become PSG supporters overnight) is reeling from a succession of body blows. Yet a new season begins for FC Barcelona this weekend with La Real, not exactly the opponent that a team… Continue reading New season, new beginnings, aka “Barça dominoes”

Barça Femeni 4, Chelsea 0, aka ‘a beacon of light’

For so long, in so many forums, there has been talk of “Barça DNA,” of that kind of pure, irresistible thing that defines a club team and how it plays. It’s overused, misused and so often full of shit. But today, Barça Femeni, in wrecking Chelsea 4-0 to win the Women’s Champions League, put that… Continue reading Barça Femeni 4, Chelsea 0, aka ‘a beacon of light’

The club you love is one of the SuperLeague 12, so now what?

Here’s the weird thing about the European SuperLeague stuff coming at a moment when culers are experiencing this weird thing that is vaguely … what is that feeling again … joy. What’s unsettling is that it’s difficult not to feel culpable, not to feel, as the supporter of a club with so many questionable financial… Continue reading The club you love is one of the SuperLeague 12, so now what?

PSG 1, Barça 1, aka “It’s true, it’s true!”

For years, culers have said that they wouldn’t mind if the team lost, as long as it played the right way. For years, many, including me, questioned the firmness of that resolve, that it would be tested when the team did that and lost. Many, including me, were wrong. Barça was eliminated by Paris St.… Continue reading PSG 1, Barça 1, aka “It’s true, it’s true!”

Cometh the moment, cometh the team? Dunno.

Dunno. That is the easiest way to answer anyone who might ask about tomorrow’s return leg against Paris St.-Germain. Dunno. Logically, given what happened in the first leg and the seeming disparity between the two sides, another remuntada would appear to be out of the question, but again … Dunno. As a sporting and political… Continue reading Cometh the moment, cometh the team? Dunno.

FC Relic, aka “How Barça got like this”

As lots of people ask “What happened” at Barça, the answer is so obvious: fear. We can point fingers at poor decisions, institutional rot and all that stuff, but everything comes back to fear — of change, of damaging a project, of killing the golden goose. It’s the same kind of fear that has turned… Continue reading FC Relic, aka “How Barça got like this”