Bieberfiebre

Journalists and witnesses report that Real Madrid coach José Mourinho brought his daughter to meet international pop star Justin Bieber at his hotel last Friday. As the darkened car pulled into the hotel’s reception drive, a large number of Justin Bieber fans went crazy, believing their idol inside. The disappointed girls recognized Mourinho, but took heart in reassuring each other that they spotted Bieber’s girlfriend, Selena Gómez, in the back seat.*

 

@justinjust_in: OK grlz he’s due 2 arrive any minute

@yoosteens_teens: OMG OMB so ready

@justinjust_in: Can’t believe we’ll B f2f

@yousteens_teens: Totally fab I’m Bieberish

@justinjust_in: Car is in! … Bieberblast!

@jo_mo: Car throngs with pyt’s. I’m so special. #special1specialfriends

@yousteens_teens: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@jo_mo: Looks like CR7’s not the only one around here who gets whistles b/c so rich and handsome. #special1specialfriends

@justinjust_in: W8 … is it rly HIM?

@yousteens_teens: Dunno. Looks geezer.

@jo_mo: So Neymar’s not the Bieber of football. That wld B me. #special1specialfriends

@justinjust_in: Oh noes. Total FAIL.

@jo_mo: This car has been rocked by Madrileñan Chica Army #special1specialfriends

@yousteens_teens: Selena in backtweet!

@justinjust_in: Shout out to Bieber-Shawty!

@jo_mo: Hang on to your ligas, I’m getting out! #special1specialfriends

@yousteens_teens: Not Bieberbabe. *sigh*

@jo_mo: I hope there’s enough ink in my pens to sign all of these posters! #special1specialfriends

@justinjust_in: Selena fail. Other grl.

@yousteens_teens: Is she Biebette?

@justinjust_in: She follows #Bieberfiebre, Total Belieber.

@jo_mo: Grlz, plz. The coat’s cashmr.

@yousteens_teens:  Scooch over, Scrooge!

@justinjust_in: New car just pulled in! #Bieberfiebre

@yousteens_teens: BIEBERGASM !!!!!!!!!

@jo_mo: Who dat Bieber anyhoo? Someone send pic plz #special1specialfriends

 

@jo_mo: Fail.

 


 

The exploit is fully patched.

 

*http://es.eurosport.yahoo.com/12112011/47/curiosport-confunden-mourinho-justin-bieber.html

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145 Comments

  1. Diego
    November 13, 2011

    HEADS UP !!!

    Egypt being led by Bob Bradley will be facing tomorrow a Brazil team that has Dani in the starting line-up.

    • The__K__Man
      November 13, 2011

      Only God can help us tomorrow!

      • ooga aga
        November 14, 2011

        GOOOOOOO SOMA! SOMA RULES!!!!!!

    • Ryan
      November 13, 2011

      At least Bradley can’t bring in his son or Ricardo Clark. 😉

  2. ciaran
    November 13, 2011

    I don’t know if someone else posted this but Thiago running the show for the u21’s… impressive.
    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfaHCnppSUY

  3. K_legit in Oz
    November 13, 2011

    That Selena Gomez is quite the looker.. #justsayin’

    • blitzen
      November 13, 2011

      She has a giant head. Just sayin’

      • K_legit in Oz
        November 13, 2011

        I need to see moar pics to cement that opinion! 😀

  4. Miguel
    November 13, 2011

    Wow.

    My friend Aimee biebergasmed yesterday when we saw Henry Rollins digging through records at Amoeba.

    • culegirl3
      November 14, 2011

      Holy crap…seriously?! You’re so lucky!!! 🙁

    • K_legit in Oz
      November 13, 2011

      easy to imagine you with a ‘hmpf’ expression on yer face now!

  5. November 13, 2011

    @yoosteens_teens: OMG OMB so ready

    My favorite line. OMB. Just great.

  6. barca96
    November 13, 2011

    Pele : “For example, watch Lionel Messi play for Barcelona. He is very good. Exceptional. But for Argentina, he’s completely different.

