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Camp Nou Wallpaper

Here’s a dark and moody Camp Nou wallpaper for you to download.

There are 2 versions:  one is dark and with more contrast, while the other is a little more milky and the yellow club slogan is less bright.   The lighter one looks good on my MacBook Pro, (my desktop icons show up better against it), while the darker one is best on our PC screen.



Follow the links to download the size which is relevant and best for your device, and then Right-click on the image and “Save Image As” to download.

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Let me know, (in the comments), if you require any size that’s not already here.

Please give me the pixel dimensions, so that I don’t have to go and hunt them down for each different monitor or device!

This is the original image, which you can download here:  Camp_Nou_Day

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209 Responses to “Camp Nou Wallpaper”

  1. blitzen says:

    Very nice! You made this yourself?

    I’ve got a lovely pic of Puyol as my wallpaper just now. :)

  2. blitzen says:

    For anyone in a more holiday sort of mood, may I suggest this for your wallpaper?


  3. barca96 says:

    - You’re so awesome. So helpful.

    – What’s happening at the Camp Nou during the summer break? Does it host exhibition games? Concerts? Or is this period strictly an off season?

    I’m from Rotterdam, the Feijenoord stadium, de Kuip is sometimes used for exhibition matches for the corporates. I’m not sure if it’s only opeefor booking for the sponsors only or open to anyone that can cough up the money.

    – Does Barca have open days for trials? How about a fan day?

    – Does the sport shops offer discounts on the 2011/12 jerseys when they need to clear stock for the new jerseys?

    • nzm says:

      - the stadium is open for conferences, weddings, meetings, social events. Yes, people get married at Camp Nou! Over summer, they build a big platform which comes out from the President’s Bar area (over the stadium’s Presidential Box) to increase the floor size and to hold bigger functions.

      The last concert there was U2 in 2009, and I think that it damaged the pitch so much that there hasn’t been another one. The pitch doesn’t get a lot of sunlight during winter and they have a hard time maintaining it, so they want to maximise the growing and tending time during summer.

      There are stadium tours which are part of the “Camp Nou Experience”. Visit the museum and then you can tour through the stadium, walking into the visiting team’s dressing room and through the press boxes etc, including walking down the players’ tunnel and out onto the pitch perimeter. The only time that the stadium tour isn’t available is on match days, and possibly the day before match days, depending on the kick-off times.

      ~ Open days at the stadium are usually on the Joan Gamper Memorial trophy matchday and on club election day. Open training is usually around the 5th January just before Kings’ Day on the 6th.

      ~ Haven’t seen anything on discount in the store, so I’m not sure about that. They most likely remove it all and offer it through their online store or send it all to some underprivileged country. They want to maximise the spending in the shop. If they don’t offer a discount, people will buy at full price!

      • mom4 says:

        There was some clearance stuff at the botiga when we were there in January. We didn’t buy anything on clearance though. They have a much different idea of what constitutes a clearance price than I do.

  4. barca96 says:

    We have our first summer signing!!Yay!

  5. barca96 says:

    Thanks a lot nzm.

    btw in case you want to know, its a 6 year old Brazilians kid. The youngest signing I’ve know before this was when EE signed a 10 year old Swedish kid in 2000. Never heard of him ever again.

  6. messifan says:

    Thanks NZM! Both pictures look very intimidating. Did it rain when you took these photos?

  7. barca96 says:

    This was meant to be a reply to nzm’s reply to my comment. But whenever I type a new comment and submit it, it will not submit it. It will instead get back to the page where I was at, in the comments box.

    When I submit it, it will go to an error page claiming that its a duplicate comment.

    Only way for me to view my comment is to refresh the page.

    Anyone experiencing the same problem?
    Im on Galaxy S2 using a opera browser.

  8. Eklavya says:

    Wow, nice, you even made an iPad size just for me :P so sweet!

  9. nzm says:

    I’ve put the original image into the post above, just in case you all want a bright, sunny day! (Which it always is, in Barcelona.) :P

  10. nzm says:


    Barca Regal just defeated Real Madrid 73-69 in the last game of the play-offs to win the basketball Liga Endesa. (Spanish League.)

    What a match!

  11. mom4 says:

    nxm, official photographer of BFB! Cool pics.

    BTW, lookie what’s on FSC tonight.


    Bet there will be some links.

  12. mom4 says:

    Greece! Who knew?

    • Vj says:

      I think its a conspiracy by UEFA to ensure a Germany – Greece Quarterfinal. I’m betting Germany will top their group tomorrow. Just watch.

      Its also a preview writer’s wet dream what with all the financial importance the two teams have in the Eurozone..

  13. providence says:

    OFF topic: Please there is an argument here. what’s the difference between Busquets and alonso in terms of role. can Pirlo n paul Scholes be described as Defensive midfielders as we described Busi,Makele,gatusso,motta….

  14. nzm says:

    The Purple and Whites are back!

    Valladolid won the play-offs (which were played with Alcorcon, Hercules and Cordoba), and will join Deportivo and Celta in the Spanish First Division next season.

    I’ve missed their purple and white stripes!

  15. providence says:

    OFF topic: Please there is an argument here. what’s the
    difference between Busquets and alonso in terms of role. can
    Pirlo n paul Scholes be described as Defensive midfielders as we
    described Busi,Makele,gatusso,motta….

    • ciaran says:

      Busquets v Alonso is a funny one, not as easily decided as one is better than the other.
      Busquets is better at reading the game and intercepting against counter attacks. He wins the ball well and consistently maintains possession without ever really being an attacking threat with the exception of his reasonable dribbling ability. He rarely provides a shoot on goal or a defense splitting pass however he is more likely to win the ball back quickly.
      Alonso is better in a counter attacking team where, when he has the ball he can immediately look up and use his long passing ability to great effect. He can switch play from flank to flank well and is more aggressive in his passing. In a team who are more direct in possession he would be better.

      In the current Spain system, I can’t see a role for Xabi Alonso unless Llorente and wingers are used.
      With Silva, Iniesta, Xavi & Cesc, Busquets is the far more suited holding midfielder.

    • ciaran says:

      For the second question, positionally Pirlo plays where a defensive midfielder plays but his role is different.
      He attempts to dictate play by taking the ball from the defenders and passing the ball from deep. Normally this role is called a ‘deep lying playmaker’.
      Rarely will you see Pirlo diving into tackles or chasing down opposition like the others you’ve mentioned so I wouldn’t consider them defensive midfielders. Deep lying playmakers are in the team for their role when their team is in possession (passing and creating options), defensive midfielders tend to be in the team for what they can do when the opposition is in possession (tackling, closing down and making interceptions).

