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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

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

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

Well, elections just came and went and it was no surprise that in the end, Josep Maria Bartomeu was elected to become president of FC Barcelona again. However, even though the club is fresh of the heels of their successful treble campaign from last season, Bartomeu has many challenges that have to be properly dealt with. The first of many challenges facing Bartomeu is that he is currently facing tax fraud charges stemming from the Neymar transfer debacle. The transfer […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jul - 25 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Arda Turan’s signing by Barça is yet another unprofessional and unethical move by Bartomeu of not respecting club rules. His selected Managing Committee exceeded their powers when they signed Arda Turan. The continuous sneaky and blatant disregard of rules has become a pattern with Josep Maria Bartomeu and one only has to fear what lies ahead if he is elected in the upcoming Barça presidential elections. With Barça capturing the treble for an unprecedented second time, it was time for […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jul - 17 - 2015 4 Comments READ FULL POST

What once seemed farfetched became reality when Barça defeated Juventus to capture their second treble in club history. All egos were kept in check and whatever issues or differences that were plaguing this side were put aside for a common goal; success. Consequently, Barça are back as the number one club in the world. As I have stated a few times on here in the past, I am a firm believer in “it’s not how you start, but it’s how […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jun - 15 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Summer is around the corner and both Barça and Madrid will be heading overseas for their preseason summer tour. However, as much as it is financially lucrative for them, how beneficial is it for them, and for their overseas fans? On April 29, 2015, Relevent Sports revealed the teams that will feature in the upcoming International Champions Cup this summer. Real Madrid will travel to Australia for two friendlies in Melbourne, while Barça will return to the United States for […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jun - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

It was interesting when Luis Figo announced his candidacy to run for FIFA president before withdrawing right before the elections. At first, the idea that this guy wanting to run for FIFA president seemed absurd. Then it hit me; he seemed perfect for the role of FIFA president. His career has been full of lies and shady deals in his pursuit of wealth and happiness. Without a doubt, Figo had the current qualities to be the next FIFA president. Utter […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Jun - 4 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his duties last week, the news hit the public officially on Monday when club President Florentino Perez revealed that he, along with the board of directors, decided to fire the La Decima winning coach. If you look at the decision on its own, well, Real Madrid won nothing this season and the coach gets canned – that is the normal course of action for a big club. But on the face of it, Perez’s poor choice […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Jun - 2 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Another season nears an end with sadness as news of Xavi leaving the club at the end of the season was confirmed by none other than the player himself. After 17 years and much success, one of Barça’s legends will walk away from the club. Without a doubt, no one will ever replace the legendary Xavi. Xavi’s career is one many footballers can only dream of. A legend for both club and country, Xavi is Barça’s all-time leader with titles won, […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On May - 23 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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