Bojan Krkic, aka “The Sad Story of a Boy Wonder Gone … Less Wonder, More Boy”

In the “everybody gets a turn” tradition of BFB, Kari made a very eloquent, impassioned comment about our own Bojan Krkic that deserves to live in its own post. So here we go.

Bojan Krkic has some of the worst luck I’ve seen in a young player.

Last season, he had scored the goal against Inter that would have sent us into that historic final and would have made him a hero; a goal possibly bigger than the Iniestazo. But then it was disallowed. And we were eliminated. And sprinklers were turned on and, for a time, everything went to hell.

Bummer.

Although he had picked himself up and scored huge goals for us (which I believe people are not including in their arguments enough, because without them, I honestly believe that we wouldn’t have won La Liga.), I also believe he was the one who had the most goals disallowed (although someone might need to check that, I’m going from memory).

I’ve said once that he strikes me as a confidence player. I’m not so sure on that now. If you noticed last season, Bojan scored braces -– goals in pairs -– often. I think he’s a classic striker in he lives on goals. The longer this [current] goal drought goes on, the more he starts to think, and we all know how bad that is to even great players (see one David Villa).

He’s caught in two minds: he knows that he should relax and that the chances will come his way again (see the casual jog when he loses the ball), but he also feels apprehensive and he needs to do somethingrightnowitcan’twaitNOWNOWNOW to alleviate the pressure from himself and fans’ expectations (see Messiesque dribbles that untimely fail, shots that are too early, passes when he should shoot, shots when he should pass). I’m sure everyone’s had that feeling of nervousness; you know you shouldn’t be and that if you are, you’ll mess up, so you tell yourself constantly that you aren’t, but you can’t help it. You work and work in preparation, only for your muscles to stiffen and your mind to race when you get there.

If we’re going to talk about age, let’s not forget that Iniesta didn’t really get a look with us until Xavi got that injury in the 05/06 season; he was 23, turning 24. Xavi wasn’t a world beater at 23 either; gifted, brimming with soon-to-be-unleashed awesomeness, but playing farther back than he is now. And he had more defensive duties -– until Pep came and released him from those duties. Messi doesn’t count because he’s special and considered in the contention of All-Time Great for a reason.

Bojan’s problem isn’t that he isn’t good enough -– he is and he’s shown that in spurts, and that is his problem. He needs more consistency and he needs to learn to not bring himself down and put more pressure on himself, in short -– he needs to relax, really relax. Not this half assed, “I think I can, I thinkknow I can, I know I can do it, I know I ca…OMG, I NEED TO SCORE,” mentality. All the misgivings other commenters have expressed I’m sure goes double for Bojan. He knows better than anyone else that he’s needed and that he needs to improve. He’s also not helping himself by heaping unnecssary pressure on himself. Bojan thinks he can handle it, knows that at this point, he should be able handle it.

I think he needs to mature. And he is, bit by bit. These experiences are necessary for all young players. It’s frustrating and annoying, but that’s what learning looks like sometimes. Like when a math teacher has to sit down and explain the lesson to that one kid that doesn’t get it. But when they finally do…LOOK OUT!

In conclusion, I believe Bojan will improve once he matures, and learns to relax under pressure. Only when he achieves this state of Messi-like Zen, will he be able to unleash his full potential.

Thanks, Kari.

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110 Comments

  1. orangerie
    October 27, 2010

    kudos to you both! less doubt, more support!

    • Jnice
      October 27, 2010

      Kariiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. I already gave her props for this. This is going to make her day tomorrow. Good job, Kxevin.

      • Kari
        October 28, 2010

        It just made my LIFE (okay, not really, but it’s a HUGE honour).

  2. SoccerMom
    October 27, 2010

    Cheers, Kari!
    Thanks for a refreshing read!

    • Kari
      October 28, 2010

      Aww, SoMa! I’m so flattered. 😀

      Thanks for reading it.

  3. Kxevin
    October 27, 2010

    I think it points out the everyday eloquence that makes me so pleased to be part of this space. Our comments portions often yield post fodder. I’ve not seen their like on any blog, and it’s really cool.

