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Are Barca Spooked By Spying Scandal?

Are Barca Spooked By Spying Scandal?

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64 / / Feb 27, 2013 09:31 AM
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Barcelona’s current slump in form is mainly being attributed to a lack of leadership.

The club are clearly missing their understated manager Tito Vilanova, who is undergoing cancer treatment in America.

He has provided a steady hand in the wake of Pep Guardiola’s painful departure, and while likeable, his stand-in Jordi Roura is hardly proving to be a tactical savant.

But another more sinister cause for Barca’s sudden lack of focus could be the spying scandal the club is embroiled in.

Well-known Barcelona spy firm, Metodo 3, has gone bust in Spain’s economic collapse, and its disgruntled former employees are leaking stories about the secret work it once carried out.

For years, speculation suggested Barca kept clandestine tabs on its players, with Samuel Eto'o, Ronaldinho and Deco all thought to have been spied on by the club in the past.

And now it seems defender Gerard Pique has been tailed by a private investigator, paid by Barca to take note of the details of his private life with pop star Shakira.

According to a report in the Guardian, Pique was followed by a spook who told Barca details like how many drinks he was consuming, and how late he stayed out partying on Barcelona’s famous nightclub circuit.

It is believed that Barca were worried about the impact Pique’s celebrity paramour was having on his form, and when he clocked that he was being followed, the club managed to convince him it was only the paparazzi.

Barcelona have refused to comment on the articles emerging daily in the Spanish media that they were among Metodo 3’s list of clients, along with politicians and captains of industry.

"The club does not wish to comment on this because it has no documentary evidence that this ever happened and, as a result, we deny it," a Barca spokesperson said opaquely on Tuesday.

One cannot help but wonder if all is not as blissful as it seems at the Camp Nou, despite the frequently scintillating football its superstars can play.

Ever since goalkeeper Victor Valdes announced he would be leaving Barca when his contract expires, people have been wondering why he could quit such a seemingly comfortable position. At the same time, Barca have begun to stutter.

Without tending towards conspiracy theory, perhaps we now have a few more clues as to why.

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P_Kwazo Level 1
Test!

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kvitova Level 1
Hlubzin,you've already pointed out that Copa Del rey is the least important trophy compared to UEFA & La Liga trophies yet you don't want it to be label as a plastic cup.that's ludicrous in the extreme!

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aramiz Level 1
Be let's be honest here..barca lost only two times to good sides nd suddenly thy lost form? As much as barca wins almost evrygame it was bound to hapen dat thy loose sum..I for 1 dnt think we hv lost form..we stil hv a chance of cumn bek agaisnt milan @ home as dats nt imposible..we cn stil win CL nd la liga!messi ddnt score in two games nd he lost form? Cum on..

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Hlubzin Level 2
I know nothing abt Plastic cups and they is dfntly nowher that a domestic cup is plastic it is the 3rd most important cup after Uefa and the league. 2ndly I seriously doubt the spy thing is in charge of our moral I honestly believe our leadership is not convincing....

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sebnzhino Level 1
Two losses against best teams in the world u call it slump in form. Barca For LaLiga Championship. Like it o not

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atlijozi Level 3
Hehehehehehe! Editor don't ask us, I suggest u go an dig more, and plz go as far as finding out if they follow them 2 their bedrooms, wow dat will be more juicy hey!!

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Unarii Level 1
Hahahaha we don't care,,,,Real Madrid for Life. Holla

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big_boss Level 1
Barca 4 la liga champs

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VIPER305 Level 1
Lol

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KINGKG Level 1
Now media speculation n paparazi no longer follow madrid but rather follow barca n put mre presure n spotlite on dem,,i lyk it!

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kvitova Level 1
You should tell us and not ask since you are not a moron.you are expected to have more profound football knowledge than anyone else.

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LEEROY246 Level 3
Lol so its nw tumbling down mxm wat a short era...........keeping tabs on your playerz shows lack of trust btwn playerz n oficials. -so much for m0r than a club...hehehe m0re than a spy

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gokuu Level 1
Hw many trophies did Penguin win with the divers excluding the so called plastic cups?

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kvitova Level 1
I guess all those fans are just as plastics as the Copa Del Rey if they brag about winning it.I've never bragged about Barca having won copa del rey,unless I can be reminded.you,Mandrister,judgin g by the manner you responded you never took time to read my comment,and you just accuse me of making less sense.and that statement didn't sit well with me & that is the reason I said you have gone psychotic.I don't know which team you support because I've never read any of your comment that relates to a certain football club.you hardly talk about a football club,which still now don't know.I guess you try not upsets anyone.I know you as a Ronaldo fan.that's all.am I the first person to have asked you which team you do support?

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KHOSIJUJU Level 1
But I hear that even those spies haven't found the magicia midget who decided to disappear last night,mxm Cowspies!

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Mandridster_United Level 2
btw @kvitova, what psychosis are you talking about? I haven't said anything that relates to your response to gokuu. I'm also surprised that you would ask me which team I support. Do you mean to tell me that after all my interactions with you and other bloggers, you really don't know who I support?

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Mandridster_United Level 2
@kvitova, my metaphor was in response to you comment: "keep your plastic cup we don't need it." I say what I say because when Barca fans count their trophies to illustrate how good their team & coaches are, there is no mention of plastic trophies. They even go to mention preseason cups like supercups. But when Madrid won the Copa delRey we were told that it doesn't count as a real trophy & only LaLiga & UCL count. Lo and behold - Barca win it last season and it regains its prestige.

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kvitova Level 1
If I romanticise anything it is the geniuses that the mighty Barca put on the football field.irrespactive of how they got there,they're beautiful to watch.and that is just not money talkin'.it's because they have an ethos & culture that you just cannot find in many clubs,especially Real Madrid(probably because the clubs are all just short-term wheeler-dealer corporations.and as for you Mandrister,all I wanted to know is why would you come up with such eloquent metaphors:''It's funny how this 'plastic' cup suddenly become a world cup when barca wins it''.

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tondi23 Level 1
If this is some sort of an excuse for last night's loss, then this is the worst of then all.

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kvitova Level 1
@Mandrister,you are an omni-intelligent person and everyone else's thoughts make less sense?that is a bit presumptive,isn't it?and still you've not answered my questions.I asked which team do you support man!I notice you've gone psychotic after reading the comment which was my counter-argument to the fallacies made by Gokuu when he sarcastically responded to my post by saying:''the divers should participate in the plastic cup like copa del rey and ucl''.

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