Barca 2, Athletic Club 3, aka “It was always going to be this”

It’s all so normal now. Griezmann scored his second goal of the match in the SuperCopa final. Everyone celebrated, but nobody relaxed, almost as if we could feel it. The equalizer came, and it felt as inevitable as Inaki Williams’ golazo match winner in extra time, right down to Barça strolling around like zombies in… Continue reading Barca 2, Athletic Club 3, aka “It was always going to be this”

Atletico de Madrid 3, Barça 2, aka, “Good. Now go home.”

Let’s be clear about what this loss in the Spanish SuperCopa means: Nothing. That Barça lost by a goal in a meaningless tourney that is part of a morally bankrupt RFEF money grab means absolutely nothing. We can appreciate the joy that Atleti showed in winning, the effort put in by the teams. But it… Continue reading Atletico de Madrid 3, Barça 2, aka, “Good. Now go home.”

Barça 1, Real Madrid 3, aka “Everything right now forever”

Welcome to another day at FC Everything is the Worst, a moniker that is, increasingly, becoming less sarcastic. A lot of things can be true at the same time. Football, like life, is rarely binary. On a day that Barça played like collective dog crap against its eternal rival, a great many other things happened,… Continue reading Barça 1, Real Madrid 3, aka “Everything right now forever”

Anatomy of a beatdown, aka “Hey ya big dummy, that’s wrong!”

If we really, really think about the Athletic Bilbao thrashing of Barça the other day, it’s something that would have been as obvious as the day is long. — Sevilla, the other team who flew halfway ’round the world, on that midnite plane to Georgia (oh, shut up … you wouldn’t be able to resist,… Continue reading Anatomy of a beatdown, aka “Hey ya big dummy, that’s wrong!”

The Unai Conundrum

Unai Emery has a problem. Or, well, sort of. There are damning statistics to back it up, which makes it look especially bad. Well it seems that way anyway when it’s splashed across a newspaper’s front page and then dissected in an article that contains an awful lot of numbers and incredulously arched eyebrows. The… Continue reading The Unai Conundrum

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Video Analysis: Alexis vs Atletico Madrid Aug 21st

We are three games into the season and suprisingly, Alexis and Pedro have started every game. Messi is out with a muscle injury, O Ney is acclimatizing/gaining muscle/learning Català and Tello, well, Tello is being punished or something. Assuming that La Pulga will soon be jumping around the skin of the defense and leaving goalkeepers with unscratchable… Continue reading Video Analysis: Alexis vs Atletico Madrid Aug 21st

Real Madrid 2, Barca 1 (4-4 agg.), aka “Moral victories are for losers”

We lost. Let’s be absolutely clear about this. For about 35 minutes, we went into their house and got our asses handed to us. And those 35 minutes were enough. That they scored two goals from errors of the sort that humans make should in no way ameliorate the fact that mistakes were made. And… Continue reading Real Madrid 2, Barca 1 (4-4 agg.), aka “Moral victories are for losers”

Spanish SuperCopa Leg 1: Barca 3, Them 2, aka “Dung occurreth.”

Leg 1, of what is a trophy that wouldn’t make anyone that giddy were it not for the opponent — handy when you’re ginning up phrases such as “Year of the Six Cups,” but in reality it’s a matchup that always, always comes too soon to see anyone playing anything approximating their best football. And… Continue reading Spanish SuperCopa Leg 1: Barca 3, Them 2, aka “Dung occurreth.”

Spanish Super Cup Leg I Liveblog

Let’s just get down to business shall we? Starting XI:  Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Alexis, Messi Bench: Pinto, Puyol, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Cesc, Tello, Villa EE XI: Casillas Arbeloa Albiol Ramos Coentrao Alonso Khedira Callejon Ozil Ronaldo Benzema   The match starts at 22:30 Barcelona time / 4:30 EST. Tune in 7 minutes… Continue reading Spanish Super Cup Leg I Liveblog