Brace yourself, elections are coming.

Power, lust, glory. Lies, deceit and treachery. All is fair in love and war. And while some of us truly don’t care who wins the Game of Thrones, others are on the tips of their seats. After all…

 

“I learned how to die a long time ago.”

That’s good to hear for Jordi Majó and Benidito Augusto. Since they have experience with losing elections, it should hurt less this time.

 

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.”

Not all despaired after the second half of the season got kick-started in the teeth with a 0-1 loss at the Anoeta. The president called for elections, the technical director got the axe and the coach’s future was hanging by a thread. Ex-spokesperson, ex-secretary and ex-president of the disciplinary commission, the board member that just refused to give up, was of a different mind. Where some see crisis, others smell opportunities. May I present to you the presidential candidate Jordi Freixa?

 

The things I do for love.”

Jordi Farré, the candidate from Som Gent Normal,  ran away from home at the age of 11 and traveled all the way to Sevilla. The reason? To attend the European Cup final against Steaua Bucharest after a friend had gotten him a ticket. How’s that for culer credentials?

 

"I knew I will not get justice here. I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand trial by combat."
“I knew I will not get justice here. I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand trial by combat.”

On December 22, 2012, then vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed on the Catalan radio station, RAC1, that Eric Abidal’s new contract was drawn and ready to be signed as soon as the majestic French defender, who was recovering from his battle against a life-threatening cancer, played his first game. It all ended in tears, as only six months later Abidal was told there would be no place for him in the next season’s squad. A baffling decision, not only on a humanistic level but also on a strictly football technical level. While Eric had always remained on speaking terms with the board that discarded him, his decision to join Joan Laporta’s merry band of anti-Barto’s is telling. Will he make a good technical director? Nobody knows. Since he has no experience at this position at all, his appointment seems to be for purely electoral reasons. If Laporta wins, we can only hope he will surround his new chief of sports with the right people to teach him the job.

 

“One voice may speak you as false, but in many there is always truth to be found.”

Here’s to Sport, Mundo Deportivo, COPE and basically all and any media outlets in Barcelona. Sport puts Angel Di Maria on the cover, so Mundo informs us the Argentinian has an “anti-Barça” clause in his contract. Mundo reports that Turan is definitely signing for Barça, so Sport says his agent is currently in talks with Chelsea. In the Game of Thrones, pawns are put into play. One thing’s for sure though: any editorial by Santi Nolla is written by Santi Nolla… Probably.

 

"Girls would claw each other's eyes out to get naked with you."
“Girls would claw each other’s eyes out to get naked with you.”

Young, skilled, powerful, fast, tall, dark and handsome, the best thing to come out of France since du pain, du vin et du boursin, Paul Pogba has been the most wanted player in world football for some time now. Both Bartomeu and Laporta claim they’ll land his signature. Barto hints he has a preliminary agreement with Juventus. Jan says he’s good buddies with his agent, Mino Raiola. Until they are elected, what would they not do for a picture with mister Pogba?

 

“Power is power.”

If he were so inclined, he could be star player, coach, assistant coach, sporting director and president of the club, all at the same time. There is only one man who stands head and shoulders above the rest at F.C. Barcelona and that is Lionel Messi. He only needs to speak out in favor of a candidate. Luckily, Leo doesn’t care much for politics, but make no mistake: one nudge of the head or a slip of the tongue and the next presidency is decided. Only once has he ever spoken out against a board member. Y’all see Faus anywhere in Bartomeu’s new team, anyone?

 

"I'm going to have to eat every fucking chicken in this room."
“I’m going to have to eat every fucking chicken in this room.”

With a foot out of the door ever since the first journalist asked him a question that started with a word, Luis Enrique no longer looked happy in Disneyland until he walked out of the gates with a mouth full of cotton candy and more stuffed toys in his arms than he could carry. To the rhetorical question whether he was coming back next season, he simply replied that he hadn’t decided yet. What he meant was give me full control over which player comes and goes. And so Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan are or will be signed, Deulo and Monty are out the door and Bartra, Pedro and even Adriano are stopped from leaving. All on Luis Enrique’s orders, I mean, requests. Oh, it feels good to win a treble.

 

“I shall wear this as a badge of honor.”

