News of the Day, 3 June, aka “Where the hell are my Hector Pills?”

Good news first: Jonathan Dos Santos, our beloved Johnny Two-Time, has been renewed until 2012. He has a buyout clause of 30m. This is an essential move, because the midfielder is, in my estimation, key to the future of tika-taka. Yes, his daddy is a whack job, but the kid’s got skills.

Thiago Alcantara is next up, with a deal that is all but done.

Now that the fun part is over, on to the silly season crap. As an aside, we can keep on doing this stuff and are happy to, as it all concerns our club and there is definite interest in it, unless we hear otherwise. I think that rumors and updates on rumors, etc, often contain nuggets of truth, and spark interesting discussions among the family. So there.

–Now EMD, as if they somehow know, says that Fabregas hit the ceiling when he heard of the Arsenal response to our offer, and is exploring legal means to facilitate the deal. BS.com is claiming an exclusive that Fabregas is looking at buying out the rest of his contract, or other legal means.

Again, how in the hell do they know?

–Ibrahimovic and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti are at the same Miami hotel! BANGS is going to Chelsea! Wait, the fine print is that players and execs in almost every major European league love this luxury resort. Could it just be a coincidence that Ibrahimovic and Ancelotti are there at the same time? Not if you’re Sport and EMD, and want Ibrahimovic gone, it ain’t.

There is still the buzz that despite our protestations to the contrary, the first 50m takes Ibrahimovic. Mancini at Citeh is said to be “crazy” for our striker. We should thank Mino Raiola for stirring up a nest of nonsense with his silly nattering. Now look. Lord, how I hate agents.

–Speaking of Citeh, that is looking more and more like the final destination for The Yaya. His agent, Pond Scum Seluk, will be meeting with club officials to convince them that a bit of backing down on his purchase price would make everyone’s lives a lot easier. But how do you price a star system, anyhow? By the galactic ton? By light years taken to traverse it? Dunno. But color The Yaya gone.

–Robben? Really? Don’t know how he’s entered the frame, but he has if you believe the rumor mill. The two Nattering Nabobs of Journalism swear that Guardiola has demanded the signing of Robben to replace Henry, since we are going to sell Ibrahimovic, make Villa the point man and will still need a left wing attacker. But Robben? Talented, for sure. But he and Iniesta would have a “most days laid up” competition, and I’m not sure who would win that one.

–Another dude that isn’t liked by Sport and EMD, Txigrinski, is also for sale. First he was going to be a makeweight in the Fabregas deal. Now Arsenal are interested in purchasing him anyhow, along with Chelsea and United. I love it. I absolutely love it.

Here are my predictions of what is going to happen with all of this nonsense:

–Fabregas will stay at Arsenal for another season. He will be cheered by the fans who, because he didn’t submit a formal transfer request, can believe that he wanted to stay after all. This business is personal. Business should never be personal. So a deal will not get done. Not with Laporta in office.

–Ibrahimovic will stay one more season and, if he doesn’t set the world on fire, be sold next year for less than we paid. Some will rejoice, others will call us crazy and idiots for selling Eto’o in the first place. Some of that debate will be able to be cut-and-pasted from previous editions.

–The Yaya is gone. He will don Citeh colors next season, start, and not hoist any silver. But he and his brother will be able to make home-cooked meals together, and talk about their lives together. And he will be happy, as he will be making a ton of money, and getting the playing time he wants. But he will watch our victory celebrations and wonder “What if …. ”

–Dos Santos will get a LOT more time with the first team this season, blossom, and we will rethink this whole Fabregas business, thus saving ourselves 50-60m.

And that’s what I know.

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97 Comments

  1. mei
    June 3, 2010

    I agree with sport and mundo deportivo writing bs , but just because business should not be personal doesnt mean they are not , and it wont get done with this perspective in mind.
    I wish we dont sign him , just for the record.

  2. majatt
    June 3, 2010

    If only your vision could play out…if only.

  3. Euler
    June 3, 2010

    It was good to see JDS resign and interesting to see how he’s hedging his bets with only a 2 year deal. Reportedly Thiago’s deal is also only going to be for 2 years.

    A two year deal when you are 19-20 is a very cautious wait and see approach related to first team playing time. Long term contracts are usually what allow players to hedge financial risk and that’s often what they are concerned with. But with JDS and Thiago they are using short term deals to hedge against the risk of getting squeezed out of playing time. I’d have to think the Fabergas situation is part of their approach. Next year they can potentially force Barca’s hand into selling them or having them leave for free at the end of the second year being completed.

