Reads of the Day: The Blaugrana Backlash

Barcelona “are a fine football team, but that is all they are,” says Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail, “propped up by an iniquitous system that increasingly guarantees a two-horse race [in La Liga]…Give them a trophy, yes, but not a halo.” Elliott at Futfanatico goes further, bemoaning Barça’s “stranglehold on the soccer media’s collective imagination,” their endless ten-foot passing akin to “the pre-shotclock era of basketball.”

(Image: Messi/Adidas advertisement on the Commerzbank in Frankfurt, FIFA World Cup 2006. Image credit: StewieD/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.)

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