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 Germany with his wife and daughter.

226 Comments

  1. July 29, 2010

    So totalBarca is reporting that we won’t buy a replacement for Yaya and instead, Pep will promote Oriol Romeu. Don’t know how much truth there is in that but it’d be interesting. From what I’ve seen (and been told), he’s pretty much in the Sergi mold. Lanky, good passer, good anticipation and always there to break up plays before they begin.

    • July 29, 2010

      And by totalbarca you mean Sport or another media outlet. No offense meant by this, but those guys aren’t “reporting” anything, they’re translating and reposting. A valuable service, but it’s not “their” story much as if when I write about such things that they’re my stories (they’re not).

      • July 29, 2010

        Ha no I understand, I actually meant to say “According to totalBarca, Sport is reporting…” but I’m sitting in a class and the professor asked me a question while I was typing so I got distracted.

        • Luke
          July 29, 2010

          Don’t take Isaiah too seriously Brett, the DM position is a big soft spot with him. Back away slowly and don’t make eye contact, everything will be ok.

      • Elguerosinfe
        July 29, 2010

        What’s your beef with tB Isaiah? What you say is true, of course, but there is also plenty of original research, writing and content at the site.

        • Kxevin
          July 29, 2010

          Isaiah has no beef with Total Barca. But he did want to make the point that in this particular situation, it wasn’t original reporting. If what he says is true, and no further nuance is implied by his comment, what’s the complexity here? He even prefaced it with “No offense meant by this.”

  2. July 29, 2010

    Words from the Reluctant One:

    In an interview with Spanish lifestyle magazine DIR Emotions, Fabregas said: “I am from Barcelona. I am a club member, along with my grandfather, my uncle and my cousin. I feel those colours and have since I was young. I am Catalan, I am from Arenys, I have come through the Barca youth system.

    “Those players are my friends and have been for many years. They play stellar football and everything they have won they deserve 100%. [Carles] Puyol gives me confidence and has taken care of me like an older brother. Bojan inspires calm. [Sergio] Busquets is simple and authentic. Xavi is a maestro. [Andres] Iniesta has so much patience, especially given what has happened to him in terms of injuries. [Lionel] Messi is calm, shy, and very kind. [Victor] Valdes has a lot of personality.

    “However, I am Arsenal’s captain. I am a Gunner and that is where I have made myself as a player and matured as a person. He [Arsene Wenger] is a second father to me, the most important person in my life after my father. He has been very supportive of me and has treated my like a son. I am part of his family.

    “He does not want me to leave. My last conversation with him in London was one of the most difficult moments I have had to live. I am left very touched.

    “I want to continue fighting for every title, especially the Champions League, because I am a winner.”

    “He doesn’t want me to leave. And in my last conversation with him in London, it was one of the most difficult moments I have experienced. I ended up very upset.”

    Jesus, it’s NEVER going to end. There again, Arsenal fans will read this as “He staying to fight for titles with us.” Barcelona fans who want him to come will read it as “He’s saying his goodbyes, and this is step one.”

    The purest, most comprehensive nonsense. To make an omelet, you have to break some eggs. So take a stand, then deal with the consequences, Mr. Fabregas. Stay or go, I don’t give a whit. Just make a decision, and speak out.

    • Hilal
      July 29, 2010

      Man Cesc is really starting to piss me off. If he wants to leave then he needs to grow a pair and tell Wenger to let him go. If he wants to stay and just say so.

      Arsenal fans come here and talk about our players being classless, well at least they have the backbone to speak their minds, this guy doesnt know what he wants and just blows hot air up everybodys ass. Its like he wants to play for both clubs and he wants both sets of fans to love him.

      He REALLY needs to just come out and say “I AM STAYING AT ARSENAL” so that we can get on with strengthening our squad. I am so sick of hearing his damn name.

