Friendly: K-League All Stars – Barça

It’s friendly time once again as our boys in blaugrana spearmint take on the K-League All Stars in Seoul, South Korea at 8pm local time. That means the match is at 1pm in Barcelona and at 7am here in New York. I may or may not struggle out of bed in time to find a working feed, so take this as your match comments post.

Despite previous suggestions that he wouldn’t play, Messi is contractually obligated to make an appearance. Expect Guardiola to put him in with 75 minutes already on the clock so that he can’t play more than 15. Apparently no one in Asia cares if Dani Alves will play…

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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.

256 Comments

  1. Jnice
    August 3, 2010

    Random, but since when did Messi have a tattoo? *http://bit.ly/c3b5gh

    The match is at 7AM, I’ll stay up for it, since I don’t go to bed until 9AM anyway.

    Like I said in the last post, I hope we get to see my boy Victor Vazquez and Fontas tomorrow. I’m convinced Vazquez would have made the first team last season if it weren’t for his injuries. Mentally and technically, he was more ready than Jonathan or Thiago is for the first team, but the injuries came at the wrong time. He was also part of the team that featured Messi, Pique, and Cesc, and was considered a future star at that time. He was great in the preseason of the 08/09 season and even played a few CL games for us that year.

    I also hope Messi doesn’t get injured and the South Koreans don’t boo us like some of them said they were going to.

      • Jnice
        August 3, 2010

        lol… if it’s a picture of someone, then maybe it’s of his late grandmother, the person who encouraged him to play and the person he points to in the sky when he scores.

  2. ElShowDeJason
    August 4, 2010

    Call me crazy, but why not keep VicSan in the first team this season.

    I’ve always thought he was dependable even though he is unspectacular.

    plus, he plays EVERYTHING other than GK, ST, and CB. and actually, i think he has played centerback, but it isn’t his strongest position.

    I understand that he doesn’t have the potential of Jonathan, Thiago, Pedro!, and am very sure he won’t ever reach Xavi/Iniesta/Messi greatness, but I think he could be a very dependable back-up for many years. (or maybe until Cesc decided to man-up)

    • Tajh
      August 4, 2010

      After our 1st Friendly i truly believe Pep has taken a liken to VicSan. He is like a Cantanero version of Adriano Correia.

      • Jnice
        August 4, 2010

        He’s versatile, but he doesn’t come close to Adriano in skill or understanding of the game.

        Since we seem to be short on midfielders, I wouldn’t mind keeping Sanchez, but I don’t care if he leaves.

    • Helge
      August 4, 2010

      I would definitely keep him as a substitute player. He’s a bit more experienced than Jonathan and Thiago and I think he did a quite good job against Valerenga Oslo.
      But it seems that the club wants to loan him once again.

      • Jnice
        August 4, 2010

        For me, besides his goal, his passing left a lot to be desired and Riverola and Jonathan outshone him in that category, but like you guys said, keeping him as a sub isn’t a bad idea.

      • ElShowDeJason
        August 4, 2010

        yeah. VicSan is ready now. I only see him getting sharper, but never setting the world on fire.
        While I don’t doubt that Jona and Thiago will pass him up by miles, they are a few years away from doing so.
        I see VicSan as a hardworking and simple player that will provide depth until Cesc comes.

  3. ElShowDeJason
    August 4, 2010

    WTF, 7am EST, I thought it was at 6am EST…
    ugh… It’s 2:20am PST, I’m sleepy, and I thought the game was in 40 minutes… apparently it’s in 1hr, 40 minutes? sigh…

    • Jnice
      August 4, 2010

      Haha… 5:30am and I’m still going strong. Let’s go!

      • ElShowDeJason
        August 4, 2010

        yeah, but what time did you wake up on tuesday? I woke up at 9am, which means I’ve been awake for 18 hours. The body gets really sleepy after 15-16 hours.

        • Jnice
          August 4, 2010

          On Tuesday I woke up at 10:30… I have a sleeping problem.

