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. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    Paul the Octopus does it again (who actually believe this?!).

    He’s dead (and if he “predicts” (read: floats towards to the shinier box) a Uruguay victory, they’ll spit on its grave).

    • Blow-Grenade
      July 7, 2010

      Holy cow!!! I just saw the video yesterday.

      • Blow-Grenade
        July 7, 2010

        I mean the video of the Octopus predicting Spanish victory.

    • lovelymofo
      July 7, 2010

      Dude, don’t mess with Paul the Octopus, he’s the most effective 8-ball ever! Hee.

  2. Vj
    July 7, 2010

    So we get a new winner, the 8th..

    Vamos Espana! Visca Barca!

  3. Blow-Grenade
    July 7, 2010

    Excellent game from Spain. Pedro could have done better with his pass to Torres. But, Pedro did very well overall. Great team victory for Spain. An absolutely great game from both sides. It was lovely to watch this game for me.

  4. joe91
    July 7, 2010

    let this game be a lesson to those who believe that villa can lead our line against well organized defenses. obviously not saying he doesn’t have a place in our front three, but I really hope we don’t lose Ibra.

    • MarioSilva (tutomate)
      July 7, 2010

      Yes, every time he has scored in this WC againts an organized D he has scored from the L-Wing.

  5. Bebop
    July 7, 2010

    Captain Caveman FTW!!
    YEaah.. 1 more to go..
    Busi, MOM today for me.. He has really develop since that disgraceful incident against inter.
    I think Spain will play their usual line up in the final.
    with Villa-torres-iniesta.
    I believe torres will step up like the euro final. But if he goes of form again, there’s still llorente or a winger/midfielder.
    Spains depth is Immense.. Imagine you have Silva, Pedro, Navas, Mata, Cesc, for bench..

    • MarioSilva (tutomate)
      July 7, 2010

      Busi was awesome, YAYA who?

  6. lovelymofo
    July 7, 2010

    Alexis Lalas is to the World Cup as Sid Lowe is to La Liga. In other words, Alexis Lalas is tipping Netherland for the win, just like Sid Lowe picked EE for the win. I think we all know how that’s going to end.

  7. July 7, 2010

    So the big question is, if we win, does Puli call it a career for Spain, going out on top, and are there any other players who may say bye if Spain is victorious?

    • Jnice
      July 7, 2010

      Well, I don’t think Puyol will retire just yet. I think this is definitely his last WC, but he might wanna make one more go at Euros 2012. Whether he would be starting, I don’t know.

    • July 7, 2010

      If I am not mistaken, he already mentioned before the tournament that this world cup will be his last adventure with the national team.

      • Jnice
        July 7, 2010

        Oh, I thought he said he would think about it.

  8. July 7, 2010

    i hope del bosque keeps the same line-up for the final.
    im sorry mia familia, but im rooting for spain

    • MarioSilva (tutomate)
      July 7, 2010

      Spain is playing? I was so sure it was our new kits.

  9. MarioSilva (tutomate)
    July 7, 2010

    *http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jul/07/william-gallas-blames-raymond-domenech

    In other news: Oxygen is vital for life.

  10. cliveee
    July 7, 2010

    VISCA CARLES PUYOL OUR CAPTAIN!! FOREVER PUYOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Helge
    July 7, 2010

    VISCA EL BARCA !!!

    What a match from Spain, I KNEW it that Germany isn’t nearly as strong as the media made them once they don’t get an early goal, face a better defence and cannot rely on counter-attacks only. Although I’m German, I’m sooo satisified that Spain won. This was another win for the Barcelona-esque football 🙂

    • Vj
      July 7, 2010

      They scored most of their goals from counters though they did threaten more than a few times – The build up to that Kroos shot was excellent.. Have to say, we unearthed a gem in Piqué.. Maybe we can loan a few canteranos to Man Utd for similar development 😛

      Pretty awesome to put club before nation, I tip my hat to you!

  12. Eklavya
    July 7, 2010

    Paul the octopus FTW!!!

  13. Eklavya
    July 7, 2010

    Oh yeah last comment

    How do you do strikeout Kari? I’ve been trying to do it for years!

    • Vj
      July 7, 2010

      Studied that for countless vivas/tests, still can’t remember the tag..

      /http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_strike.asp

  14. Jim
    July 7, 2010

    I have to say that was an impressive match from Pedro.

