Thiago’s Debut: Italy v Spain LiveBlog

Like the title says, Thiago’s debut for Spain will be today, but in the second half it seems. Kickoff is at 2:45pm EST.

Also worth noting is that France v Chile starts at 3:00pm EST

Line-up ESP (vs ITA): Casillas – Iraola Pique Albiol Arbeloa – X.Alonso Iniesta J.Martinez Cazorla Silva – F.Torres

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  1. K_legit
    August 12, 2011

    LOL the entire media fraternity just got trolled by Wenger..That sort of trolling deserves mad props 😀

    • PhepheSa
      August 12, 2011

      LOL… Wenger Is really Le Prof. He’s a genius.

    • Eklavya
      August 12, 2011

      Too funny.

  2. Eklavya
    August 12, 2011

    Heh, Wenger’s conference quotes just came on twitter. Hilarious reactions from everyone.

    EVERYONE HAS BEEN TROLOLOL’d. 😀

    • PhepheSa
      August 12, 2011

      I’ve never laughed and being frustrated at the same time so much in my life. Somebody needs to make a movie about this, really.

  3. Miguel
    August 12, 2011

    Samir Nasri. Manchester City. £22m. Or maybe £25m. But you probably stopped reading after Samir anyway. In case you hadn’t heard, Cesc Fábregas is going to Barcelona. Arsenal will get over his departure by signing Brazil’s Jadson for £12m from Shakhtar, a deal which prompts the sort of reaction Larry David might give at a dinner party when asked by the host to comment on the food: Nah. Having signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsène Wenger will also continue his bid to leave Arsenal with the poshest-sounding team in history by landing Byron Lawrence from Ipswich Town. Next on the list is a plan to bring Charles ‘Charlie’ Charles back to life. Because it’s Friday, there’s time for a quick quiz: is Byron Lawrence a) a grizzly, no-nonsense 33-year-old centre-back or b) a highly-rated 15-year-old midfield gadfly? It’s a good job Arsène Knows. Imagine if he didn’t Know.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/aug/12/arsenal-jadson-transfer-rumour-mill

  4. jaymin
    August 12, 2011

    Kari called it on Wenger trolling the entire world here. Sheer madness and delusion perhaps, but man! too unconventional a saga for a stock ending : ) of course that could all have changed by the time i awaken in three hours. when this is over I doubt there’ll ever be a transfer imbroglio to match it…

    • Jim
      August 12, 2011

      Yeah, I’m just wondering if Wenger is keeping his powder dry for a blast at Barcelona when it does go through?

  5. mei
    August 12, 2011

    Pique tweets are so funny today.

  6. mei
    August 12, 2011

    And now puyol joins the show :

    Tw Puyol: “Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, hope it’s not like other times a car driving in the wrong direction (Glass half full)” [barcastuff]

    3gerardpique
    Hoy será un gran día!! Today is gonna be a great day!!

    “Aiaiaiaiaiaiaiaiaiai!!!! I’m a bit nervous!! Ooooooohh! Moc moc!” #fcblive

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      Yeah I just came on here to ask why Pique was spazzing

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      Puyol’s one is funny though, didn’t see that one.

  7. mei
    August 12, 2011

    Sport confirms the signing. Lets wait and see.

  8. barca96
    August 12, 2011

    The transfer of Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas (24) to Barcelona has been completed. He’ll fly Barcelona today. [sport]

  9. mei
    August 12, 2011

    Its done.
    Welcome and you may prove all of us who were opposed to your signing very wrong.

  10. Barcaleya
    August 12, 2011

    Whew. Saga finally over.

    Hope he’s good for us.

    We can now concentrate on winning more trophies!

  11. outerspacedout
    August 12, 2011

    No it’s not YET Sport isn’t an official source I do think it will happen today but won’t take it as official until FCB or Arsenal announce it or one of the players tweet about it.

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      And NOW Pique and Puyol have welcomed him on Twitter so guess it’s final.

