Visual updates!

You may have noticed a few new things around here, visually. They are the work of the gifted Patrick. You can click here and you’ll see the huge version of the background (50mb), which can be blown up to see yourself. For instance, I’m on the lower left hand corner of the B in CLUB in my orange away jersey with my buddy Andrew M. And just two pictures below me is the bane of my existence.

Thank you all for sending in your pictures and hopefully you find yourself and feel more a part of the community. It is, after all, your contributions that make this place so spectacular. That and SoccerMom. And Kevin. And Luke. And Euler. I don’t think I’m forgetting anyone…

The banner is obviously new too and it is smokin’. If you can’t name the players…well…I can’t help you there. Actually I can (L to R): Bojan, Mascherano, Ronaldinho, Stoichkov, George Best, Roman Pavlyuchenko, George Orwell, Frankenstein, Pep Guardiola.

A huge thank you, again, to Patrick. He will be paid in beer, have no fear.

-The BFB team

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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.

58 Comments

  1. September 16, 2010

    Don’t think I won’t hold you to that next time you’re in Beantown.

    • Eduard
      September 16, 2010

      I would love to make that my background, however, my laptop would take 10 minutes to load up.

  2. corrine
    September 16, 2010

    why haven’t i been compensated in a nice brew after hosting those liveblogs back in the day????

      • corrine
        September 16, 2010

        come to think of it, i think i hosted the CL final liveblog! when we were still @ the offside. those were the good days with less arsenal trolling haha

  3. Luke
    September 16, 2010

    I request more pictures of Eidur on the blog. Kthxnow!

  4. September 16, 2010

    Wow love the new look!!!…This blog always finds ways to keep itself updated and fresh!!! From either new exciting reading material or a completely different design.

    Must say round of applause to the staff, you truly have created a master piece here!!!!

  5. ElShowDeJason
    September 16, 2010

    WTF… my iPhone showed the difference an hour ago…, but my laptop is showing the old background and old banner. WEIRD.

  6. Ali
    September 16, 2010

    That looks fantastic!
    I love the use of “You have just been Hlebbed!” Haha.

  7. Eduard
    September 16, 2010

    does anyone happen to know where to find a translated video of the Ibrahimovic interview with Sachi?

    • Lev
      September 16, 2010

      translated, no, but i watched the video and I understood enough to think it funny. When the tv presentator told him Sacchi said he scored the equalizer due to his shoe size, he calmly, but repeatedly and firmly said that Sacchi talks too much. “But it was meant as a complement” interjected the tv presentator, to no avail. Ibra was mostly upset about Sacchi’s comments while he was at Barcelona, though, and he would not budge.

      Pretty incredible that he takes on Sacchi though, a club legend at Milan.

    • Jnice
      September 17, 2010

      Here is what’s said:

      *http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hupGOodRBPohbBdWVot_sx48N-dA

        • Eduard
          September 17, 2010

          Then there’s the ninja kick he did against one of his teamates, no wonder he didn’t fit in at Barca, he’s a pre-madona

          • Vj
            September 17, 2010

            The ‘kick’ was all in fun, nothing serious about it..

            Go to the 6th min. of this video..

            ||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDDKG5I2aTA

        • September 17, 2010

          Word choice there, poipoi. “Retarded” is a vile as “gay,” or any other terms that have become derogatory, but that in fact describe people. Nobody uses “retarded” any longer, for good reason. It’s awful.

  8. September 17, 2010

    wow, nice! Thanks!

    Thought about background-attachment fixed? or just leave it so white down here?

  9. BA
    September 17, 2010

    well done, looks very clean and fresh (always a good thing).

    who do i talk to about recommending a good place to watch Barca games in STL to put on the Where to Watch page? should i send Kxevin or Isaiah a PM or just blurt it?

    taking the 2nd option first, i’ll say that the Amsterdam Pub is an excellent place to watch games. open early in the mornings on Saturdays and Sundays, it is (as far as i know) STL’s only dedicated football bar. tested it out myself last weekend, as it happens.

    • Patrick
      September 17, 2010

      ADam is a block from where I grew up and the folks still live. Good people, great for USA games. Don’t know about Barca games, but I’m always a fan of a pub i can stumble home from. Insiders tip is to head over to tin can and crush some Toasted ravioli and maybe a pork steak sandwhich.
      There us another good bar a buddy Tyler likes over by Brentwood and 170, but I tend to rock the big screen at home or A dam.

      • September 17, 2010

        Go ahead and post them in the comments, and then we will add them to a running list of places.

  10. nikhils
    September 17, 2010

    Er… Why can’t I see any changes?

    • September 17, 2010

      Most browsers ‘cache’ large images, especially from sites you frequent so they will load faster. Refresh the page twice quickly, or hit ctrl+r to see the new stuff.

  11. Vj
    September 17, 2010

    Nice background! Could you guys stretch it so that the background isn’t white when we scroll down?

    • Helge
      September 17, 2010

      I think that would destroy the proportions too much.

    • September 17, 2010

      It can be set to scroll (like the old one). I’m a fan of minimalism so I like the white, but I can see why folks wouldn’t.

      It also makes the site easier to browse at work *looks around* because the background kinda betrays what I’m doing (or really NOT doing) at first glance.

      • Vj
        September 17, 2010

        Its just too ‘blanco’ for my liking..