    “Compare him to Zinedine Zidane. He won the World Cup and was at the top for 15 years. He was a more complete player than Messi.”

    Since when was Zidane at the top for 15 years?????!!!

    Zidane was a late bloomer! He was a talent at Bordeaux and only became an established star after a season at Juve. That doesn’t even make it 10 years because he retired after the 2006 WC.

    And usually I get irritated when I see fans all over the world saying that ROnaldo is a complete player. But a complete player doesn’t mean that he’s the best right? Heck. I look more like a complete player than Messi is but that doesn’t make me better don’t it.

    Seriously. What is their fascination with the complete player? If it’s really important, they, all the football players who are not complete; not tall, not fast, should just give up football.

  7. BarcaGirl_Indo
    November 14, 2011

    I thought I find something to like about Justin Bieber when he wore FC Barcelona jersey, but he did this… no me gusta…

    torresandliverpool.tumblr.com/post/12742608735/justin-bieber-is-definitely-the-worst-fangirl

    #SayNoToCuledristas

  8. barca96
    November 14, 2011

    B right back Martin Montoya (20) will in the coming days decide on his future. If he doesn’t renew, he can leave for free next year.

    I’m worried…

    We still have to renew Montoya and a few other Babies and most importantly Abidal.

    Nowadays whenever I go to this site, it tries to download something. It did the same last year but it stopped. Not it has started again.

    • Calvin
      November 14, 2011

      I’m actually not that worried about Abidal. He has said he wants to stay and retire at the club, and he likes working with Pep. The only issue is the length of the deal he is offered – last I heard (admittedly, some time ago) he wanted two years while the club was only offering 1 year plus an automatic 1 year extension if he plays enough games.

      Montoya is a much more worrying issue. He is good enough that he needs to be getting first team minutes. The problem is Alves has averaged over 50 games a season for the last 3 seasons – he has right back on lockdown. If Montoya could play as left back he might get more time – but he would still be competing with Abidal and Adriano, neither of whom should be allowed to leave next summer.

      This could be a problem across the board in coming years. Youngsters like Busquets and Pedro, and even players like Fontas and Cuenca have staked their claim to the first team by taking advantage of our light squads over the past couple of years. With the squad looking stronger than it ever has (particularly in defense and midfield) it will be more difficult for the young players to get some playing time due to injuries.

  9. Huckleberry
    November 14, 2011

    Did you see the dive of Altintop in the game vs. Croatia?
    He still has to learn from di Maria et.al.

    • barca96
      November 14, 2011

      Haha I have been rambling everywhere for the past week about this complete player myth. I’m so irritated whenever someone says that Messi isn’t complete so CR7 is better as he is more complete. But just because he has a better build frame doesn’t mean he is the best or at least good doesn’t he?

    • Ryan
      November 14, 2011

      Right, I remember reading a BS.com article when TB scored his 100th goal for EE. Over 3/4 of his goals were from his right foot, with the 1/4 split between his head and left foot. Which is pretty much what Messi scores for Barca, with a quick switch between left and right-footed strikes.

      I think that’s another way that TB fans say that he is more complete by saying he scores in more diverse ways, but that is also false!

  10. barca96
    November 14, 2011

    Wonderful words from YaYa.

    Toure (Man City): “I left Barça because I wanted to play every week. My wife said: ‘You’re 27, you can’t be on the bench, you should leave'”

    Yaya Toure: “I said from day one that Barça is my dream club. I still watch them, it’s a joy, phenomenal. Returning? You never know”

    Toure: “People comparing Silva with Messi? Look, there’s only one Messi. Messi is Messi. The best in the world. And he’s also a great guy.”

    • nzm
      November 14, 2011

      Awesome.

      I just can’t imagine that Yaya said that Pep wouldn’t talk to him.

    • November 14, 2011

      He said the same things when he left as well. That Pep tried to convince him to stay, but that he was fit and at a physical and footballing peak so he wanted to play 50 games a season, so he decided to leave. And that he still loved Barca and wished to return to them someday.

