flywoman: (xavikerhug)
This year, two of my favorite players are leaving their childhood clubs behind. Iker Casillas Fernandez, age 34, has been a goalkeeper for the first team at Real Madrid since 1999 and team captain for five years. Xavi Hernandez Creus, age 35, made his first team debut as a midfielder for FC Barcelona in 1998 and was captain this past season, when his team won all three major tournaments for the second time in Spanish history.

Despite the intense rivalry of their respective clubs, these two men have been friends since they met as teenagers. At times, their mutual esteem and affection have been the glue that holds the Spanish national team together, allowing them to win two European Cups and Spain's only World Cup between 2008 and 2012. Even the Prince of Asturias has recognized this OTP.

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<333333333 So much love for these two men, and I wish both of them all the best in this next stage of their respective careers.
flywoman: (xavikerhug)
Title: Més Que Un Circ
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 5563
Pairing: Josep Guardiola/José Mourinho
Summary: How do you find the strength to walk away from the greatest show on earth? FC Barcelona AU set in a circus, inspired by this incident. References real life events from the 2011-2012 season. Josep Guardiola/José Mourinho, with other possible pairings left to the reader's imagination.
Disclaimer: While inspired by real persons and events, it should be even more obvious than usual that this is a work of fiction.
Author’s Notes: Thanks so, so much to jezziejay for being my beta, especially on such short notice. Written for [ profile] futbal_minibang, where it can be found with a fantastic soundtrack compiled by Mou.

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flywoman: (Ack!Xavi)
Calling all FC Barcelona fans - please come on over and join us at [ profile] som_i_serem if you haven't done so already. Membership is open, and we welcome your suggestions to make this a wonderful comm!
flywoman: (Ack!Xavi)
After months of speculation concerning at least four major clubs in the Premier League, FC Barcelona have announced that David Villa will be sold to Atletico Madrid for a measly 5M euros paid out in three installments, plus 50% of his next transfer fee. Makes perfect sense for Atletico since they just made a hefty profit off Radamel Falcao and needed a new striker, makes good sense for Villa since he can stay in Spain, presumably with an eye towards playing in Brazil next summer, and makes the kind of business sense for Barcelona that we've seen over and over in the past few years :P.

Let the Messilla break-up fics begin!
flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)
Title: aún no me toca (olvidarme de ti)
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Thiago Alcântara/Rafinha Alcântara
Word Count: 984
Disclaimer: While inspired by real persons and events, this is a work of fiction.
Summary: Will brotherly love be enough to keep Thiago in Barcelona?
Author's Note: Inspired by increasingly insistent transfer rumors and these tweets.

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flywoman: (Ack!Xavi)
Broken but unbowed. No, wait... also bowed.

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flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)
Jordi Alba and I apparently feel the same way about this result...

Even biased Barcelona fan that I am, I would never have predicted this victory. Barca arrived at the second leg of this Champions League round without an away goal, having lost to AC Milan 0-2 at the San Siro. In order to stay in the tournament, they had to score at least two goals in regular time AND keep a clean sheet, which they had not managed to do from mid-January to their Saturday match against Deportivo. In that recent match, I had seen promising signs of a sharper Barca, a hungrier Barca... but they had still only scored two goals total against the lowest team in the league standings. Tonight they were going to have to do much, much better.

And they did. )
flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)

So I didn't get to watch the match, but I just saw the highlights. The reviews I'd read suggested that we were absolutely awful, created no chances, etc. In fact, it seems to me that we were unlucky in attack - Messi was close to a goal early on and almost sent a free kick into the bottom corner, and there was a rebound that could have been converted by Busi, to name a few. While I wish that Villa had started and Iniesta had played left mid with Cesc on the bench, I think that the real problem, as has been so typical lately, was our defense. Pique's clumsy tackle meant a PK for Ronaldo, and no one was marking Di Maria right in front of our goal when he received the pass and scored. But if you watched the match, please feel free to correct me!
flywoman: (Thiago/Xavi)

(I don't actually celebrate Valentine's Day, but this was too funny not to share.)

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