Banjo Crickets and His Pearly Whites

I love 1) that he scored, 2) that he loved scoring, and 3) those jerseys. That’s right, Kevin, I wrote that on a full on post. So nyah (sticks out tongue).


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By Isaiah

Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and daughter.


    1. Polo-collars on Jerseys are awesome.
      I can’t stand when a jersey looks like a rounded-neck t-shirt.

    2. My husband and son said the same thing, but its a party shirt! And it was certainly a party. I liked it — just part of standing out when you only play once a year.

      Did anyone’s broadcast show the post-match niceties? I wondered if they traded shirts, and if the Catelonia players had a second one to keep…I know these are the kinds of things that shouldn’t use up precious grey matter…

  1. It looks far better than some other national jerseys. Oh wait… it’s not actually a national jersey, neither a club jersey. So what type of jersey is it?

    The collar seems to be “hot” these days, there are a lot of national jerseys with collars. It looks a bit antiquated, but somehow I like it. At least on this picture 🙂

    I hope that Bojan gets more playing time in january and seizes the opportunity. Since Sevilla is without Kanoute, Fabiano, Romaric, Zokora and Koné, we should be able to play with a weakened line-up in the Copa del Rey.

  2. That is an awesome jersey, though. The collar looks retro! But I would like it better if it only had the vertical stripe.

  3. looks like a retro houston astros jersey. yuck.

    i’d be able to bear the collar if they’d get rid of the shoulder stripes.

    1. Haha – awesome quote in the comments:

      It’s not just Messi who comes across as humble and grounded – one of the most appealing characteristics of many players* of this Barcelona squad is their likeability. Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Keita are come across as ordinary lads whom the average father would be relaxed about dating his daughter. Compare and contrast with Cristiano Ronaldo…

      *Note: This does not include Dani Alves.

  4. i couldnt stop smiling when he scored. His joy is contagious, I hope he starts getting some playing time during african cup of nations with Keita not being able to fill in, forcing Iniesta to stay in the midfield rather than playing LW.

    Also, did anyone see Jeffren’s quote this week. After he showed his quality against Estudiantes, he was quoted saying..

    “I hope to God Robinho never comes to Barcelona.”

    Hahaha, now that’s a competitor.

  5. Gervinho keeps on scoring for Lille!

    That’s good news for Ivory Coast and their World Cup chances. If Gervinho can keep up his shape, I believe in their chances to advance and kick Portugal out of the tournament. Well, even without an in-shape Gervinho, it’s possible, but Gervinho is my favourite forward from Ivory Coast (above Didier “It’s a fuckin’ disgrace” Drogba).

  6. I’m digging the jersey….but then I followed US Lecce for a year..because of their jerseys. where can I get on.
    What was the score anyway?

    1. Keep checking with La Liga Shop. They are about the only folks I know who carry the Catalunya shirts.

    2. Shit’s just wrong, ain’t it? But if you order on Monday, you will have your shirt no later than Thursday. I love dealing with them.

    1. oh god what is that ahhh get it out of my brain never will i be the same i haven’t even slept yet and i’m already having nightmares when will it end

  7. Just watched the highlights of the Catalunya game..

    Did anyone else have goosebumps seeing Cruyff back as a manager at the Camp Nou..

  8. Ha also in the Jeffren interview, talking about his performance in the final against Estudiantes:

    And what were the reactions of your teammates?

    “They congratulated me and everyone praised my pace. The boss said he’s going to fine me, and I was dumb-founded by that. When I asked him why, he said it was for speeding.”

    Pep is funny.

  9. Kevin- While I agree that Xavi is the glue that holds Barca together if you carefully try to remember how many times Messi won games for us with crucial goals and assists I’d say he really was our best player last season or at the least on par with Xavi.

    On a side note I remember back a season or two when Xavi had much more defensive responsibilities and played deeper in Rijkaard’s system, he wasn’t as effective, defensively or offensively. That change Pep made was probably the most significant yet underrated.

    1. Oh, I remember, CP. Xavi is still my WPOTY. His level is so high, so consistently. I think he was unmatched, match in and match out.

    2. This discussion is exactly why I don’t “do” MVP awards. Two supremely talented players who bring different things to the table who have to work together to make things click and to win matches. One does not really exist without the other and that is true on any team.

    3. Yeah. Xavi is so consistent, and how does he stay fit? he’s been playing nonstop!

      Which one from the current squad would coach a future Barca team I wonder. Xavi is our brain like Pep was for Cruyff’s, but can you imagine Xavi shouting instructions from the sidelines?

    4. i cant imagine xavi..
      puyol is the only one who i think is possible..
      messi, xavi and iniesta are too shy hehe

  10. I looooove that jersey. It’s just too awesome. The stripes are my favorite thing about it, and as an expert of striped jerseys (Barca, River, Chivas) I can say with utmost arrogance that these are A+ stripes.

