Happy Labor Day Weekend

It’s the beginning of a long weekend here in the United States, so I thought I’d honor one of last year’s winners with all I have to muster on this hot, humid, hurricane-filled day. Helge won the Table Prediction Challenge last year and I promised him some accolades. Here they are, all rolled into one, only like 81 months late.

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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.

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  1. ooga aga
    September 3, 2010

    once there was a man named isaiah
    handsome and tasty like grammas paella
    he knew how to rhyme, he knew how to flow
    he remind me a bit of a young kurtis blow

  2. GREECE BARCA
    September 3, 2010

    the assist for belarus goal was by hleb.s brother not the original..

  3. Kari
    September 3, 2010

    Hahaha!

    Congrats Helge! You weren’t another Hleb.

    Poor Kxevin. His France got Hlebbed 🙁 Blanc has his work cut out for him…

    • Kxevin
      September 3, 2010

      We got Hlebbed, but it wasn’t even Hleb. I mean it was, but it wasn’t. Um …. wait. See, it was Vyatcheslav, not Aleksandr. So the question of the day would be: Is Hlebbing familial?

        • Kari
          September 3, 2010

          The modern science of Hlebbing Genetics, which seeks to understand the process of inheritance of Hlebbing , only began with the work of Gregor Mendel in the mid-nineteenth century. Although he did not know the physical basis for heredity, Mendel observed that organisms inherit traits via discrete units of inheritance, which are now called H genes.

          H(leb) genes correspond to regions within DNA, a molecule composed of a chain of four different types of nucleotides—H (hlebenine),L (lebthemine), E (ebtosine), B (buanine) the sequence of these nucleotides is the genetic information organisms inherit. DNA naturally occurs in a double stranded form, with nucleotides on each strand complementary to each other. Each strand can act as a template for creating a new partner strand—this is the physical method for making copies of H genes that can be inherited.

          • Eklavya
            September 4, 2010

            Proof that getting Hlebbed is hereditary:

            *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikXllFJ4UVA&feature=related

          • blitzen
            September 4, 2010

            I am in awe. This is why I keep coming back to this blog. 🙂

          • Kxevin
            September 4, 2010

            Lordy, it gets even WORSE! Hleb scored, with an assist from Hleb!

            I need some quiet time now. This is all too much for me to take.

  4. GREECE BARCA
    September 3, 2010

    haha maybe we have to buy that other hleb some day!who knows,maybe he play for us better than the alexander!

  5. Diego S.
    September 3, 2010

    There once was a rapping tomato
    That’s right I said rapping tomato
    He rapped all day from April to May
    And Also, Guess What? It was me.

  6. aULD sUPER
    September 4, 2010

    I think international football needs to be done away with. It is brutal and gets in the way of good league and European games. I was watching the Ireland game yesterday and couldn’t help thinking that there is no Barca game this weekend because of this rubbish and god was it rubbish. Most of the Barcelona team are off to Argentina next to play a friendly, ARGENTINA for christ sake ! We had one league game and then this and there are more in October. It has to go.

    • Ryan
      September 4, 2010

      It would just be Spain’s luck that they finally get going with winning trophies and then international football was done away with!

      • aULD sUPER
        September 4, 2010

        It be true, but I still think it’s a waste of time.

  7. poipoi
    September 4, 2010

    zaugg, lietchestein coach: “it was so impressive how spain played. I think football can’t be played in a better way. They are the reflection of perfection…()… I am very thankful that they came here to play with all of their players.”

    the rival wasa bad we kicked so much ass yesterday I was completely hipnotized.

    what torres, villa and iniesta did yesterday is what I say we can do in Barça, I think it will even work better:
    1.iker
    2.ramos-4.pique-5.marchena-3.capdevila
    ——-6.sergio.fucking.busquets——
    -7.xavi.hernandez——-8.xabi.alonso-
    —-10.iniesta.rules.he.plays.free—-
    ——11.torres———9.villa——-

    where iniesta may count as a winger but he really is a 10, he played really well there yesterday. villa and torres are two 9’s that can fall to the wing whenever they want.

    FCB:

    1.valdes
    2.alves-4.puyi-5.pique-3.abidal
    ———6.busquets————
    —–7.xavi———8.keita—-
    ———10.iniesta————
    —–11.messi—9.villa——–

    so there’s xaviniesta and keita also, same thing as in spain if the coach respects the hierarchy pedro! goes out, the season is long and p! is young 😀

    • Euler
      September 4, 2010

      Formations are secondary with teams like these as what matters is the dynamics.