      A few years ago, in Rijkaard’s first season, he was playing Xavi and Edgar Davids as ‘defensive midfielders’ even though Xavi was a deep lying playmaker and Davids was a straight up defensive midfielder. The occupied a similar area of the pitch but the role was different.

      • providence says:

        thank you ciaran.
        over the years I’ve season paul.scholes/carrick
        pirlo/gatusso, veira/makelele alonso/mascherano … and when u check their profiles all of them are defensive midfielders.why? and for alonso he stays deeps and sometimes u see khedira moving ahead of him. but to be frank I seem not to get alonso’s style. is he a deep lying play maker. or a typical defensive midfielder? n how is he different from pirlo and paul scholes?

  16. Helge says:

    by the way, I love you all!

    I love my BFB family.

    I’m not posting frequently, and often it is of no imprtance, but I just wanna let you all know that you are a huge part of my life and the BFB family makes it a lot better! :)

    You are all the best!

    • Helge says:

      oh, and Regal Barcelona have won the final against Real Madrid, in an according to, epical final! :)

      Madrid, cabron, salud al campéon!

      And last but not least, fc*k y-o-u- CR

      PS: I’m already wondering if my comments will be edited ;) good night all!

      • nzm says:

        It was an amazing game – we almost couldn’t watch it because it was so intense. The lead changed hands so many times.

      • Richzorz says:

        According to the official RM website the loss was due to “controversial refereeing decisions”, good to hear Madrid are keeping up their impeccable reputation as graceful losers…

        • nzm says:

          Well – they went both ways. At first, it seemed that the refs were favouring RM with some very strange calls. As the game went on, the balance tipped a little in Barca’s favour, but it was another inconsistent refereeing job, that’s for sure.

  17. Kxevin says:

    Greece. Ho-ly. Crap. Russia suddenly became the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, and hats off to Samras, who was a one-man army at the point with hold-up play and battling for possession. A great tournament continues. Yes, the best team in the group is out, but we know how that works, don’t we?

    Big shout-out to Barca basquet, who won it all today against hardwood EE.

    • nzm says:

      As for that dying seconds save from the Czech defender to deny Poland the equaliser – WOW!

      Kind of like Masch’s save against Espanyol, only closer to the goal!

  18. yana says:

    So now we know what happens when Messi gets subbed out of a match:

    — The cameras all follow him off the field.
    — The cameras linger on him on the sideline. The match plays on but they don’t return to it.
    — The commentators talk about Messi being subbed.
    — After a couple of minutes, the cameras finally tear themselves away from Messi.
    — The broadcasters probably contemplate going off the air already, in the 77th minute, because Messi has been subbed out of the match.

    :) Well, maybe this wouldn’t happen in a competitive match.

  19. Helge says:

    And Messi confirmed after the All Star match that he will become a father of a boy. So I think the wedding bells might also be ringing, soon :)

    • hansh says:

      I don’t know about anyone else, but I really, really weirded out that Messi is going to be a dad. I guess he does such a good job of keeping the media away from his personal life that I kind of forget that he’s a grown man. Anyway, I’m happy for him just the same :).

  20. blitzen says:

    AC Milan have turned an offer of 46 million Euros for Thiago Silva from PSG. If they are turning down that kind of dough, we are definitely not interested.

    • Vj says:

      Silva gets a pay raise, he’s happy – he’s got what he wanted.

      Fans and players are happy that he’s staying.

      Galliani/Berlusconi get to say that they can’t afford any major signings due to the players’ salaries.

      Everyone’s happy!

  21. providence says:

    Ibrahim Afellay has a 100% pass completion rate in the
    opponent’s half so far at the European Championships
    #euro2012 [via @castrolfootball

    is it true? I saw him try a cut in to Van persie. which cudnt go through against Germany.

    • Momo says:

      Even if it was true, he’s been abysmal in the past two games. Every pass was either side ways or backwards, and much like every other dutch player, he took no responsibility in attack.
      Very disappointing for me….

      • Jim says:

        He seems like a nice lad and I never like to see youngsters getting the injury he did but I’ve always wondered what he was doing at Barca. Other than a pretty impressive shot he doesn’t have an outstanding skill set and i can’t see him getting a run in the team. Prime candidate for a loan?

        • Momo says:

          Probably going to get loaned out, unless he’s willing to take a very heavy bench role. People forget he isnt a youngster though (turning 26 this year) so I can see him moving on either this summer or in the winter window.

  22. barca96 says:

    I would love for Pedro to get some minutes but he didn’t even get any minutes during the last 2 friendlies. He is definitely ahead of J. Navas for me.

  23. barca96 says:

    Obviously I want Oranje to go through but even if Germany does beat Denmark, I just don’t see us beating Portugal by a 2 goal margin that is needed to progress.

    Oranje only has van Persie to rely on for goals. Huntelaar too but he hardly plays. Robben can’t even get his shot on target.

    Portugal on the other hand has many goal scorers and until now, CR7 wasn’t one of them. That is really dangerous.

    • Helge says:

      I don’t know, but the midfield of Netherlands is really weak today, or am I expecting too much of an offensive midfield made up by Sneijder, Robben, van der Vaart and van Persie? When you read the names and know how they combined in the past for Netherlands (or Sneijder + vdV for Ajax), you must wonder just how much is wrong inside the Dutch team nowadays*.
      Only vdV seems to play to his potential, the rest is underperforming so far :/

      PLEASE, beat Portugal so that Denmark can advance with a draw!
      Don’t want to see Portugal in the semis (even Portugal should not have problems to prevail over the Czech Republic in the quarter final) …

      *at least elimination will be equivalent to the sacking of BvM

  24. messifan says:

    I’m late to the party, but apparently people who run @barcastuff are leaving? There will be a new team in place later this summer. So many changes relating to Barca; I don’t like this :(

    • Vj says:

      Imagine working a job without getting paid. Add having a life to that. With the anonymity, its really a thankless job.

      Kinda like with Pep, there’s not much you can do. Just give your thanks and give them your best wishes..

      • Kxevin says:

        This here Internets thing is a tough hustle. Those folks work like dogs, and do an amazing job. I can’t imagine. Every effort from Pep has been class. Bummer if it doesn’t continue in the same vein. But we’ll see.

        • messifan says:

          I know it’s a thankless job but I’m one of those people who don’t like changes. I don’t have twitter, so can you tell barcastuff that I appreciate their hard work and wish them the best :-) Thanks!

