The “best available athlete” dilemma, aka “Hammering nails with a banana”

02 July 2014

Immense thanks to Allas for the Sanchez video. Alexis Sanchez is ready. Alexis Sanchez is a problem. Neymar will be something if he ever learns how to play the Barça way. Alex Song was a waste of money, and isn’t anything approximating Barça quality. A quartet of interesting statements that raises a complex matter with […]

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Posted in International Friendlies, Neymar, Thoughts193 Comments

The Boogie-Woogie Barça Boys of Company B

02 July 2014

FC Barcelona announced on Thursday that Eusebio Sacristan has accepted a one-year renewal of his contract that will keep him at the club as coach of Barça B until the end of the 2014-15 season. This seems like a good time to take a look at how the youngsters have done this year. Barça B […]

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World Cup Match Comments Post

02 July 2014

We’ll talk about the Cesc transfer a little later; for now, here’s a place to let your thoughts loose re Brazil – Croatia.

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Posted in Match comments post183 Comments

Spain vs Holland: 1 + 5 conclusions

02 July 2014

Holland’s victory over Spain was described in both countries as a historical result, and not without reason. Never before had a defending World Champion gotten their butts handed to them in such an all-encompassing manner. Sure, France didn’t manage a single goal in the group stage of 2002, and the memory of Cameroon’s upset over […]

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World Cup Rules! Part II: The Venue

02 July 2014

The World Cup nears its full samba-swing. As the group stage concludes, Spain (this year’s France!), Italy (this year’s Spain!), and England (this year’s Italy!) have been ushered out as Costa Rica (this year’s Paraguay!) steps into the spotlight. And you have invited an Average American and Andrés Iniesta (a little heartless of you, but Andy could probably use a night […]

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World Cup Rules! Part I: The Wingman

02 July 2014

An American soccer fan lives a lonely life. It’s not as if Americans didn’t love them some organized sports. I live in a town, for instance, where middle-aged people ask perfect strangers to “teach them how to Bucky.” Prosperous landowners paint their barns kelly green and yellow. And it’s not as if my neighbors were provincial […]

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Forget Last Season and the World Cup, 2014/15 will be Barca’s Season

01 July 2014

Prepare for 2014/15 with the Best Barca Apps The World Cup was a tumultuous time for Barcelona fans. Spain exited the tournament after losing two games with only a nonsensical 3-0 win over Australia being the only high point. We didn’t get to see the brilliance of Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets and Alba in the light […]

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Rex quondam rexque futurus, XXXII

19 May 2014

“When I left Vagon,” began the commander-in-chief, “Something happened to me which was outside my own plans.” “What was the accident?” “It was not an accident really. It was the first stroke of a correction which I have had, and for which I am thankful. Do you know, I shall be talking about God a […]

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Barça vs Atleti match comments post

17 May 2014

We all remember this match. Falcao scored first, then Adriano did what Adriano does. The final was 4-1. Still feeling like today is a 2-1 in the offing, as I can’t see this Atleti conceding 4 goals to us. But a win will be in the offing. For those expecting a trophy ceremony at the […]

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Posted in La Liga, Match comments post179 Comments

Gracies, Capita, aka “There will never be another”

15 May 2014

There was a farewell ceremony for our irreplacable Capita, Carles Puyol. Words fail me, but the video above is the full ceremony. There are many culers who only know a Barça for which Captain Caveman was the Capita. But even for those of us who know other Barças, it will still be unfathomably weird to […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts99 Comments

One match, for everything, aka “Deserves got nothin’ to do with it”

13 May 2014

Saturday. It’s difficult to adequately explain to someone without a sense of humor and embrace of the absurd about this La Liga season. On Saturday, at the end of a logic-defying series of twists and turns, first and second place will battle. At the end of 90 minutes, a Liga champion will be crowned. And […]

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Posted in La Liga, Transfers114 Comments

Right in the Nostalgia: Barça v Real Sociedad 12-10-2010

07 May 2014

Well, this may seem like a blatant excuse to curb the 300+ comment monster that is the Getafe comment post but what you don’t know is Hey look, a full match video from 2010 in English. Let’s watch. Iniesta’s goal celebration gets me every time. I think this – posting classic matches from the ‘vault’ […]

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