Squandered genius of the Buck-toothed magician from the big river of south

The defender hits the long ball, partly because of the proximity of the opposing player, towards the penalty area. One centrehalf heads it out. Our man stretches his leg, desperately, to control the ball with his back to the goal. He fails to reach it but fortunately his mate from Fuentealbilla, future MotM award winner […]

2015-16 FC Barcelona season review

After 62 matches out of a possible 65, Barcelona win the award for the most underwhelming domestic double of all time. Another season another opportunity missed. Ever since the blue elephant group’s founder became president of FC Barcelona, the Blaugrana have had 4 attempts at emulating Arrigo Sacchi’s seminal Rossoneros. Barring the first time versus […]

Favourite Player: Daniel Alves da Silva

By a strange turn of events, the Metronome found himself closest to the goal, about 35 yards away almost dead centre of the goal. He thought of going to his left but found no favourable runner. He turned right and spotted the Flea some 7 paces away to his south east. Ever the tiki taka […]

The Best Player in the World …… that you’ve never heard of.

It is 06.15PM. The temperature is a cold 9°C or 48°F if you prefer the Yankee way. The pitch is pristine. 80000+ people baying for the blood of the claret & blue hue. The referee blows his whistle. The Brazilian hears this and kicks the ball to the Uruguayan masticator and the clock starts winding […]

The season that started it all: FC Barcelona 2003-04 – Part III: The Season

The Beginning Barcelona began the “Laporta Era” at one of the toughest venues in Spain: San Mames, Bilbao. An 11th minute strike from utility man Phillip Cocu meant Rijkaard began with all 3 points. Their next opponents at home were Sevilla. The Andalusians took the lead with a penalty from Reyes after just 8 minutes. […]

The season that started it all: FC Barcelona 2003-04 – Part II: Pre-Season

In 1998 a group called Elefant Blau tried an unsuccessful vote of no confidence against Núñez. A member of this group was one Joan Laporta, a Catalan lawyer. Laporta was a full-blooded cule heavily influenced by Johan Cruijff’s famous league winning side in 1973-74. Laporta would contest the era defining 2003 FC Barcelona presidential elections. He was […]