International Match Day comments post

Sorry for the lateness of this here post. The games that I find interesting are:

Brazil-Argentina (12pm EST)
South Africa-USA (2pm EST)
Portugal-Spain (4pm EST)

Have at it in the comments and I’ll be back tomorrow with some serious writing. Apologies for not being more voluminous in my posting recently, but hey, that’s how it goes now and then, eh? We’re almost a third of the way through the season, so I think I’ll write something about how that’s true. Probably.

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188 Comments

  1. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Pique just redeemed himself :/

  2. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Nani did well for Spain, really.

  3. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Though, I kinda feel bad for Thong Boy. Heck of a goal–too bad this teammates (read: Nani) messed it up.

    I feel annoyed now, but it gives Thong Boy fan boys more ammunition.

    • poipoi
      November 17, 2010

      even when he does a vaselina, the vaselina is ugly

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      Yeah.

      BTW, the last sentence should have read:

      “I feel annoyed now, because it gives Thong Boy fanboys more ammunition”

  4. Josep
    November 17, 2010

    Wow Danny just stole a goal from Cristiano! After a brilliant move he chips into the corner of the goal, looks like it crossed the goalline though.. Danny out of nowhere heads the goal which is already going in…

    And he was offsides.
    CRISTIANO PISSED.
    Goal line save by Pique!

  5. Josep
    November 17, 2010

    Wow Danny just stole a goal from Cristiano! After a brilliant move he chips into the corner of the goal, looks like it crossed the goalline though.. Danny out of nowhere heads the goal which is already going in…

    And he was offsides.
    CRISTIANO PISSED.

  6. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Golllllll, whatever!

  7. Josep
    November 17, 2010

    That was a rocket of a shot. Portugal are playing their hearts out
    Spain don;t really care it seems heh

  8. Ryan
    November 17, 2010

    Is Llorente sick or something? As shown by the WC game and this first half, the Basque is needed.

  9. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Fair scoreline.

    Spain are in “I’m just gonna back away slowly” mode, while Portugal are going all out. Thong Boy admittedly got robbed a golazo (ball was already in before an offside Nani headed it). Xavi and Iniesta aren’t injured. El Chino looks good.

    • Josep
      November 17, 2010

      Yeah was it Pique that dove on the ground for no reason during that goal?

      Argentina v Brazil was an example of a rivalry friendly. Its just a 90 minute runabout.

      This one is one team looking to avenge a WC loss and one knowing its a friendly.

  10. mei
    November 17, 2010

    everyone seems very eager to beat spain … in friendlies.
    Xavi is misplacing balls , busquets same.
    I wont speak for the madrid players because most of them arent really expected to be precise passers anyway.
    Spain is having some problems against such sides with no width coming from both sides, and crowded midfield that doesnt serve much of a defence purpose.

  11. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

    it is so sad to see those portuguese get so pumped up for a friendly ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Auld Super
    November 17, 2010

    Graham Hunter is saying Dani is being offered 60% salary now and 40% in bonuses as will every player signing or renewing contracts with the club. In fairness to Hunter he’s very close to the club and rarely wrong about these things.

  13. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Marchena is on. He looks like some actor but I can’t put my finger on it… Ben Stiller maybe?

    Ewww. I just saw the greasy slicked back hair of Figo Judas!

  14. jordi(TM)
    November 17, 2010

    Now Judas on my screen >:{

  15. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Ayy, Capdevilla, you just killed that move. -.-

  16. lovelymofo
    November 17, 2010

    Urgh. Well, its just a friendly.

    • jordi(TM)
      November 17, 2010

      I tell myself that, but my competitiveness boils inside ๐Ÿ™

  17. jordi(TM)
    November 17, 2010

    ! *seething*

  18. Diego S.
    November 17, 2010

    I can’t stop laughing.

    Some will say the ball crossed the line. Some will say Pique on the ground covered Nani. I will just Laugh.

