1. In Defense of Barça: Hypocrisy at Its Finest, Eh?

    As a proud Catalan Barça fan I could not have passed the chance to answer a madridista-written article attacking "el tri-campió". Barcelona and Real Madrid are not shy when it comes to spending...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about 5 years ago 776 reads 81 comments

  2. The Cartoon of The Week

    A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. In southern Europe it is a tradition to draw a caricature on some current event. So I've decided to share some examples with you on B/R...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about 5 years ago 220 reads 0 comments

  3. Ricky Rubio To Sign with FC Barcelona

    The drama around the young talent will soon be over. FC Barcelona and DKV Joventut ("La Penya") have agreed on a €3.5M transfer fee...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about 5 years ago 550 reads 28 comments

  4. There's a Crisis in Football Kit Wonderland

    This season's kits are either awful, too flashy or too copied from other seasons. The conclusion is clear: Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a crisis in Kit Wonderland...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about 5 years ago 472 reads 11 comments

  5. Floppin' Young Players

    Each season a number of youngsters are signed by top clubs as the future of the game. Unfortunately one a slim minority actually gets to the point where they prove the hype created around them...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about 5 years ago 1,266 reads 14 comments

  6. Why Ricky Rubio Won't Cross the Ocean

    The story around the Timberwolves' draft pick has grown into "almost" epic proportions. This drama around the Spanish prospect and fifth pick, Ricky Rubio, has made fans climb into their think tanks...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about 5 years ago 590 reads 17 comments

  7. Reading the Pre-Season: Vintage Barcelona v. Madrid's "Divinos"

    Last season was somewhat of a one-sided battle. As Real Madrid tried to create an invincible force, Barcelona suick to its core, only bringing some new youngsters into the team (Piqué, Busquets)...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about 5 years ago 308 reads 10 comments

  8. Zapping Around NBA Finals Coverage

    The Finals that the world did not want to see just began—with the demolition of the Magic at the Lakers' hands. Do I smell a sweep? "Certainly," said one analyst, still grumpy because of LeBron's loss...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 56 reads 0 comments

  9. Tales of a League Where Amazing Happened and of a Man Named Stern

    Welcome to the NBA, where now fixed matches happen. My Austrian biology teacher wisely says: "One time is all right, but two times is one time too many." This is one of the nicest things that I've ever heard in the corridors of the German School of Oporto

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 103 reads 2 comments

  10. Who's Your Daddy?: Barcelona Dismantles Madrid 6-2

    If there were any doubts about who's the world's best team, then today they have surely been removed. If you're wondering if it is Chelsea's victory against a mediocre team that I'm going to talk about, then think again...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 528 reads 34 comments

  11. The Shadowy Face of Sports that Athletes Don't Want You To Know

    "Performance enhancing drugs." Fans do not want to hear this word when it comes attached to big idols, but it has and it has destroyed the reputation of some sports...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 359 reads 4 comments

  12. Game Two is a Win for the Celtics, but is it a Victory, Too?

    A great duel between two UConn players was the main plate of game two. A ridiculous challenge disputed by two of the League's top sharpshooters. The fourth quarter was a beautiful display of shooting...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 69 reads 1 comments

  13. The Yankees' Problem Lies in Their History: A Short Explanation

    Speaking of the problem with the Yankees does not involve a discussion of baseball. No coach can fix it; maybe a manager could, but it is not something a skipper or a new pitcher can correct...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 265 reads 20 comments

  14. Don't Make Excuses, Celtics: The Bulls Were Better

    Now that Game One of the Celtics-Bulls first-round series is over, people only want to talk about KG's absence this, KG's absence that. And that just sickens me. Yes, with KG the game would have been different...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 520 reads 22 comments

  15. The Diagnosis: Do Not Underestimate the Bulls-a Short Preview

    The Bulls made it to the playoffs. Well, it was a bumpy road. At first it was looking as if Del Negro was going to spend his spring at home and possibly unemployed. Then the Bulls won a few games, then they went down, up, down, up and...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 134 reads 7 comments

  16. The Diagnosis: Barça-Chelsea Rivalry Is Well Awake—A Short Prediction

    Barça-Chelsea has been a consistent matchup in the Champions League knockout stage. They've always provided us with great games that were always solved by some out-of-this-world strike...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 1,182 reads 22 comments

  17. Chelsea-Liverpool: Is It Really Over? A Short Analysis

    Tonight, Stamford Bridge will be the plateau of some great football as Liverpool and Chelsea will fight for the eight-finals...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 559 reads 4 comments

  18. The Diagnosis: What Does Allen Iverson's Career Teach The Cavs?

    There are great players and great players. There are players that play better when paired with another great, there are players that play better when they have to drag the team through the ranks...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 665 reads 38 comments

  19. The Diagnosis: Bruce Bowen and Ron Artest Are The League's Best Lockdown Players

    I'm not one of those basketball fans that automatically links the game with hip-hop or with the so-called "street culture", but as a fan of the game I have to recognize this: Bowen and Artest are the fiercest players in the league...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 521 reads 4 comments

  20. Bayern—Barça: Time To Seal the Deal or To Save A Team's Dignity?

    Tomorrow is another big match day for football fans. Barcelona will visit the Allianz Arena, and for those of you who guess that Barça will bring their subs on to the pitch are wrong...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 236 reads 10 comments

  21. Barça's YNWA Diagnosis: "Estic Boig Per Tu" Separates the "Culés"

    Barça unveiled its new chant during the Barça-Bayern match on April 9. According to Joan Laporta, the club's chairman, the chant is supposed to be Barça's You'll never walk alone...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 647 reads 2 comments

  22. Are U.S. or European Fans Better?

    Some days ago, I wrote on a similar dilemma: how NBA fans are destroying the league. While reading the comments I received on that article, I noticed that one of the readers sent me a ton of videos from NBA fans...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 1,274 reads 5 comments

  23. From rags to riches: The Curious Case Of Villarreal CF

    Look at the teams in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Manchester United come from Manchester and have the biggest market in football...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 338 reads 9 comments

  24. The Diagnosis: "Visca El Barça! The Best Team In Europe"

    Well, the "Lederhosen gang" just got spanked (again) in Barcelona by "els blaugrana". I was not expecting it, you were not expecting it, not even the Barça squad was expecting it...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 1,388 reads 22 comments

  25. Manchester United—The Diagnosis: Cough, CHOKE, Cough

    Oh my, Man Utd 2-2 FC Porto. Surprised? Well, not really. Manchester underestimated FC Porto and FC Porto underrated Manchester United. Neither of the teams actually deserved to win...

    Josep  Vernet-Riera Written by Josep Vernet-Riera about over 5 years ago 204 reads 2 comments