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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Now what?


Falling, watercolour on paper, 2009.

Barça have taken a slump around the same time as Davíð Oddsson is gone, finally the three most demands of the Icelandic people have gone through. Buy buy government, buy buy Davíð Oddsson and buy buy the heads of the financial regulations.
It is a strange situation, with the election looming and I fear that they have managed to make the public belief in the "leftish-monster" and the votes will go the same way as always to Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (Independence party), but oh no, let´s be positive. The human nature is capable of learning. Or...
The spring is almost around the corner, we can now enjoy the snowy streets slightly longer as it starts to bright up around nine and is dark around seven. What a change from the cold long dark days of November and December. I will always remember them as kuldi kreppa og myrkur (cold, crisis and darkness).
It has not been an awful winter for me, I have been able to concentrate on what I need to concentrate on with moments of crisis of course, but moments of crisis is what makes one able to progress.

I would like to apply that to Barça. I refuse to belief in el cagometro, the shit metre, that Real Madrid are there to get us. That they will win the league in the end. I think the blimp is partly to do with concentration, of believing a job was done, but also with fatigue, more mental than physical. It is easier said than done, to have top mentality for two games a week, that fatigue is resulting in less pressure on the opposite team and a delay in decisions (passes, shots, tackles).

But spring is around the corner and my belief is intact. (I tell myself)

There is always hope to fall upon, watercolour on paper, 2009.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous tracey said...

I don't know if you saw Jose Mourinho's compliments this week about Barcelona, saying he was influenced more by its philosophy and unique football culture than by any coach.

What do you think is meant by the Barca philosophy and culture?

I thought Cruyff was a major part. But hard to see Mou being in thrall to that, given how he's spoken before of the malign influence he thought Cruyff had at the club before and during his time there.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous tracey said...

I don't know if you saw Jose Mourinho's compliments this week about Barcelona, saying he was influenced more by its philosophy and unique football culture than by any coach.

What do you think is meant by the Barca philosophy and culture?

I thought Cruyff was a major part. But hard to see Mou being in thrall to that, given how he's spoken before of the malign influence he thought Cruyff had at the club before and during his time there.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Yrsa Roca Fannberg said...

I read his compliments.
I guess what he is saying is that he refers to the youth team structure, how it is all organised to promote first team players, the passion of the team and the importance of it for the inhabitants where they come from. How they always have a football culture, where they don´t change regarding the opponent. I think Mourinho respects Cruyff, but they have had a bit of bitching, both are massive divas and I seriously think that Mourinho wanted to come to coach Barça, to become bigger than Cruyff. to have more of an importance. Whether you like it or not, Cruyff has hugely shaped Barça as a team.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous tracey said...

Yes, looking at Mou's teams, I didn't think he meant the style of play.

Though it's hard to think of any who've been at Barca who haven't been affected by it, the one's who've been negative mainly cite the political machinations (Van Gaal, Maradona, er, Emmanuel Petit).

Although I don't think he does respect Cruyff, especially with his closeness to Van Gaal.

I recently saw an old match between Barca and Valencia, 3-2, this was pre football globalisation when you can see every game from everywhere and I forgot how star-studded it was, Aragones and Mendietta for Valencia, Ronaldo, Guardiola, stoichkov, Blanc, Figo for Barca. I don't know if he was particularly high profile back then but there were more close-ups of mourinho than anyone else on the bench including dear old bobby. He was the only one to jump up when they scored, and sat down quick a bit embarrassed. Ronaldo was like a tank! Where you going to see them in that era, lucky if you were.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mjog ahugavert, takk

2:07 AM  

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