At the end of it all lay Barça and Real Madrid, united by much more than being eternal rivals and bitter enemies. The two clubs are also joined at the hip by greed, obstinacy and callousness. As the SuperLeague is all but dead even as Florentino Perez insists it will return, like a cinematic villain… Continue reading Silence isn’t always golden
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?
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”
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!”
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.
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!
As a concept, how do you explain joy? It’s different from happiness, though both are something that everyone seeks. And even if you can’t explain it, you know it when you feel it. You just start smiling, and this weird glow suffuses your entire being. Like happiness, joy is shared, but feels more selfless than… Continue reading Osasuna 0, Barça 2, aka “Joy”
“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.”
Mothers are amazing for a number of reasons, not least of which are all the sayings they equip you with as you grow in their care. “Expect the worst and you’ll never be disappointed,” is one that came to mind as we looked at the lineup for a crucial away match against Sevilla. Ter Stegen,… Continue reading Sevilla 0, Barça 2, aka “A day of firsts”
Yesterday, we looked at how things got so messy. The next question is what to do about it? Next year at training camp, certain FC Barcelona players enter the locker room, and this happens: Eerie music, flies buzz around the room, and out comes the demonic voice. “Get. Out. … Get. Out! GET OUT!” Everybody… Continue reading Okay, Barça is broken. So what next?
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”
The final score doesn’t bother me as much as the way the final score came about. So many of us went into this match thinking that Barça had something, was going to show something — a spine, a backbone, some sort of readiness to play a knockout tie in the Champions League. So many of… Continue reading Barça 1, PSG 4, aka “Passing of the torch”