  25. nzm says:

    Heh – German commentary just called Cristiano “the oiled one”. :D

  26. messifan says:

    Some Barca related news:

    -Apparently, the deal to play in China is off b/c clubs don’t agree (Sorry Chiu and other Chinese Barca fans) via @barcastuff. Well, at least Spanish clubs have some common sense.

    -Alba to play for us next season looks more likely. I’m not exactly sure how this transfer will solidify our defense. Assuming Dani stays, we have two wing-backs, not two full-backs, and Montoya and Adriano for backups.

    -From totalbarca, Laporta said he might run for president :-/ I guess, we’ll hear more bickering in the coming season.

    ———–End of news—————————–

    There’s an upside to the off-season – no ref talk, no conspiracy, no “creatures of noise”. A quiet atmosphere :D

    • Kxevin says:

      Laporta has some pretty incendiary things to say (Sport interview). His greatest ally, frankly, would be a lack of success from FCB this season. Hope it doesn’t happen, right?

      Friends turned enemies need to squabble in private, rather that the halls of a great football club.

      • nzm says:

        The noise, that Laporta is making now, is getting much louder. If he wasn’t in a position to do this, he would be a stupid man for all the things that he’s saying – especially if the court case between him and Rosell is still going on without a verdict yet.

        So, maybe it’s been settled? And maybe the outcome was favourable for Laporta? There’s been little news about it lately.

        Sadly, Rosell’s snowjob on the socis means that Laporta has a lot of negative legacy to overcome if he’s to gain the majority vote.

        Maybe he’ll be endorsed by Pep…maybe Pep will return with him…quizas!


        • messifan says:

          I wouldn’t be thrilled if Laporta chooses to run for president. I don’t like Rosell for his silence, but Laporta for me is just as bad when it comes to managing our finance. For the next few years, priority should be placed on managing our book, since the days of cheap credits are coming to an end, and we now have to compete with clubs sponsored by sugar daddies.

          But I admit that I do miss seeing the slogan “Catalonia is not Spain” at the Camp Nou. For some reasons, a sense of identity is somewhat lost. Maybe it coincides with the changing political landscape in Spain and across Europe.

          Now, Pep for president. That I can endorse :D

          • Kxevin says:

            Don’t fall for the snow job that RoSELL has sold (or tried to sell, for some of us) about the club’s finances. A few unbiased analyses have said that we’re only as bad as RoSELL alleges if you use his rather blinkered math. The Swiss Ramble had an excellent piece on our finances just last month.

          • messifan says:

            Yes, I’m sure Rosell manipulates the number quite a bit, and I certainly didn’t like the Qatar deal b/c he sold it below market value.

            The Swiss Ramble report focuses more on our debts, and I’m looking at our cash flow. Obviously, as an institution, Barcelona is not going bankrupt. But a few red flags for me are unpaid taxes (50mil.) and over 150 mil. borrowed to pay wages about two years ago. On top of that, 1/3 annual revenue comes from gate receipts, that number is tied to disposable household incomes. If people in Spain don’t have money, less fans at the stadium, less revenue.

            Then, you look at the borrowing cost in Spain and how that will affect transfer budget. Not saying that on-field performance correlates with our transfers, but on-field performance can affect our brand, which can then affect our commercial revenue.

            My point is we’re not operating in a healthy financial climate, so over the next few years, the people who run the club should be a little bit more sensible.

            Imo, if Laporta were still in charge, we would pay 50 mil for Thiago Silva :)

          • Kxevin says:

            Keep in mind that FCB enjoys an unusually high number of season ticket holders, even if they don’t attend matches. And many, many of the tickets sold for matches are tourists, who come to Barcelona for the sole purpose of seeing the team. So even with the state of the economy, Catalans and the state of their disposable income isn’t what you might think.

            Two years ago was a period of unprecedented success, and incentive-heavy contracts. And with annual revenues of almost a half-billion, I wouldn’t worry too much about cash flow.

            Laporta simply believed that if his coach wanted a player, there was a good reason, and he went out to get that player. The logic or illogic of that approach is for others to debate. But it’s hard to argue with the results of that strategy. Another season with no major silver and RoSELL is as good as dead.

          • nzm says:

            messifan: if there was an issue with cashflow, then Rosell wouldn’t have been so quick to close the Soci membership which is a constant source of cash revenue.

            He missed out on 2 golden seasons where the soci membership could have grown significantly.

          • messifan says:

            @nzm, so how would you explain unpaid taxes and money borrowed from the bank to cover wages?

          • nzm says:

            Over-extending themselves?

            With my comment, I’m not saying that there wasn’t a cashflow problem, but then if it was that bad, why would you (like Rosell) shut down a guaranteed growth source of cash which is worth around Eur50 million with 170,000 Socis?

            With 300,000 Socis, close to 100 million?

            Doesn’t make sense if the liquidity issue was that serious. You’d be wanting every single bit of cash that you could lay your hands on, if only to continue being good with the banks to get more loans.

            Besides, bridging finance isn’t unheard of, in months where money gets tight. As far as I’m aware, that’s all that wages loan was – a temporary loan until the Champions League monies were paid to the club.

            As for the tax – I don’t know enough about that to comment.

            Something to remember is that when the Board changes hands at Barca, the accounts are wrapped up as if the club is being ‘sold’ to a new entity. There are no accruals and no carry overs, so it’s like a final set of accounts. Of course, this means little within the club, because life carries on, but Rosell used those figures however he could to get his knives in. (And then, miraculously, a year later everything was hunky dory again!)

            Remember too, that Rosell was still using scare tactics then. He was doing anything to discredit Laporta.

            What’s also conveniently forgotten is that Laporta reduced the debt during his tenure. The club owed less when he left than when he started.

          • messifan says:

            nzm, I think we’re going to agree to disagree on this finance question :D

  27. blitzen says:

    For anyone who missed it, El Jefecito Mascherano is now on twitter, official.


  28. barca96 says:

    I think Spain will struggle tonight. Yes, they can pass the ball around but they will have a hard time scoring. They could end up as 2nd in the group.

  29. Ryan says:

    Alonso yet again looking to be a waste in this Spanish team. Several misplaced passes and touches; Spain needs another attacker in there!

  30. messifan says:

    Not watching the game, but let me guess, Spain is too narrow, no width, tika-taka but no vertical threat, Ramos reckless and Arbeloa useless. Sounds about right?

