The Spanish Armada

When Barcelona eliminated Chelsea to reach the Champions League soccer final — with a bit of help from poor refereeing — the Spanish press proclaimed divine justice was done.

“Sometimes soccer is generous to the virtuous teams,” wrote Ramon Besa in El Pais, one of Spain’s most popular daily newspapers, “and cruel to the evil teams.”

Barcelona was not only morally ordained, it was intellectually superior, according to Daniel Alves, the team’s Brazilian fullback. Mr. Alves told the press that no English teams could match Barcelona’s brain power.

“We want to make sure no English win in Rome,” he said. “We will use our intelligence to beat their force. The mind will overcome the body.”

You might almost think Lionel Messi and his Barca teammates were gurus, not soccer players.

Read the rest in The Wall Street Journal.


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