    How do i occupy myself till Sunday now ?

  15. Kari
    July 7, 2010

    You know how to bold words right? It’s the same thing except you use the word “strike” instead of “bold” or “b”.

    The code:

    insert word(s) here

    Just take out the spaces between the two “” and the word strike and you get this for example:

    Torres has a chance to pass to a wide open Silva in the 88th min against a tiring German side. He Pedros it messes up the pass and kills a goal scoring opportunity.

    • Kari
      July 7, 2010

      Well, that failed horribly. Not only did I not reply to the person this was directed to, my code and explanation messes up.

      Sigh.

      Anyway, Eklavya, just go here: *http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/_STRIKE.html or check out Vj’s link.

      • Vj
        July 7, 2010

        You deserve credit for trying..

        “Pedros it” LOL.. That was a pretty awful pass there by Torres.. Kinda summed up his tournament…

  16. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    so proud our cantera boys show to the whole world what barca brings to the game.pedro will be the next big thing and busquets made the perfect match.imagine that squad with alvez,abidal,leo,ibra..

  17. July 7, 2010

    I find it hillarious to see all those bitches in Madrid cheering on our Catalan Captain.

  18. Helge
    July 7, 2010

    Wow, this must also be an historic moment!

    AS.com’s leading article reads “Visca Espana” – not “Viva Espana” 🙂

    • missingpage
      July 8, 2010

      Yep! I saw that too and thought it was very cool from them…hope this world cup helps them in that way…

    • Helge
      July 7, 2010

      Wow, this article really touched me emotionally nore than anything I’ve read in the last months!
      Thanks for sharing it, I even bookmarked it alrady 😀

      • lovelymofo
        July 7, 2010

        It was a nice article, right? I liked this part:

        “”You could not but feel delight for Puyol, the indomitable leader who so often comes over as a footballing Attila among a bunch of dazzling aesthetes. Yet this was a night when we learned about the other side of Spain – and Puyol’s Barcelona; that there is a real steel lying behind their glorious flow.””

        It accurately describes Barça’s futbol last year. They won La Liga with the “real steal lying behind their glorious flow.”

      • Jnice
        July 7, 2010

        Yeah, it was great.

  19. Miguel
    July 7, 2010

    yay spain! oh shit, earthquake.

    • lovelymofo
      July 7, 2010

      Ha, I sat here trying to figure out if it was gonna get stronger, you know, in case I needed to get under my desk. Still at work. HMPH.

      • Miguel
        July 8, 2010

        stop, drop, & roll! or is that when you’re on fire?

  20. Mikel
    July 7, 2010

    Pedro! for Ballon d’Or!
    I have a feeling Spain woulnt have won it had Torres started the match. He was quite apathic the short time he was in the pitch.

    Some fans over in Marca are pilloring P! for not passing the ball to el Niño, but I understand that P! is young and he will learn from such mistakes. Anyways given Torres’ current form maybe I woulndt have passed him the ball either.

    It could be the case that all the Barca players can be club World Champions and nations World Champions in the same season, which goes to say a lot about their quality.

    • Jnice
      July 7, 2010

      Despite his complete act of selfishness, Pedro played well and played better than Torres would have played. That one play where he took on the entire German left side and dropped it to Alonso was amazing.

      • Luna
        July 7, 2010

        Wow Pedro’s runs were more specific and deliberate in this match. He wasn’t running around like he sometimes does. His feeds through to Villa were good to. Nice maturing for Pedro!

      • Ryan
        July 7, 2010

        I still have hope for the Torres-Pedro combination, as they worked well together against Poland. A shame P! didn’t give it to Torres for the tap-in though; it made the last few minutes extremely nervy!

  21. Luna
    July 7, 2010

    Villa has definitely played better on the left. He struggled today playing up the middle and being solitary. A fit Torres with Pedro and Villa would have been deadly. I don’t think Spain should or will rely on Torres for the final. I hope he proves me wrong.

    wow what a classic Carles goal, so beautiful. I love how he basically was like step aside Pique! Busquets once again had a great game. Not loud, but the Germans didn’t know how to react. While a 1-0 win, Spain dominated on the ground beautifully. However those last final minutes where the Germans kept getting corners were tense!

