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The Rise and Rise of Lionel Messi: A Statistical Look at Barcelona’s Argentine Genius

The Rise and Rise of Lionel Messi: A Statistical Look at Barcelona’s Argentine Genius

It is easy to say now that Lionel Messi is one of the best players the world has ever seen. The Argentinean magician has waltzed through far too many defenses now for us mortals to even consider him to be anything less. His ability seems to only improve yearly, and for football fans everywhere, it [...]

Barcelona’s Alex Song Believes Arsene Wenger is the Man for Arsenal

Barcelona’s Alex Song Believes Arsene Wenger is the Man for Arsenal

Former Gunner Alex Song believes that Aresnal need to stick it out with manager Arsene Wenger despite the lack of trophies the last eight seasons. Rumors and cries from fans have put extreme pressure on Wenger this season, as Gunners faithful eagerly await some kind of title, with their patience is shrinking. This has also [...]

AC Milan and Inter Target Barcelona Star Cesc Fabregas

AC Milan and Inter Target Barcelona Star Cesc Fabregas

The rumor mill has been churning out blockbuster moves of late, linking some of world football’s biggest stars to some of Europe’s biggest clubs. The most recent outlandish transfer rumor involves Spain international Cesc Fabregas in a proposed move to the Serie A, with AC Milan and Inter Milan rumored to be suitors, according to [...]

The Death of Tiki-taka and Barcelona’s Over-reliance on Messi

The Death of Tiki-taka and Barcelona’s Over-reliance on Messi

Aside from all of the obvious observations one could have made from Bayern Munich’s 7-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals, there was one that seemed so blatant it is surprising journalists haven’t made a bigger deal of it. It seems that once and for all Barca-brand tiki-taka is dead. That may sound [...]

FC Barcelona: Rebuilding Starts This Summer

FC Barcelona: Rebuilding Starts This Summer

After another horrific defeat to Bayern Munich this past Wednesday, Barcelona will officially start their rebuilding this summer. The team was man handled throughout the two games against Bayern Munich, which let the club know that the world is now catching up to their tiki taka style of play. Bayern used a lot of relentless [...]

English Football Weekly Wrap: Relegation Special, Jose Mourinho’s Return, Lessons from Germany

English Football Weekly Wrap: Relegation Special, Jose Mourinho’s Return, Lessons from Germany

In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend’s English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. Follow me @theredarmchair for regular updates throughout the week. EPL Round 35 Recap: QPR, Reading Gone; [...]

Barcelona v Bayern Munich Highlights: Champions League Final Decided

Barcelona v Bayern Munich Highlights: Champions League Final Decided

Barcelona v Bayern Munich Highlights Bayern Munich smashed FC Barcelona for the second straight time to bring the aggregate of the second Champions League semi-final to a whopping 7-0. The German giants first defeated Barcelona last week in Munich 4-0 before delivering the final 3-0 blow to the Spanish giants at Camp Nou. Arjen Robben [...]

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi Confident in Ability to Regroup Ahead of Bayern Munich Showdown

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi Confident in Ability to Regroup Ahead of Bayern Munich Showdown

Despite the impressive performance by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, many Barcelona players remain confident in their ability to regroup and move forward together. Bayern put on quite the display last week as they dismantled Barcelona 4-0. While there was a bit of controversy surrounding two of the goals, [...]

Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich: Players to Watch at the Camp Nou

Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich: Players to Watch at the Camp Nou

On Wednesday, Barcelona will host Bayern Munich in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals. The Catalan giants were thoroughly outplayed by the German side in the first leg, losing 4-0 at the Allianz Arena. Considering they are at such a disadvantage on aggregate, the Blaugrana will need to score early like they [...]

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Video: FC Barcelona Youth Team Highlights – April 2013

Video: FC Barcelona Youth Team Highlights – April 2013

The FC Barcelona youth teams continue to impress with their technical ability, their knowledge of the game, and their ability to execute. In the latest round of highlights from the famed Academy, the best goals come from a variety of ages. This edition features the likes of Toni Roca, Munir Al Haddadi, Sagar Escoto, Lionel [...]

Cesc Fabregas is Rumored To Be Leaving Barcelona – But Why? A Statistical Look

Cesc Fabregas is Rumored To Be Leaving Barcelona – But Why? A Statistical Look

Has the new Cesc Fabregas transfer saga started? It seems like just yesterday that the former Arsenal man’s move to Barcelona was on again and off again. A media fueled frenzy that finally ended in the summer of 2011 with the midfielder signing official terms with the Catalan giants. Now, nearly two years later, the [...]

Champions League: Barcelona Thrashing Proves Bayern Munich’s Ascension to the Top

Champions League: Barcelona Thrashing Proves Bayern Munich’s Ascension to the Top

No one can dispute Barcelona’s dominance this season.  Domestically, they are dominating Real Madrid and the rest of their La Liga rivals with 84 points.  And, Barca have a real possibility of achieving a rare “100 point season”  with six games remaining. Despite their dominance against league opponents this season, however, their Champions League semifinal [...]

Five Worldwide Football Matches You Should Watch This Weekend

Five Worldwide Football Matches You Should Watch This Weekend

After an enthralling round of Champions League action in midweek, the excitement looks set to continue into the weekend as we look forward to some blockbuster fixtures from all around the world. From derby games to historical grudge matches, the next few days should yield no shortage of drama. And with the added possibility of [...]

Gerard Pique: No Excuse for Barcelona’s Champions League Defeat

Gerard Pique: No Excuse for Barcelona’s Champions League Defeat

After falling 4-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final to Bayern Munich, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted there was no reason for the club to have lost the way they did. The game did not finish without a bit of controversy, though. The refereeing has been called into question on two of [...]

Arsenal News: Gunners Open Talks With Barcelona Man

Arsenal News: Gunners Open Talks With Barcelona Man

Barcelona were left shocked after the announcement from Victor Valdes, as he goes in search of a new challenge, that he will not be signing a new contract with the club. The 31-year-old Spanish international has been a first-team regular at the Camp Nou since the 2003-04 season. He may be an understudy to Real [...]

Barcelona v Bayern Munich Highlights: Germans Run Spaniards Out of Munich

Barcelona v Bayern Munich Highlights: Germans Run Spaniards Out of Munich

Bayern Munich hosted Barcelona on Tuesday evening in Munich, and the home side put on an absolute show for their fans. After a rather nervy start, Munich took the lead through Thomas Muller in the 25th minute. Mario Gomez doubled the home team’s lead after the break before Arjen Robben made it three. Muller then [...]