      I don’t believe that he said anything about Pep, those were media BS.

  11. blitzen
    November 14, 2011

    To the rest of the world: Canada apologizes for inflicting Bieber on you. Please don’t nuke us.

    To SoMa: You got Bieber in my Barça! 👿

  12. nzm
    November 14, 2011

    U-21 against Switzerland about to start.

  13. blitzen
    November 14, 2011

    Why aren’t they wearing the new shirts? They are so much nicer.

    • Ryan
      November 14, 2011

      True that Blitzen – I hate the 2011 jerseys! The blue on the side made it look like sweat running down… just bad on all regards. Give me the 2008 jerseys any day! Although the new 2012 ones look pretty spiffy too.

  14. blitzen
    November 14, 2011

    ThiaGOL from a penalty, beautifully taken. 😀

  15. November 14, 2011

    Nice ball from Isco into the box. Great run by Montoya to get behind the Swiss defender – it was that run which drew the penalty.

    Thiago steps up to take the PK and the captain puts it away comfortably (despite keeper guessing the right side).

    Montoya is having a good match.

  16. November 14, 2011

    Right now the Spanish U-21 right flank is more effective and tactically efficient and coherent than the right flank of the senior side.

    VdB may not feel comfortable doing so – but he really should call up Montoya and Munian and give them real, meaningful minutes in friendlies to evaluate and expand his options for the Euros.

    Give them a shot. Continuing to play the same players with the same limitations over and over in meaningless friendlies means little.

    • blitzen
      November 14, 2011

      Seriously. I would pick Montoya over Arbeloa any day of the week.

      Also VDB’s insistence on playing with a double pivot to accommodate Alonso is becoming a real issue for the senior team. Play with Busi or Alonso (and we all know who I would pick) but not both.

    • nzm
      November 14, 2011

      I hope that VdB is watching this match. These boys are playing with more heart and skills than most in the senior team right now.

    • blitzen
      November 14, 2011

      Bartra is a proper Barça-style box-crashing CB. 😀

      • nzm
        November 14, 2011

        It would be really nice to have some box-crashing forwards in the Barca team right now, too! 😀

        • mom4
          November 14, 2011

          Thanks for the link nzm. Good to watch some decent soccer. Got home in time for the second half. btw, Xavi is sitting on my lap watching the game with me (the new puppy, that is).

          • blitzen
            November 14, 2011

            You named your puppy Xavi? Are you going to train him to hunt mushrooms? 😛

          • mom4
            November 14, 2011

            Dunno about mushroom hunting training, but he has a red collar, a blue leash, and a wee little soccer ball.

            As an aside, when we were driving to get him, we were behind a car with a kindred spirit. Dude’s car had both a Barca sticker and a Baltimore Ravens sticker, I thought it a good omen.

          • nzm
            November 14, 2011

            You’re welcome mom4 – it is a very nice game to be watching after the trials of Barca and the senior Spain squad. These guys are very much in control.

            Xavi is a great name for your puppy! What kind of muttley did you get?

            blitzen: BOL!!! (barking out loud) There’s money to e made in truffle-hunting!

          • nzm
            November 14, 2011

            Oh – talking about doggy accessories.

            I saw my first Barca dogcoat on a small dog being walked past our apartment, the day before yesterday!

          • mom4
            November 14, 2011

            He’s a Havanese, nzm (think black and white fluff ball). Since part of the breed’s history is in Tenerife, hubby thought Pedro was a better name. I won!

            I haven’t enjoyed a game this much in a while.

            Dang but it’d hard to type with said fluff ball in your lap!

          • mom4
            November 14, 2011

            I’m hoping to get him a collar when we’re in Barcelona in January.

          • nzm
            November 14, 2011

            Oh – that is one cute dog!

            We may be away in January, but if we are still in Barca at that time, we must meet up!

            matdxb (at) freenet.de is my email address.

            Also ping me if you want any info.

