The Weary Traveler Returns Home: Barcelona 5 – 1 Real Sociedad

19 August 2012

It was a long summer, but the Tito era began as one would have expected: Carles Puyol heading in a 4th minute corner. By the 17th minute it was 3-1 and Real Sociedad was well and truly sunk. It felt familiar in so many ways, of course, but there was a palpable sense of novelty […]

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Posted in La Liga, Review141 Comments

Barcelona – Real Sociedad Liveblog

19 August 2012

La Liga action is finally back! Despite how incompetent the RFEF is, it seems to have started without a hitch. We can only hope the same happens for the liveblog today, as I’ll be using a new platform and that usually means anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. The liveblog window won’t show […]

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Posted in La Liga, Liveblog85 Comments

Alex Song: Not Yaya

18 August 2012

Every time anyone is signed by Barcelona, there will be a wide variety of reactions. Alexandre Song is no different from any of those. Having been purchased for €19m from Arsenal earlier today (yesterday for the majority of those reading this), Song is just another player in a long line of dissected transfers. He is […]

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Posted in Thoughts29 Comments

Song sung blue, aka “Kari’s back! And was a fly on the boardroom wall … “

18 August 2012

(Kari isn’t back, but she is. We’ve appropriated her verbiage for a post, because it deserves to live on in permanence, instead of having to sift through hundreds of comments. Yup.) Here is some unadulterated nonsense to cheer you guys up (or conversely make you all so angry you’ll rage in happiness. Wait, wha-?) FCB […]

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Posted in Nonsense, Transfers/Transfer Rumors60 Comments

Fearless predictions post, aka “This season and you … sorta”

17 August 2012

When looking at a new season, it’s always best to begin with what we know: –New coach in Tito Vilanova –We have the best player alive –We have among the best players in the world –We’re the best club in the world All the rest is up for grabs. Last year, we were visited by […]

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Posted in Champions League, La Liga, Thoughts202 Comments

Fantasy Winners are Champions of Our Hearts

16 August 2012

So every year I haphazardly run a fantasy league that people who aren’t me tend to win. And I say there will be prizes. But then I totally don’t hand out prizes cause I’m a bum. But that practice ends now. Here is your 2011-12 championship trophy presentation to Maniche Street Preachers and the glory that […]

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Poll of the Day: What Think You of This Transfer Rumor?

16 August 2012

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Posted in Transfers/Transfer Rumors33 Comments

So, what have we learned this pre-season, aka “Patience, Cules”

13 August 2012

Here’s what I know that I know: What I don’t know. This is true of all of us, right? As true as what we know being able to quite effectively deceive us into thinking that we Know. At the end of last season, one bereft of major silver, people knew that we needed defensive help, […]

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Posted in Thoughts, Transfers/Transfer Rumors201 Comments

Bucharest – Barcelona Pre-Season Match Comments Post

11 August 2012

Congratulations to Mexico on their Olympic Gold Medal. Continuing this brilliant day to lounge around and watch football all day is Barcelona’s final preseason match against Romanian club Dinamo Bucharest. It’s the closest we’ve had to a true starting lineup in the preseason so far, so it should be interesting. There’s a couple of things […]

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Posted in Match comments post, Preseason47 Comments

Barcelona Friendlies Wednesday August 8. Match Comments Post.

08 August 2012

Today we have two friendly matches on the agenda. The first is FC Barcelona vs Manchester United, being played in Göteborg, Sweden at 20:00 (2 pm EDT). The game is being shown in Spain on TV3 and GolTV. Someone else will have to check if any TV channel in the US will be showing it. […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Barcelona B, Match comments post, Preseason134 Comments

Barcelona – PSG Match Comments Post

04 August 2012

I’m still looking into alternatives for coveritlive for liveblogging this season. For the moment here is a match comments post. Starting XI: Valdes, Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Planas, Busquets, Sergi, Rafinha, Sanchez, Messi, Afellay Bench: Pinto, Montoya, Pique, Bartra, Ilie, Dos Santos, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Pedro, Tello   Match is at 19:45 Barcelona time.

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Posted in Match comments post, Preseason224 Comments

When Governing Bodies Become Jokes and Sport Suffers

01 August 2012

This doesn’t have to do with Barça or football, really, but rather the wider world of sport. Today’s New York Times (along with basically every other media outlet in the world) carried an article about the badminton teams disqualified from the London Olympics for intentionally losing group stage matches in order to gain easier knockout […]

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