Barca 5, Athletic Bilbao 1, aka “Let’s get our minds around this thing here.”

01 December 2012

I don’t have many wishes, nor do I really believe in the concept as a construct of anything that we know on this plane of existence. But if such things were so, if wishing something could make it actually happen, I would wish that people could understand exactly what in the star-crossed hell we’re seeing […]

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Posted in La Liga, Review, Thoughts55 Comments

Barcelona – Athletic Liveblog

01 December 2012

Tough match today, can we continue our record setting start to the season?   Starting XI: Valdes, Adriano, Mascherano, Pique, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi, Iniesta Bench: Pinto, Puyol, Montoya, Song, Thiago, Villa, Tello Athletic XI: Iraizoz Ramalho Ekiza Amorebieta Aurtenetxe De Marcos Iturraspe Herrera Susaeta Aduriz Ibai   Join me shortly before the match at […]

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Posted in La Liga, Liveblog19 Comments

Pay Attention: Barcelona – Athletic

30 November 2012

There is little that attracts the romantic in us like saying someone is both a genius and crazy. The image of Salvador Dali that comes to most people’s minds is the one where he’s wearing his wild-eyed look. We don’t talk about van Gogh without mentioning the ear. Even the more mundane of stars are […]

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Posted in La Liga, Preview21 Comments

The King Is Dead; Long Live the King (Dogma, Plan B and Barça’s Evolution)

29 November 2012

Pep Guardiola was a firm believer in the permanent revolution. Not as Trotsky or Mao would understand it, but in the sense of never waiting around to be figured out. In a post now lost in the mists of time, I argued at the beginning of 2011/12 at the now defunct Spanish Football Info that […]

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Posted in Tactics, Thoughts45 Comments

Defensive mind, offensive thoughts: Barça – Alavés

28 November 2012

This is not a review. I would just like to share some thoughts about the game with you.   Alavés do not look like a Third Division side to me. They were supposed to have their butts handed to them in at least one of the two legs, but they simply have too much heart. […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Barcelona B, Copa del Rey, Review, Thoughts46 Comments

FCB vs. Alaves – Match Comments Post

28 November 2012

The return match – winner gets to play Cordoba in the next round. Interesting line-up:  Pinto Montoya Puyol Mascherano Adriano Dos Santos Song Sergi Roberto Tello Villa Thiago Bench:  Oier Planas Cesc Pedro Deulofeu

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Posted in Barcelona, Copa del Rey, Match comments post51 Comments

Levante 0 – La Masía 4, as F.C. Barcelona wrote history

26 November 2012

In the politics of Man, history is written by the Conquerors. In sports however, sometimes history is bigger than simply who won or who lost. The German World Cup winners of 1954 are long forgotten, while the Hungarians they actually beat in the final are still revered today. Likewise, old-timers’ eyes light up when they […]

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Review135 Comments

Barcelona – Levante Liveblog

25 November 2012

It’s hard as Frak for me to set these things up on my smartphone, so we’re going to have a Spartan layout today. Liveblog will be up 15 minutes or so before makick kickoff.   Staring XI: Valdes, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Pedro, Mesi, Iniesta   Bench: Pinto, Montoya, Mascherano, Adriano, Thiago, […]

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Posted in La Liga, Liveblog84 Comments

Levante Winds Blow Hot and Cold

24 November 2012

Have you ever typed “azulgrana” into Google Translate and seen the English translation result?  It isn’t what it should be which is “blue-cochineal”. That must irk bored Anglophone Levante fans who would bother to check, because their club also uses azulgrana when writing and talking (in Castellano) about the team. 

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview69 Comments

blitzen awards, the moonlight and vodka edition

22 November 2012

Yes, I know, I haven’t done awards in a while. I’m sorry, but you can’t force these things. Genius cannot be coerced. Happy Ritual Turkey Slaughter Day to our American readers, btw. Hope you have an excellent holiday with your friends and family. Here are a few things about our team you might be grateful […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Nonsense39 Comments

Barça 3 – Спартак Москва 0, as Tito did one better than Napoleon

21 November 2012

For most people, the first thing on their mind upon finding out our Champion’s League group opponents was:  “Damn. Our boys will have to go to Russia in the winter”. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that few Barça players know the cold as some of us do.

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Review31 Comments

The Song of the Barça Boatmen

20 November 2012

The boys are freezing their patatas in Moscow, but Cesc has said that, “the pitch and the cold won’t be a problem or an excuse.” So there.

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Preview165 Comments

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