Copa Liveblog: Ceuta-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.

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    • poipoi
      October 26, 2010

      damn, I thought I had the wrong time or something. 10 pm in spain right?

      • Diego S.
        October 26, 2010

        Yeah. Congrats on the new avatar.

        NOLITO !!!

        • Eklavya
          October 26, 2010

          Yeah congrats! I think I shall change mine too.

  1. Eklavya
    October 26, 2010

    All your LiveBlog are belong to us!

  2. ooga aga
    October 26, 2010

    is nolito’s name actually manuel? manuel – manolo – nolo – nolito?

    • poipoi
      October 26, 2010

      yes. manuel is also “manolo” for close friends or the family, so manolo-manolito-nolito 😉

    • poipoi
      October 26, 2010

      if it’s about the avatar, don’t see it working… I’ll refresh

        • blitzen
          October 26, 2010

          How do you load an avatar on here? Do you have to be registered with WordPress?

          • Kari
            October 26, 2010

            blitzen, go here: /http://en.gravatar.com/site/signup/

            Make sure the email you use to sign up is the email you use to post comments (otherwise it won’t show up).

            Once you sign up, you can choose whatever picture you want; gravatar.com can even crop your image, so that you can pick which portion of the picture you want.

  3. poipoi
    October 26, 2010

    interview with nolito’s family, from the beautiful Sanlucar De Barrameda. A little sensationalist but still good. Enjoy if you understand spanish.

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCgystfr800&feature=related

  4. BA
    October 26, 2010

    Ballon d’Or 23-name shortlist is out today. we have 6 players on it. gotta be a post upcoming about this.

  5. Kari
    October 26, 2010

    You know, maybe I should change my avatar too. I’ve always wanted to add Andres in, but I couldn’t find a picture before.

    Hmmm…

  6. blitzen
    October 26, 2010

    I just discovered the Dashboard feature on here, which is very cool! Apparently right now there is one user online from the Sudan! Hello! I’ve been to your country! 😀

    And thanks to Kari for your avatar help. Imma get me one of those later.

  7. Eklavya
    October 26, 2010

    Hmmm, my avatar is too much of the same. The reason why I put a yellow color one was so that it stood out more. Let’s see if there’s better…

    • Josep
      October 26, 2010

      Do I have to use the Username I used for gravatar? Cuz Josep was taken

      • Josep
        October 26, 2010

        Ah-Ha! Now who knows who this is? 😀

        • poipoi
          October 26, 2010

          the bastard son of kanoute and henry? no idea really 🙁

        • Kari
          October 26, 2010

          C’mon guys, it’s Keita! Keita, I say! Keiteee!

          …Right?

          • poipoi
            October 26, 2010

            looks like him but not with the huh-what look so “who is it?” is it keiteee really?

          • Culer_Than_Thou
            October 26, 2010

            It does indeed look like a younger Keita.

            Pic looks quite old. Maybe he got that lost expression after Messi bamboozled him in his first training session at FCB.

          • Josep
            October 26, 2010

            It’s one of my favorite youngsters, Lacina Traore of Cluj!

  8. Diego S.
    October 26, 2010

    What’s the deal with the B-teammers avatars ?

    First Jnice, now poipoi and Eklavya !

    Was there a note I didn’t read or something ?

    • Eklavya
      October 26, 2010

      We are “promoting” them! 😀

      • poipoi
        October 26, 2010

        me.supports.nolito.now 🙂

        before I had iniesta but he’s already the greatest time for a new hope

  9. Eklavya
    October 26, 2010

    Haha its in fashion Diego ^^. Although I really hate changing names and avatars, I guess we need some change.

    How about this one? Is it working yet? JDS in pink!

    • Diego S.
      October 26, 2010

      It still is JDS in Blue & Maroon.

  10. Diego S.
    October 26, 2010

    It’ll take time to get used to the new avatars.

  11. Josep
    October 26, 2010

    It takes a cup game vs. a 3rd division team to let us break out new avatars and rejoice.

  12. Diego S.
    October 26, 2010

    Watched the 1st half of EE’s match. They’re playing with the Original squad but only a few tweaks here and there. They really don’t know how to play against Bus Parking teams.

  13. Eklavya
    October 26, 2010

    Hmmm, I dunno Kari…keep trying…

    • Kari
      October 26, 2010

      It’s hard to find a good picture of the three of them. There’s a really nice Xaviniesta one, a Messi-Iniesta one, and the Messi-Xavi one I already have.

