Benvingut, Serginho Dest, now for the hard part

Dest is here! After one of the longest airplane trips in history and sending 21 million the way of Ajax in a series of payments, Sergino Dest, capped USMNT footballer, fullback(ish) and newest salvation, has arrived in Barcelona. And only the churlish minds recall the scene in the film “The Right Stuff,” when Gordo Cooper… Continue reading Benvingut, Serginho Dest, now for the hard part

Suarez and Rakitic, symbols of a failed project and no plan

The promised “revolution” at FC Barcelona is more like a rearranging of a few chairs. Arturo Vidal has left, along with Ivan Rakitic and most recently, Luis Suarez. These last two, and the differences in their movements, is interesting. Both left two years too late. Both had to stay two years too long because of… Continue reading Suarez and Rakitic, symbols of a failed project and no plan

Koeman, blablabla, but if Josep Bartomeu truly loves Barça, set it free

“So, welcome to FC Barcelona, Mr. Koeman. Here’s your roster, and the keys to the executive dining room. Anything else we can do to make your stay more pleasant?” Ronald Koeman. Failure at Valencia, failure at Everton, moderate success with the NED national team, but a legit Barça legend. And now he’s the new manager.… Continue reading Koeman, blablabla, but if Josep Bartomeu truly loves Barça, set it free

Sergi Roberto and Thiago Alcantara: two trains, two stories

It isn’t often that the world provides a weird kind of symmetry with two unrelated-yet-symbiotic stories blowing up the world of Barça fandom. But today, there it was: — Sergi Roberto named an FC Barcelona captain — Thiago Alcantara reaches terms with Real Madrid Sergi Roberto came to the Barça system in 2006 from Gimnastic,… Continue reading Sergi Roberto and Thiago Alcantara: two trains, two stories

Abidal is back — sideeye is justified

When a board is in trouble, or senses it, moves are made that soothe and placate. But we shouldn’t forget. The appointment of Eric Abidal as technical secretary, replacing the involuntarily outgoing Robert Fernandez, is a brilliant move. Abidal is a club legend, a man so infused with the colors that he cleared a ball… Continue reading Abidal is back — sideeye is justified

Messi 2021, as expected, aka “FC Dramalona”

We all have a friend to whom everything happens. Lost wallets, flooded apartments, car crashes, alien abductions. We get a cold, they get the Plague. With that friend, we listen to them on the telephone, we read their emails, we help and we sigh, thankful that we aren’t that person. Which makes it unfathomable why… Continue reading Messi 2021, as expected, aka “FC Dramalona”

Getafe 1, Barça 2, aka “Ahahahahahaha!”

Few of us know what it’s like to legitimately be an innocent bystander, to have an event occur and be not only blamed, but excoriated for it. Paulinho does. He came to Barça for EUR 40m from Guangzhou Evergrande, a 29-year-old Brazilian mid who played his way into a talent-packed Seleçao under a new coach,… Continue reading Getafe 1, Barça 2, aka “Ahahahahahaha!”

Helloooo, Rakuten. Adeu, Qatar Airways, see you on the marquee

Cha-ching! That is the sound of cash registers ringing, as Rakuten has signed to be the new principal shirt sponsor for FC Barcelona, for a deal rumored to be worth EUR 220m over four years. For those keeping track, that is a lotta lotta Euros. For those keeping track of the neighbors, that is second… Continue reading Helloooo, Rakuten. Adeu, Qatar Airways, see you on the marquee

#WeareallMessi? Uh, no, nor should we be

First things first. The new campaign from FC Barcelona, embodied by the Twitter hashtag #weareallMessi, is stupid. It’s like the club got some crackheads drunk and then asked, “Okay, what do we do?” It’s a club that, as Elvis Costello sang, can’t stand up for falling down. But almost as silly are the people galloping… Continue reading #WeareallMessi? Uh, no, nor should we be