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.

DARK

LIGHT


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.

Measurements are in pixels. 

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1024 x 1024 Dark  (iPad size)
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LIGHT
800 x 600 Light
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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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  1. June 16, 2012

    Very nice! You made this yourself?

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

    • nzm
      June 16, 2012

      Yup – from a photo that I took while on a stadium tour.

    • Messiah10
      June 16, 2012

      Mines of Pep being tossed in the air. I’m sticking with that, but thanks for pic’s because I’ll definitely add to my collection.

    • Messiah10
      June 16, 2012

      Haha. That pic made me question my heterosexuality! lol.

    • hansh
      June 16, 2012

      Oh, blitzen, what would we do without you around?

      Do you know who the little kid is?

      • June 16, 2012

        I don’t know, but he’s impeding my view! 😛

        (I assume some random tourist who asked for the pic.)

        (Or maybe our new #9?)

  2. Nik
    June 16, 2012

    Thanks nzm!

    • nzm
      June 16, 2012

      You’re welcome, Nik!

  3. barca96
    June 16, 2012

    – You’re so awesome. So helpful.
    Thanks!

    – 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
      June 16, 2012

      – 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
        June 16, 2012

        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
    June 16, 2012

    We have our first summer signing!!Yay!

  5. barca96
    June 16, 2012

    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.

    • June 16, 2012

      Yay! The future is bright 😉

  6. June 16, 2012

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

    • nzm
      June 16, 2012

      No messifan, it was a bright sunny day. I just turned it into a dull and dark one! 🙂

  7. barca96
    June 16, 2012

    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.

    • nzm
      June 16, 2012

      Not having an issue like this, but the site is painfully s.l.o.w. for me right now. Must be a server problem.

  8. June 16, 2012

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

    • nzm
      June 16, 2012

      Always thinking of you. xo 😀

  9. nzm
    June 16, 2012

    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.) 😛

    • June 16, 2012

      Which is exactly what I need! Love ya, nzm!!

      • nzm
        June 16, 2012

        Thanks Vj – we aims to please! 🙂

  10. nzm
    June 16, 2012

    Woohoo!

    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!

    • mom4
      June 16, 2012

      Campeones campeones oe oe oe!

  11. mom4
    June 16, 2012

    nxm, official photographer of BFB! Cool pics.

    BTW, lookie what’s on FSC tonight.

    8:00 PM MUNDO MAYA CUP 2012: MESSI ALL-STARS v MEXICO ALL-STARS

    Bet there will be some links.

    • June 16, 2012

      That’s Eastern time, yes?

      • mom4
        June 16, 2012

        Yup, OUR time! 🙂

      • mom4
        June 16, 2012

        Shouldv’ve said EST. At least some of our BFBers in the way far east that usually hafta wake up at 3 in the morning to watch Messi will have an easier time of it for this game. Gonna suck for our Europeans.

      • nzm
        June 16, 2012

        think that I’ll be missing this one!

  12. mom4
    June 16, 2012

    Greece! Who knew?

    • June 16, 2012

      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
    June 16, 2012

    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
    June 16, 2012

    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!

    • Helge
      June 16, 2012

      I don’t know…. I would certainly have liked to see some more Alcorconazos in la Liga 😀

  15. providence
    June 16, 2012

    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
      June 16, 2012

      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
      June 16, 2012

      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
        June 16, 2012

        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
    June 16, 2012

    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
      June 16, 2012

      oh, and Regal Barcelona have won the final against Real Madrid, in an according to AS.com, 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
        June 16, 2012

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

      • Richzorz
        June 17, 2012

        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
        June 17, 2012

        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. June 16, 2012

    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
      June 16, 2012

      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
    June 17, 2012

    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
    June 17, 2012

    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
      June 17, 2012

      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 :).

    • June 17, 2012

      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!

  20. providence
    June 17, 2012

    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
      June 17, 2012

      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
        June 17, 2012

        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
        June 17, 2012

        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.

  21. barca96
    June 17, 2012

    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.

  22. barca96
    June 17, 2012

    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
      June 17, 2012

      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

  23. June 17, 2012

    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 🙁

    • June 17, 2012

      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..

      • June 17, 2012

        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.

      • June 17, 2012

        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!

  24. nzm
    June 17, 2012

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

    • June 17, 2012

      Scored two goals…meh, not impressed *Keita Face*

      • Ryan
        June 17, 2012

        The space he was being given was crazy though. He could’ve scored 4 goals with the chances he had. But at least he finally found the net; much to the detriment of Denmark.