      • ElShowDeJason
        August 4, 2010

        BTW, do you get alerts when something is posted here on BFB? you seem to have replied very quickly…

        • Jnice
          August 4, 2010

          LOL, nah I just happen to refresh a lot and I have nothing better to do being up at 6am and what not…

  4. ElShowDeJason
    August 4, 2010

    It’s 3:11 already… any confirmed line-ups?

    • Jnice
      August 4, 2010

      Pinto, Ilie, Sergi Gomez, Milito, Maxwell, Edu Oriol, Sergi Roberto, Jonathan, Adriano, Ibrahimovic, Benja

      • ElShowDeJason
        August 4, 2010

        source? oh, and how are you wacthing?

        • Jnice
          August 4, 2010

          Pep aka barcastuff

          Um, I’m gonna watch on one of the streams, I just have to figure out which is best. None of them are up yet, right?

          • Jnice
            August 4, 2010

            Check this out (via barcastuff): This is how the stadium looked an hour before the game. *http://twitpic.com/2bhope

            How pathetic is that? I hope the stadium fills up…

          • ElShowDeJason
            August 4, 2010

            They weren’t happy when they found out Messi wouldn’t play. although it seems he has to step on for like 15mins.

          • Jnice
            August 4, 2010

            I know. That’s why they are pathetic fan boys and not fans of the team.

      • Jnice
        August 4, 2010

        Interested to see how Adriano does in attack.

        • ElShowDeJason
          August 4, 2010

          Interested in seeing Jonathan’s ability to dictate momentum against the Koreans, which, if they play like the national team, like to pressure the midfield.

  5. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    am i really up @3:30am to watch a barca game? i feel like one of those whiny indian/pakistani/australian fans.

    • Miguel
      August 4, 2010

      fuck yeah! i’ve got work @9am, woohoo!

  6. Reagan
    August 4, 2010

    Messi is not in the subs list on the official site…

    • ElShowDeJason
      August 4, 2010

      *http://www.portalsportshd.net/p/canal-2.html
      works!

  7. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    *http://www.telefree.info/
    here’s another one in case they all bug out

  8. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    those jerseys look like mint ice cream. yuck.

  9. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    you’re kidding me. fucking pinto you’re killing me.

    • ElShowDeJason
      August 4, 2010

      PERFECTLY WEIGHTED. (pass)
      Cold calm finish.

  10. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    se la perdio. looks like messi is on the bench.

  11. ElShowDeJason
    August 4, 2010

    WTF, they just showed a replay of Messi’s stoic expression.

  12. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    1-1 12 minutes in, for you folks wondering. Yes, I’m up way too early. What’s wrong with us? 😀

    • Miguel
      August 4, 2010

      right? i blame all you barca enablers on this blog.

  13. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    Damn, Ibra. Thug city. Those green shirts make him look HUGE.

  14. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    i’m stoked jonathan is rocking rafa’s #4, not fabs

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      Me too, Miguel. Hope it’s symbolic.

      • Miguel
        August 4, 2010

        then again, i remember jonathan sporting deco’s #20 last pre-season. hope he keeps this one.

    • ElShowDeJason
      August 4, 2010

      I meant to comment on this.
      Nod to Marquez?
      not to Guardiola?
      Claiming the deep-lying Playmaker role?

  15. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    It’s funny how the style is the same, no matter who’s on the field.

  16. y2k156
    August 4, 2010

    For us folks in office, we have to make do with the comments. Hopefully some one will upload the match later on.

  17. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    Pinto, Sergi Roberto, Ibrahimovic, Dos Santos, Milito, Correia, Andrade, Ilie, Oriol, Benja, Sergi Gomez

  18. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    If Oriol is wearing 16, what’s Busquets’ number this season?

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      I mean Ilie. Sorry. Hard to separate the farmers.

    • Jnice
      August 4, 2010

      It’s just preseason numbers. Only the true first teamers have their real numbers.

  19. Whatever
    August 4, 2010

    Pinto is really crazy. He made me laugh a lot.

  20. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    I’m liking the spearmint. I have a long-sleeve home and away for this season. Yes.