    • Kari
      October 28, 2010

      Thanks so much for posting this, Kxevin. What’s cool is that we have admins that would actually post some of the comments 😀

    • IS
      October 28, 2010

      Kevin, I truly believe that the quality of the comments on this blog is a direct result of the quality of the posts themselves; be it the cohesive and comprehensive analyses or the stylistic genius that we (“commenters”) have been spoiled with over the past few years.

      It’s the posts and the dedication and interaction of the authors that have brought this mini community of like-minded fans together.

      [Didn’t mean for it to come off as a ‘gushy’ response :s but oh well..]

  4. SV
    October 27, 2010

    I hope he finds his touch and inner calmness soon and shows everyone the striker we’ve all seen for the last 3 years, especially towards the end of last year.

  5. Benj
    October 27, 2010

    He will find his Messi-Zen and show us all how big a mistake it would have been to flog him off to some EPL team.

    Good ol’ Bojangles just needs time, support and most importantly, Goals!

  6. blitzen
    October 27, 2010

    Kudos to Kari for the post and to Kxevin for giving it its own thread!

    I just finished rewatching the first half of the Ceuta game, and I have to say, Bojan was really working hard. He was everywhere, but the other team was marking him more heavily than Pedro or Jeffren (I suppose because he had the armband and the number 9), so he couldn’t get the ball as much as he should. He was very unlucky to have the ball hit the crossbar–he was coming in on it so fast that he couldn’t aim it properly. And after playing it back about a dozen times, I can say with conviction that if Jeffren had passed the ball to Bojan instead of trying to bull his way Messi-like through three defenders (when he didn’t even have complete control of the ball), Jeffren wouldn’t have gotten injured and we would likely have had another goal.

  7. I give Bojan a lot of crap when he sucks, but I’ll go on record as saying that I think he will come out of his slump, and he will probably become an important squad player for us.
    When it’s not his day, he looks quite terrible. But when his skill is on display, his ability is undeniable.
    At the end of the 07/08 season, he looked like quite hitman.
    At the end of the 08/09 season, he showed a lot of play making promise.
    At the end of last season, his anticipation to be in the right place at the right time was great.

    Clearly like Kari says, he has a problem with *needing* to make something happen quickly. He is playing Hastily instead of Urgently, and it’s making him play with a bit of tunnel-vision. I assume this because we’ve all seen him calm, collected, and with the ability to vary his playing style.

    But yeah, I’ve never been the biggest Bojan fanboy, and I’ve given him plenty of crap when he played like crap, but I’ll go ahead an say firmly that I believe his quality will show through in the end, when maturity and experience can focus his abilities.

  8. lizi
    October 28, 2010

    Nice post, Kevin. Just correct one fact–Iniesta was born in 1984. So he was only 21 and turning 22 in 05/06 season.

    • Kari
      October 28, 2010

      Whoops! That’s my mistake! Thanks for catching it, lizi.

      But he really wasn’t a regular until the 07/08 season because Ronaldinho used to take up the left wing spot and Deco used to be on the left of the midfield. (so at the end of the 06/07 season, he was 23 and by the end of the aforementioned 07/08 season, he was 24).

  9. lizi
    October 28, 2010

    Bojan is only 20 years old now, which is great. So we can still wait for 2-3 years before we run out of patience. If he is like this when he is 23, then he is almost out of Barca’s first team. Look at Benzama in EE, his performance is no better than Bojan and he cost 35M Euros more than Bojan. So we are still lucky to have Bojan in our team.

  10. manyfaces
    October 28, 2010

    Thanks for this. Bojan’s been around so long now that we forget how young he is. Part of what I love about him is how he still plays with emotion. When he’s on his game and scoring, he shows more joy than any (yes, any) other player I’ve seen. Sadly, this means that when he’s struggling, you can really see the frustration.

  11. sab
    October 28, 2010

    bojan will make it.thats my opinion.i m not going to say anything else.

    off topic:

    read that foreigners will not be included in the la masia,only the catalans are(in espnsoccernet conversations).is that true?

    if true then when messi retires i will stop supporting FCB.i fell in love with FCB ,first for their history and then their beautiful footballfrom 1998.so i may say i m not those fans who start supporting barca from the ronnie era or the messi era(no offense).

    as a bangladeshi i cant involve in any way with this regime.(as a socio or as emotionally attached 2 a foreigner player ala messi,dani.smash,keita).

    fuck rosell.(sorry).this SOB is alienating us(the non catalan fans)

    • Spiro
      October 28, 2010

      I really doubt the new board will go ahead with the no-foreign policy. I really doubt it.

      from an economic and sporting point of view, there is no benefit. Its just speculation really.