Every single candidate speaks of the importance of La Masía. In the meantime, no player has broken through since Pedro and Busquets, both of whom started getting minutes under Pep Guardiola in 2008-2009 and broke through in 2009-2010. It is true that the academy has not produced any starters since then, but these things go in cycles. Besides, during the first half of this season, Masía product Munir El Haddadi was a regular starter and Sergi Samper started a Champion’s League game. And while also true that Barça B was relegated to the third division, the last two players that made the jump to first team starters came from the third division. In the meantime, Pedro and Busquets are still here.

 

“The man who passes the sentence, should swing the sword.”

All candidates not named Josep Maria Bartomeu have made it very clear: should they win, they will break with Qatar.

 

"The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them."
“The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.”

Ok, so Johan Cruijff didn’t actually go out and say that, but it is the type of shit that Johan Cruijff would say if he were a character in the Game of Thrones. Since he’s not, the Dutchman limited himself to saying that if Laporta doesn’t win, Barça lose. Well now, he never limits himself when it comes to saying stuff, does he? Other choice quotes are that the club has lost its values and that the Masía no longer produces any players.

 

The mad king did as he liked. Has your uncle Jaime ever told you what happened to him?”

The longest standing president of F.C. Barcelona, construction magnate Josep Nuñez did as he liked and ended up incarcerated at an old age for trying to bribe local tax officers. Seen by many as the continuity of Nuñez, Rosell and Bartomeu will join him behind bars if found guilty in the Neymar case. Promise me you’ll listen to your uncle next time, boys.

 

“Power resides where men believe it resides.”

Jan Laporta does not mention the name of Bartomeu without adding “and Rosell.” Benedito Augusto claims Sandro is hitting the phones to urge socis to vote for his man. I hope it’s not true, but I’m afraid it is true and the opposition candidates are trying our hardest for us to believe it is true. Rosell is the power behind Bartomeu.

 

"If you ever call me sister again, I'll have you strangled in your sleep."
“If you ever call me sister again, I’ll have you strangled in your sleep.”

If he wants a shot at this, Josep Bartomeu must put as much distance as possible between himself and his former best pal Sandro Rosell. The official reason for the latter’s resignation was that he feared for his life. No, not from white walkers but from culers with bee-bee guns. Either way, the ex-president remains extremely unpopular and for Barto to ride the wave of trebleness into a second mandate he must convince enough socis that he has broken with his mentor’s evil ways.

 

“What the hell do you know about being a bastard?”

The Managing Committee stand accused of foul play because of negotiating a deal with Turkish star player, Arda Turan. Only a Board of Members can make this decision, say the opposition. Of course, the election is not until July 18. The preseason starts on July 13, the player has been pursued on express wishes of our coach and in the meantime, clubs like Chelsea and PSG are also pushing for his signature. Atletico M*drid needs to allocate funds in order to sign a replacement. They’ve also caught flack for selling Deulofeu, a player nobody in their right minds wants to keep and certainly not the coach of our team. Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.

 

“The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace… They never are.

While all culers take great pride in the fact that the members of the club elect the president, the percentage of soci’s who couldn’t give lady rat’s twat about the elections is larger than you might think. Yes, democracy is a beautiful thing. But it means that the most beautiful club in the world is also the most divided club in the world. Left in peace, indeed.

 

"Where is the God of tits and wine?"
“Where is the God of tits and wine?”

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“You know nothing, Jon Snow.”

Of course, no matter how dedicated to the cause, John Snow would be me.

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Culé since way before football boots were of the neon yellow and lizard green variety, Levon is a deep thinker with increasingly shallow thoughts. He lives in Barcelona with his gorgeous wife and daughter. The lucky bastard...

45 Comments

  1. barca96
    July 3, 2015

    Sorry Lev. Just about to post this and a new post came up.

    I agree with the last poster, Arda Turan seems to be under rated. I’ve always liked him, well for the past 2 seasons to be exact. The way I see it, he is the perfect solution for the next 2-3 seasons before any of the youngsters (Rafinha, Suarez, Samper) can pick it up or a great talent comes along. Not every signing has to be a long term project.

    He can dribble. Great ball retention skills. Good short passes. Good work rate. What’s there not to like? He will be sharing minutes with Iniesta. Only problem I have with this transfer is that it will reduce Rafinha’s minutes. But with Xavi gone, perhaps Iniesta will play even deeper and Turan will play Iniesta’s role with Rafinha.

