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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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Everything Must Go: Morals and Ethics First

492 quid to scone Cristiano Ronaldo with a lighter.  That’s what the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) are charging these days: and Atletico Madrid snapped up the bargain with glee.  There are other offers to be had as well.  According to the RFEF it’ll only cost your club £246 if an individual owns up to what, […]

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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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Tottenham Rejects Notch in El Madrigal

I guess he’ll be pleased enough.  Though clearly not fully match fit, Bale started and scored in tonight’s game at El Madrigal, as Madrid escaped with a point against a vibrant young Villarreal side.  The Welshman, having switched from the right to the left flank, did well to get in front of his marker and […]