  12. Spiro
    October 28, 2010

    Someone should tell Bojan to read this blog space and especially go over the comments, fellow members and readers of this blog create a very good atmosphere and have written some very respectful things, it makes supporting Barcelona so very special. it’ll really boost his mentality.

    good work Kari.

    Just goes to show that even though criticism can grow on people and become an overbearing thing. But it is also true that no matter how much criticism we have for Bojan, there is just as much support for Bojan coming from us fans, and support will never die unlike criticism.

    Its good to finally read something new and open minded, rather then sticking to the same old X player sucks corner.

  13. October 28, 2010

    @sab:

    I think Barcelona are already negotiating with Eto’o a renewal between the club and his foundation. If true, then it is highly unlikely that the club may kick out the future Iniestas and Messis out of the youth farms.

    In the other hand, Sandro Rosell said during the election campaign that there is a need to focus more on Catalan talents in the youth academy. So it is not a surprise if he go that way. Maybe, he will start closing the academies Barcelona opened outside Spain. Argentina’s academy seems to be the first hunt.

    As for Bojan -and I agree with Kari- he is like a 12 years old who was promoted to the first team and people started to count how many years he served there. FC Barcelona technical staff are under -even a moral- responsibility to fix the mess caused. I believe in his talent, but not in the way he is treated as being a Veteran, and a CAPTAIN!!! That’s too much.

    • sab
      October 28, 2010

      thanx.

      but i just wanna know whats the actual facts are

  14. October 28, 2010

    Oh, and referring to Luke’s previous post. I wonder if eating Paul the Octopus turns you a Nostradamus.

  15. mei
    October 28, 2010

    Very good post. I think the armband was given to him as another confidence boost.
    Pep is trying hard to stick up for him , and imo he does good.Sooner or later bojan will score and so will villa and then everybody will be on the run.

  16. Eklavya
    October 28, 2010

    It sounded better with CAPS ON than boldface! And why were the brackets removed?! 😀

  17. blitzen
    October 28, 2010

    Oh, Dani. And here was me all defending you and everything.

    *http://www.goal.com/en/news/11/transfer-zone/2010/10/28/2187299/i-have-no-problem-leaving-barcelona-if-contract-offer-is

    *sigh*

  18. October 28, 2010

    I guess Pep kind of laid down his law to all fans out there, especially for those who have a problem with Boji-annn!

    barcastuff:
    At the request of Guardiola, Barcelona want to close soon the renewal deal with Bojan until 2015. Next month will be decisive. [md]

    It’s like Pep is saying to all “SHUT UP! I TRUST HIM!”

    Period.

  19. Varun
    October 28, 2010

    Xavi was pushed forward by Rjikard first, He deserves more credit than Pep i feel.

    Bojan has about 800+ goals in youth set up, you don’t becomes crpa in just a season.

    Iniesta was used a sub majority of the time, he only became a regular under Pep.

    Bojan’s development was stunted i feel when Rjikard in his last season employed Messi-Bojan-Giovani Dos Santos, when in fact none of them, esp. Bojan (youngest) was ready for 1st team in that great match play time.

    We need to resist this urge of comparing every young player with Messi, everyone has their own growth/development curve.

  20. Kxevin
    October 28, 2010

    Alves, Krkic and Busquets are at issue. Alves has said that he is confident that he and the club will reach an agreement. I can’t imagine there being any problem with Busquets or Krkic either.

    Funniest Krkic contract rumor I’ve read recently is that part of the deal holdup is that he is demanding more first-team time. Um ….. he’s been promoted, yo!

    Also, the Affelay rumors won’t go away.

    • Josep
      October 28, 2010

      How do you feel about that? If I’m not mistaken Afellay likes to play thru the middle attacking, in the Iniesta style but can be put on the left, as a right footed player cutting in. I’d love to see him in the colors.

