News of the Day: July 6, 2010

Apologies for such lax posting, but it was the 4th of July weekend here in the States and despite the heat wave we’ve got going on here at the moment I’ve spent as much time outside as possible. Not that there was anything to see. Fortunately, the holiday is over and now I get to sit inside and write about Barça instead of having friends and hanging out in the park. Yay.

Chygrynskiy

Perhaps the biggest news of the moment is that Dmytro Chygrynskiy is headed headed back to Shakhtar Donetsk in a transfer worth €15m. Besides the obvious question of why we bought him for €25m only to sell him back for a €10m loss one year on, there’s also the ever-growing gap in our roster that will have to be filled somehow. Guardiola obviously considers him surplus to requirement, but it seems strange that we would ship him back to Ukraine without him getting that all-important second year to really acclimate and show us what he can (or can’t) do. Those who suggest Ibra should get another year should obviously be of the same mind with Dima.

He leaves us after just 14 appearances–if you take the €10m loss with that view, we paid €714,285 for each of his appearances. Fantastic. And yes, I realize that the official site says, “The money received for the 23-year-old central defender will help ease the Club’s short-term liquidity problems,” but that means buying other players that are expensive and that we don’t really need (aka attackers). If we have “short-term liquidity problems” then we should stop purchasing players.

There’s still Yaya news, of course, as our ex-solar system-sized-man-mountain gave an interview (English article here) to Catalan radio station RAC1 in which he basically praised Barça and Guardiola and promised to one day return to the club. While I’m sad to see him go and I think it was perhaps a bad bit of business, I think he’s talking bananas. Have there ever been any players that have left the club and then returned 5 years later when they’re in their 30s? I doubt that and I don’t think we’ll be seeing Señor Touré in blaugrana again. In fact, I’m positive of it. Especially not if he wants to remain the highest paid player in a league.

In Rosell news, it’s time Statement Rollback Time already. After Cruyff returned the honorary president insignia to the club, Rosell has obviously found himself staring down the wrong end of the barrel. Stating that Cruyff is a legend, a myth, “a symbol of barcelonismo”, and other “I realize I put my foot in it” missives, Rosell is trying to do some damage control. Fair enough, but come on, Sandrusco, let’s see some real movement if you’re truly contrite and believe Cruyff should be the honorary president. And if you’re interested in my opinion on the whole thing, I don’t care for Honorary Presidents. Cruyff should just write his blog like the rest of us and we should all be happy to have him near the club. If Rosell wants to do away with the Honorary Presidency, I am all for that, but enough of this wishy-washy nonsense.

Today’s “Will He or Won’t He?” for Zlatan Ibrahimovic is that He Won’t. He won’t be going anywhere, according to Manuel Estiarte, our media relations director, because Ibra is, well, a Barça player. He has a contract (and what a contract!) and his agent has said he won’t be going anywhere. Until tomorrow, perhaps, when Milan will be coming with an open wallet for him. Perhaps.

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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.

295 Comments

  1. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    and forgive me i know i talk a lot but i read this blog a year know and i am glad that there are so many people who love barca and know so much about football!

  2. Flyzowee
    July 7, 2010

    A little nervous about the game tonight, its amazing to think that i don’t actually see Spain as the favourites in this game.

    Torres please wake up!

    • July 7, 2010

      Villa to the rescue!

  3. Flyzowee
    July 7, 2010

    Villa will be marked throughout the game with no other real genuine goal threat- Did i just say that about Spain?

  4. Kxevin
    July 7, 2010

    Rosell has quite the quandary right now, in that he has to make Laporta seem like a Euro-insane spending maniac who left the club in horrible shape, without making anyone panic.

    He isn’t doing so hot right now, and doesn’t realize that “We couldn’t pay our players last month. Damn that Laporta!” and “We have 90m for player transfers” aren’t exactly delivering the same message to a media who wants to simplify. So the message that comes out is “Barca is going to hell in a fiscal handbasket!”

    And the twins, EMD and Sport, are letting him have it over the Cruijff situation, as well they should.