      Against Racing, in both halves, it was the player on the RW for Barca that had the most freedom in his role. Iniesta on the “right wing” was already playing a free role. Look at where Iniesta scored his goal from (he was in the middle-left). And also, right from the beginning of the game with Messi’s first goal – look at where Iniesta was positioned to receive that pass from Xavi and from where he provided the through ball to Messi for the goal – he was in the center of the pitch.

      Part of what was so interesting tactically in that match was how Barca implemented a player on the wing with a free role along with a false 9 in Messi who while not having a completely free role had a great deal of leeway with movement. Especially dropping very deep.

      In the second half when Messi moved to “right wing” he again occupied the role with the greatest freedom on the teams.

      In essence the right wing position in Pep’s system against Racing was the “10” spot.

      Spain played very well yesterday – especially defensively. Lichtenstein is awful however. One of Spain’s recurring problems however is their lack of width. This is part of the trade off you make when you give Iniesta (or Silva) high degrees of freedom to move centrally, especially when one full back is Capdeilla.

      It makes them easier to defend then they should be. That’s a major reason why they scored the fewest goals of any World Cup champion. It’s very clear how best to play Spain defensively. Maintain shape by remaining compact and narrow. Spain can struggle to break teams down because they don’t have Messi to rely on and they don’t utilize width enough. It makes staying narrow defensively easier than it should and negates Spain’s brilliant ball movement and passing more than the opposition should be able to.

      • poipoi
        September 4, 2010

        I think del bosque really respects the hierarchy but don’t know about pep, all I know after two years is keita always plays 😀 😀 😀 I feel like xavi iniesta keita messi villa have to play in the big games, and I founded the non-existant AINOW comittee (Andres-Is-Not-A-Winger). I now think that is the best position for iniesta in a team that has not 10 like maradona zidane or riquelme, knowing that keita always plays. The dynamics in attack come the players and iniesta rules the game while messi and villa are goal seekers, the predators. You still have xavi and TWO hard mids to keep things under control defensively. What is key IMO is villa, as incisive as messi and playing changed-foot, so it leaves everything symmetric. messi left footed in the right villa right footed in the left, and they are self-sufficient… both can play like 9 and winger. xavi and keita have the obligation to defend (one more than hte other) iniesta is more free and recuperates the 10 position for barcelona. yay!!!

        btw… swap keita for masche and FCB with the biggest doble pivote ever + xaviniesta 😀 we rock

        • poipoi
          September 4, 2010

          sorry… so if messi and villa can be considered symmetrical, iniesta back in the middle is a dream come true, and even it’s better if in the formation it’s still a 4-3-3 and he’s the “winger”

          • poipoi
            September 4, 2010

            and leave the crosses for the LB and RB! 😀 we have sorta two def mids to take care of “coverturas”, the other team’s players

        • Euler
          September 4, 2010

          I founded the non-existant AINOW comittee (Andres-Is-Not-A-Winger). I now think that is the best position for iniesta in a team that has not 10 like maradona zidane or riquelme, knowing that keita always plays

          Pep does a good job of recognizing and balancing the need for strong defensive play alongside attack. That’s part of why Keita and his skill set are important.

          With Iniesta on the wing – it just speaks to how the game has changed. Look at it this way. If most teams are going to play a 4-2-3-1 with two defensive holding players why would you want to play both Xavi and Iniesta in the center of the pitch? It just makes marking them easier in many ways.

          By playing Iniesta on the RW not only do you get him away from the other teams “destroyer” you also put pressure on the other team’s left back. He will be more cautious making his own forward runs if he knows he has to mark a player of Iniesta’s quality who is deadly with time and space on the ball.

          The trick to making this all work though is Iniesta (and Villa’s) tactical discipline. They can’t just keep drifting to the middle all of the time because then Barca could wind up like Spain vs. Switzerland – a team with no width that becomes much, much easier to defend. Same thing for Villa on the LW. Though, I’ve been very impressed with Villa’s discipline when on the LW. He does well staying wide until he receives the ball and then looks to cut in.

          This is also why Dani Alves is so critical for Barca. When Messi or Iniesta move off the RW to the center Alves is literally Barca’s entire right flank. He is one of the few players in the world who can do that successfully.

          On the whole though, Andres needs to be very tactically disciplined on when to stay wide and when to utilize the freedom he’s been given by Pep to be a modern 10 on the RW.

