Baudelaire knew nothing of FC Barcelona, having breathed his last 32 years before the Catalan club was founded. But his words can be used to describe the victim complex that Les Cules have been trading on for years. Perhaps that’s a little unfair. No-one would deny that the region of
These days it’s Real Madrid playing catch-up. With
But those days have gone. FC Barcelona became the symbol of Catalan resistance because it chose to, and since Johan Cruyff decided to sign for Barca over Real Madrid as he could not associate himself with a club linked to a fascist regime,
Much is made of Real Madrid’s second galactico era, supposedly signalled with the big money signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and others. Real Madrid are unfavourably grouped with teams such as Chelsea and Manchester City, accused of simply buying success, which is is an insult to Real’s own rich historic tapestry.
Barcalona’s financial acumen has been brought into question many times recently – go to http://swissramble.blogspot.com/2010/08/whats-happening-with-barcelonas.html for excellent in depth explanation.
Even more sinister were the accusations that blood-doping, amongst other illegal medical practices that enhance performance, was going on at La Masia. These accusations were never proved, and in fact
Looking back at that transfer of Figo, it’s understandable that the Catalan people would’ve felt betrayed. This was their emblematic forward, their cult hero, and he had turned his back on them for their most hated rivals. Hard done by? Well you could say that, but nothing justifies throwing bike chains, half-bricks, coins, mobile phones, bottles, and most famously a severed pigs head at the player in his first return to
Fast-forward to last season. Jose Mourinho, well known Barca-hater, led his Real Madrid team out in a remarkable series of games between the great rivals. The master of mind games managed to get Guardiola to snap, but overall, Barca won the series of matches on results. However, if anything, public opinion began to sway against them. Accusations of racist abuse by Sergio Busquets against Marcelo were not fully exonerated, and the
“We know what we have and what we need and we have until August 31. Last year, Mascherano arrived in late August, while Adriano came in early July. Our first team is a great one, the best in
Their pursuit of a player under contract at Arsenal has been nothing short of disgusting. Fabregas has made no secret about his desire to return to the club
More than a club? Damn right - it's a bloody evil empire.