      My problem with Bojan is he’s too cute. I mean, I love him too much. I mean ahhh!!

      As big as some of those goals you claim helped clinch la liga theres the missed goals.

      The sitting headers in back-to-back CL Semis years. Leg 1 vs. Chelsea just seconds into coming on. Leg 2 vs. Inter. Also, whats the discussion on his disallowed goal? I always thought it was ball to hand. But I could be blaugranablind.

      Then theres the flashes of brilliance. The bridge, and perfectly placed shot against Villareal. That goal last season about 30 seconds into subbing in, on his FIRST TOUCH of the game.

      I love the kid, but he just needs to step up.

      • SV
        October 28, 2010

        yes the ball in the inter game did touch his forearm but his hand was tucked into his body so it shouldn’t of been called a hand ball. The ball would of taken the same deflection had it been off his chest but the ref saw a hand and was thinking, i can screw this kid or i can screw all of inter, or he was simply calling it because of how big of a game and didn’t want to receive to much backlash.

        • SV
          October 28, 2010

          As for Affelay if we can get him on a free I say why not. He’s only 24 so if he doesn’t turn to the gem, most think he will turn into, he can always be sold later. Also i like to watch PSV whenever i can get them on a channel and i watched him in the Holland game and he looks really good on the ball and willing to take a shot when he has the chance, which is at times a weakness we got in our midfield.

  21. Kxevin
    October 28, 2010

    This is a rough season for Krkic because there’s no bufferr zone. We have always had an Eto’o, or an Henry or Ibrahimovic, to diminish the pressure on Krkic so that he could develop at his own pace.

    Now it’s only he and Villa, so th situation seems so much more acute. Bummer for Krkic, becaus the pressure ramp up is pretty insane now, from both he and the fans. Expectation is a brutal thing.

    Right now, he doesn’t feel like he has any more time. As Ramzi pointed out over at his space, some of the problem is of Krkic’s own making with the promote me or sell me demand that precipitated his rise. It’s abundantly clear now that he wasn’t ready, so now he and the club are suffering.

    It is still my belief that a loan would be the best thing for his development. He needs playing time, match in and match out, something he isn’t going to get with us. Not right now, barring a Villa mishap or something presently unforeseeable.

    So he waits and the pressure builds. He comes in as a sub and as Kari notes, feels the burden of NOW. It’s brutal.

  22. Kari
    October 28, 2010

    O.O

    *insert picture of a gapping fish*

    Wait, you mean that was verbal diarrhea was posted?! Whoa! I’m so honoured! Thanks everyone!

    Happy days~! Happy days~! Happy days~!

    My day-week-life is official made 😀

    • Kari
      October 28, 2010

      ^ Yeah, just ignore the first was in that sentence. Too excited to think clearly 🙂

  23. Roz
    October 28, 2010

    Wow this is Brilliant. You should defintly write articles On BFB more often. Thanks for the excellent read :).

    • Kxevin
      October 28, 2010

      It also vaulted to most-read on the Barca NewsNow feed. Yay, for Kari!

  24. blitzen
    October 28, 2010

    El Clasico on a Monday? Say what?!?

    *http://www.goal.com/en/news/12/spain/2010/10/28/2187446/having-el-clasico-on-a-monday-dilutes-the-contest-barcelona

    Apparently there is a possibility that the November El Clasico could be played on the Monday evening rather than the weekend. Are they seriously considering this? Why would anyone want to schedule one of the biggest fixtures in La Liga on a Monday night?

    More importantly for me, this could mean I will miss it as I am supposed to be on a plane on Monday the 29th. Let’s see….if it’s noon in Edmonton, what time is it in Barcelona? Nope, this isn’t going to work. Dammit! This had better not happen!!!

    • Josep
      October 28, 2010

      The 29th would be terrible. and I work!
      Valdes has said he would hate it too..

      Actually, Barca board are the one pushing the 29th EE wants the 27th.

      • blitzen
        October 28, 2010

        The Barca board wants this? Why on earth would they want it? What is their reasoning for it? There are so many people that would not be able to attend.

          • blitzen
            October 28, 2010

            And Saturday the 27th is out because…?

