do not go gentle into that good night: decay, love and the winning habit

26 April 2013

Asked what he would say to the young Barcelona fan crying for the first time last night, Guardiola replied: “Welcome to the club – there will be many more times, too.” – April 2012 It’s the end of an era! Pick up that shovel, we come not to praise Barca but to bury it. Gather […]

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Posted in Soap Box27 Comments

A View From Your Defeat

25 April 2013

Reader C. H. wrote in after the team’s loss to Bayern and it’s as appropriate a commentary on our world now as it was when he sent it in the hours after the defeat. After I watched us lose to Bayern Munich, like a lot of your readers I was feeling pretty down. Not only […]

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Posted in Thoughts53 Comments

Bayern München 4 – Barça 0, as far as embarassments go…

24 April 2013

This was a timely one. The prelude Between 2008/09 and 2011/12 we won fourteen out of nineteen possible titles. Our unprecedented success left culés worldwide elated and our head coach exhausted. While over the first half of this season Pep Guardiola spent his time carefully chosing which team he would manage next, Tito Vilanova came, […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Review180 Comments

Un-magic Bus

23 April 2013

Yeah, well, this sucks. I sucked. We all sucked, man. Major suck-o. God. No one wants autographs today, huh. No pictures with Mr. Number here, hey. Now we all have to get on the bus to go home. I hate the bus. It sucks. I’m a millionaire. How many millionaires you know ride the bus […]

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It isn’t the defense …. it’s everything ELSE, aka “Risk equals reward, and more risk”

22 April 2013

This isn’t a Bayern preview, because Isaiah has banged one out for your enjoyment. Something fascinating just rolled across Twitter, that deserves a post of its own. There is a Club Perarnau breakdown on why the Barca defense has seemed funky this season. Essentially, it comes to the conclusion that the more vertical style means […]

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Posted in Champions League, Thoughts212 Comments

Bavarian Nights, European Glory: Munich – Barça

22 April 2013

They’re the best team in the world. They can stop anyone in their tracks with a possession-based game, high-pressing on defense, and a cutting edge on the offensive end. It doesn’t just look pretty, it is also so effective that they’re the highest scoring team in the league. Which team am I talking about, Barcelona […]

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Posted in Champions League, Preview4 Comments

Barcelona – Levante Liveblog

20 April 2013

Today is a chance to rest some players for Bayern and make it 2 more wins until the league is clinched. It will also be nice to cast an eye on Abidal’s fitness, and ultimately his future. Starting XI: Valdes Alves Abidal Adriano Montoya Thiago Song Iniesta Tello Fabregas Villa Bench: Pinto, Bartra, Alba, Busquets, […]

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Posted in La Liga, Liveblog64 Comments

blitzen awards

15 April 2013

So a terrible thing happened in Boston today, and we don’t yet know who is responsible, except that whoever they are, they are Very Bad People. Sadly it seems that terrible things happen all too frequently these days, and innocent people get hurt. I know I speak for everyone in this small corner of the […]

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Posted in Barcelona106 Comments

Barça vs Zaragoza Liveblog

14 April 2013

Barça’s starting line-up: Valdés, Alves, Cesc, Xavi, Alexis, Thiago, Bartra, Montoya, Adriano, Song and Tello Subs: Oier, Pique, Abidal, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Villa

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Posted in Barcelona35 Comments

Whither thou goest, confidence, aka “I need my No. 10 blanky!”

12 April 2013

So Barça advanced against PSG. It wasn’t luck, as some suggested in the aftermath, nor was PSG the better side. The better side won the tie, and it won the tie without playing at anything approaching its best over two legs. As the semi-finals approach, with the draw being held later today, that level will […]

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Posted in Champions League, Soap Box, Thoughts100 Comments

Barça 1 – PSG 1, as we struggled independently

11 April 2013

“Whether or not Messi plays is not our problem” Carlos Ancelotti   So we rolled out on Saturday with a team full of superstars minus one and crushed our opponents with our little hand, four fingers of which we had wrapped tightly around their throat before half time. Cesc scored a hat-trick as a false […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Review85 Comments

The Match of a Thousand Questions: Barça – PSG

09 April 2013

Champions League Quarterfinal, Leg 2: Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain (2-2 aggregate) If the preceding matches are anything to go by, tomorrow’s encounter with PSG will be anything but a sure thing. Dortmund left it late and offside (but then again so too Eliseu), but were able to pull one out in dramatic fashion. Galatasaray were […]

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Posted in Champions League, Preview115 Comments

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