2010-2011 La Liga Calendar

The new La Liga schedule was just released after a fake or “early” version was inadvertently uploaded to the internet last night. Rest assured, we here at BFB were not taken in by such tricks or falsities. So here you go, the new schedule, complete with some commentary. These dates are the weekends of these games, meaning that they will either be Saturday or Sunday or that particular weekend (or Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if listed as during the week), which has not yet been decided.

First Half:
8/28 – @ Racing Santander
9/12 – Hercules
9/19 – @ Atletico Madrid
9/22 – Sporting Gijon
9/26 – @ Athletic Club (Bilbao)
10/3 – Mallorca
10/17 – Valencia
10/24 – @ Zaragoza
10/31 – Sevilla
11/7 – @ Getafe
11/14 – Villareal
11/21 – @ Almeria
11/28 – Real Madrid
12/5 – @ Osasuna
12/12 – Real Sociedad
12/19 – @ Espanyol
Winter Break
01/02 – Levante
01/09 – @ Deportivo La Coruna
01/16 – Malaga

Second Half:
1/23 – Racing Santander
1/30 – @ Hercules
2/6 – Atletico Madrid
2/13 – @ Sporting Gijon
02/20 – Athletic Club (Bilbao)
2/27 – @ Mallorca
3/2 – @ Valencia
3/6 – Zaragoza
3/13 – @ Sevilla
3/20 – Getafe
4/3 – @ Villareal
4/10 – Almeria
4/17 – @ Real Madrid
4/24 – Osasuna
5/1 – @ Real Sociedad
5/8 – Espanyol
5/11 – @ Levante
5/15 – Deportivo La Coruna
5/22 – @ Malaga

As you may have noticed, the schedules second half is a mirror image of the first, with the sides only switching locations. Preliminarily at least, it looks like Barça got a favorable draw without having too many brutal or far away games packed into small frames of time. Even the trip to the Riazor comes after the winter break. This looks like a wonderful schedule for our boys, hopefully we can navigate with only one loss again.

In Other News:

-Apparently we are loaning Henrique out to Santander again, huzzah!

– Big rumors that Marquez is going to become New York Red Bulls third DP in a move that should net us a few million here or there.

– One of our youth players, Thiago, scored during the Spanish U-19 game against Croatia at their World Cup to equalize. Spain would eventually win 2-1.

-Not sure of anything else at this moment in terms of transfer rumors.

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  1. Kxevin
    July 20, 2010

    Only one loss last season, and we are better this year. I wonder….

  2. July 20, 2010

    do you guys prefer to play the 1st el clasico at home or away?
    i prefer at home when they are still fresh. to play el clasico at camp nou in the 2nd half of the season is tougher mentally and pyhsically as we would be deep in CL. furthermore, if we won the 1st clasico, madrid would be more tense and eventually lose focus.

    • DontPanic
      July 20, 2010

      Also RM have to open up at the Bernabeu. They can play defensively at Camp Nou, but not at their home ground. Not against their bitter rival. And we know what happens whet teams open up against us.

      • October 24, 2010

        Yeah , every one knows when team open up against barca. Remember inter vs barca 3 – 1 ??? or you forgot ?

        MOU IS CURSE TO BARCELONA : Mark my words.

    • Alexinho
      July 25, 2010

      Is it just me or do Real always get the home draw in the “second leg?” For me this is an unfavorable situation, and perhaps shows some Madrid favoritism in the random? draw.

    • Bongani
      October 20, 2010

      At home is much better. Considering the fact that Real Madrid are getting better by the game, and their starting to play as a team, i really dont want to be embarrased at home. So the earlier the better. Barca play better away than at home anyway…

  3. ballbeav
    July 20, 2010

    will the EE get sloppy seconds this year?

    • Kxevin
      July 20, 2010

      I think that when two clubs are as strong as we and they, there are no sloppy seconds. I think that as with last season, a couple of matches will decide the title.

