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. Jose
    November 17, 2010

    Messi!! I’ve always loved Brazil over Argentina, but so happy for Messi ๐Ÿ˜€ FIVE AND A HALF YEARS since Argentina last beat Brazil. Jeebus.

  2. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    This is why one should watch football matches till the final whistle.

  3. HY
    November 17, 2010

    I’ve lurking around here for the past month or so. Just wanted to say that I love this blog and I’m so grateful that I found it.

    With that said…

    OMG THAT MESSI GOAL ALMOST MADE ME PEE IN MY PANTS!!!!! (Sorry for the disgusting image.)

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      Welcome! Glad you like it.

      No worries dude. The same or similar are said here in varying terms many times. At least you didn’t say you “jizzed” <— most annoying word ever (damn YouTube!)

      • HY
        November 17, 2010

        LOL! I’m not a “dude”, so that term has (thankfully) never been part of my vocabulary, but thanks for the warm welcome!

        • ooga aga
          November 17, 2010

          welcome. there are all kinds here. including those to whom the image of peed pants is not disgusting. to the contrary. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Vj
          November 17, 2010

          FWIW, so is she..

          I think this is the blog with the biggest female following (other than Kickette of course).. Even the author of this post is nicknamed GirlZilla!

  4. Eklavya
    November 17, 2010

    France vs England should be interesting.

  5. Roz
    November 17, 2010

    After the match Ronnie and Messi were exchanging shirts, and I caught a glimpse of a tatoo on Messis shoulder. Any 1 know anything about it?

    • Humphrey Bogart
      November 17, 2010

      yeah, it is a tatoo with the picture of his mum. I think he got it during the summer because I have first seen it during the Gamper game.

    • HY
      November 17, 2010

      He once mentioned that it’s the contour of his mom’s face.

  6. blitzen
    November 17, 2010

    Good. I don’t care about Argentina, but this will make Messi happy. And a happy Messi makes for a happy Barcelona. Hugs all round! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Ryan
      November 17, 2010

      I agree, but Di Maria was having way too much success vs. Alves tho.

      • Jnice
        November 17, 2010

        I don’t know, I felt Di Maria got lucky 3 or 4 times after Alves poked the ball away it would bounce favorably for Angel.

  7. Josep
    November 17, 2010

    I didn’t notice this thread until just now. I’ll be watching the same matches or atleast trying to
    As for the first match I was obviously impressed by Lavezzi. Alves had a good match, Zanetti did too. Pastore I didn’t think so much. Messi was everywhere, but they have him coming way to deep for the ball.

    Neymar looks like he has the raw talent just can’t put it together yet. Robinho was.. eh. Alves like I said, the fact that he’s taking Maicon’s place means something but I still think people overrate Maicon’s defensive abilities. Luiz had a few nice hacks on Messi hah!

  8. Josep
    November 17, 2010

    Also new faces for the USA team. I just want to see Logan Pause (Chicago Fire) do well. Kxevin probably doesn’t give two shits as he hates the Fire!

  9. Jnice
    November 17, 2010

    I’m watching a bit of this Netherlands-Turkey match to see a bit of Afellay.

    • Josep
      November 17, 2010

      if I wasn’t at work I’d be watching every match possible heh. I’m lucky enough to sneak matches in. I will take a lunch break during the Spain match though.

  10. soccermomof4
    November 17, 2010

    SO glad MESSI got the goal. So much pressure on him to perform for Argentina!

    • ooga aga
      November 17, 2010

      you’re the mom of the defensive mid we’ve been looking for?

  11. Diego S.
    November 17, 2010

    Pastore is very good. I can’t understand why all the hate on him in this blog. He understands Messi very well. Just look at how many times he and Messi exchanged 1-2’s. I’m not saying we should buy him. He’ll be overpriced and he has no place in our squad especially after signing Afellay. Do I need to remind you of his last visit to the Camp Nou ?

