Celta De Vigo 2 – Barça 2, as Oubiña put the needle into needless

31 March 2013

The crowd was on their feet to let the palms of their hands meet. The victory snatched away with less than two minutes to play. No-one shouted, yelled or barked when one man was left unmarked. I’ll give you  hint: it was not a Barça player. One team was severely outmatched, playing an opponent that […]

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Celta Vigo vs Rey Abidal Liveblog

30 March 2013

Join us for the liveblog, Return of the King edition!

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Preview: Ballar a Balaídos

30 March 2013

When Barça last visited the Balaídos stadium in 2006, keeping goal for Celta de Vigo was José Manuel Pinto Colorado.  For 2 seasons, Pinto shared the locker with Thiago and Rafinha’s old man, Mazinho. For a time, he also shared the #1 GK duties with Frenchman Richard Dutruel. 

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview16 Comments

Welcome Back Tito: Dreams or Tickets Out

27 March 2013

A short little video recorded Tito Vilanova’s return to Barcelona early yesterday morning, accompanied by Jordi Roura, Aureli Altimira and their wives who had flown to NYC as a thank-you for all their efforts and to escort El Mister back home.

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Posted in Barcelona, Supposition, Thoughts102 Comments

Part 2: Our Top Scorers – A Comparison

25 March 2013

This article continues from the previous post in which I shared some comparative scoring analysis between the Top 2 teams from each of Spain’s La Liga, England’s EPL, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.

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Posted in Analysis, Barcelona, Statistics, Tactics77 Comments

Part 1: Our Top Scorers – A Comparison

23 March 2013

The official Barça website recently published an article reporting on the number of goals scored by the First Team. It explained that Messi and Villa had scored 54.7% of the 126 goals scored this season.

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Posted in Analysis, Barcelona, Statistics56 Comments

The Alexis Sanchez problem, aka “Nature vs nurture”

19 March 2013

So. Look at the player in that video. When talk was going around about Barça being about to plump for Serie A player of the year Alexis Sanchez, who didn’t watch that video and say to themselves, “Boy howdy, are we going to have some fun. Him AND Messi running at teams? Stand back!” But […]

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Posted in Thoughts, Transfers/Transfer Rumors239 Comments

Barça 3 – Rayo Vallecano 1: a video diary

18 March 2013

Note: this is not a ‘proper’ review. Ever since my favorite sports writer Bill Simmons did a retro video diary of one of his beloved Celtics games a while back, I have wanted to do one as well. What better occasion than an evening on which I cannot concentrate on ‘writing’ due to a group […]

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Review55 Comments

Preview: A Little Rayo Sunshine

16 March 2013

A long time ago, when Kluivert, Rivaldo, Guardiola and De Boer roamed the Camp Nou pitch and Van Gaal steered Barça from the sidelines, Rayo Vallecano came to visit with hope in their hearts and dread on their minds.

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview98 Comments

2013 Champions League Quarter-Final Draw

15 March 2013

This morning in our household, we were discussing the match-ups that we were expecting to see out of today’s draw for the Quarter-Finals. We should have laid a bet on it because we picked all four combinations. If Arsenal had made it through, we would have drawn the Gunners.

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League78 Comments

blitzen awards, the remuntada edition!

13 March 2013

All Work And No Play Award: The best part about Messi’s first goal wasn’t the goal itself. It was right afterwards, when Pedro rocketed into the net after the ball without even a split second’s pause for celebration. “The job’s not done, boys, we need more goals, let’s go let’s go let’s GO!!!” That moment […]

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Barça 4 – Milan 0, as we left our skin on the pitch

13 March 2013

Yes. After Lexus heeded thousands of throats and swung the ball over to the other side of the pitch. After Jordi Alba received it with only Abbiati to beat. After the ball hit the net for the fourth time with a minute left to play. After more than ninety minutes had already passed, it was […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Review121 Comments

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