    • June 17, 2012

      He’s ready for battle against evil Mou 😀

  25. June 17, 2012

    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 😀

    • June 17, 2012

      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
        June 18, 2012

        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!

        😀

      • June 18, 2012

        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 😀

      • June 18, 2012

        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.

      • June 18, 2012

        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 🙂

      • June 18, 2012

        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
        June 18, 2012

        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.

      • June 18, 2012

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

      • nzm
        June 18, 2012

        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.

      • June 18, 2012

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

  26. June 18, 2012

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

    @mascherano

  27. barca96
    June 18, 2012

    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.

    • June 18, 2012

      They have to be aware of Croatia full-backs. Against Italy, Croatia played two strikers and their goal came from a left-wing cross. I think Spain will control the midfield.

    • Ryan
      June 18, 2012

      We’ll see. I hear that if it ends 2-2, both teams progress regardless of the Italy match. Let’s hope that we see a good pressing game from the Spaniards; that should be enough for them to limit Croatia’s wide game. I’d love to see Pedro get some minutes too.

      • June 18, 2012

        Not gonna lie, I miss seeing Iker face. Sorry Ryan 😛

      • Ryan
        June 18, 2012

        We can see it again, hopefully, during the Super Copa games. 😉

  28. Ryan
    June 18, 2012

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

  29. June 18, 2012

    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?

  30. olbucky
    June 18, 2012

    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.

  31. olbucky
    June 18, 2012

    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!!!!!!

  32. mom4
    June 18, 2012

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

  33. olbucky
    June 18, 2012

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

  34. Ryan
    June 18, 2012

    Casillas sure is good, eh?

  35. olbucky
    June 18, 2012

    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.

    • Ryan
      June 18, 2012

      And no striker to make use of Navas’ crosses!

  36. nzm
    June 18, 2012

    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.

  37. nzm
    June 18, 2012

    Casillas is already my MotM.

    And Busquets needs to grow some.

  38. olbucky
    June 18, 2012

    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.

  39. mom4
    June 18, 2012

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

    • Blau-Grenade
      June 18, 2012

      You spoke too soon. Just like for the last match. lol.

      • mom4
        June 18, 2012

        My pessimism is saving Spain.

      • Blau-Grenade
        June 18, 2012

        I like that.

    • Ryan
      June 18, 2012

      His caution is going to cost Spain. If it weren’t for Iker’s heroics, this would have turned ugly fast. He’s being saved by the team’s individual ability rather than through tactics.

  40. mom4
    June 18, 2012

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

  41. ciaran
    June 18, 2012

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

    • Ryan
      June 18, 2012

      But that goal was all Cesc and Iniesta.

      • mom4
        June 18, 2012

        Without a doubt.

    • olbucky
      June 18, 2012

      Nagas is a perfectly fine player and adds much more than Torres in terms of movement so I’m not surprised he scored. But he should have brought Cesc in. He’s also. Leaving an in form Pedro to waste away on the bench. Inexcuseable!!!

      • mom4
        June 18, 2012

        Navas is a traditional winger who needs a target man to be effective. VdB brought the winger in and took the target out. Man seems to be a few fries short of a happy meal lately. Luck and individual brilliance at both ends of the pitch saved Spain’s collective butt.

  42. June 18, 2012

    Really bad pun, but here we go:

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

    ——-Casillas——-
    Arbeloa-Pique-Ramos-Alba
    —–Alonso-Busi——
    ———Xavi———
    Pedro—Cesc—Iniesta

    Subs: Llorente, ? and ?.

    (Sorry this song is stuck in my head 😛 )

    • olbucky
      June 18, 2012

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

      • June 18, 2012

        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 🙂

  43. olbucky
    June 18, 2012

    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
      June 18, 2012

      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
        June 18, 2012

        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.

    • June 18, 2012

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

      • June 18, 2012

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

      • June 18, 2012

        Oh I am. But this one was really entertaining

      • June 18, 2012

        Also, Spain won. Not lost.

      • June 19, 2012

        In our world, a hard fought 1-0 is a bad result. Heck winning 3-1 away to Bayer seemed a bad result if you go back and look at it..

      • Srinivas
        June 18, 2012

        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.

      • nzm
        June 19, 2012

        fixed.

      • Srinivas
        June 20, 2012

        Thanks!

  44. Helge
    June 18, 2012

    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! 🙂

  45. Humphrey Bogart
    June 18, 2012

    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??

    • June 18, 2012

      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
        June 18, 2012

        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

      • June 18, 2012

        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.

      • June 18, 2012

        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
        June 18, 2012

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

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