    Valdes was the GK, BTW.
    **http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO07Nmnjwug

    • Josep
      November 17, 2010

      Your icon might show a little bias towards Pastore ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Diego S.
        November 17, 2010

        ๐Ÿ˜€

        No bias here, I didn’t say he’s the best player in the world. I’m saying he’s a great talent and could be world class in a couple of years if he already isn’t. Some people here apparently disagree.

        • Josep
          November 17, 2010

          I for one don’t disagree, actually I don’t know anyone that does. Its just that we have a surplus of young talent there that spending all that money would be stupid.

          • Diego S.
            November 17, 2010

            That’s why I said in my first post “Iโ€™m not saying we should buy him. Heโ€™ll be overpriced and he has no place in our squad especially after signing Afellay.” ๐Ÿ˜€

            We have Thiago, Afellay, Iniesta, Masch, JDS all under 26. Not to mention the likes of S.Roberto, Oriol Romeu, etc.

          • Nik
            November 17, 2010

            SMasch is under 26? Damn, for some reason, I thought he was older.

  12. soccermomof4
    November 17, 2010

    Is anyone else having a terrible time with ESPN 3?

  13. Eklavya
    November 17, 2010

    Ben Foster almost did a Greene lol

  14. Eklavya
    November 17, 2010

    Wow France are playing very well!!

    • jordi(TM)
      November 17, 2010

      Yea, henry’s old number ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      Shouldn’t you be watching Switzerland? ๐Ÿ˜€

      LOL, I wish I could hear the English commentators right now…

      • Eklavya
        November 17, 2010

        Switzerland sucks seriously. They play like small kids. Score one goal and let go as if they’ve surpassed everyone’s expectations…

  15. Eklavya
    November 17, 2010

    Benzema is not quite there yet. He doesnt have a ‘presence’ yet. His shots and runs are very good though.

  16. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    How’s Afellay (if anyone’s been watching)?

  17. blitzen
    November 17, 2010

    Comment from the BBC Sport updater:

    “England are making France look like peak-time Barcelona out there.”

    LOL! Are England really that bad, or are France that good?

  18. Eklavya
    November 17, 2010

    England cant keep the ball more that 3 seconds. wow they suck

  19. Eklavya
    November 17, 2010

    Abidal just kept up with walcott again!

    • Eklavya
      November 17, 2010

      and just as i type that, walcott leaves abidal a few meters behind

  20. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Official: The referee for Barcelona-Real Madrid is the Basque Eduardo Iturralde Gonzรกlez [barcastuff]

    The Mad Professor?! Hoo boy…

    • Eklavya
      November 17, 2010

      which match did he refree before for us?

      • Kari
        November 17, 2010

        Plenty, but I can’t remember which ones.

        He did ref our home game vs Atletico in 2008 (Treble winning year)

        /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=619cu4SwQfM

  21. Eklavya
    November 17, 2010

    Pique,
    Puyol, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Villa all starting for spain. Great.

  22. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

    line-ups already for espaรฑa-portugal… no deco in portugal? what happened to him?

    • poipoi
      November 17, 2010

      man, those new jerseys are ugly, gotta get me a historic one with iniesta on it

      • Kari
        November 17, 2010

        Iniesta looks like he’s going to kick ass.

        Oh wait, that’s how he always looks ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    My perfect day is this:

    Messi scores; Silva scores; Thong Boy has a terrible match, misses an open net, and gets sent off; Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro!, Puyi, and Pique don’t play the full 90.

    • Josep
      November 17, 2010

      But Lithuania lost 2-0.. your(my) perfect day is ruined!

  24. ooga aga
    November 17, 2010

    i just dont see the point in playing tried and true veterans, who already play 2 matches a week, who just won the world cup, in a friendly. why not try some young blood. why doesnt anyone (pep, our boys) say anything about this? i am worried about it more than the players? if so ill shut up.

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      Pep’s probably pissed. Our players always want to play.

      Spanish FA are laughing all the way to the bank.

      Oh, how I hate Sergio Ramos…

  25. lovelymofo
    November 17, 2010

    Busquets with a late tackle, but naturally Fake Ronaldo makes the most of it, with a delayed reaction rolling around in agony bit.

