Those close to me know that I was so done with Valverde*. His anti-rotation policy turned my stomach. His handling of players like Semedo and Dembélé merited a kicking. His cautious nature made me want to attack someone. The fiasco in Rome made me allergic to pizza for three months. I actually hashtagged #ValverdeOut after… Continue reading Valverde, yes… well, sort of.
The context: TJ, a neutral fan: “Ronaldo being a better goal scorer than Lionel Messi is a myth.” Bob, a Manchester United fan: “U missing the big picture. Football is a team sport. Messi has had the better supporting cast.” Me, a moron who should probably stay away from Twitter as much as possible: “It’s… Continue reading Messi versus Ronaldo article number 95367185 and counting.
In the previous article I discussed who of the 2016/2017 squad I would sell. I’ll now continue with the loanees, possible buy-backs and promotions. In brackets the age, whoscored.com rating and transfer value according to transfermarkt.com YAY, WE’VE MADE IT PAST FIRST BASE Carles Aleña (19y, 6.13, promotion) In the little minutes that he has… Continue reading In
I’m going to cut straight to the chase. The squad we currently have, not counting the loanees and Barça B players: Goalkeepers: Marc-André Ter Stegen (25), Jasper Cillessen (28), Jordi Masip (28) Ter Stegen will be our goalkeeper for the next 8 years or longer and Cillessen is a solid backup. Central Defenders: Piqué (30), Mascherano (32), Umtiti (24), Matthieu (45) Only… Continue reading Out
Note 1: If you want to know why my opinion isn’t right or wrong, nor is yours, and possibly not even his, read Kevin’s wonderful Nietzschean guide to being a football fan. If you want to know who’s Barça’s best goalkeeper, read this opinion piece. Note 2: It is said there are lies, damned lies and statistics. It… Continue reading Between the Sticks
Note from the author (1): These here are man thoughts. When it comes to Real M*drid, man has trouble with distinguishing a healthy rivalry from hating the [bleep] [bleep] [bleeeeeeeep]s. If you are easily offended, some passages probably aren’t for you, but if it helps, try not to think of me as a man.… Continue reading Homines Cum Amore
1-0: How bad was it? Let me put it this way. It was not “bad meaning bad but bad meaning good.” We got our peppers picked which means bad meaning horrific. It was a ninety-minute nightmare during which we got fingered by Freddie, slashed by Jason and ripped by Jack. If my old school references… Continue reading Four Zero
One of my favorite songs popped in my head today, Mentira, by Manu Chao. The lyrics translate as follows: Lies are what they say Lies are what they give Lies are what they do Lie, the lie The truth is a lie Lies are what they sew Underneath the darkness Love is a lie… Continue reading Todo es mentira en este mundo. Todo es mentira la verdad.
So, it is official: Arda Turan will make blaugrana mattresses from now on. Javier Faus negotiated a deal of 34 million euros plus 7 million in variables to meet the 41M release clause of the 28-year old midfielder. Curiously, the transfer includes a buy-back clause that would allow the club to sell the player back… Continue reading Slippery slimy bastards.
Power, lust, glory. Lies, deceit and treachery. All is fair in love and war. And while some of us truly don’t care who wins the Game of Thrones, others are on the tips of their seats. After all… “I learned how to die a long time ago.” That’s good to hear for Jordi Majó… Continue reading Brace yourself, elections are coming.
Note (1): This article is based on rumor and speculation. In fact, the player in question and his agent have come out and denied said rumor and speculation. Nevertheless… Note (2): Guess who’s back? Kevin chimes in with what he claims is a guest post called Luck, la Masía and winning the lottery. ———— Confession time.… Continue reading Burn Baby Burn
Part two, the defenders. For my take on our goalkeepers, check part one right here. 2 Strengths: Off the ball movement, especially going forward. He excels at finding the space in the right side channel to receive through balls and passes that are played over the top. Weaknesses: Unfortunately, receiving the all in the position… Continue reading The who to the what (2)