New season, new beginnings, aka “Barça dominoes”

It seems almost weird to have football beginning at a time such as this, when the club that we follow (those who haven’t become PSG supporters overnight) is reeling from a succession of body blows. Yet a new season begins for FC Barcelona this weekend with La Real, not exactly the opponent that a team… Continue reading New season, new beginnings, aka “Barça dominoes”

Of Hatchet Men and Bad Matches: Atleti-Barça

It strikes me as perfect–absolutely perfect–that Barça will play Atleti on Sunday night. Yes, it’s a top-of-the-table match, with 2 top-4 teams facing off, but it’s something else too: Barça are coming off their most exciting match in a while, having actually found themselves entertaining fans against Dortmund, while Atleti…okay, I haven’t watched Atleti in… Continue reading Of Hatchet Men and Bad Matches: Atleti-Barça

Protest and Finality: Barcelona – Sevilla (CDR Final)

Javier Tebas, the head of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has said that the Copa del Rey final should be suspended immediately if the crowd whistles the national anthem and the king. Let’s be clear: there will be whistling. There is always whistling. This is a cup competition named after a symbol of the oppression–real… Continue reading Protest and Finality: Barcelona – Sevilla (CDR Final)

The Classic. Everything to play for.

Gulp … It has been a very long time since culers have entered the final stages of anticipation of the Biggest of Them All, the Classic, with more trepidation. Usually the sayings about form doesn’t matter, anything can happen, on any given day, are mere cliches. In this case, they’re true. Neither team enters this… Continue reading The Classic. Everything to play for.

These Heady Times

The train picked up speed as we left the suburbs and went into the undulating hills. I remember the countryside was steeped in fog, the sunshine slipping through every now and then between clouds to create a peaceful wonderland. I alternately stared out the window at the passing scenery and read a book. We were… Continue reading These Heady Times

Season predictions and the life of a junkie

“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