A Brief Vacation

Brooklyn in the Snow (Wikimedia)
Brooklyn in the Snow (Wikimedia)

It’s winter now and our beloved blaugrana are about to play a friendly in Kuwait against Kazma Sporting Club before a well-deserved break. Four of our stars–Xaviniesta, Messi, and Dani Alves–will be missing as they’re attending the FIFA Player of the Year gala, so they’ll be missing from action today. Messi will also be missing the Argentina friendly tomorrow thanks to an agreement with Maradona.

In response to all this, I’m going to go on a brief vacation, to re-energize after the long haul of the first half of the season and to focus on some important domestic matters (health care reform, the unemployment rate, etc). I’ll still be around and I’ll be doing some writing in the background as well as working to get the site’s new design up and running, but I won’t be doing daily posts and I probably won’t even be reading Sport and EMD (much less Marca) for much of what’s left of 2009.

Kevin will remain and will be posting when he sees fit and, as I said, there will be something coming from me in the next few days (I need a vacation so badly–I just wrote “new fext days”!), so stay in touch and have a wonderful end of the year and, if you’re in a part of the world where this is possible, stay warm and have a snowball fight or two (in Times Square!).

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102 Comments

  1. Kxevin
    December 21, 2009

    Match is on at 2130GMT, by the by, if anyone wants to look for a stream. There will be no LiveBlog, because CandyAss Jenkins there is on vacation, and some of us are working for a living. 😀

    But know that the match against Kazma will jingle the club’s cash registers to the tune of 2 million Euros. Yay!

      • ballbeav
        December 21, 2009

        te lo mereces. carga las pilas I-man.

        • ballbeav
          December 21, 2009

          quiero decir que mereces la vacacion, no el apodo.

    • December 21, 2009

      2 million for one game? That sounds about right for the greatest team in the world.

      OT but, I have come to the conclusion that we don’t need to buy anybody for left wing and we should start platooning and rotating jeffren and pedro into that role, and let Henry go the way of the buffalo. Pedro now has the confidence to be a starter (he already had the talent) and Jeffren is sure to be an amazing attacking force for us. So I say, no Robinho, no Suarez, no anybody. Let us dip into the quarry : )

    • Helge
      December 21, 2009

      No, it is on 17:30 GMT, which is in 7 minutes. But I guess you meant it that way 🙂

  2. December 21, 2009

    Barcelona have already finish everything in the world football.

  3. Jnice
    December 21, 2009

    My boy Victor Vazquez is playing!

    • Jnice
      December 21, 2009

      Oops… jumped the gun. I think he will come on in the 2nd half when Pep puts on an entirely different XI including Thiago and Jonathan.

      • Jnice
        December 21, 2009

        Oops, I was right the first time, that group will be starting.

        Pinto, Batra, Marquez, Thiago, Jeffren, V. Vazquez, Bojan, Milito, Maxwell, Jonathan, Txigrinski or something like that

        • eklavya
          December 21, 2009

          so bojan,jeffren and valquez are strikers?
          Whos barta? What a funny name haha 😀 he’s playing RB then? And marquez as DM? Wtfudge?

        • Helge
          December 21, 2009

          Paying 2 Mio euros to not see Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Dani Alves and so far also Henry, Zlatan, Pedro, Yaya, Puyol, Piqué ?

          They gotta be happy 🙂

          • Jnice
            December 21, 2009

            Nah, they will come on in the 2nd half.

          • Jnice
            December 21, 2009

            Maybe you’re right 😀 Sucks for them, but good for us.

        • Jnice
          December 21, 2009

          Pinto
          Batra-Marquez-Milito-Maxwell

          Txigrinski
          Thiago Jonathan

          Jeffren Bojan V. Vazquez

  4. eklavya
    December 21, 2009

    Who else is going for holidays? I’m to south of France, so yaaay for me!