      Know that they will be a lot stronger this season. Quite possibly Mourinho’s biggest strength is that he is a pragmatist, who will do whatever is necessary to win. Look at Inter at the Camp Nou last season. The tactical change was the exact right one, and he didn’t care a whit about what pundits would have to say.

      He is going about strengthening them in the right areas, and will not be at all swayed by Flo Flo and the press talking about what kind of football his side plays.

      And Mourinho’s teams always have a mental toughness to them. So we will have a great, and intense Liga campaign to look forward to.

      Can’t wait.

      Oh, and this is a pretty depressing read (or it was for me):

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jul/11/worldcup2010-fifa-blatter-said-done

      • Jose
        July 20, 2010

        I think he meant what happened two seasons ago. That is, Real Madrid would always play the team that we had just played in the previous match date, i.e. sloppy seconds.

      • BA
        July 20, 2010

        wait, the part about Larissa Riquelme posing for Playboy? because that’s not depressing AT ALL.

  4. majatt
    July 20, 2010

    Wow, no crazy runs including villareal, valencia, madrid etc. all that the same time.

    I hope the classico doesn’t land near any crazy UCL fixtures.

    • DontPanic
      July 20, 2010

      Secod El Clasico is between quarter-finals and semi-finals of the CL.

      Quarter-finals
      5-6 April 2011
      12-13 April 2011

      El Clasico
      17 April 2011

      Semi-finals
      26-27 April 2011
      3-4 May 2011

      • majatt
        July 22, 2010

        Assuming we make it that far, that is totally livable. If we push in the 1st quarter final leg and are successful players can be rested in the second leg with an eye on Madrid.

  5. skyislm
    July 20, 2010

    I see 2 slightly tight stretches (in both halves), but nothing to compare with the tube of hell schedule couple years ago! (it is a different story that we emerged almost unscathed :-))

    Athletic Club (Bilbao)
    Mallorca
    Valencia

    Sevilla
    Getafe
    Villareal

  6. Colin
    July 20, 2010

    The road games in this stretch are brutal:

    2/27 – @ Mallorca
    3/2 – @ Valencia
    3/6 – Zaragoza
    3/13 – @ Sevilla
    3/20 – Getafe
    4/3 – @ Villareal
    4/10 – Almeria
    4/17 – @ Real Madrid

    With Champions League and the Copa likely heating up at the same time.

    • Henke
      July 20, 2010

      I assume this period will decide the important parts. CL-La Liga

  7. July 20, 2010

    Whoa! Benzema and Ribery detained in the prostitute scandal.

    –Filipe Luis to Atletico for 11m? So cheap.

    • Henke
      July 20, 2010

      He had a brutal injury. Probably will affect his whole career

    • vicsoc8
      July 20, 2010

      The good news is it means he will probably never play for Madrid. A win in my book.

    • DontPanic
      July 20, 2010

      Yeah, quite cheap. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Atletico they don’t have to pay rich-mans tax.

      I read somewhere that Lendoiro has a debt of €2 million to Atlético for Zé Castro which he hasn’t payed since 2008. It’ll be forgotten after the Filipe-transfer.

  8. July 20, 2010

    From barcastuff (aka Pep): The new contracts of all of our players and staff will stipulate that 1% will go to the foundation, and to help former players in need. It went into effect with the new deals for Guardiola and Adriano.

    Anybody can call us all the names they want, but I love this club.

    • Henke
      July 20, 2010

      0,5% to the foundation, and 0,5% to help former players 🙂 support the elders is common there in catalunya.

      • Luke
        July 20, 2010

        It is excellent that they are developing a pension fund for past players. Similar to American 401Ks provided by many jobs.

        The NFL is experiencing issues with pension problems right now. In many ways players are used and abused by teams and leagues for profit and when they are old, they are thrown away. Pensions are much needed.