    • July 7, 2010

      i really could not understand that one.
      we cant pay our player’s salaries and yet we can afford cesc.

      btw i translated this page. it sounded funny esp the 2nd paragraph.
      he talked about his daughter while comparing to the situation portrayed by sala i martin
      **http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/gen/2…n-cobrado.html

  5. goonerinbarça
    July 7, 2010

    I don’t mean to say I told you so but well… I told you so! I came on here about a month ago saying that Barça simply couldn’t afford Cesc and was swiftly shouted down. Now it’s come out in the news that you couldn’t pay the players wages and have had to take out a ginormous loan to cover all the costs. Selling Yaya (albeit with a huge profit) and the Ukrainian with the unspellable name doesn’t exactly show off a club with great finances.

    What Rosell is doing is undoubtedly propaganda but you don’t just take out a €125m loan to get one up on the previous president. The fact is after signing Villa (for way too much for a player that has virtually no resale value) you simply can’t afford to buy Cesc. Like I’ve said before Arsenal will not held to ransom by either Cesc or Barça. He’s got 5 years left on £110k a week, we’re in a pretty good position. If we say we want £60m (or more) you’d better come back with that much otherwise he’s going absolutely nowhere. If Rosell won’t pay more than £40m (the grand total of Barça’s transfer budget) then it looks like Cesc will be staying for at least another year.

    In fact I’m so confident of Cesc staying I’ve already pre-ordered my new Arsenal home shirt with #4 “El Nostre” on the back (google translate it for those who don’t know Catalunyan 😉 )

    • vicsoc8
      July 7, 2010

      You’re preaching to the choir here. It’s fine with most of us if Cesc doesn’t come.

      Arsenal will however, have to deal with a captain whose mind is already frolicking in greener pastures. Let us know how that goes later in the year will you?

    • Hilal
      July 7, 2010

      And thank god for that. Hopefully this ends all the Cesc silliness. We dont need him and he would be the biggest waste of money. I also hope that his time at the WC has made him realise that he has no place in the starting 11 for Barca the same way he no place in the starting 11 for Spain. You can keep him and I really hope you do. I would much rather save the money or spend it on reinforcements elsewhere..

    • Kxevin
      July 7, 2010

      I would suggest that you not be so sucked in by politics. Rosell has to paint a dire fiscal picture. In the same press conference, he said that we have almost 90m Euros to spend on player transfers this season. And that’s after having bought Villa.

      As I noted above, Rosell has to make Laporta seem like a nit, and make himself seem the pinnacle of parsimonious goodness, while not panicking anyone. He’s failed, so people are missing the key part of his message, which is that:

      1. The club isn’t in financial trouble. Far from it.
      2. The club has 89m for player transfers. That means that we could buy Fabregas and a couple of other squad players.

      What Rosell meant by his comments is that we won’t overpay for Fabregas, which is sound, given that there really isn’t a place for him in our starting XI. As we all know, Spain’s starting midfield is, with the exception of Xabi Alonso, Barca’s starting midfield. And we aren’t going to sit Keita because Fabregas can’t do for us what Keita does.

      Now, I don’t blame the media for wanting to take us down a peg or two, which is why many of them are ignoring the other part of Rosell’s message.

    • Kari
      July 7, 2010

      As we all know, Spain’s starting midfield is, with the exception of Xabi Alonso, Barca’s starting midfield

      Alonso shouldn’t be there. Honestly, it’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Spain lack fluidity whenever he’s in the lineup…

  6. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    i just read some rumors about patrick evra join us 4 20million no bad at all

  7. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    60 MILLION FOR CESC??HAHA WHAT A JOKE!!ABOUT VILLA 40 WAS A VERY GOOD PRICE IF YOU THINK WE BUY IBRA FOR 46+ETO…

    • vicsoc8
      July 7, 2010

      Welcome to the website friend. Can I request you avoid using all-caps? It hurts my eyes. Thanks.

    • MarioSilva (tutomate)
      July 7, 2010

      Lol that makes two of us. Sorry Greece no offense.

  8. vicsoc8
    July 7, 2010

    I’m going to float an idea which hasn’t been discussed yet regarding Txigrinski.

    As a warning up front, it is quite the cynical thought, so let me have it if you disagree.