          • blitzen
            November 14, 2011

            I’m hoping to collar Xavi when I get to Barcelona too. 😉

          • mom4
            November 14, 2011

            @nzm-I’ll e-mail soon. We can do tapas!

            @ Blitzen- You want a Xavi puppy too? Does your cat like dogs? Oh wait…

          • November 14, 2011

            I don’t get the Xavi and mushroom jokes. Am I forgetting something? I hear so many people making mushroom comments re: Xavi.

          • nzm
            November 15, 2011

            oops – sorry.

            I didn’t see that blitzen and BarcaGirl_Indo had already responded to your fungi question below.

  17. November 14, 2011

    There were reports that Barca was scouting the Swiss U-21 LB as potential transfer for this summer.

    He’s had a rough match.

    In fact both Swiss FB have.

    This match is one VdB should really watch carefully. The U-21 side is literally doing many of hte things the senior side is deficient at.

    The Swiss are trying to stay narrow at the backline. The FB are pinching in.

    The problem is the flank play on both sides. The Spanish FB on both sides and wingers are just doing a great job staying wide and cutting in when appropriate.

    The Swiss stay narrow but this is just giving the Spanish flank players space to run into.

  18. November 14, 2011

    Montoya just shuts down a Swiss counter at speed – in the center of the pitch. Came off his flank Abidal style to do so.

    He’s arguably been Spain’s best player.

      • November 14, 2011

        Perhaps the best I’ve seen them play. Much better than the summer even.

  19. nzm
    November 14, 2011

    Great game by the U-21s.

    Skills, defence, movement, possession, goals, pressing – this game had everything.

    • blitzen
      November 14, 2011

      Thiago, Muniain, and Montoya were outstanding. Izco, Romeu, Planas and Bartra all excellent as well. And I have seen huge improvement in Rodrigo, nothing to criticize there.

      Cuenca was good, not brilliant, but he is still working his way into to the team. He had some lovely on-the-ball skills and two fantastic crosses that almost turned into goals.

      • mom4
        November 14, 2011

        After the past week, this game was a soccer catharsis. All the bad footy feelings are gone.

        Is it worth watching the Brazil replay?

      • Humphrey Bogart
        November 14, 2011

        I will start screaming from a rooftop if RoSELL lets Monty slip through our fingers. He is such a class act. Thiago is without words, liked Bartra as well.

  20. November 14, 2011

    VdB really needs to give Montoya minutes to see what he is capable of providing. They can try Iraola there also – but Montoya is more dynamic.

    VdB needs to do something different on the flanks.

    He should also try giving Munian significant minutes.

    This is VdB’s issue. Munian is not nearly the player say Silva is. But Munian’s skill set is much more useful for what Spain needs than Silva’s. Same true to Pedro.

    It’s been very interesting to compare how VdB is handling friendlies compared to Jurgi Loew of Germany.

    Much has been made of Germany drawing 3-3 with the Ukraine last week.

    In that match Loew experimented with a 3-5-2 type of formation though.

    They drew in a friendly. The result makes little difference. Loew tried something different.

    Why try a 3-5-2? I can’t say for so but if I were him this is what I would be thinking.

    I’m not really going to have the ball against Spain. Playing a 3-5-2 against a Spanish team whose front three all cluster in the middle and whose FB aren’t that athletic will allow me to generate 2 vs. 1 or even 3 vs. 1 on the flanks on the counter. Lets’s try it and see.

    And that’s what Loew talked about after the match. Wanting to experiment.

    VdB on the other hand is being very conservative in the face of concrete issues. He’s not even using friendlies to try to different things to address Spain’s major issues.

    Even Silva in the middle wasn’t a real “false 9.” Silva just played his usual game.