  21. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    I guess that Ibrahimovic is getting all of the time to get rid of the off-season weight, eh?

  22. missingpage
    August 4, 2010

    Is it me or is Ibra slightly faster than usual??

  23. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    Milito is awesome. “Get that step over shit outta here.”

  24. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Amazing quality stream *in Spanish*

    *http://www.veemi.com/embed.php?v=barcahd881&vw=512&vh=404&domain=www.futbolarg.com

  25. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    Messi getting loose, not looking happy about it.

  26. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    Here comes Messi….so he finishes off the half, then rests. In for Ilie.

  27. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    Messi’s face: “I would love to be somewhere else right now. Anywhere else.”

  28. JC
    August 4, 2010

    good commentary in english on the official site.

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      Didn’t see who it was who got roasted on that header, but it was ugly.

  29. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Messi’s off at HT. He had the “faster I come on, the faster I come off” vibe goin’ on

    GOL Dong Gook. 2-1

  30. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    dude.

    what a great name, “dong gook.”

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      Little chip that just went wide. Would have sent the crowd home happy.

  31. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    messi! we didn’t pay good money for that.

  32. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Zlatan, what a ball back to Messi! Should have been 2-2!

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      Agreed, Kari. Another underestimated aspect of his game.

  33. Dave
    August 4, 2010

    ibra done well there-hows he playing overall??

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      Some good some okay, Dave. As to be expected at this time of the year.

  34. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    If Messi had scored, that would have been perfect. Then, when we take him off at HT, the crowd’ll be happy.

  35. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    Gol de Messi! Now pull him off and send the fans home.

  36. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Benja with the pass–Messi with the cool slot to the back post. Nice, Messi! Now the fans won’t come at us like rabid….people.

    • Jnice
      August 4, 2010

      It’s Edu Oriol playing, a forward/midfielder, not Oriol Romeu who didn’t get called up because of his involvement with the Spanish U20.

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      Messi: “You make me play, I make you pay. Grrrr!” Two goals in less than three minutes?

  37. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Golaso MESSI! He knows how to make people happy. What a pro.

  38. jordi™
    August 4, 2010

    lol just another day at the office for leo.not in condition to play and two gols

  39. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    shit, i could go to sleep happy right now. almost.

  40. Jnice
    August 4, 2010

    Halftime…

    Okay so, first things first. Pinto, what were you doing out there? Like Ramzi said, keep those tricks up and we may be needing another backup. Ridiculous coming off his line.

    Defense- I didn’t like how vulnerable we looked when the ball was in the air. And that second goal they scored came from a lack of awareness from Sergi Gomez, although I do like the look of him.

    Midfield- Great pass to Ibra from Jonathan. Jonathan had a few loose balls, but overall I thought he did well. I like Sergi Roberto. He is the youngest on the squad right now and you can see his inexperience, but I like the way he moves and gets up and down the field. He could be one to watch out for in a couple of years.

    Illie looked a little stiff, but made the safe passes and credit to him, he played RB last game and midfield in this one.

    Up front, Ibra looked a lot better than last match. Great finish for his goal, a few nice flicks and traps, and a wonderful pass to Messi, which he should have finished.

    Edu Oriol is working hard and isn’t afraid to take people on. Benja has looked decent as well. Messi comes on and scores two goals. Nothing more to say.

    Interested to see Riverola, Vazquez, Fonatas, Muniesa, and maybe some Dalmau in the 2nd.

  41. Kxevin
    August 4, 2010

    Gotta sign off and get ready for work. Have fun, everyone, but something tells me that we’ve already seen the best of what this match is going to offer.

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      Ugh. That Pinto error was nasty, wasn’t it?

    • Kari
      August 4, 2010

      See ya. Jnice 😀 will have download link ready, most likely.

      Just saw the first goal we conceded. W.T.F Pinto? Like flopping Salmon…

  42. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Now, all I need is Cuddly to score and to make it a really really Happy Birthday. Messi’s golaso is enough for me though (how sad is that?)

