The BFB Dictionary 1.0

C

Camp Nou [Cahm no],  noun;

  1. Heaven.

Clásico, el [el clah-see-co] , noun;

  1. the most important day of the culé calender (calendario de jornadas, Sp): When do we celebrate El Clásico this year, Papa? 

Culé [cu-lay] –s, noun;

  1. an FC Barcelona supporter

adj

  1. of or pertaining to cultured, intelligent thought: This novel made me think a lot; it’s very culé.

Culer -s
see Culé.

E

Evil Empire [EE-vuhl-em-pahy-er] noun,

  1. commonly albeit wrongly known as Real Madrid. Often abbreviated as EE.

G

Guardiola, Pep [Goo-wahr-DEE-oh-la-pep], noun;

  1. former captain of the Dream Team. Current coach of The Best Team in the World ™
  2. in him all culés trust.

Baffling (v)

  1. to defy all logic and reason by playing abnormal formations and/or players out of position.
  2. strokes of genius that would otherwise be insane if it were any other team. I was shocked when I saw the decision before realizing Pinto as referee was the perfect move.

H

Hectored [Hek-terr-d]   verb;

  1. when one posts a long comment on one thread only for another post to come up, thereby making the comment useless (as most people will now go to the new post’s thread and not read the comment on the other thread).
  2. to disappear suddenly without a trace.

Origin:
Former BFB blogger Hector who used to post long, insightful comments only for Kxevin or Isaiah to publish a random post, sometimes containing a single picture with no words.

Hector Pills [Hek-tor pils], noun;

  1. figurative pills taken to ignore the nonsense of transfer rumors. Usually taken during the summer and winter: We’re signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel for 20m + Thiago? Where are my Hector Pills…

Hleb [he-lebb] –ed, –ing, noun;

  1. a former player of Stuttgart, Arsenal, Barcelona, and Birmingham (loan). Currently on loan at Wolfsburg at time of writing.

futile (adj)

  1. having no effective result; useless. Billy told his teacher he tried to do his homework, but with his Hlebbed brain, he was unable to complete it.

(v)

  1. football equivalent of being rickroll’d. I clicked on a BFB link only to find a picture telling me I had just been Hlebbed.
  2. for a move to slow or fail for no apparent reason: We tried to keep the attack going, but once the ball reached him, the move was Hlebbed.
Synonymous with: failure, futility
Antonymous with: Messi, Yaya

Hlebruary [he-LEBB-roo-er-ee], noun;

  1. the worst time in the culé calendar year
  2. form and/or points nosedive like Di Maria in an opposition penalty box

I

Iniesta [Ee-NEE-es-ta], verb;

  1. to do something absolutely amazing and yet be unable to produce a final product. “Wow, that painting was awesome until he spilled paint all over it moments away from completion.”
  2.  be ghostlike white.

Iniestazo [Ee-NEE-es-tah-so] , verb;

  1. to do something absolutely amazing in a final or desperate situation, dashing the opposition’s hopes and dreams with one kick. Usually at the dying stages of a match.

orgasmic (v)

  1. to score a goal so mind-blowing it causes the regional and/or national birthrates to increase.

M

Merengue [Me-RENG-ge] –s, noun;

  1. a follower of Real Madrid

inferior (adj):

  1. lower in place or position; closer to the bottom
  2. of comparatively low grade; poor in quality: This Budweiser is really merengue.
  3. acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre.

naive (adj):

  1. having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique: Your art is too, how do you say, merengue for this gallery.

Messi, Lionel [meh-SEE-lee-OH-nel], noun;

  1. an unstoppable force of nature that destroys defenses and renders tactics useless; a phenomenon. FCB Scout: The Messi is strong with this one.

peerless (adj).

  1.  a superlative to replace all superlatives. “Wow, he just took that ball, dribbled past eight defenders, through-balled it to himself, beat the goal keeper, and bicycled it into the net. How Messi was that?”

transcend (v).

