Farewell, Tito Vilanova, aka “The ‘boat’ loses an important plank”

25 April 2014

What makes you weep for a complete and total stranger? Some people wonder that as we reel from the punch in the gut that was the news that our Mister, Tito Vilanova, succumbed to cancer at the age of 45. It’s one cell. One cell that you can’t see with the sharpest eyes decided his […]

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Goodbye Tito

25 April 2014

Today the devastating news has been reported that former FCB coach Tito Vilanova has died at age 45 after a 3-year battle with cancer. Like all culers, we here at BFB are deeply saddened by his passing. He represented all the best characteristics that the club strives for: decency, humanity, humility, strength under pressure, and […]

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The malleability of absolution, aka “If one is responsible, then everyone is”

21 April 2014

So. Barça ended a 3-match losing skid with something that wasn’t as much a comeback as a bit of common sense rearing its head. “Hey, what say we stop hitting the ball directly AT the keeper.” Messi scored a goal so all is right in the culer world again, but for me something more interesting […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts223 Comments

Barça Be Like

19 April 2014

Poor Tata. Called upon to replace an ailing Tito, he arrived in Barcelona with nothing but a crumpled suit and a backpack filled with pistachio polo shirts. Given a poorly balanced squad to which he could add no players he was told to smile, take a picture, and off to Bangkok for a summer tour […]

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Goldilocks and the Camp Nou, aka “The case for Neymar”

18 April 2014

Neymar has a problem. Neymar IS a problem. Whichever (or both) of those sentences you think true, there is one thing we can agree on: Neymar is a galvanizing figure on the world football stage. When he came to Barça at the beginning of this season for a pile of cash, nobody knew what to […]

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Posted in Analysis, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts49 Comments

RM 2, Barça 1, aka “The inexorable inevitability of defeat”

16 April 2014

Someone who knew once said to me, “You have to do 100 things exactly right to win a bicycle race. Do 99 of them exactly right, and you finish second.” Margins are like that in athletic endeavor. You push, you shove, you train as hard as you can, doing efforts and intervals until you actually […]

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Posted in Copa del Rey, Thoughts126 Comments

València!

16 April 2014

The 3rd clasico for the season. Well – technically not, because that term only really exists for the Liga games, but has now become synonymous with every meeting between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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Posted in Barcelona, Copa del Rey, El Clasico, Match comments post129 Comments

Qué será, será …

14 April 2014

How one feels after a match has nothing to do with what happens during the match and everything to do with what one thought before the match. Say three guys are sitting in a bar aprés loss: “I never thought we could win silver,” says the first. “But I’m grateful for the run.” “I didn’t […]

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FYI: Article 19 and FC Barcelona

12 April 2014

My attempt at a disclaimer: While I am a barrister, Europe is not my home jurisdiction. I’ve spent limited time getting familiar with the applicable law and it’s entirely possible for me to have missed something. Corrections from those who know better are more than welcome. A few resources to start us off: FIFA Statutes […]

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Fear and Loathing in the Calderón

11 April 2014

The day had started innocuously enough. I woke up and smiled at my woman and child, who guard over my sleep every night from a neat frame on my bedside table, right next to Dani Pandes, a seven-inch tall black-and-white teddy bear with the Barça crest stitched to his belly that I had picked up […]

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Atletico 1, Barça 0 (2-1 agg.), aka “That fist to the face … who put that there?”

10 April 2014

Well doesn’t THIS feel weird, this feeling of coming home on a big match day from wherever you watched, with that empty feeling, that difficult-to-describe sensation of having watched your team lose. Seems like just yesterday that we were capering about in glee through throats made hoarse from screaming as we swept the Classics, beating […]

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Posted in Analysis, Champions League, Review, Thoughts68 Comments

Champions League Preview: Barça – Atlético Madrid Leg Two at the Calderón

09 April 2014

After a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Champions League (CL) tie, Barça and Atlético Madrid meet at the Calderón to determine who advances to the CL semi-finals.  As a preview for the match I did an interview with Outside of the Boot that we’re cross-posting both here at Barcelona […]

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