States of grace

BAS314. SAN JUAN (ARGENTINA), 15/11/2016.- Lionel Messi de Argentina celebra luego de anotar el 1-0 contra Colombia hoy, martes 15 de noviembre de 2016, en el partido por las eliminatorias sudamericanas entre Argentina y Colombia para la Copa Mundo Rusia 2018, en el estadio San Juan Del Bicentenario, en San Juan (Argentina). EFE/NICOLÁS AGUILERA

Some call it being “in the zone,” others say they were just “feeling it.” Both are used to describe something best described as a state of grace. Whatever it was, on Tuesday Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez were textbook examples of it. We forget that the game we love is really, really hard, even at… Continue reading States of grace

GOATS, success, failure and Lionel Messi, aka “Be here now.”

The World Cup is over and now the debates begin about Messi, roiling tempests that reduce the actual winner of the tournament to a seeming afterthought. And they are so predictable that it’s almost lazy, as if by rote the same lines are drawn by the same groups of people: — Look at the stats.… Continue reading GOATS, success, failure and Lionel Messi, aka “Be here now.”

Forget Last Season and the World Cup, 2014/15 will be Barca’s Season

Prepare for 2014/15 with the Best Barca Apps The World Cup was a tumultuous time for Barcelona fans. Spain exited the tournament after losing two games with only a nonsensical 3-0 win over Australia being the only high point. We didn’t get to see the brilliance of Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets and Alba in the light… Continue reading Forget Last Season and the World Cup, 2014/15 will be Barca’s Season

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World Cup Review: Final

Iniestazo… azo… AZO! Or, as Jose Antonio Camacho, former Madridista and Spain left back exclaimed: “Iniesta de my vida”. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I won’t say the World Cup final degenerated into an awful spectacle of fouling and anti-football, because in order to have degenerated into that, it would have had to… Continue reading World Cup Review: Final

Spain in the World Cup Final

The scoreboard read Barça Spain 1 – 0 Germany and I yelled, clapped, high-fived my friends, and hugged them. We cheered, paid our bill, and spilled out into the street. Or, well, walked out into the heat wave we’re experiencing and couldn’t muster the energy to cheer anymore. It’s an oven here. Regardless, I went home… Continue reading Spain in the World Cup Final

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