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”
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
Amid uncertainty, money-hungry agents and a sponsor-hungry board rumored to be chasing a potential locker-room toxin with team stability at stake, it’s safe to say that this will be the weirdest opening matchday for FC Barcelona in some time. Weirdest still is that the team as it sits is comfortably the best team in Europe,… Continue reading Here we go …
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)
786. 307. 8. When I think about Roma, I think about Francesco Totti. A man who played from 1992 until 2017 for the same team, making 786 total appearances, scoring 307 goals in the process. He was top scorer for the team 8 times and some of those goals were truly outrageous. He provided an immense… Continue reading Barça – Roma: Champions League Quarterfinal Preview
There is a line in the excellent Jonathan Wilson Champions League preview (in which he logically predicts Barça to advance) that is worth having a look at in the context of this team, and what Ernesto Valverde has had to do. Of necessity. This Barcelona are not the side of 2009-11, nor even the side… Continue reading It’s Roma. Now what?
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.
The match started quickly, with a 13th minute goal from the visitors. Then there was a red card for the home team, missed penalty for the away team, an equalizer, what turned out to be a winner for the home team, and then 2 reds for the visitors. The name of the last goalscorer is Dani Alves and… Continue reading Sevilla is a Place and a Feeling
The total number of major trophies is staggering: 7 in 4 years. There are the other, lesser trophies: 7 of them too. There is the sense that what was a team on the brink of greatness is now firmly entrenched in the history books as one of the greatest club sides of all time. There… Continue reading The Return of the King
The season is only a few matches old, yet there’s the unmistakable air of May about it already. It’s not that Real Madrid are 3 points up in the standings because Barça dropped all 3 points in a clanger against Alaves, though they did indeed do just that, but rather that despite Barça wracking up… Continue reading Angry Face Emojis: Atleti Comes to Town
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
“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