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Xoel Cardenas

  • joined Jun 17, 2013
  • last login Apr 17, 2014
  • posts 54
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I have a huge passion for sports. I believe sports is the moving art that we all admire, if not, at least respect. I have a B.A. in Professional Writing and an M.A. in English.

My main topics of interest is futbol aka soccer, in particular, FC Barcelona. I follow La Liga as well as il calcio Serie A, English Premier League, and the Bundesliga. I am also a huge basketball team. My favorite team is the Seattle SuperSonics. My team in baseball is the New York Yankees.

I also enjoy writing about how sports teaches us life lessons. Greatness can be achieved in sports and I believe it can be accomplished in our "ordinary" lives. It may not have the same fanfare but if we (the sports fan) put our accomplishments in the same perspective we put sports, we'd see the greatness and the beauty of our lives.

Proud of my Spanish and Ecuadorian background. Jo soc Culé! Ja arriba el moment!

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so please respectfully comment on any of my articles.

Xoel Càrdenas

A Fan Of...

  • MLB New York Yankees
  • NFL San Francisco 49ers
  • NCAAF Utah Utes
  • NCAAB Weber St. Wildcats
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
  • Soccer FC Barcelona
  • Golf Tiger Woods
  • Boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  • Tennis Rafael Nadal
  • Bundesliga FC Bayern Munich
  • FIFA Spain
  • La Liga FC Barcelona
  • MLS New York City FC
  • Winter Olympics USA
  • Summer Olympics USA
  • General Seattle SuperSonics
User Blog

The Week from Hell for Barça: Fin De Ciclo, Part 4

FC Barcelona's disappointing season continued as they lost 2-1 in the Copa Del Rey Final to Real Madrid. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the game, why it all went wrong so fast, and why Messi and Ronaldo's rivalry doesn't exist.

FC Barcelona: Fin De Ciclo (2008-2014), Part 3

FC Barcelona essentially lost La Liga with a 1-0 loss to Granada on Saturday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas tells you why if you still didn't believe it before, you better believe it now that the Fin De Ciclo is here. Time to accept realities.

FC Barcelona: Fin De Ciclo (2008-2014), Part 2

FC Barcelona was eliminated from the UEFA Champions League as Atletico Madrid defeated El Blaugrana 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) on Wednesday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his reasons why the end of this Barça era has been confirmed.

Messi's Brace Leads Average-Looking Barça To Win

Lionel Messi grabbed a brace on the night as FC Barcelona defeated Real Betis 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the win, the best and the worst, and what we learned from the game.

Barça 1-1 Atleti: Neymar's Goal Saves Face For FCB

On Tuesday night, FC Barcelona were unable to get a win and got a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, first leg, matchup. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives us his take on the game.

Barça Grind Out 1-0 Win In Derbi Barceloní

Lionel Messi converted from the spot kick in the 77th minute for the lone goal of the game as FC Barcelona stayed on pace in the La Liga title race as FCB defeated Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas give us his take on the game.

Anims Valdes: FCB Win, But Lose Valdes For Season

FC Barcelona kept pace in La Liga with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night. Goals from Neymar (2) and Lionel Messi powered Barça to the win. But the win was overshadowed by Victor Valdes' injury. Xoel Càrdenas gives his take.

D10S > CR7: Messi Powers Barça Over Madrid

Lionel Messi grabbed a hat trick on the night as FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 4-3 in El Clásico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the game & why El Clásico is the greatest game in the world.

King Messi: Barça's All-Time Goal-Scoring D10S

Lionel Messi's hat trick lead FC Barcelona to a 7-0 destruction of Osasuna on Sunday at the Camp Nou. With his second goal of the night, Messi (370 goals) became Barcelona's all-time leading goal scorer. Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the game.

Barça Heading to CL Quarters, But Are They "Back?"

FC Barcelona are heading to the quarterfinals of the Champions League as they eliminated Manchester City thanks to a 2-1 win (4-1 on aggregate) Wednesday. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on whether or not this Barça team is "back."

FC Barcelona: Fin De Ciclo (2008-2014)

FC Barcelona has been dominating La Liga & most of football for years. But after Saturday's pathetic showing vs. Real Valladolid, losing 1-0, it's clear the end of the "golden era" has arrived. Xoel Càrdenas tells you why the "Fin De Ciclo" is here.

Carles Puyol: Catalan, Capità, Culé, Legend.

On Tuesday, Carles Puyol announced that he will be leaving FC Barcelona at the end of the season. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on Puyol's decision, some of the memories Carles has brought us and why we will always love El Capita.