    • mei
      July 29, 2010

      Fabregas is holding a ridiculous neutral stance with this kind of approaches when speaking out.
      What the hell does i was born and brought there yet playing here for now , and my second father doesnt want me gone mean.
      Say that you stay or not kid ,say what YOU want so things can cool off.
      We know what wenger wants , and we sure as hell know what barca officials pursue.
      We also know that most non catalan fans , like me are really bored and want this thing to break down right away so the people responsible can carry on with preparing our team for the season to follow based on what we REALLY need.
      Fabregas is harming both his boyhood club that he “loves” and is a member off, and his current club that happens to be the captain and has established him as a player with this stance
      Matured?I THINK NOT.I hope he gets crucified for this.

  3. aULD sUPER
    July 29, 2010

    I said it before when it comes to patience all the evidence is young Cesc has very little if any, this is the guy who moved to another country at 16 when didn’t like the progress he was making at the biggest club in the world. I hope he stays at arsenal because I don’t think we can afford him but I think if he has his mind set on coming home then he’s coming and that’s all there is to it.

  4. July 29, 2010

    Ibrahimovic: “I never had any doubts about wanting to stay.”

    Abidal: “Where’s Txigrinski?” Clearly the dude doesn’t read NewsNow or anything, for that matter. Whoa. 😀

    • Eklavya
      July 29, 2010

      Ahahah, omg are you serious? 😀 😀

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        Haha, yeah. Abidal rolled up to training the other day and thought Chygrnskiy was injured or something because he didn’t see him. He asked where he was and found out he had been transfered. 😀

  5. Jennifer
    July 29, 2010

    Where can I search for links to live streams of the game?! I really want to see it 🙁

  6. July 29, 2010

    Ibra’s interview. It seems they changed the link to this one, Kxevin.

    /http://msn.tv2sporten.no/fotball/tippeligaen/zlatan-holdt-show-paa-pressekonferansen-3256059.html

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        That press guy writes ridiculously fast.

        • Jnice
          July 29, 2010

          Wow, Ibra said he gained about 20 pounds on vacation! He says he is losing it now and has about 6 pounds left to lose and he’ll be ready for the season.

  7. Lev
    July 29, 2010

    LOL!! @Abidal

    So Fabregas was very upset that Wenger wanted him to stay. That says it all really. He shouldn’t have been such a huevon to sign a 5-year deal last year, which is what got him in this mess to begin with.

    • Kxevin
      July 29, 2010

      I don’t know that Fabregas was saying that he was upset because Wenger wanted him to stay. I think that he was upset by the situation and its complexities. I don’t envy him the decision. He has to straddle a fence that on one side might be his wishes and aspirations, and what if he leaves Arsenal and then they start winning championships? There’s all that turmoil, personal and from Arsenal fans, and the club that he left starts doing well.

      On the other hand, he really has to worry about the fans. Look at what the vicious, incessant booing did to Eboue’s confidence. More and more, you are starting to see Arsenal fans muttering about removing the captain’s armband from Fabregas.

      Dude’s in a tough spot, and I don’t blame him for not wanting to come out and make a public declaration. Because Arsenal could still say “I don’t care what he wants, he isn’t for sale, or we will agree to sell you, the price is 70m,” which would functionally mean that he isn’t for sale, right?

      It’s a mess, and it all started from bullshit politics, and politicians twisting the words of a player. I am certain that when Fabregas spoke of returning to Barca, he meant someday rather than this season. Then people went hog wild, the press went nuts and suddenly, it’s a problem.

      It isn’t all that difficult to imagine how Arsenal fans would be vexed.

  8. GREECE BARCA
    July 29, 2010

    from what i read in total.barca oriol romeu is a new busi!by the way what options we have for a young DM?some names like capoue,sisoko from what i read in the past.are they good enough for us?there is a guy in marseille i don.t remember his name against milan iN C.L was a beast.

  9. GREECE BARCA
    July 29, 2010

    i find him,edouard cisse but he is 32..sorry folks!

  10. July 29, 2010

    And after Ibra’s interview, you can fill the time till the game start watching this:

    /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4e04sZPJJw&feature=player_embedded

    Call Xavi now!

    • Jnice
      July 29, 2010

      Haha, I watched that video a couple of times last week (thanks to someone on hear, I forget who). She’s too cute. I want a kid who will scream and cry to see a Barcelona player rather than Elmo.