  9. lovelymofo
    July 20, 2010

    Nice! I might be able to watch Barça at home against Atletico Madrid. Also, I don’t know why I keep reading the British press:

    ||http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2010/jul/17/spain-england-world-cup

  10. July 20, 2010

    The weeks of 11.28 and 4.17 already have classico week written across them in blood red.

    Of course, I’m open to renaming the week “fuck mourinho” week, and keeping the name of the match intact.

    Also very glad the away is in the spring.

  11. July 20, 2010

    This season’s calendar is better than last season. No doubt. Here hoping the rest of the liga teams surprise us with some quality performances to complicate Real And Barca’s season. Thats better to pick the team that deserve the title more, rather than having couple of matches to decide everything. Which will turn more to a knockout competition.

    • DontPanic
      July 20, 2010

      I wouldn’t get my hopes to high. If anything La Liga will be even more imbalanced this year than the last. If thats even possible.

      Here is a nice site that follows La Liga transfers:
      *http://www.sport.es/comunes/fichajes/futbol.asp

  12. July 20, 2010

    And for the record, the same as Last season when there were concerns after RM signed all the 100 millions, I am not worried. The run is ours to lose. “Good luck” beating the offense of Alves-Iniesta-Xavi-Villa-Ibra-Messi with some Keitas and pedros and co.

    Mourinho has a big challenge in front of him. While against Barcelona it may help being reactive with his tactics, he need to be proactive in the rest of his games. Unlike in other leagues he cant count on his direct rival to lose against small teams and hand him the title.

    With the players they have, they will make it tough. Lot of game changers. I don’t even think they will play -that- ugly, having some good skillful players. But again, Barcelona still have the upper hand. By the way, Who is their striker in the box ?

    • poipoi
      July 20, 2010

      BUT they still have kaka!! and el pipita! lol

    • Luke
      July 20, 2010

      I am going to expound a lot more later, but with Mourinho, he’s an incredible manager from my point of view. His tactics and coaching are top notch. However, and this is a big thing, there is no team in Serie A like Barcelona.

      With Inter he could rely on Roma to falter against Palermo or Chievo, or whichever team they slip up against. However, barring the random game against an up-for-it Almeria or Atletico/Sevilla playing at tip-top form, Barça is not going to lose, and is only going to tie a few times.

      Take none of this to mean I am overly confident that Barcelona is going to run away with the league this year, far from it, but Mourinho won’t have Italian slip-ups to bail him out now.

  13. flyzowee
    July 20, 2010

    Soooo….. Premiership teams have started banning the Vuvuzelas.

    You think we’ll follow?

    • majatt
      July 22, 2010

      I’m a lil split on this, on the one hand they are kinda festive and on they other they are really ****ing annoying. I’ll go with ban.

  14. Stephen
    July 20, 2010

    All these fixtures, all this Mou stuff, all the el clasico stuff, so stressful.. Im decising this season to enjoy the game, win or lose. We’ve won plenty. I won’t stress. (will this actually happen? prob not).
    Some Millions for Marquez? We let Henry off on a Free, but we sell Marquez, whats the futbol world come to??

    • poipoi
      July 20, 2010

      we should have payed that new york team for taking henry 😀

        • Kxevin
          July 20, 2010

          We offload Henry’s salary, Stephen, in case you want a serious answer that doesn’t involve dumping shit on Henry.

          So the club, even though it was a free, looked at it as a net gain, making it a pretty good deal. He wouldn’t have been worth his salary on the transfer market, given his age and recent fragility. So we gain style points, and lose a large salary.

          Or rather, we replaced it with Villa’s large salary, right?

          Marquez will be easier to sell, so we should net a few million (and again, lose his salary), though not the 7m that we were trying to value him at.

          • Luke
            July 20, 2010

            To add on to this, Henry made something like $10M in wages (he was third behind Messi and Ibra), which may be used to pay the salaries of all our players who need it.

          • vicsoc8
            July 20, 2010

            I’m pretty sure Villa is making a substantial amount less than Henry was, let me look for some figures.