  2. barca96
    July 3, 2015

    I would also like to comment on your defenders post. I disagree about Montoya. He didn’t waste possession 9/10. You’ve always stated that you’re not a fan but you really painted him really badly. He wasn’t as adventurous but he was solid, played safe and his crosses were in general better than Alves over the course of the whole season.

    That said, I don’t really mind him leaving. If I had to choose between Adriano and Montoya, I’d choose the former. He is average but extremely useful. Can play RB/LB or in midfield or even winger. We’re stacked right now so I don’t see a need for him but I would like to have him around for rotation and emergency purposes.

    Somebody mentioned that Lucho declined to let Douglas go. Not sure if the story is true though. Sounds too unbelievable. Now onto reading this post.

    • July 3, 2015

      He didn’t waste possession 9/10 overall, but whenever made a run to receive a ball in an advanced position (he’s very good at actually making these runs) it would almost never result in the creation of a chance.

      As for the contention that his crosses were better than those of Dani Alves, I couldn’t disagree more.

    • barca96
      July 3, 2015

      I guessed that the 9/10 was an exaggeration but a new reader might mistake it for a truth 🙂

      Yeah. His positioning was alright. He seems to know where to run into but he just isn’t creative enough. He just needs more playing time to get used to the movements of his team mates. Playing in a stadium vs an opposition is different to a training ground match.

      His crosses were usually low or cut backs, both are more suitable to our team as compared to Alves’ insistence on crosses (air).

  3. barca96
    July 3, 2015

    Oh btw, these Pedro rumors are making me swear. I find it crucial to keep him. He is the best 4th man in the world IMO. I hope that the renewal is not just to bump up his price tag. P

  4. barca96
    July 3, 2015

    Almost jumped out of my massage chair laughing at the caption for the last picture. How did you come up with that?!

    Who is behind the managing committee? How do they make decisions? Who do they listen to with regards to signings? There’s no more sporting director.

    The election date is wrong to me. It should be done before the new season starts so that the signings can be made and whoever is leaving can leave. Thankfully (not really) there will be no newcomers fighting for a starting spot in September but the future elections should be held before the new season starts (pre season).

    Even though I want Turan but his agent said that his future will be decided in the next couple of days. Meanwhile our elections are only on 18th of July so the deal looks unlikely. And even before there were any rumors of him to Barca, I expected him and Griezmann to end up at Chelsea. That’s just how it goes. Atletico is a feeder club to Chelsea now like how Arsenal is to Man City.

    Jan is Joan is Catalan? He said that the reason Bartomeu is after him now is because they couldn’t agree to a deal with Pogba. That’s why it suddenly became “a deal with a current La Liga player” but in that news it was also stated that it’s a Spanish player so I guess they couldn’t get that Spanish player too. I hope it was Isco. Or To a further extent Thiago or Oli Torres.

    If I had the chance to vote, I’d vote Laporta. The lesser of two evils.

    • July 3, 2015

      Almost jumped out of my massage chair laughing at the caption for the last picture. How did you come up with that?!

      They are all quotes from the HBO series, Game of Thrones

      Who is behind the managing committee? How do they make decisions? Who do they listen to with regards to signings? There’s no more sporting director.
      The outgoing board is behind the managing committee. The signings and releases were decided by the sporting committee (read: Luis Enrique).

      The election date is wrong to me. It should be done before the new season starts so that the signings can be made and whoever is leaving can leave. Thankfully (not really) there will be no newcomers fighting for a starting spot in September but the future elections should be held before the new season starts (pre season).
      Agreed. Although the reasoning that the end of the season should not be interrupted with elections is also sound.

      Even though I want Turan but his agent said that his future will be decided in the next couple of days. Meanwhile our elections are only on 18th of July so the deal looks unlikely. And even before there were any rumors of him to Barca, I expected him and Griezmann to end up at Chelsea. That’s just how it goes. Atletico is a feeder club to Chelsea now like how Arsenal is to Man City.
      We’ll see.

      Jan is Joan is Catalan? He said that the reason Bartomeu is after him now is because they couldn’t agree to a deal with Pogba. That’s why it suddenly became “a deal with a current La Liga player” but in that news it was also stated that it’s a Spanish player so I guess they couldn’t get that Spanish player too. I hope it was Isco. Or To a further extent Thiago or Oli Torres.
      Joan is Catalan, and Jan is short for Joan.