  43. August 4, 2010

    Sign in crowd: “Messi is winner of winner.” You goddamned know it!

    • Miguel
      August 4, 2010

      truer words have never been put on a banner

  44. August 4, 2010

    So it looks like Benja (my favorite from the Valerenga match) is going to play 90. Hleb doesn’t get to play even though he made the trip?

  45. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Nice D from Nolito? even though it was offside. Me likey….and Muniesa’s on! Anyone know our new line-up?

  46. Helge
    August 4, 2010

    According to Sport, Pep changed all players as he did against Oslo.

    But Thiago doesn’t play… anybody knows why?

    • Kari
      August 4, 2010

      He was in the u-21 tourny and didn’t make it in time for the tour, so he’s not on the squad.

    • jordi™
      August 4, 2010

      None of the under19s are there as far as i know.

    • Kari
      August 4, 2010

      Right, it was the u-19s…

      Too. early.

  47. August 4, 2010

    So, for all of you suggesting the numbers mean anything: they don’t. JDS is 4 because he’s playing the 4 and Márquez isn’t there. I forget who was the 10 before, but obviously that’s not up for grabs. Nolito was 22 before, but is 11 now because Bojan isn’t there and Abidal is. Edu Oriol is 17, but Pedro will get his number back when the season starts.

    Pay no attention whatsoever to the numbers.

    • Kari
      August 4, 2010

      Word.

      Kiddies + Abidal and Keita lookin’ good.

      • August 4, 2010

        Not that Armando is a “kid”…he’s 24.

        CONSPIRACY OF THE DAY: he’s got Guardiola’s agent, that’s why he’s still playing!

        • Kari
          August 4, 2010

          24 eh? Why is it that we have so many players at 24? How come they’re not 25 or 23?

          I SMELL SOMETHING FISHY (and it’s not a fish sandwich).

  48. Lou
    August 4, 2010

    Are Fontas, Vazquez and Hleb on the bench?

  49. JC
    August 4, 2010

    Barca shud have put a clause in the contract, “If Messi scores a hat trick you owe us double the game fee”

  50. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    VicSan has this Blond-Black thing goin’ on with his hair.

    Messi, umm, sitiing. With Maxwell and -didn’tseetheotherperson-. Has Maxwell played today?

  51. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    come on muniesa. anybody want to bet he gets another red card?

  52. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Whoa! That Korean number 10, Lucio, is pretty good. We should sign him. That’ll cater to our Asian fans.

  53. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    when are all of the world cup winners scheduled to be back? i want to see david villa in the mix already.

  54. Lou
    August 4, 2010

    I like that Maxwell is still wearing the Captain’s armband over his training shirt.

    • jordi™
      August 4, 2010

      He probab;y feels stronger like Carles 😀

    • Jnice
      August 4, 2010

      Do you mean Jonathan Soriano because the commentator on mine keeps mixing him up with other people.

      • Jnice
        August 4, 2010

        Nolito is the one with the red boots and he has looked okay to me.

  55. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Streaker fail.

    You do that when Messi is on the pitch.

    Mino, nice save again. Reminds me of a Valdes-Guardiola hybrid in looks.

    • Miguel
      August 4, 2010

      i’ve always wanted to streak during a barca game

  56. August 4, 2010

    VicSan thinks you should shove your loan ideas up your butt AND around the corner.

  57. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    that was pretty, but was it an own goal?

  58. jordi™
    August 4, 2010

    tello nice ball and old man soriano scores

  59. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    I think it was Tello with the pass. Oriol? with the goal

    • Kari
      August 4, 2010

      Okay, the other 24 year old, Soriano. Turn 25 already!

  60. Helge
    August 4, 2010

    Damn, I just have to admit that I love this club more than anything else on this world 😀

  61. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    I want Tello to score, dammit! He’s been awesome.

  62. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    oh man! that should’ve been finished off

  63. Jnice
    August 4, 2010

    What are those free willy noises in the background I hear?

