Saturday, 5 September 2009

The End (final draft)


Today, I have to basically repeat what I already said a little two months ago. Some changes in my personal life mean that I won't have the time anymore that I think is necessary to keep up the level of this blog nor to get things organized for people to join in and deliver more of the same. The quality of the content has always been our main concern and quality asks time.

We didn't only bring the big stories that attract the most readers. We didn't only check the main sources and took the most sensational stories from there. We actually checked my sources. We didn't take advantage of the work of others by copy-pasting stories from other sites. But so all that asks a lot of time.


This started as a little personal blog to keep track of what really was going on and it has been growing ever since until the peak we have today. I'm pretty sure that the experts wouldn't have given a cent for this ugly duck without 2.0 stuff but I think we have shown that with a sense for quality and hard work alone you can become the number one and attract the most readers.

And still there was so much more to do. We were perfectly aware of the weak points of this place but knew at the same time exactly how those could be solved. It's a little frustrating to have the blueprint of the perfect Barça fan site in your head but knowing at the same time you won't be able to make it work.

It should have become a combination of :
- a Barcelona news and opinion machine (independent from the madridista-controlled spanish and english language -and so international- media),
- a charity machine (this gives me the chance to inform you that because of the growing number of visitors and benefits - and a little contribution from my side - we will be able to let two African children finish the primary school, thank you for that!),
- a place for people from all over the world to meet,
- a place for young and/or talented people to develop some skills in an international environment.


Will I miss it? Yes. I already do and I will even more if I start reading stories that are mistranslated, misinterpreted, twisted or sensationalized. Or if I read stories that won't be picked up by the mainstream media. I will have to do without my continuous Barcelona news shots and with the knowledge I won't be any longer the probably best informed Barcelona fan in the world.

Will this blog be back? Never say never, but don't count on it. Will I be back? Maybe with some little things in the margin that don't ask a lot of time. If it's good, you will hear about it. If you cannot wait, you probably should follow things on twitter. Men or women with a plan who think I can be of any help, know where they can find me. In general, I will from now on be among the millions of anonymous readers out there and maybe in the future contributing behind the scenes to the greatness of the club.


I saw that last time many people asked about where to go to now. Regarding the news in English, it is probably best to combine the well-known football news sites and the club's official website with the newsnow.com stream. To know more, you should start learning Spanish and Catalan.

Regarding the discussion side, I first think that this blog was mainly a news source and wasn't really the most suited place to discuss things. There are many thousands of places out there where you can discuss Barcelona --- blogs, sites, forums, social networks, in English and/or your own language, focused on Barcelona only or on football or sport in general.

After the treble successes, some people have jumped on the Barcelona band wagon and new projects have been launched in the past weeks. And some more projects are being prepared and are expected to start off soon, so I guess the brainstorm sessions to attract you as reader are already going on. And the disappearance of this blog will probably lead to some more projects being set up. You can only benefit from that. Every place has its own vibe, so just google a bit around and I'm sure you will find yourself a new spot.

The live match chat will go on, bookmark it now. Besides that, I just want to point out this little hidden pearl and – because I still owe someone something – this forum, the grand old lady of Barcelona sites in English and run by people who are only in it because of the love for the club and not to satisfy an oversized ego or to win some easy money. My kind of culé basically.


This blog will stay up as a remembrance of the best year ever in the history of the greatest club. If you're going through a bad time, you can come and get some renewed energy here.



I want to thank all the people who have been involved with this blog, writing things, translating things, looking for things, sending me suggestions, offering their help. They made this blog to what it was. Over the past weeks, I couldn't keep everything turning anymore like I should, some plates went to the ground, except my apologies for that.

I want to thank you for reading, commenting and spreading the word. I have enjoyed the ride, I hope you had a good time too. It has been a pleasure serving you, take care.


Visca'l Barça!


207 comments:

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tero said...

this is sad but life goes on,I guess :( thank you for everything

Anonymous said...

Will miss it for sure..but as tero said life goes on!!

Anonymous said...

Is it over yet? *i'm nearly crying*

frett said...

Guess we have been the most spoiled football fans in the world over the last year, thanks for that!

I will drag myself to goal.com again, to that Madrid-biased Lucas Brown and his colleagues.

sara said...

All good things come to an end... Many thanks for the hours and hours of interesting reads and good luck in your future endeavours!

barca4life said...

Yeah Pep, i think its over for real this time.

Anonymous said...

A site I used to check first thing in the morning. I will miss it for sure.

Ok! I'm being a little selfish here.

Can anyone here from India shed some light on why they didn't show the first round of la liga on ESPN STAR. I was so desperate I had to listen to Radio Barca on the net for live commentary. Any rights issues. Will they be sorted soon?
I heard there's a channel SUPERSPORT that shows all games from all leagues.
Should I get that one if ESPN STAR aren't telecasting the entire la liga season.

Help!!! This is a double blow for me. First no live telecast of la liga. and now this site closing down. That hurts!

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TengkuAmir10 said...

Pep, thank you for this blog.Last night i thought about this but i thought it would last a lil' longer.You have made my writings nearly perfect from (.....) to (.).I feel grateful to you for your hard work and now the time has come.I don't feel as sad as 2 months ago but i feel that something has been lost in life.But life goes on and i will always be checking this blog just in case (it is my home page).Anyway,good luck on your job and i've noticed that you're updating time has changed from 3am michigan time to nearly always updating.Whew.Never mind.At least this time i can accept it.I guess i'll be back to just downloading.

TengkuAmir10 said...

And sorry for being the one with the most spam!

Aussie Barca Fan said...

'Parting is such sweet sorrow.'

barcagirl said...

yesterday I was thinking about the first time that the blog closed, it was like tragedy I thought and now it's for real.It's Sad, very sad.Thank you

Han said...

Thanx for the everything.

Meursault said...