  11. That shirt had a chance at greatness, like the Wales third shirt, stoll one of my all-timw faves: black with a strip down the front of the body, and a crest. So cool. Without the shoulder stripes, that Catalunya shirt is badass.

  12. One would figure that with a city thats produced so many greats like Picasso, Dali, Gaudi, and Guardiola, we would get a jersey design that’s just revolutionary. I would give this jersey an average grade, not horrible not great but precisely in between. But who cares, as long as they play courageous and smart attacking football I’ll wear whatever they’re wearing.

    I pretty much have two things to say. 1. How shitty is this Jeffren injury? and 2. How badass was Bojan’s goal?

    1. 1. On the up side, the loan to Celtic won’t happen now. I couldn’t see anything good coming of that.

      2. It was, but if it isn’t a friendly, that goal doesn’t happen, because Argentina is playing real defense. Hell of a goal, to be sure, but dude just walked in and pinged it past the keeper.

      But man, was that a fun match to watch, right up until the 78th minute, when my DVR recording ended. Damn those pre-match festivities (guys on trampolines? WTF??!!) It’s how a friendly is supposed to be. Nothing at stake, two sides just playing their little hearts out for the joy of the game.

  13. Quick thoughts b/c I’m supposed to be on vacation and away from the internet.

    Kxevin and Ramzi, you knocked it out of the park with your comments on the Guardian. That Flatout person too, though don’t think he/she visits here.

    1. I gave Flatout a shout-out to let ’em know we were here. I agree with you on the quality of said poster’s comments.

      It also gave me the impetus to re-watch the Final, and I gotta tell you, I always forget how well Messi moves without the ball, when he’s on. You can almost see him tracking it like a dog, to figure out where it’s going to be next, then running to that point.

    1. My favorite passage:

      Your book is full of controversies and intimate behind–the–scenes details from the corridors of Camp Nou; do you have any thoughts about what went on last year surrounding the departures of Ronaldinho, Deco and Frank Rijkaard (and Eto’o this summer)?

      – I think Ronaldinho caught the Brazilian disease of partying off the pitch more than playing on it, and he dragged Deco with him, and for a while Messi too. It affected the training of all three and their performance impacted negatively on the team.

      Messi was justly given a second chance and told to mend his ways, but I think Ronaldinho and Deco were thought to be expendable and told it was time for them to go. The departure of Ronaldinho and Deco provided an opportunity for a whole change of choreography within the team, and a new coach capable of exercising control and discipline. Hence the replacement of Rijkaard by Guardiola.

      Eto’o scored some wonderful goals and created others at Barça, but he is not a player who liked being told what to do, and his performance varied enormously. I think he is a difficult player to build a solid team around and I was happy to see him go, as I think was Guardiola.

      Why do you think it is that so many of Barça’s all-time greats seem to leave through the back door?

      – They get too big for their boots and forget that their main mission is to inspire a team to work together and well.

  14. Luis Suarez scored six goals yesterday in a Dutch Cup match. Sure it was against an amateur side, but he scored six goals in one match.

    Just thought I’d throw that out there.

    1. Well you are forgetting to note two things:
      1. Ajax won 14-1
      2. A few of the goals were he was in front of the goal with no one in front of him and his teammates passed to him instead of scoring themselves.

    2. My jury is out on Suarez, until I see him against non-Eredivisie competition. Oh, the “Henry to Citeh” rumors have started again. Ugh.

    3. As much as I like Henry – incident aside – I say if they want to pay for him, let him go. That is, if these aren’t just rumors. Use the money on Mata. Or let Pedro/Jeffren develop.

    4. I’d be down with that, if we had a consistent replacement who can do as well. Jeffren? No. Mata? Hell no. Silva? Fragile, and …. well …. no. Krkic. Please.

      Is there a guy out there? I reckon. I haven’t seen him, but there has to be, right?

      Wanted: Left winger to replace aged, gimpy legend. Must be able to pass from all angles, create space, draw two defenders, lay crosses in, score goals, lead breaks, battle for balls in midfield, track back on defense. Interested candidates apply to:

      Hell of a want ad. 😀

    5. Kxevin, he may not be ready yet, but Elia of Hamburg is just the guy you described, but he is more of a winger than Henry is striker.

  15. Some more Messi news: He now has yet another award to add to his already bulging trophy case: Argentina’s Athlete of the Year for 2009! WAIT… he did NOT win it? What the??? *re-reads article a third time* Well i’ll be damned.

    You know, Argentina, if you want some guy to perform valiantly for you, snubbing him and deriding him on a continuous basis is not a good idea.

    1. As many say, it’s because he’s never played for a side in Argentina at the club level. Something that strikes me as kinda silly. But what do I know?

  16. kxevin..
    my answer for your question is someone who plays in Spain..
    he is 29..
    he scores goals for fun..from all angles
    works hard for the ball like henry…
    do you know who i am talking about?

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