Tag: barcelona

An ode to Deco

Deco’s doubters should look at the highlight reels of one of the great playmakers. He was, you can be assured, far better than many remember

Enjoy Ivan Rakitić while you can …

There are still enough people who don’t quite get the hype around Ivan Rakitić – but they should. We should all enjoy his sumptuous skills while we can

A-Z of the 2000s: Xavi

“Xavi is eternal. Even when he is not at his very best level physically, he plays a kind of football that gives oxygen to a team. He is football”

A-Z of the 2000s: Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol was the architect of an enduring legacy that heralds him one of the best defenders in Barcelona and world football history

A-Z of the 2000s: Zlatan Ibrahimović

It was between 2000 and 2010 that Ibrahimović reached a peak he would maintain into the next decade and discovered what kind of man he wanted to be

A-Z of the 2000s: Thierry Henry

There are few players who define a generation as adroitly as Thierry Henry, the man who reinvented what it meant to be a striker in England

A-Z of the 2000s: Samuel Eto’o

The greatest son of his nation and a true African legend, Samuel Eto’o would forge a unique path to immortality at Barcelona in 2000s