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lunes, 6 de junio de 2011

Who is the Greatest of Them All ? Barcelona ! ( Por Newsweek )

La segunda revista de mayor tirada en Estados Unidos dedica su portada y un extenso artículo al Barça. No solo para destacar su gran año... van más allá y se preguntan si es el Mejor Equipo de la História.

Os he subrayado las "perlas" del artículo, no hace falta demasiado nivel de inglés... se entiende todo.... Do Barca’s players, with their poetic ball skills and precise attacking, surpass the best football teams of all time?

There were chants aplenty at the Champions League final May 28 between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, but few resonated as much as the mantra mockingly repeated by thousands of Barca fans all the way from London’s Wembley Stadium to Barcelona’s Plaça de Catalunya: Por qué, por qué, por qué, por qué?” Why, why, why, why?
It was a question asked less than a month earlier by José Mourinho, the controversial manager of Barca’s main Spanish club rival, Real Madrid, and the game’s agent provocateur. Mourinho had voiced the rhetorical plaint during an angry press conference after his team lost the Spanish league and was en route to being eliminated from the Champions League. The only reason Barca was more successful than his team, Mourinho implied, was that they were good at getting referees on their side, thanks to their theatrics on the field. And by theatrics, Mourinho meant the ease with which Barca players allegedly faked falls or injuries in response to every tackle by an opponent.
But the paranoid Mourinho has had to eat his hat. FC Barcelona’s 3–1 victory over the English champions United involved no diving and minimum interference by the referee against either side. Instead, a massive global audience was treated to a sublime lesson in sportsmanship, recognized by commentators worldwide, not least among them United’s widely respected manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. In a week when the sport’s power politics elsewhere turned ugly in the wake of corruption allegations against FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, this was a players-only performance that made fans around the world marvel. Ferguson, the doyen of soccer managers, said that in his 25 years in the United hot seat, this was the best team he had ever faced.
Some think this would suggest that Barca is certainly better than United’s own best team of the 1989–90 season, which became the first English side to win a treble of trophies (Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League) with a roster that included an evolving young star named David Beckham.
For lovers of the “beautiful game,” Barca’s onslaught against Manchester United was soccer played at its best, with huge skill and minimum thuggery. The focus of Barcelona’s play was on possession of the ball (or on winning it back during the rare moments it was lost), then attacking with an intricate choreography of precise, short passes where players moved on and off the ball in constant, fluid movement. In the words of Simon Barnes, chief sports writer at the LondonTimes, “all soccer people turned instantly into ballet critics to applaud a style of play that had an aesthetic dimension as well as being admirably, if not lethally, suited for the purpose of attaining victory.”
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United found themselves outclassed, which is no easy feat, considering that the English club is one of the top three in the world, along with Real Madrid. But United had no antidote to the precision and pace of Barca’s little geniuses—Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta—as they passed the ball through the middle of the pitch. Nor could the Brits stop the mesmerizing dribbling of tiny Lionel Messi, who has been crowned the best player of all time by a growing band of football pundits. But it was not just Barca’s so-called trinity that shone brightly—the whole team moved with a kind of poetry in motion that was as pleasing to the eye as it was effective. It was a team in which four talented internationals—Brazil’s Danny Alves, Argentina’s Javier Mascherano, France’s Éric Abidal, and David Villa, formerly of Spain’s Valencia club—fit seamlessly beside players who have been together since they were teenagers.

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