Malaga 1, Barça 2, aka “Football as religion”

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”

Grimaldo’s transfer, with more questions than answers

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

Lessons and indiscretions

Gone before he even got to step onto the MiniEstadi pitch, Sergi Guardiola’s contract with Barça B was rescinded today, after a series of Tweets from his past came back to whack him upside the noggin.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

Villanovense 0, Barça 0, a delightful cabbage patch kickabout

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

Barça 4, Levante 1, aka “Wake me when we’ve won”

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”

The talent complexity, aka “Having your cake and the patience to let it bake”

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”