I thought this was coming, Pep, when I saw how many stories you were putting up yourself and started imagining how much of your time it was taking. Thanks so much (again) for all your wonderful work in bringing us quality Barca news and commentary in English for more than a year -- all in one convenient place. Good luck with everything else in your life and any other projects you may undertake. If you apply the same standards and discipline to them as you did to this endeavour, I'm sure you'll do extremely well (you now know where to come for a reference letter!)

Sure, everyone, this blog will be missed but, on the bright side, not having it will save me an hour a day. Maybe I'll spend the time saved on actually getting out and playing some more football myself or brushing up on my nearly all-forgotten Catalan! ;-)

Thanks again, pep, and good luck. To everyone else, I hope to come across some of you in the Barca internet fan community throughout another exciting and successful year for the team.

Visca el Barca!

Anonymous said...

What? I thought You've already handed over this blog to your successor. You have chosen the new boards right? Why something like this to happen again? uh never mind, don't bother to reply to mine. I'm sick already, hate this, but what should I hope?? Just thank you Pep. Success to all you do. Oh I wish there'd be a September fool. xx JM

sashi said...

thanx Pep for all wat u have done.. but life has to go on.. hoping someday this blog would be up and running at full throttle...

P.S: any Indians staying in hyd can contact me.. my mob number is +91 9052660029.. we could may be hang out and wtch a match some where in the city.. i already spoke to rasagna and am planning to go out wit him some weekend.. lets see..

barca4life said...

Problem is to run a blog like this you basically need University students that have a lot of free time to help out with many of the tasks. I am not longer that and I have long hours of work so i cant help pep, Kamikaze Kontiki has been away on work as well and with Pep extra busy it means that the personel to do this just isnt there.

We have had fun, the last time Pep tried to close it down I tried to jumpstart it and keep in on life support but as somebody who was working for this blog i could tell that pep was taking on way too much in the past few weeks. Its painful yes to see it go, will it be restarted? never say never.

Pep, i want to sincerely thank you for giving me the opportunity to work here, it was a great experience and I learned a lot. I want to thank you for featuring my videos and articles and I want to wish you all the best. Maybe one day when things are a little less hectic we'll jumpstart this blog again.

barca4life said...

Oh btw if barca al or anybody else who was a part of this blog is interested in starting something new and want any help you can contact me at barca-4-life@live.com. I may not be able to do as much as I used to here but i'm sure i can find some way to help out

Smogen said...

Nooooooooooooooo!!!!

But i understand you Pep, a million thanks for your great job! and good luck with you new one...

TengkuAmir10 said...

Pink - Please Don't Leave Me

sachin said...

sad to see it end like this, but a hearty thank you for your tremendous effort in bringing us the best news about Barca these 20 odd months :-)

Næss said...

Where can I now read Ramzi's articles? I'm really going to miss that.

Anonymous said...

I hope our team shows more spine then the blog this season! just kidding =p

Thank you and farewell.

NC4Barca said...

Thanks Pep for such a wonderful blog...All the best for ur future endeavours..I will keep checking this blog now and then with a hope that the fun of keeping track of Barca will restart all over again..Thanks once again

Regards,
Nithin aka NC4Barca

Helge said...

Hi Pep, I almost expected this because most of the articles were still posted from you.
It must have been an enormous effort to keep this blog alive on such a high level - the highest level I've ever experienced for a blog mainly run by a single person.
I did not comment that much on your blog, also because some users seem to be immature and not really ready for discussion. Nevertheless I've visited your site regularly to check out all the news, no faked news such at from goal.com but the essential, true news about our beloved club. I want to thank you for all the work you put into this blog (I cannot express in words how much I appreciated it), as a Barca fan you didn't need anything else to be perfectly informed about the club.
I wish you good luck for the future and I will keep this blog in my heart forever, just like Barca.
Farewell

Cristi M said...

thank you again pep for all
i will miss this blog a lot :((

Barcafan561 said...

Pep, everyday, the first thing in the morning, before work at 7, i would always check this blog. It saddens me that it will not continue, but, i must thank you for the many hours you spent putting this site together and updating it every single day. I wish you all the best. This is by far the best blog on the web.
Visca El Barca!

i_love_boobs_and_barca said...

Pep, thank you for everything! We all appreciate what you did, be sure about that.

Good luck in everything that you'll do!

I will miss the blog, for sure, because it was my source of information about Barca. I didn't even go to fcbarcelona.com; I was getting all the news here. It's going to be different from now on, definitely.

Thanks Pep a lot, and to everyone who contributed (barca4life and Ramzi, especially, but everyone else too).

Keep it real and love boobs, and Barca. ;)

www.fcb1899.bloger.hr said...

I'm sorry beacuse you´re going, I'll try to help people, so if there is anyone that knows Spanish, who can writing with me on blog about Barcelona, if anyone is interested in msn: barca_fan@live.com

Spataru said...

ohhhhhhhh noooooooooooooooo((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

Chemik PL said...

sad... It was the site I was always starting with, great job, surely I will miss it...
Guess now I'll have to learn Spanish :D
big, big, big up and respect from Poland

SJP said...

thank you ever so much pep, you made an interent nerd out of me! hope all goes well in the future.

Anonymous said...

I hope you turn out to be like Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong and Romario. You retire a couple of times but you end coming back.

Subby said...

Really sad to read this :((, but as he said Life goes on, we dont have what to do.. Hey who can tell me another barca blog ?:)))). before one month someone wrote it but i cant remember :)))...

fcb_india said...

thank u Pep for all the news that u gave us.. this place seemed like all ours.. so many people from so far getting united to cheer for the same.
still we will get the news from anywhere but will miss the nostalgia of reading the news here..
I'll surely miss this blog but I do understand your problem. I understand how difficult it is for u to maintain such a quality blog with while being in ur job. I am a student and have enough time to sit on internet but still the blog that i m trying to maintain does not come any close to urs in terms of quality or spontaneity. U were my inspiration and I learned from u that we can really do something productive for the reason we cheer while sitting on the internet..
Thank u again and farewell...
wish u all the best for ur job.. bring a treble there and make us proud!! :D
Visca'l Barça!