  21. Dani_el
    November 14, 2011

    Talking about the width issues Euler and Kxevin have talked about with Barça and Spain’s NT, here’s an excellent article from zonal marking:
    http://www.zonalmarking.net/2011/11/14/del-bosque-spain-tactics-false-nine-euro-2012/
    What’s happening? why del bosque and Pep are asking our players to always come on the middle? Spain’s need of width and Pedro’s supringly lack of form (plus his injury) are taking a toll in Spain’s game. But also in ours. The injury of Ibi, plus Pedro, its unfortunate. If we didn’t have Cuenca and Sanchez…

    • Dani_el
      November 14, 2011

      And why Del Bosque keeps playing Arbeloa and Alonso? Maybe if someone else could provide the necessary width from the right (NOT Arbeloa, obviously) spaces would open up in the middle. If Cuenca keeps playing and Pedro comes back to his usual “!” I believe they’re gonna have plenty of chances on the NT, if Del Bosque realizes that Arbeloa is not a starter, and he doesn’t have to play always Alonso. Spain has played against 4 “strong” NT’s in friendlies, and has lost all of those games. Against Argentina, Portugal, Italy and England.

  22. November 14, 2011

    Hahahaha this was hilarious. Horrifyingly, I HAVE actually seen people go ‘OMG, sorry I mean OMB’ on Twitter.. usually when I click a trend and most of the recent are by Beliebers.

  23. November 15, 2011

    I will be so utterly pissed if Kaka and marcelo recover from their “supposed” injuries and play against Valencia this saturday…and from the reports so far it seems they will..classic sleazy mou-tactics

  24. barca96
    November 15, 2011

    Barcelona president Sandro Rosell closed a 15M deal on the transfer of Santos attacker Neymar (19) in the summer of 2014. [el confidencial]

    15M or 51M? If it really is 15m, I don’t mind having him in the team. More penetration. All the better.

  25. blitzen
    November 15, 2011

    @Outerspaced: Regarding the Xavi/mushroom jokes, it is because he has said on more than one occasion that he enjoys going mushroom hunting with his family. It is a popular pastime in that area and taken quite seriously, to the point where families have their own jealously guarded “secret” hunting grounds. Xavi even took a quiz on some talk show where he had to identify different kinds of mushrooms—and got them all right. Of course he did.

  26. The__K__Man
    November 15, 2011

    So Adriano is injured again for a week or 2. He gets injured way too much.

  27. nzm
    November 15, 2011

    Oooof – conflict tonight.

    Costa Rica vs Spain

    or

    Colombia vs Argentina???

    Guess I’ll be channel-hopping!

    • Ryan
      November 15, 2011

      I envy you! Comcast is charging $29.99 for the Argentina game…

      • nzm
        November 15, 2011

        Ryan – check the stream links that I just posted below.

        Yes – lucky indeed! La1 in Spain is covering the Spain match and Catalunya Esport 3 has got the South American games Colombia vs Argie and then the Chile vs Paraguay straight after it.

        I guess that TV3 is covering those matches because they both involve Barca players!

      • Ryan
        November 15, 2011

        Thanks a bunch; it’s always good to have an additional resource for links!

    • blitzen
      November 15, 2011

      Good read. I can’t say I was aware of him at the time, as I was barely a fan of Barça back then, but it’s a good illustration of how sometimes the “most likely” players to succeed…don’t. It takes not just talent, but self-belief, intelligent choices, and a big dose of good old-fashioned luck.

      I like the bit about Iniesta getting in touch and sending him tickets for CL games. As if we needed more proof of what a nice guy he is.

  28. nzm
    November 15, 2011

    OMB – what a stuff-up between Ramos and Casillas!

    • Ryan
      November 15, 2011

      That was all Casillas’ first touch. He’s better than Valdes in some respects, but definitely not with his footwork!

  29. nzm
    November 15, 2011

    Goal to Colombia.

    And looks like Portugal needs another to qualifu for Eurocopa. They’re currently 2-1 ahead at halftime with 0-0 in the first leg. Cristiano scored a beautiful freekick and Nani a golazo.

  30. nzm
    November 15, 2011

    Flipping heck – another to Costa Rica!

  31. November 15, 2011

    argentina is unreal, literally there entire creative force right now is messi. Every time he gets a touch the whole columbia defense is keying on him and they don’t have to worry about anyone else creating, argentina needs to completely retool there lineup.

