El Clasico Copa Style: First Leg Liveblog

Words can’t describe the anticipation.

Starting XI: Pinto Alves Pique Puyol Abidal Xavi Busquets Iniesta Fabregas Messi Sanchez

Bench: Valdes, Mascherano, Adriano, Dos Santos, Thiago, Sergi, Cuenca

Storm Trooper XI: Casillas, Altintop, Ramos, CarvalhoMarcelo, Coentrao, Pepe, Alonso, Diarra, Ozil, Callejon, Higuain, Ronaldo, Benzema


Boarding begins 15 minutes before the 4:00 PM EST flight. Don’t be late.


  1. awesome pic kari…that really is all that has to be said…a win at the bernabeau always makes my day (or really, week)! and i am lucky, i live in japan, so i was watching at 6am.. i get to enjoy the full day afterwards with my “victorious over ee” grin…

    im so proud of our guys…i have so much confidence in them..you know, in my entire life of watching sports…whenever i am watching “my team” play (whatever the sport maybe), and the other team takes the lead..there is always part of me that immediately feels a desperate sense of despair…the feeling of an impending loss looming in the near future…but not with this barca team! i can never doubt them…

    with such a good feeling, i hate to be negative..but i have to say that i really detest watching pepe play..i only watch ee play when they are playing us..so i don’t know how he acts in other games (except for the occasional highlight clip of something he did that makes me think “wow, did he really do that??”…i just can’t understand how any ee fan/ staff member can stand to watch him play, let alone support him after he pulls off one of his psychotic stunts…

  2. in the real world, what pepe does is assault, and you can go to jail, never mind a yellow or red “card”

    i agree — ban him. set an example for children for crying out loud.

    and to think the madrid fans in the pub today (Seattle) were chuckling at his behavior. what sadness

    1. here are more example of his behavior:


  3. wow..its been a while since i watched that..obviously that kind of behavior is never warranted…but i always wondered what set him off to react in that way…regardless, i really do wonder how any ee fan likes him…aside from his atheticism, i would think his negative characteristics far outweigh the positives..

    1. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I honestly think Pepe is a bit…mentally defective. Chemically unbalanced, maybe. I can;t think of any other explanation for his personality.

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