Athletic Club 1, Barça 3, aka “Paid in full”

30 May 2015

Paid in full. You wonder if somewhere there isn’t a cosmic ledger marked “paid in full,” as the cosmos finally determined that a team, a club and the people who love it had suffered enough. On a lustrous Saturday when confetti rained down at the Camp Nou as Barça celebrated taking another step toward repeating […]

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Posted in Analysis, Copa del Rey, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts18 Comments

Deulofeu isn’t making it. Whose fault?

27 May 2015

Gerard Deulofeu. It’s difficult to think of a more talented player to come out of La Masia in recent years, but there is also a problem, outlined here in the very good Sid Lowe column about Unai Emery. It’s worth exploring his complexities a bit in a quote from Emery about Deulofeu: “He has incredible […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts73 Comments

Gràcies per tot, Maki!

26 May 2015

    November 6, 2004: F.C. Barcelona – Deportivo de la Coruña, 2-1 It was cold. Not as cold as Montreal winters, but I was back in Europe and had spent the last four months living the good life in the south of France where, beautiful truth be told, other than attending parties and chilling at various family-in-law’s downtown […]

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Posted in Barcelona17 Comments

Dani Alves and the duration of an athlete’s time at a club

25 May 2015

Let’s begin at the beginning: If Dani Alves had come from La Masia, his renewal would already be finished. Whether this is a good thing is another question. But because he isn’t, his case is really an excellent one as it lets us sit back and reasonably think about progression, and precisely when it is […]

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Posted in Analysis, Transfers/Transfer Rumors36 Comments

More on Lists

24 May 2015

This is a guest post by Isaiah. You can follow him on Twitter as @rockofthune. There have been some great comments regarding my list of most influential Barcelona players and I wanted to respond to several of them at some length, so I felt that that warranted an actual post rather than one off replies […]

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Posted in Thoughts10 Comments

Barça 2, Depor 2, aka “What have we learned?”

23 May 2015

It has been about Xavi all along. This whole season, the twists and turns, everything we have learned and experienced, from Enrique convincing him to stay to his coming to terms with his new role and executing it flawlessly has been about the Maestro teaching all of us, from the newest culer to the most […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Thoughts15 Comments

Xavi and the Qatar question

22 May 2015

This isn’t a time for ranting, or moral high horses. Nor is it a time for unquestioning fealty. This is a time to discuss, to understand the Xavi decision and his destination even as it is a discussion that should be prefaced with “It really isn’t any of our damned business.” In many ways it […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts37 Comments

Barcelona’s Top 10 Most Influential Players

21 May 2015

This is a guest post by Isaiah. You can follow him on Twitter as @rockofthune. It is never really possible to nail down the most important or influential moments of a team, but with Xavi departing and Carles Puyol already gone, it seems like it’s time for one of those listicles we all love so […]

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Posted in Thoughts22 Comments

The man, the Maestro, the “Inevitable Xavi”

19 May 2015

Death is a part of life. This is also true of the mini-deaths that typify a legend leaving a club. When Xavi leaves FC Barcelona it will feel weird. Ray Hudson once termed him “The Inevitable Xavi.” He is a magnificent player who, even when many (including me, in full disclosure) were ready to put […]

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FC Barcelona is Messi’s team, aka “The littlest giant takes full control”

18 May 2015

FC Barcelona is Messi’s team. For years, such things have been intimated, really since Pep Guardiola decided to unleash Messi as a false 9, but they have always felt premature. Scoring the most goals and influencing matches with brilliance doesn’t mean that it’s your team, nor does being the most talented among the captains. This […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts26 Comments

Atletico de Madrid 0, Barça 1, aka “Campions”

17 May 2015

In 08-09 Barça won a Liga that became a Treble, and nobody expected it. Then Barça won a Liga and pretty much everybody expected it. Then again Barça won a Liga that was tainted by Champions League failure and the departure of a player whose exit was laid at the feet of that record points […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts22 Comments

The Coach, The Player, The Enemy and The Treble, among other things…

14 May 2015

Some of my thoughts of the last nine days for you to chew on. Click here for Kxevin’s latest. 1. The Coach (A) Pep this, Pep that. Thank heavens I don’t have to listen to any of it anymore. I got especially tired of reading about people writing about being fed up with people talking about Pep. Even more […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Messi, Thoughts48 Comments

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