luis suarez clutching his throat in faux agony

Is Cheating Acceptable in Football if it Makes for Great Entertainment?

Barcelona's triumph over Paris Saint-Germain was an incredible sporting achievement, if you ignore the comical dive by Luis Suarez to win a vital penalty. But when the outcome is so enthralling, should we simply turn a blind eye to cheating?
Jim Weeks
english footballers abroad

Gary Lineker at Barcelona: When Leicester’s Favourite Son Went Overseas

Having made his name with Leicester and Everton, the mid eighties saw Gary Lineker snapped up by ‘El Tel’ at Barca. Together, they would stir a slumbering Catalan giant, and restore glory to the club once more.
Will Magee
the catalan legend of johan cruyff

Total Footballer, Total Rebel: Johan Cruyff and The Resurgence of Catalonian Pride

Several months on from the passing of one of the game's greatest icons, Shirsho Dasgupta examines how Johan Cruyff's upbringing in sixties Amsterdam prepared him for hero status among the Catalan people.
Shirsho Dasgupta
the showman

The Cult: Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho was a footballer unlike any other, and a showman par excellence. For his infectious exuberance, warmth and flair, we induct him into The Cult.
Sean Cole
el clasico

Double Disaster in El Clasico: The Mutual Humiliation of Barca and Real

In the mid-nineties, Barcelona and Real Madrid embarrassed each other in El Clasico with uncanny symmetry. It was a reminder that even the loftiest champions must learn the value of a humbling defeat.
Will Magee
americans call it soccer

Europe's Mid-Market Clubs Are Missing Out on the American Gold Rush

Football has become a mainstream sport in America, generating considerable attention and revenue from U.S. fans. So why aren't more European clubs making a serious marketing push to cash in?
Brian Blickenstaff
barcelona's genetic appeal

The Magnetic Pull Of Barcelona: Barca DNA and The La Masia ‘Loan’

With the phrase ‘Barca DNA’ resurfacing in relation to Hector Bellerin, it’s beginning to feel as if the signing of a young La Masia graduate is never anything more than temporary.
Will Magee

Barcelona Are Complaining About Premier League Teams Spending So Much Money

Which is pretty rich from a club that paid €81 million for Luis Suarez.
Mike Vorkunov
La Liga

Barcelona's Post-Tax Fraud WeAreAllLeoMessi Hashtag Backfires Deliciously

We are all like that guy who committed €4.1million tax fraud, and didn't have to go to jail for it.
Liam Daniel Pierce
alleged tax fraud

Lionel Messi To Appear in Court on Tax Evasion Charges This Week

The Spanish tax agency is demanding heavy fines and prison sentences of almost two years for Lionel Messi and his father Jorge.
UK Sports Staff
The Cult

The Cult: Rivaldo

For much of his illustrious career, Rivaldo deserved even more than he ultimately received. But this was inevitable: there is always a price when you do things your own way.
Jordi Mestre

UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage Draw: Some Familiar Matches

Arsenal play Barcelona... Again.
Brian Blickenstaff