      • eklavya
        December 21, 2009

        OMG DID THAT LINK JUST SAY “INIESTA CRACK”? 😯

          • Kari
            December 21, 2009

            I don’t think they mean ‘crack’ as in the drug. They mean he’s a star-an amazing player. It’s kinda like when people in English say : ‘He’s the man’ or ‘he’s the sh*t’. In other Spanish-speaking countries, though not exculsively, it’s common to say that “so-and-so es un crack!”

  5. Eduard
    December 21, 2009

    I live in Orlando, Fl and for christmas I’ll be at my parents in W.Palm Beach. Surfing for Christmas anyone?

  6. Jnice
    December 21, 2009

    Jeffren definitely just tore a muscle in his thigh.

    • December 21, 2009

      F*CK! right after I post on wanting to see more of him in big games!

  7. Jnice
    December 21, 2009

    Yaya in for Jeffren and Yaya is playing Xavi’s position.

  8. Vj
    December 21, 2009

    Bojan misses a 1v1 or 1v2 perhaps? should do better than that..

    • December 21, 2009

      seriously he’s had almost 10 chances and missed all of them

  9. eklavya
    December 21, 2009

    Was jeffren wearing the number 7 again? Does his injury look serious? 🙁

    • December 21, 2009

      he was wearing 7, didn’t see the injury so I’m not sure

      • December 21, 2009

        Yeah, it looked pretty bad, but not ligament stuff. It’s “just” a muscle pull.

        • Eklavya
          December 21, 2009

          So he didn’t get carried away in those pitch carts vehicle thinggy?

  10. OhYes
    December 21, 2009

    No not Jeffren 🙁 WHYYYYY WHYYYYYYYYYYY

    hopefully he recovers quickly… *runs off crying*

  11. December 21, 2009

    What a run by The Yaya prior to the goal and what a pass too. Bojan did well to put that one away by chipping the keeper.

  12. December 21, 2009

    Has Kazma made 40 subs? I mean, how many people do they have on their roster?

  13. OhYes
    December 21, 2009

    Wow that last pass was pure class.. i don’t know to whom it was or by whom but damn that was grade A work right there

  14. OhYes
    December 21, 2009

    LMAO Did that dude from Kazma take away the ball from his own teammate?

    oh and they scored..bad defense there by Barca..

  15. vicsoc8
    December 21, 2009

    Would love it if anyone could give a brief rundown of the game or point me in the direction of a place where I could download it for later tonight.

    Chygrynskiy at DM? – How’d that work out?
    How’d Milito look?
    Any youngsters stand out?

    • December 21, 2009

      imo this is what I saw:

      typical barca game where we owned possession, we looked great in defense for the most part. I thought chygrynskiy filled in well at dm, although the Kazma didn’t have much of an attack. Milito seemed to be doing just fine. Jeffren was the focus of our attack for most of the first half and then when he got injured it shifted to Bojan. Bojan had multiple occasions to put the ball into the back of the net and finished a great chip shot right over the goalies head towards the end of the game. But seriously he could have had a hat trick with the opportunities he had.

      the goal kazma scored was just a brilliant effort of individual performance. a Kazma forward intercepted the ball and just blew through our back line and had a one on one with pinto and buried it on the far post. Chygy looked particularly bad at this moment getting caught flat-footed and tried this thing I’ve noticed with him where he plants a foot and extends his other to try and deflect the ball from the attacker. I think this is one of his flaws in technique because the Kazma guy BLEW past him.

      all in all, an okay game our defense only looked silly in that moment. and for me the outstanding player was jeffren before he got injured. he is so quick and dangerous!

  16. December 21, 2009

    Game over, 1-1. It could have been 100-1, to be honest. I’d be happy with this result, though, if it weren’t for Jeffren’s injury. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

    • Eklavya
      December 21, 2009

      why do people always get injured in friendlies? -_-‘

  17. Vinod
    December 21, 2009

    Kxevin, I’m one of the commentators at the Inter Offside. I had a couple of questions to ask you. If you don’t mind, could you get in touch with me via email? I’m sure you’ll have access to my id. Thanks!