          • poipoi
            September 4, 2010

            … AINAW … lol

            true about the LBand now with maxwell and adriano now in the left flank too (if pep wants)

  8. Jnice
    September 4, 2010

    Nice interview of Pique in English with Graham Hunter (thanks to barcastuff)

    *http://sport.stv.tv/sports-centre/big-feature/195676-pique-sir-alex-ferguson-was-like-a-second-father-to-me/

  9. Kxevin
    September 4, 2010

    The players had a few days off, but Keiteeee hit the Camp Nou to train anyway. Man, that dude just knocks me out. He understands.

  10. Jnice
    September 4, 2010

    barcastuff: little note: because of time problems, we will have to stop with our 24/7 barça news stream. we will continue with the match tweets though.

    That’s a shame.

      • Kxevin
        September 4, 2010

        Unfortunate, that. But that’s the problem of doing this stuff. It’s a labor of love that runs pell-mell into chronological reality. Having the team that we have now, with SoMa, The Queen, Luke and Euler means that none of us are killing ourselves to create posts, cover news that matters and do match previews/reviews. It was, frankly, wearing me down last season, what with wife, life, cycling and then this. We do it because we love it, but it gets hard sometimes.

        Hats off to Pep for recognizing that, and trying to find a way to keep doing the great work that he does.

        I would also encourage everyone to look around for things that are interesting, and post them in the comments spaces. We (as in the family, vs the blog team) often have things just as quickly as anyone else does. I rather like that.

        • Kxevin
          September 4, 2010

          And lest I forget, he isn’t part of the blog team per se, but vicsoc8 runs LiveBlogs, which are an essential part of our matchdays, and every bit as important to the health and vitality of this space as match reviews of previews, in that people would reallyreallyreallyreally notice if we didn’t do them. Hats off to another hard-working member of the family.

          • Kari
            September 4, 2010

            Diito on vicsoc, Kxevin! Thanks for the LiveBlogs.

          • cliveee
            September 4, 2010

            absolutely, liveblog adds so much more colors to this space. because its an immediate share of love and emotions. hats off to the TEAM!

    • Jnice
      September 4, 2010

      Every Tuesday, but not this Tuesday because of the international break.

    • Kari
      September 4, 2010

      I think it airs every Tues. in England (dunno if they air during International break, though). Jnice said before that it’s up on fbtz on Wednesdays and that he’ll post them when they come on the site.

  11. Kxevin
    September 4, 2010

    So. Finally caught up with France/Belarus. Man, Les Bleus were all over them, with scores of excellent chances. As Blanc has said, we lack a goal scorer. Malouda looks so good with Chelsea because he’s playing off Anelka and Drogba. You could see so many good runs that just lacked that target at the end of it. Not sure what the future is yet, but there is shape, style and more importantly committment and energy.

    Having said that, Hleb Sr. looked pretty damned good when Belarus had the ball. I still wonder why we were so committed to getting rid of him, but Guardiola knows best. He reminded me of an Iniesta the way he runs at defenders with the ball, maintaining control throughout. No, he obviously isn’t Ghostface, but still. I don’t think he got a fair hearing with us, and he screwed himself out of one. Kinda too bad. If only he’d been more like Keita, I think he’d still be in the colors.

    • poipoi
      September 4, 2010

      he also reminded me of iniesta, in arsenal when the times I saw him… the way he handles with both feet. don’t know what happened either

      • Jnice
        September 4, 2010

        I used to watch Arsenal just to watch Hleb. Was over the moon when we signed him. Seems so long ago.

  12. mei
    September 4, 2010

    Guys , you should consider “expanding” this community , volunteers will be willing to help for sure.
    I havent been following this space for a long time , but even in this short amount of time i got the sense that this place has grown considerably.
    Growth doenst necessarily mean urge for doing things in a faster and wider capacity .
    It could also mean that some people may be willing to take care of things that take over some of your valuable time , like editing etc.

    I believe there is a considerable amount of people that understands the quality that this blog provides, appreciates it and is willing to contribute in any way that it is possible.
    Just a thought!

  13. barca96
    September 4, 2010

    Damn it!! Once again pep leaves us (transfers and election blog).

    Why would any Barca fan believe the BS.com report as we all know that Keiteee is Pep’s favorite player.

    Btw, I don’t really rate Keita highly against racing. He kept giving the ball cheaply away.

    Kxevin, completely off-topic. What are the single gear bikes called? I feel like getting one too since I only use 1 speed. Are these kind of bikes cheaper than the 7 or 8 gear bikes?
    But on which gear would the single gear bikes be? Can we adjust the chain like we do on bikes(superbikes)?