Anonymous said...

REALLLY REALLY sas to hear this is there any english site out there that can compare to this one if there is please recommend it. and not goal.com something that focuses solely on barca

Maygaess said...

i thought other people will be helping out in managing the blog?

please let us know if we can keep it up. and thanks a lot of your time and help!

yuti said...

Thanks for the great work over time, starting reading it last summer and I don't know any other sports club who had a place like this. I mean, note ven English clubs have a news source like this one in English, it was insane.


There is nothing like this, guys. You have some blogs, like oleole or the offside or the former offside guys, but they are more about opinions and not about news stories like this place. So for news stories you'll have to visit the regular news site like goal.com or tribalfootbal.com.

hawk_barca_4_life said...

thanks pep 4 this wonder full blog ...well we will be missing the quick post, ramzis analysis , barca4life video's , match previews...thks 4 everything ...this blog had been the best barca news and all related stuff source for us and to be connected with barca and all cules..Visca el Barca!!!!!!!!

Messiiiiiiiii said...

we will miss you for sure.
I have been following your blog since the start of this season everyday!
you guys have done tremendous amount of work and should be proud of it.
thanks and good luck.

KM said...

I will miss this blog as it's the first thing to check every morning, but thanks for your time Pep, I realy enjoyed my time here. I wish you all the best!

barca96 said...

oh my god
i just got internet and a computer for a month and since then the 1st thing and last thing i do is to check this blog..
now where am i going to get latest genuine barca news??
im from a part of the world where only EPL exists..ASia
thanks pep, barca4life

MiÐØ H. said...

pep please let us know if we can keep it up :( i mean it has been great and its sad to end like this !!
I still hope this is some kind of sick joke :(
anyways gd luck pep and we wish u all the best :)
and let us know if there's anything we can do to keep this blog alive !

karaf said...

This blog is very very beatiful but now it's end.
And I'm so sad.

Anonymous said...

guys this isnt the end of the world, we still have the live match chat. also,Pep the owner of this blog was so comitted to barca. maybe a new blog or even a website will pop up with the transfers of barcelona. some you with time should really start looking in to creating a new blog or website. anyways Good Luck Pep:)

Sune said...

Sad news. This really has been the best fan site you could wish for.

I don't believe any other club in the world had such a great site.

Gelson said...

the above comment was me. literally. Pep have you thought about giving away your blog to a footbal website? there are some websites that will give you a pretty penny for your archives and may even decide to continue it.

Iason said...

Thank you Pep for the best Barca blog ever made! It really was something special and I know it is too much work for one person, (with a lot of help from others of course).

I wish you luck and I hope one day this blog will be back running but until then, this is goodbye.

Goodbye everyone, Barca4life, Irish, Hieifcb, there are too many people!

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Anonymous said...

This is the first site i visit every morning before going to work and the first site after work, this site is simply the best site i know.
Thanks for the great (and not so great) news and gossip and rumours, and yeah.. everything!
I deeply hope that this site will be ressurected some day!
/true barca fan since the age of 6

Katalanos said...

That's sad.Thanks for everything Pep.Now I'll have to find another way of keeping myself informed for everything about my favourite club, if there is one...

i_love_boobs_and_barca said...

I just thought of an idea.

I am not saying that Pep should do it, but anyone from the team, as it is easier.

The idea is to post just once per day. That one post would contain the headlines of the day (something short). If there is a link to the story, it's good to put that too.

Is anybody interested?

fcb_india said...

@ i_love_boobs_and_barca
i like ur idea..
we have so many people here who like this blog and would do anything to keep it alive..
nw the thing to consider is to maintain the standard that Pep has created so far..
if Pep agrees we can do this..
i m in to work for it..

AydinK-1 said...

Good luck Pep.
No need to say this was the ultimate Barca blog and I hope it will continue one day.
This site is a like a drug addiction to me,I just cant stop checking it every half an hour.
All best Pep!!!

Messi108 said...

The best blog on the net. It was the site I was always starting with, surely I will miss it..
Thanks again, pep, and good luck.

:|....

Kxevin said...

Sad day, Pep. You were one of the very first Barca blogs that I came to love and admire, even before I started visiting (and writing for) The Offside. Every time you came there to visit you brought something new and interesting to the conversation.

We'll miss you, and this space, as there is no other space like this one, and that's speaking as someone who contributes to another Barca-crazed space.

The one constant about life is that it does indeed move on. I, as everyone else does I'm sure, wish you all the best in your future endeavors. And of course, you still love the club, so don't be a stranger. FY your own I, we're over at www.barcelonafootballblog.com.

Again, thanks for everything, and Pep's Place (how many of us came to think of things here) will always have a good spot in our memories.

Visca l'Barca!

Anurag said...

well, a lot of people visit this blog every morning, and so do i. before i brush my damn teeth. i felt horrible the last time i saw this notice. and this time, i feel worse. i felt sure with a new team of editors and everything else we would be fine. you will be missed pep.

TheNotoriousJJ said...

Pep, thank you again for all you have done. I've been reading since the beginning. The start of the Transfer season before the Treble when all we were worried about were the new additions to the club. Little did we know how far we would go.

This is indeed the best Barca site on the net and I agree about the BS Madrista based media, even Goal.com, like someone mentioned seems to have a bone to pick with our beautiful club but we push on.

Ramzi, Kamikaze Kontiki, NouBarca, Barca4Life and others as well that I have forgotten I appreciate the insight you have given me on Barca and the beautiful game. I hope we may interact on a Barca site elsewhere.

Being from the USA I also really appreciate the level of worldwide communication we have here.

Cule's represent the Blaugrana with pride.

Good luck to all and to this years campaign.

Always remember, Mes Que Un Club.

