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Arthur at Barça: A Moment’s Beginning Ends in a Moment

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Sitting in the backseat of a car with an interviewer after signing for FC Barcelona, a starry-eyed Arthur Melo carries a beaming smile. Amid a long list of pre-prepared questions, came one that endeared the new boy to almost every cule around the world. The interviewer asks Arthur his biggest wish. He

Life after Leo

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Doomsday. The day it ends—the day when the little man hangs up his boots. The day no one wants to see. For the past decade and more, Lionel Messi has been on top alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as world football's best. For some, he has been their only hope at Barça.

Embracing the ‘new normal’ will take time

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The lockdown, due to the pandemic, has brought about the true sentiment behind the well-known axiom, 'you don't know what you have until it's gone'. While people are subconsciously aware of life and its sudden and frail nature, the virus has seemingly brought these feelings of trepidation to reality. People from

Barcelona’s problems are going to get worse

Barcelona are currently two points ahead of Real Madrid in the Liga table, with 11 games to spare. On the face of it, it looks like a 3rd Spanish title in 3 years is on it's way hinting at a trend of growing dominance and success. However, scrape away at

Arturo Vidal – Powerhouse of the Catalan midfield

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FC Barcelona have been known for having a plethora of quality midfielders over the years. Having produced elite players like Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets etc, quality and strength in the centre has never been an issue for the azulgranas. But since the departure of Xavi and Iniesta in

Where does Philippe Coutinho go from here?

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After nearly two years since the infamous Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, both teams have gone from strength to strength in their bid to improve and evolve as teams at the highest stage. For Real Madrid, their 13th Champions League trophy provided a fitting swan song to

The cost of winning – Athletes as role models

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With the world of professional sports teetering on the edge due to the coronavirus crisis, Netflix's 10-part documentary series-The Last Dance, chronicling sporting icon Michael Jordan's emergence in the NBA until his final days in the empire that he built with the Chicago Bulls, has been a welcome consolation during

Lionel Messi – The Unconventional Leader

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Lionel Andrés Messi is a footballer whose career brings envy to whosoever hears his name. Who wouldn't want to have his ability to put defenders down, week in, week out, with just a drop of the shoulder? What striker wouldn't want to be so prolific that a season with less

Major Soccer Stars Not Satisfied with their FIFA 20 Ratings

EA Sports’ FIFA is one of the most successful video games in history. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, FIFA is the best-selling sports video game franchise ever, with more than 260 million copies sold since its launch in 1993. And the latest installment in the franchise, FIFA 20

Carles Puyol – Més Que un Capitan

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Let's turn the clock back for a bit. It's the last day of January in 2013, as light snow and cold wind cloak the streets of Madrid. Santiago Bernabeu is ready to host the first of two legs of the Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals as they welcome their abhorred rivals

Ansu Fati – Making an impression

“He’s pure anarchy when he plays, and you need to give these kinds of talents liberty, not hide them out wide – they need to do what’s natural to them. He’s the jewel of La Masia.” - Barcelona Juvenil-A coach Victor Valdes. Anssumane Fati, the Guinean teenager has become a household name

The curse of the high wage

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(Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images) | Written by Abheek Dasgupta In the last decade, there has been massive inflation in the football market. A hundred million pounds, which was very recently considered exorbitant for any footballer, is now merely an erstwhile barrier that is broken every summer, even for wunderkinds who

Analysing Barcelona’s tactical set up this season

Three games, three different faces of Barcelona. While in the past two seasons Valverde's team was built upon the solidity in the domestic competitions, the start to the new campaign has been a rollercoaster for the culés. The Spanish boss has tried to implement a fresh and renewed idea into

The understated value of the modern winger

Written by Tiki Taka Style Unpredictable forces, wizards of the dribble, electricity personified. Wingers have traditionally been seen as a lovable commodity and the primary source of entertainment for football romantics. A museum piece. Capable of lifting thousands of fans from their seats and making the whole crowd roar with a

