FC Barcelona is not a finished club. Repeat. FC Barcelona is not a finished club. It isn’t fiscally finished, looking to haul in between 700-800m in gross revenues. It’s still one of the biggest clubs in world football. Irrespective of the abject shitshow that was necessitated to make it happen and the attendant sadness, it… Continue reading New season, same stuff, but we can try to be different, at least
“First one’s free, sucka.” says the drug dealer who mutters, “You’ll be back,” under their breath as the customer leaves. Anyone who has seen live Barça understands this feeling. It’s a drug, an adrenaline rush that you almost can’t believe as you are experiencing it, that buzz that begins during the warmup as players display… Continue reading Season predictions and the life of a junkie
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
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
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
Is it that time already? The Gamper Trophy match, the traditional festivity that is also a Friendly That Matters, is a herald for a new season at FC Barcelona. Liga starts next week, but the Gamper shows off the squad and its new signings, sets up a festive atmosphere and has, of late, rolled out… Continue reading And here we go again … Gamper Trophy time, aka “Much ado about … what”
Congratulations to Mexico on their Olympic Gold Medal. Continuing this brilliant day to lounge around and watch football all day is Barcelona’s final preseason match against Romanian club Dinamo Bucharest. It’s the closest we’ve had to a true starting lineup in the preseason so far, so it should be interesting. There’s a couple of things… Continue reading Bucharest – Barcelona Pre-Season Match Comments Post
Today we have two friendly matches on the agenda. The first is FC Barcelona vs Manchester United, being played in Göteborg, Sweden at 20:00 (2 pm EDT). The game is being shown in Spain on TV3 and GolTV. Someone else will have to check if any TV channel in the US will be showing it.… Continue reading Barcelona Friendlies Wednesday August 8. Match Comments Post.
I’m still looking into alternatives for coveritlive for liveblogging this season. For the moment here is a match comments post. Starting XI: Valdes, Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Planas, Busquets, Sergi, Rafinha, Sanchez, Messi, Afellay Bench: Pinto, Montoya, Pique, Bartra, Ilie, Dos Santos, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Pedro, Tello Match is at 19:45 Barcelona time.
I hate the summer. I have to apply nasty SPF 70 sunscreen constantly to protect my pearly white skin, I sweat within 3 seconds of going outside, and there is no Barcelona to watch. It may just be a preseason friendly, but it’s our first chance to gauge both Vilanova’s intentions and the readiness of… Continue reading Preseason Friendly I: HSV Match Comments Post
Time for a quick round-up of team news! As you can see from the picture above, Jordi Alba was at the club today to do an interview, shake some hands, and pose in front of the club crest. Tomorrow he will have his medical, formally sign his contract, and be presented to the public at… Continue reading Midweek News Roundup
I’ve never made any qualms about my belief that Pep Guardiola knows a hell of a lot more about this game than I do, and specifically about this team. So when Mr. Guardiola (see, we’re classy like the NY Times) creates his squad I tend to defer to his judgment, possibly to a fault, but… Continue reading Versatility in a Pinch: 2011-12 Squad Preview