JJ

shocks said...

just give the keys to someone else to take care of it ;)! maybe Ramzi or something good luck dude. :) and thanks for that year and half of wonderful news If you can post your sources so we can check them our selves that will be cool :)

LeónDragón said...

keep it up and same success in private life, like you had on this exemplary, most informative and unique blog here!!!!!!

peace out & ONE LOVE from here to forever!!!!!

shout outs to sho aka noubarca, buj, tengku (mean the crazy one :)) and to all the others i forgot and worth, you know who you are :)))

everybody in the game, stay the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the blog will maybe disappear, but its soul surely stays on, as the club that united us all!!!!!

Barcelona2010 said...

THIS IS SAD. PEP IF YOU WANT I CAN FULFILL COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY OVER THIS BLOG. I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN. ILL MAKE ANOTHER BLOG EVEN WITH MORE HTML STUFF ON IT. MAKE IT LOOK PROFESSIONAL. I HAVE PLENTY OF FRIENDS NEAR MY NEIGHBORHOOD THAT ARE WILLING TO HELP DO THIS. THEY ARE COMPUTER MAJORS IN COLLEGE AND SOME ENGINEERS. MYSELF BEING A LINGUIST I CAN HELP ALOT AND I ALSO KNOW COMPUTER SCIENCE. THE REST IS UP TO YOU. BUT OVERALL THIS IS SAD TO SEE THIS SITE GO. I ONLY GOT TO EXPERIENCE IT FOR 3 MONTHS. SO SAD. WELL PEP TAKE CARE AND I HOPE YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS BECOME A REALITY.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much pep.. hope you the best.

barca4life said...

Would anybody who is interested in starting a new barca project please contact me at barca-4-life@live.com. I've gotten some interest so far and I want to perhaps have a meeting in the fcbtransfers chatroom sometime soon to see if we can plot a way forward and if its feasible to do anything new. As Pep has said there may be a few other people interested in doing their own blog. I think it would be for the best if all such people came together to see if they can work together to create something new.

Let me be clear, we are not restarting fcbtransfers, this was Pep's baby and i think he should have ultimate control over this blog. What I am discussing is starting something new, maybe a bit smaller that deals with a little less at first basically just news, previews, match stats and highlights.

Please contact me anybody that is interested

www.fcb1899.bloger.hr said...

I'll try to help people, so if there is anyone that knows Spanish, who can writing with me on blog about Barcelona, if anyone is interested in msn: barca_fan@live.com

El Torre said...

This sucks! However like all visitors, I respect Pep's decision.

I've been an avid reader, following everything posted here. Man, I even become a fan of barca4life's reply comments.

Thanks for all the dedicated hard work, folks!

Messiiiiiiiii said...

I really wish this amazing blog stays alive though. :(((((

We were going to have great times this year as well, we were going to celebrate here barca becoming world champions and winning the treble. :(
I wish i could help with this.

Barcelona2010 said...

lol i know spanish and speak 4 languages. and im starting a blog already. im testing it so far with good html graphics. tell me what u think. http://soccerbarcelona.blogspot.com/

Corrine said...

:(

BlaugranaIRE said...

just want to say thanks very much for everything pep, all the hard work that must have went in to this blog. you made supporting Barca an even more memorable experience for me and im sure everyone else would agree. best wishes and hopes maybe the blog might return someday.

hieifcb said...

Dankjewel PEP,
je had veel gedaan voor ons...
wel jammer dat het weer zo afloopt.
HEEL ERG BEDANKT en succes met je werk.

THX PEP =D

Culer_Than_Thou said...

Sad end, but a wonderful, wonderful journey.

Thanks pep, for everything. Wish you all the best in your personal and professional life.

As yet another non-contributing reader, i accept my share of blame for the closure of this beautiful thing which has been a part of my life for more than a year.

Damn, first no Barca matches on TV (India) and then this... horrible, horrible year.

Shekhu said...

OMG.. i cant believe it...very disappointing to see such a wonderful blog ..
as they say everything has to come to an end someday. and this blog is no exception.

I have all my regards to pep for the work he has put into this blog to make it grow so much. We not only got the news but met a lot of Barca fans.. and the chat room et al made it even better to have a hangout every weekend. I'll miss the blog a lot.
Thanks a lot Pep.

natbarcagirl9 said...

these r very sad news for all barca fans on this blog
This was the blog that I used to check firstly
Thank you for everything pep
Hope u a great life
we'll miss this blog
(hope u'll reopen this blog I'll check for it everyday)
:)

lola said...

why is life so unfair, why do all good things come to an end,
whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

OMG i cant believe im actually crying.

i will miss this blog so much

see you all at livechat

Albert said...

i feel like the retirement of lionel messi,iniesta,Xavi and puyol .
Thankyou Pep.
I will never say die.
i still feel there is hope.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for everyting.
Visca'l Barça!

rObReV7 said...

Thank you sooooo much for everything you have done on this blog for every single reader. We wont forget you!

Everytime I think of Barca, ill think of this blog as part of the club! Visca'l Pep and Visca'l Barca! And good luck in everything you do!

And thank you so much for the charity side of the blog too. I didnt know much about it, but this is a really selfless thing to do, and makes me proud that we were all able to contribute to helping those two children, whoever they may be, finish their education.

barca96 said...

oh man...i was just planning to somehow upload a video of my near 2year old sister singing the barca anthem( only the chorus though)..she is the youngest barca fan ever!she recognise the jerseys, the barca logo.she can distinguish it from other football jerseys..
so i guess i have to just upload it on youtube

Dolce said...

Very hard decision, but you dont need to post 15-20 stories a day to keep this blog alive. And not everyday is a working day(in July you said that you quit because you got a job). Pep, so you keep updating your twitter account what comes to Barca news?

MiDO H. said...

if this blog hasent stopped ... we'll be all seeing a post about zlatan's goal with Sweden in the last moments of the game ... think about it ...

Dreamer said...

Pep, you would make a fortune if you started a barcanews-site, where you'd have to be a member and pay, let's say, only 1 Euro a month to be a member ;)

Barcafan92 said...

