“Valverde doesn’t trust youth.” This has become culer lore as it relates to the Barça coach, who must be wondering what he can do, not that he seems to care all that much. Youth players are, in this case, the coterie of almosts who dot the first-team bench like the scrubs at pickup games, raising… Continue reading Valverde and the kids — where the kids at?
This is a guest post from @Jeffreyklz on Twitter, who is also part of the @Youngcules account. Both are very useful follows for anyone wondering about the future of the club. This piece came about through conversations and musings some folks were having about the future, short and long-term. Who is ready, who is almost… Continue reading The kids are … alright?
Football is a religion, and winning is its altar. During the Malaga match, BeIN commentator Andres Cordero made a very astute observation in a single sentence, when he said “From Lucho out to a treble-winning coach.” Winning does that, but the right kind of winning, in quantities sufficient to defuse even the most hard-boiled curmudgeons… Continue reading Malaga 1, Barça 2, aka “Football as religion”
The mystery of Alejandro Grimaldo. Grimaldo had been transferred to Benfica for just a tick over EUR 1m. Benfica immediately slapped a 60m buyout tag on him. The culerverse reacted negatively to the move, the overwhelming consensus being that the club screwed up and Luis Enrique is a dolt for not giving Grimaldo the first-team… Continue reading Grimaldo’s transfer, with more questions than answers
Gone before he even got to step onto the MiniEstadi pitch, Sergi Guardiola’s contract with Barça B was rescinded today, after a series of Tweets from his past came back to whack him upside the noggin. There was anti-Catalan sentiment, barbs at Messi and of course, the unforgivable “Hala Madrid!” The player says that he… Continue reading Lessons and indiscretions
This week, there was a pair of articles about Gerard Deulofeu that were very interesting. The most balanced, from Seb Stafford-Bloor (who is really worth looking up, as he is uniformly excellent) is here, an excellent assessment waylaid a bit by a misleading headline. This Deulofeu piece was doubly interesting because it comes hot on… Continue reading Balance in all things
At the end of the opening match in Barça’s defense of its Copa del Rey title, Luis Enrique declared himself “satisfied” with how the team played, performed and the effort that it put out. The oddity of this statement was that precious few culers would place themselves in that same boat with Enrique. Nay, people… Continue reading Villanovense 0, Barça 0, a delightful cabbage patch kickabout
Matches such as today’s walkabout against a Liga minnow are difficult to like, aside from the final score. In many ways squaring off against Levante is like asking a math savant to balance your checkbook. “Okay, but don’t I have something better to do?” Barça played like a team that knew it was going to… Continue reading Barça 4, Levante 1, aka “Wake me when we’ve won”
Sergi Samper. Just saying the name sends shivers all up and down the spine, doesn’t it? But Sergi Samper is indicative of everything that is wrong with Barça, La Masia and youth football in general, at almost every club. Leave the kids alone. In junior bicycle racing, the kids race in age category. So you… Continue reading “Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!”
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
Adama Traore. Sigh, swoon, right? Riiiight. After his goal against Huesca, the hype rose to an even higher level for this astonishing talent who has an even more astonishing physique. But let’s have a closer look at the situation, how it is and what it might or might not mean. Traore scored that goal against… Continue reading The talent complexity, aka “Having your cake and the patience to let it bake”