  1.  to be so utterly and completely dominate as to render those subjected to said domination and onlookers speechless. Oh look, it’s El Clasico — let the bi-annual Messi-ing begin.
Synonymous with: Yaya
Antonymous with: Hleb

Y

Yaya [YaYa’]; -d verb

  1. To dominate completely and utterly; not allowing one to express skills in football by closely marking and tackling: Raul was Yaya’d during El Clásico and was unable to influence the game.
  2.  To terrify with physical dominance.
Synonymous with: Messi
Antonymous with: Hleb
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  1. BarcaOwl
    September 1, 2011

    *applauds*

    You’re brilliant, Kari! 😀

    Who said football isn’t educational? Not only do we get lessons in thermodynamics, we improve our vocabulary too!

  2. blitzen
    September 1, 2011

    Yaya – Mathematical term. An exponent expressing the maximum possible power. “I agree with this comment to the power of Yaya!”

    Iniesta [Ee-NEE-es-ta], verb;
    1. to do something absolutely amazing and yet be unable to produce a final product.

    I don’t like this one. 👿

  3. Artur
    September 1, 2011

    You know you’ve been a reader of this blog when all of these are familiar to you 🙂

    • September 1, 2011

      Oh so true..

  4. FalseNine
    September 1, 2011

    This is an excellent and well-researched piece of scholarship.

    In studying the etymology of the word Hleb, it is important to note that it is an anagram of Bleh. Many great truths are hiding in words, if you look for them.

  5. Barcaleya
    September 1, 2011

    Kari – you’re a genius.

    But poor “merengue.” Hahaha

    Meanie 😀

  6. Whatever
    September 1, 2011

    Finally I know what Hectored and Hlebbed means. Thanks, Kari!

    • stowe
      September 2, 2011

      i’ve been reading this blog for about 3 years now (since just before Hector left) and I just found out what “Hectored” meant about a year ago when a newbie asked (there were lots of newbies about a year ago, or something like that)

  7. September 1, 2011

    *broke out laughing in the office*
    *laughing continues *
    *applauds*

  8. BA
    September 1, 2011

    this may need to be Pinned to the front page in some way.

    also, i still maintain that that is the single most majestic picture ever taken.

  9. Josep
    September 1, 2011

    Wow I suggested this months ago and it’s truly here! Enough people asked about Hectoring and EE I presume.

  10. mom4
    September 1, 2011

    Great ^ Yaya, Kari. Very messi indeed!

    addendum- The article “The” usually preceded the term “Yaya”. Not usually when being used as an exponent, though.

    On a related note, in a past thread I confused someone by using 3m instead of Afellay, sooooo:

    more BFBisms
    3M= Ibi Afellay
    CT= Cuddly Toy= Bojan
    FF= Final Fantasy (idk why, ask the others, hair related prob)= Jeffren
    BANGS = big angry no good Swede, big angry ninja _?_ Swede= Ibra
    TB= Thong Boy= CR7
    Ghostface= Kxevin’s (I think) name for Iniesta, aka Tiny Vampire
    Peanuts= something Eklavya shouts on a liveblog, goals sometimes follow
    loveblob= liveblog

    What am I forgetting guys?

    • Eklavya
      September 1, 2011

      BANGS was originally for Big Ass Ninja Gangsta Swede. Kxevin came up with the name after Ibra tired a ninja-ish tap in (which didn’t work).

      I accidentally wrote Loveblob instead liveblob once because the ‘o’ and ‘I’ are next to each other and it seems to have become the trend now. Yay!

      Another one is P! For Pedro because we were all surprised he was included in a squad list 3 years ago that everyone went ‘Pedro!!’ and Isaiah started writing it like that in his posts .

      • mom4
        September 1, 2011

        Glag you corrected BANGS! Better than what I thought it was. Wonder when P! will earn his second “!” back?

    • Ryan
      September 1, 2011

      Bad Ass Ninja Gangster Swede, I think.

    • September 1, 2011

      How bout soma’s Fifi for Perez?

  11. Eklavya
    September 1, 2011

    Good job, Kari! The Yaya is very Messy with you.