    Yaya does appear most likely to be headed out. It’ll be interesting to see what they do in response, if anything. They could just allow Busi to play there but they would have limited depth at DM even if Pep is convinced Busi is the long term starter.

    The situation in Liverpool is an absolute mess. Another example of the global financial crisis taking root in international football. Liverpool is struggling to service their debt and when that happens assets i.e. players are going to be sold in order to reduce the debt burden to make it more attractive to sell. Torres and Mascherano and likely Gerrard will be gone. Will Pep make another play for Mascherano? When a business if forced to sell distressed assets usually the buyer gets a relatively good deal. Demand for the player in the market may be so high Liverpool’s financial situation may not matter. But it will be interesting to watch, particularly as Mascherano will be captaining Argentina and who knows how that squad will perform.

    I personally would prefer they not go after Mascherano if they sell Yaya. Football continues to evolve and the pure “destroyer” position very well may become a relic. Mascherano skill set really doesn’t fit with Barca system because he really is limited with the ball.

    If they get rid of Yaya, I would strongly prefer they get a player who is almost effectively more of a box to box midfielder but one who is strong defensively, athletic and willing to play a more defensive role. The player I described sounds a lot like Yaya… but such is life. Finding a player like that will not be easy, particularly given that Busi is already in place and minutes are going to be an issue.

    • y2k156
      June 3, 2010

      I have now seen the comment that Masch is only destroyer multiple times and i do not agree with it. He is no Xavi but he is very good at passing the ball as well. He does short passes very well and is increasingly trying longer ones. He was part of Argentina team that played so attractively in Germany 2006. In fact, in their 24 move goal, am pretty sure he had a few touches as well. In short, Masch is sweeper in progress so i absolutely think that he will be a near perfect fit for our system. Only worry would be his height.

      I don’t say that we should go for him but if we do, he will be fit in quickly and be quite good i imagine.

      • Euler
        June 3, 2010

        Point taken. Mascherano is a player people have a range of opinions on and it is always difficult to project how players will move from one system to another. To me Mascherano real strength is winning the ball. He doesn’t move the ball that quickly or precisely in my opinion. This was exposed somewhat in Liverpool this year when Alonso left. It’s not Mascherano’s job to create but without Alonso’s support Mascherano’s skills with the ball were put under pressure. Aquilani was a disaster but Masch didn’t seem to help ball movement in the middle. Perhaps his role is different on the national side. I haven’t noticed that but it well may be the case.

        That said, Pep seems to like him so it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the player. I do agree with you and meant to also touch on his height – it is a concern.

        I’m not dead set against Mascherano and don’t think he would be a disaster. I personally would prefer a player who is more well rounded but who has a defensive orientation. The fact that Pep gave so much time to Busi seems to suggest that Pep sees the DM spot as needing to move the ball very quickly and with a strong touch. But again, he does seem to like Mascherano so he very well may fit the bill.

        • Kxevin
          June 3, 2010

          The reason that I think a destroyer type such as Mascherano would work with us is because irrespective of his ball skills (he’s Argentine …. they ALL have ball skills), is because he doesn’t have to do much with the ball. Just win it and pass it to Xavi, who will take over from there.

          But it depends on what Guardiola wants, and whether Mascherano’s play would be static or not, in the context of our system.

          • Jim
            June 3, 2010

            He also has to be able to take the ball under extreme pressure and turn it into good possession though, Kxevin, To me, that’s an unknown with Mascherano. I watch Liverpool on TV every week and, to me, he’s not really stood out in that role, apart from the ball winning aspect. Teams also seem to have been able to get at Liverpool’s defense pretty easily this season. He’s certainly not a patch on the Yaya when you consider the total package. This is a sad situation we have stumbled into with him.

  4. Soto
    June 3, 2010

    I have to agree with your predictions, Kevin, even though the loss of the Yaya will make me sad on a galactic scale.

    But the opportunity to see some extensive play fro
    Dos Santos makes up for that sadness. After this crazy world cup year it will be nice to have someone to give Xavi some backup and rest.

    Beyond the rumors stated above, what are our options for replacing the Yaya? Euler’s thrown out Mascherano, but I agree with Euler’s final assessment that Mascherano is probably not a perfect fit. Who is? Do we have anyone in the canterano that we can start grooming?