  11. fcbfan
    July 29, 2010

    Ramzi what do you think of Oriol. If I remember right, you were one of the first to mention him back in theoffside days. Have seen him in the u19, and he looks solid. and so far have not seen Busi’s play exaggeration in his game which is good, but he is only 18.

    • July 29, 2010

      Oriol is a good talent. And it is true that I’ve been keeping an eye on him for a while now. But with JDS and especially Thiago’s progress, I will think twice before signing him.

      The only thing that is yet to be tested is how he will deal with lack of space. He is exceptional attacking the spaces and getting advantage of the holes created in the opponent’s lines (especially between the lines), how far he will find that while playing for Barca is another question.

      But generally speaking, he is quality. And his personality is balanced to an extend. That all match the requirements I like in a player. For the price we can get him for, its a bargain. But still we have cheaper options within our farms. So he is not up there on my priority list that includes a holding midfielder and a center back.

      • Jnice
        July 29, 2010

        If you aren’t talking about Oriol Romeu, who are you talking about?

    • July 29, 2010

      I read it Ozil 😀

      Oriol is good. But still too early for him!

  12. July 29, 2010

    Generally speaking, now that Barca B will play in the second division, I hope we dont promote many players to the first team. Playing in the Second division on weekly bases is the perfect final preparation for the guys before the big stage. Certainly better than the first team’s bench.

    I hope we start by giving 4 or 5 of them the chance to train with the first team while playing for Barca B. Then give the chances gradually to play. Especially in the cup. Till the middle of the season (where the main candidates play the limit allowed for Barca B player in first division) it will be clear who is up there. I can see Thiago stamping his place for the first team. JDS will be ready for the following season. If one of the defenders proves himself as well, then its all good.

  13. fcbfan
    July 29, 2010

    barcastuff
    Line-up: Pinto – Illie S.Gomez Milito Maxwell – JonathanDosSantos Riverola V.Sánchez – JonathanSoriano Bojan Tello

  14. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    Lineup: Pinto, Illie, Sergi Gomez, Milito, Maxwell, Jonathan, Riverola V.Sánchez, Jonathan Soriano, Bojan, Tello.

    Bench: Miño, Dalmau, Armando, Muniesa, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Keita, Edu Oriol, Ibrahimovic, Nolito, Benja.

    • Eklavya
      July 29, 2010

      TELLO IS THE NEXT BIG THING! ahahaha

  15. fcbfan
    July 29, 2010

    I guess Pep justwant to give everyone a run in.

  16. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    The starting XI is probably only going to play for the 1st half. The bench is the starting XI for the 2nd half.

  17. Bill
    July 29, 2010

    On the contrary, I like what Fabregas is doing. This is what good professionals do. It’s good PR. You just don’t take a stand on many issues, including how you feel about certain players, where you would really prefer to play, club politics, coaches decisions e.t.c

    If Fabregas says he wants to leave in public, then it doesn’t happen, guess what? He has a problem with the arsenal fans. A good example is Henry last year. He said he loves Arsenal, and it caused him to be benched for the most of the 2 legs against Arsenal, and when he came on and didn’t play very well, fans used his statements against him.

    If Fabregas says he wants to stay, what if they find a way of making the deal happen, and he goes for it? He will forever be labelled a liar and a traitor in Arsenal. Or what if Barcelona take him seriously at his word, completely give up ever wanting to sign him and go in another direction? This will hurt him because, make no mistake about it, HE WANTS TO PLAY FOR BARCELONA at some point in his career. And he might be considered a traitor in Catalunya too, for refusing to come.

    So, I say good job to Fabregas for handling it the way he has. Say good things about both clubs in public, then shut the hell up. Have your say in private, to the people who actually have influence in this deal.

    The only people who have taken hits in this saga are the barcelona players who opened their mouths in public for someone who is far more sophisticated in handling the media than they are. Good job Fabregas, SAY NOTHING until it’s done and dusted, then say how you always knew you will play here or there, like Yaya did with City.