      Man!

  14. blitzen
    October 26, 2010

    Testing, testing….

    You all can keep your B-teamers, I’m going Old School!

    • Kari
      October 26, 2010

      Yesh! Pep and Xavi! Awesome avatar, blitzen! The black and white is a nice touch.

      At first, I saw this horse thing. This one’s way better IMO!

      • blitzen
        October 26, 2010

        The horse is my default test avatar. It amuses me. 🙂

        • Eklavya
          October 26, 2010

          Yeah Blitzen, great avatar. It represents a great moment in the history of FCB! And the black and white is awesome! Is my pink one ok?

          • blitzen
            October 26, 2010

            Your avatar is a little small, I can’t tell who it is. Try resizing it and cropping in closer.

  15. Jnice
    October 26, 2010

    Nice new avatars, folks.

    Official Lineup: Pinto, Adriano, Bartra, Fontás, Maxwell, Mascherano, Thiago, Keita, Pedro, Jeffren y Bojan.

    • Kari
      October 26, 2010

      THIAGOOOOOOOO! CUDDLYYYYYY!

      And Bartra! And Fontas! And Jeffren! (what the heck happened to him anyway?) And–OMG!NOWAY– Here Adriano!

      I approve this lineup.

      • poipoi
        October 26, 2010

        go bojan! … please!!!

        (hope) thiago+mache is gonna kick some ass. do you prefer masche in the back or keita? I’d like to see what masche can do offensively

        • Jnice
          October 26, 2010

          Keita isn’t really a pure DM, so he’ll play where he always plays.

  16. Eklavya
    October 26, 2010

    Who was the idiot who named this post as a LiveBlog one? Didn’t he know today is the official “Change Your Avatar” day?

    • Kari
      October 26, 2010

      😀

      Btw, your avatar really does stand out, although it’s hard to tell who’s in the picture

      This one’s a nice one if you want to pink salmon kit: /http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:jR9n02jB3ete5M:b

      I also liked this one: /http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRWfDH2Irm7XROfOZq5NVjrF7rPrkOPAp-cr8cPgIWelKMimUA&t=1&usg=__-KmeemAOQeVEWnReWMamragPj8A=

      • Eklavya
        October 26, 2010

        They all look the same to me lol. I guess its a gender thing.

  17. Diego S.
    October 26, 2010

    Nolito and JDS to come off the bench !

  18. jordi(TM)
    October 26, 2010

    :d Im still the only Pique?Yay!

  19. blitzen
    October 26, 2010

    Pep is starting both Bartra and Fontas? Why do I ever try to predict what he is going to do? I never get it right.

    IPWT!

  20. Diego S.
    October 26, 2010

    EE is playing with Higauin, Cr, Pepe, Ramos, Granero, Pedro Leon, Arbeloa, and Benzema, yet they can’t score.

    • poipoi
      October 26, 2010

      murcia HAS to score

      what is wrong with benzema? so strange

      • poipoi
        October 26, 2010

        “cadena cope” commentators … “times are changing, we have to be thankful for this result, a 0-0. In other times we would go out of this place with a 0-2 or something”. totally true!!! lol

        let’s see let’s see

      • Diego S.
        October 26, 2010

        Benzema looks lost. Murcia is really slow on the counter.

        Di Maria IN — CR OUT

    • Josep
      October 26, 2010

      Does this mean Mou will bench everyone as he stated? It’s the 84th and still 0-0. Where’s the Sid Lowe’s now saying Madrid crush everyone and Barca are unstable.

      Clearly beating a bus parking team is really, really hard to do.

      • blitzen
        October 26, 2010

        I need to see a screenshot of Mourinho’s face RIGHT NOW! 😀

    • Kari
      October 26, 2010

      Meh.

      They’ll probably kill them at home (although, I hope Real Murcia scores a couple!)

    • Diego S.
      October 26, 2010

      EE’s squad is 26 players and they’re playing with their full squad against a 3rd division team and can’t beat a parked bus.

      We’re resting 7 players from a 19 player squad.

  21. Diego S.
    October 26, 2010

    EE is playing with Higauin, Cr, Pepe, Ramos, Granero, Pedro Leon, Arbeloa, and Benzema, yet they can’t score. 😀

  22. October 26, 2010

    See? EE can’t score when team like Murcia park bus against them. And man, Murcia is not the worst bus parkers in the park either. Imagine the likes of Kazan would have kicked EE’s butt really hard like the Alcorconazo.