    Is it possible that the words coming out about Pep wanting to keep Txigrinski and putting the sale of Txigrinski at Rosell’s feet is a form of protecting Pep and his reputation? Say Pep meets Rosell and says “Listen, Txigrinski hasn’t lived up to my expectations, and isn’t likely too, but he was my personal project, and if I agree to sell him it will reflect poorly on my handling of the team and buying players.” How to get out of this problem? Well, sell Txigrinski for as much as possible while giving reports that Pep still counted on him. This way you get rid of a player who isn’t wanted and protect Pep’s reputation in the process.

    This is purely speculation, because speculating during the transfer season is enjoyable. Have I entered conspiracy land?

    • messi_fan
      July 7, 2010

      Yes 🙂

      Honestly, the same thought came to my mind briefly but based on what I’ve seen of Rossell, he’s too concerned about his reputation to worry about protecting someone else’s.

    • July 7, 2010

      but when pep told chiggy that he will count on him was a last month.
      many things have changed since then, so yeah, i think it wasnt rosells decision.
      rosell finalized the deal but it was pep who instructed him

    • Kxevin
      July 7, 2010

      You have, vicsoc. Pep has too much class for that, and a history of owning up to his mistakes. It’s another reason I think that he isn’t long for us. The ideal relationship for him would be the one that he had with Laporta: “You work the purse strings, and let me worry about the pitch.” And it worked. Having a president who thinks he knows better ain’t exactly a party for a strong-minded coach such as Guardiola.

    • DontPanic
      July 7, 2010

      Those are my thoughts to. Maybe I’m wrong, but with Chiggy sale somebody IS going to be blamed. It was either Pep (for a bad transfer) or Rosell (for interfering with Pep’s work). It is better to blame the president than the coach, because he isn’t in day-to-day contacts with the players.

      All of this reminds me of last years saga with Eto’o. Remember when Samu said that Pep told him “see you after the vacations”. Later on the club tried to sell him and Samu was livid because he thought he was in Pep’s plans. Well he wasn’t. We know of Pep’s statements about “a feeling” later on. I understood that as a way of protecting the coach in case the transfer failed. Coach can always say to the player “club tried to sell you, not me”. And player would be pissed at the president and not with the person he has to work with every day.

      Sorry for my English.

  9. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    hehe no more caps friend!by the way i have a question…what if laporta buy tsigrinski for 10million and the rest 15 gone to some pockets..same about keirison and henrique..i smell some corruption..who knows..

  10. Kxevin
    July 7, 2010

    Greece Barca, welcome and consider this a very gentle warning: All future all-caps posts will be deleted. Not edited, but deleted. We all love the fervor, just not the all-caps. Thanks.

  11. goonerinbarça
    July 7, 2010

    Indeed I do know the majority of the people on here see no need for Cesc. After watching most of last season (and going to Camp Nou 6 times) your most pressing need is definitely a left back and possibly a defensive midfielder (something Cesc isn’t really capable of).

    Indeed we will have to deal with Cesc wanting to move (I’m not so blind as to not acknowledge he wants to move) but like I said he’s on a big wage. Contrary to what UEFA and Platini say he is not a slave. If being a slave involves being on £110k a week then sign me up and put me in chains!

    And yes £60m is a fair price for Cesc based on what Barça have paid for players in the past and other transfers. Bear with me a minute while I explain:

    -sign Cesc for £60m now and you can get 5 or 6 years out of him and STILL make a profit on him by selling to a club like Milan as he will still be under 30. This is compared to Villa who is about to turn 29 and you’ll be lucky to see €10m of the €40m if you re-sold him in 2 or 3 years (not because of his ability but because of his age)
    -Arsenal classify him as in the same bracket as Ronaldo, Kaka or other Galacticos. Whether you agree with that or not that is the price on his head.
    -Barça have set a bar for the prices they pay €25m for the Ukrainian, £28m for Alves, £40m+Eto’o for Ibra etc etc etc If you’re going to pay that much for these players, then Arsenal want a slice of the pie

    • Kxevin
      July 7, 2010

      See my response to the fiscal question above. You’re right about our needs, which are a solid replacement for The Yaya, and a reliable backup at right back. Maxwell does just fine at left back.

