68 Comments

  1. Stephen
    May 20, 2010

    Good arguement. I think you brought a light into seeing how an MVP should be chosen, last season Valdez was awful, just awful. THIS season he stepped up, I was shocked at his improvement, so if anything to me he was most improved.
    I still would’ve liked Xavi was MVP simply because he was the motor of the team, Barça does not move the same way without him in, his non-existent penalty won us a game this season, his passing was magnificent. So he didnt complete some passes, he completed the NEEDED passes. He does under the radar A LOT, but we couldnt have done it without him, Im sure of this.
    Victor is good though 🙂

    • Cule
      May 20, 2010

      Last season he was awful? A couple bad mistakes against Espanyol and Lyon, but what about his key stops against Drogba (twice) and Drenthe in the first Classico? He was world class last season and without him I don’t think we win the treble.

        • May 21, 2010

          Not debatable at all imo.

          Last season too Valdes was a rock at the back. A rock that didn’t hesitate to spring from its line to break wave after wave of attacks.

          I used to hate on him too some years back, when honestly, he was terrible. But the massive change in his form is such a pleasant surprise.

          VV FTW!

        • May 21, 2010

          Not debatable.

          Valdes was arguably the only reason we wont the Champions League. His stops against Chelsea surely saved us, and do you remember both El Clasicos!?!

          He was a monster in front of goal when we needed it the most. Saying he was awful is uneducated and unfair for our keeper.

  2. Don
    May 20, 2010

    Alot of people didnt think he should be on Spains WC radar and hes off to SA. Good for him.

  3. jnelson
    May 20, 2010

    Yes! Valdes is my MVP as well, so I have to say good call! Countless times VV saved our bacon. I am so glad he is our keeper and he renewed before this season. There is not another keeper I’d rather have at Barca.

  4. Kari
    May 20, 2010

    Ugh. I didn’t want an MVP (-insert childish foot stomp here-). Man, Kxevin, you are just a glutton for punishment aren’t you? 😀

    Messi’s my MVP because, well, he’s awesome. Been awesome, became awesome-er, did more awesome things and…yeah. That’s it.

    Hey! I didn’t hear anyone here say that there had to be an logical explanation, I just like Messi, he’s my favourite player (see Kxevin, I’m showing you the pettiness of the MVP 😀 ).

    And Messi is just my Forward MVP. My midfield MVP is Xavi, my defensive MVP is Pique, my non-outfield player MVP is Valdes (you could argue Pep, but…meh.)… 🙂

    Alright, I think I’ve proved my point.

    @ Stephen. Think about it this way, if we didn’t have Valdes, we’d lose every match 6-5 because the opposition would score with every chance they had.

    Valdes was absolutely ridiculous (as in amazing) last season and he’s carried that form into this season. It just shows more this season because our team play and offense haven’t been as flashy/spectacular and so you notice the defense more.

    • Stephen
      May 20, 2010

      I didnt say he was terrible, I just think that he wasnt the most valuable player. Last season, even in this blog people wanted him off the squad, and he did have terrible games as well as good ones. Was he that player we couldn’t perform without? Not really. He did great, theres no question, but not Mvp.

      • Tutomate
        May 21, 2010

        No you said he was ” awful just awful”.

  5. Phil
    May 20, 2010

    Couldn’t agree more. How many times were we griping about how badly we were playing until Valdes would make an amazing save and would yell at everyone to wake the hell up – and they would. Then the domination would commence. Like the GI Joe movie sound bite, when all else failed, Valdes didn’t. Love it.

  6. Bundy
    May 20, 2010

    Remember the Valencia game we failed to scored in? Valdez saved our bacon big time, I guess he saved us aswell when Valencia came to the Camp nou where we struggled at 0-0 by half-time.

    ALso the first classico, the magnificant saves he made to dismiss Cristiano and co. and we went on to win both classicos.

    there are countless games where he performed so well, but the way he shows up in those decisive games is what makes him so valuable.

