Five Non-Sport Reasons to Watch Futbol Club Barcelona Tomorrow at Sun Life

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Barcelona's motto is: More than a club.
If you never understood soccer -- what with its low scoring and insistence on using your feet instead of hands -- but are open enough to admit that there may be something to a sport that the entire world loves, this might be your chance to finally get it. Futbol Club Barcelona, the best team in the world and considered by some the best team in history, is in town for the first time ever to play an exhibition match against Mexican powerhouse Chivas de Guadalajara at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday night.

The team is known for its slick and mesmerizing passing, has several players considered among the best in the world, and has won the UEFA Champions League Final, roughly equivalent to the Super Bowl, two of the past three years. But those are only the some of the reasons to follow the team. Check out five other reasons that have little to do with action on the field.

5. Small People Dominate
While the sporting world continues to produce gargantuan athletes, Barcelona players are small even for soccer standards. Arguably, the five best players are under 5'10" including the positively dwarf-like Lionel "the Atomic Flea" Messi, the best player in the world who had to take hormone treatments to even get to his current size.

4. Drama
Watching Barcelona play is not a strictly sporting endeavor, there's considerable theater as well. The team is notorious for feigning injuries in order to gain advantages. So don't get confused if you hear the term "diving" when watching Barcelona. They're not talking about the Olympic sport but rather the penchant for overacting to contact and throwing themselves on the floor.

3. Efficiency
While the major American Sports require a hefty investment of time (about two hours and a half for basketball, almost 3 hours for baseball, and more than three for football) soccer games last only 90 minutes with a 15 minute half time. There are no tedious timeouts which means there are no endless commercials to be watched in between the action.

2. Politics
Barcelona is in Spain but you can't understand what language the players are talking to each other in. That's because it's Catalan, spoken throughout the Spanish region of Catalonia. Many in the region have long called for independence from the rest of Spain and that has led to considerable tension in the country. Good to know that other countries are divided as us.

1. Star Power
Like any world renowned professional sports team, there is considerable star power surrounding Barca. And lately it's been in the form of starlet Shakira, who is dating defender Gerard Pique. She'll no doubt be in the stands. Kobe Bryant is another big fan.

FC Barcelona plays against Chivas de Guadalajara at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sun Life Stadium (2267 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens). Tickets cost $30 to $125. Visit for more information.

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Asshole amd chivas won none of your reasons is a valid one

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ive got one word..ASSHOLE !! How many times have you watched Barca in your life ? Can you specifically mention the match apart from the last El Clasico when Barca feigned injury ?


wow Mr. Del Marmol , your ignorance about Spain and Barca has no limits .

.... "you can't understand what language the players are talking to each other in. That's because it's Catalan" ...In the entire barca team ( 22 men ) only 3 players speak Catalan and between them speak Spanish ....... "Many in the region have long called for independence from the rest of Spain" .....In the last elections in Catalonia the political group that calling the Independency obtained the 7% of the votes ..... SEVEN PERCENT . That's many for you?Please learn a little before of "write" . Thanks.


Arguably the best sports team in the WORLD comes to town and this is all you have to write?! and when I say the world, it's because the majority of people in the world actually know who this team is. This isn't a sissy 1 game per week for 16 weeks NFL team. These are actually talented athletes. You guys represent the city of miami better than you think...

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"Good to know that other countries are divided as us."Wow, you  haven't seen anything. You wouldn't know division if it punched you in the face hahaha Oh, first world problems!

Funny article.. watching the game for all the wrong reasons. Probably the reason people in the US don't appreciate the sport. Funny article nonetheless.

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