  12. Calvin
    August 12, 2011

    There have been so many false dawns in this transfer saga that I don’t even know what to think right now. Sport and MD are both reporting that it is over, but that isn’t the first time it has happened. Pique and Puyol are both tweeting about the transfer, but that has happened before. Wenger has his head stuck in the sand and refuses to acknowledge the transfer saga at all… that has happened before.

    My brother (a gooner) and I are both hoping it’s over. It’s been a long, draining process, and if it isn’t over we both might go crazy next summer.

  13. Goo
    August 12, 2011

    Puyol and Pique are already welcoming Cesc back. Just glad it’s FINALLY over. I wonder what we’ll be talking about next summer though.

    • say2
      August 12, 2011

      didn’t think abt that lol

  14. y2k156
    August 12, 2011

    Well, Pique and Puyi have confirmed it. Cesc is already flying to Barca, they say. Hush. Finally it is over.

    This is one signing about whom i do pretty much no doubts. Only question is his fitness but our fitness guys are the best in business. So after long time, Pique – Cesc – Messi will line up for Barca. Am happy about it. Welcome Cesc! We have high hopes from you.

  15. mei
    August 12, 2011

    twitter folks : Right now > Xavi Hernandez is standing at the Barcelona airport with a bouquet of flowers.
    heh.

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      Cute and

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      Really? Please tell me it’s real. It would be really magical!!
      I wish somebody would post up a video of it.

    • PhepheSa
      August 12, 2011

      Xavi’s work is done I guess. The Maestro singlehandedly brought Cesc home and we shall forever be greatful. He needs a pay rise.

    • mei
      August 12, 2011

      its a joke guys

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      Haha we know seeing as Cesc isn’t even flying out til Sunday supposedly.

    • PhepheSa
      August 12, 2011

      I know, it’s all the Goons who were saying Xavi was unsettling Cesc(as if he’s not a grown man) so according to them it worked.

  16. Vj
    August 12, 2011

    OMGCESCTOBARCAOMGOMG

  17. Huckleberry
    August 12, 2011

    And what if Cesc was the reason for the long lasting unsuccessfulness of Arsenal? …

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      Yeah maybe the truth all along was that Wenger’s faith wasn’t misplaced and that Arsenal players are actually world-class but their defenders and Almunia and Bendtner suck cos they’re too distracted by his handsomeness to play

  18. barca96
    August 12, 2011

    The trip of Arsenal midfielder Cesc to Barcelona could be postponed until Sunday. He’ll sign a five-year deal. [sport]

    😆
    Sport has taken us for a ride.
    But then, Puyol and Pique has been getting orgasm so there must be some truth in it.

    • PhepheSa
      August 12, 2011

      I will never forget this Saga ever. For starters it brought me to this blog and i’m greatful(thanks Cesc). Seriously don’t know what i’m gonna do now during silly season.

  19. Goo
    August 12, 2011

    And if it all pushes though, it will be really funny given that just a few hours ago, one Arsene Wenger said, “I don’t expect nobody to leave the club.” Must really suck to be him.

    • August 12, 2011

      THEY SEE HIM TROLLIN’, THEY HATIN’ *shot*

  20. barca96
    August 12, 2011

    Cesc was on his way to the airport, but the plan to already fly to Barcelona this afternoon was changed last minute. [ona fm]

    Our fellow BFB’ers from India, please, please hand over a summary of this transfer saga to one of the directors in Bollywood. I really think it will be a greater success than Goal.

    There are really many ways to make this movie exciting.
    Arsene chasing Cesc to plead him to stay.
    And at the airport after making a scene, Cesc decided to spend one more night in Londo while Xavi was alraedy waiting at the airport with bouquets of flowers and Pique and Puyol already planning a prank on Cesc at the airport.

    Man….it could be one hell of a movie!

    • Triplo Volanti (formerly Cesc Pistol)
      August 12, 2011

      Scene at airport: Xavi sees Cesc, starts running towards him-in slow motion. Cesc sees Xavi running towards him, drops his bags and starts running towards Xavi in slow motion. Cue 2 minutes of them running towards each other with cheesy hindi song in the background. They come close, stop, Xavi looks Cesc in the eye, Cesc eyes sparkle of a tear, for a moment time stops. Then they hug each other and look deeply into each other. It seems they are about to kiss when suddenly they turn their face and hold each other in a tight embrace. Volume picks up and camera zooms out.