    Many thanks in advance

    • Vj
      September 5, 2010

      Its a 24×7 job, especially with Pep(the guy is almost as dedicated as Josep).. don’t forget that he has a life too..

      Besides, there isn’t much reporting to do once the silly season closes.. I think he’ll be back again.. he always does..

  14. Luna
    September 4, 2010

    Just saw Henry with the Red Bulls. It depressed me.//:-(

  15. cliveee
    September 4, 2010

    We are not used to giving second chances. We are not used to because we cannot afford. You play for us, you keep your position on the team by playing well. You work hard to fight for the spot, maintain at the level we demand, even as a squad player. If you screw up, you are out. We are talking about the maximum pressure among all the spoiled press and fans in the footballing world. One mistake, and you are questioned. More mistakes, you are benched. A season of disappointment is about the end of the contract.

    Dinho had his prime, once its gone, he is gone. Eto’o a hero to us too, but acting up get you out of the club. Ibra performed, did what was asked of him, but deep down, we see why ego is still an issue to top player’s performance. It’s rooted in you, the second year will be the same. The second chance will be the same. Caceres screwed up a couple of times, same goes for Chygrynsky. All finances talks aside, they are gone. Hleb is no exception, whatsoever. Be an ass all you want, but you kill your chance of staying with us, even as a squad player.

    Is there really room for a second chance? Do we actually do long term investment that has no immediate results? Can the coaching staff convince people that “screwing up is just part of this great long-term investment, we need this player in the club for the years to come”? To hell with all the selective memories, personal preferences, excuses of the club finance, numbers and statistics that are variables of different interpretations, we all live with them. It happens, in every moment, in everyone, all happening under the same white sun. Under such pressured environment where all the eyes and the brain in that same head are being extremely critical, it makes it so hard, so hard to find reasons (excuses) to players that had screwed up.

    No surprise here, this will be the most important season for Bojan, because he had enjoyed a lot of chances due to his young age. but to still see him stay with us playing poorly is just not the trend in our business. Alves can be benched if Adriano or Maxwell continue to impress. Puyol won’t start automatically, which is predicted.

    Second chances are luxury for small clubs. As for us, we keep on rolling and become bigger and bigger.

  16. September 5, 2010

    What really pisses me off right now is that we are not giving a chance to Kerrison. The boy needs to be our 3rd center forward and get a year or so training with our first team to see if it will work. If he never gets a chance to play AT barca than his will go down as the worst signing in barca history, how can we sign a young striker with more skill and as much hype as a pre EE Benzema and never let him wear la Blaugrana. How a player preforms while on loan is not necessarily indicative of how said player will preform in our system. Until he is given a chance, we have no idea if he will be the next Pedro or Hleb. Here is hoping for the former

    • majatt
      September 5, 2010

      Totally agreed, he is just one system of a very odd transfer policy over the last 2 years.

  17. Clue(less) John
    September 5, 2010

    O.k guys, I have been thinking about ours supposed lack of depth up front and I tend to agree with those who believe that we need to make some additions to to our attacking trident, especially after the loss of Ibra and our clubs non commitment to seeing the Kerrison and Hleb projects come to fruition. Having said all of this I think We need to take a look around this January for a player who can help fill our needs up front. Most importantly, the disastrous outcomes of some of our last few transfers (incoming and outgoing), has hopefully taught both our president and coaching staff, that we must be absolutely rigorous, as well as financially savvy in any future negotiations.

    The

  18. Clue(less) John
    September 5, 2010

         O.k guys, I have been thinking about ours supposed lack of depth up front and I tend to agree with those who believe that we need to make some additions to to our attacking trident, especially after the loss of Ibra and our clubs non commitment to seeing the Kerrison and Hleb projects come to fruition. Having said all of this I think We need to take a look around this January for a player who can help fill our needs up front. Most importantly, the disastrous outcomes of some of our last few transfers (incoming and outgoing), has hopefully taught both our president and coaching staff, that we must be absolutely rigorous, as well as financially savvy in any future negotiations.

    First and foremost, we are NOT Real Madrid, we do make reactionary purchases, there is no need for Sandro or Pep to flaunt their teststicular fortitude by making one or two huge signings to replace the Ibra catastrophy (cough.. Cesc cough cough…Torres). Instead it is my contention that we need to focus on signing a player who is, young, versatile and posses enough flair and grace on the ball to gel in our system. All of this must be done in a financially responsible way  which ensures that the era we are entering is one of sporting success and fiscal profitability.

