El Clasico Liveblog

It is a Liveblog. It is about El Clásico. That makes it the…(drum roll, please) EL CLÁSICO LIVEBLOG!!!!!! And it is brought to you by the lovely, gorgeous, and True Cule Hero, Kari. Get ready to have your socks completely rocked off!

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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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  1. Vj
    November 29, 2010

    Visca Kariii!!!

    Viscaaa Barçaaa!!!!

  2. GREECE BARCA
    November 29, 2010

    With kari.s power we will destroy the satanic empire!

  3. Eklavya
    November 29, 2010

    “lovely, georgeous….socks”

    LOL 😀

  4. Kari (TCH)
    November 29, 2010

    -insert BEASTLY ROAR here-

    Because it’s El Clasico and emotions will be at an all-time high, I’m gonna be a bit of a party pooper and lay down some ground rules.

    1) Watch the language. I know, I know, it’s the mother of all matches, El Clasico, but still. I will block/not approve your comments if it’s mostly made up of swear words. Keep it clean. I know it’s hard so I challenge you to be creative in expression your feelings. Let’s see what you come up with. I have motherflippin’ (cheesy and corny? Yes, but it gets the job done. 😀 )

    2) No derogatory comments. That is to say anything that has to do with someone’s race, orientation, religious beliefs etc. Any comments with the aforementioned will not be published.

    3) This ties in with the first two– Be polite to one another a.k.a no infighting. Discussing and arguing with each other in a civilized matter is obviously welcome–this is game is serious business after all. However, we’re all fans here. Don’t ridicule other people’s feelings.

    All in all, this liveblog is supposed to be fun. The chance to talk to one another and express our feelings during a game is all kinds of awesome. All I ask is for us to keep it in check.

    I’m going to do my utmost to follow these rules, so I’d like everyone else to try to as well. This is my first time running this thing so if I’m out of line, feel free to let me know.

    With all that being said, VISCA BARCA!!!

    • MoSSi
      November 29, 2010

      I’m so going to make your first liveblog experience a living hell!

      Just kidding..

    • Kari (TCH)
      November 29, 2010

      Also, doing any of the aforementioned three things and disguising it as a joke won’t work. C’mon people, contrary to popular belief, I wasn’t born yesterday 😀

  5. Kari (TCH)
    November 29, 2010

    Oh and this baby will kick off 15-20 minutes before kick off. Be there or be square (Oh yes I did!)

  6. Nav
    November 29, 2010

    I don’t know about you guys but I’m so nervous.

  7. K(legit)
    November 29, 2010

    2 hr 15 min to kickoff…need activity..
    Eat Eat Eat

    MOAR ACTIVITY!!!

  8. soccermomof4
    November 29, 2010

    Will be watching the game 1 hr late so I can’t follow the live blog(parental duties come first, DANG!) So, Happy Clasico, y’all ahead of time.
    Visca Barca

    so nervous I can’t eat lunch

    • soccermomof4
      November 29, 2010

      How do you all get the keyboard to do the Spanich c thing as in Barca?

  9. momo
    November 29, 2010

    I’m skipping my 3 hour differential equations class, it’s gonna suck catching up later but it is sooooooo worth it!

    Here’s my official prediction folks:
    Barca 2-0
    Messi 35 min
    messi 72 min

    Mark my words….

    • Patrick
      November 29, 2010

      Bah, basic diff eq ain’t that bad. Much better than missing clasico at least.

  10. y2k156
    November 29, 2010

    Keeping check on emotions and being rational during liveblog. Humm. Will be tough.

    Normally i never get too emotional but these moments somehow bring something primitive:). To respect TCH, will give it old college try.

  11. Lionel Messi
    November 29, 2010

    Sadly, I won’t score.
    Mark my words…

    • Vj
      November 29, 2010

      Words marked!

      He did everything except score!

    • Patrick
      November 29, 2010

      I wish someone would ‘curse’ leo like this every game.

  12. November 29, 2010

    I ate 3 times in the last 2 hours 😀

    I hope the match reach the level of expectations. I will be happy if we ride this match using “Masche and Busqe”, but I won’t complain to have Pedro with his scoring threat as well. Will be interesting to see what rabbets Pep and Mou will have in their hats.

  13. Blow-Grenade
    November 29, 2010

    I just hope nobody gets sent off. This is going to be a great match if we can have a full 90 minutes for 11 on 11. Both sides are riding on a high, and have spectacular players.
    Here is hoping for a great match!!!!
    Cheers.