This is really sad because this was the best site of Barcelona on the World :(...
Have anyone a site or blog like that on english??? Please :D
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Sune said...

Ugh I came here hoping to read about Zlatan and Henrys goals. Gonna miss this site so much :(

VHISHAL said...

THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BLOG THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN
THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE

BarcaFan(BiH) said...

Pep and others,

can you suggest other sites where we can get good information about Barcelona in English?

Thanks for all the hard work Pep. This is the best Barca blog ever.

DenmarkDenmark said...

Hi Pep,

Very sad news indeed.. However, I would sincerely like to thank you for all the work you put into this blog ..

As you mention yourself, the news have been well written, and the number of articles per day has been tremendous..

I'm rather interested in what happens now, with some of the other staff members - Ramizi (Ramzi?), Barca4Life and so on.. Are they planning to create a new blog or write for Barcelista or something alike?

Anyways, i would like to help out the existing staff if they would be interested in continuing their great work.

I sincerely hope that this blog has gathered enough followers, so that we, the users, can form a new group, that will be able to carry on this blog.

El Duderino said...

This is so sad. Thank you for all great work in the past!

BilalBarçaBelgium said...

Your blog was one of the best blogs ever and I visited it daily (more than 10 times a day).

BIG THANK YOU from Belgium!

Gandolf_The_Gr8 said...

This blog gave me an in depth look at the inner workings of FCB, and really made me appreciate the club for far more than just its performances on the pitch. Thanks.

Messiiiiiiiii said...

this blog had everything in one place, now we have to visit different sites and look for more information.
definitly a sad day to see this blog end...But BARCA GOES ON.
VISCA EL BARCA!!

jahjah2001 said...

Well played Pep and thank-you...

Eladir said...

It's a shame. Thnx.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks from a Chinese Barca fan. Best wishes for everything!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the amazing work youv'e done.

Harsha said...

thankyou for all this PEP... wish you all the success in your profession

moy said...

Sure I am gonna miss this blog for all the news, am also gonna miss the blog for Ramzi's analysis. Ramzi do you plan to keep posting in some other blog/website?
If yes please let us know.

sho said...

Thanks Pep and the rest of the crew.
And to my beloved fellow Barca fans, I am sure gonna miss you all.

I wish Barca well...

creus said...

This is incredibly sad. I will miss it.

Thanks a lot for these two(?) years. It's been great.

sab said...

"I will be missing you..." Thank you for this unique blog, great job! Wishing you all the best!

Visca el barca!

FC Barcelona said...

Zlatan, Pique, Henry.. all scored yesterday

Anonymous said...

no! you can't stop, you have the best barcelona blog! In the other way, I understand you and wish you good luck:)

galla_3_cules said...

don't stop now this is the best barcelona blog made its not just for the transfer news but i love the quotes and videos of the day little bits like that make this blog unique so if u can can u find a way to keep this blog going mayb hiring more people to help beacuse this blog is the reason why i go on my comp every 30 mins anyways wish u all the best nd u dnt hav 2 post a lot mayb now beacuse transfer season has finished u can post onli a bit of things like the quptes videos of the day match analysis and things like that and leave the transfr talk until juanuary anywayz thxs 4 everytin uve been great tc I SRZ HOPE DIS NOT DA END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you from Hungary!

Max said...

when the new one starts up im prepared to help.

But thank you so much pep
visca el barca

FCB_fR3aK said...

Hey, Fuck i cant believe the blog has come to an end... fucked up. But amazing updates... fcbtransfers > than that cunt Lucas Brown and his baised goal.com reviews. Loved this blog.. but seriously some1s gotta come up with something like this soon... keep it posted here.. Regards.. peace
fR3aK

FCB_fR3aK said...

Hey, Cant believe the blog has finally come to an end. really fucked up.. Loved this blog .. was by far THE best for barca updates.. fcbtransfers > Lucas brown and his baised goal.com reviews... Amazing work pep .. really.. all good things come to an end :((... But at least the live match chat is on... ill c you guys there im guessing .. really hope some1 comes up with a solution soon.. PEACE ! regards
fR3aK.

Anonymous said...

=[

sad news......... thank u for everything Pep!

U R a legend!

mario ch said...

i wish you good look in your coming life period and thank you for entertaining my for nearly 18 months.

Knives Out said...

Pep, thank you for the memories and the discussions on the forum. Shall never forget the wonderful times.

I am very much up for a new project, all those interested, we should get together and see the feasibility to see it through.

I can be reached at bangbangdie(at)gmail(dot)com. Those who are from the forum already know about my skillset, so I shall not write about it here.

REQUEST ALL THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED TO FILL UP THIS SPREADSHEET SO WE CAN DISCUSS AND TAKE THINGS FORWARD:
Barca Project Contact Sheet (No sign-in required)

barca nike said...

Thanks Pep!!

AMJ said...

Thank you everybody for making this blog fantastic and mostly thank you Pep. I'll miss it for sure.

Ola said...

Seriously, you can't do like this. You can't start up and maintain the best blog e v e r and then suddenly shut it down. Not ok.

On a serious note; thanks for a fantastic job.

varrio said...

Thanks for this fantastic blog pep & the rest of the crew.

barca4life said...

Knives out please contact me at barca-4-life@live.com. I already have a few others who are interested in contact with me.

LeónDragón said...

barca4life and knives out...would be cool if you guys could get it managed to open up a new place for cules to discuss and share opinions. so i wish you the best luck and respect for this step.
don't forget to inform, where to find it!

ONE LOVE & Barca Forever!!!!!

LeónDragón said...

hey pep, think, you can be proud for the job you did and take it with you as something special, as no one will forget that...Som Un!!!!!

hakimnama said...

i was under the impression the new ed board was maintaining the blog , not pep(after the previous announcement). apparently not. What happened with that?

FCBarca said...

I suppose I'm a little better prepared now since it already was 'dead in the water' once...Still, it's a real bummer to see the blog go down as it probably was one of my top 4 sites to visit on a daily basis.