      –You’re right about Villa. I made that point in another post in which people were howling about recent transfer decisions. I get the buy, but people will be screaming in a few years when we wind up giving Villa a Henry deal to leave.

      –Arsenal can classify him as they like and frankly, if Kaka is worth what EE paid for him, they probably aren’t far off the mark. That price is, however, as we all know, a sign that says “Keep away.” Bayern put a similar price tag on Ribery, though I rather imagine that tag has come down a bit.

      –Again, can’t argue with you. After paying 25m for a defender who we sold the next year, when we come calling, people will see Euro signs in their eyes.

      As I see it, Wenger can sell Fabregas, reap the fiscal benefits and do some smart business that will make Arsenal a stronger club, rather than sticking to his obstinacy (this matter really is personal, which is a shame) and keeping Fabregas. Because with the moves that Citeh has made, they’re going to be coming up for somebody’s spot in Europe next season, irrespective of anyone’s view of a DM being the highest-paid player in the Prem.

      I know he doesn’t need our money to buy players, but a 45m or so chunk sure would help matters.

  12. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    guys soru for the caps.i don.t know whats wrong i don.t write again.only read.

    • vicsoc8
      July 7, 2010

      Don’t get me wrong, we’re more than happy to have you post.

    • Kari
      July 7, 2010

      Yeah, you can still write. It’s just that the caps are a bit distracting.

    • Jnice
      July 7, 2010

      Your contributions are welcome, don’t stop writing, just learn to write without caps. We could always use more posters.

  13. Eklavya
    July 7, 2010

    We could use some Henrique or Botia.

    • July 7, 2010

      The former is sold, while the latter has been deemed inadequate. I don’t think he’ll get a shot with us again.

      What I’m most curious about this season is seeing how Dos Santos and Alcantara develop.

    • vicsoc8
      July 7, 2010

      I’m going to disagree with you on Botia. Botia was getting on the older side and as I understand wanted to go out and get first team experience. The buyback clause in any of the next three years is crucial. If he develops into a beast at the back you better believe he’ll be coming back.

      Although I should say this also depends on the development of the other canteranos who are coming up in his position, as Bartra and Muniesa, and possibly Fontas, are perceived to be better options.

    • Eklavya
      July 7, 2010

      I think Kxevin meant to say the Botia is the one who has been sold and Henrique’s the one who is deemed inadequate.

      Remember we were getting all sorts of “good” reports about Henrique in his loan at Bayern. They seem pretty much the same as the ones we got about Botia last season.

      All I’m saying that we could use a good squad player. Or at least give one another chance in the preseason!

    • vicsoc8
      July 7, 2010

      Couldn’t agree more. Our transfers for the rest of the season need to focus on bringing in quality, versatile squad players. We really don’t need any more superstar signings.

    • Kxevin
      July 7, 2010

      Yes, I got my “former” and “latter” mixed up. Botia is sold, Adriano has been deemed inadequate.

    • vicsoc8
      July 7, 2010

      Agreed in principle. Meaning: if we go out and buy a young defender, when we just sold one for 15 million who Pep had plans for, then I’m going to be extremely unhappy.

    • Kxevin
      July 7, 2010

      Not if it’s Van Der Wiel. Alves has another season, two at most with us. I’m surprised we didn’t cash in on him this season, frankly. I think we would have, had we had a quality right back to throw right in there right away. Alves’ value will, like that of The Yaya, never be higher than it is right now.

    • vicsoc8
      July 7, 2010

      Touche. As someone who advocated Van der Wiel, I couldn’t agree more.

      I was thinking buying someone in the Txigrinski mold, a big, strong central defender.

    • Kxevin
      July 7, 2010

      It makes his sale all the more vexing. He kicked ass on set pieces, was an excellent long passer and advanced the ball very well. All while battling injuries, a lack of communication and a difficult system. His up side was huge, and I’m sure that Shakhtar is glad to have him back, judging by how much they paid, which is something I think that, contextually, speaks fairly eloquently about his talent. A club that size doesn’t splash 15m very often.