  22. July 7, 2010

    I’ll be brief:

    Busquets: Astounding. And that was against a big, physical, well organized team. Dude really is growing up before our eyes.

    Villa: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: He can’t lead the line. Yes, his work rate was off the charts so you must laud the effort. But a couple of times he had chances to beat defenders one-on-one, and didn’t have the pace.

    Pedro!: Pass the ball and you’re a hero forever. People will forget the industry, the energy that made Del Bosque’s decision to start you seem like genius.

    Iniesta: One move too many, almost all the time, except for that amazing cross, that Villa moved way too slowly for.

    Xavi: As with us, you were simply The Man.

    Pique: Won every last header that came near him, and showed grace and composure on the ball almost every time.

    Puyol: Captain Caveman. We’ve seen those goals before, and I can’t believe that everyone is wondering why Germany didn’t mark him, and it’s simple. You can’t mark a man making the run from that far back, without risking a penalty, or sacrificing a defender at the point of attack. Then Xavi just plops it in there. On defense, he was majestic and omnipresent.

    This was a Barca match, make no mistake about it. Capdevila shows his miles with every outing, and Ramos, I’m just not a fan of. Xabi Alonso was unimpressive, as well. Excellent save from Casillas though, to keep things on point.

    What a win, what a match, what a side. Too bad there aren’t any more Barca guys Del Bosque can put out there.

    • vicsoc8
      July 7, 2010

      I’m going to have to disagree with you on Villa. I thought he played very well today, and his movement in particular was fantastic. He always seemed to be moving to space to be the necessary outlet, and he brought his team mates into the game very well. He didn’t score, but don’t let that distract from the all around good game he played today.

      On that note, Villa is much more dangerous as a goal-scorer from the left. I believe he could lead the line well, but when he is leading the line he scores less both because of the increased attention he receives from the defenders and because he is focusing on other aspects of his game.

      Basically, I think Villa will thrive playing with Ibrahimovic. I’m actually sort of worried about next year because I think while Villa is scoring goals left and right, Ibra’s scoring could go down and his other exploits (and importance to the side) will go unappreciated.

      However, I also think that if Ibra was to get injured that Villa would be capable of filling in admirably – he might not score as much, but his overall contribution would be very effective. I think this is just one of those things we will have to agree to disagree on

      • Miguel
        July 8, 2010

        “I’m actually sort of worried about next year because I think while Villa is scoring goals left and right, Ibra’s scoring could go down and his other exploits (and importance to the side) will go unappreciated.”

        i had this thought, too. maybe by some, but i’m sure it won’t go unnoticed by pepy g.

  23. Mario
    July 7, 2010

    wow hearing about Chygrynskiy side of the story is really sad!!!!!!!!!!….he really had his hopes in starting pre-season with us!!!

    • July 7, 2010

      Rosell is a scumbag. Here’s the real question: Is that 15m going to really help the club, a club that Rosell himself said has 89m to spend on players this transfer season?

      No. I think it was a way to show Guardiola who’s boss. Rather than a duo of Txiki B./Laporta and a complicit board, who said “Tell us who you want, and we will try to make it happen,” we have Dr. No and the Nodding Nabobs, who want to put Laporta’s man in his place.

      One more season. We’d better enjoy this one with Guardiola. No way he stays past this season.

      http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/69/transfer-zone/2010/07/07/2015158/disappointed-dmytro-chygrynskiy-aiming-to-prove-barcelona

      • ElShowDeJason
        July 7, 2010

        yeah… Even more than anger at Rossel, I am really sad for Chygsy…

        This was a simple act of the new boss firing the easiest target just to prove that he won’t take shit from anyone/ that he runs the show/ that he’s badass/ that he can out bench-press the Yaya, or whatever…
        Whatever statement he wanted to make, he looked for the weakest link and found a player who was foriegn, slow, didn’t shine in the limited minutes that were thrown his way last season, and weird looking. And most importantly, like you said, Kxev, he picked one that represented Joan and Txiki working for Pep, so as to dissuade any notion that the same will happen under him.
        I think this, the Cruyff incident, and many other things he does (read: everything that he does) just reeks of insecurity and power lust…
        So, to all Barca fans, let’s toast the success we’ve enjoyed the last years, but also pray to whoever you pray too that Sandro doesn’t turn us into CF Real Barcelona.