It'll be missed, hoping it will be back again.

If not, know all of you were part of something great for fans.

Visca Barca!

jester[HUN] said...

Thanks pep for everything this was the best blog!
visca el Barca!

buj said...

Truth is I don't want to make a comment for I was hoping for a 2nd resurrection. I just got this feeling someone, somewhere will set up something that gathers all 300+ of Pep's followers but it has to be quick before they move on to other sites. I will visit this blog and Pep's tweet everyday for any "we're back!" announcement.

And to Anurag, you're my sole barca discussion blog for now tho I understand your difficulty in keeping it up due to your studies.

Thank you Leon for the shout-out. Thank you too to all those that provide all those very meaningful discussions with every article. Believe me, I've read almost all of them which is why this blog is the best for me, un-moderated, real-time comments from real fans and a few rivals.

Anyway, see you guys at Live Chats for now till a new blog comes up.

Moe said...

Pep,
To be honest i wasn't into writing comments on this blog so you probably didn't hear from me before but you can say that I have never missed a news on this blog.

Man you gathered the whole world together, what you've done here is more than posting news about FCB people from everywhere are talking and chatting to each other on this website. You've done what presidents and leaders have failed to do!

Anyway, just want to thank you, for me you are a hero and a great person.

Wish you all the best in your champions league season :)

~ Moe

Moe said...

Pep,

To be honest I wasn’t into writing comments here however I can clearly say that I almost never missed a news on this blog.

You’ve done a great work and this blog wasn’t only posting news about FCB.

Man you gathered people from the whole world, people from everywhere where chatting and talking to each other on a daily basis and this was fantastic.

You’ve done what presidents and leaders have failed to do!

For me you a hero and a great person and I am sure you will succeed in every work you do.

Thanks again and wish you all the best in your champions league season :)

~ Moe

mike in africa said...

it's such a pity... giovani dos santos is realizing his potential with the national team; too bad barca fans booed him away too soon. i liked the way he played, even more so than bojan (tho they're different players n shud not be compared head to head). he's exactly the type of player barca's looking for this summer, attacking midfielder who can play on the wing... pacey, dangerous... sigh... SIGH!!

LeónDragón said...

hope also for a 2nd resurrection, but think, that this time, it seems to be over.
last time people called to help, but at the end i think, the work was again always on pep, as we saw by the topics.
it's a pitty, but have big respect for pep's decision and the work he did.
other alternatives would be nice, but believe, that we all will miss the special thing, that was going on on this blog (with respect for those, who work on something new!)
however, again, thanks from the heart and hope your way leads to all kind of success, by health and work, and wish you the best pep, for your life, as you gave us the possibility to get informed on a high level about barca and a place, where cules could discuss and feel unity...
ONE LOVE & SOM UN (good luck & peace out to every piece of the whole, that gave this blog a soul and speech...keep it up!!!!!
;))))))))))

Iurisimo said...

thank you Pep for everything!

barca al said...

Yes, there was attempts to bring the blog back the first time, and there was a huge plan to organize everything between people, but in the end, Pep was still doing 90% of the posts. Like somebody mentioned before, I believed that things would have to come to an end soon: and I was right.

I know that none you even care about me or who I am, but I was very glad to have done all those translations for everybody. There's only so much you can learn from reading ESPN and Goal.com and typical boring quotes. I wasn't as passionate as Pep to have been able to write 10 or more posts per day, but every translation I did was done for the sole purpose of making interviews accessible to the rest of the world.

None of you ever forget the meaning of "mes que un club". This blog proved what this club is all about. Supporting good causes, bringing people together from all over the world because of one passion, and experiencing "Barcelonismo" and a historical season as one.

That being said, I hope that this page doesn't continue. Maybe somebody will make another blog soon, but this is the Fcbtransfers of Pep and Pep's hard work should remain intact. Despite everybody appreciating Pep's hard work, some of you still wouldn't understand how incredibly HARD he has been working to deliver quality. We can all draw inspiration for our future endeavors in blogging and other things.

Thank you for everything, Pep.

Iason said...

I have been looking but I cant find any good Barca blogs. Don't tell me that this is the only blog that had 15-20 new posts everyday! I dont want blogs than only have 1 new post every other day because even goal.com would be better than that. I want all the news.

Loos said...

Thanks a lot Pep! Thanks for your excellent work, and for everything you gave us thru this blog.
I respected your first decision, and I do respect it now! I'm sorry I could not volunteer to help out after you have called times and times for help. However, I did not volunteer only because I was sure I wont have the time to contribute.
Anyways now, I would like to wish you good luck Pep in your work and in life!
I'll miss this blog a looooot.

Regards,
Loos

JakobsenDK said...

Barca Al,

Please contact Barca-4-Life@live.com, if you still are interested in translating for a new blog :-)

Everybody else, who feels that they are able and willing to help out, should email him as well.
You do not need to post several news stories every day in order to help, so if you can spare a few hours every week, please do so :-)

Ramzi said...

Goodluck Pep!

Guys, appologies for late respond. I am moving to a new apartment now, so may not be around for a while. Most probably within two weeks I will post an update here if I had anything new to announce.

Till then, goodluck for the new projects thats taking place.

Enjoy your time!

Areign said...

this time, i truly do think it is goodbye.

Ekar said...

bye bye pep and co. :(
thanks for everything! :)

groga said...

Hey, hey, hey, what's going on here?! I'm out of town for a couple of days and this thing shuts down?! Can't I leave you alone for just a second?!

Ok, I'm just trying to shout my upcoming tears away...

This is NOT good. This blog has been there from the lowest point in recent history (the pasillo at the Bernabeu) until the highest point in maybe the whole history (the five cups) and now it leaves us homeless.

Hope some new guys can make something in the same spirit and with the same quality, but when you look around on the internet, you see nothing coming even close to (and I didn't look for other football clubs) the combination of number of posts and quality of posts we had here.

