Searching for Answers: Barça’s Greek Tragedy

08 March 2014

[It’s been a bit since I wrote something of value for BFB. Time, you know. Not much of it. Still, sorry!] As I stare at my laptop screen, I wonder how I should frame this post. Should I explore the blame route where the coach, players, the fandom are taken to task? Or should it […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Thoughts168 Comments

Farewell, Capita, aka “The lion roars no more”

04 March 2014

I will be fighting until the end of the season to help the team achieve its objectives for the season. Capita.

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Posted in Team News132 Comments

News of the day, aka “Despatches regarding the worst team EVAH”

26 February 2014

As The Replacements sang on “Bastards of Young”: God, what a mess / On the ladder of success / Where you take one step / And miss the whole first rung If I had to choose a word to describe our club right now, it would be “beleaguered.” — Rumors that the coach has lost […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts105 Comments

Real Sociedad 3, Barça 1, aka “A question of balance”

22 February 2014

It was the best of teams, it was the worst of teams, this group of players that we gather to support whenever they strap on their boots. From the heights of joy on Tuesday to the depths of despair on Saturday. And on a day when the ancient Vikings predicted the end of the world, […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts189 Comments

Manchester City 0, Barça 2, aka “Worry banished, if only for a moment”

19 February 2014

Pam, pam, pam, pam … The players move, amoeba-like shapes forming and breaking apart, being chased by other players like a schoolyard game of keep away defined by an incessant rhythm. Pam, pam, pam, pam … A lunge, a shove and a press to shift play for a bit, an effort met by an anticipatory […]

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Posted in Champions League, Thoughts155 Comments

Manchester City vs Barça, aka “The biggest, most giantest match EVER!”*

18 February 2014

*But not really. Today, FC Barcelona will play an immense match, one of the biggest that the club has played in a looong time. In this Champions League knockout clash against Manchester City, the players return to the scene of a psychological crime, so to speak. Last year a bruised, battered, injured, exhausted team with […]

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Posted in Champions League, Thoughts168 Comments

Real Sociedad 1 – Barça 1: The Anoeta Affair

12 February 2014

It was a breezy February night in San Sebastian when the team stepped onto the pitch with one leg in the final. They had won the home game by two goals to none, but that didn’t mean much to the men who mattered. Or at least it shouldn’t have. The Anoeta was a tough ground […]

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Sevilla 1 – Barça 4: Doomsday Delayed

10 February 2014

One of the biggest teams in the world is on a record breaking run this season. That sounds really good, doesn’t it? Well, it is not that kind of record breaking run. First time ever that they lose to team X at home. First time ever they lose to team Y. Team Z. Hell, if […]

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Posted in Barcelona75 Comments

Rodrigo’s Questions

07 February 2014

Our reader Rodrigo sent in a couple of questions* through Without feeling the need to get into long-winded introductions… Is it plausible to think Pep’s Barcelona to play a counter-attack strategy in order to have more space to pass the ball? If not, is it an attacking strategy more suitable? I will start by […]

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Barça 2, Real Sociedad 0, aka “A view of Barça Rashomon”

06 February 2014

In wrestling with the vastly different reactions to an effective home leg victory against a quality opponent, unbidden, my mind turns to the great Kurosawa classic film “Rashomon.” For those unfamiliar, Wikipedia is your friend. The long and short of the movie is that an incident occurs, and four different people have four different views […]

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Posted in Copa del Rey, Thoughts74 Comments

Barça 2, Valencia 3, aka “End of the world, blablabla, all gonna die, blablabla”

02 February 2014

“The feeling was that the game was over after 30 minutes and we paid dearly,” Tata Martino said in a post-match Press conference. “When you can step on your rivals, you have to step on them, finish the game and win.” Few things are more meteoric than culers during a Barça match. “Best team ever!” […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts154 Comments

Barça – Valencia Match Comment Thread

01 February 2014

Good morning culés, and a fine one it is today. Just a match comment thread, with two bits of news I need to share with you. The first of which is: R.I.P. Luis Aragonés (1938-2014) The former Barcelona coach died at the age of 75 after a battle with illness. He led us to victory in […]

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