Tag Archives: Barca

Barcelona coach Martino’s ideology shaped by Old Boys’ network

… Newell’s had won the Apertura championship in 1990-91, playing brilliant, vibrant football but, exhausted, they had stuttered badly in the Clausurachampionship and were even worse in the Apertura in 1991-92. In the whole of 1991 they had won only nine of 38 league games. The Clausura had, at least, begun with a 2-0 win over Quilmes but the humiliation against San […]

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Football and the obsession with attacking

  Whether a team leads the hunt for trophies or languishes at the foot of the league table, it seems as though every club has come to demand an attractive brand of football from their coaches and players. Is it feasible? Well not always, yet despite living in a result-oriented age where even the slightest […]

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Of Money and Modernity

Stoppage time: where you’ll find frank assessments and comments of footballing states-of-affairs and philosophies. Find yourself tired of listening to football pundits saying the same thing over and over again? We take a different stance, talk about issues that may just be beneath the surface. Yeah, saying exactly the same things, but in different words. Visit […]

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Thoughts on the Premiership and La Liga

About the author: Back Of The Net is a newly set up by an aspiring football writer Josh Lawless. The Blog is a source where I will be unravelling my views on the latest topics in the beautiful game as well as submitting articles such as scout reports, match reports, statisicial articles, tactics, previews and much more! […]

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Has Messi’s Goal-Scoring Obsession Hurt Rather Than Helped?

It was the cruelest of blows. Lionel Messi’s recent muscle injury has left Barcelona hamstrung at the worst possible time and seemingly contributed to the Catalans downfall in the Champions League semi-finals after a half-fit Leo failed to help his team in the Blaugrana’s brutal battering at Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. It looked like extremely […]

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Dante confident about Bayern Munich’s chances against Barcelona

…Dante’s team had just won the Bundesliga title with six games to spare but celebrations were disappointingly muted. With the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus three days away, the club had decided this was not the time for festivities. Ritual Bavarian “beer showers” and the donning of naff T-shirts were ruled out. However, Dante, […]

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Neymar to Barca – a catastrophe in the making?

Barcelona need Messi. Boy, do they ever. Against Paris Saint-Germain, this immortal team appeared fallible. Without their god-like genius, hamstrung in more ways than one, they were second-best; ponderous, susceptible, beatable.Then he arrived, like a battle-scarred war hero, from the dugout. He played a part in the defining goal, and a far more substantial role […]

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Gary Neville: Messi – His mere existence means anything is possible.

People often talk about great players and I have always thought the definition was someone who consistently delivered in major tournaments, making the difference in World Cups, Champions League trophies or league titles. In our league, think about how Robin van Persie dominated the early part of the season, winning the games for Manchester United […]

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The re-writing of Cesc Fabregas’ Arsenal history

LadyArse started in August 2008 as a single writer sharing their love of Arsenal.  Since then it has grown to become a collection of writers who all do the same. The re-writing of Cesc Fabregas’ Arsenal history It seems you can’t have a sensible conversation about Cesc Fabregas these days. The former Arsenal captain certainly […]

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The Team to be Drawn Against – Are Barca Now the Underdogs?

Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova (since July 2012) Winners 4 Last five years (most recent last): SF – W – SF – W – SF Astonishingly, the team everyone has feared for the last five years may be the one to be drawn against. Barcelona started with eight of the all-conquering Spanish XI against Paris Saint-Germain but still trailed […]

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