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MARRIAGE TO DIVORCE: FROM NAPKIN TO BUROFAX

On a cool May evening in 2014, Barcelona kicked off the last match of the season at the imposing Camp Nou. The equation was very simple: beat the league leaders Atletico Madrid and the "steal" La Liga from right under their nose. About a month earlier, Los Colchoneros comfortably drew 1-1 with Barça at Camp Nou and absolutely blitzed the Catalans at home in the return leg of the Champions league. Yet they could win only 1-0 but Barça did not look like getting a shot on target let alone score. By week 35, Atletico created a 4 point separation with Barcelona and 5 with Madrid. They needed just 1 win and 2 draws to end an 18 year drought. They say, paradoxically, one wins not by conquering the fear of losing but the fear of winning. Atletico had won some silverware in the previous years but the fear of winning still haunted them. They lost 2-0 to Levante but luckily Getafe scored an injury time equalizer in Camp Nou. Barcelona were held 0-0 by Elche in the penultimate round. At…

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