Neymar, De Ligt and the great boondoggle

As Denzel Washington as Malcolm X said, “You been had. You been took. You been hoodwinked. Bamboozled. Led astray. Run amok.” When the people who ran the club took over from Joan Laporta’s board, they screamed, howled about fiscal shenanigans, said that because of the accounting lies that had been told, Barcelona was now an… Continue reading Neymar, De Ligt and the great boondoggle

Barça 3, Manchester United 0, aka “Wheee!”

In dispatching Manchester United without expending much more energy than a mid-tempo training session, Barcelona did exactly what they were supposed to. In the reams of press expended describing the unlikely notions of United somehow overturning the tie as they did against Paris St.-Germain, the ability to ignore the obvious took some doing. Barça was… Continue reading Barça 3, Manchester United 0, aka “Wheee!”

Welcome to the new world, Barça, aka “Farewell, Frenkie”

Almost two months ago came a report from a good source that Frenkie de Jong, the Ajax midfielder and “generational talent,” was going to move to Paris St.-Germain. That didn’t stop the hysteria and hyperbole from building. There were even “reports” that the club had agreed to De Jong’s wage demands, rumored to be a… Continue reading Welcome to the new world, Barça, aka “Farewell, Frenkie”

Sergi Roberto and Thiago Alcantara: two trains, two stories

It isn’t often that the world provides a weird kind of symmetry with two unrelated-yet-symbiotic stories blowing up the world of Barça fandom. But today, there it was: — Sergi Roberto named an FC Barcelona captain — Thiago Alcantara reaches terms with Real Madrid Sergi Roberto came to the Barça system in 2006 from Gimnastic,… Continue reading Sergi Roberto and Thiago Alcantara: two trains, two stories

Abidal is back — sideeye is justified

When a board is in trouble, or senses it, moves are made that soothe and placate. But we shouldn’t forget. The appointment of Eric Abidal as technical secretary, replacing the involuntarily outgoing Robert Fernandez, is a brilliant move. Abidal is a club legend, a man so infused with the colors that he cleared a ball… Continue reading Abidal is back — sideeye is justified

Espanyol 1, Barça 0, aka “Perfect losses”

Streaks become a burden, like it or not. In the same period that Manchester City’s record-breaking win streak ended, Barça’s unbeaten run ended at 29 matches. Both coaches can heave a sigh of relief. City lost, which still leaves them with a massive lead over the second-place team, and the pressure is gone. Yes, players… Continue reading Espanyol 1, Barça 0, aka “Perfect losses”

Benvingut, Cooter! aka, “Wait … HOW much?!”

Wow. The brain struggles to process it all but sometimes the simplest reactions are the best. Wow. The Phillippe Coutinho deal is done, for an eye-goggling sum of 160m or so, with a 400m clause. Dembele didn’t even have a full season as the most expensive Barça transfer ever before being supplanted by the 25-year-old… Continue reading Benvingut, Cooter! aka, “Wait … HOW much?!”