  31. olbucky says:

    I hate to admit it but he actually had two nice long passes to Torres but other than that has been an absolute waste and completely useless. He does not fit in. When passing they dont even include him in the flow of the game. I watched him pretty carefully today since he’s bombed so far in the Euros. There was one pass he made to Jordi Alba where he passed him into double coverage and forced him into giving up the ball. The players know this and start to exclude him. Xavi certainly does. I’ve heard him quoted before that Alonso couldn’t play for Barca. You know damn well he’d rather have Iniesta next to him and Pedro and Cesc in front of him. If VDB wasn’t afraid of the fallout he would go that route. This is all political but if he loses this thing it willbe his fault.

  32. olbucky says:

    And Torres has bombed as well. This isn’t Ireland! Spain has been flat because of Torres and Alonso. Second half changes should be moving Iniesta to midfield, pull Alonso, Torres, Silva.
    Insert Cesc, Llorente, Pedro

    He could lose this thing still!!!!!!

  33. mom4 says:

    I see absolutely ZERO urgency from Esp right now. Even in defense. All Croatia needs is one moment of luck.

  34. olbucky says:

    Hey VDB time to start warming some guys up!!!!!!!!

  35. Ryan says:

    Casillas sure is good, eh?

  36. olbucky says:

    JESUS NEVA’S !!!!!!!!! The army of shit at your arsenal and that’s the best you can come up with VDB? You deserve to lose and lose your job.

  37. nzm says:

    We are NEVER going to see Pedro, are we?

    For God’s sake, get Silva off that pitch.

    Shakira unhappy for Pique. Would love to know who that guy is, that she always sits with! Probably her bodyguard.

  38. nzm says:

    Casillas is already my MotM.

    And Busquets needs to grow some.

  39. olbucky says:

    The final change should be javi Martinez for Xabi Alonso. My 5 year old could do a better job from having played FIFA on the iPad managing this team than VDB.

  40. mom4 says:

    VdB has lost the plot. I beleive we’re playing for a draw.

  41. mom4 says:

    Well, raising your hand for an offside call never has been shown to be an effedtive form of defense.

  42. ciaran says:

    How funny is it – the above comments about Navas and he’s the one who scores. Irony is brilliant

  43. messifan says:

    Really bad pun, but here we go:

    Hey, Vicente del Bosque,
    and this is crazy,
    but here’s my lineup,
    so use it, maybe?


    Subs: Llorente, ? and ?.

    (Sorry this song is stuck in my head :P )

    • olbucky says:

      Messi fan, what games are you watching that you would start Alonso? Seriously, what’s the rationale?

      • messifan says:

        I haven’t seen this game; stuck at work but not very productive.

        I based my logic on a) del Bosque is not going to give up a double pivot due to history from confed. cup (loss 2-0 to the USA), b) weaker defense than it was two years ago, c) politics.

        Having a double pivot in theory should protect the backline. Keep in mind that Ramos is reckless, Pique sometimes dreams in space, Arbeloa is useless, and Alba is still young and new to this stage.

        I watched Alonso and Busi partnership against Italy and I thought they both did well helping out the defense, with the exception of that one error where Busi didn’t close Pirlo, thus allowing Pirlo to pass to di Natalie and scored.

        And removing Silva and/or Torres will cause less friction.

        That’s my rationale :)

  44. olbucky says:

    VDB is a lucky bastard. He’s been a lucky man to have had this job the last few years. Let’s face it, a lot of guys and I even feel like I am one of them, could have managed that grooup of guys to a world cup. I certainly feel I’d’ve making much better choices than he’s making now. He is the benefactor of Pep and Barcas success. When he embraces that he will start winning by comfortable margins instead of 1-0 vs China.

    Based on what Spain did today the Germans could easily beat them. Torres does not have the quality to play against a top team. As soon as he was pulled the tempo picked up. He just gets in the way. If a big man has to be I there I’d rather see Llorente. He’s faster and stronger and plays total football already. He is used to moving around. Xabi Alonso was is usual useless self. He always looks like he has to take shit. Always has that winey look on his face.

    • Lou says:

      Spain were cautious today, but I thought there was some logic behind Del Bosque’s choices. Navas was probably a defensive change: Croatia had realized that they needed to score and were pouring forward, and they managed to make several really good scoring chances just before. Bringing on Navas means you don’t have to rely on Arbeloa to create width (something he’s not that good at anyway), which means Arbeloa can hang back and help out with defense.

      As for why Del Bosque didn’t bring on a striker, I guess he figured that if it stayed scoreless Croatia would be forced to send more players forward to attack which would open up space for Spain’s army of midfielders. In the end he was right, but if Croatia had scored Spain would have been in big trouble.

      • mom4 says:

        In the end he was lucky not right. Croatia looked very dangerous at the end. In fact, against any other keeper they may have scored. A performance like this agaist a better team and they go home.

    • Bassam says:

      Well then…. I’m guessing a lot of Football Manager experience?

      • Vj says:

        C’mon! You should be used to knee-jerk reactions from the fans after a bad result..

      • Srinivas says:

        As much i like your insights Bassam on THIS blog, it is utterly hypocritical to criticize BFB when RMFB is much much worse. Neither BFB have posters calling its captain overrated whenever its team loses Nor have writers with “Don’t Fuck with me ” Description.

        Also i loved it when you had discussion with THAT guy about how Barca supporters are Ignorant and how he wanted to PHYSICALLY HURT THE BARCA POSTERS! Irony is that it is coming from the guy who single handedly made me to stop following RMFB by making pathetic youtube videos.

        On another note, I wonder what do you make of This.
        Going through your TL i see you and your associates criticized Pep for being hypocrite and not having any consistency. Now i wonder if only holds for Barca. It makes me sad you did not say a thing about it. But not totally surprised as it is coming from the guy who adores Juanito cause in your words “Defends Real Madrid” and called Javi Martinez “asshole” for committing less cynical offense.

        Please forgive me if I’m being irreverent but you seem more sensible in this blog than in twitter for some reason.

  45. Helge says:

    Worst match of Spain, and also worse than any Barca match of this season.
    I was almost disgusted by it, sorry…

    What the heck is VdB’s problem with Fernando Llorente, and (despite his goal) how can you replace Torres with Navas?

    With today’s performance, a team like Portugal or Argentina would have scored 4 against Spain (just like they did in the friendlies).
    But this is not a friendly, Sn. Del Bosque!

    It was a shame that I wasted two hours for this instead of working on my math assignments! :)

  46. Humphrey Bogart says:

    Words downright fail me. VdB has one of the best squads at his disposal and he is doing everything he can to bring his own team down.

