One year removed from their Champion League final defeat against Manchester United on penalties, the Blues were veering for a rematch against their domestic rivals but would suffer a calamitous exit in their semi-final second leg tie against the eventual champions Barcelona, mainly thanks to… Read More »‘It’s a F***ing Disgrace!’: The Famous Chelsea v Barcelona UCL Showdown of ’09
A team which has had some incredible eras in the past 100 years, we look through the great history of FC Barcelona!
Most fans will point to Lionel Messi as the natural heir to Diego Maradona. However, a select number of older fans will appreciate the genius of Juan Roman Riquelme. Riquelme was the quintessential No. 10 attacking midfielder, with playmaking ability, infinite passing range, and dribbling… Read More »How Great Was Juan Roman Riquelme?
When you think of Luis Figo, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s the inhuman-sized cojones of the man to make this happen … Early on in his career, Luis Figo seems to be the predecessor of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo… Read More »When Luis Figo Became the World’s First ‘Galactico’ in 2000
Sometimes, it pays to just do the ‘simple stuff’ well. And barely anyone did this better than the Spanish maestro himself. In an era where FC Barcelona evolved into one of the greatest outfits ever formed, it takes a lot for even someone like Xavi… Read More »Xavi: The Great Tiki-Taka Conductor of FC Barcelona (1998-2016)
God, that’s pretty much a decade ago! But it was a simpler time, wasn’t it? Sitting back, witnessing a baby-faced Jack Wilshere teaching Barcelona how to play Tiki-Taka football. Glorious Scenes! I was scrolling through Twitter a few nights ago (as I have done every night since… Read More »Jack Wilshere’s Glorious Barcelona Show in 2011
Gabriel and Diego Milito. Two brothers from Argentina who enjoyed success at either ends of the pitch. Diego, the elder of the two, was arguably more well-known due to the number of professional matches he played. However, of the Milito brothers, Gabriel won something that… Read More »The Admirable Legacy of The Milito Brothers
Has there ever been a striker more perfect than David Villa? He could do it all and throughout his fascinating career racked up a bountiful number of accolades while performing at the pinnacle levels of world football, both at club and international level. It’s hard… Read More »David Villa: The Flawless Talisman of Valencia (2005-14)
Try and name a better one-season impact than ‘Il Fenomeno’ at Barca … don’t worry, I’ll wait! Before some lad from Madeira named ‘Cristiano’ came along to completely alter the brand behind and public reception to the ‘Ronaldo’ name, there was a man by the… Read More »Ronaldo’s Legendary Season at FC Barcelona (1996-97)
Believe me, the prospect of Catalonia’s favourite Cameroonian becoming a legend for Real Madrid instead of Barcelona was a very serious possibility. After all, he did play for them! That’s right! As a fresh-faced seventeen year-old starlet developing from the famous African Kadjia Sports academy… Read More »Why Samuel Eto’o Rejected a Real Madrid Return in 2004!
Let’s put it this way: you don’t get honoured with an ‘ONN’ in Holland unless you’ve truly earned. And this guy did just that when it came to transforming the game we all love. Before ‘Total Football’ became the thing which defined Rinus Michels’ legacy… Read More »Rinus Michels: The Godfather of ‘Total Football’ (1965-78)