Valerenga – Barça Match Comments Post

Valerenga – Barça, 7pm local, 1pm EST. (brief preview here)

It pains me to have to tell all of you to take part in a comments post instead of a liveblog, but my plans for running one have been derailed at the last minute by the generous offer of an authentic Nicaraguan meal (gallopinto is probably my favorite food) on the other side of town. I know that I should be prioritizing Barça over food (and air) but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

There’s a chance I’ll be home by 1pm to watch it, in which case I’ll fire up the liveblog, but don’t count on it. Apologies for leaving you stranded when we could be discussing the babies on the field. I’ll definitely download it later and watch it because, really, I can’t live without Barça.

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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.

226 Comments

  1. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    …And that’s why that guy plays his trade in Norway (no offense Norwegians…)

  2. July 29, 2010

    mmm avatar is not working how do you guys do?

    • Kari
      July 29, 2010

      Dunno Lev. I see an Avatar. It’s a black and white pic. of a guy (you?) and it’s sorta tilting to the side.

  3. cliveee
    July 29, 2010

    jeeesss, don’t get hurt, everyone! its a real preseason ONLY!

  4. July 29, 2010

    oh never mind LOL im in effect!!!

  5. cliveee
    July 29, 2010

    jeeesss, don’t get hurt, everyone! its a real preseason ONLY! is it showing how fierce our internal competition is?

  6. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    EPIC RB TOASTAGE.

    Seriously!

  7. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    Why so serious, Lev? 😉

  8. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Whoa, some named Lars Strand just came on.

    B*tchin’ name, dude.

  9. July 29, 2010

    @eklavya
    i only smile on pictures when somebody tickles me. besides, this is my “I’m gonna shoot Mourinho in the ass when I see him in my neigborhood” face

  10. July 29, 2010

    Lars Strand? I bet their striker’s name is Dirk Diggler lol

  11. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    Decent 2nd half. I thought we started well, but I didn’t like how we played for most of it.

    I thought Edu Oriol and Nolito were the best of the forwards. Benja took his goal well, but he’s a little too nonchalant for me. Ibra…sorry, but I didn’t like what I saw from him. At least pressure the defense.

    Keita did reasonably well, Sergi Roberto had some good passes, but he has to be more aware of what and who is around him.

    Dalmau showed his inexpereience and looked clueless against that Shellton dude. Muniesa showed his inexperience too and made some questionable decisions. Armando simply isn’t good enough. I really liked what I saw from Adriano. He looked good in both defense and attack.

    As for Mino, he didn’t do too much wrong.

    All in all, not a bad friendly. I guess it was what you would expect from the 1st match. I really like how Jonathan and Adriano played today the most.

  12. ballbeav
    July 29, 2010

    final score? missed the game

  13. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    So. 2-4 FT

    Typical pre-season game. Everyone got a run out, some nice plays here, some not-so-nice plays there, and best of all: no injuries.

    Onwards and…upwards? to the next game! Bring on the Asia tour and waking up at 6am on my birthday! (Yaaay~~fni#jri@$%mnfs)

  14. jordi™
    July 29, 2010

    Some of our defending made me laugh.I missed this 😀

  15. ballbeav
    July 29, 2010

    how did ibra look against the minnows?

    • Jnice
      July 29, 2010

      Not too good to be honest, but not many players did.

      • Kxevin
        July 29, 2010

        Some good, some bad. And man, was he getting hit. But he’s come to expect that, I reckon. Was routinely a little too fancy, but had a few moments. Liked Adriano’s play quite a bit. That’s looking like a really good signing.

  16. July 29, 2010

    yeah never been a fan of pre season games i usually skip them. plus the combination of watching it on a stream, arabic commentary and allmost all kids half of whom i honestly had never heard of made it difficult to know who is actually on the ball, which i found kinda frustrating. i mean i was watching it to get to know the kids but then a lot of the time i don’t know who is who! Dos Santos looked decent and I would have liked Bojan to score. oh well im off to work, have a good day guys!

    • Jnice
      July 29, 2010

      The official site had the players numbers and what not.

  17. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    I’ll post the link to download the game in a couple of hours for those of you who want it.

    • ballbeav
      July 29, 2010

      YOUTUBE HIGHLIGHTS UP ALREADY. good quality video (and goals)

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szUxZhKgY2s

    • Alexinho
      July 29, 2010

      Thanks J-

  18. BA
    July 29, 2010

    watching Tottenham v. Villareal now. little Gio’s got himself a goal, and this Gareth Bale looks like an excellent footballer; vibrant, technically proficient and very good at finding space. certainly not your typical British player, in those respects (he’s Welsh, rather than English).

    Senna, of course, has been calmly brilliant. a very interesting game.

    • BA
      July 29, 2010

      a Giuseppe Rossi hattrick!

      and that sound you hear is American football fans grinding their teeth at the fact he chose to sit on the Italian bench behind their geriatrics instead of playing for the USA.

  19. cliveee
    July 29, 2010

    loving any spanish team own any english team

  20. Helge
    July 29, 2010

    Yap, Villarreal vs Tottenham was a very nice game to watch. I’m actually delighted we don’t face Villarreal at the first playdays 😀

    They seem to be in a very good shape, and they are absolutely out-classing the Spurs A Team.