    So without further adu, I’d like to introduce you to my idea. Of Barcelona’s perfect player, Douglas Costa**.

    **Mind you, Costa is just my personal choice for a winter addition, by no means do I think that he is the perfect player, nor do I think that he is the only piece we may need. My argument lays soley in the fact that Costa is a solid player who’s services we could obtain at a reasonable price. We cannot, nor should we pay inflated prices for players, who WANT to play for the best team in the history of club football! 

    In what would be considered grand larceny in these 50 states that I live in, Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk bypassed the 20 milliod dollar buyout clause that Brazillian side Gremio placed on his head, and agreed to a fee of 6 million euros for the Brzil U-20 international. Before signing for Shakhtar, Costa garnered interest from  England’s big four as well as Real Madrid and our very own Blaugrana. 

    At only 20 years old, and Brazilian, Costa has been labeled back home as the next Roni for his tremendous flair with the ball at his feet. His awareness and positional sense seem outstanding for his age and coaches and scouts say he can play four positions on the field, both wings and both attacking midfield positions in a 4-3-3.  

    Like a steak, Costa is being marinated in the lower levels of Europe before hitting the big time with whatever club will be able to woo the playmaker. Unlike Neymar, who will leave the Brazilian leagues for the shiny lights of top flight European football, Costa is doing the right thing by using the Ukrainian league as a Triple A of sorts, in order to prepare for what lies ahead. Neymar, Brazils newest, brightest star is said to have rejected a 25€ million move to Chelsea in order to stay at Santos, a noble decision, but will Neymar face the same competition at Santos that Costa is facing in the Ukrainian? Will the fact that Costa has already (successfully) adapted to life in European football prove invaluable in the players mental development, making him more valuable in the eyes of European suitors? Only time will tell. 

    Why in the he’ll is lil’ old Douglas Costa a viable option for a team like Barcelona?

    A. Jefferen, Gio and Gai.
    —— playing for Barcelona is difficult enough, and capitalizing on others failures is not always the ideal way to make a team, but aside form the phenomenon that has been P!, Barcelona have not produced a reliable  young wing player since Messi, instead opting to spend money on players such as Henry (converted winger) and Villa (yet to see where he will play). With Ga and Gio’s failure total to land spots on the big boy team and Jefferen’s inability to impress,, it is clear that the team could be in the market for a versatile winger/badass.

    B. Sandro and his Brazilians (cheap)

    ——-We all know fearless leader has an affinity for the samba kings (see ‘dino signing), add that to the fact that we could probably scoop him for 12€-15€ million, makes him the perfect signing. Let Sandro bring someone in with enough flair to capture the attention of the Nou Camp faithful, while at the same time showing off hoe fiscally aware he can be. * for all the crap that Sandro brings with him, and trust me, it’s a lot. He does seem he’ll bent on assuring that the club will be financially sound, and shrewd moves like this could show he means business.

    C. Sporting reasons.
    ——- Simply put the kid can play, eight goals in 20 appearances for Shaktar last season, his first in a country in which he is oblivious to the language, customs and game speed, is a sure sign of the positives to come. His work rate down the flanks reminds me of Man U’s Antonio Valencia, with the imagination of Juve’s Diego (when he was good). He handles the ball with the trickery of a young Roni, all while crossing like Dani Alves. And off all that was not good enough, the kid has a nose for goal, his goal tally will never reach Messi like numbers, but 15 a year from a utility guy who can play all over the field and eventually be the first or second sub off the bench is fairly impressive.

    Verdict.

    I  not a scout, but if I was I would tell my staff to snatch this kid up asap. Bring him in next summer for Hleb plus €8 million or offer €13.5 cash and a year or two from now you have yourself the next Ribery… Minus the whole paying for sex thing.

      • Eklavya
        September 5, 2010

        Yeah, but I’d only take him if Robbie Keane got an career ending injury or something. The dude’s *quality* ! 😀

    • Hilal
      September 5, 2010

      Having never heard of Costa I looked him up on youtube after reading your post. I have to say I am impressed…

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DeTya7ON4Q

      • Diego S.
        September 5, 2010

        He looks pretty talented but Will he Fit in our System or Not ?