    1. His persistence with Arbeloa. He offers nothing going forward. Croatia left him free the whole time because he would do nothing dangerous anyway. As they did not need anybody to cover him they could double up on Iniesta and Xavi instead.
    2. D. Silva, although he was involved in some of the goals, he is out of form: bad touch and loosing ball after ball
    3. The subs: bringing on a winger who can cross to?????? nobody, because the striker was taken out
    3. No reaction to the stale movement: where were Pedro or Santi??

    • Bassam says:

      Question: Why does Pedro play as a winger for Barca? Because runs in from the false 9 can latch on to crosses.

      A winger also opens up space in the middle, as he stretches the field. This allows more room for Silva (or Cesc) to expose in the middle.

      He did react to the stale movement. He put in Navas. And then Cesc. It’s either Navas or Pedro. He chose Navas, who did very well.

      • Humphrey Bogart says:

        he did put in a least 3 or 4 crosses into orbit, he is a good winger but hardly a good finisher. Pedro at least can hit the target

      • Ramzi says:

        You should be sued for comparing Navas to Pedro. Apples and Oranges. In fact, Pedro is more a wide forward than a wing, as he make more diagonal runs than he hug the lines and he is a more complete player in buildup and tactically. Navas is a more fragile Aaron Lennon with some glances of goodness.

        And I said it for a Messi times already: Wings stretch opponent defense only if their crosses are a threat. Or else, they can only depend on defense naivety.

        • Bassam says:

          By no means do i think that Navas and Pedro are similar. My point is, unless you want to take Arbeloa out and put Pedro, then I don’t see Pedro and Navas both playing.

          I never really liked Pedro on the left, so I would assume he would slot in on the right. It’s either him or Navas. Different results when you put them on, but me thinks that only one could play.

      • lyd says:

        “They are about as similar as two completely dis-similar things in a pod.”

  47. Ramzi says:

    Generally speaking, criticizing VDB is a trend already. People need to understand that any game could be approached in more than one way. It is not valid to pick a favorite alternative and dismiss the validity of any other choice the coach takes.

    I might have some thoughts other than what I’ve seen so far from VDB. But I cant see what he did wrong so far.

    Double pivots? Won Spain their first Euro and world cup. You can suggest other alternatives, but I can’t see how a proven success could be labeled as a catastrophe.

    Using Pedro? At his best, Pedro is a key starter for a team like THIS Spain. Yet again, was Pedro anywhere near his best last season – putting aside 90 minutes or so at the end of the season? In fact it was a huge vote of confidence that VDB called him for Euros in the first place. Few coaches would’ve done so. We arent watching the training sessions, and we don’t know What Pedro VDB is having there. I am sure when he’s ready, he’ll play.

    Arbeloa isn’t the best RB in the world. But it is not like Juanfran is Cafu. There is a valid question whether Offense improve through his contribution way more than defense may decline.

    Again, I may have other alternatives, like Alba-Pique-Martinez-Ramos defense line. But I never saw that backline playing enough to judge. Are Pique and Martinez too similar to work together? Too slow? Will Ramos be able to contribute in offense in that case?

    It is not as simple as it may look from a distance…

    • Humphrey Bogart says:

      maybe, but the way it is it is clearly not working right now at all. They can not rely on luck and Casillas all the time. As they way they tried does not work he must try something else to improve things

    • providence says:

      hats. off for you RAMZI.

    • Bassam says:

      Thanks, Ramzi.

      I’ve discussed with you my thoughts on the Alba-Pique-Martinez-Ramos defense. Which you clearly mentioned as well. Looking back at the games, Ramos covers so much space on the left for Alba to go forward. His speed helps a lot in that. Martinez is not the paciest of players, and he might be caught too off guard with Alba pushing forward that much.

      As for Arbeloa vs Juanfran. It’s in terms of defense vs attack. Arbeloa is better defensively. Juanfran is better going forward. With that said, for those that follow Atleti, whenever Juanfran played without Arda on his side of the pitch, he found it very difficult. Without someone on the right, Juanfran won’t be able to do as much as people expect of him. Problem is solved by including a winger.

      My ideal formation change would be including Navas with a striker still in. If the striker is one that needs to be taken off, then Pedro is a better choice than Navas.

    • lyd says:

      Vdb has played safe all along. And continues to do so. I dont know whats with all the fuss! You cant expect him to experiment or go out of his nature at a tournament like Euro. Already he played the team with a striker+winger less formation. Now give the ol man a break! Maybe he’d play smart and brave when a worthy opponent comes along. Well, Italy with its current system seems worthy enough. Hopefully the two would meet in the final.

      I found Ramos as a RB in WC annoying. (There was this period in WC where he and Alonso would do 1-2s from 50m out.) Also, Navas was extremely annoying with his superior 1dimensional self. So i guess Vdb has done just enough to get rid of the frustrating elements (damage control) from this team by placing Ramos at CB and Jesus as a late sub for miracles.

      One wingback (Now alba previously Ramos) is good enough for Vdb system. The system that loves to sprinkle aggression on top of a solid base of caution. Get used to it folks!

      And get rid of the double pivot you say? -And thereby get immediately fired for not winning both WC and Euro? (well that might make him forget what EE did to him!)
      Martinez for Ramos? -And then have Javi-Xavi-Xabi confusion for 90 mins? Think of the commentators at least!
      Pedro for Jesus? -Jesus as we all know can perform miracles! (The slight problem here is that the whole world is watching.)
      Fernando Llorente Torres for Fernando Torres? -And waste stuffs? (You know.. stuffs!) and not profit later? You must be insane!

    • AJ_10 says:

      You’re Pedro argument is true. But the same applies to Torres. He had a worse season than pedro yet he played all three games ( started two). And torres was mostly suffering psychological problems and those won’t be apparent on the training grounds. I don’t see why he is the preferred starter.
      Pedro is a clinical finisher and provides width.I think he deserves at least one match to prove himself.

  48. providence says:

    @ Bassam. please can you explain alonso’s role.for me. is he a typical.defensive midfielder as we know makelele. gatusso… and how does Madrid use him? he and khedira who goes forward more?

    • Bassam says:

      I think someone discussed it in an earlier post. Alonso is a deep lying play maker. He drops deep and helps push the ball from the back of the field. He also serves, in the RM system, as a tactical buffer. Watches the game from far away and makes sure players adjust their position.

