Another timeless record for Barcelona’s Leo Messi

It seems inconceivable to football fans that within 2-3 years we may never see Lionel Messi kick a football again professionally.

The Argentinian might be coming towards the end of a career that mere mortals can only dream about, but that hasn’t stopped him continuing to defy the ravages of time.

Against Valladolid on Saturday, he set another record that may never be beaten. Continue reading

It can still be a successful season for Barcelona

The doom and gloom merchants at the Camp Nou have well and truly been out in force these past few days.

It seems that the way in which Barca squeaked past Espanyol was enough to justify the naysayers’ view that the Blaugrana simply aren’t good enough.

Forget the fact that the Periquitos had at least nine men behind the ball for the most part and were intent on playing on the occasional counter-attack. Continue reading

Austria’s FC Pinzgau offers fans the chance to own a piece of a European soccer club

If someone told you that for a relatively small buy-in, you could own part of a European soccer club with Champions League aspirations, you’d be all ears, right?

Well, U.S. soccer fans need wait no longer, for that is now a reality thanks to FC Pinzgau Saalfelden, an Austrian third-tier club based in the shadow of the Alps and managed by Christian Ziege, a former German international and Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Middlesbrough star. Continue reading

Griezmann’s dream Barca move has turned into a nightmare

Poor old Antoine Griezmann. What on the face of it was a dream move to Barcelona, has turned into a nightmare.

Against his old club, Atletico Madrid, earlier this week, the €120m man didn’t even get on the pitch until injury time.

That followed a cursory five minutes extra during the previous game against Celta Vigo, a period in which he was at fault for Celta’s late equaliser. Continue reading

Has Samuel Umtiti played his last game for Barcelona?

Unless Barcelona suffer a spate of injuries in the centre of defence over the next couple of games, it’s hard to see where Samuel Umtiti gets a look in after his horrific performance against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

The Frenchman was once an undisputed starter for the Catalans but hasn’t been the same since sustaining a knee injury which he decided to treat holistically rather than allowing Barca’s club doctors to sort the problem out. Continue reading

Arthur Melo was meant to be Barca’s ‘new Xavi’ so what has changed?

The news that Arthur Melo is likely to be swapping the Camp Nou for Juventus stadium at the end of the 2019/20 campaign appears to be a real head scratcher on the face of it.

The player can’t be blamed because his stance has always been the same. Many times he’s expressed a desire to stay at Barcelona, and the only reason he could’ve reversed it is because the club have made it clear he’s for sale.

So, you have to ask what’s changed, given he was once touted as the ‘new Xavi.’ Continue reading

Quique Setien isn’t passing his Barcelona audition

There can’t be too many coaches that are given the sack when their team is top of the league, but that’s precisely what happened to Ernesto Valverde earlier this season.

Barcelona’s demanding fan base had been calling for his head for at least 12 months, and the board finally caved into the pressure – at the worst possible moment.

Their choice to replace Valverde was Quique Setien. Continue reading

Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig deserve their chance at Sevilla

Two games, two wins and no goals conceded. The restarted La Liga has gone as well as it could have for Barcelona, but one of their stiffest tests awaits them this Friday night.

Although recent results at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan have been favourable to the Catalans, it nonetheless remains one of the more difficult away trips.

If the Blaugranes are able to successfully negotiate that hurdle, with Real Madrid potentially dropping points against Valencia or Real Sociedad either side of Barca’s fixture, it will go some way to determining the destination of the league trophy Continue reading

Martin Braithwaite is the key for Barcelona against Leganes

When Martin Braithwaite signed for Barcelona on an emergency basis earlier in the year, it’s fair to say that a few eyebrows were raised.

A player who had, with respect, a fairly nondescript career to the point before the Catalans had shown an interest in his services, the move for him appeared to be one of desperation.

But the Danish international quickly shut a few mouths. Continue reading

Mallorca v Barcelona: 3 things to watch

La Liga kicked off again on Thursday evening with the Sevilla derby, followed by two games on Friday, all of which were notable for the armchair viewer having computerised graphics in place of supporters in the stands as well as piped in noise for a more realistic effect.

It certainly makes the action eminently more watchable, and on Saturday night Mallorca and Barcelona will be the next to get the ‘virtual’ treatment. Continue reading