1. FC Barcelona: 2011-2012 Extensive Season Preview Part 1

    The 2011/2012 season will start this weekend for FC Barcelona , with the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Fellow FC Barcelona Featured Columnist Andrés Ehrli , and I have teamed up to offer you a rather extensive FC Barcelona season preview...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 10,799 reads 13 comments

  2. FC Barcelona: The Best Starting XI for the 2011-2012 Season

    The 2011-2012 football season is about to start for FC Barcelona , with next Sunday's first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid marking the official start to the season...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 20,101 reads 39 comments

  3. 10 Reasons Why Real Madrid Will/Won't Overtake Barcelona as Europe's Best Team

    FC Barcelona have been the dominant team in Europe for the past three seasons, collecting two continental doubles (league plus Champions League) in that time spam and establishing themselves as the world's greatest team...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 7,663 reads 73 comments

  4. La Liga: 13 Predictions Ahead of the 2011-12 Season

    There are less than three weeks left until the start of the 2011/2012 La Liga season, with defending champions FC Barcelona travelling to the home of the much-improved Malaga CF on the Opening Day...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 3,595 reads 56 comments

  5. 6 Reasons Why FC Barcelona's Pep Guardiola Is Better Than José Mourinho

    Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho, two names that will inevitably come up in every discussion about the world's best manager...

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  6. Premier League: 13 Bold Predictions for the 2011/2012 Season

    The 2011-2012 Premier League season is only a few weeks away. Last season saw Manchester United further cement their status as the dominant force in English football, with their ...

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  7. Champions League: Why FC Barcelona Might Be the First Club to Retain the Trophy

    No club has managed to retain the Champions League trophy since its inception in 1992. AC Milan , Ajax , Juventus and Manchester United came close, losing the final the year ...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 3,396 reads 75 comments

  8. Real Madrid CF's Greatest Ever Sides: La Quinta Del Buitre vs. Los Galaticos

    Real Madrid are one of the greatest clubs in football history and they have had several great teams throughout the years, some of the greatest teams the sport has ever seen...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 2,942 reads 23 comments

  9. FC Barcelona: Five Conclusions from Their Thiago Alcantara-Inspired Audi Cup Win

    Barcelona have started their preseason in exactly the same way they ended last season: winning and playing beautiful football...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 2,965 reads 32 comments

  10. Lionel Messi: 5 Reasons Why He'll Win the Best Player in Europe Award

    This is the first edition of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and the three finalists are none other than FC Barcelona 's Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez and Real Madrid 's mercurial winger, Cristiano Ronaldo ...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 4,772 reads 72 comments

  11. FC Barceona: Why 2011/2012 Will Be Thiago Alcantara's Breakthrough Season

    What do Pep Guardiola, Xavi Hernandez, Andrés Iniesta, Francesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets all have in common? They are/were all world class midfielders and they were all raised in La Masia, Barcelona's famed youth academy...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 2,087 reads 36 comments

  12. World Football: 5 Reasons Why Andrés Iniesta Might Just Be the World's Best

    Disclaimer: I don't think Andrés Iniesta is the world's greatest footballer; Lionel Messi is. This article merely offers reasons why an argument can be made that the Barcelona midfielder is the best player in the world...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about almost 3 years ago 8,825 reads 97 comments

  13. 2011 US Open Tennis: 5 Reasons Why Novak Djokovic Will Win the 2011 US Open

    The American hard court series is about to start, with the world's top players looking to fine tune their game in order to win the last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 9,699 reads 48 comments

  14. FC Barcelona: Carles Puyol's Return to Fitness Would Be the Best Signing of All

    Forget about Alexis Sanchez or Cesc Fabrgeas, a fully fit Carles Puyol is the best addition FC Barcelona can possibly desire this summer...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 2,011 reads 35 comments

  15. FC Barcelona Transfer News: What the Signing of Alexis Sanchez Means to the Club

    FC Barcelona have finally made their first summer signing, recruiting former Udinese player Alexis Sanchez for €26 million...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 3,937 reads 37 comments

  16. Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma, the Silent Superstar: An FC Barcelona Success Story

    Who is Pedro? This was the question Barcelona scouts asked in 2004, when they went to Tenerife in order to sign Jeffren Suarez. The Tenerife youth coach asked them if they were going to take Pedro too, and one of the scouts asked who Pedro was...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 4,433 reads 35 comments

  17. La Liga: Are FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF Slowly Killing the Spanish League?

    In the past two seasons, Barcelona and to a lesser extent Real Madrid have utterly dominated La Liga, with both teams completely obliterating the previous point records, racking up close to 100...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 4,007 reads 87 comments

  18. FC Barcelona: 10 Reasons They Should and Shouldn't Sign Udinese's Alexis Sanchez

    FC Barcelona are currently the world's greatest team, but that doesn't mean they aren't looking for new blood to further improve their fantastic squad...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 3,527 reads 15 comments

  19. Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2011 Team of the Year

    The 2010/2011 season is over, and the 2011/2012 season is about to start, with Europe's top teams now making the moves that they believe will take them to the next level...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 2,832 reads 53 comments

  20. FC Barcelona: The Meteoric Rise of Sergio Busquets

    Sergio Busquets has only turned 23 today, but he's already a vital piece in Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona side...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 3,084 reads 35 comments

  21. Copa America 2011: 4 Reasons Why Argentina Will and Will Not Beat Uruguay

    It's arguably the greatest and certainly the oldest rivalry in International Football. The first match between Argentina and Uruguay dates back to 1889 and this will be the 183th time ...

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  22. FC Barcelona's Top 5 Signings of the Pep Guardiola Era

    The Pep Guardiola era has been the most glorious spell in FC Barcelona 's illustrious history, even more so than Johan Cruyff's era in the early 90s...

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  23. Copa America 2011: Why the Lionel Messi Backlash Is Senseless and Unwarranted

    Despite playing at home and having arguably the greatest group of players in the world right now, Argentina unexpectedly struggled to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa America...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 2,609 reads 50 comments

  24. FC Barcelona Transfers: 5 Players Who Could Improve the European Champions

    FC Barcelona have won three continental doubles (League plus Champions League) in the past six seasons, two in the past three, and Pep Guardiola's current crop is widely considered one of the best, if not the best, squads in the history of the game...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 3,217 reads 8 comments

  25. 5 Reasons Why FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi Is a Lock to Win the 2011 Ballon D'Or

    The 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or will only be handed next January, but there's little doubt that the winner will be the same as in the past two editions of the award: FC Barcelona 's mercurial superstar Lionel Messi...

    Manuel Traquete Written by Manuel Traquete about 3 years ago 8,441 reads 66 comments