Today’s news, in brief:
-The next round of the Copa del Rey has been announced and the draw has pitted us against Sevilla in what will no doubt be a massive test. The first leg is in the Camp Nou and the second at the Sanchez Pizjuan, making it all the harder for us to progress. Not only that, though, but the winner, according to Sport, will go on to face the winner of the other mega clash in the round: Valencia–Depor. Wow. Real Madrid are, of course, facing Racing Santander after ther routine win over Alcorcon–waaaait.
–Rafa Márquez renewed his contract with Barça on Monday, extending his stay with the club until 2012 and keeping his buyout clause at €100million. Whatever the other details of the deal, it appears that Guardiola trusts Rafa to return to the highest level and stay there for two more years; I think that means we too should trust him to do so. It does, however, bring into question Gabi Milito’s future at the club as he is our fifth CB.
-Speaking of, Gabi Milito has been given the medical all clear to begin playing again, just 581 days after his injury. He should be fairly fresh for his next match, though he was not included in the squad list for the trip to Xerez. Welcome back, Gabi!
-The squad list for Xerez: Valdés, Pinto, Abidal, Alves, Maxwell, Puyol, Chygtronic, Márquez, The Yaya, Xavi, Don Andres, Bojan, Pedro!, Jeffren, JDS, Henry, Keiteeeee, Messi, Ibra. My preview of the match will be up later this afternoon, but for now note the absences of Pique, Milito, and of course Busi and the inclusion of JDS and Chygnasty.
-This is so low on the list because I think MVP awards are straight up meaningless and stupid: Lionel Messi has won the Balon D’Or! Yay! He received the highest vote total in the history of the award (473 out of 480) and absolutely trouncing second placed Crydoodoopants. Did I really just write that? Jesus, I’m immature. Xavi came in third, Andres Iniesta came in fourth, and Samuel Eto’o came in fifth, to prove that winning team titles means you’re automatically the most valuable players in the world. Unless Florention Perez buys you for an excessive amount, of course, then you’re the second best. I do not like subjective individual awards in team sports, if you hadn’t noticed.
-If you missed the news yesterday, I’ve officially joined the 19th century by getting on Xbox Live with FIFA10. My gamertag is rockofthune; you should feel free to add me and then get psyched for a game with your blogging idol (that’d be me). I’m so awesome at video games that my skills were once compared to those of a mentally-challenged shellfish by a few friends. You have no chance to survive, make your time.