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


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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Posted in Barcelona81 Comments

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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Posted in Analysis88 Comments

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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Mes que un stadium, aka “Truth, social media and what we know”

06 April 2014

Armageddon happened yesterday, set to the sound of cloven hooves clad in Gucci loafers. Or not. It all depends. FC Barcelona is a lot like sex, or a hot fudge sundae — pretty hard to mess up. So when socis went to the polls on Saturday to vote for … something or other that was […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts84 Comments

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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Posted in Nonsense153 Comments


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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Posted in Barcelona173 Comments

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

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