          • Stephen
            July 20, 2010

            Oh Indeed. Thanks so much for that. Makes sense.

  15. Kari
    July 20, 2010

    Henry Interview

    *http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/good_day_ny/new-york-red-bull-thierry-henry-20100719

    For poipoi: hahaha, or should I type, jajajaja

    For me: Ouch. That’s painful to watch.

    For Americans football fans: Sigh. Not again. (or maybe a single word: Why?)

    • Jose
      July 20, 2010

      AAAAAAAAHHHH, CRINGE

      ***

      “SO HENRY, YOU JUST WON THE WORLD CUP.”

      “No, no.. I have won the World Cup but not this last one. We did not win.”

      ***

      “SO I HEARD THAT WHAT YOU WERE MOST EXCITED ABOUT MOVING HERE WAS BECAUSE HERE YOU WILL EXPERIENCE LESS RACISM. HOW IS THAT?”

      ***

      “AMERICANS LOVE HIGH SCORING GAMES! SO WHAT WAS THE MOST LOPSIDED SOCCER GAME YOU’VE EVER SEEN! THREE-NOTHING? HARHAR”

      “No, no.. ehhh… 6 nothing”

      ***

      Painful to watch.

      • Kari
        July 20, 2010

        “David Beckham basically took off his clothes for the sport. What are you willing to do?”

        I just want to play, that’s the most important thing.

        • poipoi
          July 20, 2010

          the man is a star. he should try acting, seriously 😀 😀 😀

          …big scoring games… Is it really that way or only the media says so?? So they can fry you in commercials (american football basketball baseball) But still, ok that’s cool, please keep thinking like that and leave football to us. please, if you ever really get into it we’re lost. And that racism stuff… umm perdona??? I seriously think it’s not like that in Spain where I live, no one thinks they’re inferior or something, opponent “afficionados” just look for something to shout you for and offend. “fatso” “drunk” “nigga” “fagget” “monkey” “midget” “catalan” “franchute” “slow” “blonde – rubia” you name it …no offense I don’t say being cromatically or sexually different is like a fault or bad or anything please. I have been called racist here some times and Spain as a country also. How can you think that anyone thinks of a race as inferior, specially when the’re not nazis or right wing or hooligans.

          • theMaginator (tutomate)
            July 20, 2010

            I am most certainly not an expert on social issues such as racism and or civil rights and liberties. But the word “racism” has a more ample and ambiguous meaning now it is much more than the perception one race’s superiority over another or others, it includes the proliferation of stereotypes and connotations of marked differences in a person, both physical and social, because of race.

            For example a person can be called a racist for being a white(anglo, non-semite)american, that says things againts Irish (anglo, non-semite) persons. This is because there is a spread ignorance amongst many peoples as to what racism is. Lets just say that in today’s understanding of it, it includes, Racism(traditional),bigotry, stereotyping, racial slurs, racial profiling, etc, etc.

            So the concept that there is no or little “racism”, there is that word again, is an urban myth. there is plenty of it, specially behind closed doors. And then once in a while Full on ‘racist” laws are passed.

          • theMaginator (tutomate)
            July 20, 2010

            Also some don’t understand the difference between race and ethnicity.

          • theMaginator (tutomate)
            July 20, 2010

            *So the concept that there is no or little “racism”, in the USAthere is that word again, is an urban myth. there is plenty of “racism”in the USA, specially behind closed doors. And then once in a while Full on ‘racist” laws are passed.

  16. Kari
    July 20, 2010

    Right, so I know there was a DVD of our Treble winning season for the CL (Barca: Road to Rome that apparently has crappy quality and biased commentators taken from Barca (well, duh). Can anyone confirm? I might get it if it’s not too bad ), but I was wondering if there was a Liga version? Like all our games from that season in a DVD format.