  12. Helge
    September 17, 2010

    Wow, that’s definitely the biggest picture I’ve ever seen on the web! 😀
    It’s a brilliant collage, I think I’ll have to buy a 60″ LCD TV to watch it in an appropriate size.

  13. Helge
    September 17, 2010

    Oh, and who is that beautiful blonde with sunglasses, for instance to be seen on the bottom of the “E”?

  14. poipoi
    September 17, 2010

    excellent look, even with keita on it 😉

    what are the things on both sides?? a collage of FCB pics?

    • September 17, 2010

      Collage of FCB pics, pictures taken in Barcelona, pictures of our readers they submitted….

    • September 17, 2010

      So, what’s wrong with Keita now? Is he this year’s Henry for you?

    • September 17, 2010

      Absurd. Does anyone think, even for an instant, that we would for a millisecond consider buying a player such as this? Nobody in the world is that talented. That is shameful, reprehensible behavior. The coach should have subbed his ass instantly.

        • September 17, 2010

          Oh I know, blitzen, but we have been linked with Neymar in the past, is what I was referencing.

          • blitzen
            September 17, 2010

            Heh heh. Now I have a mental image of him on the field at Camp Nou trying his silly little tricks like in this video while Xavi gives him the Glare of Doom. Wouldn’t put up with that shit for a second, he wouldn’t!

  15. Kxevin
    September 17, 2010

    Now to mention an un-spoiled brat, 10 years ago today, some pissant named Messi arrived at the Camp Nou to begin his life with the club. Yes, there’s a post coming, kids, so stay tuned.

  16. Kxevin
    September 17, 2010

    ZubiZa on Ibrahimovic:

    “If you see football in terms of individuals, or individual actions, Ibrahimovic belongs on that list,” former Barca and Spain goalkeeper Zubizarreta told the club’s TV channel.

    “He is an extraordinary footballer but when I said the ‘Ibra case’ was a soccer issue it was because on the pitch you don’t just play with the ball but also when you don’t have the ball,” he added.

    “You have to give your team mates options and there is also a great deal of tactical work to do.

    “And you have to be able to do both things very well: your own individual play but also your role within the team.”

    • Kxevin
      September 17, 2010

      And to contrast that you have David Villa, sending shirts to miners in Chile, and singing as part of a song/effort to help children in Mali.

  17. Kxevin
    September 17, 2010

    Also in the “ex-Barca” file, Thierry Henry injured the MCL of the Dallas keeper by doing his recent thing, where he kicks the ball back into the net after scoring a goal. He did that, but there was a person in the way. Yikes.

    • September 17, 2010

      Yeah. have some mates in Texas who like titi even less* because of this particular stunt…

      *they are Irish, so yeah.

  18. Lev
    September 17, 2010

    @Jnice and Eduard

    to be fair to Ibra though – the translated version of the interview as reported in the English (and Dutch) news outlets sound ruder than the actual interview in Italian. For example the AFP article reads: “”you don’t need to explain anything to me” spat Ibrahimovic”, while what I understood was Ibra saying quite calmly (but still arrogantly)”you don’t owe me an explanation”.

    I’m not saying that Zlatan was not a jerk, but they make him sound even worse. To me, more than anything, he seemed hurt by Sacchi’s earlier comments while he was at Barça. Are there any Italian speakers on the blog who could confirm my interpretation of this?

    • Kxevin
      September 17, 2010

      Good points, Lev. We should never forget translations in all of this. Just reading what Google Translate, for example does to a headline in Sport. Where Mascherano warns that we should be wary of Aguero and his skills, the translated headline is that Mascherano doesn’t trust Aguero. Big difference, right?

    • Jnice
      September 17, 2010

      True, but Sacchi said some good things about him while he was here. He said he was the best soloist in the world, but sometimes he can’t fit in an orchestra. Either way you look at it, Ibra shouldn’t have said things like that live on camera.

      • Lev
        September 17, 2010

        yeah the difference is huge. But internet translators are notoriously bad though. I would not think that skysports and them rely on google translator to write their quotes. On second thought, maybe they do cause it would in part explain all the mess-ups. Kxev you’re a journalist, what are the odds?

        And idk, Jnice, I thought it was a pretty condemning comment of Sacchi when he said Ibra cannot fit in Barça’s orchestra. The guy is a commentator though and well in his rights to say what he thinks. Turned out he was very right.

        I am not one to judge on what Ibra should or should not say – let him say what he wants. He is no longer a Barça player so his attitude does not affect us. Still he is a football player and as such should be able to take criticism. But if Ibra thinks it wise to slam a club legend less than three weeks after joining Milan, more power to him, lol. Imagine him talking like that to Johan Cruijff, culés would have spit him out.

        Again what this comment made clear though, was that he is really bothered about failing at Barça. It is possible that it really was his dream to play in the blaugrana.

        • Lev
          September 17, 2010

          I meant what the interview made clear, (not comment)

        • Kxevin
          September 17, 2010

          I think that a journalist is at the mercy of his translator. You can not use Google Translate and still get the wrong meaning for a word, just by selecting the literal, but not quite right meaning from the dictionary.

  19. September 17, 2010

    Warning: I just blew my bandwidth for hosting that picture. I’ll upload to my private server when I get home tonight.

  20. Stephen
    September 18, 2010

    Patrick great job ! I do have to agree with VJ a few comments up there, too white ! but its awesome.

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