        Because, it’s Real Madrid who throw money bags at the shiny, fast, attractive players and send most of them packing in 12 months time when they aren’t popular enough.

        If you are right about Pep (eaving after next season), I will extremely saddened, but also understanding…

        🙁

      • Mario
        July 7, 2010

        I really hope Rosell changes some of his ways and doesn’t run Pep off!!!…..Pep has bought back the joy to me in watching Barca play in style and grace!..

        Being a young football fan in the Golden Era of these group of players,getting to watch them day in day out is truly something to behold…I would die if Sandro comes in and ruin it all!!!

      • Jnice
        July 8, 2010

        Sad story. 🙁

  24. ElShowDeJason
    July 7, 2010

    FC BARCELONA are going to win the World Cup on Sunday!!!

    poor Dutch, Spain are going to show the Dutch the perfect execution of the system they invented. Theres some sort of irony in that…

  25. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    good morning from greece!rosell already is a madman who want to destroy barca and 60.000 people who vote are stupids..yea i see..ok bring back laporta

  26. ElShowDeJason
    July 7, 2010

    Also, Sergio Buesquets is still kicking all types of ass.

    I think a factor in his playing better is that Barcelona’s system is VERY demanding, and La Liga is definitely played a higher pace than this World Cup. Not to say that there is more pressure in defending the Blaugrana than la Roja, but maybe I am…

    In Barcelona he is the lone DM (unless Keita is in), whereas in Spain he has Alonso playing infront of him helping him out.

    Not to take anything away from his performances this month, because he has been really great… one of the most consistent for Spain actually…

  27. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    pep made a mistake.we all make mistakes in our lives,jobs e.t.c we learn from mistakes.tsigrinski will never be aclass player.my opinion.

  28. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    i will attack to rosell if it s true that he want to put pepsi in our shirt and not cause he sold tsigrinski.it was a smart move cause next summer his price will be 5million and a question.if pep trust him why he played just 14games?

  29. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    we are barca.not arsenal,lyon,porto.we buy players ready to play not to give them second chances.we have la masia for that.let s put an end to those silly transfers.

  30. GREECE BARCA
    July 7, 2010

    and mario don.t be afraid.we have lost many great players and coaches and always barca find the way to shine.

  31. GREECE BARCA
    July 8, 2010

    maybe rosell is a madman.but for now i have to wait before judge him.i believe he wants the best for our club.so i have to wait.

  32. GREECE BARCA
    July 8, 2010

    and something last before go to work!our new shirts rocks,pure art!hehe!see you

  33. jordi™
    July 8, 2010

    Its obvious Sandro “Mr.Business and Marketing” has ulterior motives in his publicizing our financial *situation*- read making Laporta look bad 101 😀 .Lets say if he was in charge for the last 4 years, he wouldnt have said anything.Making the club look bad can never be a good thing, unless of course, it makes your enemy look worse.Surely he realises its not just Barca fans hearing this, way to make our global image deteriorate even more.Douche.

    • Jim
      July 8, 2010

      I’m confused.

      Is the financial situation dire or just temporary cashflow? How can it be down to the media firm going into receivership if we aren’t due money from them atm? Did we not make a profit this and last year?

      If we are in a dire situation why is Laporta not taking the flak? – yes I know Rosell will try to make it look bad but if we can’t pay the wages for last month it is bad and we can’t blame the new board for that. All it takes is for a player with unpaid wages to take offense and report us to the authorities. It has happened in the EPL and clubs have been banned from transfers temporarily – wait, maybe that’s a good thing? Maybe Pedro’s good showing (and a talk with Marquez?) will mean that our transfer work is over for the summer?

      I suppose it shows the folly of the Galacticos approach – it doesn’t just hit you for transfer fees but also the ongoing wage bill. Can anyone afford a team with as many world class players ( and therefore wages) as we have? Makes me wonder about the financial acumen of the previous administration in general though.

      Or is it all just a smokescreen from Rosell to prepare the way for selling the name on the jerseys – something that would have caused a huge fuss unless we desperately need money ?

      Like I say, I’m confused.

  34. GREECE BARCA
    July 8, 2010

    before the election a poll in catalonia with the question if laporta was a candidate will you vote him?33 yes 67 no.so despite the titles and glory people there know much more than us about mister laporta

  35. CLUEless(John)
    July 8, 2010

    Fuck Sandro. Their, I said what we are all thinking!!

