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Showing posts with label Soccer Discussion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soccer Discussion. Show all posts

Sep 28, 2018


At times Barca's strategy still operates on the assumption that it's Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta who is controlling things in the midfield. The coach and the management needs to understand that they cannot expect others to simply dole the role of these two legendary midfielders!


Barcelona won't be able to Replace Iniesta and Xavi #barca #Xavi #iniesta #fcbarcelona

Barcelona Football Club has been blessed with an abundance of legendary mid fielders throughout it's history. Even with such a list, one have to admit that it was the Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, who brought a 'Normal than Usual' stature to those positions. They both remain and still is regarded as the 'Greatest Midfield Duo' of all time; not only in Barcelona but also across the Footballing history.


In the 'Golden Era' of Barcelona, Xavi and Iniesta dictated the 'Game Play' of Barcelona. The duo not only decided the formation we used but also 'The Nature of Barca's Game pLay' was dictated by these two. And the effect of it becomes much more pronounce, when you consider that they did this in the presence of may be 'Greatest of All Time' player, Lionel Messi.

Sep 6, 2018


Following his record breaking signing, the French International have struggled to make his mark at FC Barcelona. Will this be the season where Barca's trust in him start to pay-off?.


Dembélé looking make his mark at Barca

Ousmane Dembélé was signed with lots of hope and hype. At €120 Million he was the costliest signing and remained so until Barcelona got hold of Brazilian Coutinho. One is left to wonder whether Barcelona would have gone for him, had they managed to sign Coutinho earlier, may be not. But who knows? Regardless of that, many who bet on soccer have started to believe that this season he will prove all the hype and hope of being the 'Most Talented Youngster' true.


Sep 5, 2018


For the first time in his Career, Lionel Messi seems to be enjoying his Captaincy rather than it's burdening him.


Lionel Messi enjoying leading FC Barcelona

Captaincy has been like a "Crown of Thorn" for Lionel Messi for so long. It has given nothing other than pain and suffering to him in his role as National Captain of Argentinian Football Team. Despite his numerous sensational performances, including the one which took them into the World Cup 2018; he has always felt being not loved in his role as Argentinian Captain.


Finally this La Liga season he has been given the responsibility of leading FC Barcelona. He has been virtually doing that last season but officially this is the first season in charge. Based on the latest soccer betting odds, FC Barcelona is considered as the Prime Candidate win the La Liga 2018-19.


With Atletico Madrid stumbling at the Start, there is a high chance that La Liga could be once again reduced to a two horse race.


Has La Liga Reduced to Two Horse Race between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona

In recent years, despite the dominance of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona we used to have a good start to La Liga season. Despite in the end it ending as a pure two horse or three horse race, in the beginning there were many teams which at least made an initial claim to be part of the title race. Last year when real Madrid was stumbling it was Valencia which was challenging FC Barcelona for the title. And they gave a good fight before it fizzeld out mid-way.


This season it appears like it will be a close race between the two eternal rivals - Real Madrid and FC Barcelona! They already have opened up a two points lead between Celta Vigo but more importantly has a five point lead over Atletico Madrid, the one team that matters the most. So if you are looking to gamble on sports, then these two teams would be your ideal bet to win the La Liga.

Sep 4, 2018


FIFA and his voting partners (the captains and the journalist) found it unfitting to consider Lionel Messi as top 3 footballers in the World.


FIFA snubs Lionel Messi with Award Snub

When the entire question regarding Lionel Messi's greatness usually center only on the 'Greatest of All Time(GOAT)' debate; The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) found another way to take the debate to a completely different level. As per FIFA, forget the Greatest of All Time, Lionel Messi is not even fit to be considered the top three footballers in the World currently now. As per the list, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohammed Salah are the ones who will fight for the top award this season.