  5. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    πŸ˜€ on the JDS and (soon to be) Thiago renewals

    πŸ™ on the Yaya news

    πŸ™‚ on the OMGCESCNOTGOINGTOBIGBADBARCA news

    😐 on the Trollers (“I’m trolling because it was on Arsenal News Now?” Seriously? Well then, using that logic I should just harass someone because I’m pissed off and they looked at me funny.)

    πŸ™ πŸ™ on the possibility Cules will elect Rosell

    Meh at the possibility of Assulin not resigning.

    Spain vs South Korea is starting in ~45 min.

    Line up: 4-1-4-1

    Reina
    Ramos – Marchena – Albiol – Capdevilla
    Javi Martinez
    Navas – Fabregas – Iniesta – Mata
    Llorente

    • gv
      June 3, 2010

      LOL Kari! πŸ˜€

      really good news on jds’, and soon to be thiago’s signing.

      i read at total barca that valdez might get his first cap today. i hope he does, and i hope he does well! i’ve read that south korea’s a pretty tall team. let’s see how spain plays against them.

      • Kari
        June 3, 2010

        I hope so too! Visca VV!

        I find it interesting that there’s not Xavi in the midfield. I guess that means FabregaswhoisNOTgoingtoBarcaOMG will probably play in his role–or maybe Andres and him will form a double pivot in the middle behind Martinez and Navas and Mata will move more upront to make a Barca-esque 4-3-3?

        Let’s see if they’ve learned from the match vs the Saudis who I though were the better team and a draw may have been fair.

    • Helge
      June 3, 2010

      What the hell???

      I thought Valdes would start against Korea, fu del Bosque!

      Oh, and I really LOVE your predictions, Kxevin, I pray for all of them to come true:)

      • Kari
        June 3, 2010

        Seriously Helge? You thought he’d start? Tsk, tsk πŸ˜€

        And you hope the Yaya news is true?! Ban the traitor! Ban him NOW! πŸ˜€

        And holy crap! I just saw Gattuso…on Treehouse?! The hell?! (That’s a kid’s TV channel btw.)

        • Jnice
          June 3, 2010

          I’m about to watch the Spain match, too.

          And no, Heldge, the speculation is that Valdes will get at least a half to play.

  6. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    ESPN English Stream (on Justin TV): Amazing Quality but can lag at times. 8.5/10 stream

    *http://footballstreams.tv/watch_1.php

  7. Jnice
    June 3, 2010

    From Sid Lowe’s twitter:

    Rosell’s comments: 13 yr old African kids come here and stop ‘our’ lads progressing in youth system. Didn’t seem to have a prob with Messi.

    • Kari
      June 3, 2010

      Say what now?! Rosell, the JGIO%@!(%MFEW!!!

      (I’m guessing the second sentence is Sid’s comment.)

      • Jnice
        June 3, 2010

        Yeah, the second sentence was Sid Lowe, not Rosell.

        Sid also said : Why is Santi Segurola the only one to have questioned comments from Rosell? No one else’s even mentioned them.

        • Euler
          June 3, 2010

          Says something about the context he’s operating in and the audience he’s addressing. Clearly to say something like that, especially given the inflammatory history of race and football in Spain and Europe, means the speaker feels very comfortable saying it. As if he’s making the statement as an extension of some cultural norm that he believes the listeners will also close mindedly share.

    • Kxevin
      June 3, 2010

      Rosell is sounding more and more and more like an ass.

      • Kxevin
        June 3, 2010

        I also wonder what the Rosell regime will mean as regards the return of the Boixos Nois. Laporta put a lot on the line to battle with those folks. It would be a shame if things regressed in that regard.

        I just can’t believe that people aren’t hearing those comments, thinking of the immense contributions that Eto’o made and thinking “Do I really want this guy running my club?” But if you’re campaigning on the “more Catalan than thou” platform, all kinds of wretched bullshit comes out.

        • jnelson
          June 3, 2010

          So, what? Does that mean Cameroonian Gael Etock is gone? I hate Rosell. First, the dealings with Ronaldinho (in hindsight I would have sold after the Champions League for 100m, but not pocket 10% for myself!!!), his issues with Laporta, his arrogance to leave his mark on the squad, and now this. I’m missing more, but that guy makes me sick. There is politics for you. It’s all just a popularity contest, so for all you socis out there, try not to destroy the greatest team on earth by electing this idiot.

        • IS
          June 4, 2010

          While Rosell’s comment’s are getting more and more disturbing – especially to all of us non-Catalan fans, I think there’s a slight misconception regarding the Boixos Nois.