      If I had the chance to vote, I’d vote Laporta. The lesser of two evils.
      I really don’t know who I’d vote for. Laporta doesn’t really seem to have a plan, although no club has ever gone wrong while being coached or advised by Johan Cruijff. My biggest misgiving is that he indicated he would turn the club into a political vehicle for Catalan independence.

  5. Dar_vincy
    July 4, 2015

    For all the talk from our presidential candidates about revamping La Masia and what nots, I don’t think any has presented a substantial and concrete plan so far. Beyond attending to the stunted transitioning of Barca B’s brightest prospects to the first team, it’s equally imperative to launch an incursion into the oft ignored fundamental part of the game in our playing system across the diverse age categories- a sturdy defensive structure. For all the attacking talents and brilliance in La Masia, there has never been a corresponding excellence in the defensive department. With sufficient attention not paid to ensconsing a solid defensive system, the effects of this negligence has manifested itself in untoward proportion as can be seen from Barca B’s implosion. Is it any wonder that despite the amount of goals they score, they still end up tieing or losing majority of their matches? And does it boggle the mind that virtually any Barca B victory isn’t complete or fulfilling unless they extend their hand of generosity to the opponent to nick in a goal or two or more?
    It’s no coincidence that we’ve not had a quality, direct breakthrough star in our defensive ranks since Puyol (does Olegeur qualify too? JK). The likes of Pique, Alba who had to migrate at a point in their career became what they became as a result of learning the nitty-gritty and being engrafted with adequate defensive requisite under the right tutelage. Bartra’s constrained game time has often been regarded as an injustice; not to me. It’s convenient to ignore that he isn’t quite yet the finished article that we presuppose even as he has shown commendable promises. Permit a Mourinho to handle him- like he did to Varane, Zouma, Cahill, Ramos (who was as soft and harmless as a headrest) – and what you have is a strong defensive juggernaut. A juggernaut that would compel Enrique to field him more than he blueprinted. Ditto Samper who i feel isn’t defensive enough to occupy a DM role regardless of his ball possession skills and would, ipso facto, thrive as a central midfielder. Just like the defensive job Carlos Unze did with the first team, it would be beneficial to have a committed personnel in the coaching crew across all age categories whose sole duty is to focus on forging a sturdy defensive unit. It’d be a massive step in the right direction if we could strike an equillibruim between our superfluous attacking obssession and a strong defensive configuration. At least that would in a way help our La Masia prodigies trade softness for toughness; clumsiness for sturdiness.

  6. Ryan
    July 4, 2015

    So Messi and Argentina’s wait for a trophy continues. Chile really had Messi under control, and when they didn’t, were able to foul him without much punishment. If only Higuain had buried his chance! (where have we heard that before?)

    • barca96
      July 4, 2015

      Ya. That Playstation game really helped the Chile players. But Argentina were slightly better. I just don’t understand why the Argentina players don’t give Messi the ball more.

      Tata. Again with the bad subs. Higuain instead of Tevez? Seriously?! He never ever learns from his mistakes. After the 6-1, Tata symphatizers came out defending Tata but it really wasn’t his tactics or subs, the players just had more space and time and were more clinical. Can’t really blame Higuain but he just isn’t good enough. Miss an easy chance in WC final, missed a chance in Copa final although LavezZi’s pass was too hard and far but if he anticipated it better he could’ve gotten there.

      I doubt that Messi wil get to win a trophy with Argentina anymore. He will be 31 for World Cup, he won’t be the main threat (goals and assists). He will have to rely on his team mates more than ever and judging from history, the chances are slim.

    • G6O
      July 4, 2015

      There is another Copa America next year so that’s his next chance for a trophy.

      There isn’t that much problem with him being 31 in 2018 given how they played this tournament — he was basically a midfielder all the time (which was a mistake — he did not get enough of the ball as you pointed out and that hurt them) and played the way we envision him playing when he slows down.

      The bigger problem is that most of the other top players are also born in 1987 or earlier – Mascherano will be 34, Higuain 31, Di Maria and Aguero 30, Tevez 34, etc. I would be more concerned about their form in 2018 rather than Messi’s. They’ll have to hope the likes of Icardi and Dybala develop into world beaters by then. Which would be true on its own — it seems like that squad does not have enough to win a trophy as it is so it needs something extra.

    • barca96
      July 4, 2015

      Why is there another Copa next year? That’s strange.