  64. August 4, 2010

    So barcastuff pointed this out on Twitter, but Jonathan Soriano is wearing the the 17 instead of the 7 and Armando is wearing the 27 instead of the 20 because Barça was only allowed to make 11 changes…so we kinda fudged it, huh?

    Why would there be a limit?

  65. jordi™
    August 4, 2010

    I like tello.Poor kid had to be a perico for 2 years.Its alright cristian you’re home now.

  66. August 4, 2010

    Another pitch invader as the game ends 2-5. That guy got decked by that suit.

  67. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    So we kicked the K-League’s ass. The pitch invader goes for Abidal, but is WWE’d to the ground by a dude in a black suit. HA!

    • Miguel
      August 4, 2010

      i think i could i could outrun a security guy in a black suit.

  68. Miguel
    August 4, 2010

    happy b-day again, kari!

    woohoo! sun isn’t even up yet, i gotta be @work in a couple of hours

    • Jnice
      August 4, 2010

      Yeah, hope you have a great day, buddy! 😀

      I’ll send you a Bojan life sized poster thingy.

      • Kari
        August 4, 2010

        Throw in a Messi and it’s deal! 😀

        Thanks, Jnice!

  69. Jnice
    August 4, 2010

    2nd half heated up towards the last 15 minutes.

    Mino was great. Muniesa had some nice interventions, but he made some dumb decisions. Armando… eh. Dalmau, he needs a few more years. Abidal just looked calmer than the rest.

    Keita did his job, Sanchez scored and worked hard, and Riverola with his few touches looked tidy. I really like him.

    Soriano, Nolito, Tello aka all the same person did well. Especially Tello. Don’t know if any of them have futures with the first team, though.

    Fontas and Vazquez are still recovering from injury, so they will probably play in the next match. Hleb… damn.

    • Kari
      August 4, 2010

      Taking Hleb to Asia and then not playing him and letting him accumulate jet lag is the biggest f*ck you without saying it to his face.

      Damn. But we all know what he did to deserve it.

      • Jnice
        August 4, 2010

        Yeah, that was pretty bad. Guess he is going to Sevilla or Tottenham. His agent confirmed interest from both clubs the other day, and said Hleb is interested in them too.

        News not regarding Barca: Stevan Jovetic out for six or seven months with cruciate ligament tear. How terrible is that? Awful news for him and Fiorentina.

        If Keirrison was still there, I’m guessing he would have gotten more time.

        • Kari
          August 4, 2010

          Good riddance, I say. Hleb will never win me back! Never! 😀

          — 6-7 MONTHS?! That totally sucks for Jovetic. He had an amazing season for Fiorentina, too 🙁

          I dunno if Keirrison would have gotten more time; teams seem to find ways to keep him on the bench.

          Man! Just thinking about Keirrison and his situation makes me sad. 🙁

    • jordi™
      August 4, 2010

      Only tello of 3 does probably.He replaced gai this year, who btw i think failed blackburn rovers trial.Ayway 9 am, time for bed :D.My eye twitched ..:(

      • Jnice
        August 4, 2010

        And now apparently he might be off to City. Is he dumb or what?

        Yeah 9am for me too and I’ve been up for almost 24 hours… it’s my bedtime as well.

        I’ll post the links to the match when I see them.

      • Helge
        August 4, 2010

        Well, I’ve heard that Gai cancelled the trial on his own because he sees himself at a bigger club.

        • Kxevin
          August 4, 2010

          Assulin is a little shit, it sounds like. The new Gio Dos Santos?

          • Helge
            August 4, 2010

            Well, if he joins Tottenham Hotspurs, that’ll be hard to deny 🙂

          • Miguel
            August 4, 2010

            to be fair, giovanni atleast made it into the first team. he’s more like fab meets gio, minus the talent. he still has time to turn into “the one that got away”, though.

            what the HELL am i doing @work right now?

  70. Lou
    August 4, 2010

    Mino looked really good. To be fair he had a lot more to do than Pinto in the first half, but some of those saves were excellent.