    I would suggest a 3-5-1-1, they need to get the offensive players on and create width, they simply cannot afford to play defenders who contribute nothing anymore.

    ?- Masch -?
    cambiasso
    banega-pastore
    lavezzi di maria
    messi
    aguero

  32. Xingxian
    November 15, 2011

    As much as I love to hate CR7 I felt like applauding him for his part (bluffing/representing a threat) in the 5th goal Portugal scored.

    • nzm
      November 15, 2011

      He’s played a great game. That freekick was massive.

  33. nzm
    November 15, 2011

    Another goal to Argie – Kun.

    They might win this one!

  34. nzm
    November 15, 2011

    Portugal qualify in the playoffs for Eurocopa beating Bosnia 6-2.

  35. nzm
    November 15, 2011

    Silva scores for Spain in the 82 min. 2-1.

    • nzm
      November 15, 2011

      Villa scores at last! 2-2

      Argentina won 2-1. Both Masch and Messi scored – Masch with an own goal!

      • mom4
        November 15, 2011

        I didn’t see the whole game, only the last 15 minutes or so, but it seemed like Messi was running his tail off.

        Did someone get hit by a bottle in the Arg game? Bad stream, I couldn’t be sure.

        • K_legit in Oz
          November 15, 2011

          The first half of Spain vs Costa Rica proves why Xabi Alonso will never, ever be as good as Busquets as a DM.

          • nzm
            November 15, 2011

            Yes – good to see Busquets coming on to stabilise it somewhat, but still a painful game.

            Mind you, the pitch was awful and it was raining, but CR also had to play in those conditions.

        • nzm
          November 15, 2011

          mom4 – Messi only ran in the last half. The first half he was quite static. At one point, I watched him pass the ball from the sideline, and he didn’t move from his position for a good 15 seconds. I’m pretty positive that he’s running out of ideas through lack of support both on the field and on the sideline.

          • mom4
            November 15, 2011

            Then I’m glad I only watched the last part of the game.

            On the other hand, if he only ran half of this game, he’ll be fitter for us on Saturday.

            I suppose I should also be glad I only saw a few minutes of the Spain game, too.

            Messi and Villa scoring is priceless for us.

            How long did Xavi play?

          • K_legit in Oz
            November 15, 2011

            Xavi played just the first half

  36. y2k156
    November 15, 2011

    It was aguero who got hit by plastic bottle. nothing major.

    what a match. As a argentina fan, mightily relived to see the 3 points on board. With realization that this is distinctly average team. There are so many weak points that it doesnt make sense to list them. Defense is not great and only way this team functions is if Messi becomes traditional no 10.

    Match changed with introduction of aguero. He made life easier for Messi. Messi was quite average in first half for me but really picked up in second half.

    As a fan of team which is definitely not amongst worlds best, am happy with result. May demichelis never grace the colors after this.

    • November 15, 2011

      The match changed because Sabella finally remembered that Argentina is Argentina and not England.

      How he had the team set up and the tactics he employed were just nonsensical.

      Every Argentina managers keeps making the same strategic mistake. They acknowledge that the back line is terrible. And in order to “fix” this problem they reconstruct midfield into a purely functional, pragmatic zone lacking in creativity.

      The managers take the strength of the team and turn it into a negative to make up for a bigger negative.

      But it doesn’t work.

      And these kinds of tactics implicitly say to Messi – you figure it out. Your on your own.

      • nzm
        November 15, 2011

        Yes – your last line ties in with what I wrote to mom4 a couple of comments above and that is that Messi is running out of ideas and getting sick of the lack of support on the field and from the sideline.

  37. Helge
    November 15, 2011

    Thanks Vincent from the Forest for playing Villa twice 90 minutes … :/

    If Germany continues to play like this, they will definitely win the Euro, whatever Spain, NL, England or anybody else does!

    • nzm
      November 15, 2011

      Great game from them tonight.

      Klose came back with a point to prove, and that he did!

  38. nzm
    November 15, 2011

    Alexis now taking the field in the Chile vs. Paraguay game.

