It’s international break and I’ll be watching the Ukraine-Greece match on ESPN2, which means a liveblog for you. You’re such a lucky fool. Check below the liveblog for some Barça-related news.
–Gaby Milito played 45 minutes in a friendly against Bolivian team with the world’s most original name: Bolivar. This was his first match for FCB in 569 days, which is a very long time. Welcome back, Gaby!
The entire starting lineup was Pinto, Maxwell, Milito, Márquez, Bojan, Pedro, Jeffren, Ilie, Armando, Oriol Romeu, Palau. The last 2 in that list are from the Juvenile section of the club and the two prior to that (Ilie and Armando) are from Barça Atlètic. The match ended 4-1 with goals from Márquez and substitutes Gio and Benja (2), both of whom are from the Juvenile section.
–Valdes wants to face off against Crynaldo in the Clásico because he wants to beat the best. It’s always good to hear that sort of thing from a player, even if it’s a bit forced. Like I’ve said before, RM are going to have to bring it and bring it something nasty in order to beat us, no matter the injuries/absences on either side. This is the real deal and it’s a week and a half away.
-Samuel Eto’o is on his way back to the Camp Nou next Tuesday and he says he’s prepared despite having received a slight injury on international duty. He played in Cameroon’s last match (and scored) so I’m sure he’ll be there in Barcelona come that most absurd of nights, where I hate on Samu and wish him nothing but the worst luck.
–La Roja returns to the scene of their Euro2008 victory when they play a friendly against Austria this afternoon. Let’s hope that our boys get some rest, what with the Athletic match coming so soon afterward.