    • jordi(TM)
      October 26, 2010

      Its like “oh noes a team hasnt employed a high line, what do?”. BTW one thing that pisses me off to no end is how many marginal offside decisions hey get their way.Its like CR94 never gets whistled meanwhile ,even when villa is well onside he gets whistled.

  23. blitzen
    October 26, 2010

    Extra time!

    At least Barca has lots of practise playing against parked buses by now. We have worked out strategies to get around that. That Other Team clearly has not.

  24. GREECE BARCA
    October 26, 2010

    now the stupid journalists are free to shut up never compare a big club with a small one

  25. Jose
    October 26, 2010

    I’ve been saying it since the beginning of the season: Mourinho’s EE can beat the likes of Milan, but they’ll fall apart when they meet a real team like Murcia.

  26. Eklavya
    October 26, 2010

    My avatar has JDS. I’ll try to crop it later.

  27. Spiro
    October 26, 2010

    unfortunately Jeffren is injured again, will this mean more playing time for Nolito and co., or will we venture on the transfer scene this winter for a another back-up?

    • Eklavya
      October 26, 2010

      Hahahahaha! This one’s the best! 😀

  28. ooga aga
    October 26, 2010

    looked like our defense was 3 men again

    bartra fontas
    mascherano

    the two young ones are very quick dribbling the ball out from the back.

  29. Diego S.
    October 26, 2010

    As much as I love Bojan. He SUCKS !!

  30. Spiro
    October 26, 2010

    solid game from the CB pair, well done, team played well, we kept possession, we didn’t make too many clear chances today but we scored two goals early on and nothing can be better than that.

  31. Hilal
    October 26, 2010

    Positives – a lot of our youngsters look very promising, especially Fontas and Bartra. Mascherano has learnt how to fit in very quickly and is improving with each game. Thiago is the business. Oh, and we won 🙂

    Negatives – Bojan 🙁

  32. GREECE BARCA
    October 26, 2010

    bartra!fontas!tiago!the future is here!visca la masia!

  33. jose89
    October 26, 2010

    Bartra and Fontas looked fairly adequate back there. they still lack the physical presence of a puyol or pique, but they look very promising.

    Bojan – no comment…

    Thiago – would have liked to see him involved a little more. or maybe he would have benefited with one of xavi/iniesta beside him? well i guess anybody would. good showing though overall.

    Keita – great game overall. breaking up plays, stealing balls to start counters, i thought he had a performance worthy of having the armband around his arm instead of shiloh’s.

    Jeffren – was looking really lively up until his injury. hope to see him again soon.

    well that was the first copa match in a while, but i had forgotten how fun it is to see the non-regulars and youth play a game. well deserved win all around, a lot of guys got time off, and to top it off EE drew hehe.

  34. Spiro
    October 26, 2010

    I gotta have to say something here,

    (Bojan=sucks posts) = waste of a post

    • jose89
      October 26, 2010

      well, if you look more closely you’ll see that i have more to say than simply, “bojan sucks,” which i don’t actually explicitly say.

      but honest the truth is, he didn’t have a good match.

      and that’s all i gotta have to say about it.

  35. ooga aga
    October 26, 2010

    well, it sucks just to say “bojan sucks”, but coming into this match you had to see this as a big chance for bojan to show and prove. but he didnt. i wouldnt say he sucked, he set up maxwell’s first, got the assist, but he missed an absolute sitter about 2 meters from goal, off the top post, just cursed luck, was dispossessed of the ball by the keeper while trying to go around him, etc etc. he really, really needed to score today. he’ll get the second leg, but he needs to score against a team like ceuta.

    • Spiro
      October 26, 2010

      yes I understand, but it was just a few weeks ago when another so called striker managed to miss almost the exact same chances ala Villa.

      But what makes this blog annoying at times is the persistence on Bojan. Everyone knows he isn’t playing that well, full stop there is no need for the repeating posts. Especially the live blog, 4 or 5 people post the same thing about Bojan, get over it!

      There are many full grown world class strikers who haven’t scored a goal in months yet they cop less of a heavy hand.

      • Spiro
        October 27, 2010

        well, I gotta say it wasn’t any different with Ibra.

        There is always room for criticism, but then things on this blog become over exaggerative or over emphasized, to the point where the blog becomes lopsided on opinions of how bad one particular player performs, to the point where degrading individuals is encouraged over posting other interesting things.

        sometimes, fan blogs should have room for support too. It is not like Bojan goes on the field with bad intentions, he isn’t going on the pitch wanting to score own goals or disrespect the fans. But are we obliged to disrespect Bojan?