  7. Kari
    May 20, 2010

    Immature post of the day:

    Who else wished the second guy fell over?

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aNRnGIf4_Y

    • Blow-Granite
      May 21, 2010

      Brandao is a class act. He should be in the Brazilian starting lineup!!!

  8. ooga aga
    May 20, 2010

    kevin likes defenders, he tilts in their direction. he gives defenders higher ratings on average (look at the KRS from last season, which I did before it was called the KRS). he picks VV as the MVP two times running.

    being a fan of the most attacking side on earth, it is his way of finding balance. word.

    • ooga aga
      May 20, 2010

      i dont have an MVP but i wont argue against VV. sits fine with me. word.

    • vicsoc8
      May 20, 2010

      Nothing wrong with that. I’m of the opinion that no matter how hard anyone tries it is impossible to be completely free of “bias” (which is rather subjective experiencing of the world). Kxevin does a great job of it though, and this whole discussion is way too philosophical for the time.

    • BA
      May 21, 2010

      we had the best defense in La Liga last season by a considerable distance. it would therefore make sense that defenders would be rated, on average, higher than others.

  9. Kxevin
    May 20, 2010

    In the “bad news for Kari” file, apparently Silva will be announced after Mourinho is announced next week.

    In the “no pervs to Barca” file, reports are that Ribery has signed an extension with Bayern.

    The silly season continueth apace, with The Yaya going to Chelsea or Citeh, depending upon what rag you believe. This, despite the very clear words of Txiki that we would love for him to be a part of our plans next season, as long as he understands that being part of a squad such as ours means that you won’t play all the time. It’s up to, and run by the coach.

    So we will see. If he goes to Citeh, he isn’t winning any silver. Not hardly. Not with Tevez and Adebayor as the strike force. If he goes to Chelsea, he might win some silver, though with their aging squad I just don’t see them having much success in Europe.

    I admit that it’s kind of unfathomable to me how anyone could want to leave our club right now, when it is poised to, should all go as expected, do great things.

    Oh, and I wouldn’t be expecting any Fabregas news any time soon. As I noted, it’s personal now, which makes business impossible. We are, again if you believe reports, going to offer around 35m plus a list of players to be included as makeweights on Monday. Arsenal is expected to laugh in our faces, stamp their feet and say their player isn’t for sale, but if you want him, we’ll take 80m.

    Fabregas is in a very difficult place. No matter what he has said privately, if he really wants to come (and I hope that he doesn’t, frankly), he will go public and say “I want out, and trust in the folks who have treated me so well to make it happen.” But if he does that and the deal doesn’t go through, he’s screwed 43 ways from Sunday.

    I also think the Xavi quote about Fabregas was stupid:

    “It is criminal for a player of Cesc’s quality not to be winning the biggest prizes in football. He really has no choice but to leave. He is making the right decision and I hope the Arsenal fans wish him well.”

    Also, Luke is working up a Top 10 Moments of the Season piece, that promises to be a delight. And boy, does Isaiah have some goodness planned. Between us and the silly season, we’ll take you right up to the World Cup, and right on through it.

    • fcbfan
      May 20, 2010

      Why would Yaya go to Chels or City. City = no cl. Chels = Essien/Kalou? and both clubs already have ACN players.

    • barca96
      May 20, 2010

      if, a big if, pep still wants cesc, then we should offer arsenal, marquez, hleb, chiggy and henrique in exchange for cesc. they are at least worht 35mill.
      xavi is one of the people that doesn’t handle the “mic time” very well imo.

    • Kari
      May 21, 2010

      apparently Silva will be announced after Mourinho is…

      APPARENTLY Silva will be announced after Mourinho is …

      “Apparently” huh? I’ve live with the doubt there is on that statement (however little and petty it is.)

      I won’t believe it until pictures of his—you know the rest. If he does sign for them, I’ll come to hate him like everyone else on that team (or at least dislike). In fact, I’ll just get it out right now.