    I’d get a rapidshare account and just flip back Jnice’s old posts (moltes gràcies btw, and I’m counting on you again this season 😀 ) but it’d take too long to download the whole season, y’know? (And most likely crash my laptop). So… anyone got a clue?

    Also, if someone can forward me a link where I can order Barca: Best Year of our Life book online, I’d be grateful.

    I know this is kinda totally random, but I get these things totally free if I can find ’em all 😀

      • Kari
        July 20, 2010

        Moltes gracies, Kxevin!

        Some quick questions since I’m old-school and have never actually ordered anything online:

        -Are there any “hidden” things, such as additional taxes (other than the import tax of course) I should know about?

        -How long does it usually take to ship? A week or so?

        -What is NIF/CiF ? What should I put there, if anything?

        -Do they mail it directly to my house or does it have to get to me via a FedEx or something?

        -The price is in Euro, so how would I go about paying it?

        Thanks again!

        • Kxevin
          July 20, 2010

          –Nope.
          –Depends on how busy they are, but they usually ship pretty fast.
          –Don’t worry about it. I just fill in the starred boxes.
          –Direct to whatever address you specify.
          –Whatever credit card you use will do the math n’stuff.

          And voila, one exceptional book. I ordered mine directly from the publisher, Angle, but they are right up the road from Casa del Llibro.

          • Eklavya
            July 21, 2010

            There CAN be hiddens things, depending on where you order and what you order.
            I once order a 11kg Telescope and I had to pay 3x the normal price cause the sites don’t know about the TVA, taxes when crossing the border etc. And sometimes there a 3rd party issue. One has the item available, the other doesn’t etc…

            I suppose this applies more to Europe because there are so many countries (to cross if necessary)…

          • Eklavya
            July 21, 2010

            There CAN be hiddens things, depending on where you order and what you order.
            I once ordered a 11kg Telescope and I had to pay 3x the normal price cause the sites don’t know about the TVA, taxes when crossing the border etc. And sometimes there a 3rd party issue. One has the item available, the other doesn’t etc…

            I suppose this applies more to Europe because there are so many countries (to cross if necessary)…

  17. lovelymofo
    July 20, 2010

    This is awesome:

    ||http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l5vl15z16f1qzde9lo1_500.gif

    Yay Iniesta!

    • Kari
      July 20, 2010

      Dude, that’s so awesome!

      My only beef with it is that Andres isn’t it the middle! It’s always about That Other Guy, eh, Spanish commercial people? I see how it is! 😀

      • Stephen
        July 20, 2010

        Agree with kari. I’m afraid to pour out my cheerios in the morning, Im afraid Im going to get Cesc-ios. (even here in America)

  18. Kari
    July 20, 2010

    Interview with Adriano with the official website. So far, I’m liking what I’m reading. Hopefully, I’ll like what I see, too (and I mean his football people 😀 ):

    *http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/web/english/noticies/futbol/temporada10-11/07/20/n100720112091.html

  19. Benj
    July 20, 2010

    No Dan yet, please no one mention hewhoshallnotbenamed or his club…

    • July 20, 2010

      once cesc’s name is mentioned , he will get a beep on his iphone.
      and he will be here in a sec

  20. Jake
    July 21, 2010

    Xavi: “Arsenal need to understand they are only delaying the inevitable. If we don’t manage to get his signature this season then Arsenal only really have him on loan for a year – because there is nothing they can do to stop him joining next summer.”

    I have never in my whole life being an Arsenal fan come across a more classless and arrogant bunch of cunts. That is all I wanted to say. Good day.

    • theMaginator (tutomate)
      July 21, 2010

      Crap!

      If you say it they will come.

      I blame Barca96 for this one 🙂

    • theMaginator (tutomate)
      July 21, 2010

      “I have never in my whole life being an Arsenal fan come across a more classless and arrogant bunch of cunts. That is all I wanted to say. Good day.” – Jake

      I have never, in my entire life as person, come across such a profound and insightful comment.

