Fly on the Wall

02 April 2014

Been a while since we had one of these standard nonsense posts. Let’s see how it fairs, especially after the greatness that is SoMa.

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Epic

31 March 2014

  When the gods want to punish you, the saying goes, they answer your prayers — and the Gods of Football have, of late, been especially punitive. Looking to draw a soft penalty to finish off the clásico and the league along with it? Why, here’s three! (You take one, and your archrival will take […]

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Anims, VV!

26 March 2014

So Barça played today, and won 3-0. Atleti played today, and won 1-0. RM played today, and lost 2-1. The Liga is ours for the taking, if we just win the final 8 matches of the season. But I can’t say that I feel like doing much except echoing what Javier Macherano Tweeted, which is […]

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Posted in Injuries, La Liga, Team News, Thoughts169 Comments

We Need More Dakka : RM 3-4 Barça; A (Tactical) Battle of Firepower

24 March 2014

So Kevin already summed up the majestic affair from yesterday quite nicely so you can read it here (if you haven’t already). This here will be a sort-of breakdown of the general tactics and other such things. It went something like this: 1. Barcelona came to the Santiago Bernabeu in a decisive game. 2. Barcelona […]

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Posted in Analysis, Barcelona, Classic Matches, Thoughts136 Comments

Real Madrid 3, Barça 4, aka “The space race”

23 March 2014

Wow. Just … wow. It is rare that a Classic lives up to the billing. At the nexus of all the hype, all the reams of verbiage and speculation have in the past, resulted in high-volume bits of drollery. Even the first Classic this season was, truth to tell, kinda boring unless you were culer. […]

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Posted in El Clasico, La Liga, Messi, Review130 Comments

Close to Away (as a matter of Clasico, pt III)

22 March 2014

This is not a preview, it’s a meview. If you want to read something that makes sense, I suggest you click here for Kxevin’s thoughts on the game. (TRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRING!) Zzzzzzzz (TRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRING!) Zzzzzzzz (TRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRING!) Huh!?! What?!? Huhyaaaaaawn… Yo man, you up? Wh-wh-wh-huh? What? Who is this? It’s me man, me, that’s who! Maaaan what the… (yawn) It’s […]

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Posted in Barcelona, El Clasico, Fantasy, La Liga, Nonsense139 Comments

A Classic preview, aka “For some, this colossal event is also the end of the road”

21 March 2014

We have it, they want it. It was always going to come to this, when you really stop to think about it. This remarkable team that to date has yet to lose a big match, faces on Sunday one that is immense. Cliches abound: all the marbles, season at stake, etc, etc, but what it […]

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Posted in El Clasico, La Liga, Preview, Thoughts21 Comments

Champions League quarterfinals, aka “Not again!”

21 March 2014

And now, we understand. Atletico Madrid. I leave the sussing out of the entire bracket to others, and instead focus on the team we now have to defeat to complete the extraordinary task of 7 CL semi-final rounds in a row. We know them, they know us. We knocked heads in a nasty, well-played SuperCopa […]

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And so it continues, aka “Who do we have to kill for just a moment’s peace?”

17 March 2014

Just a moment’s peace. Is that too much to ask? I don’t presume to know, why, what and how. And I do know that politics, backbiting and infighting are part and parcel of life at and with FC Barcelona, where often the most virulent enemies come from within. But here’s the thing: when Fate herself […]

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Barça 7, Osasuna 0, aka “It’s the little things”

16 March 2014

I won’t begin, for an instant, to pretend that I didn’t expect Barça to win this match. –They were at home against Osasuna, a team that doesn’t travel well. –I think that those who want to write this team and its coach off are nuts. –The group appears to be coming out of a collective […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Thoughts47 Comments

Barça 2, Manchester City 1 (4-1 agg.), aka “Taking care of business”

12 March 2014

So much doubt, so much worry, so much anguish all at the roots of a moment of collective human frailty. When Barça lost to Valladolid this weekend past, it was more than a loss. It was like the starting pistol in a race to establish culpability. Something is wrong, whose fault is it. And we […]

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Posted in Champions League, Messi, Review, Thoughts133 Comments

Believing in beliefs, aka “Welcome to the Barça house of mirrors”

11 March 2014

These are the times that try culers’ souls. The team is in turmoil, rumors are flying hither and yon and we don’t know who to believe. Players coming and going, coaches coming and going. But thankfully, I am here to help you, with a handy guide to who you should believe: Nobody. The convenience of […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts56 Comments

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