  71. Colby
    August 4, 2010

    Kevin, you mentioned you got long-sleeved home and away. Did you buy those from kitbag or did the official European store work for you? I’m under the impression that it doesn’t work for people in the U.S. but maybe I am misremembering.

    • Kxevin
      August 4, 2010

      Kitbag. I’ve been corresponding with OAB and the U.S. shop about a) not having the U.S. shop be so insufferably shitty and b) why the hell don’t we get the soci discount at the U.S. shop?

      I used to have an account manager at Kitbag who would handle my order and give me the 10% soci discount, but he’s gone now. But the fcbarcelonashopusa.com is a living, breathing joke, which I have told them via e-mail as well as via telephone.

      Usually, I just stock up at the Botiga during my annual trip(s), but I might not be able to go this year, hence the mail order.

      • Barcamancini
        August 4, 2010

        Yeah!! Why the hell is the US shop so much shittier than the Europe/Other Countries shop? I was looking everywhere for a Barca tie, so I can be all supportive in my business attire and was having no luck. Then I clicked on the Euro section and boom, I had several different options. It’s silly.

        • Kxevin
          August 4, 2010

          @Sirius: Yep. Not sure why, but I also ride in long sleeves. Weird.

          @Barcamancini: It’s an ongoing frustration of mine. And when you order from the official shop with a U.S. address, it says that they can’t ship to that country. This is, of course, because they want you to patronize the crappy North American shop.

  72. Kari
    August 4, 2010

    Highlights

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trpqsU3Ineo

  73. Stephen
    August 4, 2010

    Ibrah !!!!! he played well, i liked it.

  74. Alex
    August 4, 2010

    *http://www.tvpredictions.com/dchannel080410.htm

    • theMaginator (tutomate)
      August 4, 2010

      thanks Alex.I was waiting.I called them on Monday and toldme they had no idea what a was talking about. surprise surprise

      • Alex
        August 4, 2010

        Ya, I just called them to see what package was necessary. Apparently the HD pack isn’t enough, you need the sports pack plus the HD pack to get it. Hopefully FSC HD gets added soon as well.

  75. Mango
    August 4, 2010

    Hey guys! Although this isn’t a torrent-site i still feel urged to ask because i would really love to see this game. I’m looking for a copy of the it as i cannot find one. Would really appreciate your help 🙂

    Regards.

    Mango

    • Jnice
      August 4, 2010

      All there is right now…

      1st Half:

      *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0FHSWAC3
      *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=F9QLP6FZ
      *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XW53EYRE
      *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YX2RECAV

      2nd Half

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      *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6KIEXLOG
      *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SZJKUNSY

      Credit to siscopes1 @ rojadirecta.com

      • Mango
        August 4, 2010

        Thanks again Jnice! I really appreciate it! 🙂

        Tell me, how does one find similiar games from the megaupload site?

        //Mango

        • Jnice
          August 4, 2010

          You don’t find them from the hoster sites, but from fbtz.com or rojadirecta.com

          Another one

          1st half:

          *http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NZOMH0D4

          2nd half

          *http://www.rojadirecta.org/goto/www.megaupload.com/?d=VXBM7KK2

          Credit to yosinocoupe on rojadirecta.com

          This is the better option.

  76. Alex
    August 4, 2010

    FYI to everyone looking for download of games:

    *www.rojadirecta.com always has downloads of the games usually 10-20 minutes after the games is over.

    • Mango
      August 4, 2010

      Ahaa, good to know Alex (Y). Thank you! 😉

      //Mango

  77. Alex
    August 4, 2010

    Anybody know if tonights EE games is gonna be on normal TV, or do I have to stream it?

    Thanks.

    • Jnice
      August 4, 2010

      Depends what country you are in? USA? If so, I think you may have to stream it.

        • Kxevin
          August 5, 2010

          The EE match is indeed on TV. One more symbol of life’s unfairness. We have to stream, they can just DVR.

  78. Jnice
    August 4, 2010

    BTW, although it looked like Maxwell was wearing the capatain’s armband on his sleeve while on the bench, it turns out that those blueshirts are made with one on the sleeve. It makes sense because Milito was the captain in the first half anyway, not Maxwell.

