We get used to it sometimes, but Xavi truly is magic

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  1. Kari
    November 5, 2010

    Saw this a while ago. Xavi owns, but we already know that 😀

    Just needs to finally get his hands on the WPOTY/Balon D’Or. Messi will obviously win it again some other time, but it would be a travesty if Xavi ends his career without the recognition.

    -What’s with Pastore talking himself up? I know the press are asking him the questions, but he sure ain’t dodging them…Still it is EMD and Sport we are talking about, but he’s one to watch.

    • November 5, 2010

      OH OH OH, you know what is totally meaningless? MVP awards in team sports. Who cares who gets the Ballon d’Or or FIFA World Player of the Year? It matters as much as the “Eats The Most Bean Burritos At Lunch” award I got in my high school yearbook.

      And yes that’s a real award.

  2. Euler
    November 5, 2010

    Against Coppenhagen Xavi was clearly not 100% and as people noted it wasn’t his best match by any means.

    Despite that – despite the injury and the off performance – Xavi completed 98 out of 103 attempted passes. It’s just staggering how good he is. On an off day he still controls the game to the tune of 103 pass attempts and completes 95% of them. The only ones that weren’t completed were difficult killer through balls.

    Courtesy of the TotalFootball Chalkboards for the CL and via Zonal Markings here is the Chalkboard for Xavi in that last match – it really is just beautiful:


  3. Miguel
    November 6, 2010

    oooooo, there’s a barca b villarreal b game today @10am pst. almost forgot.

  4. mei
    November 6, 2010

    xavi hernandez excellent video :
    how can somebody describe xavi?
    a guy sums it up pretty well in the comments in that video :
    “he’s up there with the best, not maradona, not pele, not even messi, but with mozart, leonardo da vinci… etc”

  5. Kxevin
    November 6, 2010

    Not at all sure how true it is, but apparently there was a summit meeting with Guardiola, Rosell and the technical staff, where it was determined to seek cost-effective signings in January. Affelay is the name that keeps popping up, as the price is right because he is out of contract.

    Stay tuned. Two months before the January madness begins.

    • Helge
      November 6, 2010

      My short verdict on Afellay: He doesn’t bring it.

      He’s been playing for 6 years at PSV Eindhoven and after each season you though “Next season he’s gonna explode” but it never happened. He’s just a good player in the Dutch Eredivise, but nothing more than that. Would be a complete waste of money. Then he should better give Thiago more chances and not call him up for almost every match to let him sit on the bench for 95% of the matches 🙁

      • November 6, 2010

        Sometimes it takes a team to see a player explode though. If he doesn’t take the team to champions league and then he is not great, there must be something wrong about their national team selection because he should have been dropped in that regard.

        Remind me how old is Bojan now, are we still giving him some time to develop? At 24, you are bound to give your best football to us, because that’s about the right age. So, 6 years in a club seems short because Bojan has 4 with us already, and we have another 4 years to see him reach 24.

    • Eklavya
      November 6, 2010

      Here’s your cost-effective signing: Keirrison.

  6. November 6, 2010

    Watched 45mins of English pinball just to see some Bale, but couldn’t see him. poor match, no chance created, hit the post once with a freekick. well, give him an excuse now, the whole Tottenham had a bad game, and so was Bale. But I thought he was supposed to be the kind of game changer in a league he knows best… Another thing I notice about him is that he can’t dribble a non-straight line. He could beat a lot of defenders with his signature forward push or drive, but when he tries to dribble inside which involve more control, he is slow as hell with a tendency to lose the ball.

    The scoreline was exciting, but the game is just ok, if you like pinball, you will like it. I guess I am too spoiled by Barcelona.

    All for Afellay within 7M. He is 24 year-old, 180cm tall, fast and technical.

    • Hilal
      November 6, 2010

      I mentioned this in a post a few days ago. Bale is hugely overrated by the english press, like most British players. Hell, they dont even have to be British, they just have to play in the EPL and all of a sudden they are overhyped. I watch the EPL a lot since I live in London and trust me Bale, like Walcott, is just pace. He needs space and lots of it in order to shine. His technical ability is not that great. He is not Barca material, no way. Pedro is a much better player. Inter made Bale look fantastic because they gave him acres of space to run into and Maicon seems to have fallen from grace. Can you imagine what Pedro, Messi, Villa, or any of our strikers would have done with that much space and time on the ball. It very rarely happens when we play, teams know not to let it happen, so Bale would never be allowed the space he needs at Barca. Let him stay in the EPL. He is not worth anywhere near the money they are talking about… 50m *scoff*

  7. November 6, 2010

    This highlight of Afellay has a more real game feeling to it, not tailored to make him look good. Not even a highlight of all his great skills, but all of his useful involvements, I guess.


    • BA
      November 6, 2010

      Zouzinho does yeoman’s work with those sorts of videos. somebody should give that guy a medal.

  8. gv
    November 6, 2010

    xavi truly is magic. bBut if there is one person I know who’s better than him in passing, it’s pep.

  9. Kari
    November 6, 2010

    My fav. Xavi video:


  10. sab
    November 6, 2010



  11. sab
    November 6, 2010

    sid lowe said that cry babys stat are as good as messiah,but he mentined 2 4get that how messi makes his goal so simple,and how diver makes his goal so difficult.


  12. Miguel
    November 6, 2010

    finally a good link!


  13. sab
    November 6, 2010

    good read


  14. Miguel
    November 6, 2010

    wow! muniesa w/a sick long range shot!

  15. Miguel
    November 6, 2010

    uh oh. swiss cheese defense leads to an equalizer.

  16. Miguel
    November 6, 2010

    former barca b player, iago, trips up telo in the box. jonathan soriano converts the penalty. 2-1

  17. sab
    November 6, 2010

    AW has a secret affair with a french rapper named donya tatar,its alleged

  18. Miguel
    November 6, 2010

    10 million dollar nolito cuts in from the left then blasts it in towards the far post. 3-1

  19. Vj
    November 6, 2010

    Vote for Guardiola!


  20. poipoi
    November 6, 2010

    another cool xavi vid, with his funkiest dribble ever IMO (1:55) he really pwns that guy only with only one touch, stepping over the ball and dancing for the second touch


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