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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Wake Up, Barça!

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