    Ibra with the shirt: *http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/Galeries/futbol/temporada10-11/08/partits/fcb-kleague/2010-08-04_PARTIDO_29.JPG

    I want one.

    • Lou
      August 4, 2010

      Ah cool, I was wondering about that.

      Barcelona never wears kits that have any black or white though, right? I assume that is so that they never wear anything even remotely similar to Real Madrid colours.

  79. tyler
    August 4, 2010

    Man, I am loving the Ibra goal. I hope we see a lot more like that from him this season. A perfectly timed diagonal run receiving a pass from the middle of the field, followed by an easy confident finish. I love Ibra, but sometimes he forgets to do the ‘easy’ play which is sometimes the most effective play. I think with plays like this from Ibra, our front three is going to be so deadly.

    • ElShowDeJason
      August 5, 2010

      yeah, but when has Xavi set him up like that?
      If he isn’t playing simple enough, maybe it’s because Xavi isn’t playing him on the simple runs.

      • tyler
        August 5, 2010

        Xavi simply does not make mistakes. If Xavi isn’t playing him on the simple runs it’s because Xavi plays ten minutes into the future, he already saw Ibra wasn’t going to make the run.

        • ElShowDeJason
          August 5, 2010

          :-/

          I honestly think that despite Ibra’s great season, it could have been better had Messi and Xavi played him smarter.

      • Jnice
        August 5, 2010

        Like I said last season, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets were too hesistant to play that ball Jonathan played at times. People would point to Ibra being offsides a lot, but ignore the fact that Ibra was begging for the ball Jonathan played only to be ignored and eventually stray offside. That happened SO many times from our top passers. Let’s hope this season is different and both parties adjust to one another even more.

          • Kxevin
            August 5, 2010

            This discussion watms my heart. Because part of why our system is so difficult is not only the pressure of expectation, but it’s front-loaded. If something doesn’t happen right, it’s the new guy’s fault.

            When I dared to suggest last season that our passers weren’t doing what they should have been with Ibrahimovic, I was excoriated. “How dare you. Xavi is perfect. It’s Ibra’s fault.”

            But sometimes kids don’t know any better, so they think “Why not make that simple pass,” and voila. We all see something. Sometimes, simplicity is best. Give your big stud the ball.

        • Jim
          August 5, 2010

          Oh on. Here we go again. Let’s leave last season to history and judge Ibra on how he plays this. It’s close enough now. I can accept that it takes a new player time to fit in but to extend that to Ibra struggled because Messi, Xavi and Iniesta weren’t up for passing to him is quite frankly ludicrous, imo.

          Bottom line is still that if Ibra wants to stay he will have to learn to fit into our system which will not change to accomodate him – nor would I want it to. He’ll have to learn to pressure defences, not expect so much time in the box, attack cross balls, time his runs better . ..

          I think Kxevin is right to an extent in that we did suffer from a strong presence on the left which we will have this year ( no doubt, btw, Villa will have the same problem of the triumvirate not passing to him). That should help the team as a whole and the prospect is certainly one I’m looking forward to.

          Sorry, didn’t mean to go on but we have exhausted this one and need some new evidence. Those who believe he had a good first season will always believe that; I don’t. That doesn’t mean he won’t excel next or that I don’t want to him to succeed. He’s a Barcelona player and I want him scoring goals and adding to our beautiful way of playing.

  80. Jnice
    August 5, 2010

    Del Bosque has called up all the Barça players who played in the WC except Iniesta. I don’t like that man.

    • Lou
      August 5, 2010

      At least he called up Navas too.

      I wouldn’t be that annoyed except that Spain has another friendly in Argentina in early September. So that’s two long journeys to play friendlies in one month, at the beginning of the season. Couldn’t they work out some kind of deal where half the WC squad plays against Argentina and half plays against Mexico? It’s not like Spain has issues with lack of depth. There are lots of players that deserve a look.

    • Kari
      August 5, 2010

      Vincent of the Forest can kiss my a**.

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