    Ramos scoring against Casillas. Never thought I’d see that.

  19. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

    counterattacks boys counterattacks… see??? it’s not so easy to play like barรงa xD

  20. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Spain deserves it. Playing a Barcelona midfield and a line of non-Barcelona defense means suicide.

    • lovelymofo
      November 17, 2010

      Except its not even fully a Barcelona midfield, Xabi is kind of mucking things up and Cesc is no Xavi.

      Also, Spain need to finish their chances.

    • cliveee
      November 17, 2010

      right, in fact, there is only Iniesta Busquets and Puyol left on. So, if you play Barcelona football without Barcelona players, then you are killing yourself.

      oh great, even Ghostface came off too.

    • Ryan
      November 17, 2010

      Yeah, that lineup did horribly in the last tournament!

  21. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Well, it’s all good. Xavi is off at HT (yesh!) and so is Thong Boy (coach knows he won’t pass to his teammates again)

  22. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

    does del bosque even know how portugal play??? just wondering

  23. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Nani is such a fail. I’d hate to have to play with either (him and/or Thong Boy)

    • Momo
      November 17, 2010

      Now your just being a fanboy, he’s world class for sure!

  24. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Casillas totally looked like he was gonna save that second goal only to see Ramos killed it off. That goal wouldn’t have happened if Valdes was out there because Valdes would have cut off that thru ball.

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      I wouldn’t say that. It was a good save by Casillas, no fault on him. If it’s on anyone, it’d be on Ramos.

    • cliveee
      November 17, 2010

      It’s all Ramos, of course. But only that sweeper keeper Valdes would have that thru ball swept away long before the cross came in.

  25. Diego S.
    November 17, 2010

    Spain lost 4-1 to Argentina. I wouldn’t read much into it.

    A classic case of “One-team-thinking-it’s-a-friendly-The-other-taking-it-too-seriously-emia”

    • Jose
      November 17, 2010

      Still, I couldn’t have told you after Spain won the World Cup that they’d go on to lose two matches before the end of the year. Quite unexpected.

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      Really? Exact opposite for me; it’d be more than mildly surprised if they beat Argentina and Portugal on their own turf.

    • Jose
      November 17, 2010

      Beat them, maybe not. But definitely not concede 7 goals to them after conceding none in the knockouts at the World Cup.

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      8 goals actually ๐Ÿ˜€

      Yeah, I know what you mean. It doesn’t help that the starters of the teams play for us (we tend to wear out all players not named Dani Alves)

    • Jose
      November 17, 2010

      Make that 8…

  26. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

    we ruined our world image in two friendly games vs argentina and portugal, not nice rivals to loose against for a spaniard. why??

    • poipoi
      November 17, 2010

      I hate to see busi with the face he has right now

    • Ryan
      November 17, 2010

      Spain’s ridiculous unbeaten record didn’t do a whole lot of good in the Confederations Cup. I much rather have these ups and downs in the friendlies and win the actual games.

  27. Alexinho
    November 17, 2010

    Kevin must be happy. Looks like France is back. Even better, looks like France is back, and Nasri is at the center of their team–delicious!

  28. barca96
    November 17, 2010

    I didn’t watch the match but I saw that Messi scored in the injury time against Brazil. So does that mean that he played the whole profanity match?

  29. Alexinho
    November 17, 2010

    ONLY 128 comments and only ONE mentions the United States, and not even that they WON the game!

    It was even mentioned in the original post, people!

    • Alexinho
      November 17, 2010

      To build on that…regardless of what I just said, how is USA-SA mentioned, but not England-France as an “interesting” match? You should have read the commentary I was following, and how frustrated that poor Englishman was getting!

    • Josep
      November 17, 2010

      I was the one who mentioned it! yay me!

      I was pretty impressed with 3 debuts. Teal Bunbury, Juan Agudelo and Mikkel Diskerud.

      Lichaj had a great match too.

