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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs APOEL FC

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs APOEL FC

While many in Catalunya certainly cheered or breathed a sigh of relief at the announcement of Cyprus club APOEL FC drawing FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League group stage, Barça boss Luis Enrique likely raised a concerned eyebrow. For it was but three seasons ago when APOEL, battling a group consisting of FC Porto, Zenit St. Petersburg, and Shakhtar Donetsk, finished top and advanced two more rounds before being ruthlessly dispatched by Real Madrid in the quarterfinal. Minnows of that group and the 2011/12 tournament, the Cypriots advanced at the expense of more experienced clubs through conservative tactics, a good mix of experienced and explosive players, and biding time until home advantage presented itself. Could a surprise be lurking in the grass for the blaugrana, who squeaked by Villarreal, or could this be an opportune time for Lucho to do some tinkering as more big games loom?

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Comparing Douglas, Alves and Montoya

Comparing Douglas, Alves and Montoya

São Paulo FC fans all over Brazil are lauding the efforts of club directors after off-loading right back Douglas Pereira, whom many fans considered a liability and not worthy of a starting place on their beloved team. To be fair, Dani Alves is also seen by many Brazilians in a similar light domestically, but how one performs from team to team can sometimes provide quite the study in contrast. While assurances of his defensive abilities are plentiful online, numbers from Opta Sports compiled by ESPN Brasil do a little bit more to dispel the worries of non-Portuguese-speaking culés frantically combing the internet for more on who exactly this Douglas character is and what he could possibly offer on a right flank that has been so dominantly deputized by Dani Alves and to a far lesser extent, Martín Montoya. Continue reading »

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ANCELOTTI HAS SEEN THE LIGHT …

Ancelotti: “As I’ve said before, Madrid isn’t a football team, but a religion …”

“… with millions of referee followers since its founding.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

WHEN THEY SIGNED NEYMAR …

Ney cost the board 57 million euros.

… AND NOW.

Ney cost the board a boatload of millions of euros, their credibility and their shame.

Cartoon by Caye

Mazinho: “Celta was the ideal place for Rafinha’s evolution.”

Mazinho: “Celta was the ideal place for Rafinha’s evolution.”

Fifa World Cup 94′ winner Mazinho has an exciting summer to look forward to. His home country of Brazil will be teeming with footballing activity the likes of which it hasn’t seen since 1950, but he need not squint his eyes looking across the ocean for football to bring him joy. In Europe, his sons Thiago and Rafinha Alcântara have been plying their trade at Bayern Munich and Celta de Vigo, respectively. While the older and more talented Thiago looks set to remain in Germany, Rafinha appears to making much anticipated strides in his maturity.

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Ex-Barça: David Villa to NYCFC?

Ex-Barça: David Villa to NYCFC?

Multiple sources in the press including ESPN, Mundo Deportivo, Sport, and Gazzetta dello Sport, are reporting that Atlético Madrid striker David Villa has reached an agreement to play for new North American football club, New York City FC.

The yet-unannounced three-year deal with NYCFC would see Villa move to Manchester, England where he would train with parent-club Manchester City FC, until its Major League Soccer counterpart begins its season in February of 2015.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

VILLA ABOUT TO GO TO NEW YORK AND BARÇA WOULD LOSE 3MILLION

VILLA: “In the end, Barça won’t even get enough to buy sunflower seeds.”

“Ni para pipas/Nipapipas” = Not even (enough) for seeds

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BARTOMEU: “Alexis is not for sale!”

“… but if someone wants to buy him, please call my office immediately.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE DECIMA COST FLORENTINO MORE THAN A BILLION

Florentino: “More than a billion in players…”

“…in other aspects, much more.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

SELF-CRAP BY  SELF-CRAP 1 – 1 GAME BY GAME

CONGRATULATIONS

Simeone: “Luckily, preventing the Merengues from winning La Decima doesn’t depend on Barça…”

“…it depends on ‘Team Cholo.’ “

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE GREATEST TROPHY LIFTER IN CULÉ HISTORY IS LEAVING

THANK YOU, CAPI!!!!!

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

WHAT WE NEEDED A FEW DAYS AGO

“ANTI-DEPRESSANTS: For a league that is an actual piece of sh…”

WHAT WE NEED NOW

“VIAGRA: We have to lift it up anyway possible”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ELCHE 0 – 0 THOSE NEEDING ATLETI TO LOSE LA LIGA TO WIN

Simeone: “I don’t know if Tata’s men will be able to “scratch up” 3 points at the Camp Nou, but this Barça has more lives than a cat.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

WILL THE POWER OF THE PISTACHIO RETURN?

