La Masia is a remarkable place. It’s difficult to understand how remarkable it is until something hits you in the face, like the list of former academy players who are plying their trade in European leagues, a grouping compiled by Sport, here with their list, and a few that they missed. It has been said… Continue reading La Masia makes professionals
Statistics are cold, objectivity can be reality, both of them might or might not contain truth. La Masia is in the news again, via a Marca story that suggests that the vaunted FC Barcelona academy has become a profit center rather than a stepping stone into the first team, that players are now being raised… Continue reading Has La Masia become a profit center?
Bla, bla, Masia whinewhine. Because the subtle approach hasn’t worked, let’s take a more direct one: Nobody who played on Barça B is fully ready for promotion right now. This is an odd time in the maturation process of a youth class, where the first team is really good and the players on the come… Continue reading Masiaflation and you
Think, just for a second, of all the stuff that had to happen to put you in the place that you are now. I was thinking about that the other day, and the things that had to happen to place the woman who is now my wife and I in the exact chronological spots for… Continue reading Samper, Traore and keeping ’em down on the farm
Not a return. Just a guest post, precipitated by events. Let’s build a mountain, an unassailable fortress of a mountain that will make even the most staunch Sherpa quake, and retire his crampons. That mountain will be made of dudgeon, and shall be christened Mount Nonsense, a sentiment that caused the mountain to spring, fully… Continue reading Luck, La Masia and winning the lottery