Between the Sticks: Let’s Talk Goalkeepers

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In the most recent episode of Barça Talk, I sat down with my friend Matt Williams. Matt is a music scholar now, but he also spent several years as a goalkeeper. Growing up in Indiana, Matt saw the work of Peter Schmeichel playing for Manchester United on a “101 Best Saves” video.

Peter Schmeichel

Somehow, around the same time as he was fawning over Schmeichel’s aggressive and intimidating goalkeeping, Matt succumbed to the marketing of Real Madrid in the Galacticos era and became a fan of Los Blancos, even to this day when he doesn’t follow the game as much as he used to. I suggested he check out Marc-André ter Stegen playing for Barcelona. Happily, Matt was open to it. In fact, he asked me to make a case for him to  support FC Barcelona. I think I could have done a better job than I did, but it was a fun conversation anyway.

Marc-André ter Stegen

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In this episode of Barça Talk

The race for the trophy in La Liga has remained a hotly contested battle between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona ever since the Blaugrana won at the Bernabeu. We also welcome our second guest: Matt Williams is getting his doctorate in music, like me, but he’s played a lot of soccer. At an impressive 6’4″ he spent most of his soccer career between the posts, and when he was young he fell victim to the marketing of Real Madrid in the Galacticos era. Without pushing too hard, I try to make a case for why he should be a fan of FC Barcelona instead. He’s open to it, and I convince him to let the men on the pitch convert him.

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  • Xavi Llorens to quit managing FCB femení after 11 seasons.
  • FC Barcelona have announced plans to add a team to the National Women’s Soccer League, the women’s professional league in the USA.
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