The modern player he adores, predictably enough, is Lionel Messi. “He plays like a child in a playground, unaffected by tactics, teammates or opponents.” But Messi would not, he believes, be as great as he is if it weren’t for Pep Guardiola “who does not try to confine his talent but gives Messi all the space he can express it.”

And that, in a nutshell, is what Baggio would like more coaches to do: “One should never denigrate talent, as happens far too often at grassroots, when young players are told off for trying a backheel or some clever dribbling.

“For me, football has always been about trying something difficult, truly inventive or an action that will be truly remembered. I’ve never really been satisfied by the easily scored goal.”

That vision of football, he feels, has been undermined because “modern football is increasingly dominated by the coaches, their narcissism, their tendency to put themselves above the team and their players.”

04.02.11
#TheSpecialOne’s reaction after #Messi’s 1st goal #Priceless #SuperCopa #Classico #Barca #football - Newsflash: #JoséMourinho is a #douchecanoe who happens to be a great coach: “This is a tiny little title…” #RealMadrid is full of great players I luv & they are playing amazingly tough & aggressive football but they looked a bit classless at the end of the match…#QuePena (Taken with instagram)

#TheSpecialOne’s reaction after #Messi’s 1st goal #Priceless #SuperCopa #Classico #Barca #football - Newsflash: #JoséMourinho is a #douchecanoe who happens to be a great coach: “This is a tiny little title…” #RealMadrid is full of great players I luv & they are playing amazingly tough & aggressive football but they looked a bit classless at the end of the match…#QuePena (Taken with instagram)

18.08.11
Francesc “Cesc” Fabregas ~ FC Barcelona Vintage Football Cards
Barca - Best club team in the world. 
Check the cards out.
via Feeldesain and @barcastuff

Francesc “Cesc” Fabregas ~ FC Barcelona Vintage Football Cards

Barca - Best club team in the world. 

Check the cards out.

via Feeldesain and @barcastuff

21.01.12

afootballreport:

Looking back at Messi’s first goal with FC Barcelona.

Yes, he’s scored 234 goals with Barça. But just hold on a minute won’t you? We need to go back to 2005 for this. We need to go back to when Andres Iniesta had a full head of hair and Ronaldinho did whatever he pleased with a smile on his face. You’re on board for this? Alright then.

It was the 87th minute and Barça were up 1-nil against Albacete. Leo came on for Samuel Eto’o, the man who eventually left Barcelona with 130 goals to his name. Lionel Messi would go on to score in the dying seconds of the game, of course.

Yet few remember that on his debut he scored two remarkable goals. One was wrongly disallowed. It was a perfectly timed run to the far side, with an Albacete defender ruining the offside trap. Ronaldinho slipped him in with an exquisite flick, and Messi chipped the ball casually into the side-netting. Of course, the goal did not stand, but it only took another minute for Ronaldinho and Messi to create the exact same combination. The second time around, there was no denying the young Argentine’s class. The Camp Nou had witnessed the beginning of something they never could have imagined. A 17-year-old Leo Messi scoring two goals in two minutes.

No one had their hands in the history books at that point, but they do now. And they’re keeping those books wide open. Lionel Messi is FC Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer at the age of 24. I’m not here to discuss if he’s better than Pelé or Maradona because genius is unquantifiable. And if you’re here to mindlessly compare legends, then may an angry Pepe be unleashed on to you.

The truth is, we may not appreciate him every game. We may not even appreciate every goal that he scores. We may have become accustomed to the ridiculous. But there is no reason to say that Leo does not deserve to be in the position he is in. Goal number 234, enjoy your time in the spotlight. It won’t be long until 235 comes around…

Messi. The Best. Full stop.

21.03.12
It’s time… #ChampionsLeague #BayernMunich v #Chelsea - Who ya got? Think Chelsea will win altho kinda pulling for Bayern Munich altho not a fan (my team’s out #Barca) #football #soccer #sport  (Taken with instagram)

It’s time… #ChampionsLeague #BayernMunich v #Chelsea - Who ya got? Think Chelsea will win altho kinda pulling for Bayern Munich altho not a fan (my team’s out #Barca) #football #soccer #sport (Taken with instagram)

19.05.12

via afootballreport:

Xavi Hernández - The Mister / Señorío

It’s easy to forget the little things. Xavi may complete 100 passes every game, and while each one may not stand out exquisitely, there’s something to be said for the sum of its parts. That creation, that compilation cannot be captured by YouTube highlights. Part of the allure of Xavi’s sheer dominance in the midfield is the fact that his genius cannot be denied, but it can also hardly be compressed into a 4 minute YouTube video.

That being said, this video by Johan Giraldo has provided a fantastic rebuttal to my previous sentence. Like Xavi’s passes, it’s the little things that make this video so refreshing, like a selection of vintage footage, deft touches, shots that show his character on and off the pitch, and a distinct lack of dubstep. [Thanks to Sarah L for the sending this our way. Get Involved. Posted by Eric]

Xavi is midfield. #dope

(Source: youtube.com)

02.01.13