      SCREW YOU, SILVA! IT’S NOT LIKE I WANTED YOU ANYWAY! JUST WAIT, THEY’LL TREAT YOU LIKE CRAP AND THEN YOU CAN’T COME CRYING BACK TO ME! OR VILLA BECAUSE HE’LL BE PLAYING FOR US, SCORING AGAINST YOU AND ENJOYING IT IMMENSELY. HE’S THE BETTER DAVID ANYWAY. YOU’RE DEAD TO ME (until you play for the national team again), YA HEAR?!

      WE HAVE INIESTA, SO IT’S NOT LIKE WE NEEDED YOU ANYWAY. YOU’RE JUST INIESTA-LITE. YOU MAY NOT HAVE THE FORCEFIELD, BUT FORCEFIELDS ARE BADA$$! I HOPE YOU HAVE A MISERABLE TIME LIKE KAKA’ (why, Ricky, why?)!

      I just go cry in a corner now.

  10. fcbfan
    May 20, 2010

    Kxevin, no prob with vv as mvp. Reember guys how most of us were cursing Valdes for demanding a pay of Casilla’s level? most underrated gk probably.

  11. Lev
    May 20, 2010

    …..

    did you just compare goalkeepers to field goal kickers? No, you didn’t. Please tell me you didn’t. Take it back! lol ;=

    Anyway it is a nice choice, Valdes. I do sympathize with him getting the vote, I really do. He had an awesome season and I feel he has been steadily improving for a lot of years now.

    For me the choice of MVP is really easy. It goes to the best player of our team. Especially when he scored 47(!) goals this season. Ya’ll wanna debate it, that’s cool, but yeah, Messi all the way.

    • jnelson
      May 21, 2010

      Hey, Adam Vinatieri won 3 Super Bowls depending on how you look at kickers. Also, he kicked 20 game-winning field goals with less than 1 minute remaining. Just sayin…Go VV!

  12. May 21, 2010

    Well, it is hard to argue with your choice given that he won Zamora for second year in a row. He came up big in the clasico games and provided stability and some nice saves. We lost only one game this year and that says a lot about his play this year.

    am glad there are no Arsenal fans on this thread…

  13. Lev
    May 21, 2010

    ¨am glad there are no Arsenal fans on this thread…¨

    Mmmmmm…..CESC FABREGAS CESC FABREGAS CESC FABREGAS!

    Let’s see what happens…

    • Blow-Granite
      May 21, 2010

      Money aside from a pure footballing stand point, I love Cesc!

    • Kari
      May 21, 2010

      STOP TAPPING UP CESC, YOU BUTTHEADS! I BET YOU’RE NOT EVEN FANS! HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE CAMP NOU?! YES? …well, err, um, YOU GUYS AREN’T EVEN CATALAN I BET!

      YOU ARMCHAIR FANS! YANKS! FABREGAS IS TWICE AS GOOD AS XAVI (and Nasri is twice as good as Iniesta)! WHY WOULD HE WANT TO JOIN YOU CLUB ANYWAY? YOU GUYS WIN STUFF! HE SHOULD STAY AT OUR CLUB, WHERE HE CAN GET ALL THE PLAYING TIME HE WANTS!

      BOO! HISS!

  14. Benj
    May 21, 2010

    Great to see all this support for VV, he’s done so well for us especially this and last season.

    BUT

    I would have to say Xavi. If we didn’t have the best passer/playmaker/creative genius in our midfield, our forwards – no matter who they were or how magnificent they were, wouldn’t have scored all of those goals.

    Can we have a MVT (Most Valuable Team)?

    😀

    Loved this season, lets bring it again next season.

    With…….

    CESC FABREGAS CESC FABREGAS CESC FABREGAS

    Right Gooners?

  15. Sid
    May 21, 2010

    Great Call Kxevin.

    In this matter I am a convert. I have always believed that barca deserved a better keeper than Valdes and even remember having long arguments on the Offside with you and Isaiah over this abt 3 yrs ago.

    But last couple of yrs has seriously changed my opinion on this.