      I’m actually writing a long post for my blog over the difference of the role of Khedira in the Real Madrid line up and that of him in the Germany line up. I’ll make sure to post it for you when I finish it up (possibly after the Euros). But in a nutshell, Khedira serves as the ball winner. Runs around the midfield trying to win the ball back. Alonso theoretically, doesn’t have to play higher up, as he is required to both play as a deep lying play maker and as a replacement center back so Ramos can cover for Marcelo. But Khedira’s limited passing ability forces Alonso’s role to go from a “play ball from the back” to also cover “get the ball to Ozil further up the pitch”. Usually, Alonso’s long pass ability or Marcelo’s LW role helps in that. When those two fail, the system fails.

      Alonso’s style of play suits counter attacking or shifting the ball from one flank to the other, which helps open up play. In the spanish NT midfield, I don’t believe any midfielder has those two qualities as much as Alonso. Xavi, Busi and Iniesta are all short pass specialists.

      I hope this helps.

    • Bassam says:

      In terms of how they compare with Gattuso and Mekelele, he is not like any of the two. Mekelele is a quick deep lying defensive midfielder. His role is to sit deep and break up counter attacks. He is also decent at playing the short ball from defense to midfield.

      Gattuso on the other hand is a ball winning midfielder. His main role was to win the ball back and hassle opponent players.

  49. providence says:

    please has the nominees for the best players in la liga come out?

    • nia says:

      EE players should step up and show how they won la liga with wonderful footy and carry the team like Barca did in 2010 wc. Even tired Barca players are carrying thier behinds working harder than those liga champs.

  50. lyd says:

    Ramos and Arbeloa lived up to their reputation tonight and almost cost Spain the match. But the two may just end up into something useful when handling Thong Boy and his trusty minion Croentao in a possible clash at semis.

    • Bassam says:

      What did Arbeloa do wrong today?

      • lyd says:

        He just felt left out when i mentioned Ramos!

        No seriously, Arbeola was okay today just like always. He did what was asked of him. Stayed cautious, focused, placed some misplaced passes when asked to (once he passed awkwardly to Xavi which led to a counter, and then he tracked back to commit another blunder in succession) and defended the set pieces well. Overall a solid performance by his standard.

        watch how Ramos does his thing at first. And later he and Alonso puts up a masterclass on how to track back on a counter.

  51. lyd says:

    Does Spain suffer from serious IniestaDependencia ? ; )

    I know my life does at least!

  52. hansh says:

    Granted, I don’t know La Roja as well as other readers here seem to, but does anyone else think that if VdB were to lose the double pivote then Busi, not Alonso, should be dropped? Alonso is a fair ball winner in front of defense, he can drop back to cover for Ramos/Piqué, and he adds a great element in his use of the long ball. Busi has a tendency to get the ball and give it to the nearest player, but I like the vision Alonso has to spread the play and give Spain unexpected points of attack. Thoughts?

    • blitzen says:

      Everyone always talks about Alonso’s long-ball accuracy. He is good at them, very good, but Busi also makes excellent long passes when necessary. Busi is also fantastic at winning back balls.

      Even cules underrate Busi.

      (This comment has been brought to you by the Busquets Fairness Committee)

    • messifan says:

      ooooooh… blaspheme, hansh, blaspheme…(jk)!

      A brief side story, in 2009 Confederations Cup, Xabi played that holding role alone, with Xavi and Cesc in more advance positions, and they lost to the U.S. Spain defenders then were Ramos, Pique, Puyol and Capdevilla (a more experienced backline compared to now). Iniesta didn’t participate in that tournament due to injury.

      In short, VdB used one DM (Alonso) in that tournament, and it didn’t work, so why risk it again?

      At the moment, Xabi alone in front of Spain’s somewhat weak defense is not going to work. At RM, he plays along side Khedira b/c Khedira offers more steel. The problem with Spain is they use Barca template (passing from the back, intricate passing, one-touch offense etc…) but VdB doesn’t use an offensive 4-3-3 with two wide forwards or a Busi-Xavi-Ini midfield. He goes for a safe lineup that offers very little excitement.

      I’ve been unimpressed with Silva and would rather see Cesc in that lineup. Cesc has delivered for Spain so many times. I think with three games left (potentially), Cesc can offer an element of surprise with his vertical movements/passes.

      I think Busi needs to develop his vertical passing game but at the moment, Busi is needed to secure that defense.

    • lyd says:

      Vdb may as well do the unthinkable and ditch his double pivot, but he’d never drop Busi. Busi is the first name on the list, imo. And we all know Vdb loves Busi.

      And about Alonso. Its true he is a ball winner and has brilliant long range attributes. But so does Xavi. Crucially Xavi makes the least errors. Having somebody like Alonso, with a similar role, disrupts his game. Besides, in this conservative system of Vdb, there is little room for long range passing, unless you’d want to start with Navas+Torres from the start! IMO either Xavi or Alonso should play. Not both!

  53. lyd says:

    I wont push vdb to get rid of his double pivot. Instead I’d field this lineup:


    This means more fluidity, less stupidity, better pressing. And more…. :)

  54. hammeronmessi says:

    Xabi Alonso
    his long range passing is the best among the midfielders of Spain NT.

    purpose of long range pass? initiate counter attack switch play from one side to other.
    3.for the tall centre forwards.

    Spain NT’s game is based on possession.sometimes with a”not so tall”forward or sometimes with no forwards.

    Xabi Alonso
    He can tackle(not a good tackler) and provide cover for the inexperienced backline of Spanish NT.

    So xabis skill set is not suitable for spain but he provides defensive cover for the backline.

    If a coach acts brave,then xabi may be dropped,but one cant slack off VdB for being Xabi’s inclusion is a fair one,IMO.his inclusion in the WC that was more baffling.People also need to remember that spanish NT is not Barcelona.

    Arbeloa is defensively solid most of the time.not a popular player for the cules.what is baffling VdB insists on double pivot yet plays a defensive of the advantage of double pivot is that it can release the 2 fullbacks.

    my best guess VdB is too much cautious.

    Biggest complain i have is David Silva.
    whats his input?if anybody should be dropped it should be him.he plays as if he is THE MESSI.

    my ideal line up for Spain(being brave)








    • Ron Mexico says:

      Your ideal team would be so easy to defend against. #swizz

      • barca96 says:

        one of the advantage of double pivot is that it can release the 2 fullbacks

        To be fair, Arbeloa and Alba does play high up the pitch. It’s just that Arbeloa hardly does anything good with the ball. Alba doesn’t go up often enough.

        Xabi at times were disrupting play, e.g. Ramos could’ve passed straight to Xavi who was further up the field but Ramos quickly came in between and asked for the ball and then decided to go side ways instead.

