UEFA Super Cup: Barça 5, Sevilla 4, aka “It had to be Pedro”

Everybody runs. We run for exercise, run for buses and trains, run because we forgot something. In many ways, running connects our adult selves with the children we once were, when we ran just to run, just to get the wind in our hair, just to feel the fleet-footed freedom that we had no idea… Continue reading UEFA Super Cup: Barça 5, Sevilla 4, aka “It had to be Pedro”

European Super Cup Match Review – Barcelona 2-0 Porto: Barça’s New Dimensions of Play

Barcelona wins its twelfth major trophy under Pep Guardiola, who is now the most decorated manager in club history, surpassing Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team era mark.  Xavi wins his eighteenth major piece of silver, making him the most decorated player in club history. Cruyff and Guardiola.  Guardiola and Xavi.  History making itself new again. And… Continue reading European Super Cup Match Review – Barcelona 2-0 Porto: Barça’s New Dimensions of Play

For Another Trophy! Barcelona vs Porto LiveBlog

It’s the usual procedure, y’all. (For newcomers, liveblog starts in half an hour i.e. 30 minutes). Since it’s an official match, regular rules will be in effect. Keep the swearing to a minimum, por favor. Official Barça lineup (via @barcastuff): Valdes – Alves Mascherano Abidal Adriano – Xavi Keita Iniesta – Pedro Messi Villa Barcelona… Continue reading For Another Trophy! Barcelona vs Porto LiveBlog

UEFA Super Cup Preview

It’s not everyday that I get to preview a European Super Cup match. You’ll forgive me for humming “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” while I write this but the opportunity to add our second trophy of the season in as many weeks has me in a frenzied state. I haven’t started foaming… Continue reading UEFA Super Cup Preview

Barca 1, Shakhtar 0, “Champions of European Champions” edition (edit)

This one took some time, folks, not only for our beloved Barca, but for me. For them, the reasons were obvious: We came up against a side with next to no interest in playing football today. Their sole aim was to stymie our attacks, clog the midfield, have at least 5 men in the box… Continue reading Barca 1, Shakhtar 0, “Champions of European Champions” edition (edit)

UEFA Super Cup Liveblog

It’s so going to be on, thanks to reader Soto being the man behind the mask for today. UEFA Super Cup Remember, the game is being broadcast in the US on Fox Soccer and Fox Sports en Español.

Super Cup Preview: Barça – Shakhtar; 2:30pmEST, FSC/FSE

The second trophy of the season is up for grabs at a neutral venue: Monaco’s Stade Louis II. It only holds 18,500 (if it were any bigger, it wouldn’t fit in the principality), so the crowd won’t be quite as raucous as you might expect for a match pitting the defending Champions League and UEFA… Continue reading Super Cup Preview: Barça – Shakhtar; 2:30pmEST, FSC/FSE