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  1. Up in the Air: Did Lionel Messi Over-Travel Himself to Injury?

    Chris Ryan

    Lionel Messi is going to miss up to two months after the Barcelona forward tore his hamstring in a game against Real Betis over the weekend. Messi has battled hamstring injuries throughout his career. In fact, his career is something of a medical mir...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  2. Why Does Arsenal Need New Players When Emmanuel Frimpong Is Sitti...

    Chris Ryan

    Via the indispensable 101 Great Goals, here is a video of Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong celebrating scoring in FIFA, as himself, against Barcelona, against his friend who is dressed as Iron Man and Captain America at the same time. Salute to F...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  3. The remaking of Manchester City

    Chris Ryan

    Are we about to witness the Blue Barcelona?

    Story | Conversation | July 23, 2013
  4. Luis Suarez, Cesc Fabregas, and the Michael Corleone School of Tr...

    Chris Ryan

    I really have no inside information as to whether Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis, or David Moyes and Ed Woodward, or Jose Mourinho and whatever cabal of ex–Secret Service agents are handling Chelsea's transfers spend a lot of time watching the ...

    Blog | July 16, 2013
  5. Pep Guardiola, Thiago, Barcelona, and Bayern: The Most Compelling...

    Chris Ryan

    This summer's European football transfer window has featured the usual telephone whispers and hysterical about-faces that one can expect from a three-month spectacle fueled by secrets, lies, roughly translated radio interviews, and unimaginable amoun...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  6. Video: Lionel Messi vs. Robot Goalkeeper (!!!)

    Chris Ryan

    I for one welcome our shot-stopping overlords....

    Blog | April 08, 2013
  7. Euro 2012: Cesc Fabregas Would Like You to Water the Lawn

    Chris Ryan

    In late March of this year, Barcelona and AC Milan played in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The first leg, held at Milan's San Siro, saw the Spanish and Italian sides draw, 0-0. Barcelona subsequently lodged a formal complaint about the "...

    Blog | June 11, 2012
  8. Pepe, the Destroyer

    Chris Ryan

    On Saturday, Real Madrid will play Barcelona in El Clasico. The prize, ostensibly, is the Spanish Primera Division title. (If Madrid wins, they go seven points clear of Barca; lose and their lead shrinks to one.) Jose Mourinho will gesticulate. Pep G...

    Blog | April 20, 2012
  9. Cristiano Ronaldo's Giant Steps

    Chris Ryan

    I have seen my fair share of "perfect hat tricks," when a player scores with his right foot, left foot, and head. It's a celebration of the various tools at the attacking footballer's disposal. On Wednesday, I saw a "Ronaldo hat trick," a free kick, ...

    Blog | April 12, 2012
  10. Very Prudent Use of $1 Billion, Real Madrid

    Chris Ryan

    On Wednesday, Real Madrid dropped points to Villarreal, drawing 1-1. Sergio Ramos, Mesut Ozil, and manager Jose Mourinho were all sent off. It was the second straight match in which Real left points on the table (or the field, as it were), beckoning ...

    Blog | March 22, 2012
  11. The Sound of Messi

    Chris Ryan

    You know what one of the best sounds in sports is? The sound of the Camp Nou crowd reacting when Lionel Messi scores a goal. There are other sounds: The rising volume of a gallery watching a putt roll toward the hole to clinch a major, or that metall...

    Blog | March 21, 2012
  12. Messi! Messi! Messi! Messi! Messi!

    Chris Ryan

    Lionel Messi scored five goals Wednesday in Barcelona's 7-1 razing of Bayer Leverkusen, sending the defending Champions League trophy holders through to the quarterfinals. When Messi is on his game (which is usually), he is completely unplayable. ...

    Blog | March 08, 2012
  13. True or False: UEFA Champions League

    Chris Ryan

    This Is The End Of English Rule False: It is incredibly likely that no English clubs will advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Arsenal have an insurmountable deficit to make up against A.C. Milan and Chelsea will have to play out of...

    Blog | February 23, 2012
  14. Four Questions About This Week's Champions League Action

    Chris Ryan

    What's the point of qualifying for Champions League, Arsene? "I have always told you exactly the same, the priority is to be in the top four," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said last month. He's talking about finishing in one of the top four places ...

    Blog | February 16, 2012
  15. Jose Mourinho Needs To Learn What 'Surprise' Means

    Chris Ryan

    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho knows how to tactically nullify the world's greatest attacking teams, play the press like a fiddle, and (until recently) wear the hell out of a suit. But one thing he apparently sucks at is acting surprised. Real Mad...

    Blog | January 27, 2012
  16. Six Lessons From Barca vs. Madrid and Liverpool vs. Man City

    Chris Ryan

    At around 2:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Manchester City and Liverpool kicked off the second leg of their Carling Cup semifinal at Anfield. At about 6 p.m., a whistle blew, ending the second leg of Barcelona and Real Madrid's Copa del Rey quarterfinal t...

    Blog | January 26, 2012