  21. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    First Half:

    Part 1 *http://www.multiupload.com/BBCK4MQNBI
    Part 2 *http://www.multiupload.com/NVFT80R2R9

    Second Half:

    Part 1 *http://www.multiupload.com/2UJH6TO4M5
    Part 2 *http://www.multiupload.com/WI3CO7SEH1

    Multiupload has a bunch of different host you can try.

    Credit to sportsmen on fbtz.com

    • Miguel
      July 29, 2010

      awesome! exactly what i came here looking for. thanx!!

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        No problem. BTW, it’s stadium sound only. No commentators.

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        If y’all want actual commentators, here it is in Spanish:

        First Half:
        Part 1 *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5G4QOUFE
        Part 2 *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QHNFFKQ2
        Part 3 *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IDPA5CXM
        Part 4 *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NR9Y7C7N

        Second Half:

        Part 1 *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=URRAQNQ0
        Part 2 *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B1X39AQV
        Part 3 *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MAW9VXAZ

        Credit to siscopes1 @ rojadirecta.com

        Might be hard to download without a premium account, though.

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        Last thing… for the first sets of links I posted, to play an mkv file all you need is VLC Player.

        And for those who don’t know, for the first half, you download part and part 2, use a rar extractor program and extract part 1(thats it)… then you get the 1st half file. Repeat the same process for the 2nd half.

        “Winrar” for Windows, “UnrarX” or “The Unarchiver” for Mac.

      • Miguel
        July 29, 2010

        i’m doing all that crap right now. new computer. i’ve gotta download the rar extractor + the vlc all over again. takes me back. i thought i’d never do this again in the year a.d. (after dvr).

      • Kxevin
        July 29, 2010

        Not all the megaupload files extract properly, fyi. Will try the first set.

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        Really, it worked for me, Kxevin, but I use Jdownloader to download the links and it comes with an automatic extractor. Try that. It’s really convenient. You can group download all the links by just copying them.

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        Oh, and the commentary is in Catalan, not Castellano.

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        One last thing… lol.. the stadium sound download is perfect quality, while the Catalan one is average.

    • cliveee
      July 30, 2010

      geez, direct download without waiting! awesomeness!!!!!!! thanks a lot, upload hero.

  22. Eduard
    July 29, 2010

    damng, worked all day. When’s the next friendly?

  23. jnelson
    July 29, 2010

    i wasnt too impressed today by anyone. its preseason and ibra is already getting hacked to death! wtf…if this was serie a, id expect it, but i dont remember any of his years being filled with such pathetic jackass defense there like last season and what looks like this season

    vicsan’s 1-2 and goal were niceeeee. so were our other 3 goals. great, but aside from the scoring, i thought the forwards and even mids (sergi roberto) tried to dribble wayyyyy too much. i agree with what someone said about Armando (the dude didnt cut it at all), but there are more chances in the next 2 games (maybe) that they deserve. riverola, dalmau, nolito, soriano, and gomez all struggled in my opinion. true, nolito may have been on the ball often, but to what effect? overall, teamwork was surprisingly good and im looking forward to china. hooray beer!

  24. GREECE BARCA
    July 29, 2010

    i didnt watch the game but a win is always good for the start of season!valerenga is a good team 2nd in the championship in full form!i have a feeling that barca b will doing great things in segunda!maybe someday we will see our beloved lucho coaching the big boys..yeah is my favorite exbarca player!!good job boys!

  25. Helge
    July 29, 2010

    LOL, a great picture of Piqué, from Pep’s tweet:
    *http://tweetphoto.com/35615483

  26. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    Pachecho thinks Thiago should win best player in the Euro U19 despite the goals he has scored. Even AS agrees and says that “Thiago has left the public with their mouths open with his ability to move the team from side to side. The coaches have realized this and it is difficult to find someone who has done better than him.”

  27. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    AS also says that the great performances by Montoya and Planas have not gone unnoticed by Del Bosque. Especially because Spain doesn’t have a wealth of talent in the fullback positions.

    • poipoi
      July 30, 2010

      the only weak spot 😉

      there’s that young extremo playing full back in valencia, I think he can be good also and Emery makes him play a lot. Jordi Alba, he’s from cornellà de llobregat 😉

    • Josep
      July 30, 2010

      Yes, I heard he was looking to them. Certainly Azpilicueta or Jose Angel would be called up first no?

      @kxevin
      Ah, my beloved blackhawks. Are you from Chicago too?

  28. July 30, 2010

    “We are not going to be pressured into looking for substitutes. We are looking for players that will improve us. But before signing we will always have a look at who we have in the youth ranks.” Zubizarreta

    Just the fact that he said it, made my day. Hopefully it will be the way to go!

  29. majatt
    July 30, 2010

    Totally random and well off topic I am EXTREMELY disappointed in UEFA’s decision to exclude Mallorca from the Europa League.

  30. Miguel
    July 30, 2010

    anybody else watching u-19’s spain v france? i missed the 1st goal.

