Tag Archives: Barcelona

Barca a catalyst for Catalonia’s independent streak

At Yahoo’s Pitchside Europe blog, Andy Mitten writes about the truly intriguing footballing consequence of Catalonia possibly gaining independence from Spain.

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Juan Román Riquelme: A Quixotic Enigma

South American football expert Rupert Fryer examines on his own website the symbolic importance of Juan Roman Riquelme to the Argentine football psyche, as well as the conclusion of Riquelme’s love affair with Boca Juniors.

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Sid Lowe previews the Copa del Rey final at the Guardian Sportsblog by highlighting the close personal connection between the two sides’ managers: Barcelona’s outgoing Pep Guardiola and Athletic Bilbao’s ‘El Loco‘ Marcelo Bielsa, and how Guardiola’s cycle at the Catalan side has come full circle.

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The Question: why do great teams come to an end?

I know I’ve written and featured plenty of articles on Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, but this one is definitely worth your time: Jonathan Wilson writes his ‘The Question’ column for the Guardian Sportsblog, outlining how Guardiola’s final season was like a Greek tragedy – ‘the hero aware of his destiny yet unable to avert it’.

A truly thought-provoking article.

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Inside the mind of Pep Guardiola

In the wake of Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola’s decision to step down at the end of the season, Graham Hunter – author of the much lauded Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World – writes a  in-depth article for Four Four Two about Guardiola’s history as a player and a manager.

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Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea

Considering all the factors – the teams’ recent history, Chelsea’s massive first-leg upset – this match had the potential to be truly legendary, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Both teams came into this match on the back of … Continue reading

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Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

There are few football matches in the world bigger than El Clasico, and this edition of Spain’s most-hyped match had extra spice. Not only was it a true title-decider with Real Madrid leading the way by 5 points, it also … Continue reading

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