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Luis Suárez Threw Himself A Temper Tantrum And I Can't Really Blame Him

Uruguay are in big trouble at the Copa America after dropping their opener to Mexico, 3-1 on Sunday, then falling 1-0 to Venezuela this evening. They only managed to out one shot on frame tonight, and striker Edinson Cavani was awful. He is Uruguay’s best healthy attacker (more on that in a second) and he put forth…

Barcelona Had A Magical Season By Anyone's Standards But Their Own

Whether you’re a perennial title contender or an underfunded minnow or something in between, the real measuring sticks each team’s seasons are judged by are expectations—for better and for worse. Expectations can be unrealistic or sensible, surpassed or fallen short of, but either way, fans and clubs delineate success…

Only One Moment From Barcelona-Real Madrid Lived Up To The Clásico Name

It’s normally a safe bet that the two Clásicos of any given season will both be among the biggest and best matches of the year. Clásicos pit the two giants of Spain against one another, with teams as rich in talent as in history, in arguably the most intense and passionate rivalry in Europe, and which almost always…

You Will Never Be As Good At Anything As Barcelona's 12-Year-Olds Are At Soccer

While the rest of the soccer world was getting injured on the international break, the little tots of Barcelona’s Alevin A squared off with their counterparts in Madrid for an incredibly entertaining Mini-Clasico. The Blaugranitas won 2-0 in the final of the Mediterranean International Cup, and produced some pretty…

Johan Cruyff, The Man Who Invented Modern Soccer, Dies At 68

It would be impossible to even approach summing up the totality of Johan Cruyff’s unparalleled influence and contributions to the game of soccer in one blog post. First as the best player on the planet suiting up for Ajax, Barcelona, and the Dutch national team in the 1960s and 1970s, and later as a manager for those…

Boo On Sevilla For Not Trying To Stop Messi With This Wacky Free-Kick Defense

With his nearly unlimited array of skills and his penchant for breaking down defenses even when they’re almost single-mindedly set up to stop him, Lionel Messi presents a unique threat to opponents. Unfortunately for his rivals, it’s difficult to dream up some newfangled tactic that could help bottle him up.…

Errant Lionel Messi Shot Breaks A Fan's Wrist And Leaves Her Woozy

From the look of Raquel’s careful, handrail-aided steps, the slow wipe of her mouth, her collapse into a seat, and her dazed swaying as she attempts to pick herself up afterward, you’d think that the Villarreal-Barcelona match attendee had just realized, after puking up a quart or so of alcohol, that she’d had all the…

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Barcelona Take A Penalty The Normal Way, And Of Course Miss It

What some people who don’t pay close attention to the team may have missed regarding Barcelona’s trick penalty play this weekend is that, while primarily driven by a desire to do cool shit, it was also probably a reaction to the team’s general penalty woes this season. And so it was no surprise when Luis Suárez…

Cristiano Ronaldo Has Some Thoughts On Soccer, Friendship, And Trick Penalty Kicks

Barcelona did something really fun and cool last weekend. Well, they did many fun and cool things, but the most memorable and somewhat controversial thing was Lionel Messi’s penalty fake-out. So when Cristiano Ronaldo took the podium today ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League match tomorrow, it was only natural…

Barcelona Will Stomp On Your Throat And Make It Look Pretty As Hell

It will never be remembered, but this weekend’s Barcelona-Celta Vigo match, which finished 6-1 thanks to a Luis Suárez hat trick, a collection of stunning and inventive instances of Lionel Messi’s trademark magic, and a single iconic moment when Barcelona’s three world-conquering forwards took the idea of the penalty…