        • Kari
          October 28, 2010

          I bet it’s for advertisement purposes! They’re trying to turn that frown upside down and make Mondays the happiest days of the week!

          “Hey, you!”
          “Huh? Me?”
          “Yes, you! Don’t you just hate Mondays?”
          “Yes..?”
          “It’s the first day after the weekend and if you have a hangover, you can’t call in sick! Plus, you have four more days to work after it!”
          “Umm…”
          “And you can’t watch Barcelona until the following weekend! *unless there is CL or the Copa Del Rey. However, due to copyright and advertisement purposes we are disregarding their existence.* ”
          “That’s true…”
          “Well then, this is the best news for you! We’ll be moving El Clasico to a Monday!”
          “WHAT?!”
          “All the tomfoolery and typical crassness of a post-El Clasico celebration will be moved to a weekday!”
          “But I have kids!”
          “Get your tickets now!”

          • Eklavya
            October 28, 2010

            “But isn’t the Clasico already fully sold out?”
            “Uhhh, really?”
            “I thought the socis already bought all the tickets in the first hour of it opening! Some socis even reported the their browers crashed!”
            “Oh my god! I must tell Sir Rosell El Great about this immediately!”
            “Why? What does he have anything to do with servers crashing?”
            “I thought it was browers crashing!”
            “Same thing”
            “No! Sir Rosell El Great has powerful connections to people who make browsers. I must inform him to tell him that his plan of making 309th degree socio’s browser’s crash worked! He’s be delighted! He’s a genius! I’ll be promoted!!!”
            “Whaat? Why am I even talking to you?!”
            *Runs away*
            “Mwahaha! Now I shall take over Catalunya with Clasicos on Mondays with only 1st degree socios being able to watch it!”

            Why I am turning all this into a Rosell thing?

  25. Eklavya
    October 28, 2010

    A Clasico on Monday? Wtf?! Wouldn’t that make the tickets go waaay down? I don’t it will actually happen…even VV is against it.

    Btw, I think that Ibra the most disallowed goals last season.

  26. Kxevin
    October 28, 2010

    Hey, we’re even popular with cocaine traffickers! A group tried to use some silkscreened pics of Barca players to smuggle coke through the airport. The attempt was unsuccessful, however.

    So now we have reports from “Spanish media” (I love that one) that we have opened the Affelay talks, citing the club’s fiscal complexities and Arsenal’s asking price (45m pounds) as barriers to Fabregas.

    I’ve been watching videos of Affelay, and I have to admit to being impressed. Mind you, anybody can look great on a YouTube compilation, but I love his pace and aggression at running past defenders. We’re missing that very much this season.

    • Kari
      October 28, 2010

      I think the reason there’s been so much media talk about Affelay lately (well, more than usual) is because PSV annihilated Feyenoord, a bitter riva, 10-freakin’-0 last week.

      He’s a good player–no doubt about it, and I think he’ll go to a big club soon,but I just don’t think there’s much truth in it. After all, whenever a player starts kicking the jams with their team, they are linked to us (or EE) days later.

      • Diego S.
        October 28, 2010

        There’s been so much talk about Affelay lately because his contract is up next summer and He doesn’t want to renew. So sell him in Jan or he’ll leave for free.

      • Kxevin
        October 28, 2010

        He’s also outta contract, which means he’s cheap. Arsenal offered 7.5m over the summer, and PSV turned them down, probably under the illusion that Affelay wouldn’t say what he has of late, which is that it’s time for him to move on. Contract is up in June, so last year was the year for the big payday.

        But of course, every big club on the planet has their eyes on him. Bidding war? PSV is hoping so, but who knows? He’d be a hell of an acquisition, for sure.

        • Josep
          October 28, 2010

          Clearly the real reason theres talks is because in Football Manager 2010 Barcelona always sign Affelay.

          Its a given like Landon Donovan to Chelsea. 😀

          • Jnice
            October 28, 2010

            Ha, Donovan does always go to Chelsea.

            I’ve never signed Affelay when I was manager, but I think he was there one of the times I was in charge of another club.

            Can’t wait for FM 2011!

          • Eklavya
            October 28, 2010

            When I played Football Manager all my old stars who were still great (90+) were always sold to Liverpool cause they were the only club who could afford them.