  12. September 1, 2011

    P! ..Gangsta (in BANGS) GhostfaceKilla

    Very nice Kari! I second the idea of making post sticky…and I second the 🙁 for Iniesta! (How could you go all EE on us there? You should be Hlebbed and Hectored to the power of Yaya power for that.)

  13. nzm
    September 1, 2011

    Nice one, Kari!

    I think that we all have the right to know if mom4, soccermom and soma are all names for the same person, or if they are different people? 🙂

    • blitzen
      September 1, 2011

      SoccerMom, aka SoMa: moderator, genius, and purveyor of sheer brilliance.

      mom4, previously soccermomof4: valued commenter, friend to all, and provider of cookies with sprinklers.

      😀

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        thanks, Blitzen – glad it’s sorted! 🙂

      • mom4
        September 1, 2011

        Thought you knew, Michele! 🙂

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        Wasn’t sure, mom4 – I came in around the discussion about abbreviations to SoMa etc, and didn’t know the lie of the land!

    • mom4
      September 1, 2011

      I’m me. The poster formerly known as soccermomof4, sometimes nicknamed SoMa4 by other posters. I am just a poster. I was soccermomof4 because I love soccer/ am a mom/ have four kids(teens). I’m mom4 now to avoid confusion, or so I thought.

      soccermom is a mod, she has younger kids, is a better write than I, and from what I see is a professor somewhere in the USA. She is soma/SoMa.

      I changed my nick so that we wouldn’t be confused. Should I change it again? Ugh! Maybe to iamnotsoccermom? *sigh*

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        No, no – keep it!

        I’m all au fait, now! 🙂

      • Eklavya
        September 1, 2011

        Hahah , no keep it!

  14. nzm
    September 1, 2011

    BTW – the Spain U-21 are currently leading Georgia (0-2) after 15 mins of play in their Euro Qualifier!

    • blitzen
      September 1, 2011

      who scored?

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        I don’t know – I keep missing the goals! The announcer is not doing the normal gol-gol-gol-gooooooooooooooooooool celebrations. I’m working, but each time I look up at the screen, they’ve scored another!

        I’ll try to find out!

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        Isco scored the 1st and 3rd, and Rodrigo scored the 2nd! The 3rd goal was a sublime chip from a wonderful midfield pass.

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        Hily Moley – 0-4!!!

        OK – maybe those names are wrong from the ticker feed that I just saw. Damnit.

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        According to Spanish TV, Roman has scored 2, and Moreno has scored 3. All in 30 mins. Fastest manita ever? 😀

      • blitzen
        September 1, 2011

        Clearly the entire world isn’t a competitive enough league for Spain…

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        Canales just made it 6 from a freekick.

      • blitzen
        September 1, 2011

        Did Georgia accidentally field their U11 team or something???

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        It’s now 1-7 in the 67th, and Spain has scored all the goals! 😛

      • Para
        September 1, 2011

        I watched just the first half, as I have to go out now and….that was just a little bit sad. I know the spanish team is a ‘new’ under 21 squad, but is the georgian one new too? I kind of hope so, for their sakes.

      • nzm
        September 1, 2011

        Yeah – kind of depressing if you were Georgian, huh Para? Hard to believe that this is a side now without Martinez, Mata, Botia, Bojan, Thiago, Dominguez and Montoya. They look as though they’ve been together for years.

    • nzm
      September 1, 2011

      0-3 after 21 mons!

  15. nzm
    September 1, 2011

    * is currently leading

  16. nzm
    September 1, 2011

    OK – I’m gonna stop here – boys are 0-5 in Georgia before the 30th minute!!!!!!!!!!

  17. culegirl3
    September 1, 2011

    Thanks for this brilliant piece! Way more interesting than discussing Chaucer in my lit class right now 🙂

    • mom4
      September 1, 2011

      Pay attention to your teachers!!!!!!! 🙁

      🙂

      • culegirl3
        September 1, 2011

        Yes ma’am I will!

        You have to admit though BFB posts are literary works of art and much more entertaining than British Lit 😉

  18. mom4
    September 1, 2011

    test- I’m having trouble posting

    • mom4
      September 1, 2011

      ignore or erase- maybe it was the link to the U21 game I was trying to post?