    • Miguel
      July 8, 2010

      word.

  36. Miguel
    July 8, 2010

    here’s a great website if you espeaky espanish. &, if you don’t, they have great diagrams :^)

    *http://comunidad.terra.es/blogs/desdenervion/default.aspx

  37. GREECE BARCA
    July 8, 2010

    hehe so our front line will be pedro,villa,messi??and ibra behind them to give his magic passes!i hope khevin don.t read this!i am a huge fan of ibra…when he is on bench!

    • Tim
      July 8, 2010

      We just saw today what it would be like to have Villa lead the line. He had a decent game, but not many great chances. Villa on the left is where he belongs with Ibra leading the line and Messi just going crazy all over the place. I honestly can not wait to see what that trident will do!

  38. GREECE BARCA
    July 8, 2010

    i don t want t fuck sandro!first he is a man,second ugly and imagine how much money he will ask me to fuck him!with our financial problems!

  39. July 8, 2010

    kxevin, if villa cant lead the line, who do you reckon could for us?(barca)? etoo did it all these years before the big man arrived.

    btw is it ok now to put a link without putting ** in front of the add?

  40. drew
    July 8, 2010

    its getting worse too. both MD and SPORT have reports of ibra possibly going to citeh for robinho and cash.
    this summer is gonna blow.

    • jordi™
      July 8, 2010

      But..but.. Robinho is just what we need!

      I dont want the world cup to end 🙁 the transfer madness will kill me.

  41. Eklavya
    July 8, 2010

    Greece Barca here’s your tip no. 2:

    Try to regroup your thoughts and put them in one comment please. They hurt my eyes otherwise 😛

  42. Vj
    July 8, 2010

    Arbeloa does a Pep with the motivational video and all..

    /http://sport.es/default.asp?idpublicacio_PK=44&idioma=CAS&idnoticia_PK=721430&idseccio_PK=1585

  43. Helge
    July 8, 2010

    So, if Rosell saw yesterday’s match, he simply CANNOT seriously want to purchase Cesc Fabregas this season. He would be absolutely useless for us. I mean, even Pedro is a better attacking midfielder than Cesc 😀

    Xaviniesta is above anything in the world, Busquets is becoming one of the best DMs, Cesc would spend 80% on the bench.
    I’ve heard rumours (on goal.com) that Barcelona doesn’t have the money to go for either Cesc or Mascherano. If that’s true, I’m happy. Although we could need a back-up for DM and right fullback, I think our team is already quite complete. And Villa makes us a LOT stronger. As for defensive midfield, we could either sign a new contract with Marquez, or get a cheaper alternative, but not a Mascherano.
    I just pray that Ibra stays and that there won’t be any more big summer signings!

    • Jnice
      July 8, 2010

      Rosell talked about how they needed the 150m euro loan, but also said we have about 90 million euros in transfer budget. I think we do have the money for one of those players, but we won’t spend a ridiculous amount on either. I still think when it is all said and done, we will sign about 3 players, 2 of them being midfielders. Remember how worried Pep was about squad depth last year and how short we were in that department.

  44. poipoi
    July 8, 2010

    yo soy fiel a la rojaaaaa

    la llevo en el corazoooon

    thank you spain you deserve everything

  45. poipoi
    July 8, 2010

    where are all with the busi dissers??? what a player, MVP every single game

    • July 8, 2010

      Here I am 😀

      • poipoi
        July 8, 2010

        he has been at xavi level or so (in a different position of course) and has been key to our wins.

        I have to swallow my words on the doble pivote with him and alonso at the same time, it really is working, we don’t show a single defensive crack… even I don’t like alonso’s game that much.

        any of you from holland? van vommel is gonna suffer 😉

      • Jim
        July 8, 2010

        It has worked quite well but at a cost, for me. We still don’t look like scoring a lot of goals because we don’t have numbers in the box. Also, to be fair when we have so much possession defenders are bound to have an easier time. The heart of both offense and defense is Xaviniesta imo.

        The unanswered question is could we replace Alonso with Fabregas or Torres and would it leave us vulnerable or would it improve our possession and even things out.

        Somebody else remarked that Pedro is a better attacking mid than Fabregas. Sorry, but that’s overstating the case. He has played really well and I’m constantly upgrading my opinion of him but Cesc is, or is close to, world class. Whether he comes or not he is quality and would walk into any other NT.