  14. Soy Culé
    November 29, 2010

    /http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/6894/mou2.png

    And although I don’t go on the LiveBlogs, good luck today Kari. May the force be with you!

  15. ML
    November 29, 2010

    Higuain fails fitness test and will not start.

    I really wanted both sides to be at their best for this one if im honest

    • outerspacedout
      November 29, 2010

      Unrelated post but ESPN Soccernet:

      ‘Stats: Barcelona have been the best passing and distribution record in La Liga this season, completing 87% of their passes, though they have the worst crossing accuracy so far at 19%.’

  16. Colby
    November 29, 2010

    The game is only on ESPN Deportes right? On Soccernet, it lists the game as on ESPN, but on the ESPN tv listings its not there. I assume it is on ESPN in england, but not in the us?

  17. Josep
    November 29, 2010

    Now reported that HIGUAIN will play. Not sure if starting.

    • Colby
      November 29, 2010

      Yup. Sid Lowe reporting so on twitter.

  18. Vicsoc8
    November 29, 2010

    I have lucked out and come down with a cold at the last minute, which means it would be immoral for me to go in and work with standardized patients this afternoon, right?

  19. Euler
    November 29, 2010

    Hey folks-

    I just put up the last art of the tactical preview series I was working on for the clasico. This last part is on the Madrid defense and how barca can exploit it.

    If anyone is in the mood for some last minute tactical analysis the post will be up in the thread before this one.

    I wanted to get it up earlier this morning but was traveling and just got off the plane.

    • Helge
      November 29, 2010

      I’ve already read it, and all in all, I feel flooded by information from your tactical previews 🙂
      They were all amazing, but I doubt that I can pay attention to all of these aspects, in particular during such an emotional game!
      I’ll watch it once again afterwards from a more tactical point of view.

  20. Colby
    November 29, 2010

    Line-up (non-official): Valdes – Alves Pique Puyol Abidal – Xavi Busquets Iniesta – Pedro Messi Villa

      • Colby
        November 29, 2010

        Line-up Real Madrid (official): Casillas – Ramos Pepe Carvalho Marcelo – Xabi Khedira – DiMaria Ozil Cristiano – Benzema

        Both Official now.

        • y2k156
          November 29, 2010

          So basically both teams go full strength. Though i think Higuain might be better then Benz, overall we can say this is EE first 11 or 12:).

          We have our first 11 as well.

          Hoping for a cracking match.

  21. Ethan
    November 29, 2010

    With The Game Not Showing On DirecTV for ESPN with it being listed by ESPN that they are showing it at 12…Should i just not pay attention to that?

  22. soccermomof4
    November 29, 2010

    ESPN3 says it will have coverage beginning at 2:55 EST.

    • Ethan
      November 29, 2010

      thanks. that is lame though, everything from espn showed it would be on tv…guess not. ill have to make my way to a bar then.

  23. November 29, 2010

    full on tiki-taka! we will be true to our football!!!
    let total football prove its worth tonight!!!

  24. November 29, 2010

    Exclusive; The Official Line Up:

    Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa

    • soccermomof4
      November 29, 2010

      Please, Pique, find your form today! You owned TB last year!

  25. ever
    November 29, 2010

    stream – sportstream24.com/spain_football/watch_online_4

  26. Helge
    November 29, 2010

    So no surprise from either coach. Benzema is the natural replacement for Higuain, I think Benzema has better dribbling skills and is more involved with the team-play of Madrid, but Pipita is definitely the more lethal striker. Who would you have preferred, Benz or Pipita?

  27. extreme barca fan
    November 29, 2010

    Thiago is not on the bench, as per the official website

  28. Jim
    November 29, 2010

    What an atmosphere already. And a great lineup from us.

  29. Jose
    November 29, 2010

    Seems ESPN will have a Spanish feed and an English feed.

  30. IS
    November 29, 2010

    What’s the link to ESPN3? It seems I’m always directed to the ESPN player site that has no mention on football :s

  31. andrecito
    November 29, 2010

    anybody having problems with the links on rojadirecta? i cant connect to anything???

  32. GREECE BARCA
    November 29, 2010

    VISCA BARCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  33. GREECE BARCA
    November 29, 2010

    I feel i feel!i can.t tell you how i feel!No words!

