Has Antoine Griezmann been a success or failure at Barcelona?

Though it came a year too late, Antoine Griezmann finally donned the Blaugrana from the beginning of the current season.

Seemingly seeing the error of his ways, the Frenchman departed Atletico Madrid for Barcelona with the good wishes of his former club.

To say that he wasn’t well received by the Barca fans who felt cheated by his behaviour from a year before, however, is an understatement. Continue reading

Lionel Messi: Barcelona’s solution or their problem?

For the best part of 15 years now, Lionel Messi has wowed fans of FC Barcelona.

Even as a young 17-year-old, the Argentinian had the ability to get supporters off of their seats with consummate ease.

As soon as he’d made his debut in the first team, there was never any doubt that he would go on to become a world star, but that’s been almost as much of a curse as it’s been a blessing. Continue reading

Is Neymar’s return to Barcelona a foregone conclusion?

It’s a deal that’s never really been off of the table, but Neymar’s return to Barcelona didn’t get over the line in the summer.

That was despite the Catalans seeming to do everything possible to get the Brazilian back at the Camp Nou.

In light of other information that only recently came to light, however, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that Neymar will soon be wearing the Blaugrana once again. Continue reading

Valverde’s marriage to Barcelona drawing to a natural conclusion

Every relationship, whether personal or professional, has a shelf life.

There’s a period of time where everything is rosy in the garden, and nothing can detract from it, but once things start heading down a slippery slope, there’s often no way back.

At Barcelona just now, the cracks are readily appearing, and there’s every reason to suspect that this current season will be Ernesto Valverde’s last at the helm. Continue reading

Would Ronald Koeman be the correct choice for Barcelona?

In the last couple of weeks, it has come to light that the Netherlands national team coach, Ronald Koeman, has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave in the summer of 2020.

That clause only applies to one club, however. FC Barcelona.

The news has already sent the chattering classes into overdrive, with many cules suggesting that he’s precisely the sort of coach that’s not required. Continue reading

Normal service resumed in La Liga

It’s taken until week nine of the La Liga season, but normal service has finally been resumed.

At the time of writing, La Liga’s top two, Barcelona and Real Madrid, should’ve been facing off in a hotly anticipated El Clasico clash, but trouble in Catalonia forced the postponement.

That they should find themselves ahead of the chasing pack isn’t really a surprise though. Continue reading

Time for Busquets to accept he’s no longer first choice at Barcelona

It seems almost sacrilegious to say it, but the time is fast approaching for Sergio Busquets to accept that he’s no longer a first choice for Barcelona.

The quiet man of the best club side in the world over the last decade, he’s been as influential as the likes of Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique et al.

A real player’s player, football will be the poorer for not having Busi as an active exponent. Continue reading

El Clasico postponement sets a dangerous precedent

So it’s finally official.

After a few days of consultation, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) have made the decision to postpone the El Clasico fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid, initially due to be played on Saturday, October 26.

The reason being given is that security of supporters cannot be guaranteed, even though the Catalan Police have given precisely that assurance. Continue reading

Is Barcelona’s Ansu Fati wise to consider playing for Spain?

At just 16 years of age, Ansu Fati has got European football sitting up and taking notice of him.

Barcelona’s newest young sensation certainly took his recent opportunity with both hands and, as such, will be kept with the first team squad for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign.

Already, the media are speculating as to how far in the game he could go, but Lionel Messi has taken Fati under his wing to ensure that a lid is kept on the hype. Continue reading

Was Barcelona’s appointment of Victor Valdes destined to end in disappointment?

So, it’s official.

On Monday of this week, Barcelona brought the curtain down on Victor Valdes’ swift return to the club, sacking him for what they considered to be conduct unbecoming for one of their coaching staff.

Always known as a spiky individual, one has to ask the question as to whether the club’s appointment of their former goalkeeper was destined to end in disappointment?

After all, he was never going to toe the party line. Continue reading