      In 2018 Messi needs help from his team mates more than ever so now when they’re in their peak they’re still below average, I doubt they will be any better and the youngsters aren’t experienced enough at the top level in 2018. You forgot about Vietto? I see a potential in him.

    • G6O
      July 4, 2015

      100 year anniversary of the tournament

    • G6O
      July 4, 2015

      Somehow I never realized Vietto was from Argentina 🙁

    • barca96
      July 5, 2015

      Oh no. I was hoping that Messi would get a rest in the summer until 2018. Guess he has to slug it out again next summer. Was really looking forward to him getting more rest in the summer since he plays all the games and he’s at the wrong end of 20’s now.

    • barca96
      July 4, 2015

      When I saw Higuain walked over to take the penalty I feared for the worst. The mother of all f*ck ups I told my brother. Why did Tata even chose him to take it? Guess what, he thinks he’s the man again by blasting the ball.

      And late in the match after receiving a pass from someone, instead of returning the ball in a 1-2, he tried to dribble instead of passing like most of the Argentina players but failed, fortunately for him, a Chilean player walked into the ball and it fell into the Argentinian who passed the ball to Higuain in the first instance.

      So now this mother of f*ck ups has f*cked up WC final and Copa final in successive year, how impressive is that. On top of that he also f*cked up a penalty for Napoli which caused them to lose a CL spot. Where does he go from here?

      I feel really bad for Mascherano especially. The guy is a warrior. Messi is a magician who always makes things happen but is always ignored by his team mates. I really wonder why Are they jealous of him? Do they all want to upstage him? What is it? It’s clear to see that he’s their best player and he makes things happen whenever he has the ball so why ignore him?? Can’t Tata see and say anything to the players? Involve Messi more? Simple.

    • G6O
      July 4, 2015

      I have been wondering about that all tournament (I watched 4/6 Argentina games). There were so many situations in which, if it was Barca, you know the ball is getting passed to Messi, and you know it often ends up with a goal, and they choose to do something else… For example, it was either the 5th or the 6th goal against Paraguay — Pastore has the ball on the left, Messi is at the penalty spot completely alone, and Pastore can just square the ball back to him for an empty net finish, which is what would have happened at Barca; instead Pastor shoots, the shot is saved but then Di Maria got to the ball first and scored. I can think of a number of such situations.

      He sacrifices a lot by playing as a midfielder because if he does not score from open play, people start talking about how poorly he’s played, and much more so in Argentina — Barca fans surely have better understanding of the game than those in Argentina. But at least with Barca, there is some paying back in terms of him receiving the ball around the edge of the box after he has made the initial pass and then the run forward (if you can call it that, it’s often the best play in the situation anyway). They rarely do that in the NT…

    • barca96
      July 5, 2015

      Yeah that happens a lot, Messi not receiving the return. Well at least everyone of them. I guess they never heard of one-two’s before. Higuain, Di Maria, Pastore, all of them always just try to go solo. So unbelievable selfish.

      And that play with Pastore that you mentioned, I had a rant about it a few days ago. He is so lucky that the ball rebounded kindly to Di Maria. It was a 5 on 1 situation and his angle was already tight yet he tried to pole it weakly.

      This has been happening like forever with this team. That’s why Messi doesn’t score as much. WC 2010, Copa 2011, WC2014, all the major tournaments it’s the same case. Messi not getting a return pass when he makes a run into the box. I hardly watch their friendlies or qualifiers so not sure how they play, but the does score more goals in those matches. So it could be a case that the players become selfish during big tournaments.

      Chile knows how to pass, one touch passes, one-twos, I don’t understand why Argentina can’t play like that. They really need a strong coach with a clear style of play. There were 4 Argentinian coaches in the semi-final so they have an abundance of good coaches. Sadly Tata isn’t the best of them.

      Sampaoli, Bielsa and Simeone will work wonders with them.

    • Davour
      July 7, 2015

      Very true. I only watched fragments of games (due to time difference, etc.) but noted how it almost seems Messi is taking on the opposing team by himself, making adventurous (almost desperate) dribbles and runs from deep down, looking in vain to find the pass (and when he does, as you point out, runs in vain to receive a return). It has all the signs of the big star trying to save a dysfunctional team.

      In the final, I heard Chile put three men on Leo. How the hell could not the other stars make better use of that imbalance? Sad.