            Pretty realistic game, FIFA, no? 🙂

          • Jnice
            October 28, 2010

            Que? Do you mean the manager mode in FIFA? FM doesn’t rate players the way FIFA does.

          • Eklavya
            October 28, 2010

            Lol, yes you caught me. And it was in FIFA 08

  27. Jim
    October 28, 2010

    Just picked up this post now. Wow ! I’m feeling the love for Bojan but where has it been till now? Does this mean I can now resume my old stance of doubter 🙂

    • October 28, 2010

      There’s always love for Krkic, which actually runs counter to the typical cule cycle of life, which has them wanting to run underperformers over with the nearest fired-up SEAT.

      But I think that there is also the acknowledgement that he isn’t making the grade. 10 goals in 53 appearances under Guardiola? Whoa. I suppose some statistics type will say “Yes, but that’s a goal every 5.3 appearances, which is right in the realm of performance expectations for wee strikers barely old enough to drink.” 😀

  28. October 28, 2010

    BTW, the reason why the classico will be on Monday because on Sunday there is election and it is not possible on Saturday (There is a CL match during the Classico week).

    Yet, I bet if they were issuing the whole fixtures at the beginning of the season, there won’t be such issues. Now imagine people who live outside Spain and already booked their trip and ticket to watch the match during weekend.

    • blitzen
      October 28, 2010

      Thank you for the info, but is this actually confirmed that it will be on the Monday? For sure?

    • Roja_N
      October 29, 2010

      Ha…thanks ramzi. Thats exactly what i’d planned…and im worried all my moneys going down the drain if that happens. Im in barcelona on the 27/28th..if the match is postponed – its a wasted trip. How can such a professional organization create this much chaos??

  29. blitzen
    October 28, 2010

    Just read that EMD is reporting that both Thiago and Fontas will be promoted to the first team in January. Can anyone confirm if this is official?

    • Josep
      October 28, 2010

      It could be misquoted.
      I’m sure they meant “are most likely to be” promoted to the first team in January.

      • Kxevin
        October 28, 2010

        It just says that they are favorites to be promoted, placing that news firmly in the “Duh!” category. Another rumor floating about is that Gabi Milito is on the block, now that he’s all healthy and productive and stuff.

      • blitzen
        October 28, 2010

        Ah, yes, the original says they are “los máximos favoritos” to be promoted. TotalBarca is reporting it as more of a done deal.

        Always go to the source! 😀

    • Jnice
      October 28, 2010

      It’s not official, just them speculating and trying to make a relatively educated guess.

  30. JC
    October 28, 2010

    Any idea if Caceras will be allowed to play against us on Sat? I wud prefer if he’s not, he can get pretty reckless at times.

    • Kxevin
      October 28, 2010

      Yes. Unlike other clubs, we don’t put clauses in player contracts that cost the other side money if he plays.

    • Jnice
      October 28, 2010

      Reckless could be good for us. I wouldn’t mind a penalty after one of his impulsive tackles.

  31. blitzen
    October 28, 2010

    Yahoo!!!! Just got the email to say my red warm-up shirt has shipped!!!

    😀 😀 😀

    • October 28, 2010

      I’ve had mine a while. Order from Kitbag. They’re the official order filler of the official shop, and usually have everything before everyone else.

      • blitzen
        October 28, 2010

        You have the red pre-match top with Catalan armband? I thought you ordered the yellow one.

    • Ethan
      October 28, 2010

      Get in everyone, i’ll take you where you want to go. Awesome.

  32. Kxevin
    October 28, 2010

    Looks like it’s going to be a match-on, match-off thing for Xavi for the next couple of months, in an effort to help his tendinitis become less acute, Tweets Pep (@barcastuff).

    And both Primera and Segunda teams are leading the fair play competition (lowest number of fouls, yellow and red cards). Yay!

    • Kari
      October 28, 2010

      Hmm, this tendinitis wasn’t anything new, right? I didn’t know it was so severe. I’d been saying all summer how we didn’t need Fabregas and that if we have Xavi who has 2-3 more years in him and Iniesta, he’d be a bench player. But I didn’t bank on a Xavi injury, especially a long term or recurring one. If Xavi’s tendinitis is this bad… maybe, Fabregas really was a necessity that we majorly screwed up?