  18. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    link:

    *http://atdhe.net/21665/watch-valerenga-if-vs-fc-barcelona

  19. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    OMGGGGG

    BOJAN’S CAPTAIN!!! 😀

    Yeah! Visca CT!

  20. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Touches by Barca (B) players are a tad heavy. Bojan’s playing LW.

    …and wins a FK, which the keeper fists away. Barca (B) build again.

  21. Bill
    July 29, 2010

    How awesome is this goal celebration? Haha…

    //http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGzm9vYrdss

  22. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Twice Bojan’s cut in with his right foot in a decent position from the LW, twice it leads to nothing. He’s looking hungry though.

    Players are getting in each other’s way often; particularly in the midfield.

  23. theMaginator (tutomate)
    July 29, 2010

    Pinto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Helge
    July 29, 2010

    Damn, I LOVE this club 😀 What a hell of a goal!

  25. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    GOOOOOOOOOOAL!! Victor Sanchez! Que golazo 😀

    Plays a one-two with CT at the edge of the area, and curls one to the far post. Love the ball back from CT.

    Milito concedes a pen two seconds later….

    • Helge
      July 29, 2010

      Haha, don’t you dare making fun of the greatest goalkeeper of all times!

  26. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    Nice one-two between Soriano and Sanchez. Great finish too.

    Wow, penalty? Come on.

  27. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    1-1. Seems kinda fair. After all, a couple of minutes before that, a Valerenga striker took the ball, fairly IMO, from Pinto, but the ref called a foul.

    Pep’s graying BTW. Stressed much? (I’d be too…)

  28. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    Wow. I just went out for 2 secs and I missed so much?

  29. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    Great pass for Riverola, I think it was. But why is Bojan scared to take his man to the line?

    • Kari
      July 29, 2010

      He wants to score, but he’s cutting on his favoured right foot but they’re obviously defending that foot. That leaves him with no choice but to cut inside to make space. That’s obviously not working.

  30. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Ilie Sanchez steals the ball at edge of the area, but his pass is inaccurate or cut out by a defender depending on your point of view.

    It seems that the B players are doing everything right, except their final ball/action is lacking. I guess that’s what separates a B teamer from an A teamer.

    What a tackle JDS (min 19)!

    Loving Bojan He’s Pedros it! All he’s missing is the final shot/pass.

  31. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    Bojan is trying to be Crynaldo or what?

    • Kari
      July 29, 2010

      He’s obviously got something to prove 😀

      Maybe it’s the armband that’s weighing down his decision making abilities…

    • July 29, 2010

      Is he pulling his shirt up to show the six packs under? I missed that!

  32. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    I hate when Milito dwells on the ball and tries to take it out too far.

  33. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    There’s a guy who seems like Xavi from far away.

  34. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    JDS has a cannon!

    Ha, #10 (on Barca) almost stole the ball from the Val. keeper 😀 Corner.

    #7 does some crazy acrobatic shot-thing. Would have been awesome if that went in.

  35. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    I’m kinda bummed to not see Fontas here. I was looking forward to that 🙁

    • Jnice
      July 29, 2010

      He’ll play in the Asian tour. He’s still recovering.

  36. Lev
    July 29, 2010

    just tuned in (my mother in law just prepared me pabellón!, lol). can anybody fill me in on which barca players are on the pitch?

    • Kari
      July 29, 2010

      Lineup:

      Pinto,
      Illie, Sergi Gomez, Milito, Maxwell,
      Jonathan, Riverola, V.Sánchez,
      Jonathan Soriano, Bojan, Tello.

  37. knifenut
    July 29, 2010

    Why isn’t Bartra on the pitch? I thought he was one of the promising kids who are most likely to get a call up to the first team?

  38. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    Do you guys think Bojan is dropping too deep? I think so…

  39. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL HAHAHAH

  40. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    I love how he turns away all badass-like when he scored his goal. It’s like “Yeah, I know it’s going in; I don’t even need to see it”. 😀

  41. Lev
    July 29, 2010

    thnx kari (missed your post, the page didnt’t refresh properly til now)

  42. knifenut
    July 29, 2010

    oh right right, makes sense. Also, WOW Maxwell!