    • lovelymofo
      November 17, 2010

      The US and footy do not compute. And, I’m going to stop watching this match. It’s terrible. Only plus is Crissy was denied a goal, time to get some work done!

  30. Hilal
    November 17, 2010

    I hope Ramos plays like this when he plays against us in a few weeks time. Boy is he having a stinker!

    • cliveee
      November 17, 2010

      he never played better than this before.

  31. HY
    November 17, 2010

    Urgh. The Spain match is too depressing to watch (even for a friendly). I’ll keep watching Messi’s goal and the video of he and Ronaldinho on barcastuff to cheer myself up.

    • jordi(TM)
      November 17, 2010

      I watched adres world cup winner ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™

    • Jnice
      November 17, 2010

      Here’s that video of them chatting for all those who didn’t see. (via barcastuff)

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3izBxy1IP74&feature=player_embedded#

  32. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Still time for El Chino to get his goal

    • jordi(TM)
      November 17, 2010

      Im still cursing him for missing that header *sigh*

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      I refuse to believe I jinxed him

      You can score headers, right David? I mean you scored an awesome one not too long ago against a team I don’t remember so I can’t post the link.

  33. jordi(TM)
    November 17, 2010

    Why lord? Why ๐Ÿ™

  34. Dave
    November 17, 2010

    Why do I despise Portuguese Players? Remove Barca players Spain crumbles

  35. Nav
    November 17, 2010

    Well that was shit.

  36. Ryan
    November 17, 2010

    Ugh, Spanish players can’t even shoot on target, most of Portugal’s attacks ended up as goals.

  37. Flyzowee
    November 17, 2010

    Hey u guys, check out barcastuff, it looks like another transfer is on da cards.

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      I call BS on that. 16M?! Psh. Especially when we’re supposedly tightening the purse strings?

  38. barca96
    November 17, 2010

    Whaattttt?
    We have an agreement for Borja Valero.
    Do we really need another midfielder?
    What about Thiago? JDS? CESC???

    • jhargrid
      November 17, 2010

      Well I mean Cesc isn’t even a part of the team – and the chances of him joining have been diminishing. Thiago and JDS are future prospects (though Thiago looks like he’ll be on the first team soon). Valero adds another midfield option if Xavi or Iniesta are out of commission.

      I don’t really know Borja Valero’s playing style well enough to comment on what role he could play at Barรงa or how well he’d integrate. But nonetheless, I think this helps deal with our squad thinness. The price looks right too.

    • barca96
      November 17, 2010

      But midfield was not really a department where we lack cover especially now that Afellay is coming.

  39. Nav
    November 17, 2010

    from @barcastuff: Barcelona has an agreement on the transfer of Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero (25) for 16M. The deal would be announced in May [interviu]

    Interesting.

    • Flyzowee
      November 17, 2010

      Barcastuff has been pretty accurate so far

    • Flyzowee
      November 17, 2010

      How serious should we take this?

    • Nav
      November 17, 2010

      No idea. But I don’t like it. All the good talent can’t just go to Barca or RM.

    • cliveee
      November 17, 2010

      barcastuff is accurate on forwarding news, but whether that news is accurate is another thing. I’d call bs on that Borja transfer as well.

    • Jnice
      November 17, 2010

      Exactly.

  40. Dave
    November 17, 2010

    Is this the same guy from West Brom ?(disbelief!!!!!)

    • Flyzowee
      November 17, 2010

      Yep, currently on loan from West Brom and wats worse is hes an EE youth product!!

    • barca96
      November 17, 2010

      Yes. West Brom failure but he did great at Mallorca I read.
      From the youtube videos, he looked no better than JDS. He has JDS/Xavi kind of style.

  41. Nick
    November 17, 2010

    I love it how our duo took the result:

    *http://d.yimg.com/i//ng/sp/eurosport/20101117/25/38a0cf45861463f9e2ea9643003398e0.jpg

    • poipoi
      November 17, 2010

      that pic is old right? old jersey

  42. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Borja Valero was just signed by Villareal in the summer ๐Ÿ˜

    Why did Leo get a yellow after he scored his goal?

