Tag Archives: La Masia

A Long Wait for Another Cruyff – the End of a Saga

It is often noted that players with extraordinary technical ability do not go on to become good coaches. The game comes so naturally to these type of footballers that they struggle to convey their message when they make the transition from pitch to bench. But there is an exception to every rule and, in this […]

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Is Loyalty Barca’s Greatest Strength?

When Lionel Messi declared this week, at the relatively young age of 25, that he wants to spend the rest of his career at Barcelona, it provided an insight  as to why the Spanish club has dominated world football in recent years. A hot favorite to be named the world’s best player for an unprecedented fourth […]

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The Special One’s point to prove

Jose Mourinho has picked a fight with Madrid B coach Alberto Toril, underscoring the club’s failure to develop and promote young players from within. I’m not going to waste time asking for sympathy, because he doesn’t need it, but I think it was more than somewhat unfair that Jose Mourinho’s achievement in becoming the fastest […]

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Building a new City

Since that epic finale to last season’s English Premier League, and having clinched their much famed £1billion title, Manchester City have begun work on a £100 million training complex. It is said to be modeled around the La Masia football academy in Barcelona, which is known to have produced world class talent like Iniesta, Xavi […]

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Puyol, Calm & Composed – Will Barca Cope Without Captain Fantastic?

Messi is the best player in the world. Yes, I know. Some of you think it’s Ronaldo. I respect that. Some of you feel it is Casillas. A case could definitely be made. Some of you don’t even think Messi is the best player at Barca. An interesting notion. But instead of debating all these […]

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