        • September 5, 2010

          That’s the thing, I think he will fit in our system, but the idea of the transfer it, that he is cheap enough to take a risk on. Instead of continuing our policy of “buy high and sell cheap”, we need to start buying younger players with high upsides that come cheap. Instead of buying European elites, we need to start signing players based on potential, even if it take grooming them in Barca B for a year.

  19. sab
    September 5, 2010

    off topic?

    have any1 heard of latest ROONEY GATE SCANDAL

  20. sab
    September 5, 2010

    can anyone translate the interview of xavi and andres published in sports?i translated it via GOOGLE.but still has lots of trouble understanding it

    • DontPanic
      September 5, 2010

      *http://www.barcaforum.com/showthread.php/5655-Xavi-and-Iniesta-head-to-head-chat

      • blitzen
        September 5, 2010

        But that translation leaves out the bit where Xavi teases Andres about his bathing suit! This is what the Yahoo babel Fish makes of it:

        X: It hears, me has arrived a small bird that has said to me that cachondeo east has been much summer with the photos of your bathing suit. It is truth?

        I: It dresses the photos?

        X: No.

        I: To then it put one me like any other. Apparently there was people to whom it did not like.

        X: Why?

        I: Ah! I do not know. For me it was a precious bathing suit, but already one knows that for tastes, colors.

        And here is the link to the original article in Spanish:

        http://sport.es/default.asp?idpublicacio_PK=44&idioma=CAS&idnoticia_PK=725414&idseccio_PK=803

  21. Philo Barca
    September 5, 2010

    Marca going after Laporta for “corrupt” spending. It’s a mixture of pretty weak sauce and stuff we already knew (open accounts @ night clubs, private plane rentals and special gifts for the players, etc.). Will be interesting to see whether Rosell jumps on this publically or not.

  22. Diego S.
    September 5, 2010

    Barcelona B vs Xerez at 19GMT .. which is 2 hours and a Half away from now ..

    Hope We See More Thiago .. that should make Jnice and Jordi happy for awhile 😀

    • Kari
      September 5, 2010

      And me! Me too! Don’t forget about me! I love Thiago too! Acknowledge meeeee—

      Ahem.

      I will be viewing that match at a later time. Hopefully, Thiago Alcantara has an awesome game.

    • Jnice
      September 5, 2010

      It will, but too bad Thiago can’t play since he is with Spain U21s. Sergi Roberto will probably start.

    • jordi™
      September 5, 2010

      Thiago’s still with the sub21 :(.Not that im keeping mental checks or anything…

  23. JC
    September 5, 2010

    What a boring weekend? I guess we have FIFA to blame for that.

  24. JC
    September 5, 2010

    thanks for the update Diego. Anyone got links to the game? even crappy links will do, that’s how desperate I am to watch some footy…

  25. Kari
    September 5, 2010

    Fastest man in the world, strong, can jump high, average football ability. He’d fit right in the EPL

    *http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2010/09/05/2104302/track-and-field-phenomenon-usain-bolt-eyeing-football-career

  26. Jnice
    September 5, 2010

    Barcelona B line-up: Oier, Montoya, Sergi Gomez, Fontas, Muniesa, Sergi Roberto, Romeu, Jonathan, Carmona, Soriano, Nolito.

    I knew Sergi Roberto would start. And Benja looked poor last week, so no surprise Carmona is starting ahead of him.

    Muniesta starts in place of Planas, who last week looked like he picked up an injury. And Sergi Gomez ahead of Bartra who was exposed time and time again last week.

    Should be an interesting match, considering Xerez was in the 1st div last season. It’s about to be a bunch of grown men versus kids.

    • Jnice
      September 5, 2010

      Oh and Oier for Mino since he is with the U21s (but he was amazing last week).

  27. Jnice
    September 5, 2010

    Give and go between Nolito and Soriano, and Soriano scores. Quick start.

  28. Roz
    September 5, 2010

    Quick question.Can Barca B get promoted to the top division or they just stay in the 2nd tier?

    • Kari
      September 5, 2010

      Stay in the second tier, because we play in the Primera Division and an A team and B team can’t be in the same competition.

  29. JC
    September 5, 2010

    Roz,
    Barca B can get promoted to the top div, if Barca A get relegated.

    • Vj
      September 5, 2010

      Nope, then if Barca A get relegated from Primera, Barca B get relegated from Segunda..

    • cliveee
      September 5, 2010

      lol, its like we will have double lifeline that we don’t need. sell it to malaga or hercules.