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      Bwahaha. He fails to get Busi booked, so he slide tackles him later and gets a yellow himself.

      My day is rolling on perfectly

      • lovelymofo
        November 17, 2010

        Busi getting under his skin before el Clasico, not a bad ploy!

        You know, its such a shame that Christiano plays with such a terrible attitude, it makes it impossible to enjoy watching him play.

        • stowe
          November 17, 2010

          indeed, so skilled, fun to watch and then he goes and whines or does a crossover 5 meters from a defender. can’t stand the attitude. it’s one reason i love messi so much

  26. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Thong Boy attacking Busquets (again!) lol! Busquets cleverly got him booked without injury.

  27. Nav
    November 17, 2010

    Does anyone have a link to live commentary for Spain v Portugal?

    • cliveee
      November 17, 2010

      try this *http://atdhe.net/28549/watch-portugal-vs-spain

      • Nav
        November 17, 2010

        Thanks Clivee but I’m at work so can’t stream — I was hoping for a live score sheet + commentary or something ๐Ÿ™‚

      • cliveee
        November 17, 2010

        gotcha
        *http://soccernet.espn.go.com/commentary?id=306980&cc=5901&league=FIFA.FRIENDLY

          • cliveee
            November 17, 2010

            as much as we hate bs dot com, their commentary maybe better…
            *http://www.goal.com/en/match/54163/portugal-vs-spain/play-by-play

    • Kari
      November 17, 2010

      Spanish veetle: /http://www.veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4cdcc79ee5a8b

  28. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Damn! I forgot to include Andres scoring in my ‘Perfect Day’ scenario, so he missed ๐Ÿ™

  29. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Xabi Alonso continues to be the player giving away possessions in the midfield after the world cup. this player is never improving in this game.

  30. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Portugal are taking this way serious.

    Everyone on Spain must be thinking, “WTF. I hope I don’t get injured”

  31. blitzen
    November 17, 2010

    I want Spain to score within the next ten minutes, because then I have to leave! Come on, Iniesta! Baby needs a goal!

  32. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    Thong Boy just got OWNED by Pique ๐Ÿ˜€

    • cliveee
      November 17, 2010

      5 or 6 step-overs and the defense is still in front of him. laughed. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • lovelymofo
      November 17, 2010

      He always defends well against him. My dearest wish from here on out, is that Thong Boy never ever scores against the Spanish NT or Barรงa. It would be awesome!

  33. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Is OurFillet number 17 of Neverland?

  34. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Alonso and Ramos are not used to seeing so much of the ball that they just have to give it away time and again.

  35. lovelymofo
    November 17, 2010

    Ay! So close. I hope Espaรฑa scores before the half.

  36. Kari
    November 17, 2010

    I really dislike Ramos. What the heck to women people see in him?

    Joao Mo—

    jif3209fu034ju0j4[3pjig0-[jg

    SIVLAAAAAAAAAAAA?! DID I JINX YOU!?!

    • cliveee
      November 17, 2010

      dislike Alonso and thong boy worse…

  37. jordi(TM)
    November 17, 2010

    Man el chino scored that header against scotland but then misses this simpler one :/

  38. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    WAHAHAHAHHAHA!$#^$%&$&^$ I can’t help myself but to laughhhhhhhhhhh!$%#^$&$^^&$^$

  39. cliveee
    November 17, 2010

    Nani did well for Spain, really.

  40. 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”

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. Ryan
    November 17, 2010

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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!

  50. Kari
    November 17, 2010

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

  51. 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™

  52. 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.

  53. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

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

  54. 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!

  55. 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)

  56. poipoi
    November 17, 2010

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

  57. 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!

  58. 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.

  59. 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)

  60. 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.

  61. 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!

  62. 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?

  63. 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!

  64. 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.

  65. 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#

  66. 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.

  67. Dave
    November 17, 2010

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

  68. Ryan
    November 17, 2010

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

  69. 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?

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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™‚

  78. 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?

  79. 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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