  39. November 15, 2011

    Germany is fantastic. I’ve been saying this for a while. So much better than they were in the WC2010.

    They have a very good chance to win Euro 2012 and the next WC. Perhaps the most balanced team in the world.

    Jurgi Loew is a fantastic manger. He’s so good. He keeps pushing that squad, experimenting with how they can expand their capabilities. Just so impressive to watch what he’s doing there.

    If Pep were to ever leave and an outsider considered for the job – Loew should be at the top of the list.

    • nzm
      November 15, 2011

      His experimenting keeps all the players motivated and hungry. No one can be sure that their position is safe, so they always play to prove themselves. It’s great methodology from Jogi Loew – he certainly has one of the most talented and complete squads.

    • mom4
      November 15, 2011

      VdB better wake up and smell the coffee. What worked for a while won’t necessarily work forever. The whole double pivot has to go. Arbeloa has no business starting, ever.

      On the upside, Villa scored. That little bit of confidence built by that goal may just make that particular useless, worthless friendly a little less useless and worthless.

      • November 15, 2011

        Villa played huge minutes this international break and wasn’t at 100% fitness to begin with.

        VdB always plays him because they simply don’t have many options for goal scoring now.

        Let’s hope scoring that goal will relieve some pressure. Because playing so much is going to take its toll on his performance for barca.

        • mom4
          November 15, 2011

          Oh, I understand why he has to play Villa when they play. I just would rather them not have to play any useless friendlies. But if he has to play, at least the goal is such a plus!

        • Ryan
          November 15, 2011

          There’s always Soldado if he VdB would just give him a chance. Shoot, even Adrian would be an upgrade from Torres!

    • Helge
      November 16, 2011

      Wow, what an incredible move by Thiago, the scene starting at 0:59.
      He really lobbed the ball with his backheel. I can do that with the pick, but lobbing a ball that is on the ground with a backheel is impossible ! 🙂

      • blitzen
        November 16, 2011

        It was pretty cool, but ultimately pointless. Like I said to Jnice on twitter, Thiago has fun with the U21 team because he gets to do fancy things that Pep would probably chew him out for. I can’t blame him–they were dominant from start to finish and they had already qualified, so why not have fun and show off some moves?

        • barca96
          November 16, 2011

          Please ask Jnice to post here once in a while. I miss his posts.

          • Jnice
            November 16, 2011

            What’s up, barca96? What’s new?

  40. blitzen
    November 16, 2011

    Can we have a new topic? This one is a little stale… 😛

    • barca96
      November 16, 2011

      Yeah. I would love to discuss about this topic especially after Rosell came out with this statement;

      “The European top clubs want to reduce national leagues to 16 clubs, as well as a CL with more teams.

      “We don’t think it’s fair that we pay the salaries and UEFA and FIFA get income using our players. This has to be treated seriously

      “If we don’t find a deal, the worst case scenario is that the top clubs will go away from UEFA in 2014 and organize an own league.”

      All via the great Barcastuff.

      I have always been a fan of the G-14 or any super league for that matter ever since when the idea was mooted in the mid-90’s. That’s why I am delighted to hear that something similar is back on track. There are a few major drawbacks to this though.

      I would love if there is a post on this matter before the teams prepare for the next match or during the next break that we have in the future.

  41. barca96
    November 16, 2011

    Oh no.

    Barcelona have decided that second goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto (36), whose contract expires, will not continue next season. [onda cero]

    Let him at least be the 3rd choice keeper as long as he is in the dressing room and on the bench to stand up for his mates.

    • blitzen
      November 16, 2011

      If it’s true, I’m sad. 🙁 I will miss the Plait of Power. Can’t they at least keep him on to emcee the victory celebrations at Camp Nou?

      But wasn’t it just a couple of days ago they were saying the first team would have a third keeper next season instead of just two?

      • barca96
        November 16, 2011

        That’s why he should be the 3rd GK and let a young or someone in the more younger part of the 30’s.

