FC Barcelona have drawn their last three games--Valencia, Real Madrid in Copa del Rey, and Athletic Bilbao--all three of which being played within eight days of each other. With the games coming just as the season arrives into the decisive period where the cup fortunes begin to materialize from the murky winter months, there is…Read more The Cold Snap
Showdown v Valencia – Nou Camp 2.2.2019
Yesterday Barcelona hosted Valencia at the Nou Camp. The game was a stormy mess of rage, weariness, and tension. Where are Barça right now? What kind of vibe is surrounding the team? Honestly, the season has been a very close one in la Liga--contrasting last year's relative cake walk through Spain--so the pressures made by…Read more Showdown v Valencia – Nou Camp 2.2.2019
Paulino Alcántara – Barça’s Original Superstar Net Breaker (excerpt from The Football Pink)
(The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in The Football Pink, Issue 17) Iloilo City, the Philippines in 1896 was a tumultuous place. Though the Philippine Revolution was underway, many of the local Ilonggo population had a favorable relationship with the Spanish colonizers and initially discouraged the insurgency. Iloilo City had been something…Read more Paulino Alcántara – Barça’s Original Superstar Net Breaker (excerpt from The Football Pink)
Barcelona's 5-1 AGG loss to Real Madrid in the Supercopa de España has signaled a palpable shift in the power dynamic in Spanish football. Any talk that the two sides maintaining parity in spite of Madrid's recent la Liga title and three Champions leagues in the last four years has been, for the time being,…Read more The Deficit
Three Spanish Kings
Barça's cup win showed the awkward evolution under Enrique...
Tata, Tito, Sandro & Luis
And that style of jetting the ball up to the front three and waiting for the magic to happen proved to be a solution of sorts. For a while...