    • Miguel
      July 30, 2010

      *http://www.iraqgoals.tv/ch9.html

    • Jnice
      July 30, 2010

      I am. All the Barca boys look good so far, especially Romeu. Thiago, Planas, and Montoya have looked lively as well.

  31. mei
    July 30, 2010

    montoya is lightning fast and has had a pretty good game.
    The wingers are not doing a very good job , too much running into two defenders losing the ball.
    Thiago has been pretty good , i think he provided the assist which was an excellent ball behind the defence.Xavi stuff.
    That kid from madrid has wasted two solid chances , one from his control letting him down and a poor finish.other than that he is looking promising.
    I start to pretty much like the dm, he is the best player for me so far.

    • Helge
      July 30, 2010

      Nah, I think the assist was from Dani Pacheco – so also a Barca-related player.

  32. Helge
    July 30, 2010

    Messi is excluded from Argentina’s line-up for the friendly match against Ireland on August, 11.

    So he will be ready for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, and who knows… if some of the new World Champions also return earlier than expected and don’t get a call from Del Bosque (I actually thought Del Bosque already left them out, but the sport.es article says something else), Sevilla will not be amused 🙂

    • y2k156
      July 30, 2010

      Messi is included in Argentina’s squad for Ireland friendly. It was all news sites. Have i missed something?

  33. Kxevin
    July 30, 2010

    Well, you could see that equalizer coming. After blowing two glorious chances, they get caught up the pitch and done for pace. 1-1.

  34. Vj
    July 30, 2010

    ||http://atdhe.net/21722/watch-spain-u19-vs-france-u19 – Decent veetle link if anyone wants..

  35. Eklavya
    July 30, 2010

    According to Pep’s twitter barcastuff,

    Bojan and Jeffren have been called up for a game with Spain U21 against Finland on 11 August.

    Yaaaaay!

  36. Eklavya
    July 30, 2010

    Ruben Rochina is on! Yay!

  37. Eklavya
    July 30, 2010

    Damn. 2-1 France

  38. Kxevin
    July 30, 2010

    They couldn’t do it in the World Cup, but the future looks bright for Les Bleus!

    Spain couldn’t handle their pace. Couple that with getting loose with possession, and that crucial period in which they could very easily have had 2 or 3 goals, and that was that. Blanc must be very happy right now. Those kids played their hearts out, as though proud to wear the colors. The lads on the senior team should take note of that.

    • July 30, 2010

      Curious to read articles for the same people who wrote about “Pick them french” after the world cup. Will they praise this team or curse it?

      Good game for both sides. Spain in the first half and France in the second.

      In truth, its a good end. France needed this after the first team shame. And Spain needed it for the new generation to keep their feet on the ground. This defeat will be a huge motivation for them in the future. They still have a lot to prove.

      • Kxevin
        July 30, 2010

        My guess is effusive praise, Ramzi. Les Bleus and the FFF need a feel-good story right now, and the U-19s are it. You can point to a bright future, and forget, for a bit, about the senior squad.

      • July 30, 2010

        “My guess is effusive praise, Ramzi.” Thats the ironic Hippocrate side I meant (about those people).

  39. Kxevin
    July 30, 2010

    –In other news, we have a Belorussian in the window, marked with a price tag of 5m. Premiership sides are nosing around like crazy, kicking the tires and looking under the hood.

    –In the ex-Barca file, Eto’o is warning Benitez that he is a forward, not a winger, dammit! So don’t be screwing up.

    –Marquez is all but gone to the Red Bulls. I’m not sure if the situation was that we couldn’t get anyone to pony up for him, or is that was the move that would make him happy, so we did it. If it’s the latter, fair trade for his years of excellent service to the club.

    • Jim
      July 30, 2010

      I’m just not sure we should be letting him go without having made more progress in signings. He can play either of the two positions we need to strengthen (DM/CB) – this must mean Pep is prepared to really give the youngsters a run. That’s a big call when if someone makes a mistake in either of these positions you’re looking at losing a goal.

    • cliveee
      July 30, 2010

      I think we will be fine even if we don’t reinforce our DM and CB and try out young lads. It was the world cup year last season plus the african cup of nation, but not this coming season. Busquets, to me, is protecting himself very well by playacting. playacting is a shame, but staying healthy is good, i don’t support his way of staying healthy, but he will still do so.

      Also, Keita is the perfect DM backup if you ask me. I still remember how well he did when he once tried that position. Clever quick one touch ball and omnipresence, just like Busquets.

      Adriano did look really promising to me as well. Not only that he featured on the leftback and sprung forward to shoot that impressed me, but also his physicality and pace. I think he will be another good DM support when we need him to. Also, I have 200% trust on Pep that he can transform players like Adriano into a perfect DM that we need.

      CB is a bit of a problem. We will have to do it with our young’uns. Bartra, Fontas, Muniesa and Montoya. Who will be promoted is really the answer I want most. My guess is that Pep will try Fontas the most. He is man-sized and has good pace. A-grade looking to me.

  40. Andrew
    July 30, 2010

    Test.

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