        We lost Silvinho before, Milito and to lose another vocal non-Catalan member would be a great lost. Who else is a vocal person we have now besides Puyol?

  42. barca96
    November 16, 2011

    Toure can’t stop being nice can’t he?

    Toure (Man City): “Messi, Xavi, Iniesta… They are great guys, that’s why they win. It’s the best dressing-room I’ve been part of.” [sport]

  43. blitzen
    November 16, 2011

    Graham Hunter with the Truth on Ibra:

    So my argument is that he knew. Ibrahimovic knew that Guardiola had built a strict system on and off the pitch. He knew that things revolved around Messi. He knew that Barca’s success is fundamentally pressed on intelligent movement — with the ball, off the ball and in pressing to regain the ball. He knew that team harmony was valued about two million light years above self expression. Above all, he knew the impetus was on him to adapt and learn. Not vice versa.

    Instead of working, he started walking. Instead of obeying the rules, he went snow jet-skiing in the winter break. Instead of fitting in with the daily discipline, he trotted out late to training. Last by a distance. By his own definition, Barca was his big chance. He blew it. It was his fault.

    http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/columnist/hunter_graham/id/7241327/zlatan-ibrahimovic-new-book-height-self-indulgence-graham-hunter-soccer

  44. barca96
    November 16, 2011

    Wow. Dinho might go to Panathinaikos.

    On a totally unrelated note, Messi looks like Copernicus

    *http://estaticos.sport.es/resources/jpg/7/4/1320997639347.jpg

    which reminds me of this episode on Family Guy.

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wun5mgqiVAA

  45. culegirl3
    November 16, 2011

    If you live near a Ross store you might want to go and take a look around. I was browsing around and found the mint green away shirt(long sleeved) for $24.99. It doesn’t have a players number or name but it is the real deal. Just thought I’d share 🙂

    • Ryan
      November 16, 2011

      That might explain why I see more of those than the actual blaugrana ones!

  46. Dani_el
    November 16, 2011

    In this article Ruben Uría explains how Cristiano Ronaldo could have been signed by Barça in the summer of 2003. Barça sent Txiki to Portugal, and Rosell with Laporta had contacts with Mendes (Ronaldo’s agent) and were willing to put 7M euros for his signing. ManUtd offer was of 15M euros. So they won. Mr. Uría also explains how Ferguson wanted Puyol, and offered 20M euros for him, and also offered three times his salary in Barça. And how Puyol turned down the offer, because he didn’t want to become a Figo. It also gives a quote from Laporta (and this is really important):
    La tesorería del club no está para demasiados alardes. Anuncia que el déficit del Barça asciende a 164 millones de euros y que “el objetivo sigue siendo el déficit cero para el año que viene, cosa que, además, creo que es factible”. [ Frase que, negro sobre blanco y con el paso del tiempo, alcanza hoy trascendencia y relevancia]
    “The clubs treasury isn’t prepared to give too much money for a signing. Laporta announces that Barça’s deficit is about 164M euros and that “the objective keeps lowering the deficit to 0, next year, action that I believe to be doable”.”
    http://es.eurosport.yahoo.com/futbol/ruben-uria/article/30694/

    • Dani_el
      November 16, 2011

      Three months after the failed signing of Ronaldo, Rikjaard gives minutes to a little young boy, that made his debut against Mourinho’s Porto, by the name of Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, this was November the 16th of 2003. Eight years ago exactly.

    • November 16, 2011

      Ronaldo was offered to Barcelona again when he was playing at Manchester after his clash with Rooney in the WC. Laporta rejected the chance to sign him because he had his eyes and heart on Henry.

      I thought it was a mistake then, and still I do.

      • Dani_el
        November 16, 2011

        Maybe Messi wouldnt have had the same chances. Or maybe Ronaldo would have grown up with our values, and would have been an asset to our team. Who knows? If you ask me today, I believe CR7 doesn’t have a space on our team, because of way of playing, values and general behaviour. I believe Messi was born to play and succeed in Barça, and that him, Iniesta and Xavi are the 3 best field players on the world.

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