  16. poipoi
    May 21, 2010

    overall MVP of the season: Raúl Gonzalez Blanco 😀

    I’ m truly relieved… I thought ibra was gonna be man of the season 😉

    great call on valdes too, I don’t have much memory but for what I can recall this is the first season without ANY already classical fuck-up of his. infalible!

  17. poipoi
    May 21, 2010

    btw… with all this seluk declarations what.the.xxxx. is going on with toure I don’t understand, no busi vs yaya debate OR ANYTHING but just WHY???!!! WHY???!!!

    from now on I won’t say “I’m going to the bathroon to take a sh*t” I’ll say “I’m gonna get rid for two or three seluks”

  18. Hauns
    May 21, 2010

    @Kxevin: Are u from Austria or what? At least in “The offside”-link your comments are marked with the flag of my country lol. Just curious.

  19. Lou
    May 21, 2010

    New kit pictures on the official site.

    //http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/web/english/galeries/futbol/temporada09-10/05/nova_samarreta/galeria.html

    Not sure that I’m crazy about the red shorts, but the home shirt looks alright.

    • Colby
      May 21, 2010

      Thanks for the link. The keeper shirt I like. The home kit is alright, although it is a little too similar to three years ago. I’m going to have nightmares of Scholes scoring against us all of next season and of Ronaldinho riding the bench with Deco.

      And the away kit… I don’t know. I like how it says “we are the best team in the world so we don’t care what we look like. You can make fun of our puke green shirts all you want; we are going to kick your butt.” As far as a fashion choice, I think it’s hideous. But I think it works, but only because we are Barca. I don’t plan on running out and buying one immediately.

  20. DBarcaMan
    May 21, 2010

    I guess the third kit this year will be the Pink kit.

      • Eklavya
        May 21, 2010

        It was more orange but I think this will be debated endlessly …

  21. Eklavya
    May 21, 2010

    LOL @ the new kits. I don’t know what to say really cause they almost always look hideous on the 1st look. I suppose I’ll grow on it. The away kit is interesting …

    But this season’s (09-10) home kits were how they’re supposed to be. Thin blue and red stripes.

    • Dave
      May 21, 2010

      Agreed this seasons was top notch. Personally I think we went wayward post 05/06 cl winners kit. Really like the 04/05 and earlier ones ,so hard to get now. Found the away 1996/1997 jersey a couple of weeks ago kappa and orange!!!! Would like an away kit resembling valencias black/ orange ensemble

  22. Eklavya
    May 21, 2010

    *http://www.atdhe.net/19536/watch-david-villa-presentation

    What is Txiki saying?

  23. Eklavya
    May 21, 2010

    So only 25-30 thousand people came to see Villa being presented at the Camp Nou today? Haaaw, I thought there would be more. There were 75’000 people for Ibrahimovich after all.

    • Eklavya
      May 21, 2010

      link:

      *http://www.hellofooty.com/david-villa-presentation-at-camp-nou-video

      • Stephen
        May 21, 2010

        Love the video, Villa’s just looking at Joan, like wth are you saying about me? lol

  24. Dan
    May 21, 2010

    Xavi needs to shut his midget mouth.

    If my memory serves me correctly, Xavi was about Fabregas’ age when Barca went from 1999 to 2005 without winning much but apparently Fabregas should leave at the same age because he isn’t winning stuff.

    Imagine when Figo left you guys for Madrid (when you were rubbish and they weren’t) if Raul had come out saying Figo should sign for us because Barca are rubbish blah blah…you’d be angry!!

    It’s embarrassing that a “football” club would encourage it’s players to do this crap. I have no doubt tomorrow it’ll be Pique saying stuff and then someone else thenext day.

    I and many other people once had a great deal of respect for Barcelona (with the whole sponsorship and style of play) but in the last few months, with the crying about Cesc diving – when it was clearly a foul-, to the busquets ACTUAL dive against Inter then the sprinkler crap and now the complete lack of respect shown to Arsenal FC by your board, players and fans… it’s all gone and as much as I despise Rmadrid for spending £300m (although it turns out the mighty Barcelona have managed to spend their way into £400m debt {managed to do that quietly didn’t you}) or whatever it was I hope they win the league next season and for the foreseeable future.

