Messi versus Ronaldo article number 95367185 and counting.

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.

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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

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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

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Four Zero

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

Slippery slimy bastards.

“I respect the Management Committee. The transfer window closes on August 31 which would leave the new president sufficient time after July 18 to negotiate this signing.” Toni Freixa

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.

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The who to the what (2)

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)

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