        It’s this kind of instances which pisses me off. Why doesn’t VdB realize that at Barca, Busi will be the one to collect and then passes it on to Xavi.

    • mom4 says:

      Yeah, where has Santi been. Someone needs to remind VdB that he has 23 really good players, not his 14 or so. But I think Torres with Llorente is too much of the same thing.

      If I’m being really brave, perhaps after one too many manitas (although I think this would really ve a beautiful lineup), I’d go with:
      Ramos, Pique, Martinez, Alba
      Xavi, Busi, Iniesta
      Pedro, Cesc, Mata/Santi

      • Ryan says:

        Cazorla would provide some much needed long distance shooting, not to mention some serious free kicks. No disrespect to Xavi, but Santi is better at them!

      • Barcaleya says:

        Mom, this has been the line-up I’ve been asking for all along. I’m with you here :D

        I really think that for Spain to win, there has to be Busi, Xavi, Ini and Cesc. Only the four of them ensure that the ball gets from deep to forward with much higher chance of goal.

        I agree with Ryan that Santi is very good with his long-range shots and could offer additional arsenal. With Pedro in the line-up, we also have that special understanding amongst the Barca players where they could pass to the middle (Cesc) or to the wing (Pedro) which gives Spain more options in creating chances, again with a higher percentage of finishing the chance.

        The sub to me made here will be a Llorente in for Cesc to drag defenders out and give space for Pedro, Santi or Ini on goal.

        Arbeloa out would also reduce the mistakes and uselessness of the team. If only Ramos doesnt give away balls in precarious areas and have to make up for it by super dangerous tackles and runs. He’s been lucky twice already. Can’t push that.

  55. Gogah says:

    For me, this would be the best lineup for Spain.
    They would have to organize themselves in a 3-1-3-3 shape with the following personnel.

    ——— Iker / Victor ———-

    —– Ramos — Pique — Alba —–

    ——— Xabi / Martinez ——–

    — Xavi — Busquets — Iniesta —

    — Pedro — Llorente/Torres/Cesc — Silva/Navas

  56. blitzen says:

    The staff at Chelsea have broken off one of the handles of the CL trophy while taking pictures. It has been sent to a London silversmith for repairs. This is why they can’t have nice things.

  57. messifan says:

    It’s off-season, so Rosell starts talking… *facepalm*

    So much for a quiet atmosphere :-/

    • blitzen says:

      Referring to an incident when Mourinho and Vilanova clashed after a clásico, Rosell said: “I wouldn’t accept a coach who wants to win at any cost. I would apologise if a coach put his finger in the eye of another.”

      I can’t fault Rosell for this part, anyway.

      • messifan says:

        But it’s a year too late…

        • culegirl3 says:

          And what would we have gained had Rosell spoken out about the incident after it happened? Isn’t that what press secretaries and representatives are for? to make statements on behalf of people and institutions?

          I know the man can sound like a pompous ass sometimes and he has his moments of saying stupid things at the most inappropriate of times but sometimes I think we’re too harsh on the man, like we expect him to be perfect and some sort of miracle worker.

          • nzm says:

            Nope – press secretaries and media reps say what they get told to say, and that’s usually after briefings from the top.

            If he had spoken out, maybe the team and the team management would have felt better supported during the fall-out of the incident.

            Liken it to Pep’s “puto amo” speech about Mou – the whole team felt inspired after that, to go out and support Pep. It lifted morale.

            Silence from the top in moments of chaos is not exactly supporting the ranks.

        • nzm says:

          Agreed. Where was Rosell’s response when it happened?

  58. BA says:

    just to correct a couple of things: Spain did *not* win the last European Championship using a double pivote; Marcos Senna was the outstanding solitary holding player in their system for that tournament. and it was during that tournament under Luis Aragones that Spain played their most daring, most attacking football since they began this successful run of international form.

    also: Xabi Alonso may be considered a deep-lying playmaker, if not quite a regista in the mold of Andrea Pirlo, but the problem with Spain’s formation playing the double pivote is that they already *have* a deep-lying playmaker in Xavi Hernandez who’s a better player, meshes better with the players around him, and is far more direct. playing both Xabi and Xavi along with Busquets is, therefore, adding a redundant midfield player role at a time when Spain desperately need more attacking verve and directness. playing Xavi out of position further up the pitch while persisting with Xabi Alonso is del Bosque’s most serious and persistent error.

    his caution may have won them a World Cup with a string of 1-0s and has done acceptably for them in 2012, but many of us who’ve been watching Spain since they took off in ’08 believe they *could* be doing far more and are being unnecessarily restrained from their best by an overly cautious manager playing an unnecessarily awkward formation.

    • nzm says:

      Good analysis.

      Del Bosque has responded to the critics.

      However, what inspires him is the fact that he can count on the back-up players in his squad to shine, like Navas did. “He’s a one-off,” said Del Bosque. “He adds something close to unique to our group – perhaps only matched by Pedro Rodríguez. He’s full of ambition and adventure, and what he can give us on the pitch is important.”

      And we’ll see Pedro when, Del Bosque, and how about starting some of those back-up players who are obviously playing better than some of the starters?

      • Blau-Grenade says:

        Dear M, My thought on this situation is that Pedro likes to cut in, and does not take on defenders that often. His usual movement and play is to pass back to the midfield. Compared that to Navas who takes on defenders all the time and likes to run wide and forward, and is a better crosser of the ball. I would prefer to have Navas in the starting lineup over Pedro for a wide player role. When breaking buses it is critical that the wide play-maker keep the wing back worried. This what Navas did yesterday. In the process he also had the center back covering his crosses. And this is what Navas brings to the squad.

        • nzm says:

          S: Are you kidding me? You need to watch Pedro in defence – the guy is a maniac – always running, always pressing. He’s often the guy causing the opposition to cough the ball up for one of his team mates to snaffle away.

          Pedro is a much better starter than Navas – the latter is an effective sub, as he proved last night. But then, anyone could have been on the end of that brilliant play between Cesc and Iniesta. And Navas certainly wasn’t wide during that movement!

    • Ramzi says:

      True that Senna was the DM in world cup. And I also don’t think Busquets or Xabi can do the defensive job Senna did there, nor current defense line is as good as that, considering Puyol’s injury and Piques questionable form, with Arbeloa being the best defensive fullback Spain has now, and Alba still being under development.