    You know what your players and Board members do is embarrassing and wouldn’t like it if other clubs did it to you, you’re the worst kind of entity, you’re a BULLY.

    • Kari
      May 21, 2010

      “midget mouth” LOL! That’s gold, man. That ‘midget’ is who’s keeping your beloved captain on the bench for the national team.

      Anyway, I do agree that what Xavi said was unnecessary, but then, he’s speaking as a guy who really wants to play with Fabregas.

      As for the rest of your rant, I’m sorry you feel that way, Dan. Enjoy your club and have a nice life.

    • May 21, 2010

      My goodness, where do you guys come up with these stupid things? So now you are saying that Arsenal is a rubbish club being bullied by a couple of quotes that more than anything are complements to Cesc.

      Most of this stuff was created by the stupid Media, … but you know, given the intelligence exhibited by many of your club fan , it is a complete waste of time to discuss anything with you.

  25. Kari
    May 21, 2010

    @Eklavya. Yeah, I’m surprised as well, though I think Ibra had so many people come because at that time, many Cules were nervous because EE had made so many big signings.

    I really don’t like how Villa is sorta of being pushed to the side because of this Fabre—- business.

    It’s David Villa, men! DAVID Freakin’ VILLA! This is sooo huge and the press is jsut like, “We’ve got Villa? Sweet. Now, on to Fabre—.” Sucks.

    Also it’s confirmed: “David Villa 7” is going to be on his jersey.

  26. Eklavya
    May 21, 2010

    Looks like the earlier shouting of “CESC!” worked! 😀

    • Kari
      May 21, 2010

      I tried my own version, but looks like the real thing is better, after all 😀

  27. Eklavya
    May 21, 2010

    In the link I posted a few comments ago they are showing the Camp Nou which has more than 30 thousand at the moment … or at least it looks like that … weird.

  28. barca96
    May 21, 2010

    i blame it on pep for the low turn out :p
    he shouldve done it on a saturday! definitely packed stadium!
    but if i was in barcelona, i would definitely take a leave no matter what!!!
    on the jersey, my god!! who in the world designs our jerseys? i wish i could do the designs..
    i guess barca found out that 07 jersey was probably one of the nicest ever, so they went back to that theme. but the yellow round neck is so hideous!

  29. barca96
    May 21, 2010

    laporta looks like a godfather in that video with villa.lol.

  30. Kari
    May 21, 2010

    Ooooh, Villa’s about to come out. This is so exciting!

  31. May 21, 2010

    New mojo, kids, because we never sleep! Nevah! Plus we have to start a new thread, now that the first bit of vitriol has entered the room. 😀

    • Kari
      May 21, 2010

      Put up pictures of Villa wearing our new kit.

      El Guaje looks goooooood 😀

  32. Cesc Pistol
    May 21, 2010

    I just want to say a big thank you to the BFB team, I don’t post here much (or at all) but I read as often as I can and supporting Barca as great as it has been these past few years is only enhanced with Isaiah’s superbly insightful and informational previews, Kxevin’s Reviews always brilliantly analytical and yet always with great emotion whether it be elation, anger or calm and superb tactical comments from the team and so many regulars in the comments.

    Thanks for a great season. Visca Barca.

    (And SoMa I really like your writing as well)

  33. poipoi
    May 21, 2010

    laporta said in villa’s oresentation that the new jerseys are 100% made of recycled material “8 plastic bottles” is what he said to be exact

    • barca96
      May 22, 2010

      LOL.
      nice!!!
      now i understand why they chose green as the color.

  34. CLUEless(John)
    May 24, 2010

    1.xavi
    2. Messi
    3.valdez
    4.Pyuol
    5.piqué
    6.Alvez
    7.maxwell
    8.ibra
    9.abidal
    10.P!
    11.buscuts/yaya/kieta

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