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  1. The Ball Is the End: Assessing Lionel Messi’s Career on the...

    Brian Phillips

    Lionel Messi played in his first competitive match for FC Barcelona 10 years ago this month, on October 16, 2004. He was already famous, of course, among the hardest-core coterie of Barça fanciers, the types who write forum posts about trainin...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  2. Quiet Steps: A New-Look Barcelona and Messi Embrace the Old Ways

    Mike L. Goodman

    The reports of Barcelona's death may have been greatly exaggerated. This season has started as perfectly as possible. Any worries after a scoreless draw at Malaga last week were swept aside by Lionel Messi & Co. when th...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  3. Meet Your Continental European Champions League Contenders

    Mike L. Goodman

    It's Champions League time. To help you get set up, we're going to go on a brief tour around Europe, to get you up to date on all the major non-Premier League teams. Our tour will take us through Germany, Spain, and Ital...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  4. Q&A: Whit Stillman on His New Amazon Pilot, 'The Cosmopo...

    Louisa Thomas

    Whit Stillman acquired a cult following for his trilogy of bright young things in the '90s: Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998). In 2011, he followed it up with Damsels in Distress, a phantasmagoric musical s...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  5. "I say to fans, don't worry, because I won't do th...

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    Blog | August 19, 2014
  6. A New Home and an Old Role for Chelsea's Cesc Fàbrega...

    Mike L. Goodman

    In case you were wondering why your coworkers audibly burst out in a half-strangled gasp at 3:30 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon, they were probably watching Chelsea dismantle Burnley. That's roughly the moment when Cesc Fabregas did thi...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  7. The Barcelona Identity Crisis

    Mike L. Goodman

    You cannot talk about Barcelona without talking about Pep Guardiola. Still. This is a problem, because Pep Guardiola currently works at Bayern Munich. It's been two seasons since he patrolled the sidelines at the Camp Nou, but Barcelona rem...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  8. Van Gaalogy 101

    Brian Phillips

    The first time Louis van Gaal pulled his pants down in front of his players happened in -- but hang on; let's walk that back a second. The first time Louis van Gaal pulled his pants down in front of his players that we know of happened in 2009, ...

    Blog | August 01, 2014
  9. About Last Night: Fear the Brew Crew

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy wondering if Donald Sterling is ever going to get around to naming you as a defendant in a frivolous lawsuit, here are the top six stories you missed in sports on Tuesday: Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy blasted a walk-off...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  10. The ‘World Cup Is Over, Now What?’ Guide to Soccer

    Mike L. Goodman

    Just because the World Cup is over doesn't mean soccer stops. Soccer never stops; that's one of its biggest appeals. There are so many different teams, leagues, club competitions, and international tournaments that, if you want to...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  11. What’s the Matter With These World Cup Full-backs?

    Spike Friedman

    The 2014 World Cup has been something of a nightmare for the world's best attacking full-backs. With all the goals - we're on pace for the highest scoring Cup ever - no neutral fans are complaining abou...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  12. Zlatan's Revenge!

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The year is 2010. The La Liga offseason. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is grappling with his late-season outburst at Barça manager Pep Guardiola - and plotting his way out of one of the most storied clubs in European Football. What follows is a...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  13. NBA Playoffs Overnight: Silver and Black Basketball Attack

    Andrew Sharp, netw3rk, Danny Chau and Louisa Thomas

    You daily look at last night's NBA action. Louisa Thomas: If Serge Ibaka were not out with a calf injury, the Spurs would not have scored 120 points in the paint in the first two games of the Western Conference finals. They would not have...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  14. The True Reason for Atletico Madrid's Miracle Success: MONO ...

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    On Saturday, Atletico Madrid fought back from a 1-0 deficit against Barcelona, in the Camp Nou, to earn a 1-1 draw and clinch the club's first La Liga title in 18 years. Despite first-half injuries to Diego Costa and Arda Turan, the team sc...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  15. Fear the Underdog?

    Brian Phillips

    Atletico Madrid is the third-most successful club in the history of Spanish soccer, which is a little like being the third-most famous khan in the history of the Mongol horde. Good job by you, but you're never going to stop hearing a...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  16. Nadal’s Land of Nod: Rafa Falls (Again) at the Barcelona Op...

    Louisa Thomas

    As a rule, if you're a top tennis player, you don't have a home. What you have is a residence, a training base, an empty house. You reside in Bottmingen and practice in Dubai. There is a place in Miami, a pied-a-terre in Pa...

    Blog | April 28, 2014