Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Consolation Championship

The problem with being a fan of an elite team like FC Barcelona, is that merely winning the league title isn't really good enough.  Earlier this week Barca wrapped up it's 22d Spanish league title.  Fans of most other soccer teams in any nation would be thumping their chests to win their league title.  For example, when hapless DC United finally wins the MLS Cup again at some point in the future, you can be sure that the team's fans will go berserk with happiness. 

However, for Barca, any year they don't also win the Copa del Rey and the Champions League title, somehow feels sub-par.  The expectations for this magnificent team are so high and, frankly, unrealistic.  No team can keep on winning every cup and title in sight, not even a side led by Lionel Messi; and neither did Manchester United win the English Premier League title every year under Sir Alex Ferguson. 

This year in particular, the drubbing that Barca received at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League tournament, has really seemed to dampen enthusiasm for winning La Liga title.  Twenty-two league titles is an awesome achievement, especially since this is the fourth La Liga title in the last five years.  Yet somehow, it does not feel as joyous for Barca fans as it would in other years.

So, congratulations to FC Barcelona for yet another Spanish league championship.  For most Barca fans, it somehow feels like a consolation prize-- the consolation championship of 2013.