  19. blitzen
    September 1, 2011

    FT: U21 Georgia 2 – 7 Spain

    So Georgia > Arsenal.

    😈

    • mom4
      September 1, 2011

      Nah, scores like that(unless they occur in the EPL) mean that Spain’s probably just in a weak, Scotland in the sunshine, two-horse-race national team division. 😉

      • Ryan
        September 1, 2011

        Is this a Euro-based tourney? You might have UEFA mucking things up too!

  20. Dani_el
    September 1, 2011

    This is great Kari! I understood what “to get hectored” meant, but I didn’t got why. Pity he’s no longer around, I would like to read some of his comments. So we won’t have a Barça game for 10 days…

  21. September 1, 2011

    Amazing Kari, thanks, good LOL in the early afternoon for me.

  22. K_legit
    September 1, 2011

    No Manita? (Ma-nee-ta)

    You’re all Crazie!!

    • mom4
      September 1, 2011

      Manita the scoreline, or Manita, Blitzen’s lovely adult beverage?

      • K_legit
        September 2, 2011

        BOTH 😀

        Multiple meanings

  23. blitzen
    September 1, 2011

    This quote from barcastuff is interesting:

    David Dein: “Arsene helped Cesc to fulfil his dream to return. There were other people who caused problems. Wenger is a man of his word.”

    Sounds like it was more of a “money man” problem than Arsene being stubborn.

  24. September 1, 2011

    This so fun kari… Thanks.
    I’m thinkin there should be a revised or updated edition soon as
    there are probably a lot that we’ve missed…and more words to
    be added from this season.
    Anyway, this brilliant. Can’t stop laughing.

  25. Dani_el
    September 1, 2011

    “Much has been made of Madrid getting closer to Barcelona over the summer, as evidenced during the Spanish Super Copa. But Barcelona returned from a preseason that Pep Guardiola had openly complained about, whereas Madrid had built specifically toward that game; in other words, their margin for improvement was (as was shown against Villarreal) greater. Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sánchez have already demonstrated that they will add something to the league and Champions League winners.
    And, besides, Barcelona ultimately won out.
    It would take a brave commentator (or a Madrid fan) to declare Madrid the better team. Right now, Barcelona surely remains the best side in Europe.”
    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sid_lowe/09/01/La.Liga.preview/index.html#ixzz1WkjhHal4

    Got to agree with Sid Lowe
    🙂

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      September 1, 2011

      Both teams will look to batter, even the lowliest of opponents. After all, draws are the new defeat in Spain and goal difference may yet play a part. EE and Barcelona know that. Any bad result, any freak occurrence, could mean the title.

      *shudder*

      • September 1, 2011

        It is highly unlikely that it’ll come to that, unless we are

        a) tied with RM at the end of the season

        AND

        b) we have equal but opposite results in the league Clasicos.

        Only then does goal difference matter. It’s better this way, I think, because it means that us beating Villareal by 5 is no better than beating them by 1. That way you also don’t have relegation teams just shutter down to defense after two goals, in order to avoid getting a walloping.

      • Ryan
        September 1, 2011

        Draws were the new wins about 3 seasons ago! Now 1-0s are the new losses, 2-0s are the new draws, and anything 3-0 and above is considered a win! (At least it feels that way sometimes when we struggle to get the ball in the net)

  26. BarcaGirl_Indo
    September 1, 2011

    and Kari, thanks, this is entertaining and will be very useful for the newcomers!

    looking forward for The BFB Dictionary 2.0 😉

  27. September 2, 2011

    Arsenal fans’ greatest fear is realized as incoming player Mikel Arteta, a canterano in La Masia for 5 years, undergoes his medical…

    http://i.imgur.com/NCNPb.png

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      September 2, 2011

      hahahahahahahahahahahaha 😆

      spanish, handsome, midfielder, ex La Masia, Barça DNA 😆

    • outerspacedout
      September 2, 2011

      Jose I see your name linkback changes occasionally- last time I looked before this it was a jumping dog- but this one is so awe….SUN *YAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH*

