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FC Barcelona – Gerard Pique Isn’t the Only Defensive Problem

Posted on 18 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

The defensive problems for Barcelona aren’t going away, and it’s not only on the head of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano at the heart of the defense, although they certainly are the easiest players to blame for the goals they concede. More

FC Barcelona – Lionel Messi Put His Health, Body on the Line for a Championship

Posted on 16 May, 2013, by in Soccer

Would’ve Barcelona won the La Liga trophy this season without Lionel Messi playing in the last few matches? Probably, but it would have taken a little longer to secure it, possibly. It would have given Real Madrid a little bit of encouragement and belief that it is possible to do the impossible. But Messi, who hasn’t been 100% for quite some time, wasn’t going to let something minor (or maybe it was a little bit worse than that) slow him down, and prevent him from winning another league championship. More

Referees Keep Ruining Big Games (Bayern Munich vs Barcelona)

Posted on 24 Apr, 2013, by in Soccer

Yes, it wasn’t a fair fight. Bayern Munich steamrolled over Barcelona with a 4-0 victory that already puts them in the Champions League without a real need for a second leg. And yet, the feeling that referee Viktor Kassai messed up one a lot of big decisions, including three goals, gives another example of the crisis in terms of match refereeing football is experiencing, while nothing is done (hint: start using replays) to make things better. More

Lionel Messi Proves Everyone Wrong (Barcelona vs AC Milan)

Posted on 12 Mar, 2013, by in Soccer

They always said that this Barcelona team never had a great comeback. It was so good it never needed win. After Lionel Messi took hits and jabs from every possible direction for having three bad matches in the “money time” he silenced everyone in one half, and Barca eventually advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 win. More

FC Barcelona – Cesc Fabregas Didn’t Step Up When Needed

Posted on 27 Feb, 2013, by in Soccer

It’s impossible to completely neutralize everyone on the Barcelona attack, so while Lionel Messi was closed down by the usual double and triple teams; Andres Iniesta and Xavi limited in their ability to pass and influence the match, Cesc Fabregas was left as the most available game changer, but unfortunately for Barca, failed miserably. More

Cristiano Ronaldo Makes Clasico History (Barcelona vs Real Madrid)

Posted on 26 Feb, 2013, by in Soccer

The revolution wasn’t perfect, but Jose Mourinho changed the dynamics of the Real Madrid – Barcelona rivalry with Real’s biggest win at the Camp Nou in a very long time, while Cristiano Ronaldo continues to bring his best to Clasico matches, and Lionel Messi continues to show his worst in recent big matches. More

FC Barcelona – Lionel Messi Brings His Lazy Performance to Clasico

Posted on 31 Jan, 2013, by in Soccer

Not every match can be a Lionel Messi masterpiece, and in a match against an opponent that has the ability to make life very hard for him while still gain some control in the midfield, the world’s best player didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to himself be felt. More

FC Barcelona – David Villa Hides Lionel Messi’s Weakness

Posted on 4 Nov, 2012, by in Soccer

All the drama and excitement from having a new child looked like they got to Lionel Messi, as everything seemed to be working fine in the Barcelona attack in their win over Celta, especially David Villa, except for when the team’s top scorer touched the ball, trying to do too much all by himself in a selfish display from the best player in the world. More

FC Barcelona – Nothing Changes for Lionel Messi

Posted on 28 Oct, 2012, by in Soccer

Home, away, hot, rain, dry, cold. Lionel Messi has had better days in terms of his involvement in build up and passing than the 5-0 win by Barcelona over Rayo Vallecano, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s the deadliest scorer in the world when given the smallest of opportunities to add a goal to his incredible record. More

FC Barcelona – Jordi Alba Starts Proving his Worth

Posted on 24 Oct, 2012, by in Soccer

On a night in which the Celtic defense looked unbreakable at the back, Barcelona needed a little something special from someone unexpected, and Jordi Alba, who hasn’t the best of seasons up to this point, fell into that certain slot with a dramatic winning goal. More