  43. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    I forgot JDS knew how to tackle as well.

  44. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    There, Bojan does a Crynaldo Gai Assulin again…

    • Eklavya
      July 29, 2010

      Damnit, my strike out didn’t work!!

      strikeoutwork

      • Kari
        July 29, 2010

        “There, Bojan does a Crynaldo Gai Assulin again… ”

        You’ll eat your words when he scores a golazo on route to his hat-trick, Eklavya. 😀

  45. Lev
    July 29, 2010

    btw does this make Bojan the youngest Barça captain ever?

  46. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Bojangles really wants a goal.

    Score for the armband, Cuddly! For the armband!

  47. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    Uh, Kari why doesn’t my strikeout work?

    *http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/_STRIKE.html

    • Kari
      July 29, 2010

      What are you putting in between <>? Maybe it’s just a typing error.

      Anyway, here’s what I did:

      “There, Bojan does a (strike)Crynaldo(/strike) Gai Assulin again…”

      Take out the brackets and replace it with those sideways ^ things.

      • Eklavya
        July 29, 2010

        Yeah, I was trying with (s),(/s) and (S), (/S)

  48. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    If this doesn’t work I’ll stfu buy a FCB jersey and pray.

  49. Lev
    July 29, 2010

    btw been meaning to ask you guys, how do you put an avatar next to your name?

    • Kari
      July 29, 2010

      Go to Gravatar.com and sign-up The email you use to register should be the same as the email you use to comment with, or the avatar won’t show up.

      • Eklavya
        July 29, 2010

        You really had to say it didn’t you?

  50. knifenut
    July 29, 2010

    i really hope pep doesnt take Bojan off. everybody can see that the kid wants it

    • Jnice
      July 29, 2010

      He wants it, but he has to be more incisive. His defender gave him the line several times, but he refused and cut inside instead. If you are going to cut inside like that, you have to be quicker.

  51. DontPanic
    July 29, 2010

    So, Herbalife logo on the sleeve. Just sayin’.

  52. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    Not a bad first half.

    Despite Sanchez’s great goal, Riverola has looked way better than him in my oponion.

    Jonathan has been our best midfielder and has put in a couple of great tackles.

    Bojan looks active, but I was expecting more incisiveness from him to be honest. Soriano has tried some things and had a nice assist to Sanchez.

    Tello has tried to dribble a bit too much and his final ball is lacking.

    Our defense hasn’t been bothered too much except for Ilie’s side. He is getting toasted by that one dude on the left. Sergi Gomez has looked good on the ball, but Milito’s passing has been awful. Maxwell had a nice shot, but didn’t have to do much otherwise.

    Pinto, Pinto, Pinto… why play with the ball like that? Transfer window is still open, you know.

    I want to see how Keita, Ibra, Adriano, Muniesa, Sergi Roberto, and Dalmau look.

    • Eklavya
      July 29, 2010

      I agree about Bojan.

      And Ille’s been getting freakin’grilled, roasted whatever you want!

  53. Lev
    July 29, 2010

    mmm gravatar seems to be having some problems. at least it is “surely their fault” according to their website. inspires confidence, that does :p

  54. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    So Keita and Ibra in and VicSan and Maxwell out? What?

    • Kari
      July 29, 2010

      *http://atdhe.net/21665/watch-valerenga-if-vs-fc-barcelona

      It’s in Arabic though

    • Rohanv
      July 29, 2010

      √http://atdhe.net/21665/watch-valerenga-if-vs-fc-barcelona

  55. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Second half!

    Keita and Ibra are on. Pinto’s also off.

    Bojan’s still on (and gets a good ball in the box)

  56. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    Wow. A lot of whitles for Ibra.

    Adriano is also IN

  57. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Adriano’s on too! Nice shot from the left!

    Benja GOAL

  58. Lev
    July 29, 2010

    “Wow. A lot of whitles for Ibra” maybe it’s a norway – sweden thing. although sweden’s main rivals are supposed to be finland i think

  59. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Nolito with a nice pass to Benja. Offside though.