    • Luis
      July 8, 2010

      I will admit, as someone who rated Busi as good to average (not a hater, pls, what is with this word being thrown about over the internet), he has impressed me alot. His covering and positioning is his main asset- he knows how to position himself just in front of attackers which slow them down. He can only get better, however he will still be slilghtly difficient in the physical department which so many other dms are strong in, i.e how quickly can he recover from being turned, wrong footed. The physical aspect is still very important( not essential) for his position. With some strength training he would improve even more.

  46. fcbfan
    July 8, 2010

    First, FINALISTA!!! Visca Barca!

    2nd, Rosel is making me mad! I trust him even less now. and I don’t belive a thing he say. what a snake.

  47. July 8, 2010

    1) All these stories published in the past two days about Barca becoming a Portsmouth, and being unable to buy players are pure none sense. It was all “concluded” from Sandro’s acrobatic moves. Still, even if we take Sandro seriously -and I don’t- he was basically talking about cash flow for THIS month. Based on his estimations -had I mentioned that I don’t take him seriously?- everything will be OK afterward…don’t worry…calm down…our Rambo is working on it and he will save the day. You can’t be grateful enough that he rescued you from Laporta the Grinch, nor he wants you to. He feels he was sent to us -mortals- to save our dreams from Txiki the serial killer.

    2) But look at the bright side-how desperate, hah?- I will live in a fantasy bubble believing that Sandro did all that as a part of a master plan to pull the prices of our transfer targets down:”Hleb? Ibra? Chigsomething? Caceres? hohoho mate! you are cutting deep! Dont bring transfers’ history to the table. Will you please please puleazze lower your demands and expectations?! We are miserable now.Look…look at our little boy Iniesta, see how pale he is? We are starving and we need to buy your player! hm…Cant you manage a discount?”. I know it sounds more as a Rosella Sensi, but if it helps, high five Sandro!

    3) I dont think Sandro sold Chigrnskiy without Pep’s approval. “Why how and what” we will never know. Who wanted to offload him? Thats a fruit of the whole discussions that happened behind closed doors. That discussion included priorities, transfer budget, players evaluation, and most importantly available transfer targets. I say lets wait and see the complete figure after we make all our transfer attempts. As I mentioned above, Sandro, bring me an established CB and a DM, and I will call you the transfers’ Casanova.

    4) Dont sell Ibra. Let me repeat: Dont you dare to sell Ibra. Or else…I will not like it! At all!

    5) Speak less, work more.

    As you see, I am still giving the guy a chance. But soon I will lose my patience if he keep ignoring the instructions book. And when I lose my patience, I cant do a shit, as this guy is still popular enough in Catalunya to ban me from visiting the country!

    • Jim
      July 8, 2010

      The “Portsmouth” stories are nonsense, Ramzi, and I agree the situation will be exaggerated by Rosell for many reasons, some of which you mention, but the facts remain and they seem to be

      1. We have had to apply for a 150m Euro loan – a process “begun by the last board” so presumably needed and not just his invention. you don’t take a loan that size if you don’t need it.
      2. The players were due to be paid at the end of last month and as of yesterday still hadn’t been. You don’t hack off a whole squad like ours if you don’t have to.
      3. Unless we are to believe that Rosell deliberately withheld payments it would appear we didn’t have enough to pay a single month’s wage bill.

      Even given all the shennanigans, does that not ring a few alarm bells about the financial situation under the last board ?

      • July 8, 2010

        Jim, I can see your point. Lets agree on the fact that no one really knows the facts regarding the financial stability of the club. Laporta and co manipulated the numbers before. Sandro and co are manipulating the numbers now. I will manipulate the numbers if one day-God forbids-I became a board member. Thats something any board at any company does based on the firm interests and strategic plans toward “the others”. But sometimes its good to keep it simple rather than being over analytic:

        – Laporta and co delivered a budget for last season to the assembly. They claimed there was profit. Lets assume that They were lying. But I cant imagine that people who approved the board’s budget days before the election were that naive not to figure out there is no money to make coffee for any visitor who may come to the club’s offices this month. Believe me, they would have ridden this wave to the extreme against the continuity candidate. I can understand the presence of cash with unrecognized payable Accounts. But lack of cash?