  30. Helge
    September 5, 2010

    Why are there just a few spectators in el Miniestadi? It looks like it’s not even half filled. That’s really a shame…
    but at least the atmosphere is great, lots of fan chants. But why did they sing “José Mourinho, José Mourinho, José Mourinho” (Stamford Bridge style)? I can’t see a connection there.

  31. Roz
    September 5, 2010

    Thank you JC. For some reason I dont see that happening in the near future though.

  32. Helge
    September 5, 2010

    Oh, and thanks for finalizing my price, Queen Elizabeth.

    I simply imagine that the guy on the ground is Crynaldo and it makes me smile brightly 😀

  33. Jnice
    September 5, 2010

    *http://www.atdhe.net/23606/watch-barcelona-b-vs-deportivo-xerez

    For anyone who wants to watch.

    Barça B playing really well. Especially JDS and Nolito.

  34. Jnice
    September 5, 2010

    1-1 Bermejo equalizes. Golazo liked he scored on us last season. We should have cleared it, but tried to dribble out. We should be up by a couple right now, but this is what happens.

    • Jnice
      September 5, 2010

      Didn’t he score like that on us last season, when we were home? I’m almost certain.

      Well anyway, great goal, but we had the chance to clear, but someone (Sergi Roberto?) decided it would be better to try and dribble out of trouble and we got punished.

      • romario
        September 5, 2010

        yeah it was him xD

        dammit poor decision from sergi..a totally undeserved equalizer.

  35. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Hey, here’s a scary thought: Is anybody ready for the Iniesta that I watched (admittedly, late) yesterday? He was astounding in that match vs Liechtenstein. Granted, it was Liechtenstein, but if that’s our Iniesta, this really is going to be a great season. There is a power in his game now, and a decisiveness that make him a much more dangerous player. Wow.

    Oh, and one hell of a golazo by Villa. I daresay that if our luck with injuries can remain, this is going to be an amazing club this season. Amazing.

    And I don’t know if I read during the effusion dropped during that match, how amazing Xavi was. To watch him is to love him.

    • Diego S.
      September 5, 2010

      Since Iniesta came back from the world cup .. He Sometimes actually choose to SHOOT

    • blitzen
      September 5, 2010

      I didn’t even think it was Iniesta’s best game, but he was still brilliant. He just looks so strong and confident right now.

      In that interview he and Xavi did they talk about how perfectly Villa fits into the team, both with creating space and providing assists. Now we just need to see how Mascherano works with everyone, and we are all set for an amazing season!

    • Jim
      September 5, 2010

      To be fair it was only Lichtenstein. They still have to face Scotland 🙂

  36. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Wow. Should have done better with that shot. Romeu and Fontas look really good. Poised on the ball.

  37. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Johnny Two-Time a little loose with the ball right now.

  38. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Oooof! Imagine when Dos Santos learns how to weight those passes. Romeu out, Saul in.

  39. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    They haven’t figured out fully that the ball moves faster than a man. So they’re dribbling when they should be passing, to move the ball up the pitch.

  40. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Goal by Saul. 2-1 B-Boys. And beautifully taken, too.

  41. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    How awesome would it be if B won the league and we won the Liga? I mean it would suck for them because they’re never getting promoted, but still.

    • Diego S.
      September 5, 2010

      By Playing in Segunda B They’re gaining tons of experience .. And They’d be ready to join the A team faster than before (When they were in Segunda C)

  42. jordi™
    September 5, 2010

    Saul scored.He did well since he came on.Before carmona went inside he was killing attacks on that side.

    Ahh Nolito hit the post!

  43. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Hell of a move by Nolito. Hit the post and it rebounded the wrong way.

    • blitzen
      September 5, 2010

      Yes, I really rate Nolito, he’s been doing very well.

  44. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Edu Oriol on for Jonathan Soriano.

    • Jnice
      September 5, 2010

      Yep. And he was even better in the 1st half.

      • Jnice
        September 5, 2010

        And he looks better with more responsibility. Last week Thiago was running the show and JDS didn’t look too involved.

  45. blitzen
    September 5, 2010

    OUCH! Better get some of that freezing spray on that! :-p

  46. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Muniesa just took a cleat to the bits. Ow!

  47. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Muniesa: “Um, sorry, dear. I …. tonight …. well, you watched the match.”

  48. Jnice
    September 5, 2010

    I like how Montoya plays, he’s smart.

    • Diego S.
      September 5, 2010

      Campeoneeee Campeoneeee Oee Oee Oee

  49. Jnice
    September 5, 2010

    Another 3 points for Barça B. Dominated Xerez in the 1st, was more even in the 2nd, but we deserved the win.