  28. blitzen
    September 2, 2011

    Sounds like Carvalho has burnt his bridges with the Portuguese NT quite thoroughly. From the coach Paulo Bento:

    he abandoned his teammates and the country. My doors are closed to him. As long as I’m here, he won’t return to the national team. It’s impossible. This is not a situation that can be worked out by talking. It’s a fact that he wasn’t going to start, that he was going to be on the bench, and he sensed the situation. But he didn’t speak with me. My door is always open to everyone, but he didn’t come to me. We were in the breakfast room and we found out that a player had left.” Bento continued, “he’s turned his back on the national team. I don’t believe he acted in the heat of the moment, because a bit later he sent out a communique, and that doesn’t seem to be a normal reaction. He knew what he did and the way in which he did it. It was a surprise for me and for everyone… he should be punished because his attitude is individualistic, and no one else is responsible for the decision he made.”

    Wow. OK, you can argue whether the coach’s decision to bench Carvalho was correct, but walking out on the team like that was a huge overreaction. Dani Alves is the best RB in the world, and often sits on the bench in favour of Maicon. Valdes is the best GK in the world and can hardly get a game. Raul was benched by David Villa. None of them walked out on their commitments. Also, this Portugal game may be an official Euro qualifier, but it is against Cyprus. Not exactly a powerhouse of a team. Maybe the coach wants to try out some younger players in that position and see how they do.

    I’ve never particularly disliked Carvalho, but I find this temper tantrum very disrespectful. He is not getting any younger, he must realize that others are coming up in his position. This is football. Deal with it.

    • outerspacedout
      September 2, 2011

      And as someone mentioned on BS.com, Aguero sits for Argentina rather often too. This was really immature if he left and quit cos he was benched in a qualifier against a minnow.

      • Ryan
        September 2, 2011

        Aguero is actually sitting on the bench as we speak, in the game vs. Venezuela.

  29. Ryan
    September 2, 2011

    Argentina with Messi as its new captain is about to start. It’s on ESPN3.com, which seems to have a fancy new interface.

    • mom4
      September 2, 2011

      Awwwwwwww, our flea all growed up and being the captain!

  30. Vj
    September 2, 2011

    Puyi is BAAAAAAAAAACCCCKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!

    Green light people!

  31. September 2, 2011

    The two sides are taking a pause that refreshes in the Abidal talks. When ZubiZa said that “Abidal can sign whenever he wants,” he apparently meant “on our terms.”

    Sticking point is duration right now. Abidal wants straight renewal until 2014, we want 2013, with an option year. Doesn’t sound like he’s going to quite get his wish of retiring with the club, since he will almost certainly have something to give a club in a year or two.

    As Linda noted on Twitter, can’t wait to see how the Puyol renewal talks go. I know the business is bloodless, but I think a dude that headed the ground to stop an attack deserves more than an option year. Wonder if RoSELL and his minions will be around when it’s deemed that Messi has lost a step?

    And for the record, yes, clubs are obligated to have the very best players on the pitch at all times, etc, etc. I just wish that the business side had a little more humanity.

  32. mani
    September 2, 2011

    I’ve finally given up my BFB stalker/lurker status and decided to register. I’ve been following this blog [homepage] for well over a year now from my humble abode in Toronto, Canada (any others out there?).

    In three short words:

    Best. Blog. Ever.

    Great bloggers, comments, analysis (euler is einstein).

    • blitzen
      September 2, 2011

      Welcome, mani! I also live in Toronto, and I think Blau-Grenade does as well. 😀

      • mani
        September 2, 2011

        Thanks for the welcome. Nice to have fellow barca nuts in the GTA after seeing so many EPL jerseys all the time (or maybe I’m just in the wrong part of town!)

      • blitzen
        September 2, 2011

        In my neighbourhood you are more likely to see Italy, Portugal and Brazil NT jerseys than anything else. And a surprising number of TFC ones.

