One of the classic La Liga clashes takes place this weekend; Valencia v Barcelona.
Though not a derby as such, it’s not far off, and it’s a match that virtually guarantees goals and moments of the highest quality.
Under Albert Celades, Valencia are still trying to get back to somewhere approaching their best form under Marcelino. They’ve been hit and miss, but are always a dangerous opponent for the Blaugrana. Continue reading
Time waits for no man, and that’s especially true where football is concerned.
Not quite ‘blink and you’ll miss it,’ a footballer’s career is fleeting nevertheless.
As players get into their latter years the trick is to bow out whilst still at the highest level, rather than trying to keep going until the bitter end.
That’s because watching a player’s demise leaves one sad and harking back to bygone days, and it’s something that is, unfortunately, blighting Sergio Busquets’ days at Barcelona.
Time and again we are told of Barcelona’s dependance on Lionel Messi and how they wouldn’t be close to the same team without his influence.
That is ostensibly true of course, but there are other players in the team that are coming to the end of their professional careers and for whom the Catalans will find just as hard to replace.
One of those is their central defender, Gerard Pique. Continue reading
It’s fair to say that this season has been quite a tumultuous one for Barcelona.
It began with missed transfer targets. Though Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong were added to the roster, both Neymar and Matthijs De Ligt were missed, even though the latter was virtually promised by president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
That put a sour taste in supporters mouths before a ball had even been kicked. Continue reading
Before the start of the 2019/20 campaign, only those with knowledge of Barcelona’s youth team players had heard of Ansu Fati.
The youngster had sailed through most of the age groups at the club, due in no small part to the fearlessness with which he approached every challenge.
That has stood him in good stead since his promotion to the first team. Continue reading
Although the new year has only just begun, the first silverware of the season is available in Spain.
Thanks to a decision by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the Spanish Super Cup is no longer a two-legged pre-season affair.
It’s been replaced by a ‘final four’ type competition. Continue reading
With the winter break now over, all of La Liga’s teams return to action this weekend, and Barcelona more than most will be rueing the way that the fixtures have fallen.
That said, their quandary has more to do with the Spanish Football Federation moving the Spanish Super Cup dates than it has with La Liga scheduling the Catalan derby as the first game of the new year.
Espanyol v Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium is always a keenly contested affair and, though they’re often victorious, Barca always know that they’ve been in a game at their neighbours’ ground. Continue reading
No sooner does one transfer window close than another one opens.
It doesn’t seem five minutes since Europe’s top teams were stockpiling the continent’s best footballing talent, but here we are again, and the wallets are about to be opened.
The rumours of where players might end up began as soon as the last window closed, so let’s take a look at three possible signings for Barcelona in January. Continue reading
It’s been quite the year for Barcelona in 2019, with barely a month passing without incident.
Whether it’s been incidents behind the scenes or chaos on the pitch, the column inches have been full of blaugrana throughout the year.
Ernesto Valverde is still in charge – and who would’ve said that after another Champions League exit before the final. Continue reading
There was a time in the not too distant past that Samuel Umtiti could’ve legitimately been described as the best defender in La Liga.
The Frenchman was really at the peak of his defensive powers; the proverbial wall if you will.
And then it all seemed to go a little sour. Continue reading