    • Eklavya
      July 7, 2010

      Whoa whoa whoa! Sell Alves?! I wouldn’t sell him even after 2 seasons. We would lose a lot in our right side without him. Van der Wiel? Come on Alves is one of the best RBs. Then there’s the youngsters or Henrique who could cover up for him when necessary. I do believe he should be rested more often. As athletic as he is, if he doesn’t get benched once in a while his play gos down.

  14. MarioSilva (tutomate)
    July 7, 2010

    I think what must have happened was that Rossell asked Pep for a list of the players and their status in Pep’s plans with the squad. With maybe 3 categories.
    1. Indispensable(those that pep absolutely needs and are vital to the club ex. Xavi,Iniesta, Messi)
    2. Dispensable( those that Guardiola wants, but aren’t absolutely vital to the club ex. Marquez,Txigrinski,Milito)
    3. Surplus to goods(those that pep has no plans for in his squad ex.Hleb, Henrique)

    I know this is something that coaches often give to the club so that the Sporting Director can buy or sell accordingly.

    As much as Rossell seems to be duplicitous I just don’t see him meddling in pep’s affairs so early on. Pep is untouchable right now and he still has not renewed his contract. Though Dumbo said there was a verbal agreement of terms.

  15. Jnice
    July 7, 2010

    Sid Lowe and Spanish media reporting Pedro is in for Torres.

    Spain’s XI: Casillas, Ramos, Puyol, Pique, Capdevila, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Pedro.

    • Kari
      July 7, 2010

      YES!

      Pedro!, Pedro!, Pedro!

      But Xabi Alonso is starting. Stay outta Xavi’s way, you!

  16. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    Testing strikeout

    • Kari
      July 7, 2010

      FAIL.

      My software teacher shakes his head in shame.

  17. July 7, 2010

    greecebarca>>
    **http://z31-ae.com/spork/images/demotivators/CapsLock.jpg

    btw according to spanish dailies, pedro will get a start

  18. Helge
    July 7, 2010

    Wow! That’s a very HUGE surprise 😀

    So it will be 7 players from Barcelona. If they play 7/11 as strong as we usually do, Germany will today be shown their limits!

  19. El Tel
    July 7, 2010

    Yup, Pedro’s starting. That makes 7 Barca players in the starting 11.

    PS. No Liveblog for today’s match?

  20. Miguel
    July 7, 2010

    i told the afghani parking attendant @my work not to tell me the score when i leave for my lunchbreak. i just hope i can keep from peeking for the next two hours.

  21. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    All lineups according to Marca (so it can’t be right 😛 )

    Spain lineup

    Valdes Casillas
    Ramos (boo!) – Pique – Puyol – Capdevilla
    Xavi – Busi – Alonso (it’s all your fault Iniesta’s on the left wing! Boo!)
    Pedro! – Villa – Iniesta

    Germany Lineup (without Muller!)

    Neuer
    Lahm – Mertesacker – Friedrich – Boeteng
    Khedira – Schweinsteiger
    Kroos – Ozil – Podolski
    Klose

    Kroos is obviously the new face here.

    (If there is another coding fail (i.e Valdes), just ignore it. Or laugh at my pathetic attempt at it, and then ignore it. Either way is fine (unless I actually get it right. Then the laugh’s on you 😀 ))

    • Helge
      July 7, 2010

      Trochowski will play instead of Kroos.

      That’s actually good news, because normally Trochowski is a lot worse than Kroos. At very rare occasions, Trochowski plays a brilliant football, but I’d say that in 70% of his matches, he is disappointing.

    • July 7, 2010

      In my game preview, I predicted that Trochowski will start. No brainer.

    • Kari
      July 7, 2010

      Yeah, they just updated it.

      I confess I don’t know much about Trochowski except that he really wanted to play for Poland but they didn’t call him up. He just had to settle for Germany 😛

      I do however know of Toni Kroos. He was at the same u-17 WC as our very own Bojangles in Korea in ’07, and plays his trade at Bayer Leverkesen. Good thing he ain’t in the starting XI!

  22. July 7, 2010

    Bosh, Wade & Lebron= Barca 2010 front line!!!

  23. July 7, 2010

    Its not easy to prioritize our needs now if we want to be realistic. It depends on lot of variables and on the way Pep is planning to use his players.