  18. December 21, 2009

    Too bad about Jeffren. He was rocking, and looking just on the verge.

  19. Aeneas
    December 21, 2009

    HA! Iniesta and Crynaldo are enjoying the World Player Gala next to each other. good times.

  20. jordi
    December 21, 2009

    Thongboy won the puskas award 🙁

  21. Vj
    December 21, 2009

    ThongBOY gets the Puskas award.. It’s a F***ing Disgrace.. They gave it to the Best Fluke!!

    It’s rigged!! Sepp Blatter Kiss my @$$..

  22. Helge
    December 21, 2009

    Puskas award must have been voted by the fans… otherwise, I can’t explain this result. It was a great shot, yeah, but it was simply a shot from wide range, neither with a spectacular spin nor did he hit the angle of the goal…

  23. Vj
    December 21, 2009

    FIFPro World XI

    Casillas, Terry, Vidic?!,Evra, ALVES, XAVI, INIESTA, Gerrard, Messi ,ThongBoy, Torres..

    • eklavya
      December 21, 2009

      What the fudge is vidic doing after being turned insideout by Eto’o inthe final?! And Pique was better than Terry anyway! Oh this fifaworldpro is all crap anyway, we already have the best team in footballing history

  24. Vj
    December 21, 2009

    How the F*** are Puyol and Eto’o left out?

    Another F***ing Disgrace!!

    No Drogba? Yet Another F***ing Disgrace!!!

  25. jordi
    December 21, 2009

    LOL where does Xavi find these shiny ass suits ?

    • Aeneas
      December 21, 2009

      gel runoff from crynaldo’s hair.

      • eklavya
        December 21, 2009

        thank god iniesta’s sister cuts his hair short otherwise he would have returned with how weird hairstyle (hes standing next to crynaldo)

  26. eklavya
    December 21, 2009

    FIFA stands for Federation of Internation F***ing Assaultation, what do you expect?

      • eklavya
        December 21, 2009

        How the hell did you figure it out so fast?!?!! Haha 😀
        I tried my best but I couldn’t think of anything…

        • Vj
          December 21, 2009

          It’s Okay.. It fits as the size of the President’s brain rivals that of a Peanut..

  27. Vj
    December 21, 2009

    Who got the Presidential Award? I’m watching with no sound so I couldn’t hear what the LOVELY lady had to say..

    • jordi
      December 21, 2009

      Queen Rania of Jordan, for her services to OneGoal and Education.

      • Vj
        December 21, 2009

        Oh yeah.. I knew I’d seen her somewhere.. She came to Mumbai a couple of years ago..

    • OhYes
      December 21, 2009

      Congrats to Messi!! he really does deserve it

      • jordi
        December 21, 2009

        Indeed, it would be nice to know the other positions as well .

        • Helge
          December 21, 2009

          will be published on the official website, I suppose…

          • Vj
            December 21, 2009

            “The 1,073 points he obtained in the vote, participated in by the coaches and captains of 147 national teams, saw him win by a clear margin ahead of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in second (352 points) and Spain’s Xavi (196), Brazil’s Kaka (190) and Spain’s Andres Iniesta (134).”

  28. Vj
    December 21, 2009

    So,

    1. Messi 1073 pts
    2. ThongBoy 352 pts
    3. Xavi 196 pts
    4. Kaka 190 pts
    5. Iniesta 134 pts

    • Boat Forever
      December 21, 2009

      WTF!? Douchebag coaches & captains!! How could they vote for Thongboy ahead of Xavi!?! I was hoping Xavi would even win the WPOTY let alone standing third… I call FOUL!!

  29. Helge
    December 21, 2009

    I remember CR had something with 900 last year. But dunno how many Messi received then. Anybody remembers?

    • Helge
      December 21, 2009

      Ah, once again wikipedia solves 😀

      Leo Messi has gained the most points ever with Kaka coming really close in 2007 (1047).
      He is also the player with the highest absolute advantage over the runner-up, but relatively seen, Ronaldinho’s had the biggest edge over the runner-up when he won the award in 2005.

