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Barcelona 8-2 Huesca. How it happened September 7, 2018

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How does a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute turn into an 8-2 loss? On Sunday Huesca gave managers, players, and fans alike a crash course on how to make that happen.

Barca’s 8:

  1. They say a first goal is a sign of things to come, in this case, it was a lightly defended Lionel Messi at the top of the box, with just one man to beat. Messi, of course, slalomed past the now stumbling and falling defender and slotted his effort into the bottom left corner, with his wildly inferior right foot.
  2. An abundance of space, not just for Messi, but for everyone in a Blaugrana shirt, and especially down the flanks set up the second. Undone by an own goal, Huesca allowed a Jordi Alba run with plenty of space, but with very few teammates in-tow. So instead, the industrious fullback, from just outside the goalmouth sent a short pass off the foot of Jorge Pulido, and past the keeper.
  3. Same story as the second, far too much space to run into for Jordi Alba. Not to say work didn’t need to be done, but once Coutinho beat three defenders with a perfectly weighted 25-yard ball it was a simple low cross from Alba to a neat and tidy finish from El Pistolero. Suarez’ first goal of the 2018-19 campaign.HALFTIME 3-2 Barcelona (Huesca brought one back right before half)

     

  4. Just seconds being saved by the head of Huesca’s goalkeeper, Werner, on a rocketed volley by Messi from 6 yards out, Huesca was again beaten by the through ball. This time Suarez connected with Dembele straight into the left side of the box where the French international calmly placed his shot far post.
  5. Inventive pass from Messi dinked over the top of 3 defenders just outside the box to an on-coming Rakatic who sent home a picture-perfect half-volley from a tough angle 15 yards out.
  6. Coutinho with a through ball from the defensive half, beating a horrifically positioned Huesca center-back pairing. Messi gathered some 40 yards from goal beats a defender on his hip and slides one past Werner’s left to the bottom right corner.
  7. Did I mention Jordi Alba had a lot of space down the left? Well he did, a simple run past, um no one and a lead pass from Messi led to a tight angled tap past the keeper.
  8. PENALTY! Just what the game needed. Suarez taken down by the goalkeeper, Werner in the corner of the box. Like every Gerard Pique moment later in the game was itching to score, but alas Suarez took his own pen and ended it.
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Namesake goal: Ahmed Musa Half volley June 22, 2018

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Just after the half the Nigerian Striker puts the Super Eagles on top of Iceland with a classy half volley. The Leicester City man popped the cross up on his right, let it settle in the mid-air and struck through with power to the top half of the near post.

 

The Guardian’s 736 World Cup Profiles are LITERALLY the best thing ever. June 7, 2018

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I WOULD LITERALLY NEVER USE HYPERBOLIC COPY, but on rare occasions I do.

In case you missed it, The Guardian has blessed us with 736 blurbs about every rostered player in this 2018 Russian edition of the World Cup. Admittedly, i’m writing this at work, and I haven’t had a chance to peruse every profile, but below are a couple that caught my eye, and match the aesthetic we’ve worked so hard to create here at The HV.

That Costa Rican – Russian connection that will surely turn into a light chuckle by game-day commentary leads across the world.

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Mandzukic put on blast. I can’t say i’m entirely sure how the awarding process works, but I’m pretty sure this blurb should win a Pulitzer

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Arda Turan throws cleat at a linesman… receives a… Yellow card? January 28, 2015

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Yes, in the second leg of their Copa Del Rey tie with Barcelona Arda Turan threw his cleat at a referee and missed, and was lucky enough to stay on the field to tell about it.. Somehow the Turk only received a yellow card, which begs the question, how does one GET a red? The blatant throw is seen at the 22 second mark below and then further on in the video.. take a look.

Soccer blog respect soccer blog: Football crests with tacos January 8, 2015

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Seriously, someone had the industrious foresight and unique angle on modern style and pop culture to come out with a blog that truly transcends, time, space, and buns. Thy people like their food, and football wrapped in a shell, no matter if you prefer the hard or soft variety. This is what football, and specifically our favorite team’s crests have always needed, but weren’t aware they even wanted. footballcrestswithtacos.tumblr/ has put together an All Star cast of Taco Football Clubs. From the Mighty “Manchester City Football Taco, to the lesser “Yoevil Town Football Taco.” While I am in love with these crests (and some of my favorites are featured at the bottom), I’d say you could have some fun play on words while your at it, just a few suggestions.

Athletaco Madrid, EH EH? EHHHH

Fiorentortilla? ITS LIKE that purple footballing club from Italy, but, but with Tortilla in it! 😉

And, can’t we just call it what it is… Doritos Locos Millwall? Thats a fresh, vibrant, latin spin on a team, that well has literally nothing fresh, or remotely vibrant about their current makeup. I’m talking to you Millwall execs, this guy/gal is on to something and I think my touch of flare to their already fabulous crest is a great beginning to a new chapter of Doritos Locos Millwall, certainly to be all the rage with the kids.

Derby County Football Taco.

Chelsea Football Taco.

Real Sociedad de Táco.

For our Namesake: A Beautiful Half Volley January 15, 2014

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If you were wondering where all of our hot Nepali footballing action was, then today is YOUR day! Straight outta the Himalayas Peter Segun with a stunning strike from the center circle

Champions league: Round of 16 set December 11, 2013

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Here is the list.

GROUP WINNERS:
Manchester United
Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
Bayern München
Chelsea
Borussia Dortmund
Atletico Madrid
Barcelona

RUNNER-UPS:
Bayer Leverkusen
Galatasaray
Olympiakos
Manchester City
Schalke
Arsenal
AC Milan
Zenit Saint Peters

Lost in translation October 30, 2013

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This is possibly the most awkward youtube video i’ve ever seen.. The premise is basically…. “Don’t have sex with our children.” While I understand this is a legitimate problem in the country that is set to host the World Cup next year, the execution was well, somewhat poor. Also why is Frank Lampard there?

Adriano in doubt for derby October 30, 2013

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As reported by the Barcelona website, Adriano is doubtful against Espanyol… This will likely force Montoya into the LB role with Alba out…. In a shocking twist Barcelona is having trouble staying healthy in defense. No one saw this coming, When asked how Carles Puyol felt about all the piling up injuries he replied, “shocked.”… Probably…

Diego Valeri with another wonder goal. October 28, 2013

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The little known footballing nation above Mexico produced a great goal this weekend. The Portland Timbers are tops of the west and headed to the playoffs? Yep, that’s how that works over here.. But before they get set to meet Colorado or Seattle the Timbers cemented their place in the standings with a 5-0 thrashing of Chivas USA.  Here is one of those goals, it’s a chip, its beautiful.

Cheers!