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…

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Diego Simeone Suspended Rest Of La Liga Season For Bizarre Ball-Throwing Incident

The bit of unsportsmanlike conduct you see above comes from Atlético Madrid’s home match against Málaga this past weekend. As you can see, with Málaga in behind Atleti’s defense and acres of green ahead, some ball boy tosses another ball onto the pitch, presumably to distract the players and/or bait the ref into…

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…

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…

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…