Martino: “I believe the time has come for the pistachio polo…”

“…even though there’s been so much barbecuing, I don’t know if it’ll fit me.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BARÇA CAN STILL WIN “THE LOST LIGA”

I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY THIS BUT…

THANKS, MERENGUES!!!

Martino: “Have you pinched me already?”

Pautasso: “784 times”

Martino: “Thanks, Jorge.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

CLOSED FOR ANTICIPATED VACATION

Martino: “I already had my bags packed and the gate closed…”

“…but before Luis Enrique shows up, I’ll try to win the league.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE NEWS READS THIS:

“LUIS ENRIQUE IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH ZUBI”

BUT THE REAL INFORMATION IS THIS:

“LUIS ENRIQUE SUCCEEDS IN GETTING ZUBI TO DO SOMETHING”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

IF NECESSARY, SHOULD BARÇA LET ITS LAST GAME GO?

Martino: “I could live with no pity nor glory as coach…”

“…what would be tragic would be to go down in history as the coach that gifted a league to Madrid.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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MATHEMATICALLY SUNK 2 – 2 GETAFE CF

The team needs reinforcements and the culés need medication

ANTIDEPRESSANTS

¨For seasons that are a real piece of s…”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE BEST-SELLING BOOKS AT THE CAMP NOU THIS PAST SAINT GEORGE’S DAY*

HOW TO NOT FALL ASLEEP ON YOUR LAURELS DURING THE TRANSFER WINDOW

THE ART OF NOT GIFTING PLAYERS TO YOUR RIVALS DURING THE SUMMER WINDOW

HOW TO SIGN A CENTERBACK FOR BLOODY ONCE — IN THREE VOLUMES!

*The Feast of Saint George (Sant Jordi) falls on the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, hence the Catalan, Balearic, and Valencian traditions of gifting books.

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

WHO ARE WE CULÉS GOING WITH IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?

Semis: Atlético – Chelsea: Mou vs Simeone, the choice is simple: ATLÉTICO

Semis: Madrid – Bayern:  No comment: BAYERN

Final: Atlético – Bayern: Most would go with Pep, but some still haven’t forgiven him for his departure and the Thiago incident: BAYERN…or Atlético

Final: Chelsea – Bayern: Mou lifting the trophy in front of Guardiola … HAHAHA: BAYERN

Final: Madrid – Atlético: Against Madrid we would side with the devil himself: ATLÉTICO

Final: Madrid – Chelsea: As I said, we’d side with the devil (as if we were Karanka): FORÇA MOU!!!!!

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE MATHEMATICIANS 2 – 1 THE LIONS

Martino: “Mathematically it’s possible. But if you know how to pray, do it.”

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

“WITHOUT” MESSI 1 – 2 WITHOUT CR7

R.I.P. The greatest team in history

Thanks for the best years of our lives

Wise up, Zubi!!!!

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE SAD REALITY OF THE CULÉS

Only six says ago we dreamt of a treble, but considering how things have gone, we’ll gladly sign off on this…

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

WE PRAY THAT ON WEDNESDAY WE WON’T HAVE TO STOP BY THE RED WASTE BIN.

GLASS / PAPER AND CARDBOARD / TITLES

Cartoon by Caye

 

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BARÇA IS GOING TO NEED A DOUBLE TO FORGET ABOUT THIS ONE

MARTINO: “We need a pair of cups…we have to ‘drink’ to forget.”

ZUBI: “Forget what?”

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THOSE WHO WON’T STRUT LIKE CHOLOS* 1 – 0 THOSE WHO WON’T WALK ANY MORE

Simeone: “We continue to dream about the Champions League…

…and I bet Tata’s men continue to dream about my wall.”

* To “caminar cholo” means to walk like a hoodlum. 

Cartoon by Caye

 

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

WHO COULD THE BLACK HAND BE?

PÉREZ: “What? I don’t understand what I’m doing in this cartoon.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

INEYSTA 1 – 1 GAME BY GAME AND SMACK BY SMACK

Simeone: “In all our matches it’s the same thing.”

Martino: “That you guys smack us around?”

Simeone: “No, that we end up tying.”

Martino: “Well, sign me up for a 2-2 in the return leg.”

Cartoon by Caye

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ALVES: “WHENEVER I SEE ‘LOS MANOLOS’ I GET THE URGE TO BREAK A BOTTLE.”

“And they’ve already warned me that considering I see other programs from the (Madrid Media) Cave, I can go ahead and get rid of my whole dining room set!”

Cartoon by Caye