          It’s a bit of a stereotype to associate all pro-Barca violence to them. The fact is that the Boixos Nois are a typical, large and highly vocal supporters club. It’s true that there came a period where SOME of their members were engaging in unruly behavior and Laporta’s direct opposition further enraged them, but what’s changed since then is that the violent supporters were kept out – not all Boixos Nois.

          Last December, I was extremely lucky as I had the opportunity of being on the pitch during the Club World Cup celebrations in Abu Dhabi last year. As the team celebrated, there was one corner of the stadium with a huge “Boixos Nois” banner. While the stadium was at least 70% blaugrana, it was interesting to see most of the players and staff (namely Xavi and Pep – who were standing a couple of feet away from me :)) heading over to that corner and celebrating directly with the Boixos Nois – something they didn’t do so exclusively with any other section of the stadium.

          I just thought I’d share that incident with all other die hard fans here since, to me, it somewhat changed my understanding of the whole Boixos Nois issue and led to further research on the subject.

          • barca96
            June 5, 2010

            thanks for that info!
            i envy you for getting so close to them

    • Euler
      June 3, 2010

      If Lowe’s translation of the interview is correct, Rosell’s comments are truly appalling. It’s amazing that an organization whose philosophy and system of football comes from a tradition in football that started outside of Spain could be so bigoted, close minded, and provincial so often. The ‘our lads” vs. “African kids’ construct is awful. It taps into the worst latent sentiments about race and nationalism.

      Barca’s entire future depends on how it functions in a global industry. If this is how Rosell feels he has no place in the Club never mind as President.

      • Kxevin
        June 3, 2010

        So true, Euler. And if also true, does the Rosell world even want my black ass as a soci any longer? And do we sell Keita and Abidal as well?

        For the record, I am sympa to the Catalan cause celebre, even as I am cognizant of its Quixotic qualities. But as with any nationalist cause, things can get derailed by zealots and increasingly, Rosell is sounding like a zealot.

        • vicsoc8
          June 3, 2010

          The funny thing about the Catalan cause is that always in the past it has been welcoming and has embraced adopted foreigners. You see it time and again in Catalan history, which is why the thought of Barcelona being a “global Catalan” club isn’t necessarily an oxymoron.

          Which is why this comment is so ridiculous.

        • Euler
          June 3, 2010

          . And if also true, does the Rosell world even want my black ass as a soci any longer? And do we sell Keita and Abidal as well?

          Unfortunately, these are all real concerns. Who are “our lads” anyway? If you are Rosell, how is Messi one of ‘our lads?’ Or JDS? Or Assulin? Or are only ‘Africans’ excluded? What about blacks who are EU citizens? Where is the line drawn with who is legitimized and who draws it? And that’s outside of the main issue with why there is even a fabricated line between ‘our lads’ and any other “group.”

          If he’s president how does anyone who isn’t Catalan even be a soci or even a supporter?

          And he better not come out with being “misquoted” or “out of context” etc. Given Spain’s awful history of race and football he had to know how what he was saying was going to play and what context it was going to reverberate against.

          The flip side to nationalism is xenophobia. And if the translation is correct that’s where Rosell is headed.

          • Kxevin
            June 3, 2010

            Lilian Thuram was very sympa to Catalan causes, by the by, even in the brief time that he was with us. He learned the language, and became part of the local culture in a way that very few foreign players have.

            To say that I am extremely concerned would be an understatement, particularly in light of the situations that have arisen in the past, in which Roberto Carlos has been subjected to monkey noises from Camp Nou denizens, and Lewis Hamilton suffered racist chanting and eggings on during F1 practice.

            Potentially. Not. Cool.

  8. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    WTF?! Ramos is captain?! Give it to Andres, dammit!

  9. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    It looks like it is a 4-3-3 and Iniesta and Fabregas are switching positions in the middle. South Korea look dangerous on the attack and Spain haven’t been keeping possession very well.

    They’re starting to look better now. Navas has been dangerous, but Ramos has been poor, espcially with the crosses. Mata also hasn’t impressed me..

    Still, 20th min 0-0.

  10. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    Uff, Iniesta with a beautiful through-ball to Mata after FabregaswhoisNOTgoingtoBarcaOMG quick freekick. Wasted though, as last ditch defending and poor finishing saved Korea.

