The BFB Dictionary 1.0


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


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

Culer -s
see Culé.


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

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


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.


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.

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.


  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


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.


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


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
Categorized as Dictionary

By Kari

Just your neighbourhood Barca fanatic


  1. And – I’m sorry to say – that was cheap from Iniesta too. The Chilean guy was defending well and beat Iniesta. That showed bad form from Iniesta to square up to him like that.

    And then of course Arbeloa had to come in as well and turn it into a brawl.


    1. I suspect the Chilean player had some words for Iniesta regarding the penalty, and that’s what got him so angry. No excuse, but…

    2. Nope – no excuse at all. Iniesta was pissed that the Chilean defender got the better of him. He should have just walked away.

    3. I don’t it was that, as Iniesta doesn’t confront every defender that stops him. I also think there were words said, but you’d hope the guys could keep their angers in check. Shoot, even Valdes ran off the bench to get in the melee!

    4. But not every defender gets the better of Iniesta, as that Chile player did!

      Whatever happened, Iniesta should know to behave differently. His reaction makes him no better than the behaviour of Real Madrid players which is something that is heavily criticised whenever they do something like this.

      From what I could see, the Chilean player stood his ground, and Iniesta then squared up to him. A sensible, rational thing to do would have been to turn and walk away.

      Chile rattled Spain’s nerves last night. There were some egos being bruised out there. It couldn’t have come at a better time – days before a Euro qualifier.

  2. First I think it is great that Cesc scored 2 goals. But that was a clear fake foul, Arbeloa dived. And then Iniesta does a good dribbling, and he gets anngry and Arbeloa goes and pushes the chilean agresively and messes up the game. It’s awful such a player, gets called for Spain NT. Of course we’re the divers, and we do down easily, and we start fights. Let’s see how Marca and Spain media reports this.

  3. That was one way of displaying national unity.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but that was Arbeloa(EE) shoving someone for saying SOMETHING to Iniesta(FCB), followed by Busquets(FCB) getting more violent than I can remember seeing him in a long time, certainly in a national game, much less a friendly.
    Oh and of course to top it off Ramos(EE) running in at the end to charge/punch someone.

    1. Nope.
      Thats far from it(and this is wrong way of displaying unity too but anyway).
      Arbeloa was angry since the middle of the second half because of some challenges.

      He just looked for an excuse to physically abuse the chileans whenever the chance , whatever the reason.

      It could have been two chileans fighting with each other and Arbeloa would mix in punching both.

    2. Alvaro is a nutter but on the other hand, Iniesta up against vidal , you see but one outcome there.

    3. “Oh and of course to top it off Ramos(EE) running in at the end to charge/punch someone”

      Heh, so thats who it was.My reaction was a mix of lol/WTF as a red blur burst through.

    4. But the cherry on the top was Torres ultimately getting the armband. Sure, his goal in the Euro08 final was immense, but he’s not exactly in inspiring form!

  4. Busquets played all 90 minute. Only starting midfielder to do so.

    Tells you how important Del Bosque sees Busquets being against a side that presses.

    The story in the papers in Spain tomorrow is going to be the “unity” of the national team with Arbeloa “defending” Iniesta rather than Arbeloa’s awful defending and cheap thuggery.

  5. The Chileans were treated unfairly. Last time they faced Spain, Torres got one of them sent off and now Arbeloa did the same thing. TBH Spain did not deserve to win this game.

  6. Spain has issues and Del Bosque doesn’t appear to be trying to actively solve them.

    They’ve had a historic run of success – but teams aren’t just going to sit back and allow them to just win.

    They have to continue to see how they can get better.

    They really lack width – everything over and over is run through the middle.

    And left back is a major issue for them.

    David Villa is going to play a very long season for Barca. That front line is so dependent on him for scoring.

    It’s going to be very interesting to see what Joachim Loew has planned for this summer.

    Germany is a more balanced team than Spain, especially with the development of Hummels. Spain is still clearly the favorite but Germany has more ways to win.

    1. Re: the forward situation: I see both Pedro and Villa getting a lot of time, as well as Negredo. Torres better find some form or he may be dropped altogether. If VDB is sticking with the double-pivot midfield, we will see both Silva and Fabregas played further forward, and both are in good form and should score a lot.

      Left back…clearly Arbeloa is not the answer! He kept getting in Pedro’s way and was so clumsy on the ball. Capdevila is out, I guess? 🙁 Getting too slow anyway. What about Nacho Monreal? Who plays that position on the U21 team?

    2. I wish Torres would get dropped, but I don’t think it’ll happen. How many chances did he get in South Africa and was still used as a sub when relegated to the bench?

      Then again, Bradley Junior got dropped from Team USA, so maybe miracles come in twos!

    3. To be fair, Torres was injured going in to South Africa, so you can’t really blame him for his performance there. You can blame VDB for insisting on playing him, though.

      Right now I think Spain’s best lineup should be:

      Valdes (yeah, I’m biased)
      Ramos Puyol Pique Enrique
      Fabregas Xavi Busquets Iniesta
      Villa Pedro

      Javi Martinez can play Puyol’s position till he comes back, and why not call up Botia to the senior team to fill in for Pique? Silva, Mata, Cazorla and Navas can all switch out with the forwards and Cesc as needed.