    JDS was the best in the 1st half, Nolito was a constant menace throughout the match. Defenders were great and 100x better than last match. Enrique is doing his job.

  50. blitzen
    September 5, 2010

    Nice game, although I only saw 2/3 of it. Some good ball control, some misjudgment, and a hell of a lot of drive and spirit. Just about right. 🙂

  51. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    It must suck to know that no matter how great you play, even if you win the Segunda, you will NEVER be promoted.

    • Jnice
      September 5, 2010

      Yup. Especially for those players that won’t really get chances with the 1st team. Armando comes to mind.

  52. Jnice
    September 5, 2010

    Xerez, from first division last season, to losing 4-1, then 2-1 this year. Damn.

  53. Diego S.
    September 5, 2010

    Does Any of You think that Luis Enrique could be Our next coach If/When Pep decides to leave ?

    • Kxevin
      September 5, 2010

      Absolutely. And deservedly so. I think that there’s something to having a coach that is steeped in the system.

    • Jnice
      September 5, 2010

      For sure. He’s probably even more intense than Pep on the sideline.

    • Diego S.
      September 5, 2010

      Maybe He’ll appear on the Cover of Marca for wearing Jeans and a T-Shirt instead of a suit.

      • Jnice
        September 5, 2010

        Haha, well in the 2nd division coaches dress like that, so I don’t think Marca can make up much there.

    • cliveee
      September 5, 2010

      would love to have him.

      dude, are we making not only players but coaches too?!! omg!

  54. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    Next B match is same time/day as A match v Hercules. The LiveBlog is going to be off da HOOK!

  55. Kxevin
    September 5, 2010

    So, question for the class: Has the same club ever won the Segunda and Liga in the same season? It has to have happened, right? (Off to Wikipedia).

      • Vj
        September 5, 2010

        They finished 1st only in 83-84 – the same season, Athletic won the league..

        I guess that feat hasn’t been accomplished yet.

  56. jordi™
    September 5, 2010

    Jona played really well.Its pretty impressive what these kids are doing.Xerex won the segunda 2 years ago for perspective, and so many of our players are under 19’s.If they survive places like Tenerife and betis and stay in the league, let alone win or finish top 5, there should be a special written about them somewhere.Or maybe not, less exposure the better. yes i despise airfutbol.

    • Jnice
      September 5, 2010

      I don’t like airfutbol much, either. Even less now after they took cliveee’s Thiago compilation and tried to make it their own.

  57. September 5, 2010

    ****http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcZPye-oSqY

    Continuing my campaign for the signing of Douglas Costa.

  58. GREECE BARCA
    September 5, 2010

    what a day!our juvenil A won their first game 3-0 against hirona and a goal by guess who?yea!gerard deulofeu!that kid has bright future!and barca b continue the good work!what a time of glory for la masia folks!

  59. Sasha
    September 5, 2010

    Nolito has 3 assists already, out of 4 goals that BarçaB scored so far. Not a bad work rate. He looked good today again.

  60. Dave
    September 5, 2010

    D Costa looks a serious talent but that means we’re talking serious cash especially when hes owned by rich oil magnates

    Looks like a number of players in one- R10,Rivaldo and iniesta

    • Kxevin
      September 5, 2010

      True dat. If Txigrinski cost 25m, imagine what Costa will cost? The time to grab him was when Shakhtar did, for the price that they did. Now, it’s Silly Time, if he even pans out to be what everyone thinks he will be.

  61. Clue(less) John
    September 5, 2010

    If I remember correctly, he has an affinity for Barcelona, and if we already established the relationship with the Ukrainians over Chiggy, maybe we buy him next summer and loan him back to Shacktar for a year. Regardless he is gonna be cheaper then Cesc or Torres, albeit they play different positions, Costa is by far the most bersitile of the 3. And great players are not gonna play for Shacktar for ever so he will eventually move to a big club, and we should and will be in the mix. I’m glad we can have smart healthy discussions about possible future players. Anyone with any thoughts on Costa, I would love to hear what anyone has to say.

  62. GREECE BARCA
    September 5, 2010

    i have never seen him play so..no opinion..but i watch this season Santos and i have to say it..i want neymar badly..i hope rosell make some magic next summer cause this kid is the future..

  63. Clue(less) John
    September 5, 2010

    Neymar will cost €30-£40 million in the next year or two, my point is that we should not spend that money it we can get a player just as gifted for half the price.

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