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Draw Your Own Conclusions

Back in the long hot spring of 2003, I took an American student, fresh off the boat, to watch his first live televised football match.  He was a lacrosse-playing college sports fan with about as much interest in soccer as I have in ultimate Frisbee, so I was intrigued to see how he’d take to […]

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Arça: Arsenal and Barça closer than ever

Arsenal have often been described as the English team most similar to FC Barcelona.  It has always been quite a fanciful comparison based largely on the Gunners relative dominance of possession in domestic games and Arsene Wenger’s blinkered insistence on staying true to his footballing principles, win lose or draw.  Unfortunately a preponderance of the […]

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The Camp Nou Pitch – Smaller than Hull’s KC

Every time a British club plays FC Barcelona, some expert, paid to write or speak about the tie, blindly perpetuates the myth that the Camp Nou pitch is enormous.  Talk of the vast swathes of Cataluñan grass conjures up images of the wide open plains of the Serengeti and infers that there is as much […]

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Ancelotti Must Remain True to the History of Madrid

Barça have never been unbeatable.  Even at the dizzying heights of their recent peaks they did not win every game.  And while it is true that they remain unbeaten thus far this season, the defeats, both in Spain and abroad, will surely come.  And when they do they will arrive in different guises for history […]

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Big Fish, Little Ponds and Infinite Oceans of Class

The professional football player is engaged in a constant struggle to perform at his peak.  A myriad of factors come into play as each individual strives to reach their top level.  One of the key variables is finding an optimum environment in which to work.  There is no template to follow here.  Each man must […]