Topic: Barcelona

May 8, 2013

The X-Games have always traveled the difficult road between relevancy and authenticity. Now, in an attempt to reinvograte the flailing brand, ESPN has brought the games to Europe and South America. And nobody's cared. 

April 20, 2012

Everything you need to know about Lionel Messi, in pictoral form.

April 16, 2012

A rare and special excerpt from a forthcoming novel torn from the headlines: A man dares damnation to have his revenge on tiki-taka.

March 27, 2012

Lionel Messi endures barging and all manner of grappling; studs to the hip; ankle taps and sneaky shirt-pulls and successive outrageously late sliding tackles. Sometimes, the assaults Messi endures look almost choreographed—his obsession with staying on the ball mirrors our own fascination with watching him.

December 11, 2011

On Saturday, Real Madrid ensured that there would be nothing for Barcelona to transcend. For the first time in several years, the fixture stood out as a great game between two amazingly talented teams rather than a referendum on pragmatism vs. ideology, or the best way to build a club, or the moral value of a stepover. It was a matchup of rough equals, not an allegory of higher concepts. And it was fun.

December 9, 2011

Whereas most clubs are scruffy hamlets hoping the world hasn't forgotten them completely, Real Madrid and Barcelona are empires. They are masters of self-aggrandisement, all royal flash and ermine undergarments. When two great pomposities meet, the results are spectacular and inevitable, in the same way the dying sun swallowing the Earth will be spectacular and inevitable, except that we get to witness this particular supernova via television and web streams of dubious legality.

December 9, 2011

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho must deal with elected presidents and shifting political allegiances. The guy (or gal) who hired them will probably not be the one to fire them. And Real Madrid and Barcelona have especially bitter recent political histories.