The club you love is one of the SuperLeague 12, so now what?

Here’s the weird thing about the European SuperLeague stuff coming at a moment when culers are experiencing this weird thing that is vaguely … what is that feeling again … joy. What’s unsettling is that it’s difficult not to feel culpable, not to feel, as the supporter of a club with so many questionable financial… Continue reading The club you love is one of the SuperLeague 12, so now what?

Barça 4, Huesca 1, aka “To hell with football”

Just hit it. When you think of things that people have thought to themselves, have said after great goals, it’s usually something along the lines of, “I just hit it.” We can talk all we want about statistics, and stuff like xG (expected goals, and Huesca had a higher number). But sometimes, football is about… Continue reading Barça 4, Huesca 1, aka “To hell with football”

PSG 1, Barça 1, aka “It’s true, it’s true!”

For years, culers have said that they wouldn’t mind if the team lost, as long as it played the right way. For years, many, including me, questioned the firmness of that resolve, that it would be tested when the team did that and lost. Many, including me, were wrong. Barça was eliminated by Paris St.… Continue reading PSG 1, Barça 1, aka “It’s true, it’s true!”

Cometh the moment, cometh the team? Dunno.

Dunno. That is the easiest way to answer anyone who might ask about tomorrow’s return leg against Paris St.-Germain. Dunno. Logically, given what happened in the first leg and the seeming disparity between the two sides, another remuntada would appear to be out of the question, but again … Dunno. As a sporting and political… Continue reading Cometh the moment, cometh the team? Dunno.

It’s Laporta!

The parallels between the two presidential elections to occupy my most recent world, in America and FC Barcelona, are fascinating. — A corrupt, despotic regime — Legal proceedings in the wake of the former president — A riven supporter base — Accusations hither and yon of media bias — Massive debt and lots to do… Continue reading It’s Laporta!

Barça 3, Sevilla 0, aka “We’re watching a team.”

“I’m very proud of my team. I can’t ask for anything more. We have changed our mentality.” Ronald Koeman making that statement after his team managed yet another late comeback to turn defeat into victory, points to the best thing about today. We could go on and on, dissecting the match, breaking down key moments… Continue reading Barça 3, Sevilla 0, aka “We’re watching a team.”

FC Relic, aka “How Barça got like this”

As lots of people ask “What happened” at Barça, the answer is so obvious: fear. We can point fingers at poor decisions, institutional rot and all that stuff, but everything comes back to fear — of change, of damaging a project, of killing the golden goose. It’s the same kind of fear that has turned… Continue reading FC Relic, aka “How Barça got like this”