Fitting the Griezmann piece into the Barca Puzzle

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By Udhav Arora After what was a rather craggy and overstretched pursuit, FC Barcelona finally announced the transfer of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for €120 million. Griezmann had decided to stay in the capital last year after coming bizarrely close to a move. So much so, Barcelona's vice-captain, Gerard Pique,

Biggest ever Champions League final wins

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This season’s Champions League has been nothing short of sensational, with plenty of shock results, breath-taking goals and individual moments of brilliance. As the competition comes to a close for another year, with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool battling it out in an all-English final at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid,

The Coutinho conundrum – Why the move hasn’t worked out

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Written by Mohammed Al Sabah | Edited by Srinivas Sadhanand Much has been said about Philippe Coutinho's status at Barcelona since his high-profile departure from Merseyside, with the question that demands answering is why Coutinho is not performing as expected this season. A simple query such as this can only be dissected

Girona vs Barcelona – Match Preview, Team news, Predicted lineups & Predictions

Girona vs Barcelona Competition - La Liga, Matchday 21 Venue - Estadio Montilivi Timings: Sunday, 27th January 2019, 16:15 pm BST/WAT (UK and Nigeria), 10:15 am EST, 7:15 am PT (USA), 20:45 pm IST (India) Barcelona travel to Estadio Montilivi today for the Catalan Derby against Girona. The Blaugrana have been successful in maintaining their

Barcelona Vs Eibar – Team News, Preview, Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona vs Eibar Competition: La Liga, Matchday 19 Venue: Camp Nou Timings: Sunday, 13th January 2019, 06:30 BST/WAT (UK and Nigeria), 12:30 am EST, 21:30 PT (USA), 23:00 IST (India) Barcelona are set to host Eibar at the Camp Nou on Matchday 19, as they look forward to increasing their lead at the top

Getafe vs Barcelona: Team News, Preview, Predicted Lineups

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Getafe vs Barcelona Competition: La Liga, Matchday 18 Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez Timings: Sunday, 6th January 2019, 19:45pm BST/WAT (UK and Nigeria), 14:45pm EST, 11:45am PT (USA), 01:15am IST (India) La Liga fixtures come thick and fast after the winter break, as FC Barcelona make a trip to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in the

André Gomes – reborn in Merseyside

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There is a long, long list of successful Portuguese players to have hit the highs of the Premier League throughout the years. The names of Nani, Ricardo Carvalho, Deco and Paulo Ferreira spring to mind, with a youthful yet precocious Cristiano Ronaldo not to be forgotten about. Manchester City’s Bernardo

Xavi – What Made The Barca Metronome So Unique?

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  Edited by Srinivas Sadhanand  This article was first published on Quora  Xavi’s greatness is well documented Amongst few he’s resented Amongst many he’s respected His departure could have been extended The board’s antics could have been prevented A lack of his successor has left the fans disoriented He wasn't the Jack of all trades He was the master of

Valencia vs Barcelona: Team News, Preview, Predicted Lineups

Competition: La Liga, Matchday 8, Venue: Mestalla Timings: Sunday, 7th October 2018, 20:45 PM BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 14:45 AM EST, 11:45 AM PT (USA), 00:15 AM IST (India) Gameweek 8 in the La Liga brings to us a very special game before we're struck down by the international break. This intriguing match

The New Anoeta: The start of a blessing or another curse?

Written by Udhav Arora. Competition: La Liga, Matchday 4. Venue: Estadio de Anoeta Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande Timings: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 4.15pm CET (Barcelona), 3.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 7.45pm IST (India) The International Break is over, celebrations are on. Maybe not so soon for Barcelona fans

Barcelona Smash 8 Past Huesca as Messi and Suarez Grab Braces

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Written by Guest Contributor Udhav Arora Ernesto Valverde seemed to have finally taken the right approach against newly promoted side Huesca who took the lead early on, within 3 minutes of the game. A previously seen attitude of determination was visible in the team that had lost some grip last season

Riqui Puig – La Perla De La Masia

Words by Sankalpa Nanda & Srinivas Sadhanand  Many struggle to envisage the babyfaced Riqui Puig as a professional footballer. With several studies cementing the belief that the average body weight of an athlete in today’s day and age is 70% higher in comparison to the early 1900s, the 19-year old is an

