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Puyol Vintage Football Card / PHOTO: Diver & Aguilar (www.behance.net/diveraguilar)

As important matches come and go at a breakneck pace, it’s difficult to keep in lockstep with the amount of quality content that’s created on a daily basis by Barça fans and journalists. The purpose of this column is to highlight interesting and thought provoking articles written by journalists, insightful tactical breakdowns, and content created by Barça fans from around the world. As this is the first installment of the RoundUp column, we have a lot to catch up on - you will notice older posts amongst more recent articles. If you have suggestions for this column, please tweet them to Barça’s twitter account, make sure you tag your tweet with #FCBroundup

Periodistas Anónimos. Robert Lozano Vergés - El segundo de Valdés (Spanish)

“Pero las paradas de Valdés, lejos de ser un mero detalle puntual del partido, son una tónica, un hábito decisivo que ha dado títulos a este equipo de ensueño. El de Gavà ha sumado tantos segundos decisivos que podríamos ver un partido entero de paradas estratosféricas.”

Zonal Marking. Real start strong but Barça eventually find a way through (English)

This article features an in-depth tactical breakdown of the first leg of the King’s Cup quarter-final between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

The Guardian. Sid Lowe - To compare Lionel Messi to anybody else is unfair - on them (English)

“It is no longer about whether or not Messi is currently the best player in the world; it is about whether he might even be the best there has ever been.”

Total Barça. El Clásico Tactical Review: A Football Odyssey (English)

Total Barça likens Guardiola’s tactical display in Madird to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in their El Clásico tactical breakdown: “The Monolith keyed the evolution of sapient intelligence on Earth, and so too does Pep Guardiola key the evolution of Barcelona’s play.”

Goal.com. Carlos Garganese - Barcelona star Xavi, the best centre midfielder of all time (English)

“When Barcelona and Spain repeatedly monopolise 60-70 per cent possession in matches, the key reason for this is not the other world class stars such as Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Lionel Messi it is the magician that is Xavi who never miscontrols a ball, never concedes possession, and is always directing, dissecting and debasing the opposition.”

ESPN Soccernet. Phil Ball - Media Punta Power (English)

“But the term 'midfielder' is misleading in a system like Barcelona's. Their fluidity of movement, often using three media punta players who flit and fly around the more static Xavi in a sort of hypnotic, unpredictable dance, simply destroys defences that have grown up on the idea that the opposition will consist of a set of players whose movements and zonal play will be more or less limited to specific areas of the pitch.”

Benahce Network. Diver & Aguilar - FC Barcelona vintage Football Cards

Penya Barcelonista Washington DC - Messi’s countdown to 236 goals

FC Barcelona - Messi, the subject of a giant graffiti mural

“After winning his third consecutive Ballon d’Or, Leo Messi was the subject of a giant graffiti mural in the Tres Xemeneies park on Barcelona’s Avenida Paral·lel”


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