The Great Soci Debate

28 December 2012

One of the things that makes BFB so special is the level of discussion in this space. We can debate issues of importance to the club or to football in general respectfully, without it degenerating into a simple back-and-forth of which side is more wrong. Recently a few of the mods were involved in a […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Soap Box, Thoughts24 Comments

Real Valladolid 1 – Barça 3, as Christmas came early

23 December 2012

1. While we are going into the break with a staggering 49 points out of 17 games, EE is just staggering into the break. I know, I know… starting a match review talking about that other team betrays a lack of class and humility and is a sure sign of an inferiority complex to boot. What […]

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Review, Thoughts96 Comments

Purple Patches: Valladolid – Barça

21 December 2012

They’re 15-1-0 and there are plenty of ways to criticize them. They’re 9 points up on second place and there’s a sense that they haven’t yet come together as a team. They’ve scored 54 games in 16 league matches (more than 3 goals a match) and the strike force isn’t putting together complete games. Lionel […]

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Posted in La Liga, Preview153 Comments

Just can’t get enough: Barcelona vs Milan in the Round of 16

20 December 2012

For those who have been living at the bottom of a well and may not know, Barcelona drew AC Milan in the Round of 16 Champions’ League draw that happened this morning. Barça will first face Milan in the San Siro on February 20. The return leg at the Camp Nou will be on March […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League49 Comments

Football is important, but it isn’t Life, aka “Anims, Tito”

19 December 2012

I have learned a lot from this edition of Barça, including that football isn’t just supposed to make you weep tears of happiness. Life does stuff to us, all the time. One of the things at which it is particularly adept is leavening joy with sadness, a karmic yin/yang that, if you were to sit […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts85 Comments

Barça 4, Atletico 1, aka “Not all that pretty, but so, so beautiful”

16 December 2012

This can be a cruel game, and I type this even as I am nursing a sore knee from having fallen off a barstool, thanks to Adriano. Atletico de Madrid came out with a perfect game plan that they executed flawlessly. If we were to sum it up, it would be the same as all […]

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Posted in La Liga, Review, Thoughts162 Comments

Barcelona – Athletico Liveblog

16 December 2012

It’s a number one against number two clash. Come wring your hands and drink your beverages on BFB’s couch. Starting XI: Valdes Adriano Pique Puyol Alba Busquets Xavi Iniesta Pedro Messi Sanchez Bench: Pinto Mascherano Alves Song Thiago Villa Tello   Liveblog will be up shortly

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Posted in La Liga, Liveblog29 Comments

Barça vs. Atlético: Will La Pulga Bite El Tigre?

15 December 2012

  It’s here: the second tough match in a row. Following last week’s Betis game in which Messi broke another record and Barça hung on to win against an impressive 2nd half Béticos performance, this could potentially be the biggest and most exciting encounter of the season’s first half.

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview46 Comments

The Morality of Sponsors: Should Barcelona Wear Qatar?

13 December 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I read a snippet of a story in that week’s Said & Done about Qatar attempting to rebrand itself. I thought it would be some glib statement about how Qatar Foundation was becoming Qatar Airways on the Barça shirt. Instead, it was a story that made me question the moral […]

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Posted in Thoughts58 Comments

Córdoba vs. Barça: Back to Andalucia

11 December 2012

  Just as the green and white stripes of Betis were fading in front of our eyes, it’s time to face the green and white of Córdoba.  In fact, Barça faces a slew of striped strips for seven successive sorties until the middle of January.

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Posted in Barcelona, Copa del Rey, Preview134 Comments

Betis 1, Barca 2, aka “The record that matters most is yet to be calculated”

09 December 2012

So. History was made today, and will continue to be made each and every time this club goes unbeaten in La Liga this season. In this, the 15th week of the Liga season, our beloved club is still undefeated and has only dropped two points, in a home draw to its most bitter rival. And […]

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Posted in La Liga, Review, Thoughts102 Comments

Betis vs. Barça: Where the Team is Tough & the Fans are Tougher

08 December 2012

  Last season, Barça’s ultimate Liga game was away to Betis. With the Liga lost, it mattered little, except to the hosts. VV started instead of an injured Pinto; Afellay started his first game since his injury; Busquets scored; Alves was sent off; 2 goals to Betis and then Keita scored to level at 2-2.

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview244 Comments

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