Diego Simeone: Atlético Madrid’s Campeon

  Atlético Madrid are the fourth most successful club in Spain after Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletic Bilbao. However, the journey was never a bed of roses if we go down the memory lane and take a peek at various stages of their footballing history. Atletico Madrid nearly underwent a state

2018-19 Barcelona Season Preview

Written by Debnath Adhikary A quick check on last year's performance- In a season where Barcelona's talisman Neymar Jr. left the club to join Paris Saint Germain, followed by a complete humiliation in the hands of Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, Barcelona made a strong comeback. They retained the league

Chelsea 2017/18, A short summary

Ever since the sacking of Jose Mourinho, there was much speculation as to who would replace him at Chelsea, and whether or not his successor could replicate his success. The summer of 2016 saw Chelsea appoint Antonio Conte as head coach of Chelsea Football club - this raised quite a

The Road Forks here~ Barcelona’s Catalan Conundrum

On the 1st of October 2017, thousands took to the streets of Barcelona, capital of Spain’s most prosperous and wealthiest region, Catalonia. This time, however, it wasn’t a procession to watch the game against Las Palmas, which was played behind closed doors. This was a procession that would mark what

U-17 World Cup:Turning Prodigy to Legacy

The model of football is witness to a tremendous change. Gone are those days when the colossal hype and fan craze were only for the European elites. With the dawn of the new age, football has become a medium to expand and explore new nations. It has become a new

Pep Guardiola – The Conductor

A detailed look into Pep Guardiola’s journey from a footballer to a genius manager empowering every team that was fortunate enough to be managed by him. It is difficult to quantify force. Sure, Mass times Acceleration, I know, I have received schooling (if not an education). But what about the force

Barcelona 3-0 Juventus: Messi glitz as barca see off juv

Lionel Messi ended his long barren run against Gianluigi Buffon and then left many wondering why it took him so long as he added another in show of strength from Barcelona. The Serie A champions beat Barca by the same scoreline in the quarter-finals last season before holding out for a

Champions League Matchday 1 Preview

Rafael Hernández‏ @RafaelH117 44m44 minutes ago Dembélé gets his first start as a Barça player. Messi had his breakthrough match vs Juventus, will it be the same for him? Paul Pogba’s first CL game for @ManUtd. Played one Europa League game (v Athletic Bilbao) prior to return. Ashley Young started then

Champions League Group Analysis: Group D

This Griup features Barcelona, Juventus, Olympiakos and Sporting CP. It features a rematch of the last year’s Quarter finals. It might seem to many that there are two battles going on here, one for top spot between Barcelona and Juventus and one for who gets into the Europa league between

As the Dust Settles

The transfer window saga has ended. As the dust settles, the squads have been finalized. Even if the managers have got the desired results, or not, they have to cope with these players only. Let us examine the signings and how the teams have performed in this crazy transfer window. ENGLISH

DEPORTIVO ALAVES 0 BARCELONA 2: Messi steals the show again…

FC Barcelona traveled to Mendizorrotza to face Alaves in the second gameweek of La Liga 17/18The first half was a cagey affair as Alaves managed to resist Barca’s efforts with a combination of disciplined defensive display as well as good goalkeeping. They too carved out a few good chances as

BREAKING: FCBarcelona confirm they have completed a deal to sign Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmane Dembele for an initial fee of €105 million. They announced the signing on Twitter. Benvingut @Dembouz! ¡Bienvenido Dembélé! Welcome Dembélé! Bienvenue Dembélé! #BeBarça pic.twitter.com/gTl0YXCEd6 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 25, 2017 The Barcelona faithful will hope that Dembele will be be able to

The Battle of the Boards : Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Featured image via GQ Real Madrid and Barcelona share a rivalry second to none. It’s true, of all the football rivalries hosted in the world nothing matches the intensity and the passion of an El Classico. These two teams are unique by way of their ownership. Their adoring fans, most

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