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Qué Pasa La Liga is a quick roundup about what’s going on with La Liga. Barça are still in the driver’s seat for success as they set the record for longest unbeaten run; 29. Barça are still in the driver’s seat for success. The quest for a consecutive treble is still possible and they just clinched a spot in the Copa del Rey Final for the third straight year. Arsenal is the first obstacle towards repeating as Champions League winners. […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 12 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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With Messi about to be awarded his fifth Ballon d’Or, we look back at the previous Barça players who won this award. Luis Suárez was the first Barça player, and the only Spanish player, to ever win this award back in 1960. Luis Suárez guided his team to the Spanish League title and the UEFA Fairs Cup (now known as the Europa League) double in 1960. He received more votes than Real Madrid’s Ferenc Puskás and Alfredo Di Stéfano who […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jan - 11 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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For the fourth time ever, Barça are participating in FIFA’s Club World Cup since its incarnation. Another successful conquest would be a vital accomplishment in the club’s long history regarding their short history of winning on the international stage. Before FIFA decided to launch the FIFA Club World Cup in 2005, football fans were entertained by the Intercontinental Cup which pitted the champions of Europe against the champions of South America. It was the Super Cup of Super Cups for […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Dec - 17 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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When UEFA.com released its nominees for UEFA’s Team of the Year, one omission struck a nerve with the Blaugrana faithful. It’s not a team if Sergio Busquets is not part of it. Busquets seems to be one of the most under-appreciated players of this era. Perhaps it is because his style of play on the pitch is so discrete that it is undetectable. It’s hard not to appreciate the hard and dirty work he puts in for the club in […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Dec - 2 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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A week has passed since Barça crushed Real Madrid 0-4 at the Santiago Bernabéu. The lasting effect from that outcome has rejuvenated Barça while Madrid are still in a state of unpleasantness. Barça’s domination of Real Madrid in their own Santiago Bernabéu was one for the ages for Blaugrana fans, and one that will haunt Madrid fans for a long time. El Clásico is usually a hard fought battle between two arch enemies regardless of form and league position in […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Dec - 1 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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With El Clásico a day away, all eyes will be on the Spanish capital for tomorrow’s game. Messi has been cleared to return but the spotlight right now is shining on Neymar and Luis Suárez. Many believed Barça would be in trouble when Messi went down with an injury back in September. Messi was the man who made things happen for the Blaugrana last season. He either scored, assisted or provided the superb pass that lead to the assist for […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Nov - 20 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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The recent scandal about a linesman being pressured to make calls in favor of Real Madrid in the upcoming Clásico raised more than just a few eyebrows. The big question now is how will it play out? A few days ago, Spanish football was caught off guard when the media reported a story that an unidentified linesman was informed to make decisions in favor of Real Madrid in the upcoming Clásico in November. The unnamed referee is now being represented […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Oct - 25 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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Last year, I wrote about my concerns regarding the future of Barça’s future with respect to the treatment of Barça B graduates on the first team. Now, that concern has grown as Barça’s vision towards the future seems murky with Barça B struggling and the first team not investing in the right players for the long haul. We have witnessed Barça drift away from making sure Barça B and the rest of La Masia remain successful and be an important […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Oct - 13 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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This summer saw the departure of two legendary players of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Xavi and Iker Casillas bid farewell to their respective clubs as they moved on to other clubs. Both captains leave behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. It will be different seeing the shirt numbers that they wore for over a decade get used by another player, which begs the question of whether Spanish clubs be allowed to retire shirt numbers to honor their […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Sep - 4 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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After another historic treble season, Barça face the daunting task of trying to win it all again. Recent history though does not favor the Blaugrana and makes this season very challenging. Another season is upon us and what Barça accomplished last season was phenomenal. However, what took place last season is now one for the history books. The days of reminiscing are over and Barça now need to focus on how history will remember this current team. It is never […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Aug - 26 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Barça’s Ballon d'

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Barça Chasing Histo

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No Busquets, No Part

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The Aftermath From E

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