  36. Miguel
    October 26, 2010

    i feel bad for jeffren. he looked like he really wanted to earn back his spot on the bench but his dumb ass ran straight into two defenders & dislocated his shoulder.

    thiago has a bright future. bartra surprised me playing so well @cb. fontas was whatever. masche was a little funky, but what a pass to bojan. poor bojan.

    i kept praying that pep would show that he still has faith in jds by playing him alongside thiago but i’ll take what i can get.

    • Diego S.
      October 26, 2010

      He’s limited to 4 B teammers. Entering JDS would mean taking the place of Thiago or one of the CBs.

      • Miguel
        October 26, 2010

        yeah, part of why bartra surprised my ass. i thought he’d play rb for sure & puyol would be cb.

        you’re right though. i expected jds to move in thiago’s spot & thiago to do an iniesta thing & play on either of the flanks, which is something i’ve personally never seen thiago do. wishful thinking.

  37. Nav
    October 26, 2010

    Sounds like it was a good game. Worth downloading?

    • Miguel
      October 26, 2010

      all games usually are. this one’s no exception. great maxwell goal.

    • blitzen
      October 26, 2010

      It is worth downloading (I did) for one main reason: since the stadium is so small, the cameras are much closer to the field of play, so you get a lot closer to the action than usual. If you are interested in our B-team players, you will get a good up-close view of how they play with some of our A players.

  38. Miguel
    October 26, 2010

    all these gravatar changes. i feel outdated. i’m going retro & going w/my first ever.

  39. Miguel
    October 26, 2010

    anybody post this, yet? if so, apologies. sicky poo & what not.

    *http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2010/oct/26/the-question-barcelona-reinventing-w-w

    throw up the dubs!

  40. GREECE BARCA
    October 26, 2010

    i agree totally with spiro.bojan don.t cost to us 40m like benjema.maybe he is or not good for us.pep knows what to do with him.we must be proud of young boys.before one month i was said after a game that we must sell him and i was wrong.he is here and he is fighting for a place.i respect him.he could go very easy for other teams.

  41. Jnice
    October 26, 2010

    Revista De La Liga 10-26-10

    *http://hotfile.com/dl/78513034/e4f9cc3/Revista_De_La_Liga_-_26-10-10.avi.html

    Courtesy of Pakman at fbtz.com

  42. October 27, 2010

    It is actually a better match of Bojan comparing to so many of his nightmare matches. He is still a 4.5, that’s all. A full 9 finishes his chances, assists won’t make up for anything. To hit the crossbar in an absolute sitter, failed to finish 1 on 1, and more than one occasion that see him tried to control and run instead of a shot within range. It is just the long rope that Bojan is still enjoying. But not me.

    Something positive about his play is that he held the ball up way better than he used to. He could hold the ball, turn around and distribute the ball forward more. But he still loses the ball way too often which is not new.

    Really want to respond to the point about repeating posts about a player under-performing with us. As long as he plays in our colors, we will be that critical of him. I am not gonna talk about the number anymore, but in general, all players deserve the same standard of judgment. But in the case of Messi, we may demand more of him, but if you sucked, we call it out, simple as that. Just as we are constantly calling out to dives and playacting, they are repeating, but it doesn’t mean we can ignore.

    Pep is not worried about Bojan and Villa not scoring, how could he? I think he is just saying for the sake of their confidence. Otherwise, what could he say, really?

    • simple_barcafan
      October 27, 2010

      “what could he say, really?” ..aaah..thats the question…

  43. October 27, 2010

    May I say that none of the players read football blogs? so there is actually no chance -through posts- to encourage them, support them, or show them respect.

    This is a space to share opinions between the readers. Each posts his/her own opinion, not what others like to hear.

    Messi is great. Brilliantly Talented. We all know it already. But still everyone repeat it every day. And so it goes the other way.

    Regardless of what I think about Bojan, and I may not have a radical opinion like (Great or suck). I thought it worth noting that in any discussion, before you step in, you need to expect reading opinions that completely oppose yours.

  44. barca96
    October 27, 2010

    Why has it been quiet here for the past 12 hours??

  45. Helge
    October 27, 2010

    btw, apparently both Palop and Navas will miss the match against us!
    That’s a huge relief since we all know HOW great Palop becomes in every match against Barca, and for me Navas is their most dangerous attacking player (more than Kanouté and Fabiano, for instance).

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