    If he do not see Abidal as an option for CB position (Crises option) then we are more in need to buy a CB than a RB/LB. Especially if Marquez left. Milito is a player I defended during his injury period, but he is still not a certainty when it come to injury status. One long term injury for Puyol, Pique, or Milito and we are on the thin wire. I am aware we have Fontas and co, but its still too early to count them in as indispensable players (which is the case if we dont buy). Bartra and Muniesa can play as fullbacks and as center backs which will give them enough time for rotation if Pep has the intention to use (any of) them. With Puyol and Milito having -at most- two seasons to play as starters, a new signing will not block the youth way. Pique+new signing+the youth who prove their worth sounds reasonable bet for me. Abidal has a direct back up (Maxwell) a crises back up (Puyol) and a youth back up (Muniesa). Alves has a direct back up (Maxwell) a crises back up (Puyol), a tested back up (Maxwell) and a youth back up (Bartra). We can still manage if a fullback got injured (if we sign a CB), but with one of the 3 CB getting injured, we cant survive. Even if Abidal is considered as a CB option, I prefer keeping him in his position with a better CB in place rather than using him as a backup CB with his backup as a LB.

    – We need a holding midfielder (again, especially if Marquez leaves). Busquets cant do it all alone. Even if We consider Pique as a decent option as a holding midfielder we cant gamble moving him from his position as a CB in crutial game, which we might be forced to do if Busquets was not available).

    We can make it even without a CM. We have Iniesta, Xavi, and Keita. We have Busquets as an additional option (if we signed a holding midfielder). We have Messi as well especially now after we signed Villa. Having Messi in the midfield behind Villa-Ibra-Pedro is not exactly a catastrophic option. And we have JDS and Thiago (who-in his new contract-force us to use him in the first team if we are planning to keep him). I have no concerns for that position.

    The offense is complete. Messi-Ibra-Villa with Pedro-Bojan-Jeffren and Iniesta as a crises option on the flank. Even without two of the key starters we can still manage.

    Thats why I think a CB and a DM are the priorities. If we cant find a reliable CB or a DM, then we must not offload Marquez at any cost. But in the worst cases, we need one of the two positions to be filled. Both needed, for me to have peaceful thoughts about the following season.

    • Colby
      July 7, 2010

      I’ll have what he’s having.

  24. July 7, 2010

    Benching Torres is the big news, though. Lets hope Pedro installs his scoring genetic gift in the offense machine.

    • Kxevin
      July 7, 2010

      He sure did against Paraguay. Still don’t know how he hit the post. This match will be interesting. I contend that Spain has the same problems as Barca (well, because it essentially IS Barca), in that the offense is so logical that it becomes easy to defend. It’s also what makes Pedro! so effective, because there isn’t a shard of discernible logic to his running around. Over here! Over there! Left! Right! Huh?

      But man, can he make the run. Watching him time that run was glorious, and perfect. Would have been even better if he hadn’t hit the post, but that’s life. The real question will be how happy will P! be as a substitute, and for how long.

  25. Jim
    July 7, 2010

    This is gonna be interesting. As said earlier I haven’t had Pedro down as this class of player but boy do I want him to prove me wrong. Go Spain !!!!!!!

  26. Vj
    July 7, 2010

    LOL Streaker.. he wasn’t naked though..

    • Eklavya
      July 7, 2010

      Disappointed? 😯

    • Vj
      July 7, 2010

      Well if you’re going to gatecrash a WC semi, you may as well…

      Maybe it was too cold..

    • Eklavya
      July 7, 2010

      It was 18 degrees Celsius…

    • Vj
      July 7, 2010

      Oh, It was Jimmy Jump.. He doesn’t do naked..

  27. Miguel
    July 7, 2010

    shit, i keep peeking.

  28. Eklavya
    July 7, 2010

    Pedro has one heck of a 1st touch.

  29. July 7, 2010

    Predictable. The team need a Torres. At least, Villa need a Torres. As long as he cant has an Ibra 😀

  30. Eklavya
    July 7, 2010

    What happened to the old fat, slow security guys? Since when did they gets replaced by fast black ninja ops? 🙂

  31. Jnice
    July 7, 2010

    Zonal Marking: “Sergio Busquets is absolutely superb, best player on the pitch so far. 40 passes attempted, 39 completed!”