It's just unbelievable that this (with some assistance) was the work of only one person. Respect, thank you and all the luck!

groga said...

* (and I didn't only look for other football clubs but so also for other sports' fan sites)

Anonymous said...

"The real value of anything is realised only after you lose it"

Never was a truer word spoken.

Respect pep, pure respect.

Anonymous said...

hii.. i am sending this to the ones who were working days and nights to deliver to us such a high quality and professional work that we never dreamt about.. plz i would like to have the telephone number or email address because i have some decent projects and part time which i would like to dedicate it to this blog to return the reward and be part of a tremendous hard work journey..
all my regards, best wishes:)

Bojanibra said...

whao,what a bad news this morning,i will surely miss my beloved blog,i loved this blog just as a love barca,i cant in any day check this blog in my life,even when am too busy to check the computer,i always do that on my phone.we will surelly miss u pep and the crew wish as been helping in supporting this blog(kamikazi,barca girl and co.)i pray this blog come back to life.
thanx in a million time for the more than one year happiness that u've brouhgt to us.
VISCA EL BARCA.

Sandvik said...

I still check this page several times a day, with a little hope that it all was a joke or that Pep only has benn on a little vacation

hamad_ali said...

here's the latest news guys :
andres gets the green light for getafe clash
2-thiago alcantra injured badly in training , the extent of the injury is still not known
3 - milito is back in barcelona
4- spain's under 21 coach insists on calling up bojan.

Anonymous said...

Hey, so where can i get some good informations about Barca? pls tell me

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, do u know some good page about Barca? pls help!

nicolas said...

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Sport/Football/Spain/Barcelona

Try this.... it brings together barca news from several web sites or newspapers, however in many occasions news are being repeated over and over again... it should however give you a pretty good idea as regards to day to day news of the team....

By the way Pep and all others involved, i just want to say thanks for a remarkable job...i will miss you all

I have been visiting this site at least once a day hoping it would come back to life

Not yet

But i will continue visiting for as long as new comments are posted.. so far 141 posts... i will be back tomorrow to check if the number has to 142 or 143

Kind regards

Knives Out said...

Those interested please refer to my previous comment and get in touch with me. Contact has been made with Barca4Life as well.

Pep, if you are reading this, we could use some help from you - the domain and twitter account specifically, apart from your ideas.

I'm still sad about this blog being shut down, but hopeful that we can carry your legacy forward through a new project.

Forza Barca!

Anonymous said...

Henry scored against Serbia

FLO said...

will there be a new site like this blog? pls inform me
i went every nearly every hour to watch if there is something new....
pls make a new one
pep you've done great work ;)

DelMessi said...

Hi anyone want to help on my blog?

http://soccamania.blogspot.com/ contact me please.

TengkuAmir10 said...

My heart will forever be with this blog. I'll never forget a blog as good as this one.Impossible. I will surely miss it. The blog, PEP, and most of all, the damn tard community. My oh my this blog has gone a long way.I started to read this blog on a daily basis since June, April, July?? Ahhh. Never mind. I just want to say that i will always appreciate you effort here Pep. You won't find anyone here as passionate as me about this blog. Goodbye forever friend. "Good things don't always have a happy ending" but they will always, always have an ENDING.

Anonymous said...

plzzzzz PEP we beg uuu plzzzzz return this blog to life... there is a huge happiness in the face missing during the day without it!!!!.. we will support u with all what u want and i am one of them. this is my email: miriam_ghanem@yahoo.com... plz contact me if u need people to work for this blog or anything related to BARCAAA , i will be there for u at anytime..

i am checking this blog everyday 5 time with a glimpse of hopes that is back to life... barca have a big place in my heart and this blog was like the the spark of it... i misss it:(:(:(:(:(

Anonymous said...

I know It's over already but Why on earth I keep checking ths blog??! geez!

varrio said...

Good luck with the blog xavi, I'll visit it in the next few weeks and see how it will develop.
But you should make it possible to comment without having a google, aim or whatever account.

DelMessi said...

http://soccamania.blogspot.com/

anone want to help out?

Culer_Than_Thou said...

I still can't get over this blog. I loved it so much. Pep, you had created something really awesome and we had here a community of very like minded people (with obvious differences as well) which is probably impossible to create anywhere else.

I know you probably miss this blog more than any of us here. But I hope the decision you made gives you more happiness from other sources. What is most important is that your "net happiness" must increase.

Anyways, if anything makes your mind change, please do come back right here. We'll check this page for a long, long time. I will even be able to pay for a blog like this in a few months from now.

Best wishes, adieu and good luck pep.

Anonymous said...

u did a big mistake by taking this decision... u had millions of followers and we just discovered the blog in the middle east specially the gulf countries. u should think about it twice pep... u can gain a lot of profit from this blog just by people searching it on the internet.. if i were in your shoe i would have more wider view on this...
i was so trustful with u because i wish u the best ever in your life for the hard work and accurate information u used to deliver to us... thank u again bro...
VISCA AL BARCAAAAAA

Anonymous said...

BRING BACK THE BLOG :@@@@ !!!!!!!!!!!!!

cris said...

can't live without this blog :((
i still enter over 10 times a day to see even the new comments on this last post :((

please bring back this blog !!!

Anonymous said...

I found a new interesting blog..goalazo24-7...its just like this one..I'll hang in there until Pep comes back...I'll miss this blog...for now am with goalazo24-7

Anonymous said...

live match chat:

http://fcbarcelona.hopto.org/chat/channel.aspx?value=fcbarcelona

Iason said...

Martin Caceres just scored a great winning goal in his debut for Juventus against Lazio. Great, very powerful, first time volley. He played at RB.

sfn said...

please bring back this blog !!!

Anonymous said...

Bring back the blog!!

Torrre said...

Okay.. I'm in withdrawal syndrom. Still checking this site hoping for "We are Back!" as headline. Oh well...

Dear Barca4life and Knives Out..
Please inform us when your blog is launch.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

nobody in the www who is going to reanimate the blog? please!!!

