Barça 3 – Rayo Vallecano 1: a video diary

18 March 2013

Note: this is not a ‘proper’ review. Ever since my favorite sports writer Bill Simmons did a retro video diary of one of his beloved Celtics games a while back, I have wanted to do one as well. What better occasion than an evening on which I cannot concentrate on ‘writing’ due to a group […]

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Preview: A Little Rayo Sunshine

16 March 2013

A long time ago, when Kluivert, Rivaldo, Guardiola and De Boer roamed the Camp Nou pitch and Van Gaal steered Barça from the sidelines, Rayo Vallecano came to visit with hope in their hearts and dread on their minds.

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview98 Comments

2013 Champions League Quarter-Final Draw

15 March 2013

This morning in our household, we were discussing the match-ups that we were expecting to see out of today’s draw for the Quarter-Finals. We should have laid a bet on it because we picked all four combinations. If Arsenal had made it through, we would have drawn the Gunners.

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blitzen awards, the remuntada edition!

13 March 2013

All Work And No Play Award: The best part about Messi’s first goal wasn’t the goal itself. It was right afterwards, when Pedro rocketed into the net after the ball without even a split second’s pause for celebration. “The job’s not done, boys, we need more goals, let’s go let’s go let’s GO!!!” That moment […]

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Barça 4 – Milan 0, as we left our skin on the pitch

13 March 2013

Yes. After Lexus heeded thousands of throats and swung the ball over to the other side of the pitch. After Jordi Alba received it with only Abbiati to beat. After the ball hit the net for the fourth time with a minute left to play. After more than ninety minutes had already passed, it was […]

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Tactical Preview: Barcelona vs AC Milan Champions League Leg 2

12 March 2013

The key to figuring out what changes Barça needs to make today starts with understanding how AC Milan defended in leg 1.  And in my judgement that analysis begins with the following:  AC Milan did not “park the bus” in leg 1.  Unless Allegri takes a much more conservative approach, if you go about planning […]

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The Way Forward: Barcelona – AC Milan

11 March 2013

I suppose I know what you’re here for: remuntada, offense is defense, ens hi deixem la pell, etc, yadda yadda. But I’m not going to do that. So now you’re here for how we, as supporters, must watch the match for the beauty, the joy, the mes que un club. Except Kxevin made his thoughts known previously […]

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Posted in Champions League, Preview52 Comments

Supporting your club, aka “Without belief, it just ain’t as much fun”

10 March 2013

Just had an interesting discussion on Twitter that made me think of a sad story from my past. A friend of mine was bemoaning the fact that he couldn’t find love in a successful relationship. He told me that he always held something of himself back because he’d been hurt before and didn’t want to […]

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Posted in Champions League, Thoughts59 Comments

Barça 2, Deportivo La Coruna 0, aka “Signs, signs, everywhere signs”

09 March 2013

First things first. It was “only” Depor. That is a phrase that vexes me for so many reasons, not least of which is that it dismisses an opponent that earned its way into the Liga, even as it is most surely doomed to the drop. This is, despite the absences of a couple of players, […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts64 Comments

Barcelona vs Deportivo liveblog

09 March 2013

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First Hosts Last: Barcelona vs Depor

08 March 2013

You could say that FC Barcelona has been going through a rough patch. The team has lost 3 of its last 4 matches in all competitions by a combined 8-3 and hasn’t kept a clean sheet since January 6. It sounds pretty bad. But Deportivo La Coruña fans would probably kill to be in the position that […]

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Posted in La Liga, Preview12 Comments

Knowns, Unknowns, Supporters Sections, and Ultras

07 March 2013

Today has been an interesting day in club news, and not because of anything on the pitch. Reports came out today from Catalunya Radio, that were expanded upon by ARA.cat, linking club president Sandro Rosell with a released 2010 document that alleges to be evidence of a pact between the club and various supporters’ groups, […]

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