      Having double pivots does not necessarily mean playing very caution. Noting than in group stages at Euro 2008 Spain scored 8 and they received 3 goals with goal difference +5 (while having better defense line than the current). Euro 2012 they scored 6 conceded 1, that’s +5 as well. In 2008 They were only a scoring machine against Russia, both in group stage and semi final as the Russian team fit perfectly (on the wrong foot to Spains system). Or else, they didnt win any game by more than one goal difference. There results were: 4-1 (Russia), 2-1, 2-1, 0-0, 3-0 (Russia), 1-0.

      Again, I can suggest other approach, and another, and a dozen. All can work – theoretically. But they will have to answer another kind of questions. Without Puyol, with Alba (who still have some defense flaws) and Pique being far from his best, will a different selection survive against teams like Germany? At international level, you try to stay consistent with tactics as far as possible. Is it true that double pivots release Iniesta more in offense? Who should play if VDB bench Xabi or Busquets? most alternatives are possible, but none of them showed a form that makes him the savior. We never know. Really, we don’t. And I suppose VDB had such ideas in mind, and during training sessions for trial.

      So, again, I am not saying there are no ideas that oppose what VDB is doing. But none provide any certainty that it works more than current structure (even with its side effects like redundancy in midfield). And that is where I have to stay realistic and give VDB the benefit of doubt.

  59. Kxevin says:

    Hey, nzm, what’s the view from the catbird’s seat say about the departure of Unzue? He leaving on good terms for a better offer (coaching job at Racing), or is there something else?

    Also, looks like the 15m for Alba deal is done.

    • messifan says:

      He’s leaving? Good! I wasn’t impressed with Valdes’ performance last season. Bring Busi’s dad back!

      Three games in and Alba has been average. Adriano can do the same job as Alba, albeit with less speed. 15mil is a little bit expensive for me.

    • nzm says:

      Kevin – I’m not 100% sure of the background to Unzue’s departure. I know that it was made public at the end of the playing season, but it’s taken until now to reach the official channels. Much like the news about Manel Estiarte leaving.

      I had heard a whisper of a disagreement between VV and Unzue, but I’m not sure how true that is. But I do know that, after Christmas, Unzue spent most of his time with Pinto at trainings. I don’t know if this had any bearing on his departure, but if true, it wouldn’t have been the ideal working environment.

  60. mom4 says:

    Ukraine is looking good right now. England looking tentative.

  61. Ryan says:

    Holy cow, that Ibra goal was really nice.

  62. Blau-Grenade says:

    I have one word – BANGS! What a goal!!!

  63. mom4 says:

    Goal line technology anyone? Ukraine vote yes.

  64. nzm says:

    Holy moley – Ukraine was just denied a definite goal by incompetent refereeing. The ball was clearly over the line!

  65. Blau-Grenade says:

    So happy for Sweden. France seem pretty poor with their defense. I expect fireworks from Spain when they meet France.

  66. Ryan says:

    Sweden peaked too late it seems. Nice game vs. France, but it doesn’t change anything. In the other game, Ukraine deserved a draw; a shame that the goal line assistant didn’t award the goal.

    • Helge says:

      I think they just got unlucky.

      They never deserved to lose against England, with all due respect.
      The luck that England has had during the groupstage was equalled by the bad luck of Sweden. With lady luck on the other side, England would be out now and Sweden had progressed.

      But I have to say, today’s result from England against Ukraine was a disgrace and totally undeserved, seen from any aspect of the match.
      If they continue riding this wave of luck, I even fear for another Chelsea, i.e. England champions of Europoe :/

      This would turn this season into the most f’cked up I can remember…

      • Helge says:

        *I’m speaking about Sweden in my first sentences.

        Ukraine didn’t deserve a draw, they actually drew the match. It was a goal. Full stop.
        Talking about merit, Ukraine should have won and be in the quarterfinals now, imho!

  67. providence says:

    I want to ask.Mr KXEVIN which team he is rooting for? Spain vs France.

    I want to know whether he will be happy if France win against spain. thus when Benzema eliminates Xavi and co.(impossible though)

  68. Clouseau says:

    Nice Wallpaper you made there,nzm.I tend to prefer the darker one as the Clubmotto is more impressivly visible. Thank you,very obliging of you ;)

    So in Unzué the next staffmember says goodbye.He was pretty important for Valdés overall development made him practically what he is today.But it seems his one year of leaving made lose the bond they have once shared.Looking forward to his explaining of the situation.
    2 Candidates are linked with Barça : The Goalkeepercoach of Valencia&LaRoja and Herculés GK Coach..

    Regarding Euros :
    So far i’m enjoying very attractive games so far..overall i’m pleased.
    Spain plays to conservative and are only using the defensive aspects of Possesionplay while it’s agreeable to play that way against opponents like Italy,Germany etc.So far not impressed by their performance.

  69. Barcaleya says:

    I am scared that England will win the Euros on the back of goals from corners (as all their goals have been).

    And possibly disallowed goals for its opponents.

    It would indeed be a f*ckd up tournament if that happened.

    • messifan says:

      I’d follow Pep’s footsteps and take a football sabbatical :(

    • Clouseau says:

      Worst case Scenario!!!Footballwise a Year to forget..Let’s hope not that becomes true..

      Oh Xavi not going to be content by it.Not good por el Futbol^^

    • mom4 says:

      Don’t fret, Barcaleya. I don’t think England have quite enough Chelsea players on it for that insane amount of CL luck to carry through to the Euros. Although, after watching the Ukraine outplay them today, I’m beginning to wonder.

      • Ryan says:

        A good keeper would have prevented that goal. San Iker, for example. :)

        Although I do have that subtle fear building that they might be carrying some Chelsea-ish luck with them. Let’s pray that it’s not the case!

  70. mom4 says:

    Finally got to a real computer and was able to see Blitzen’s Xavi cartoon waaaaay above (had been fighting with the smart phone all day). That was so fantastic. Give yourself a Blitzen award, girl!

    Also it’s really kinda cool to be on the same side a Bassam for a change. Not that I agree with all of his assessments, but still good to be rooting for the same team. Have a cookie, dear.

    Speaking of rooting for the same team…Well, Kxevin, bless his misguided soul, is a fan of Les Bleus. So most of us will be rooting for a different team than Kxevin for the quarter finals. Strange old world isn’t it?! It’s a shame that Spain had to meet them so soon. I wanted France to go far for Abi’s sake, but fate has dictated that Spain face them next. Do what you gotta do, Kxevin, and then come back from the dark side (I do admit that Les Bleus have better kits).

  71. phil says:

    pretty late to the party, but this is the wallpaper i made from a picture i took @ the sociedad game (aka the coldest game ever if i recall correctly)


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