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A Rant, Long Overdue

It might not hurt to stop and think. Maybe it isn't only the team that needs to change, maybe we, as fans, need to change as well.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Every once in a while (when I can find the time and I really wish I could more often), I like to use BarcaBlaugranes to vent a little. There are a few things I have been meaning to write about and I'm sure some of you will disagree with what I have to say, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

  • Rant Number 1: Sometimes, Culés really can be "Culés"

For those of you who don't know the meaning of the word, look it up. Although I expect most fans do. But seriously, when did being a Culé stop being about the fun of watching our team play? About knowing, somewhere deep inside, that our team gives it their all to play beautiful football that we as fans,rightly, expect. When did it become only about achieving perfection. When did it stop being fun? Perfection is boring. Why? Cause there is nothing to look forward to from there.

Recently, I've tried to keep my opinions to myself (especially on BB's threads) simply to avoid getting into an argument (that and I can't face the idea of having to ban myself if I go overboard:P). Call me crazy, but I miss the days when we weren't always expected to win or rather, we didn't always expect to win, each and every game. It is time, my fellow "arses", time for a paradigm shift. Time for us to go back to the glory days when Barça wasn't at its best and was only the "second team in Spain". A time that could, retrospectively, be perceived in one of two ways.

  1. A team that's good but not really going anywhere.(I prefer the second option)
  2. Or, a team which could only improve. When anything and everything was possible. There is comfort to be had when the possibilities are endless. A time for optimism. The future is never brighter than when you are at your lowest.

No, I'm not saying that the team is there yet. I'm just saying that sometimes, as fans, it wouldn't hurt to see it that way. We have a great team, ladies and G's...Let's not miss out on the chance to truly enjoy this team while we have it. Rest assured, this period in the club's history will not return any time soon.

I am not saying, we can't criticize. I am just of the opinion that we have been doing way too much of it. So much so that Culés, nowadays, sound more like Madridstas. "Why don't we buy Thiago Silva, why don't we buy Aguero, why not Gundogan? Or Lewandowski? Why? Why? Why?" (on a tangent, yes I was tempted to use "Por Que"). With all the respect I can muster for our rivals from the capital, they got so distracted by which new flashy superstar they will get next season, that they've forgotten that Perez' 2nd term as President has been a failure, as far as trophies are concerned. No, trophies aren't everything, but it used to be for Real Madrid. Yet, they lost sight of that goal and now seem to sweat the small stuff and who's to say we aren't next?

Please don't misunderstand me. BB has the best community, period. This is just me thinking out loud.

  • Sandro Rosell, you won't be missed but you didn't get it all wrong either.

Was he a bad president? Yes, without a doubt. Rosell, in my humble opinion, was simply not President material. He was quick to make enemies (at home, no less, which no one could hope to survive). He was horrible in press conferences. He didn't step up to defend the club when required and he made the grave error of forgetting that the club is ALWAYS bigger than any one person (especially Rosell himself).

But he was the president that we needed at the time. Financially, we are definitely more stable than we were during Laporta's era. In a time when Allianz is willing to pay 110 million for 9 percent of Bayern (an influx of cash that will maintain their dominance for a few years to come), we simply could not go on without sponsors and austerity (with respect to spending).

Does it even out? Hell no! Good riddance in the end, but I just think, as fans, we need to stop focusing so much on the negatives. Rosell was a lesson well learned by FC Barcelona, as an institution. For now, Josep Maria Bartomeu looks like somebody who has learned those lessons well (although it seems half the world is still naming him in lawsuits over the Neymar transfer, but let's hope that comes to nothing).

And that's it from me, folks. I choose to believe our beloved club's future is bright. That Tata Martino is the right man for the job (and hopefully for the near future) and that we shouldn't be so hard on our team. If we don't support them through thick and thin, who will?

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