As both an American and a fan of FC Barcelona, the greatest futbol team on the planet, I understand that part of being a fan of a European sport can include an arduous search for ways to watch your team. It is not always so easy when you consider differences in time zones, broadcasting rights, channel availability and language barriers. Fortunately, the tech-powers that be have provided the world with a multitude of ways to get your fix 24/7.
In this post I will be highlighting three blogs that are worthy of your time if you want to keep up to date on all things BARCA. Real Madrid fans can leave now.
1) Barca Blaugranes– Hosted by SBNation, this blog is curated by faithful fans of FC Barcelona. The site itself is full of the blue (Blau) and red (Grana) colors that adorn the Barcelona team jerseys. Social media is clearly a powerful driver of this site, with tweets from experts and the players themselves peppered throughout the page. The site is easily navigated and provides some of the most comprehensive coverage of the team. The tone of the writing is often fiercely loyal, with barbs directed at Real Madrid fans whenever possible and references to the team are often written as, “we,” even when discussing the negatives. Ex: “We kicked Real Madrid’s ass today,” or “We looked lazy and out of sorts today.”
2) Barcelona Football Blog– This is a smaller blog than the Blaugranes and far more “sterile,” to put it mildly. The posts are well written and informative to a degree, but do not seem to come from a place of fierce loyalty, but rather a “football intellectual.” The posts are not nearly as frequent or as social media driven as Blaugranes, which may leave something to be desired for the rabid fans out there.
3) Bleacher Report– Very much like the SB Nation hosted Blaugranas in style, if not in spirit. Bleacher report provides a wealth of links to all things Barcelona. They often include the front page from some of the local newspapers in Barcelona (the team is often on the front page) when there is something especially interesting going on. Bleacher Report is my go to site for finding out how to watch FC Barcelona play. Sometimes it is not so simple as scrolling through a guide on TV, and they keep me up to date with the online streaming options.