      The End.

    • Goo
      August 12, 2011

      Maybe Crackovia can do this scene?

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      Ian over here will enjoy that *smirk*

      And when Cesc finally comes over to the club and sees Pep he’ll try to run over and touch his feet, but Pep will stop him and say ‘no, son’ and hug. That’d be there.

    • say2
      August 12, 2011

      before the hug pep sayin the famous dialog “pagle! subah ka bhula agar sham ko ghar aa jaye toh use bhula nahi kehte!!!!!”

    • Lev
      August 12, 2011

      LOL

      and then as the credits roll out the whole Barcelona team including Pep, Tito and Rosell turn up at the airport and everybody starts dancing to Spanish guitars + Hindu beat!

    • blitzen
      August 12, 2011

      Yes, we must have an enormous dancing finale, with Shakira’s hips making a guest appearance!

      Later an independent French filmmaker can remake it as a tragedy, in B&W with no dialogue and lots of slow-motion closeups of a single tear rolling down Arsene Wenger’s face.

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      Hahaha I love this. I know they’re supposed to be all artistic and stuff but I’ve always found some of the arthouse indie European stuff so pretentious. Not all, I really enjoy some, but others just seem like it isn’t as much about telling a story through what happens to be an unconventional way as much as about how unconventional and brilliant and unique and artistic the makers are.

    • Rao
      August 12, 2011

      Wow,I’m soooooo relaxed now…..not because of Cesc coming(well,a bit)but the saga has officially ended!!!!!!!!!.Yippee!!!

      Yes,I totally agree on a Bollywood movie.We can also add the incident where the mayor of Cesc’s hometown said he was kidnapped.Gosh,It would really be good.Bet on it winning some Filmfares or even Oscar 😉

      But who will play Cesc,Xavi and rest of the characters?.

    • Vj
      August 12, 2011

      Its already running longer than the soaps here, with no loss of drama..

      BTW who’d you cast as Xavi/Cesc/Pique/Puyi?

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      Make John Abraham lose a bit of muscle and get facial hair, that’s Fabregas for you.

    • Eklavya
      August 12, 2011

      I guess Aamir Khan is the shortest so he can be Messi. His status is appropriate too.

  21. Josep
    August 12, 2011

    He’ll fail his medical

    • Eklavya
      August 12, 2011

      AHAHAHAHABA

    • Vj
      August 12, 2011

      after getting pants’ed..

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      It is possible since he is carrying an injury.

      I can’t remember who but a few years back there was a transfer saga as well around this player only for it to fail during a medical 😆

  22. Barka
    August 12, 2011

    At last. Also I hope he rests until his injury is finally over.

  23. Eklavya
    August 12, 2011

    ITS NOT OFFICIAL YET. IM NOT BELIEVEING IT TILL ITS OFFICIAL.

    • mei
      August 12, 2011

      dont act like Wenger , Eklavya 😛

    • Calvin
      August 12, 2011

      Accept it my friend. Resistance is Futile. Fabregas will be assimilated. Reason is irrelevant.

    • Eklavya
      August 12, 2011

      @Marcotti: According to @mundodeportivo Arsenal
      have NOT accepted Barca’s offer for Cesc. Still in London

      Should I dream??

    • mei
      August 12, 2011

      No . The deal is done.
      Fabregas will arrive on sunday , pep wants the squad focused on the game.

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      Makes perfect sense!

  24. Roz
    August 12, 2011

    Apparently Arsenal are upset that Barca leaked the news early. Thats why it is not offical yet. That is really lame from Arsenal I mean come on let it die already.

    • Calvin
      August 12, 2011

      Come on, you didn’t expect this to end without at least another weekend of finger pointing, arm waving, and tantrum throwing by both sides, did you?

