Apparently it’s still international week. Dammit. I thought if I just played FIFA11 and slept long enough yesterday and this morning, it would be time for Barça again. That’s not how it works, I guess, which is okay this time because I have a party to go to tonight that should be pretty fun. Assuming I survive my own pickup game in a couple of hours, of course (not a particularly likely outcome since I haven’t been on a field in a month and a half).
Anyway, international break doesn’t stop La Segunda from rolling right along, which means our beloved canteranos in Barça B are still playing right along. But how are they doing? Who are they doing it with? And when will they face the first team in the Copa del Rey?
The answer to that last question is easy enough: never. As a reserve/B team, they’re not allowed in any competitions that the first team also participates in. Some bemoan that as tragic because it would be fun to see JDS, Thiago, Muniesa, etc take on their idols in front of a very split home crowd (and it would be home no matter what, of course), but really, it would mean an automatic win for the first team as the B team would lie down and die in order to earn the first team a better shot at the title. Think of it like when Espanyol visits RM…
On to the other questions: La Segunda has 22 teams instead of the 20 that La Primera sports. It’s also officially known as Liga Adelante thanks to a sponsorship deal, so if you hear that in the press, that’s why. But you won’t hear me use it because I also don’t call La Liga/La Primera the Liga BBVA. Because I also don’t call it Quicken Loans Arena (or even The Q), I call it Gund, like I still call it The Jake–hell, I still call it Comiskey, even Shea despite the fact that it’s been replaced. I still call the CVS in my hometown “Revco” but I think that’s cause I’m not entirely with it. So anyway, it’s the Segunda for me and there are 22 teams in it, one of which is Barcelona B.
Today marks the beginning of Jornada 7 for the second division, meaning there have been 18 points up for grabs. Real Betis, Celta de Vigo, and Rayo Vallecano have all earned 15 of them, making them 1-2-3 in the standings. The top 2 teams at the end of the season get automatic promotion while spots 2-6 battle it out in a playoff. Barça B currently sits in 7th with a record of 12pts from 4W-0D-2L (8GA, 9GF). Remember, as much as we’re rooting for Barça B to win and have a great season, they cannot be promoted to the first division (and, in fact, if the first team is relegated, the B team cannot jump them and as such would be relegated to the next level).
The team’s best match so far–score-wise–was the 2-0 defeat of Elche, though the 2-1 over 6th-place Xerez was pretty good too (and I watched that one). The two losses haven’t been good: 2-0 at Cordoba last weekend and 5-1 at Cartagena on September 11. If you thought the first team had Catalan National Day doldrums, you missed that thrashing to put things in perspective (I know I did).
So more than half of the team’s goals allowed came from that loss at Cartagena who have scored a grand total of 8 goals this season. That’s bad. And shouldn’t be repeated. Manager Luis Enrique has said he thinks his team can beat anyone in the league, but not if they play like that.
Extremely quick stats:
Leading goalscorer: Jonathan Soriano (3)
Most cards: Martin Montoya (2)
This Sunday Barça B plays CD Tenerife at 3pm at the Mini-Estadi. Because Tenerife was in the top flight last year, you’d expect them to be doing pretty well, but they’re actually in last place in the league with just 1 point from 6 matches. 4GA, 12GF suggests why. You can webstream it if you’d like to get your Barça fix and, if you’re super into it, volunteer to run a liveblog and I’ll gladly set it up for you.
Personally, I’m rooting for Alcorcón (currently 9th) to get promoted to the Primera, not simply because of the RM debacle last year (Madrid, cabron, saluda al Alcorcón!), but also because they have never been in the first division. In fact, this is their first year in the Segunda. So that’d be a great fairy tale to see and we could all yell Alcorconazo chants during their two matches. Also, please get or make me one of those Alcorconazo t-shirts. They’re the bee’s knees in trees with fleas. Geez.