      • Eklavya
        October 28, 2010

        Maybe it was all stagged\rigged so that Thiago could be promoted at the right time! The Cesc war. The Xavi injuries. JDS getting leapfrogged. Heck its even in his contract! It all makes sense! Oh my Gooooood!

  33. Kxevin
    October 28, 2010

    There was also a “we’re watching him” reference to Keirrison, when asked about the possibility of him coming back in January from loan, as a squad reinforcement.

    (@barcastuff) Zubizarreta (sports director): “Could Keirrison join one day? He’s at Santos now, we’re following him, we’ll see how he does.” [ona fm]

    • Eklavya
      October 28, 2010

      Hmmmm. I really wish they’d give him a try. He has confidence…gasp.

    • Kari
      October 28, 2010

      Sigh. I hate that Keirrison has become a subject of politics. He’s the one transfer I am most embarrassed about, because I think we’d be real jerks to the guy. He could very well be the striker we need (a real finisher which, lo and behold, is our biggest problem right now.) but we’re not giving him a chance because someone else that wasn’t me bought him without my consent.

      Just swallow your pride and give him a chance, Pep! Because at this rate, we might get Llorente or Torres, and then we’ll be even more screwed when the international break and competitions come… (though I’m not against Llorente)

  34. Kxevin
    October 28, 2010

    Understatement, from Castle Greyskull:

    Jorge Valdano: “Playing the Clasico on Monday would discredit Spanish football in the whole world.”

    (Hmmm …. guess we know EE’s stance on the situation.)

    • sheena
      October 29, 2010

      Most people do, obviously, want the Clasico to be played on a Saturday, but honestly, the fact that Barca have a game away against Panathinaikos on the 24th leaves us with only a couple of days in between to prepare for the match. Madrid meanwhile, have an extra day seeing as they would be playing a day earlier than us. Though it will be immensely inconvinient to the rest of the world should the match be played on a Monday, I’d rather our players be properly rested for a match of such importance.

  35. Bill
    October 28, 2010

    I am a big fan of Bojan. He hasn’t been handled ver well by Pep. When he gets his confidence and adequate gametime experience, I believe we will all be blown away.

    Who says they cant have el classico on election day? People should just do it chicago style….vote early and vote often, but stop before the game and head out to Nou Camp

  36. jordi(TM)
    October 28, 2010

    :O Get.Out.Of.My.Head.Kari!

    *tin foil time*

  37. justsayin'
    October 28, 2010

    The other positive about Bojan is that he came at no cost, so it’s easier to sit back and be patient. He’s young and he’s working out the kinks. The fact that Villa is starting up front this year is another possible reason that the goals are not coming. It takes time for a team like Barca that plays off each other to really get to know the in’s and out’s of each others method of play. Teams like RM seem to be able to throw superstars together and have them all play individually, shooting at the goal. They may work once and awhile, with certain opponents but it runs hot and cold. A team like ours, needs time to gel. That’s not saying that we aren’t playing well, because we are, but that in time we will play an even better game.

  38. Stephen
    October 28, 2010

    I hate to be that negative one in the group, but this was pointed out to me on the twitter earlier today: “He [Guardiola] is stubborn about making Bojan a youth academy success.” (@SabrinaFTW27)
    And looking it at that way makes the Bojan story even sadder for me, because its true. Barça has gone into this “our masia is THE masia, all the ones who come into the first team are Greats !” and the sacrifice being made with Bojan is the refusal that they CAN fail (see Giovanny Dos Santos, Victor Sanchez whom Guardiola gave plenty of time when he was with us, now loaned out) and because we haven’t yet produced a ‘9’ Bojan is that experiment that CANNOT go wrong, and I believe that will damage us. He has talent, is it barça first team talent? no, not in imo. I have said it before and will say it again, I’d love for him to prove me wrong, he hasn’t yet, and it’d be great for him to be loaned and if he’s awesome to come back, if not, then too bad, you had your chance.

