Barça’s transfer window, aka ‘Boulevard of broken dreams’

Imagine if, during election campaign season, Laporta said, “The summer is going to be a salary dump. I will probably have to move Messi on, and a bunch of other players. Bear with me, though, as we get through all of this together.” He still would probably have won, but eyes would have been open.… Continue reading Barça’s transfer window, aka ‘Boulevard of broken dreams’

Ain’t no love when it comes to money. It’s just … money

Emerson Royal, delighted to be a player for FC Barcelona, complete with presentation and giddy signing ceremony, was shipped off to Tottenham in the next-to-last day of the transfer window. His career at his dream club lasted some training sessions, two matches and most of a transfer window. Clubs demand loyalty and set themselves up… Continue reading Ain’t no love when it comes to money. It’s just … money

Betis, 2, Barça 3, aka “Whoops, they did it again!”

First things first. In a month, FC Barcelona will meet to select a new president. Whoever that person is should do any, all and everything in his power to convince Lionel Messi to stay in Catalunya. After his contract was leaked, there was a lot of focus on the numbers, but not as much focus… Continue reading Betis, 2, Barça 3, aka “Whoops, they did it again!”

The window is closed, the squad is complete, things kinda don’t suck

In the wake of a transfer window with a lot of noise but not a lot of action on deadline day, we’re left with a squad that is rather good. We’re also left with some bile. Let’s deal with that first. So much of the potential business the club did, could and couldn’t do was… Continue reading The window is closed, the squad is complete, things kinda don’t suck

The sun sets on Luis Suarez, who deserved and deserves better

No idea who said it, but the idea that all it takes for a hero to become a villain is to overstay their welcome is apt when it comes to Luis Suarez. As the Uruguayan leaves FC Barcelona, he does so with 198 goals in 283 matches. And quibble all anyone wants about the sitters… Continue reading The sun sets on Luis Suarez, who deserved and deserves better

Riqui Puig is about so much more than a massive talent mishandled

When Ernesto Valverde was appointed manager of FC Barcelona, he came in saying the right things. When Valverde was fired and Setien appointed manager of FC Barcelona, he REALLY came in saying the right things. When Ronald Koeman was appointed manager of FC Barcelona, he came in saying the right things. All the talk about… Continue reading Riqui Puig is about so much more than a massive talent mishandled

Football and its players as an ideal, rather than a reality

Jenga is a weird game to play, and not only because of the inevitability. You have to think about interconnected systems, about structures, about what moving or removing something might do to that structure. Yet it’s weird that when we talk about players, transfer rumors, ideals and all the stuff of hopes and dreams, we… Continue reading Football and its players as an ideal, rather than a reality

Of course Messi at Barça had to have a ‘Last Dance’

The Michael Jordan analogies when it comes to Leo Messi abound. — He has helped lift the club to greatness, and define it. — His value to that club is incalculable. — He has been in the thrall of small, petty, power-hungry men. — Finally, at the end, he has spoken out. For those who… Continue reading Of course Messi at Barça had to have a ‘Last Dance’

Messi is leaving and these is plenty of blame to go around, kinda sorta

The talk around the Messi departure is weird, almost as if people are steeling themselves to accept it by pre-slagging not only the greatest player to ever don the Blaugrana, but the greatest player in history. There’s a lot that we don’t know, and even more that we don’t consider as we stake out our… Continue reading Messi is leaving and these is plenty of blame to go around, kinda sorta

Messi, bright beginnings and ugly, awful endings

This is a guest post by Linda Hui, who you old-timers will recall as one of the most beautiful voices on this blog. The Messi situation has brought her out of retirement, which we are absolutely THRILLED about. “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” Remember… Continue reading Messi, bright beginnings and ugly, awful endings

Arthur Melo as a pure symbol of institutional failure

Right now, FC Barcelona isn’t a very good football team, which is no surprise given that it’s the main product being sold by a poorly run club. People have various reasons that they offer, none more valid than any others, including mine. But from where I sit, the problems at FC Barcelona are systemic and… Continue reading Arthur Melo as a pure symbol of institutional failure