Barça vs Santos in Gamper Trophy match comments post

02 August 2013

No liveblog for this one, but you can have at the match comments right here. Have fun, and here’s hoping for no injuries, and a win. I still have bad memories of the Gamper from watching Eto’o knock himself sliding in an attempt to score a goal. Ugh. Anyhow …. VISCA!

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Today is the first day of the rest of now, aka “These are pretty amazing times”

29 July 2013

Today is the day. The first day that our new coach, Gerardo Martino, will be in charge of our first team. It is also the first day of many, that I have to wrestle with not being in any way, shape or form mature enough to deal with a coach nicknamed Tata. A lot has […]

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Posted in Thoughts, Transfers/Transfer Rumors204 Comments

Bayern Munich 2, Barça 0, aka “The return of a class favorite … Kari!”

24 July 2013

This, even though it appears under my name, is a minute-by-minute rundown from Kari, who many of you no doubt remember as a journalistic delight and breath of fresh air. So suffice it to say, when she banged out this piece and offered it to me, I said “Yes” faster than Adriano hopping on the […]

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We need a replacement, as in now, as it seems that I overlooked someone

23 July 2013

Pros: The South American Coach of the Year (2007)  has won four league titles in Paraguay and the Clausura tournament in his home country, Argentina, with Newell’s Old Boys. He has also led relatively modest clubs Libertad and Newell’s to the semi-final of the Copa Libertadores. Like many South American managers who have shaken the mad […]

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We need a replacement, as in NOW

20 July 2013

  Anims Tito. Like Kxevin beautifully wrote, it’s personal. Cancer is the number one killer in the world to whom all of us have lost loved ones. Having said that, let’s talk replacements before one is appointed. Pros: A Masía product who enjoyed a brief spell in Barça’s first team in 1988, Jordi Roura has […]

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Anims, Tito, aka “Now, it’s personal”

19 July 2013

Tito Vilanova you know. And you, like me, are reeling with today’s bombshell. But Thomas Richter is a guy who, I am willing to bet, none of you know. He was a wonderful friend who died from complications related to brain cancer. He was a cyclist and a young man who evolved from a shy, […]

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Whose Club Is This Anyway?

18 July 2013

Jordi Cardoner, the VP of “Social Areas” gave an interview to El Mundo Deportivo the other day, and he had a couple of interesting things to say about the club’s views on socis and foreign supporters. I’ll give you the Spanish version first, and then a translation. Corrections or clarifications are welcome. ¿Por qué deciden […]

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Farewell, Thiago, we hardly knew ye, and the scent of something rotten in Denmark

14 July 2013

So. The Thiago Alcantara saga has ended, with the player going to Bayern Munich for a total fee of 25m+ a friendly. Part of the fee came from the player doing a salary giveback, a la Cesc Fabregas, which is particularly interesting. The roots of the transfer are well-known, and now we have the reality. […]

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Posted in Thoughts, Transfers326 Comments

Random thoughts on random things

12 July 2013

Everyone, calm down. Here’s some stuff to think about: — The bias of the Barça-centric media is well documented. MD even has a story that suggests Thiago’s limited playing time was part of a nefarious plot to activate his buyout clause and send him to Bayern. The demonization process has begun in full force, and […]

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RETRO DIARY: May 20, 1992, as Barça were crowned Kings of Europe

02 July 2013

Back when the Champion’s League was still called the European Cup, a thirteen-old boy sits in front of the tv to watch the final between Barcelona and Sampdoria. No, he did not yet own a Barça jersey at that time – having travelled to Indonesia the previous summer, a trip on which his mother had […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Classic Matches, Review244 Comments

blitzen awards, the long-awaited year-end edition!

30 June 2013

Yes, they are finally here! Just a few end-of-season thoughts from me. Thanks to everyone for sticking around and keeping the discussion interesting! Crystal Faucet Award For Persistent Tapping Up: Dani Alves, who may have been working on some kind of commision from Sandro Rosell, considering the number of quotes in the media where he […]

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The Year in Review, as the Force may be with you

18 June 2013

  “It’s not impossible. I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they’re not much bigger than two meters.” To Leo Messi, who not only improved his penalty taking (not one miss during the whole season) but added free kicks to his arsenal. He can now be considered one of the world’s […]

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