      • mani
        September 2, 2011

        Ah, yes Toront- land of the multi-nationals! I really take note when someone is wearing a club shirt and TO is surprisingly lacking in blau-grana.

      • Artur
        September 2, 2011

        From Toronto as well! blitzen you should totally organize TO Barca trip/event to a bar or something.My email just in case – artur.bagdasaryan@gmail.com

    • Blau-Grenade
      September 6, 2011

      Hey Mani, Welcome!!!

      Live in Toronto as well. I would love to join all of you for a match viewing. Just bring it up a little bit in advance on the blog, I check the blog once in a couple of days, so I know there is a call for a viewing.

      As Artur says ….Blitzen you lead the charge…

  33. mani
    September 2, 2011

    By the way, anyone see the Turkish ghostface look-a-like @barcastuff tweeted yesterday? I had to do a triple-take, the resemblance is uncanny!

  34. Vj
    September 2, 2011

    Only in India does a friendly end in an awards ceremony. Ooh in the 89th min. too. F###ing embarassing..

    • K_legit
      September 2, 2011

      Dude relax..its our first international friendly in like, forever..let it go!

    • mani
      September 2, 2011

      Hahaha. Who was awarded what in the ceremony? And did Ravi Shastri make a surprise appearance? (cricket reference)

    • thechaikid
      September 2, 2011

      ahh who cares about the awards ceremony
      india needs this. i mean we have a bazillion and one football fans
      but a national team that’s a joke
      i hope india revamps its football system.

      football >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cricket anytime

  35. September 2, 2011

    his novel made me think a lot; it’s very culé.

    Very nice!

    Looks like Del Bosque is taking a page out of Bielsa’s (and to a lesser extent Guardiola’s book) – Javi Martinez looks to be starting at CB for Spain or Spain are going to play with a 4 man midfield.

    Bielsa has used Martinez at CB and evidently Del Bosque was having Javi play CB at practice.

    I think that’s a really good move for them. Makes a lot of sense – it’s something Spain should stick with and develop.

    Moving forward for the next WC Pique does not have a clear partner – and that could be an issue even for the Euros depending on how Puyol comes back and how his knee is.

    The only real alternative they have is to move Ramos to CB but given how limited their choices at full back are that’s not a great move for them. As it is Spain has such an issue maintaining width. It’s good to see Montoya get a chance (and they should play him today as they very well may need him this summer). But Montoya is still so young and inexperienced.

    Also – it’s very odd that Del Bosque hasn’t called up Luis Enrigue. The left back spot at Spain is so weak – and to not even call him up is strange. Feels like a situation of a player leaving the country and going to a smaller team and disappearing from the NT coach’s mind. Perhaps with his time at liverpool that will change.

    • K_legit
      September 2, 2011

      Jose Angle you mean.. I don’t know any other Luis Enrique than Lucho

      • K_legit
        September 2, 2011

        Or Jose Enrique

      • September 2, 2011

        Yes! Sorry. Meant Jose Enrique. Was just reading something about Roma’s summer and was thinking of Lucho accidentally.

        Thanks for the correction.

  36. September 2, 2011

    Isla just scores a cracker off beautiful team play. Isla gets behind Arbelona on a fantastic ball crossed from the left flank.

    Chile has opened very brightly and have had the better of play so far.

  37. K_legit
    September 2, 2011

    Alright I have a question, if the referee sees a foul and brings his whistle to his mouth but then plays for advantage then does the actual foul get counted in the statistics?

  38. Ryan
    September 2, 2011

    Not a very impressive Spain so far. Is using Martinez over Botia really the right move?

  39. September 2, 2011

    Sanchez is just amazing. He never stops working. Every. And his pace is just such a constant weapon.

    He was integral in creating Chile’s goal.

    Spain – just not good enough along the back line or front line.

    It’s truly time for Spain to move on from Arbeloa and Albiol. They aren’t close to being good enough.

    Chile is controlling the match.

    Borghi continues to play three at the back even against three man front lines. And Spain isn’t making them pay for that risk because Silva basically plays like a midfielder as it is.

