Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday 10: Fabregas in Fiction

Editor's Note: We continue a great new feature on the Free Beer Movement site. In collaboration with the quality soccer site, "The Other 87 Minutes" we present the "Tuesday XI" (and sometimes the "Tuesday Ten") a thoughtful list on a variety of topics in the world of soccer.

Make sure you head over to "The Other 87 M
inutes" and check out all the... well... other great writing on their site. What do you think of the "Tuesday XI"? Let us know in the comments section!




The career of Cesc Fabregas, from his transfer to Arsenal until his arrival at Barcelona, summarized in ten book titles.

Stranger in a Strange Land – Hindered by language and culture, he is unsettled in his new home. A Portrait of the

Artist as a Young Man – Soon providence provides a path, and over many years the Spanish son becomes a hero for his club.

Things Fall Apart – The Catalans beckon their youth product home; the captain’s reign of peace is cast in doubt by the decision he now faces.

A Wild Sheep Chase – Months pass as the Spanish giants make offer after unsuccessful offer.

War and Peace – Tempers boils over and an exchange of hostilities ensues; however, Cesc pledges his loyalty to his club.

Catch-22 – A year passes and his manager is left with an unsavory decision – decline the transfer and keep an unhappy player, or accept it and lose a captain.

A Light in August – Finally, in August, the Spaniard’s odyssey concludes. He returns home.

In Search of Lost Time – Eight years have passed; Cesc plays catch-up.

Great Expectations (epilogue) – Following this biography’s denouement, will its protagonist live happily ever after?

About "The Other 87 Minutes"
What is this new site we're exposing you too? We'll let them explain:
The Other 87 seeks to provide something that’s not instant analysis or eve of matchday previews. Think of us as the good bits of your favorite soccer coverage: the profiles that examine what makes a certain player tick, the historical background that sheds some light on how the sport has evolved to the present day, the silly features that are more than just tacking names on a list, but considering and explaining why each one deserves to be there.
O87 wants to be a home for soccer writing that makes you think, but that also treats the game as just that, a game. The greatest game, the one we obsess over and fixate on, to the point where we can’t read that gas costs 3.43 a gallon without thinking of Ajax’s 1995 Champions League winning team. But a game nonetheless.
“When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball three minutes on average. The best players – the Zidanes, Ronaldinhos, Gerrards – will have the ball maybe four minutes. Lesser players – defenders – probably two minutes. So, the most important thing is: what do you do those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball…. That is what determines whether you’re a good player or not.” –Johann Cruyff

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