Copa del Rey final, an unlikely event for an unlikely team

Take a moment to appreciate what your team has done. Take a moment to appreciate how far it has come. Today, Barça faces off against Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final for what is in all probability the only shot at silver it will have this season, and it’s worth reflecting on how… Continue reading Copa del Rey final, an unlikely event for an unlikely team

Real Madrid 2, Barça 1, aka “Has anyone seen that gift horse?”

This match sucked. I know that neutrals enjoyed it, and it was certainly an enthralling contest at times. But for me, the rage at seeing my team get punked and as usual, show up late (but too late this time) killed any enjoyment for me. The first half was a masterclass by Real Madrid of… Continue reading Real Madrid 2, Barça 1, aka “Has anyone seen that gift horse?”

Barça 4, Huesca 1, aka “To hell with football”

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”

PSG 1, Barça 1, aka “It’s true, it’s true!”

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!”

Cometh the moment, cometh the team? Dunno.

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.

It’s Laporta!

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!

Barça 3, Sevilla 0, aka “We’re watching a team.”

“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.”

The problem with Ousmane Dembele

Mercurial. Erratic. Enigmatic. Wasted transfer. Sloppy. A great many adjectives are attached to the player that is Ousmane Dembele, who arrived at FC Barcelona with a massive price tag and even greater expectations, coming as he did right after the departure of Neymar, and one of two purchases with that windfall, the other being Philippe… Continue reading The problem with Ousmane Dembele

FC Relic, aka “How Barça got like this”

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”