    By playing three at the back Borghi is getting an extra man in midfield and that’s making it difficult for Spain to control play in midfield.

    • Dani_el
      September 2, 2011

      It’s surprising to use a back 3 against 3 forwards. But as you said Silva usually goes back, this is one of the worst backlines I’ve seen for Spain, I don’t like Albiol nor Arbeloa. Golaso from Iniesta!

      • September 2, 2011

        3 at the back against a 3 man attack is very risky. Not even Bielsa liked to do that.

        But in the Copa America Borghi showed that he was willing to take that risk.

        Even against Uruguay’s three man attack of Suarez, Forlan and Cavani he had three at the back (though the midfielders did drop to help defend).

        Seems like Borghi may be willing to risk three at the back despite what the opposition does.

        And today it was three at the back with Vidal in the middle. He’s very flexible but still more a natural midfielder

  40. September 2, 2011

    No surprise. Iniesta comes for into the match to replace Alonso and the dynamics completely change. Iniesta gets Spain on the board with a goal.

    Alonso’s skill set doesn’t fit well against teams that press intensely.

    Iniesta has given Spain control of the midfield.

    Chile also not pressing as intensely – not sure if it’s fatigue or trying to save energy in a friendly but Chile aren’t as energetic.

    • nzm
      September 2, 2011

      Chile is playing a high-energy game – hard to keep it going for the whole 90 mins.

    • Aeneas
      September 2, 2011

      Unless a team is built around Alonso he can be pretty ineffective. He really has no business playing with Xavi on the field.

  41. nzm
    September 2, 2011

    Goal to Iniesta.

    Chile has been very impressive – almost Barca-like with their sliding defence and formations around the Spanish ball-holders.

    Sanchez is brilliant as is #15 Fica.

    Let’s see if they can keep it going for the whole 90 mins.

    • nzm
      September 2, 2011

      Actually – I don’t think 15 is Fica. BS.com’s jersey #s are way off!

  42. September 2, 2011

    Game is completely different. Not sure if Borghi didn’t want to push his players that hard in a friendly or what. But they’re sitting back now and not pressing as hard.

    And they can’t defend that way.

    Second goal was looking inevitable and Fabregas gets it done.

    Chile’s defending different – but taking off the double pivot has completely changed how Spain was playing in midfield.

  43. Dani_el
    September 2, 2011

    Chile is with 10 players on the field now, will they keep defending with 3 players?

  44. Ryan
    September 2, 2011

    I feel dirty… seeing an Arbeloa dive turn into a PK for Spain. Please win, but not like that!

    • blitzen
      September 2, 2011

      How dare you!?! Real Mordor players NEVER dive! It’s a well-known fact! 😈

      • Ryan
        September 2, 2011

        Haha!

        One does not simply walk the ball into the net of Real Mordor…

  45. nzm
    September 2, 2011

    Feel sorry for Chile.

    That was a total dive from Arbeloa. Disgusting.

  46. September 2, 2011

    Wow – is this actually possible? Did this happen?

    Arbeloa just took one of the worst dives you can possible take to “earn” a penalty kick in extra time against Chile.

    Arbeloa – the moral voice and consciousness of all forces against diving?

    Did he just win the match for Spain by cheating?

    Can’t wait to see the outrage in Marca and AS tomorrow.

  47. Ryan
    September 2, 2011

    And then Arbeloa starts a fight! Ugh

  48. September 2, 2011

    And now Arbeloa punches Vidal to end the match. Unbelievable.

  49. jordi™
    September 2, 2011

    Brawl after a friendly 🙄

  50. mei
    September 2, 2011

    Arbeloa dives to get Fabregas a penalty which he converts and ends up to be the winner.
    Spain should have had a penalty in the first half but anyway – arbeloa is a disgrace.

    His overall attitude towards making risky challenges , kicking players off the ball and diving is just ridiculous.
    He ticks all the boxes!

    He cant go forward to help spain create – he has low positional sense (first goal was scored because he simply ignored the incoming run off the wing.

    Ridiculous.
    And now a fight because of Arbeloa’s poor attitude.

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