I ran across a tweet a few weeks ago that questioned who was better in blaugrana, Samuel Eto’o or Luis Suarez. My immediate reaction was that Eto’o was better, but that was, upon even a brief further reflection, based entirely on how much I love Eto’o, not on what he actually accomplished compared to Luis Suarez.… Continue reading The Greatest Barça Forward of the Modern Era: A Debate in Numbers and Style
There is precious little to know about Ousmane Dembele. It’s not that he’s simple to understand or that he’s not a complex player, it’s that he’s 20 years old and has hardly had a chance to truly make a mark in world football. He has played for Rennes II, Rennes, and Borussia Dortmund. And all… Continue reading Serviceable is Failure: Ousmane Dembele
Note 1: If you want to know why my opinion isn’t right or wrong, nor is yours, and possibly not even his, read Kevin’s wonderful Nietzschean guide to being a football fan. If you want to know who’s Barça’s best goalkeeper, read this opinion piece. Note 2: It is said there are lies, damned lies and statistics. It… Continue reading Between the Sticks
We’ve all been there: someone says something asinine about how so-and-so is the best player in the world and it’s just so wrong it’s like someone brought a knife to a gunfight. They’re ill-equipped to handle either the thought-provoking discussion or the flamewar that they’ve opened themselves up to. How in the world can they… Continue reading The Great Player Debate: Who is Better?
History Lesson In the year 2009, Pep’s Barcelona won six trophies in one year. In 2010, Barcelona ended the season with only one league defeat and almost reached the Champions League final. In 2011, Barcelona had a very dominant team that won both the league and the Champions League. On the other side of the… Continue reading Illusion 09
Each matchday, Luis Enrique’s lineup rolls out and the anguished yowls begin. I wish he would decide on an XI! How are we supposed to know what he’s doing if he won’t play the same people! How can the players gel if he keeps changing everything?? Sigh … the 47th lineup in 16 matches. He… Continue reading Too much or too little, aka “Is rotation what makes the world go round?”
Hi, this is lea_terzi, a BFB reader and occasional commenter who hopped on the Barcelona bandwagon to watch Ronaldinho and was never able to leave, mesmerized by a million things that make Barça more than a club. Something else I’m passionate about is statistics, which I occasionally use to make bets, play Football Manager (and… Continue reading Barça mid-season statistical review
This article continues from the previous post in which I shared some comparative scoring analysis between the Top 2 teams from each of Spain’s La Liga, England’s EPL, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.
The official Barça website recently published an article reporting on the number of goals scored by the First Team. It explained that Messi and Villa had scored 54.7% of the 126 goals scored this season.
Virtually every comment on this blog over the last couple of days has been dedicated to an ongoing discussion/argument/flamewar/typofest on whether or not particular players are net positives or negatives for the club. Everyone has been involved, but it’s mostly centered around Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez. One comment went as such (typos and orthography… Continue reading Of Messi and Distance: Limited Statistical Analysis of How Far Players Run and What It Means
My brother was in the bathroom when Mark McGwire stepped up to the plate and sent the first pitch into the stands with a line-drive home run. I was watching, along with my father, and we both yelled, happy to have seen this moment of sporting history. My brother was furious at McGwire because he… Continue reading Why I Don’t Care About Messi’s 91 Goals
La Pulga ~ The Messi-ah ~ D10S ~ Magisterial ~ Sempre Messi. Last season, he was “PlayStation Messi”. This past season, the media ran out of earth-bound superlatives for Barça’s #10, so then came descriptive phrases such as “from another planet” and “out of this world”, for there is nowhere else to go except to… Continue reading Messi’s Magical Season for 2011/2012