Odd Couple by Dan Leydon

Here are some of the best articles, videos, and opinions on FC Barcelona made this past week by journalists and fans alike. If you have suggestions for this column, please tweet them to Barça’s twitter account, make sure you tag your tweet with #FCBroundup

Fútbol. Mi Visión. José Carlos Carrasquet. Juego de niños [Child’s play] [Spanish]

“Y creo que ayer Guardiola, regresando a su niñez, y pensando en sus partidos, seguro que pensaba lo mismo. Juego de hombres, partido de niños, en el que sus bajitos jugadores intentarán demostrar que un nuevo título es posible. La duodécima final de una historia que parece no tener fin.”

YouTube. Graham Hunter - #4 Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World [Video]

Graham Hunter, author of the newly released book Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, produced a series of short videos that provide insight into Guardiola’s FC Barcelona team. In this video, Hunter talks about what it’s like to cover Barça as a journalist at the Camp Nou and his curious run-in with Thiago and Rafa Alcántara.

Total Barça. Ivich. Interview: designer Dan Leydon on sketching Barça

Dan Leydon, the art designer for Graham Hunter’s book, sat down with Total Barça earlier this month to talk about his artwork. Leydon told Total Barça that he started following the Catalan team “when Rivaldo and co. played at Anfield. You just got a sense they were the real deal in terms of what a club is. There’s only a few clubs like that around.”

YouTube. FC Barcelona. The NextGen Series: FC Barcelona - Ajax [Full match]

FC Barcelona's U-19 squad faced off against their Dutch counterparts midweek to battle it out for a spot in the semfinals of the competition.

What is the NextGen Series:

“The NextGen Series is an international football tournament, where sixteen of the world’s best football clubs showcase their stars of the future in an exciting international knockout competition.” - NextGen Series

ElCentrocampista. Iain McMullen. Who is Cristian Tello? Introducing Barcelona’s latest wonderkid

“Tello is the archetypal Barcelona player. Two footed and comfortable on the ball, he also posses the air of confidence we have come to expect from graduates of their famous academy. Add to these attributes a devastating burst of pace and clinical finish, and you have a very exciting prospect indeed.”

Twitter. Sergi Cebrián [@sergicda]. The Camp Nou pitch getting covered with a thermal blanket [Image]

The Independent. Musa Okwonga. Barcelona, Messi, and why Gil Scott Heron lied

Musa Okwonga wrote a poem commemorating Barça’s Champions League victory in Wembley. It’s not everyday that you get to read about football in verse form.

Twitter. Barça Stuff [@barcastuff]. Young Messi [Image]