    • Roz
      August 12, 2011

      Yea silly me. I actully thought that everyone decided to grow up and finish this saga. I was mistaken.

  25. Colby
    August 12, 2011

    Someone should tell Marcotti that Fabregas is listed on our wikipedia page under “current squad.” At last we have official news the deal is done!

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      OMG!! I jsut checked it. It is so cheeky. I wonder who edited it. It was done less than an hour ago!

  26. say2
    August 12, 2011

    cules from india is the supercup being telecasted on any channel?

    • hammeronmessi
      August 12, 2011

      @SAY 2

      no, to my knowledge.

    • say2
      August 12, 2011

      k thanks

    • Baban
      August 12, 2011

      Its being telecasted on 24 Ghanta (a bangla news channel). The channel is available in almost all dth platforms.

    • Zain
      August 12, 2011

      Really ?? How did u find that out ?

      Because i checked the tv listings for that channel, and its not shown there.

      Anyway, thanks. I will check it out at match time. Hope they show it.

  27. K_legit
    August 12, 2011

    As long as Fabregas doesn’t trend worldwide on twitter, I ain’t believing it :p

  28. Olufestus
    August 12, 2011

    Pep told cesc to travel on sunday to prevent him from distracting pique*grins*

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      I can imagine Pique winking at Cesc. Man, I can’t imagine the amount of fun they’re gonna have.

      Last season Pique had Shakira distractions and now Cesc.
      Another reason for us to quickly blame Pique 🙂

      I actually think Shakira is going to be jealous at Cesc

  29. Eklavya
    August 12, 2011

    Still not official *plugs ears* lalalalalalala

  30. Diego
    August 12, 2011

    I’ll say this again. Rosell has been great in dealing with our transfers.

    I now feel more secured about Our squad for next season.Pep would use different tactics by flooding the midfield sometimes to cover for our lack in the back

  31. barca96
    August 12, 2011

    Andre Arshavin said this on his website

    What brought you more joy: a goal against Barcelona or four against Liverpool?
    AA: Goals against Liverpool.

    Duh…

  32. August 12, 2011

    Everyone can disbelieve all they like, but it’s happening, for better or worse. Verbal OK was given this morning, paperwork to follow later. The Tweets from Puyol and Pique were premature, but there is no more official word than that of the players, who are kept apprised of such things by the manager, and in this case, almost certainly Fabregas himself.

    • outerspacedout
      August 12, 2011

      I don’t find this article hating on us irritating, but the ooh-I’m-so-Bri’ish-and-ever-so-edgy look at me I diss everyone cos I’m so cool pretentiousness is so juvenile. Like using words like sanctimoniously melodramatic feckless oafish toff flapping face indignant buffoons. By golly!

      Despite the blah blah blah though I have to give him a bit of credit for putting a huge chunk of blame on Fabregas.

    • Obii
      August 12, 2011

      Olufestus, you need to calm yourself. Why are you always so bitter?

    • August 12, 2011

      I second this. I follow football because it is a source of enjoyment for me. The second it becomes more a cause for bitterness and hate, I’d have to reconsider it.

      And what’s with the Bassam comment?

    • Xingxian
      August 12, 2011

      Bassam I have found to be consistently classy and I welcome him here.

      BASSAM IF YOU’RE READING THIS I <3 YOU

    • mei
      August 12, 2011

      A lot of crap is being said me thinks. Who cares that pique announced it since its a done deal.
      Especially for a deal that is being talked for so long anyway.
      Journalists getting crazy with it.

    • Roz
      August 12, 2011

      Sort of agree, but come on can’t Pique contain his excitement for just another day. Anyways its a done deal. Doesent matter if its announced today or tommorow.

    • mei
      August 12, 2011

      Contain what? and why?
      So I read that this supposed journalist called Balauge said “arsenal fans are understandably infuriated by puyol and pique tweets” and even “arsenal board could delay the deal for a bit” …

      WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!

      this guy is simply talking trash.
      So the fans and the board are not disappointed with the player , him wanting away for less money and forcing a transfer , but with pique announcing the confirmation of the deal?
      This is beyond crazy.

