Barça 4 – Málaga 1, as twenty-two beats one hundred

02 June 2013

This review was supposed to be about the game. About how Lord Tito sent out eleven knights, namely Pinto, Montoya, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Cesc, Iniesta, Villa and Pedro to fend off the Andalusian invaders. About how we dismembered the enemy at our doorstep with three quick goals before they could even raise […]

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It’s All Over But the Crying: Barcelona – Malaga Liveblog

01 June 2013

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Preview: Barça vs. Málaga – The Last Dance

01 June 2013

The last game for the season and the chance to equal 3 records: 100 points, 32 wins in one season and 18 home wins in one season.

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As our Victorian Secret wants to change wardrobes

31 May 2013

NOTE: All abbreviations used in the statistics tables are explained in the legend at the bottom of this article. Stats are accurate up to Jornada 35 and are taken and/or derived from, and On a beautiful January afternoon, out of the blue above Zubizarreta’s office, a bomb dropped. It dropped, crashed through […]

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Going Gently Into that Good Night, Smiling

30 May 2013

I began writing regularly about FC Barcelona in 2007. The 6 years since have been a learning experience that has enriched my life. Besides the daily interactions with “real life” friends I have met through this blog and its prior incarnation at The Offside, I have been exposed to a wide variety of information, cultural […]

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Merci, Abidal …. aka “Don’t let the door hit you where God split you”

30 May 2013

The club has taken a great many decisions in its long, storied history, but none that I find more detestable than the decision to say goodbye today to Eric Abidal. This is a club that bills itself as “mes que un club.” That phrase has nothing to do with any footballing aspirations. It is socio-political, […]

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The Neymar deal is done, so now what, aka “Give hair a chance”

27 May 2013

It is very safe to say that not since the arrival of Ronaldinho has a player come with so much weight. As many of you know, then-president Joan Laporta was running on the “bring Beckham” platform, even as that deal never had a chance of happening. Ronaldinho was the one, and boy, did that work […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts, Transfers173 Comments

Pick your nickname, aka “Say hello to La Neymarrrr!”

25 May 2013

After all of that vacillation, the reason Neymar chose Barcelona is ultimately clear: babies. After the baby boom within our player ranks, and knowing how those baby folks stick together, it only makes sense that the Brazilian footballer everybody wants, chose Barça.

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Pick Your Team: A Silly Game for a Silly Season

22 May 2013

Since it’s silly season (almost), and we’ve got no serious posts lined up right now, let’s play a little game! I posed this question a couple of years ago, but we’ve got a lot of new people around the blog since then, so I think this would be a good time to ask again: What […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Fantasy, Nonsense138 Comments

Barça 2 – Valladolid 1, as if we only had three midfielders

20 May 2013

One down, two to go. Instead of enjoying our last games of football most fans, myself included, spend more time thinking/worrying/wondering/talking/arguing about how we need to improve our squad for next year. Never mind that in this new age, where draws are losses and what were previously called losses are better known as the end of […]

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As We Celebrate the League Title: Barça – Real Valladolid Liveblog

19 May 2013

Join us for our antepenultimate league game of the season, as we host Valladolid in our house. The team celebrations are scheduled to take place directly afterwards, and I will try to keep the liveblog open as long as possible. Barcelona line-up (official): Valdes – Montoya Pique Mascherano Alba – Xavi Busquets Iniesta – Pedro […]

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Preview: FC Barcelona vs. Real Valladolid

18 May 2013

Barça heads into the penultimate home game for the season against Castile and León side Real Valladolid but, for the home press, all focus appears to be on the after-match celebrations in which the Liga Trophy will be presented to the team by RFEF President Ángel María Villar.

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview43 Comments

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