D10S

Note: This is a post by our writer Yazdan Basir. You can congratulate [or argue with] him on Twitter at @yazdan_basir. He blogs as ThoughtBox. Check out his previous work here. Last game of the qualifiers for the World Cup. A win needed to make it to Russia. All eyes on Messi himself. What happens next? A

One Last Chance

Note: This is a post by our new writer Yazdan Basir. You can congratulate [or argue with] him on Twitter at @yazdan_basir. He blogs as ThoughtBox. Check out his previous work here. Growing up a Barcelona fan and witnessing Leo Messi’s arrival into the first-team and his eventual dominance of the world, I could never have predicted

Barça’s New Face

Note: This is a post by our new writer Yazdan Basir. You can congratulate [or argue with] him on Twitter at @yazdan_basir. He blogs as ThoughtBox. Check out his previous work here. Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. Estadio Montolivi. Estadio Jose Alvalade. Despite 500 kilometers lying between these stadiums (and a Portuguese border in the case of Estadio Jose

Agent Zero

One of the most difficult – and overlooked – positions in all of sports is the goalkeeper. In many ways, they are the most important player in the defense. In a team like FC Barcelona, they are important tactically as well. As they can see the whole pitch, the keeper is often called upon to

Ousmane Who? Semedo shows exactly why he’s Alves’ heir apparent

Let’s get one thing clear from the get-go: Ousmane Dembele is one of the most talented players in world football, and this writer’s first-choice signing to replace Neymar when the Brazilian announced his departure. The young Frenchman playing alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is a tantalizing prospect, one which, when Dembele adapts to his

Back in the Hole

Note: This is a post by our new writer Yazdan Basir. You can congratulate [or argue with] him on Twitter at @yazdan_basir. He blogs as ThoughtBox. Check out his previous work here. All the passmap graphics come courtesy of  @11tegen11 who kindly gave us permission to repost them here. The role “centre-forward” is used interchangeably with “striker”

Player Ratings: FC Barcelona vs. RCD Espanyol

In the end Barcelona ended up dominating Espanyol in the Catalan Derby, but not after a a few early visits from lady luck. All four of the squad’s new summer signings took part in the match and all four showed glimmering glimpses of what Culés can expect in the coming months. Critics may argue the

Crisis? Disaster? Just how bad was this summer for Barcelona?

This is a guest post from Gerry Johnston. Johnston is a 32 year old writer from Ireland. He currently writes about La Liga for www.laliganews.co.uk. Gerry has been a Barcelona fan since 1996; you can follow him on Twitter @gjsportsblog.  Much has been made of Barcelona’s summer with words like crisis and disaster being the most

The Rise of Samuel Umtiti

Note: This is a post by our new writer Yazdan Basir. You can congratulate [or argue with] him on Twitter at @yazdan_basir. He blogs as ThoughtBox. Check out his previous work here. If I ask you to name Luis Enrique’s best signing for Barcelona you’ll most likely to answer Luis Suarez. A rare breed might say Marc-Andre

Benedito Offers Barça a Glimmer of Hope

While hashtag trends are gaining popularity on social media and messages are reaching the club, there’s something else going on behind the scenes – something that’s part of the bigger picture. Back in June this year, Agusti Benedito (the man in the photo above) told the media that he was starting a vote of no-confidence