    • Nav
      November 17, 2010

      This could just be the transfer rumour mill spinning up again.

      No idea why Messi got a yellow — he didn’t even take off his shirt.

    • MoSSi
      November 18, 2010

      He was celebrating too long..

  43. Jose
    November 17, 2010

    To add to the discussion above: wow, that was a killer goal from Agudelo, and only 17! Let’s not overhype the guy, but this is a good development.

    Not that I’m much of a USA fan, but I like seeing them do well ๐Ÿ˜›

    • barca96
      November 17, 2010

      What happened to Ade or Adu or Edu or something?
      The 15 year old kid who migrated from Ghana.
      He was supposed to be the saviour or American soccer I thought

    • Jose
      November 17, 2010

      What happens to a lot of young talent: their apparent potential is never fulfilled. Which is why I shake my head any time I hear about a 16 year old exploding onto the scene and prophesied as the next big thing in football.

    • barca96
      November 17, 2010

      Exactly! But he really was special. It’s not everyday or more precisely, not ever you hear or see an American kid so talented at such an age so I understand why he was hyped.
      He just couldn’t handle it as expected. Poor kid. He was ok IMO.

    • Josep
      November 17, 2010

      he was only hyped because he was america’s savior.

      Hes just a mid level Ghana player if he had stayed there but because he was American he was blown out of proportion.

      He couldn’t even make the World Cup squad..
      Its my belief though, that since he is something like 21, he still has time to become a player for the next TWO world cup squads for the U.S.A.

      He’s mostly gotten screwed by all the loan deals gone bad he’d get loaned places, and the coach who wants to play him would get sacked and he ride the bench.

  44. Jose
    November 17, 2010

    Also, I hope to see some post here nearing Dec. 2nd on the host selection for the 2018/2022 World Cups. Be nice to see what our community here thinks of the bid.

  45. blitzen
    November 17, 2010

    Just checked the score for the Spain-Portugal game. Yikes! Guess I won’t bother downloading it. I blame the new shirts.

    On the plus side, Ronaldo didn’t score. That must really piss him off. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I guess I can only remember that it was a friendly and not get too upset. And I hope Casillas has the same kind of game in two weeks at Camp Nou. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • IS
      November 17, 2010

      Want to see how pissed off he was.. check this out:
      >>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaX8NTtkllw&feature=player_embedded

      MasterCard could make a great ad out of it:
      Ticket to watch Portugal-Spain: โ‚ฌ50
      Recruiting CR7 for EE: โ‚ฌ96million
      Witnessing a live CR7 temper tantrum: … Priceless.

      (As much as I hate the guy, that would have admittedly been a great goal)

    • blitzen
      November 18, 2010

      Now *that’s* funny! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Helge
      November 18, 2010

      Yah, it would have been a great goal, but that makes it even sweeter to see the goal being disallowed due to a stupid move by Nani ๐Ÿ˜€
      This time, CR met another big ego, remember how Villa acted on the goal from Messi, he stayed away. Nani is kind of the same player type as Crynaldo, and I suppose they don’t come along that well. Nani probably was happy when CR left MasnUtd, cuz now he is the trick master at Old Trafford.
      I gotta admit it would have been a hell of a goal, and Nani is usually a very great player, but it was pure fun to see those two big egos clash. CR’s reaction was pure rage, and I beliebe that was the reason for him not returning after half-tinme. Maybe he still had some words with Nani during half-time? ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

    I stopped watching when iniesta came out or so… 4-0??? omg
    that’s way too much. at least ronaldo didn’t score right?

  47. Eric
    November 18, 2010

    While everyone is talking about about a Pastore transfer, for me the revelation was David Luiz. His composure and skill with the ball would make him a great future partner for Pique.

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