Sandvik said...

We will do that, the blog is on it's way

Anonymous said...

nooo waaaay???? the blog is on the way back to life plzzzz confirm plzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!

cant waaaaiiiit... u better make this true or i will start in forcing the higher authorities to do thiss!!!! i am serious i am thinking of doing that pep!!!
wish to hear from u soon:)

Barcaliator said...

I came in 100 times a day to check out anything or any comeback of Pep the great or anybody, waaah am crying like a baby now. Why dont we Barcaliators continue hammering this place with any news of Barca no matter from where, atleast some of us who are far away from the front sit can be able to get hold of fresh good latest news !

nicolas said...

165 and moving on... time to get back in action... Here are some fresh barca news:

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/news/kind=1/newsid=884379.html?cid=rssfeed&att=competitions/ucl/index

http://www.101greatgoals.com/individual-match-highlights-messi-chygrinskiy-barcelona-vs-getafe/36138/

Anonymous said...

any new Blog ?

Anonymous said...

Hi pep whats your mail?

Anonymous said...

Pep, since it's easier to contact you here rather than Yahoo!/Google, i would like to ask a big favour from you. Well, i've been thinking and i've come up with an idea to 'take over' your wonderful and prestigious Barca blog.I mean why not? me and a 4-6 Cules team up and bring this blog back to the old days. This blog will be more 'co-ordinated' then. That would in a way make certain Cules happier. Our team will promise you the same class as yours. However, i have one problem. That is that i don't freaking have a damn team. Other than that, no prob. So what do you think about the offer? You could still be the 'boss' here. The advertisements profits will all go to you for the children of Africa. After all,don't worry about my time. I have lots and lots of free time. Promise me that you'll consider this offer.People whho would like to help can e-mail me at tengkuamir_10@yahoo[dot]com.

Visca'l Barca

- Tengku

Anonymous said...

i will help my email miriam_ghanem@yahoo.com plz contact mee

Anonymous said...

dammit I freakin miss this blog ;( JM

Anonymous said...

why you have to go and make things so complicated........??

Suniel said...

thanks pep and everyone else who helped to keep this blog alive. it's sad to see this blog getting close after it being a part of my schedule for nearly two years. anyway, life goes on. and thanks again, and best of luck with your personal life.
Suniel

Anonymous said...

TOMORROW IS AN IMPORTANT GAME !!!!

Anonymous said...

stay tuned for www.totalbarca.com

Anonymous said...

Boring Game...
Inter really sucks!!
Really good game by Puyol i hope he renews soon....

Angustos said...

well that match was gash

miss you pep :(

Anonymous said...

bench ibrastupid or put him to play left wing and henry will play center forward,am not patient again.

Fenderek said...

Henry was yesterday the worst on the field...

Still checking, hoping sth will change...

Anonymous said...

ibra in my opinion did a good game considering what he was doing under that huge pressure of 75.000 whistling at HIM did much better that ETOO.. the first 15 min of the game was for him!! he did good. messi played with his heart, to score at least a goal on his brazilian enem cessar!!

it was a good game for barca from tactics, defence,attack, possession,dominating the ball. shame on inter they just played unti-football!! just like the bastards chealse..

plzzzzzzzzzzzz pep get this blog back or i will do something similar to this under my supervision since you are not helping and just letting everything to go... barca fans need this blog in such quality so i might consider making this project as soon as possible and i will inform everyone on here.

Dominique said...

I check this blog every other day or so, praying that it opens with a title of "We're Back!" or something of the like. I miss you FC Barcelona blog! I miss you Pep!

akd said...

exactly dominique.....

once again after reading 'final draft' i m left a little emotional...anyways..i still hope it will be back soon

Anonymous said...

To RAMZI,barca4life,kam . can you let me know where will you start to write in any other blog.
I loved your tactical analysis And I loved reading it . can anyone let me know I ll be more than grateful.

engelin said...

THIS IS THE NEW FCBBLOG! http://www.totalbarca.com/

My guess is that barca4life and such are working there. but i don't know.

Fenderek said...

http://www.totalbarca.com/

Yep, seems good at the moment :)

Sandvik said...

Most of the people that contributed on Pep's blog are now working on our new website: totalbarca.com

Go check it out

Leo10 said...

www.totalbarca.com is definitely the place to go atm for all your Barcelona news, stats, team and gossip needs as well as fantastic articles by our award winning writers!

Anonymous said...

hey is JDS still with the first team?

Anonymous said...

Not quite the same...

barca4life said...

Yes I am indeed now working with totalbarca.com as are several of the other persons that worked with fcbtransfers. We encourage everybody to check it out. Its new and we are still working out the kinks but if you give it a little time i'm sure you'll come to love it just as much as you did fcbtransfers

Anonymous said...

where does RAMZI RIGHTS I ONLY CAME ON TO READ HIS ARTICLES !!!!!

ej said...

todays game is a hard one i hope we manage to get the 3 points

greeting ej

MiDO H. said...

... and as we witness the blog's last breaths... to everyone who reads this, please dont stop commenting or this blog will just be a another useless page on the web, lets make it special and consider it a place that we can share our thoughts and feelings after barca matches. Even if this means that it would be a once-in-a-week kinda thing. Please guys.
Yours Truly, MiDO H.

Sanur said...

Yes Guys Mido H is right, I have continuously visited this blog not expecting it to return of course, but i come back to this particular part to see comments and it was comment number 192 for awhile before mido h's 193. Lets use this section to post all comments and discuss matches transfers, and we'll follow latest news on totalbarca.com.

Sandvik said...

New match tonite

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your good Barca work,enjoy your life regards from the Barca4ever group worldwide and
VISCA BARCA!

footballholic said...

good luck at totalbarca :)

Iason said...

Still remember this blog!

Barcaliator said...

Guys, how do i comment on TotalBarca, please help me out !!!

matyrze said...

I came back after a long while. Barca, Mes Que Un Club.

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