    • PhepheSa
      August 12, 2011

      He also announced the deal was done. I know he’s not affiliated with Barca but still, he’s also responsible for this mess. I think Cesc told his friends and that’s how they know. Anyway what the hell are Arsenal pissed about it’s not like announcing it today or after their match tomorrow’s gonna make any difference. I don’t think there’s any gooner who thinks the deal has not been done or who would even want Cesc back after all this.

      The stuff this boy has got us into, he had better be worth all this trouble.

    • Jim
      August 12, 2011

      I have to say for the first time today I reckon we did go over the score. Simply no discipline among the players doing this sort of thing. Imo, given all that has gone on, it is disrespectful to Arsenal. They’ve probably been given info at a sensitive time not available to the public and they should’ve kept it to themselves. I hope Balauge is right when he says there’ll be a slap on the wrist for those involved, either from Pep or Rosel.

    • August 12, 2011

      Arsenal are angry because, once again, it looks like they aren’t in control of the situation. They wanted to break the news to their fans, their way, and influence the way the media reports the transfer. But the way the news leaked prevented all that. At this point, half the major papers in England are reporting how Arsenal have “lost” the Fabregas transfer saga, and the fanbase is feeling something between anger and confusion, to go along with a current of acceptance and relief.

    • PhepheSa
      August 12, 2011

      @Jose

      Agree with Jose, I concede that Puyi and Pique maybe should have waited but come on leaks are released all the time when a transfer is almost done this is nothing new. They just wanted to do it their way so the media will go after bad Barca as if we held a gun on them to sell.

  33. blitzen
    August 12, 2011

    Does anyone have a link to the full text of Wenger’s presser?

    • blitzen
      August 12, 2011

      Awesome, thanks! That was hilarious. As delusional as Wenger may be, it does seem to me that he was deliberately trolling the journalists there.

      “I don’t want to zink about zat now. Eet is only zpeculation.”

      😛

  34. mei
    August 12, 2011

    Paul Gasol congratulated fabregas for his transfer to barcelona. Damn those catalans! 😛

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      on twitter?
      i wonder what cesc’ response to all these tweets is.

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      So are they gonna blame Lakers too?? 😆

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      ANd they could blame Kobe too for his Barca affiliation

  35. blitzen
    August 12, 2011

    If you all can take your minds off Cescgate for a few moments, you might consider that there is very possibly going to be a players’ strike that will delay the beginning of the Liga season by two weeks. Tim Stannard has a nice article on that here:

    http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/laligaloca/archive/2011/08/12/why-spain-s-footballers-are-right-to-strike.aspx

    Unlike the threatened strike earlier this year, which was largely about the TV rights issue and promoted by the clubs and the LFP, this one has been called by the Players’ Union and is in support of players who have not been paid, in some cases for over a year. It will be a shame to delay the start of the season, but this situation is absolutely disgraceful and needs to be sorted out asap. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Worth mentioning that Puyol was at the meeting in Madrid and supports this action fully.

    Also, WOOOO!!!! CESC!!!!! MOC MOC!!!! 😀

  36. MoSSi
    August 12, 2011

    If Cesc joins us I think we should nickname him MocMoc!

  37. hammeronmessi
    August 12, 2011

    totally unnecessary tweets from puyol and pique.cant they wait few more days.

    imo they need a rollicking from pep

    • mei
      August 12, 2011

      Arsenal will announce the signing after their game tomorrow as simple as that.
      Anyone thinking they got sentimental much about our enthusiasm and decided to delay the transfer cant be serious.
      Its about keeping it together until the first match is played, because it happens to be too close.

    • hammeronmessi
      August 12, 2011

      Anyone thinking they got sentimental much about our enthusiasm and decided to delay the transfer cant be serious.

      i m not serious.

      but i question bout the timing of tweets from tarzan and pique.

      cant they tweet after its official.

      already its a muchly debated transfer.dont they know that?

    • mei
      August 12, 2011

      Hes their friend , they are human beings.
      Coming home , the way they mean it , happens once in a lifetime and they have been waiting for it.