    “Busquets’ distribution of passes: Casillas 1, Ramos 4, Pique 3, Puyol 3, Capdevila 2, Alonso 4, Xavi 7, Iniesta 3, Pedro 7, Villa 2”

    • jordi™
      July 7, 2010

      man busi ownin oezil 🙂

  32. Jim
    July 7, 2010

    We need a CF . Maybe Torres or at least Alonso off and Fabregasc on.

  33. jordi™
    July 7, 2010

    CAPTAIN CAVEMAN SAVES THE DAY

  34. Eklavya
    July 7, 2010

    GOOOOOOOOOOLLLOAAAALLL EL CAPITAN!

  35. July 7, 2010

    VDB need the courage to sub villa

  36. July 7, 2010

    I swear I didnt know its happening 😀

  37. Eklavya
    July 7, 2010

    PASS PEDRO!!!

  38. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    PEDRO! WHY DIDN’T YOU PASS?!?!?!

    I hope this doesn’t come back to bite Spain in the arse 🙁 Del Bosque also takes Villa off and for Torres. What if Germany equalize?

    Oh man…

  39. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    Silva for Pedro!

    Please score Spain!

  40. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    Three min of added time. Ughhhhhhhhh

  41. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!

  42. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    SPAIN GO THROUGH THANKS TO YET ANOTHER BARCA GOAL! SPAIN WERE THE BETTER TEAM FROM BEGINNING TO END!

    PUYI! PUYI! PUYI!

    CONGRATS POI POI! THERE WILL BE A NEW WORLD CUP CHAMPION THIS YEAR!

  43. Eklavya
    July 7, 2010

    FINALS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Miguel
      July 7, 2010

      no caps. the both of you ;^)

  44. Jnice
    July 7, 2010

    Why ruin your good match, Pedro?! Disgraceful selfishness.

    That said, Spain deserved to win that. Puyol with a goal reminiscent of the one he scored in the 2-6. Busi had a monster match. Xavi and Iniesta really good, Puyol beast, I thought Pique was too wasteful with his passing and Villa was okay.

    • Vj
      July 7, 2010

      He was lurking near the box unmarked and then.. WHAM!!!

    • Kari
      July 7, 2010

      How about Podolski literally leaning on the post? That must have pissed Neuer and Low off. Had he been on the line like he was supoosed to, he could have headed that off the line.

      Good thing he didn’t though 😛

      Suicidal from Germany not to pick up one of the best headers of the ball for Spain

  45. OhYes
    July 7, 2010

    Oh man what was Busi thinking! Chance to put Spain 2-0 up and finish the game. Ugh.

    Anyway, Holland is next. Umm… is it right to be confident about that match? Germany was defending so well and I think their defense and midfield is better than Holland’s.

    Nice goal by Puyol..had to bust in front of Pique who I think didn’t stand much of a chance but still! Good that Spain basically == Barcelona in terms of who’s putting in all the work.

    • OhYes
      July 7, 2010

      I meant to say Pedro, not Busi. 🙂

  46. lovelymofo
    July 7, 2010

    PUYIIIIII! My man of the match. Fantastic header! Have all of Spain’s goals been scored by Barça players?

    Also – HAHAHA in your face stupid Alexis Lalas. Who is weak now?

    • Eklavya
      July 7, 2010

      Who’s in your avatar now?

    • Kari
      July 7, 2010

      Iniesta of course. Just with horns and, umm, digitally tanned.

    • lovelymofo
      July 7, 2010

      What Kari said. Iniesta, as always! I got the image from this cartoon thing from the Euro’s where they depicted each member of the Spanish teams with horns (toros!).

    • Eklavya
      July 7, 2010

      He looks like Villa in this pic.

  47. MarioSilva (tutomate)
    July 7, 2010

    Except for that spoiled chance Pedro! had a good match though.

    • Jnice
      July 7, 2010

      Yeah he did.

    • cliveee
      July 7, 2010

      he really should have slid that ball to Torres.

    • cliveee
      July 7, 2010

      so that Torres will continue to be the nightmare of Germany for the years to come.

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