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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. The FC Barcelona Doom Metric

    Brian Phillips

    Earlier this week, during a raid in the port city of Alicante, Spanish police confiscated a batch of hallucinogenic chocolates that had been molded into the shape of the FC Barcelona crest. The chocolates, which were allegedly laced with marijuana an...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  5. Pep Guardiola's fake e-mail to Xavi after Barcelona's loss to Bay...

    Brian Phillips

    An e-mail from Pep Guardiola after Barcelona's loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

    Story | Conversation | May 03, 2013
  6. Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola steps down

    Brian Phillips

    How Barcelona's manager built a quiet storm.

    Story | Conversation | May 03, 2012