      They could tweet about it after it goes official the same way they could have avoided talking about cesc for the past 3 years.
      I know that they mostly answered press’ questions but still.
      If they dont(and im not suggesting that they should anyway) keep quiet when talking about a contracted player of another club who is their friend , imagine how much easier it is for them to burst with joy when this player is contracted to their club , just not officially yet.

  38. mom4
    August 12, 2011

    A lot has gone down in the few days since I’ve been on here.

    Cesc- Not a bad piece of businness if the last set of numbers I saw was correct (30M+ 5M variables+ 5M from Cesc + a 16 yr-old to be named later and a sonic screwdriver + a $15 lost bet by Jnice). Am I happy? Dunno. Do we need him? Dunno, Pep seems to think so so I’ll go along with it (between the two of them Cesc and Xavi have one decent pair of hamstrings and one decent pair of Achilles tendons so maybe it’s for the best). Will he shave? Will the twitter BFFs distract each other? What will occupy our time next silly season? When will the trolls attack? Will Thiago get enough playing time? Too many questions.

    The BFFs?- Do we REALLY expect the BFFs to be mature and reserved about this? That being said, why give Arsenal/Arsene an excuse for more petulance?

    Arsenal/Arsene?- Enough with delaying the inevitable. It makes you look more like petulant ninnies and less like the “big club” you were worried you wouldn’t look like any longer! It’s gonna be hard to like my second team for a while.

    Does it make me a bad cule if I’m not looking forward to Sunday’s game? Really, I’m still classicoed out! If it were not for the opponent, we wouldn’t be caring as much about this trophy. I’m vascillating between wanting to see the best XI available(goodness how I’ve miss that!!!) and thinking it would be a great idea to say screw it, start the XI from the Copa Catalunya so there’s less chance of a preseason ArbeloaRamos happening!

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      August 12, 2011

      no mom4, I’m not looking forward to it either.

      If our opponent was not EE, I would be excited to watch some football from Barcelona.
      still sick from the last 4 El Clasicos to be honest.

  39. The__K__Man
    August 12, 2011

    Even the website of Cesc’s town is congratulating him for officially joining FC Barcelona http://goo.gl/QdcCx

  40. The__K__Man
    August 12, 2011

    Mou’s taking the Supercopa very seriously it seems. He decided to allow the fans to attend the last training before the match. I bet he wants to give his team some psychological advantage from the fans to beat us, which would put them in pretty good shape before the start of the season.

    Hope our moc moc team is thinking about the match and not about when Cescy boy will touch down in BCN.

    • jordi™
      August 12, 2011

      I wonder if the grass will actually be cut this time. I only worry about us defensively but we should be ok if this is what we put out.

      Adriano-Abidal-Pique-Alves
      Masch

  41. Triplo Volanti (formerly Cesc Pistol)
    August 12, 2011

    BTW Had Wenger did the trnasfer earlier he could’ve gotten Stekelenburg and Mata and probably Sakho or some decent defender. Think about that. Wenger is a moron.

  42. BarcaGirl_Indo
    August 12, 2011

    Pique and Puyol are just human being, really..they can feel happy and emotional too, just like other human being..

    Especially Piqué, Cesc’s best friend since 10 years old.. He’s so happy and emotional, even since he woke up in the morning he seemed so excited..

    Look at Cesc families and friends (from Arenys de Mar) tweets..

    And this site from Cesc home town :
    -www.arenysdemar.cat-

    They already welcoming Cesc.. That’s how happy they are, their brother/friend/local boy finally comes home after 8 years..
    I’m sure it’s Cesc himself who leaked the news to his friends and family, why should all these people worry about Arsenal’s feeling?

  43. Olufestus
    August 12, 2011

    @obii,you need not refer to me as being bitter,thats why its barcelona football blog,not obiis’ just my two cents…

    • barca96
      August 12, 2011

      But you’re always complaining about something. Just take those news from goal with a little tiny pinch of salt. There is no need to get mad over those exaggerated reports.

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