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  1. From humble beginnings, Messi makes history... again

    Graham Hunter

    I must admit I consider myself very fortunate to have been present for Lionel Messi's first Barcelona goal. Both of them. Please forgive the grammar; it's not really an error. Back on May 1, 2005, in a game vs. Albacete, the world got a taste ...

    Blog | March 16, 2014
  2. Lowered standards push Barcelona to the brink

    Graham Hunter

    Anyone who has taken any kind of evangelical joy from the quality of football which FC Barcelona have been playing since autumn 2008 will have been distressed, perhaps traumatized, by what they watched on Saturday. The fact the Spanish champions l...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  3. Time for Spanish football to take a stand against racism

    Graham Hunter

    It's not a simple job to try to explain the part horror story, part dark comedy at Racing Santander football club over the past three years, but suffice to say, it is the living nightmare of every single supporter across the planet. In 2011 the cl...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  4. Latest injury a turning point moment for Messi

    Graham Hunter

    I think it's a bit sad that Lionel Messi and Sir David Brailsford are probably not going to work together at any time in their professional careers. But not much sadder than the fact that we are unlikely to see the Argentinian genius playing football...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  5. Anims, Tito

    Graham Hunter

    The phrase which will echo around the world courtesy of social media is #AnimsTito. It has a width of meaning and a depth of sentiment. "Get Well Soon, Tito," "We Support You, Tito," "Good Luck, Tito" -- all these messages are contained within th...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  6. Bayern grab baton from Barca

    Graham Hunter

    So it isn't just the initials FCB that Barca and Bayern share. On this evidence, the Bavarians have broken into not only the Camp Nou but La Masia and extracted Barca DNA, pinched the blueprint documents and, just for good measure, handed these c...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  7. Barcelona's wide revolution

    Graham Hunter

    Part of the fun of watching FC Barcelona over the last four and a half years has been watching them tinkering with the norms of football tactics and formations. For their fans, and for neutrals who simply enjoy watching individual or group display...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  8. It's about the trophies, stupid

    Graham Hunter

    A famous Manhattan resident, Josep Guardiola i Sala, always used to claim that "praise makes you weak." If he is right, then FC Barcelona need to be very careful to turn a deaf ear to sugary words and attempt to avoid even a glimpse of the Catala...

    Blog | November 14, 2012
  9. Thoughts on the messy Messi-Villa incident

    Graham Hunter

    I think it's fair to say that Leo Messi committed a minor error by chewing out David Villa just before halftime on Saturday as Barcelona was sweating out an edgy win against Granada. But in doing so, some pretty healthy signs were also apparent. F...

    Blog | September 25, 2012
  10. Super Cup yields first Clasico of 2012-13

    Graham Hunter

    Decades used to pass in Spanish football in which Real Madrid and Barcelona would fulfill their standard commitment to meet for two league games per season, all guns blazing, and the rest of the world didn't long for a superpower battle every couple ...

    Blog | August 22, 2012
  11. Graham Hunter -- Messi is still the best in La Liga

    Graham Hunter

    Despite a comparatively lean trophy year for FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi is still the best in La Liga, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | May 24, 2012
  12. Jose Mourinho reaps what he sows, plus why Cesc Fabregas is worth...

    Graham Hunter

    Jose Mourinho discovers that you reap what you sow, while Pep Guardiola talks about how he's reaping the benefits of Cesc Fabregas' partnership with Lionel Messi, writes Graham Hunter.

    Story | Conversation | September 20, 2011