        – But lets take Sandro’s words for being the nonnegotiable facts. He says we will take a 150 M loan. He also says we have 90 M for transfers plus the money we get from selling players. And he says the club is in a disastrous situation, financially. Well then, for a disastrous situation we need a crisis management with enough wisdom to balance sports needs with the obligations that secure the club survival. A simple T-Ledger can help, putting the bank loans requested on one side and the transfer budget available+Yaya+Chegrnskiy transfers on the other side. Buy no players. Bring the loaned players back home and sell no more players. The Squad will still be competitive enough for next season and you will buy time to make a U-turn in terms of financing. You will not need the 150 M loan this way. Unless if the idea from the first moment was to invest the bank’s money in a project we planned rather than using the Clubs money (with ROI being higher than bank interest). That’s not a bad loan, its an investment that doesnt reflect a bad financial status but a growth ambition. But to tell me we cant pay salaries. We need a loan for 150 M. then you book a ticket to South Africa to pay Wenger 40 M, while bragging that you have 90 M to spend. Thats a bit confusing for me. When you sell a player for 15 M knowing that -regardless of his quality- its unlikely to buy another for the same price without making the same risk we made when we signed this one (being untested on highest level). Then there is something unreasonable to say the least. Which is not a promising start.

  48. Euler
    July 8, 2010

    The most outstanding aspect of Spain’s performance yesterday evening was defensively. Their ability close out players as a team all over the pitch was striking.

    Up to now no team had been able to simultaneously prevent both Schweinsteger and Ozil from having time and space on the ball. Spain was the first to do that successfully and they did it because they defended as a team through aggressive defending all over the pitch.

    Spain dominated possession – which they usually do. But they disrupted German possession and the fluidity of Germany’s attack wonderfully. And that’s part of why Spain looked so Barca-like yesterday. Substituting Pedro for Torres was not only a key move on attack but also on defense.

    Defense is often the overlooked aspect to the total football tradition. Last night Spain demonstrated how effective that can be.

    • Colby
      July 8, 2010

      Spain were defending as a team, combining their pressing with a high back line, just like a certain other team I know. It was interesting to compare Germany, who had their back line at the top of the 18 when spain got possession in midfield, with Spain who had theirs halfway between the 18 and the half-way line. This meant that when Germany had the ball at the halfway line, they essentially had a 25 yard field to play with that was crammed with 11 Spanish guys running around as fast as they could. They never had time to drop a ball over the top of the back four, or even to look anywhere beyond 5 yards around them.

      • July 8, 2010

        from last nights performance, i kinda wish we could play the same system in barca.
        2 holding mids in busi and yaya.
        and up front iniesta, messi and villa.
        we could keep the ball all day long.

        and i wonder why we dont recover the ball fast in barca like they did in 08/09. and in the spanish NT

      • Helge
        July 8, 2010

        And what happens to Xavi, Ibra, Pedro, Bojan? I suppose Xavi would play in front of the 2 holding mids?

        No, I definitely prefer our 4-3-3 with just one single holding mids, because constantly benching Ibra and Pedro would suck.

      • Colby
        July 8, 2010

        I had a similar thought, but I’m not sure if we need two holding midfielders (if you consider Alonso one). But we certainly could do something like Busquets with Xavi in front, then Iniesta, Messi, and Villa behind Ibra. However, when you consider the fluidity of Spain and Barca’s formations, we actually don’t play that different of systems.

  49. Kxevin
    July 8, 2010

    Basically, Spain last night showed why Barca is the best club in the world. We had 7 of the starting XI, so the game could be played Barca-style, with Pique doing his Piquenbauer thing, Captain Caveman wreaking havoc, Busquets and Iniesta shutting anything down that might have happened by nipping at the heels of the attacker, and Xavi making pass after pass after simple, elegant pass. Combine that with the constant movement and forward pressure of Pedro! and the outcome was inevitable.

    To beat us (Spain), you have to have the ball. And you won’t get it that much, so you have to make the most of the few chances that you do get. The possession statistics were deceptive, because the bulk of Germany’s possession was in its own half, where the bulk of Spain’s was in their half.

    It was so effective, and so workmanlike but at the same time, as elegant as can be. Sunday will be a good match, but I think that Barca (ooops! Spain) will win. Pedro! will never, ever make the mistake that he made again, I can assure you.

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