There is a movie out and about, “Take the Ball, Pass the Ball,” that a few of you have probably heard of. Based on the exceptional Graham Hunter book titled “Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World,” this movie documents the Pep Guardiola era via video snippets but mostly interviews with players,… Continue reading Barça, great cinema, history and millstones
Ronaldinho was an enabler. Above all the things that we remember this incendiary footballer for, who announced his official retirement from the game that he brought incalculable joy, it will be this — his qualities as an enabler. He made so much possible, and ultimately asked so little. He wanted our indulgence, our patience, our… Continue reading Ronaldinho the Revolutionary
A joint post in which nzm and Kxevin examine the idea of a loss of identity, and what that might mean in the Barça context. Kxevin: Change doesn’t mean loss of identity Barca has lost its identity. This is a phrase that has been bouncing around as much in incorrect contexts as the misguided applications… Continue reading Barça and a loss of identity means what, exactly
I did a recent Barça roundtable discussion and one of the participants, Nando Vilar, likened Barça’s fundamentally self-inflicted turmoil to citizens taking a very active role in their government. Following that, a commenter here, AllasFCB, Tweeted this: How funny is that a fan/club member of Barca (Jordi Cases) took down Rosell and a player (Messi)… Continue reading Citizens, to the ramparts!
A favorite Twitter commentator brought something to mind this morning in posting a very good editorial about the club and its stance, or lack thereof, as the September 11 pro-independence (or pro-choice, dependent upon whether you like waffles) day looms. Many people come to Barça for the football. I would reckon that most come to… Continue reading Is “mes que un club” just a slogan, aka “Multinational corps don’t have politics”
So, there was this lumberjack named Paul Bunyan, and what a lumberjack he was. When he came into the world, it took not one, but five storks to bring him home. His hand claps and laughter broke windows and he was sawing legs off beds even though he could barely walk. He made a mountain,… Continue reading Myths, legends and difficult times for a football club, aka “The myth of Pep”
Ah, the glories of Twitter. Those of you who follow me probably already know this, but I threw out a note that everybody and their mamas should follow @estadios_spain. And for damned good reason, because here’s the deal: Blogging is a thankless, hard-as-hell, time-sucking, joy-filled endeavor. That is, we do it because we love it.… Continue reading A first! (Well for this writer, anyhow)
I have been called nigger exactly 4 times in my life. –The first was when I was very young, no more than 10, and strayed into a swimming pool locker room area, when my neighborhood was still wrestling with integration. It was accompanied by physical violence upon my person. I was stunned and confused in… Continue reading The Busquets allegations, aka “Mes que un what, exactly?”
I went to the most beautiful place in the world for the first time last week. This post isn’t a match report, although the Atletico game merits discussion. Nor is it a loving paean to Camp Nou, although I could most certainly go on (and on) about its majesty. Instead, let’s talk about what it… Continue reading Membership and Identity: A Polemic
Pep@Twitter couldn’t have summed it up better when he Tweeted on Thursday: “This is a sad day in the history of FC Barcelona. The club has just been closed for new members if they’re not family of existing members.” From the official site: As of November 1, according to George Cardoner at a press conference,… Continue reading FC Barcelona is offcially a closed society, aka “Color me appalled”
Great galloping Jesus, what a match. Pedro! sums up how I think we all feel here, in the wake of a gritty victory that found us not even approaching our dazzling, sparkling best, a victory that defines this club in a way that few others have, and that left me weeping right along with Pep… Continue reading Barca 2, Estudiantes 1, a.k.a. “Hexacampions,” a.k.a. “Greatest of all TIIIEEEME!”
We have Corrine to thank for finding this comprehensive bit of awesomeness. It pulsateth with the wrongness. But it’s oh, so right.