Book Review: El Clasico

04 April 2013

My advisor in college gave me a dose of academic know-how when I took a class of his my freshman year: when reading a history book, always read the foreword. Any historian worth his salt will have questions he or she is trying to answer and they’ll be succinctly contained in that part. When I […]

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Dani Alves, as he opened his mouth

03 April 2013

So I ended my review by saying that I was happy that our coach and players don’t complain about the referees too much, right? Up steps Dani Alves who, when pressed by a journalist, let slip: “When referees get put under pressure, it influences them incredibly much” He wouldn’t mean Mou now, would he? “It […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Quotes, Soap Box, Team News, Thoughts55 Comments

PSG 2 – Barça 2, as we snatched defeat from the claws of victory

03 April 2013

Paris. The city of lights. Of sandwichs grècs and fries. Of tiny, dusty apartments made instantly awesome because you can catch a far away glimpse of the Eifel Tower through its one and only window. Of Parisians that are surprisingly non-arrogant as long as you are arrogant enough to hang. Of métro, boulot, dodo¹. Of […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Review83 Comments

PSG – Barcelona Liveblog – Leg I

02 April 2013

Just when you had started to forget the misguided choice to make me a moderator,  I’m back with a liveblog! Make sure you read Isaiah’s preview while you drink your pre-match cocktail, and if you’re like me skip out on work early for the match. Alba and Xavi both are passed for fit (or fit […]

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Posted in Champions League, Liveblog83 Comments

The Return of Tito: PSG – Barça

01 April 2013

Historical precedence is meaningless between these two sides. The last time they faced, on May 14, 1997, Barcelona’s starting lineup was  Baía, Ferrer, Couto, Abelardo, Sergi, Popescu, Guardiola, Figo, De la Peña, Luis Enrique, and Ronaldo. Amor, Stoichkov, and Pizzi entered as subs. PSG fielded Leonardo, among others. Two years earlier, the squads met in a 2-legged affair that […]

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Posted in Champions League, Preview42 Comments

Celta De Vigo 2 – Barça 2, as Oubiña put the needle into needless

31 March 2013

The crowd was on their feet to let the palms of their hands meet. The victory snatched away with less than two minutes to play. No-one shouted, yelled or barked when one man was left unmarked. I’ll give you  hint: it was not a Barça player. One team was severely outmatched, playing an opponent that […]

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Celta Vigo vs Rey Abidal Liveblog

30 March 2013

Join us for the liveblog, Return of the King edition!

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Preview: Ballar a Balaídos

30 March 2013

When Barça last visited the Balaídos stadium in 2006, keeping goal for Celta de Vigo was José Manuel Pinto Colorado.  For 2 seasons, Pinto shared the locker with Thiago and Rafinha’s old man, Mazinho. For a time, he also shared the #1 GK duties with Frenchman Richard Dutruel. 

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview16 Comments

Welcome Back Tito: Dreams or Tickets Out

27 March 2013

A short little video recorded Tito Vilanova’s return to Barcelona early yesterday morning, accompanied by Jordi Roura, Aureli Altimira and their wives who had flown to NYC as a thank-you for all their efforts and to escort El Mister back home.

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Posted in Barcelona, Supposition, Thoughts102 Comments

Part 2: Our Top Scorers – A Comparison

25 March 2013

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.

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Part 1: Our Top Scorers – A Comparison

23 March 2013

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.

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Posted in Analysis, Barcelona, Statistics56 Comments

The Alexis Sanchez problem, aka “Nature vs nurture”

19 March 2013

So. Look at the player in that video. When talk was going around about Barça being about to plump for Serie A player of the year Alexis Sanchez, who didn’t watch that video and say to themselves, “Boy howdy, are we going to have some fun. Him AND Messi running at teams? Stand back!” But […]

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