  7. agar2515
    July 4, 2015

    Poor Higuain, let down again by bottling teammates and a hack coach. Higuain should never star in a big game ever again, call up the youth attackers, and Tata, well… Less said the better

    • barca96
      July 5, 2015

      At least Tevez over Higuain in that match for goodness sake. It’s been known for years that he’s a big game bottler and had a poor tournament, yet Tata puts him in and even worse, let him take the penalty.

      Aguero had an ok match, could at least hold the ball and pass, Don’t know why he was taken off. Really mind boggling subs once again by Tata.

      I really hope he resigns or gets fired. This golden generation team are not gonna win anything with these kinds of coaches. Such a pity when a golden generation goes to waste like Holland and Portugal from the late 90’s. Now it’s Germany’s golden generation, thankfully for them they finally won a trophy. I predict France to go far for the next few years with these bunch.

    • July 6, 2015

      Since AFA appointed Maradona as coach, I was always afraid, this generation of Argentinian players will never win anything with Argentina. They put Deigo, then Batista and now again Tata. Only Sabella looked to make any sense, even if he bottled it with a terrible sub in the WC final.
      Which coach, having a superior quality of players, will decide to take such a non attacking approach, in a final against a lower ranked team, whose biggest asset was only their home support. This must have been Tata’s talk before the match – when you have the ball dont look for Messi, he should be covered by 2 people, so give the ball to Masche, he will pass it back to Romero. Romero should hold the ball for at least a minute making sure all Chile players are in position, then hoof it. Masche, Biglia, Otamandi – you guys all just hoof the ball, if not you will lose it as Chile is good in pressing. And you guys DeMaria, Pastore – you are all as good players as Messi, prove it on the pitch. Dont look for Messi, just do your thing, Vamos –

      It was absurd how a top team in world decide to go on a careful approach in such a final.. I also agree that, they tried the best to not give the ball to Messi. If am right, at least thrice you could see Messi screaming for the ball, when there were no players near him. One was to Biglia when Messi was absolutely free around 30 yards, and he passed to Pastore who obliged by losing it.

  8. barca96
    July 5, 2015

    Mascherano: “I’d like to enjoy wearing this shirt, but I have to suffer. Wearing it is like torture. I can’t find an explanation.” #fcblive

    What a terrible feeling to have. True leader of his club and country. I wish I could give him and Messi a bro hug.

    • July 5, 2015

      Been a supporter for the Albeceleste shirt ever since i started loving football. No other team has captured my imagination like the way do. Even when they were pragmatic(90,2014), downright miserable(2010) or being out of the world (numerous times) I loved them. I think all these years of failure only makes me still believe that they will surely start winning pretty soon. This is still a very good squad and a balanced one in recent times. With the addition of some good players and facing out of some underwhelming ones, i’m sure they will win something in the coming years.
      Martino, I still think he is a very good coach. It will be foolish to fire him and break the work he is doing with the team.

    • July 6, 2015

      Am an Albicelste fan since ’82, lucky to watch them only from 86. They last played their best football – based on possessions and ‘pausas’ in 2006. After that they looked effective during the last WC qualifiers when using the fab4, Sabella played good counter attacking. A lack of a quality central midfielder means, Argentina is good if they look for counter attacking. However, inspite of being assured that Chile will press mad, Tata asking his team to aimlessly hoof the ball, instead of trying to make some sort of counters, made their result. Nor did he look like asking his team to do something that would help the best out of Messi. Menotti recently said, he was shocked to see how less of the ball was given to Messi in certain games. Menotti would definitely add this match to it.

      I lost my love for Tata when he failed to make any specific plan against Ateltico, in 6 matches. He didnt seem to have any good plan here as well, allowing players like DeMaria and Pastore to try their individual things rather than team play. He hasnt done any work with this team, and stuck to the same squad as Sabella. Just asked them to keep the ball more, but pitifully, this team is keeping the ball more in its own half.
      It would be really good if Argentina will look for a better tactician. I will be happy to eat my words, if Tata wins anything, but as it stands there is no chance.

    • Son
      July 6, 2015

      Agreed.
      I used to support him during his Barça days even when someone called his head.
      Now I completely know he has no tactic or plan or maybe he cannot execute.
      Such a talented squad, damn, how can you let them 0 title during such a golden generation?
      With a proper coaching and good tactic, they not second to anyone.
      They can easily beat Germany too.

      Btw, any idea when will Simeone decided tobtake up this job?
      Have read that he is interested before.