  60. Helge
    July 29, 2010

    Completely new 11 in 2nd half:
    Miño; Adriano, Armando, Muniesa, Dalmau; Sergi Roberto, Edu Oriol, Keita; Benja, Ibrahimovic y Nolito.

    • Kari
      July 29, 2010

      Really? No Cuddly? 🙁

      At least I get to see me some Muniesa…

    • Eklavya
      July 29, 2010

      Ah, so I was right.

      Bench = 2nd half XI

  61. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Ugh! Nolito really should have scored there. He’s the #22 BTW. He’s the only pure winger we have other than Final Fantasy, I think.

    Ufff. Nice save from the new Barca keeper. Solid.

  62. BA
    July 29, 2010

    it looks like Ibra is doing what i speculated he might do this season, dropping deeper into the center to let the 2 forward outside players push further up. gives him more of the ball and lets him function as a very advanced playmaking pivot, which suits his ability on the ball.

    very interesting.

  63. Lev
    July 29, 2010

    btw who is captain now that bojan is off?

  64. Jnice
    July 29, 2010

    That same dude on the left is killing Dalmau. Damn.

    • July 29, 2010

      I am telling you…you will read that Barca signed him as soon as Sport finish typing it.

      Miño looks like a Guardiola son from distance.

    • Eklavya
      July 29, 2010

      Yeah…

      We should try Montoya and Bartra against that dude too. If he wins, sign him lol

  65. cliveee
    July 29, 2010

    still find the goalie jersey hard to dig… uh… 🙁

  66. Kxevin
    July 29, 2010

    Um, I will NOT be getting a keeper’s shirt this season. Just sayin’.

  67. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Muniesa ain’t taking any crap from no-one. He really is Puyol 2.0. 😀

    I’ve heard of Nolito and I’m curious. Really want to see what he has to offer.

    @BA: I’ve noticed that too. I like Ibra best when he plays deeper. I feel he’s in the game more and we can utilize his passing ability a lot more.

    @Lev: so true. Baby-lona 😀 . I’m liking what I’m seeing though. They ain’t half bad.

    Nice whistles whenever Ibra touches the ball… 😛

  68. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    HA! Valerenga put o—

    KEITA GOAL!! Thumpin’ header!

  69. Kxevin
    July 29, 2010

    Or should I say, Captain Keeeiteeee!

  70. Kxevin
    July 29, 2010

    Hey, their Bojan is better than ours! No fair!

  71. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    As I was saying; Valerenga puts on a Bojan… Zajic. and he scores like 2 seconds after coming on….

  72. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    I am so HAPPY to NOT see the Jabulani! Sheesh, finally the ball going down!

  73. July 29, 2010

    Keita always bring a basket of goals with him after the summer break. Save them for the beginning of the season.

  74. Eklavya
    July 29, 2010

    Kxevin it’s bad manners to sneak in without saying hello!

  75. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Eklavya, Kxevin;

    Please cease and desist the mocking.

    Thank you.

      • Eklavya
        July 29, 2010

        Asking someone if they are happy is being polite and having good manners, right Kxev? 😀

  76. cliveee
    July 29, 2010

    are those socks all made in China? damn!

  77. Kxevin
    July 29, 2010

    The “Hack-A-Ibra” is in full effect, and it’s only preseason.

  78. Kari
    July 29, 2010

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

    • 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.

  79. cliveee
    July 29, 2010

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

  80. cliveee
    July 29, 2010

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

  81. Kari
    July 29, 2010

    Whoa, some named Lars Strand just came on.

    B*tchin’ name, dude.

  82. 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

  83. July 29, 2010

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

  84. 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.

  85. 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)

  86. jordi™
    July 29, 2010

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

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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

  90. 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.

  91. cliveee
    July 29, 2010

    loving any spanish team own any english team

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. Eduard
    July 29, 2010

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

  95. 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!

  96. 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!

  97. Helge
    July 29, 2010

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

  98. 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.”

  99. 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?

  100. 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!

  101. 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.

  102. Miguel
    July 30, 2010

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

    • 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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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?

  105. 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.

  106. Vj
    July 30, 2010

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

  107. 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!

  108. 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).

  109. 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.

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