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Barça’s elimination from the Champions League coupled with the disappearance of their once insurmountable lead over Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid has been unfathomable. A handful of league matches remain for the Blaugrana to clinch their 24th league title with the possibility of adding a 28th Copa del Rey trophy. They just need to wake up before they end up empty handed. This is not a “Wake Up” call. The “Wake Up” call was the Clásico loss to Real Madrid […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Apr - 20 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Barça fans and football fans across the world were saddened by the news of the passing away of Dutch master, Johan Cruyff. His influences on and off the pitch were significant in Barça becoming a world power. Barça fans will forever indebted to “El Mister” for all that he has done for Barça. Thank you Don Johan, you will be missed. For many of the Blaugrana faithful, the sad news that Johan Cruyff was no longer with us was difficult […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Mar - 26 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Spaniards Abroad: David Villa. The Night David Villa came to Saint Petersburg, Florida. David Villa is a Spanish football legend. His accomplishments for club and country are exceptional. A winner with four different clubs along with a European and World Cup medal with Spain, David Villa has had a marvelous career. He is now in the twilight of his legendary playing career here in the United States with New York MLS side, NYCFC. When I learned that David Villa would […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Mar - 14 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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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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Wake Up, Barça!

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Farewell, Don Johan.

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Spaniards Abroad: Da

Spaniards Abroad: David Villa. The Night David Villa came to ...

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Qué Pasa La Liga -

Qué Pasa La Liga is a quick roundup about what’s ...

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Barça’s Ballon d'

With Messi about to be awarded his fifth Ballon d'Or, ...

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