Feb 12, 2018


Paco Alcacer at the Camp Nou


Signed back in 2016 from yo-yoing Valencia, Paco Alcacer looked set to be the next home grown player who’d work his way into the starting line-up at Barcelona. Luis Enrique was in charge when he signed for the club, with it trending in the traditional ideology of only bringing certain styles of players from a select few nations, with Spain obviously being the primary option, but the transfer of this forward always looked like an arguably pointless one.

Feb 2, 2018



"Palmeiras x Atlético Mineiro - 2017" (CC BY 2.0) by Roberto Sabino


FC Barcelona’s January transfer window recruit Yerry Mina comes straight over to Spain from South America. At 23, he is still learning the game and there’s no better place to do that than the Camp Nou, but Mina must hit the ground running due to the departure of Javier Mascherano to China and cover being thin.


As one of Argentina’s most capped players and because he won 17 trophies during his time in Catalonia, Mascherano leaves some big shoes to fill in the heart of the Barca backline. He is not the only La Liga great from South America that young Mina will want in time to emulate either.


Do you remember these great central defenders from across the Atlantic playing in Spain?

Jan 1, 2018


FC Barcelona is the only club in Europe to win a Continental Treble in two occasion, first in 2009 under Pep Guardiola and then in 2015 under Luis Enrique

Barcelona had an indifferent 2017 by their usual high standards, but there's plenty of reasons to believe 2018 could be a special year for the club. A third Copa del Rey win in a row was Barca's only trophy during Luis Enrique's final season as manager, with the team coming up short in both La Liga and the Champions League.


Read on for four things Barcelona can look forward to in 2018.

Dec 31, 2017


FC Barcelona wrote history by winning Copa Del Rey title for the third consecutive times but failure to land La Liga and Champions League title will mark 2017 as a disappointing season

Barcelona head into the New Year aiming to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet, but 2017 was ultimately a slightly disappointing 12 months for the La Liga giants in terms of silverware.


Barca marked the end of Luis Enrique's time as manager by becoming the first side since the 1950s to win the Copa del Rey three years in a row with a 3-1 victory over Alaves. However, success in the Champions League and La Liga eluded them and fans will certainly expect a better return in 2018.

Dec 28, 2017


At the Winter Break, FC Barcelona remains the only undefeated team left in Europe; firmly in control of the league.


FC Barcelona players celebrating the victory of one of the best matches they played this season so far against Real Madrid

At the winter break, FC Barcelona is in the most envious situation that no one imagined when everything started this season. The start to the season was dreadful; fear, confusion, doubts, sense of inferiority all prevailed. Neymar transfer saga, that too that sudden and that late into the season was not the ideal way to prepare for the season. The team looked lost; emphasized in mega scale by the abject performance the team put up against their arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Super Cup. For the first time, a two legged tie against Real Madrid felt like torture; it was too much to take for the fans; may be even for the players. Pique put it ever so correctly by saying "may be for the first time in many years, Barca felt inferior to Real Madrid". It wasn't that feeling of inferiority which actually hurt; but a feeling of "No Hope"; that really hurt the fans more. It looked like we were starting to go down the hill.

Oct 5, 2017

It might seem like a distant light on the horizon right now, but in reality, the Russia 2018 World Cup is just around the corner. With national team places up for grabs ahead of the illustrious tournament, more than a few players will inevitably be thinking ahead and aiming throughout the 2017/18 domestic campaign to prove they’re worthy of selection with their best displays.
Of course, there’s no shortage of international stars amongst the ranks of Barcelona, some of whom already know the joy of hoisting aloft the most coveted trophy in world football. Impressively, amongst the 24 players in the current Camp Nou first team squad list, only one represents a country outside the top 15 favourite countries. Indeed, such is the current strength and depth at the Catalan club, it’s entirely possible that every current Barca squad member could feature at Russia 2018. Few clubs can boast that strength of quality in their roster, that’s for certain!
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the five favourite countries, along with the Barcelona players who will be hoping to book their passage to Russia next summer.

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