For years, it was the paradigm-shifting senior team that brought so much aesthetic joy to soccer viewers of all stripes. Because, well, what other Barcelona team are you supposed to root for? Well, as of today, Barca’s under-12 team is our favorite Barca team.
Gareth Bale required fewer than two minutes to rocket home a header and put Real Madrid up against Real Sociedad in Los Blancos‘ La Liga season opener. Bale would also score with the last kick of the game to bookend a comfortable 3-0 away victory for the 2015-16 Champions League winners. The Welshman
For a brief flash, it looked like Barcelona’s campaign to win a third straight La Liga title — and a fourth in five years, and a ninth in 13 — might get off to a wobble. But that was long before Luis Enrique’s men would run away with the game and get off to a 6-2 winning start to the league season.