      Llorente is in a bit of a funk right now, so bench him, and frankly Torres just doesn’t fit in at the moment. NO Xabi Alonso.

    4. Like it.

      They should also be looking at Soldado from Valencia. The guy is lighting it up at the moment. I would have thought that he would have got the nod over Negredo for a chance in the NT.

    5. But Torres is always coming back from an injury.I agree that it’s crazy that Soldado isn’t getting called up with the games he’s been having. Negredo did get a brace in his last game, but he didn’t really show much in that friendly.

    1. I don’t think of Xavi as one of our peacemakers… not from what I’ve seen.
      Unless you might he should have been yelling at people?

  7. Apparently Carvalho might get suspended from 1-3 months for leaving Portugal’s camp. That’s what they are asking UEFA to do. If it happens it’ll only affect him int he CL not La Liga.

    1. I hope they do, it would serve him right. He may be the best Portuguese CB right now, or he may not be, and he can disagree with his coach all he wants as far as I am concerned, but walking out on his teammates like that is disgusting.

    2. You mean suspended from playing games with RM? I think that sounds pretty unreasonable.

      I’m not saying what he did wasn’t pretty rubbish (especially if it was because he wasn’t starting), but his refusal to play with the national team shouldn’t (in my opinion) affect his ability to play with his club.

  8. Spain need to lineup something like…
    Ramos Busquets Pique Enrique
    Fabregas Xavi Iniesta
    Villa Silva Pedro

    They are relying on EE players who can’t play football in the way Barca do. Silva can do the Messi thing in the hole and let the rest play our football.

    1. Why Busi at CB? Please…Pep is already wasting his talent there. He is the best DM, let him play where he should be playing.

  9. Wow..from reading everyone’s comments I’m assuming the Spain vs Chile game was an interesting game…not sure if I’m excited to watch it.

    Anyone going to be watching or going to the US vs Costa Rica game tonight?

  10. Why does Arbeloa still play for the national team? Even without any Barca bias I would say he is rather average as a left-back and offers very little going forward, and I’m sure Madridistas would agree with that as well, being clearly third-choice left-back and a massive drop off in quality in the position. For a while it seems like its mostly due to all his competition playing in small or lower-profile clubs, but now with Nacho Monreal playing in a Malaga side competing for the top six and both Enrique and Jose Angel going to big clubs in England and Italy Spain can find a better left-back. One that in addition to not sucking, not alienating a Spain legend by stamping on him, not being a thug to fellow NT team-mates in club football and doing body-checks on Pedro on the complete other side of the pitch from where the ball was being played while the ref isn’t looking, is also young enough to be a long-term solution and athletic enough to keep up the Spain game.

    Albiol is mediocre as well. Again, not any Barca bias, even Madridistas admit he’s nowhere near good enough right? Maybe Javi Martinez alongside Pique to keep with the ball-playing-midfield-centrebacks theme, or a more conventional defender like Dominguez or Botia who at least seem to have more potential to peak at a higher level than Albiol.

    For news nobody here has seemed to mention yet, Holland won 11-0? And finally the news I came here to mention. Our favorite Swede! Dear BANGS has had some good words for Pep from what I see last.

    “Barca are the best team in the world. I already knew [that] when I got there, and when I left. What happened, happened. Guardiola is a fantastic trainer, the problems between us were different,” the Malmo-born man told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    “Think of today. Guardiola is doing well at Barcelona, and me too. We must move forward and not look back. Milan are strong and we are still growing. We [have] made good signings and I hope they can adapt well in the group,” he concluded.

    Very nice and mature compared to his previous statements! No wanting to kick his ass in a dark Milanese alley or the like.

    1. The issues of defence within the Barca team is reflected in the Spanish team. There are not a lot of world-class Spanish defenders, other than those already playing in the NT. Sure, there are a lot that are a level down, but not up to the calibre of playing at top level yet.

      This is something that I can’t understand of Del Bosque. During friendlies, he’s happy playing with the midfield and front to try different combinations, but he hardly ever experiments with the back.

      I’m not sure what more Valdes has to do in order to get some playing time, either.

  11. While Alvaro Arbeloa have been Mourinhoed for sometime into playing like a thug, what is irritating is Busquets’ false bravado. The way he tried to exacerbate everything by coming in and pushing one of the Chileans was very pathetic to see. It is not the first time Busquets is showing such bad attitude – he did a similar thing against the Copenhagen coach when he was having a tough conversation with Guardiola; and not to mention his antics in the past.

    Vicente Del Bosque must instill in these players a strict message that such unsportsmanlike conduct is not to be tolerated. Very shameful of the world champions to behave in this fashion.

    On the brighter side, I suspect the next Euro qualifier is going to be Alvaro Arbeloa’s last game as a La Roja player for sometime. He has been shown up as very inadequate for too long now.

    1. But the BFB crew will atleast have his e-mail right? why not try there?

  12. Didn’t watch the friendly but I have a question to those that did watch it.

    Why was Busi particularly going for the #19 Chilean player? He didn’t even touch anyone!! He was just walking about as Iniesta was squaring off (not cool of him) #8 and all of a sudden Busi targeted #19.

    Did #19 do something to Busi that made Busi just want to have his moment?

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