    • barca96
      July 6, 2015

      Simeone just started his Wuropean career. Doubt he will take a part time job anytime soon. After Atletico he’ll probably go to a bigger club. I can see him at Chelsea or PSG.

      AFA should look for one of the current Argentinian who’s coaching a national team like Sampaoli or an old coach like Bielsa.

  9. TITO
    July 6, 2015

    Arda in.

    • barca96
      July 6, 2015

      Is it official? I’ll only celebrate once I see him signing and taking a photo. I’ll probably make a kebab party in his honor.

    • TITO
      July 6, 2015

      Yup, its on the official site.

  10. realdox
    July 6, 2015

    Arda in ,it’s official

  11. agar2515
    July 6, 2015

    Not sure how to feel. Then again, after the season we had LE searches the benefit of the doubt.

  12. Davour
    July 6, 2015

    Don’t like it much. Especially not if the rumour is true, that Arda was sick of running and wanted away. He has a bad temper and, I think, is not good enough – despite of course being good – to be a star at Barca. He might replace Xavi as a back-up, but not Iniesta nor Rakitic. A good squad player for a lot of money. But I agree – let’s wait and see, LE surely has a plan and we will have to hope it’s a good one!

  13. G6O
    July 6, 2015

    Really puzzled by this transfer, but let’s wait and see. LE has earned some trust after this season.

    • TITO
      July 6, 2015

      Not just the trust

    • TITO
      July 6, 2015

      But all of it.

  14. deerwithwings
    July 6, 2015

    I think it is a great signing. Arda is a great player, I think he has been brought in for rotation, specifically for Iniesta so that LE can keep Iniesta fit for the big games. Arda brings a lot of experience, physicality, and technique. It is certainly worrisome for Rafinha, but, as others have already stated, this is LE’s call, and he deserves 100% backing on the fan base’s part on this.

    This summer’s transfers CONSIDERING THE BAN have been impeccable from a sporting prospective. The difference between the summer of 2009 and 2012 is staggering. Replacements have been brought in for the positions that needed it. How they will pan out is really anybody’s guess, especially considering how Rakatic (most especially), Bravo, Ter Stegen, and Suarez have worked out in very recent memory.

    Moreover, Turan plays at a top Liga side. He knows the teams, and can start mid table matches with ease. He has performed against Real, Chelsea, Juventus, etc, and performed well.

    • barca96
      July 6, 2015

      Erm I don’t think he was brought in only to rotate with Iniesta. He is brought on to start. Turan/Iniesta/Rakitic are all fighting for a spot with Rafinha being the one to be subbed in a lesser opponent to learn the ropes. 4 players to fight out 2 spots. Not too bad. Same situation as we were last season.

      And in the DM position, Busquets is the undisputed starter, with Roberto surprisingly filling in last season. So I really don’t see Turan’s signing as a threat to the youngsters. None of them are ready to start against the big boys. I hope they will when Iniesta is done cause by then we would only have Rakitic and Turan.

      This signing really speaks volumes of Turan. He could’ve easily gone to other teams where he could play from September. I just hope he won’t be sold by the new president. That’ll be a big embarrassment for everybody involved. I hope the new president will listen to Lucho.

    • barca96
      July 6, 2015

      Last season there were cartoons of Mathhieu holding a blunt. This season I am looking forward to see what they’ll do with Turan’s character. A shoe throwing person, kebab loving or a player that is tired from all the running under Simeone.

    • deerwithwings
      July 6, 2015

      I think you’re right in the sense that LE runs a meritocracy. I do think Iniesta, on form, is better though.

    • barca96
      July 6, 2015

      Just look at the amount of times Takitic was benched even in big matches. So it’s going to be all even I think. Good healthy competition for spots. Can’t wait for the season to start.

  15. July 7, 2015

    Very happy about Turan. Its two players now, who have joined the team, knowing well that till January, their big match is training with the likes of Messi, Iniesta and Pique.. That desire, am sure, will be only good for the team.

    • G6O
      July 7, 2015

      It also means two players who have had 4 additional months of rest ready to join the team for the business end of the season.

      Last year that worked quite well.

  16. Davour
    July 7, 2015

    Sorry, Levon. Too many comments on other matters, and not enough appreciation for a very funny and light-hearted introduction to the drama of elections! Thanks for the laughs and the insights!

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