The culés face a historical crisis and a Dutch invasion
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|by Joaquin Bueno F.C. Barcelona is a team with a proud history. Its colors have long represented the autonomy of the people of the province of Catalunya. For years, especially during the time of Franco, the colors of F.C. Barcelona had a meaning also as the colors of the solidarity of an oppressed people. When the regional flag was banned, the flag of this illustrious football franchise flew in defiance, as a symbol of the history and pride of the fans. Throughout its history, Barcelona has been a giant. It has been a team with the best Spanish and Catalunyan players, always mixed with a few of the best foreigners as well. Since the arrival of Dutch coach Luis Van Gaal, things have dramatically changed. Now it seems that the to be a key part of the great Spanish one must be Dutch, as Van Gaal continues to "Holland-ize" the team.|
(l to r) De la Peña, Ferrer, Amor, 3 lifetime canteranos, and Pizzi- a crowd favorite
THE DREAM TEAM II OF BOBBY ROBSON
by Ignacio Moran, New York, NY
Zenden, Reizeger, Cocu
The Failed signings
Reizeger, Dugarry, Anderson, Ciric, Bogarde, Hesp- none of these players brought by Van Gaal have revoltionized the team. Only Rivaldo comes remotely close as a Van Gaal replacement for the great Ronaldo.
If he can recover from his serious injury he can return as the salvation of the club. When healthy is the best organizing midfielder in the game. He is a beautiful symbol of the Barcelona tradition, a proud Catalan that rises above all.
The most expensive
Sonny Anderson, Brasilian striker, is Barcelona's most expensive faliure. Monaco received an amazing $20 million from F.C.B. for this player that has never shown himself in his entire career to be better than Pizzi. Anderson did not even go to France with Brasil- he is not even one of the 22 best Brasilians, yet Van Gaal gave his arm to get him.
(Side Bar by Joaquin Bueno)
|As we watch and
marvel at all the recent signings and transfers of the mass
exodus of Dutch players heading into the Spanish League, particularly the
Barcelona club franchise, one cannot help but realize how a great League
Champion can reign for a whole year only to be "disposed" of in a span of
two weeks or so.
What took over this personality-laden team of such great Catalunyan players with
so much tradition of so many years? This exciting mixture of a Brasilian and
Spanish midfield comprised of Amor, Giovanni, Rivaldo, Josep Guardiola, Luis Figo and Luis Enrique, became league champion and ran away with the Spanish
title while never looking back, as they totaly dominated the last few months
of league play.
Current members that preserve their spots on the team. Sergi (l, top) is a canterano, while Luis Enrique (l, bottom) is a product of Sporting Gijon. Rivaldo (r) is the only Van Gaal-brought player to triumph
The Barcelona fans will never forgive Van Gaal and President Nuñez for selling De la Peña (center) to Lazio
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