    • Spiro
      October 28, 2010

      I disagree, you are thinking in the way that Bojan has already failed and that there is absolutely no chances in the universe that Bojan will succeed. That is the exact mentality I disregard being in this blog space.

    • Kari
      October 28, 2010

      Well, you’re entitled to your opinion–after all, all I did was rant about mine 😀

      Bojangles hasn’t done enough to warrant your support, which is understandable. After all, he has been playing quite badly, and that is undeniable. For me, it doesn’t take much for me to see that he’ll succeed. Just you wait, Stephen, Bojan will prove you wrong! Wrong, I say! 😀

    • October 28, 2010

      No, Stephen, you are not alone.

      I’d love to see Bojan prove me wrong. He needs to be loaned out regardless of how much he will improve from this terrible run.
      Note: 1 goal or 2 won’t be enough to prove it. By the time you see him score, you don’t yell “SEE? DOUBTERS! BOJAN IS GREAT!” because you can only say so at the end of the season.

      I am still on the observant side because I never want to judge before time is given. But I agree with you Stephen, Bojan is not a first team material, right now.

      • Stephen
        October 28, 2010

        Completely with you, Bojan does one great thing and he’s already a MAGNIFICENT striker? no. Do a good thing and undo it by doing 50 bad ones is where I see the problem. I think its the same thing with Guardiola, he babysits him. Maybe thats the reason he can’t leave, Guardiola knows nobody else will sit there and pamper Bojan, nobody. Maybe Ceuta. Right now.

        • jordi(TM)
          October 28, 2010

          Yea, nobody.stop projecting your opinions mate, if you think so great but dont speak for other people.

  39. vicsoc8
    October 28, 2010

    Two notes:

    1. Good article Kari.

    2. Keirrison is not the answer. The dude was bought in a sketchy Traffic deal after he had essentially one really good season in the Brazilian Serie A. Yes, he was woefully loaned to Benfica, then to Fiorentina. But he isn’t performing well in Brazil now that he is there either! I would really like to see him succeed, as I would with all Barcelona players, but I have trouble seeing what he would provide us other than someone to fight for time with Jeffren.

  40. Bill
    October 28, 2010

    Hands down, my Ballon D’or winner:

    //http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laoFbGktG0w

    • Ryan
      October 29, 2010

      Haha, I hadn’t noticed that he nutmegged Robben in the final!

      • barca96
        October 29, 2010

        LOL classsic.
        **http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gZy2agnHfU
        Iniesta dive remix

  41. barca96
    October 29, 2010

    Look at these new shoes.
    What do you guys think of it?
    It looks odd to me. I would never buy it.
    **http://www.soccercorner.com/Nike-Mercurial-Vapor-Superfly-II-CR7-Ronaldo-p/sm-ni396127-180.htm

  42. Nick
    October 29, 2010

    Does anyone have a link to a clip where you can actually hear Pinto whistling for offside?

    • barca96
      October 29, 2010

      You can’t really hear the whistle but hear you go buddy
      **http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWNPrZOHnlU&feature=related

  43. 444444
    October 29, 2010

    you realy think he can step up like iniesta? would be a shame to sell him but he just aint good enough.. :/

  44. Jnice
    October 29, 2010

    No Navas, Palop, or Fernando Navarro for Sevilla on the weekend.

    • Josep
      October 29, 2010

      If we don’t end our home slumping here I’m going to be embarrassed. So with Navas not marauding the right, do we play Maxwell to get forward more?

      With no Palop and his amazing saves against us, do we run a 1-5-4? 😀

  45. Kxevin
    October 29, 2010

    I suppose when we beat Sevilla, it will be “Well, Sevilla didn’t have….”

    @vicsoc: Keirrison might not be the answer, but I sure wouldn’t mind someone asking the question. I think that his performance for other clubs wouldn’t be indicative of how he might perform for us. Look at Hleb and Gudjohnsen, by way of two examples.

    He’s very quick around the goal mouth, has a good head and a good shot. Our offense creates chances galore, and for a big, opportunistic striker, who knows what might happen? I, like Kari, think the dude deserves a shot.

    Then again, I imagine if we give him a shot and he busts, his value plummets.

  46. Enano
    November 10, 2010

    Iniesta was 21 when he got his chance during that season. He’s born in 1984.

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