Barça Wins 4-1, Closes in on Madrid

FC Barcelona are now one point back of Real Madrid in the Liga standings as El Blaugrana defeated Almeria 4-1 on Sunday. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the win, Xavi's great night, Neymar struggling and a historic night for FCB.

Barça Loses: Barça Now at Liga Crossroads.

From the ecstasy of beating Manchester City 2-0 on Tuesday night, to the agony of losing 3-1 against Real Sociedad on Saturday, FC Barcelona has had a roller coaster week. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the loss, Tata's mistakes

From The Mind of Xoel: Fake City, Respect Barça!

FC Barcelona defeated Manchester City 2-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League matchup on Tuesday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the win, City being false advertising, & FCB reminding the world to respect them.

Barça Gets Ready for City with 6-0 Win over Rayo

FC Barcelona continued in keeping their lead in La Liga as El Blaugrana stomped Rayo Vallecano 6-0 at the Camp Nou on Saturday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the win, Messi's night, and Xavi needing to sit vs. City.

D10S "Walks on Water" as Barça Regains Liga Lead

Lionel Messi grabbed a brace on the night as Leo lead FC Barcelona to a 4-1 win at Sevilla on Sunday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the win, Messi's magic, Sevilla lacking the KO punch, and what's next for Barça.

Broken Bad: Barcelona Breaks against Valencia

It was one of the worst overall performances in recent years for Barcelona as El Blaugrana were defeated by Valencia 3-2 on Saturday. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the game and why Barcelona's sins are catching up to them.

Can Afellay Get In Tata's Regular Rotation?

FC Barcelona returned to the Camp Nou and defeated Málaga 3-0 on Sunday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the win, Best & Worst, and can Ibrahim Afellay contribute to this team.

Rosell: A Great Businessman Who Lost His Culé Soul

On Thursday, Sandro Rosell resigned as president of FC Barcelona, amidst the Neymar contract controversy. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives us his take on the Sandro's time, what he did right and wrong, and how he lost his Culé soul as president.

Poor Barça+Poor Tata Decisions=Frustrating 1-1

FC Barcelona got a disappointing 1-1 draw at Levante on Sunday night. In this article, Xoel Cárdenas gives you his take on the game, Xavi's good performance, Alexis Sanchez's struggles, Tata Martino's poor decisions, and what's next for Barça.

Barça Are Liga Winter Champs, 0-0 Draw at Atleti

It was an intense game at the Vicente Calderon, as Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona split the points with a 0-0 draw on Saturday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the game, what we learned, and what's next for Barça.

Messi’s Magic Only Compares to Jordan’s Greatness

Lionel Messi made a tremendous comeback to Barça as he grabbed two goals in less than four minutes on Wednesday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on why Messi's greatness can only be compared to the one and only Michael Jordan.

The Friendly Competition Between Pedro & Alexis

Alexis Sanchez led FC Barcelona to a 4-0 win over Elche at the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on Alexis' hat trick, Cesc playing terrific, the friendly battle between Pedro and Alexis, and what's next.

Barça's Magical Comeback, Ends '13 as Liga Leaders

FC Barcelona ended 2013 as the leaders in La Liga as El Blaugrana made a tremendous comeback to defeated Getafe 2-5 in Madrid on Sunday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his thoughts on the game, Pedro's night, and what’s next for FCB.

From The Mind of Xoel:Barça Marches On in the Copa

FC Barcelona moved on in their 2013-14 Copa del Rey as El Blaugrana defeated FC Cartagena 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the game, his Best and Worst, and what's next for El Blaugrana.

Barça Wins as Neymar Sinks Yellow Submarine

FC Barcelona kept their winning ways going against Villarreal on Saturday as Neymar's brace sunk the Yellow Submarine with a 2-1 win. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the game, Neymar's brilliance, & what's next for Barça.

Barça Gets Back on Winning Track in Copa Debut

FC Barcelona got back on the winning track with a 4-1 road win over Cartagena on Friday night. Pedro led the way with two goals. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the win, Jordi Alba being back, & what we learned from this game.

The Mind of Xoel: Barça Look Lost & Lose in Bilbao

Athletic Club gave FC Barcelona their first loss of their 2013-14 La Liga campaign as FCB lost 1-0 on Sunday night. In this article, Xoel Càrdenas gives you his take on the game, Tata Martino's trouble, & the need for FCB to sign a player soon.

Mind of Xoel: Barça Gets Beat Up in Amsterdam

Ajax stood their ground and defeated FC Barcelona 2-1 in their UEFA Champions League matchup Tuesday night in Amsterdam. In this article, Xoel Cárdenas gives you his take on Ajax, Tata Martino's mistakes, and what we learned from this Barcelona loss.

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