  11. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    I’ve been wondering why the crossing has been so bad, but the commentator for my stream says they’re playing with the new WC ball and it’s causing goalies, ball playing defenders and midfielders trouble (according to Capdevilla he says).

    Interesting.

  12. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    Navas has been impressive. (seriously! I’m not just saying it because his eyes are majorly intense!)

    Still, don’t see much from Mata.

    Spain are going for the “Cross-to-the-Big-Man” game plan. The chemistry between the midfield and attack hasn’t been that great so far.

  13. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    HA! Just as I say that, good link-up play between Capdevilla and Mata tee up FabregaswhoisNOTgoingtoBarcaOMG on the edge of the box who hits the post.

    Should have been a goal.

  14. Bebop
    June 3, 2010

    I spot Valdes!! Look at Puyol encouraging him.. πŸ˜€

    • Jnice
      June 3, 2010

      Great seeing Puyol encouraging him. Valdes tried to look all composed, but I know he’s excited. Xavi had a little smirk.

      • Miguel
        June 3, 2010

        i saw that. it made me all fuzzy inside, too.

  15. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    I never really liked Mata.

    Navas has intense eyes.

  16. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    OMG! VV is getting ready! The camera showed him putting on his gloves. Second half appearance maybe?!

    (Love how Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Pedro, VV and Busi are all sitting beside each other (in that order)

  17. Jnice
    June 3, 2010

    I haven’t been impressed with Fabregas or Mata. And Javi Martinez looks a little stiff to me. Busi is definitely more fluid.

    • Kari
      June 3, 2010

      To be fair to FabregaswhoisNOTgoingtoBarcaOMG, he’s coming back from a fractured leg.

      Mata, on the other hand, hasn’t impressed me either. Ditto on Martinez, he seems a little nervous as well.

      Andres was also getting his game on, but is still off colour. He needs his other half with him πŸ˜€

  18. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    Seriously, Navas is a G (that’s a good thing, BTW). If we’re talking about ridiculous transfer talk, why not talk about Navas? It’s meant to be ridiculous right, so the homesickness, which he seems to have gotten over, can be put aside. I mean, we’re always being link to people….

    Pepe Reina comes up HUGE at the final seconds by making 2 huge, goal denying saves after a relatively pedestrian first half!

    • Luke
      June 3, 2010

      I would offer the bank for Navas, that kid is solid gold. Same with Javi Martinez. He may not be playing incredibly now, but he’s still awesome.

      • Euler
        June 3, 2010

        Navas is a world class talent. A near elite right side player whose only gaps are largely experience. By far the best player on the pitch so far for spain. I like Javi Martinez a great deal as well. He would make a fantastic DM for Barca. Those are the kinds of players that if you spend big on will not fail to produce value.

        • y2k156
          June 3, 2010

          Navas is a very good RW. Something that we do not need with Messi and Pedro in ranks.

  19. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    Wait Spain made only one sub? VV for Reina?

    • Kari
      June 3, 2010

      Yeah, just the one sub.

      VV looking solid πŸ˜€

  20. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    Is that even Spain playing? They are losing the ball so fast … I don’t think they’re banking on possession play.

  21. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    Instant Impact! Already Villa had a look at goal, but just offside!

  22. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    Spain are already looking so much better! They’re much more fluid and more calm. There’s more chemistry between attack and midfield.

    Ahh, the wonders of Xavi πŸ˜€

    UFFFFF! Beau-tiful play by P! Took the right back to school before busting into the box but the pass to the middle was weak and taken by the ‘keeper

    Flanks of Navas and P! = WIN

  23. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    Nice play by Korea there … too bad that guy hit his head XD

    • Kari
      June 3, 2010

      Haha! I saw that too. Struck his teammate and didn’t even help him up. C’mon man! πŸ™‚

  24. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    ARGH! Martinez had the perfect opportunity to open his international goal account! He blasts the ball over the bar from close range. To be fair, it was a difficult one…

      • Kari
        June 3, 2010

        Nope, it was Martinez. Because Alsono’s come in, he’s playing in a more advanced role.

  25. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    Yesshhh. A Xavi – Villa link up almost leads to a goal. Just took a deflection for a corner.

    I’m positively drooling just thinking about next season! πŸ˜€

    • Eklavya
      June 3, 2010

      Iniesta – Villa link > Xavi – Villa link

  26. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    Vincent of the Forest is going for the win it seems

  27. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    If that ball goes in the net its OUCH for Valdes.

    Stupid new WC ball!