      • Benj
        July 21, 2010

        Not to mention Classy…

        Thanks Barca 96 hahaha, newsnow:arsenal must be getting millions of clicks right now!

        Bring on the storm!

      • jaymin
        July 21, 2010

        that’ll be 5 million more pounds, thank you very much : )

  21. Eklavya
    July 21, 2010

    What do you guys think of the new training kits? I think they’re good unlike the GROTESQUE ones of last season. I like the design on the back!

    • Benj
      July 21, 2010

      Its pretty cool actually, might get one when im over there in september 😀

  22. GoonerInBarça
    July 21, 2010

    BTW Newsnow only puts it on the Arsenal feed if the Arsenal or Cesc is mentioned in the original blog and not the comments. So you can say Cesc as much as you like as long as it’s not the original post. All that means is that Gooners are actively coming onto the site as opposed to following a link…

    • Luke
      July 21, 2010

      Yeah! Mock them only in comments. 🙂

    • poipoi
      July 21, 2010

      oh gawd… from now on, I’ll just asume that there’s a mistake in every comment that I write… I’ll correct from the second one 😉

      • poipoi
        July 21, 2010

        where is the link I posted? they usually appear 🙁

  23. Eklavya
    July 21, 2010

    *www.goal.com/en-india/news/222/transfer-zone/2010/07/21/2035269/video-arsenals-cesc-fabregas-kisses-male-presenter-raul-gomez-on-

    CESC can stay Arsenal!!! Not that there is anything wrong with it…

    • Alexinho
      July 25, 2010

      No way…ha! Glad the barrier in sport has finally been broken! Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves-

  24. Jim
    July 21, 2010

    Yay! Arrived in Barcelona for a week´s holiday yesterday. Just been sitting watching Bojan interviewed after morning training on Barca TV (how come Sky still offers RM TV but not Barca). Only understood bits as my Spanish isn´t great but . . . . physically he seems to have bulked up quite a bit since last year. Won´t be pushed off the ball as easily this season I´m guessing.

    • Dave
      July 21, 2010

      Regarding Barca Tv, Tim Stannard says it may have something to do with the stereotype of Catalans as stingy-half joking

  25. Alexinho
    July 25, 2010

    Atletico at their house in the third week, that will be a tone-setter. Since Barca’s been the team to beat, I’ve feared Atletico ALMOST more than their big brother.

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  27. Bongani
    October 20, 2010

    Is Real Madrid a team we must fear, i mean with all its improvements and excellent stars, and its progression as a team? Or does Barca just calm teams down with their brilliant possession football, and deadly strike force with undeniable Messi excellence and team orchestra with Xavi?

  28. Bongani
    October 20, 2010

    Is Real Madrid a team we must fear with the coming El Classicos this season?… I mean with all its improvements and excellent stars, and its progression as a team? Or does Barca just calm teams down with their brilliant possession football, and deadly strike force, with undeniable Messi excellence, and team orchestra with Xavi? should we panic that we might loose this season?

  29. RM
    October 31, 2010

    Puta farca go fuck yourselves gay assholes….(Bojan, Pique, Henry, Messi…..

  30. MADRIDISTA
    November 18, 2010

    “barca is goog”

    But, Madrid is The Better
    by madridista: GO A HEAD MADRID!!!

  31. Pep Guardiola
    November 18, 2010

    My team is Bad
    and i believe MADRID will be win
    cause messi is dwarf, iniesta & Villa is old like as a ’70 product
    just wait till 28 November 2010

  32. jose mourinho
    November 22, 2010

    My team is Bad
    and i believe BARC will win
    cause Ronald is an idiot, kaka is old like as a ’70 product
    just wait till 28 November 2010

  33. JACK
    November 26, 2010

    Jack Says :

    Barcelona will win long life Barca
    U the best no one can’t beat u

  34. aam pratama
    November 29, 2010

    barca. . .
    congratulation for you. . .
    i love u. . .

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