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Tag Archives: Pep Guardiola

La Liga Review: Has Barcelona Been Figured Out?

Posted on by Andy Pineda

A ridiculous question with what should be a simple answer.  First, a cursory investigation.  Is Barcelona on top of the standings in La Liga?  Yes.  Has Barcelona obtained sixty-one points from twenty-four matches, one more point than it had at … Continue reading

Villarreal Spoils Barcelona’s Party at the Camp Nou

Posted on by Andy Pineda

A festive atmosphere enveloped the Camp Nou on Saturday evening as the boys of the Blaugrana celebrated their unprecedented six-trophy year with their Barça faithful.  Villarreal was a mere afterthought as the Barcelona players deservedly received their plaudits for a … Continue reading

With Rubin Kazan’s Deserved Victory, FC Barcelona Suffers a Minor Setback

Posted on by Andy Pineda

After a workmanlike 1-0 victory against Almería and a mediocre showing in their 0-0 draw at the Mestalla against Valencia CF on Saturday, FC Barcelona looked to reverse their form in the Champions League against a supposed weaker team in … Continue reading

Why is Defense So Reviled in Football?

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The theory is that because of the low amount of scoring in football, using particularly protective and cynical tactics ruins the sport whose nature inhibits a high amount of goals per match.  Football’s common nickname is “The Beautiful Game,” but … Continue reading

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A Mixed Bag in Barcelona’s 3-0 Victory over Sporting Gijón

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Writer’s Note: Unfortunately, WordPress does not recognize the “c” with an accent mark, so Bojan Krkic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s names will not include an accent mark above the ” c.” It is easy to overreact and overanalyze after one match … Continue reading

Eto’o to Inter?!?!

Posted on by Michail Adzhiashvili

Everyday in High School, I would come in early to discuss football with my friend Ron. On a particularly slow day in the footballing world, Ron declared “There is no loyalty in soccer!” A statement that was quickly becoming fact … Continue reading

This Year’s Champions League Final Will NOT Be Ronaldo vs Messi

Posted on by Sebastian Shepard

If you would believe various pundits, the annoying debate that many football fans have been subject to this year and last – Ronaldo vs. Messi – will come to its conclusion in the UCL final in Rome.  On the biggest … Continue reading

Tevez, Ronaldo Give Ammo to the ABU Crowd

Posted on by Richard Whittall

Football loves dominant sides. Think of Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal of the 1920s, ravaging England with the WM formation; Real Madrid of the early days of the European Cup, with Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas wreaking havoc on unsuspecting continental … Continue reading

Hiddink Is Right To Fear Barcelona, Not Just Messi

Posted on by Paul Bestall

How do you stop the best player in the world, Lionel Messi will probably be keeping Guus Hiddink awake tonight as he prepares for his stiffest test yet as Chelsea’s interim manager. Whilst I appreciate the bravado that Hiddink is … Continue reading

A Sporting Chance to Win Group C

Posted on by Mike

What do Werder Bremen, Villareal, Atletico Madrid, Panathinaikos, PSV Eindhoven, Marseille, Dynamo Kyiv, Celtic and Fenerbahce have in common (hint: the answer is not “They’re all in the Champions League group stage which starts today”)? Give up? Well, all of … Continue reading