  28. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    Villa miss x3! Ibra scored that one in the Clasico …

  29. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    WHAAAAAAT A GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL

    NAVAS!!!

  30. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL WHAT A GOAL BY JESUS NAVAS!!!

    Villa miss x4 BTW…

  31. Kari
    June 3, 2010

    I told you! Navas is such a G! The best player in this match and scores a golazo! Sign him! Sign him now! πŸ˜€

      • Kari
        June 3, 2010

        North American talk. Europeans wouldn’t understand the madness πŸ˜€

        Jk, jk/

        It could mean 1) Gangsta (e.g. That’s a real G) 2) a thousand dollars (e.g. let me borrow a G) or 3) a title of endearment (e.g.What’s up, G)

        In this case, it just means he’s really a really solid player πŸ˜€

        • Eklavya
          June 3, 2010

          Thousand dollars = G ?

          Never heard that before lol

          • Kari
            June 3, 2010

            I’m telling you, it’s mad over here πŸ˜€

          • Kurt
            June 3, 2010

            In this case, it’s short for “grand”

            G = 1 grand = $1,000

            It’s informal. You will never hear Alan Greenspan talking about Gs, unfortunately.

      • Jnice
        June 3, 2010

        Real are probably thinking the same as you, Kari. But you’re right, he is a G.

        Pedro looked a little nervous and was trying to do too much. Too many dribbles, should have kept it simple.

        Valdes wasn’t really tested, but he looked bad when he went to claim that one ball.

        • Eklavya
          June 3, 2010

          Yeah, same decision making problem …

  32. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    Pedro needs to buff up a bit. He’s playing very fast and all but he’s getting pushed around a bit.

  33. Eklavya
    June 3, 2010

    Spain win 1-0 … Mexico is also up 1-0 it seems! πŸ™‚

    • Ryan
      June 3, 2010

      That Navas goal was such a golazo as well…

  34. y2k156
    June 3, 2010

    South Korea are going to be tough opponents for Argentina. They are a well organized, hard working team that can break on attack. Potential banana skin, i think.

    • Kari
      June 3, 2010

      Yeah, that’s why Korea asked to play Spain–in preparation for Argentina. A late golazo from Navas is what saved Spain. Me thinks Argentina will have a really tough time breaking them down, especially since they don’t have the same fluidity as Spain and are very vulnerable at the back.

      • Jnice
        June 3, 2010

        Although, I think with Spain’s regulars in there, they would have created more chances, instead of just trying to cross it to Llorente.

  35. Jnice
    June 3, 2010

    Rosell is obviously trying to screw Laporta’s negotiations for Cesc:

    Barca candidate believes Cesc deal is ‘easy’

    Josep Maria Bartomeu, who will be the club’s sporting vice-president if Rosell wins the presidential election in ten days’ time, believes it will not take much effort to prise the player from Arsenal.

    “A player who was made in La Masia, who has said publicly that he wants to come to Barca, who has said so to his coach and who can count on the support of Guardiola, it seems so easy to us that whoever goes into the negotiations will find themselves in the best conditions to seal the deal.”

    Definitely trying to piss off Arsenal.

    *http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=792483&sec=transfers&cc=5901

  36. Ethan
    June 3, 2010

    I JUST HAVE TO SAY THIS:

    I for one, am a huge fan of Ibra. What he brings and adds is yes different than someone of the likes as Villa or Bojan, but its his creativity that i love so much. I think he will have a big year next season and will work insanely well with Villa and Messi. A front line of those 3 is scary. AS well as the creativity that brings with having XAVIENESTA behind them. I for one, feel as though Ibra is getting the short end of the stick. I thought he happened to play really well this season. Especially with how he was thrown in the way he was to just make shit happen, and he did, time and time again. If we get rid of him this summer, i feel it would be a big mistake as he has so much to give to this club.

  37. Guys I got to tell you, after seeing Spain be just ok the last week and Mexico beating up on the champs (Italy), I think I am leaning toward the Netherlands as my ‘team to beat’. With Robben, Van Pierse, VDV and Snider playing up top, I believe they rival Spain as the best offensive teams in the WC.

    • Ryan
      June 3, 2010

      I would hold out on the judgments until at least the group stages are over. These are all just games of fine-tuning and letting the fringe players have a chance to impress the coach. I don’t think Xaviniesta have even played a full game together yet! And that’s not even taking into account when Torres finally returns to play and does his thing pulling defenders away from Villa.

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