    • Aeneas
      December 21, 2009

      ~700 i think. It was much much closer

  30. jordi
    December 21, 2009

    How did KAKA finish ahead of Andres.Straight up BS

    • OhYes
      December 21, 2009

      yea that’s what bothered me the most about this list. I am sorry but even if Iniesta had played 10% last season, he still would have owned that guy

      what the hell did kaka do anyway geeeeeeez fuck that guy

    • ElShowDeJason
      December 22, 2009

      Seriously… the biggest disapointment was Kaka ahead of Iniesta.

      I can see why Prem fan girls vote for Crynaldo… but who was voting for Kaka? people that haven’t watched soccer since 2007?

      I will admit, that in 2007 he owned all. He (NOT Milan, but he himself) won the Champion’s league. And he got all the rewards that came with that performance. But seriously, that was 2 years ago. He hasn’t done shit since then…

      Iniesta has been the most consistant player over the last 2 and a half season, and last season really began imposing his game on the world stage….

      I. Call. Bullshit.

  31. jordi
    December 21, 2009

    I hate that Kaka lives off past glories.

  32. lovelymofo
    December 21, 2009

    So, in other words, Barça got 1403 [cantera] points and EE got 542 [$$$] points. Nice.

    Congrats to Messi and to Barça!

  33. ballbeav
    December 21, 2009

    quote from thongboy (just making nice for the media? or sincere? i guess no one can deny The Truth.)

    “Messi ha sido el mejor, pero Xavi e Iniesta también se merecen este premio, porque también han jugado muy bien y lo han ganado todo. Si tuviera tres premios, se los daría a los tres. El Barça lo ha ganado todo este año y tanto Messi, como Xavi e Iniesta, se merecen estar aquí” and

    “Los logros hablan por sí solos, el Barça es el mejor equipo del momento, todos sabemos que tiene un sistema de juego concreto y sus jugadores llevan muchos años juntos, es un excelente equipo”

    “Messi has been the best, but xavi and iniesta also deserve this prize, because they have also played very well and have won everything. If I had 3 prizes, I would give them to these 3. Barca has won everything this year and Messi, as well as xavi and iniesta,deserve to be here.”

    “The achievements speak for themselves, Barca is the best team at the moment, they have a very concrete system of play and their players have been together many years. It is an excellent team.”

  34. Jnice
    December 21, 2009

    FIFA revealed who voted for whom: *http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/classic/awards/01/15/14/83/resultsfwpg09menforfifa.com.pdf

    Casillas voted for Cristiano Kaka and Messi in that order 😀 Lucio voted for Drogba, Eto’o, Ibra in that order 😀 Pretty funny how people just vote for their buddies or refused to vote for their countries rival lol.

    • Jnice
      December 21, 2009

      Puyol got a leading vote from Namibia’s manager!

    • Museum
      December 21, 2009

      Hleb’s first place vote was invalid. How much you wanna bet he voted for himself?

      • jordi
        December 21, 2009

        He probably voted “Not Pep” 😀 or tried to speak spanish lol

        • ballbeav
          December 21, 2009

          i dont think hleb can read. that probably led to some confusion for him on the voting sheet.

  35. December 21, 2009

    I think barcelona should try a different formation:
    ———–Valdes————–
    —-Puyol Pique Chigrinskyi—-
    Alves——————–Abidal
    ———–Toure—————
    —–Xavi——–Iniesta——-
    ———–Messi—————
    —–Henry/Ibrahimovic———

    With the main subs as Marquez, Keita, and Henry/Ibrahimovic.

  36. December 21, 2009

    And for easy games:
    Pinto
    -Fontas-Muniesa-Milito-
    Sanchez———–Maxwell
    ——–Busquets———-
    —Gai Assulin-Thiago—–
    Pedro————–Jeffren
    ———Bojan————

    • ElShowDeJason
      December 22, 2009

      How does JDS get left out?

      Jonathan > Thiago and Gai.

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