1. Lionel Messi Wins Third Ballon D'Or in a Row to Cement His All-Time Greatness

    The 2011 Ballon d'Or was handed earlier today, and unsurprisingly, the winner was the same as in 2010 and 2009: Lionel Messi...

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  2. Lyon's Champions League Qualification: A Fix Made in Zagreb and Amsterdam?

    Regardless of what might happen hereafter, the 2011- 2012 UEFA Champions League is already tarnished by the extremely dodgy circumstances in which Olympique Lyonnais advanced to the knockout rounds...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 1,686 reads 24 comments

  3. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: 5 Conclusions Drawn from Barca's Win in El Clásico

    The first El Clásico of the 2011-2012 La Liga season was played this Saturday, with Barcelona getting a convincing 3-1 win at the turf of their eternal rivals...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 1,474 reads 1 comments

  4. Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Predicting Barcelona's Lineup for El Clásico

    After a very sad week for European football, with Lyon advancing to the next round of the UEFA Champions League on very questionable circumstances to put it mildly (farcical would ...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 4,602 reads 12 comments

  5. Xavi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Iniesta: Who Is the Second Best Player in the World?

    The list of nominees for the 2011 Ballon d'Or was announced earlier this week, with the 23 best players in the world during the 2011 calendar year...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 9,017 reads 204 comments

  6. Lionel Messi: Why He Needs a Genuine Rival to Cement His All-Time Greatness

    There's no doubt that the current era in football will be defined by Lionel Messi and his constant pursue of greatness...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 5,741 reads 118 comments

  7. FC Barcelona: Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara Shining in Iniesta's Absence

    Much of FC Barcelona 's unprecedented success in the past few years has been due to the legendary midfield duo of Xavi Hernandez and Andrés Iniesta...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 1,705 reads 6 comments

  8. Valencia's Unai Emery: 5 Reasons Why He's One of the World's Best Managers

    Most of the talk about La Liga managers seems focused on Barcelona's Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid's José Mourinho , which is understandable considering these are two of ...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 5,361 reads 30 comments

  9. David Villa: Why He Will Shine Brighter Than Ever This Season for FC Barcelona

    When Barcelona signed David Villa in the summer of 2010, he was merely expected to be an upgrade on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But he has been that and much more...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 1,916 reads 10 comments

  10. FC Barcelona: Blast from the Past: The Day Lionel Messi Became Lionel Messi

    Earlier today when Lionel Messi scored a hat trick against Osasuna to make it nine goals in seven matches so far this season no one was really surprised...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 7,007 reads 8 comments

  11. Five Reasons Why FC Barcelona Can Cope With Andrés Iniesta's Absence

    As hard as it may seem to believe, these last few days have been some of the most difficult for Barcelona during the Pep Guardiola era...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 1,587 reads 12 comments

  12. FC Barcelona: Carles Puyol's Return Is the Most Important News of the Season

    When Carles Puyol got injured in January he was expected to recover quickly, but it soon became apparent that it was not an ordinary injury; it ended up sidelining him for the rest of the season...

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  13. FC Barcelona: Top 11 Greatest Matches in the Pep Guardiola Era (with Video)

    The Pep Guardiola era has arguably been the greatest period in FC Barcelona history. Ever since Pep took over in the summer of 2008, the club won 12 trophies out of 15 possible, more than any other manager in the club's history...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 18,231 reads 97 comments

  14. FC Barcelona: 5 Reasons Why This Year's Squad Is Even Better Than Last Year's

    With three leagues and two Champions League titles (along with the most widely admired brand of football in the world) in the past three years, FC Barcelona are widely recognized as the world's best team...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 5,981 reads 37 comments

  15. Arsenal Loses 8-2: 5 Reasons Why Arsène Wenger Must Be Sacked Immediately

    Today was a historic day for Arsenal FC, and not for good reasons. The North London club hadn't conceded eight goals in a match since 1896, but today they were on the receiving of an 8-2 mauling at Old Trafford...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 6,215 reads 179 comments

  16. UEFA Super Cup: FC Barcelona Beat Porto 2-0 as Guardiola and Xavi Make History

    Quite unsurprisingly, FC Barcelona have won yet another trophy, with a 2-0 win over FC Porto in the European Super Cup...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 1,294 reads 11 comments

  17. Champions League Draw 2011: Group-by-Group Preview and Analysis

    The draw of the 2011-2012 Champions League was Thursday and it generated some very interesting groups. All 32 teams will be looking to finish in the top two and advance to the knockout ...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 1,697 reads 52 comments

  18. Lionel Messi Wins Best Player in Europe Award, Cristiano Ronaldo Comes Third

    As expected, FC Barcelona 's Lionel Messi was the winner of the first edition of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The greatest footballer of this generation collected yet another individual award to add to his already packed trophy case...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 3,518 reads 75 comments

  19. Champions League: 5 Unfancied Teams Who Could Go Far in This Year's Edition

    The 2011/2012 Champions League is about to start. The group stage draw will be tomorrow and every team will get to know their first three opponents. As always, Europe's biggest, most famous sides are considered favorites to lift the trophy...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 1,804 reads 15 comments

  20. FC Barcelona: The La Masia Class of 87 Is Together Again and Ready To Dominate

    Even by the very high standards of FC Barcelona's exceptional youth academy, the La Masia class of 1987 was truly special...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 10,106 reads 41 comments

  21. European Super Cup: Pep Guardiola Can Become Barcelona's Most Successful Manager

    It'd be an understatement to say Pep Guardiola is having a great run at Barcelona. With the recent Spanish Super Cup won against Real Madrid , Pep Guardiola equaled Johan Cruyff's trophy tally as a Barcelona manager (11)...

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  22. FC Barcelona: 5 Things We Learned from Their Spanish Super Cup Triumph

    FC Barcelona have done it again. Despite Real Madrid 's superior preseason and fitness, Barcelona have won the 11th trophy of the Pep Guardiola era, with a hard-fought Lionel Messi-inspired 3-2 home win over Real Madrid...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 3,508 reads 32 comments

  23. FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Can Cesc Fabregas Win a Trophy in His Debut Game?

    On Wednesday night, Barcelona will host Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Cup. But for Barcelona this game has a lot more meaning that just a regular Super Cup game—it's ...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 3,084 reads 6 comments

  24. 6 Reasons Why Cesc Fabregas Will Be an FC Barcelona Success Story

    The most tedious transfer saga in recent memory seems to have finally reached an end. If this goal.com report is to be believed, Francesc Fabregas could make his FC Barcelona debut tomorrow during the second leg of the Supercopa...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 5,125 reads 91 comments

  25. Real Madrid CF vs. FC Barcelona: Spanish Super Cup First Leg Preview

    Next Sunday, Spanish champions FC Barcelona and Copa del Rey winners Real Madrid will face at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about over 3 years ago 4,784 reads 16 comments