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What were the odds?

What were the odds?

Joan Gamper sought like-minded individuals, wanting to form a football club based in Barcelona, and so, he posted an ad in the newspaper. The ad said that he was “wishing to organise the matches in Barcelona, requesting that everyone who likes this sport contact him..” One month later on November 29, 1899, twelve attended a…

Math Review: Barcelona vs Tottenham

Math Review: Barcelona vs Tottenham

Barcelona continued their unbeaten run in Champions League home games, which now stretches to 29 matching Bayern Munich’s record. The match ended 1-1 with goals from Dembélé and Lucas Moura. Meanwhile, the draw helped Tottenham progress to the Round of 16. Formation and Lineups It was widely expected that Ernesto Valverde would rotate his squad…

Why the Ballon d’Or Has Lost its Credibility

Why the Ballon d’Or Has Lost its Credibility

The Ballon d’Or is an annual award given by France Football to the best footballer according to journalists from over 180 countries. The award, formerly known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or since 2010 parted its ways with the Federation in 2016, each now having separate awards.On the 3rd of December 2018, Croat Luka Modrić won…

Match Review: Barcelona vs Espanyol

Match Review: Barcelona vs Espanyol

Match Day 15 witnessed the Catalan derby with Espanyol hosting Barcelona at the RCDE stadium. Though it’s considered to be one of the toughest fixtures on the calendar for Barça, they had a good away record with 5 draws and 6 wins; the last defeat coming in the 2006/07 season. Barça would have been buoyed…

Match Review: Barcelona vs Villarreal

Match Review: Barcelona vs Villarreal

Barcelona hosted Villareal on Match Day 14 at Camp Nou. Barcelona’s form in la liga has been scratchy off late with a draw against Atletico and a loss against Betis in their last 2 matches. Meanwhile Villareal has been languishing in 17th place in la liga, though their confidence would have been boosted with a win…

The Genius of El Guaje

The Genius of El Guaje

The modest mining village of Tuilla was just like any other in Spain when it came it football: dozens of kids out on the streets every single day. They’d be chasing a ball, and a dream to play for La Roja, from dusk till the time their mothers would drag them home. David Villa Sánchez was…

Unexpected Pragmatism

Unexpected Pragmatism

You’d think the team that broke 11 records last season — including the one for most goals, most wins, and being the first team ever to reach 100 points in the league — would just peak there and not think of getting any better the following year. That’s simply not how Josep Guardiola operates. He’s…

Strangled Steadiness

Strangled Steadiness

To his credit, football history is littered with Marcelo Bielsa’s name. The current Leeds United manager has been a mentor to some of the greatest managerial minds — like Guardiola, Pochettino, and Simeone — and has been an advocate of many pioneering philosophies and unique things in the footballing world. However, no one could have…

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