    • Alexinho
      November 29, 2010

      For the first time since they’ve gone, I miss those thumbs up/thumbs down things…

  34. K(legit)
    November 29, 2010

    Yes..that is how to win and win well

  35. K(legit)
    November 29, 2010

    Oh and sorry ronaldo, we fell 3 goals short…!! we tried 8 but could only manage 5
    Mea Culpa Mea Culpa

  36. Jose
    November 29, 2010

    V! V for Victory, V for Villa!!

    V, the Roman Numeral FIVE!

    • Eklavya
      November 29, 2010

      BEST COMMENT EVER!
      (ok not really but still!=

  37. IS
    November 29, 2010

    Peace at long last.

    What. A. Game.

    Insane.

    Looking forward to seeing what happens to Crynaldo and Ramos for their actions. And isn’t it just perfect how EE still have to face Valencia, Sevilla and Zaragoza before the year ends.

  38. K(legit)
    November 29, 2010

    lol “There are some strikers who are more expensive than Benzema who are not scoring!”
    Hmm..so who’s that dude with a soul patch who scored twice then?

  39. Hristo8
    November 29, 2010

    so disapointing, cristiano was right we could not score 8 on them hahahahaha

  40. Alexinho
    November 29, 2010

    Question: How good is Messi? I mean, HOW good is Messi?? I’m glad he’s not hurt.

    It looks like I can delete that 2-6 Clasico win from 2009. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but, this blows all that away…

    Reactions to the goals:

    (Xavi): …can’t remember.

    (Pedro): GAAAAAAOAAAAAALLL!!!! Goagoagogogoagoagoallll!!!!! etc.

    (Villa): OH! GOAL! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    (Villa TIMES TWO): OH YES! [looks into air, puts arms in a “v”-shape] GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!!!

    (Jeffren): bwhahahaha!! Poor Messi. We own.

  41. Patrick
    November 29, 2010

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        • Patrick
          November 29, 2010

          Shamelessly stolen from comments on Guardian.co.uk

          “Barcelona were playing El Classy-co. Just a pity Real played El Crass-ico.”

    • K(legit)
      November 29, 2010

      This and some more

      Mano del Guardiola

      I hope that’s right..my Spanish is poor

  42. jordi(TM)
    November 29, 2010

    Ramos really lost it. Bunch of dirty bastards.Happy doesnt describe how i feel right now 😀

  43. Jnice
    November 29, 2010

    I LOBE YOU ALL.

    ooga was right again.

  44. soccermomof4
    November 29, 2010

    just finished watching (started late- love dvrs) OMgoodness!
    I LOVE this team!

  45. K(legit)
    November 29, 2010

    Download download download

    Jnice where are you? 😀

  46. Roz
    November 29, 2010

    WE RULE! I LOVE MOST OF YOU! VISCA EL BARCA!!

    • Patrick
      November 29, 2010

      Most? You need more beer. I’d give it to you if I could. I have a lot left to loan out. *burp*

  47. y2k156
    November 29, 2010

    I feel so happy. We were simply too good. Madrid will have to do more to put up a fight in april. I am just simply so so happy!!!

  48. IS
    November 29, 2010

    Everyday I find myself more and more appreciative of this blog. A few days ago I visited the EE offside for the first time and decided to comment on one of their posts.

    My comment was simple and in no way insulting – on the contrary, I was giving a few points on what I feel RM is missing. Anyway, next thing I know, one of their regulars responds to my comment, basically calling it out as BS. Hmmmm – so, luckily, that same day Salgado had come out in the press and made comments that supported my point 100%. So, I responded to ‘AJ’, with direct quotes from Salgado. All seemed ok… until today. I visited their blog and surprise surprise, they deleted both AJ’s response as well as my clarification! WTF!

    Very sad to see other blogs stooping so low as to cleanse their comments of anything that conclusively goes against its views.

    One more thing, in the euphoria of this win, I went on the EE offside again, this time to simply read through the transcript of their Liveblog. And this once again made me so happy with our own little community over here. I couldn’t believe how vile and vindictive some of their comments were. They went on half an hour about Messi’s dive (obviously), then went on to call us ‘class-less’ when Pep was shoved by Crynaldo, then a couple of them started wishing career ending injuries for Messi (even if they resulted in cards), and to top it all off – they pretty much skipped the Ramos incident, with one poster saying that ‘Puyol always gets slapped’ (i guess referring to the tunnel incident with Mou back in his chelski days). WTF!

    Anyway, I know this isn’t the most appropriate time/post for this rant. But I had to get it off my chest – and what better place.

    Thanks for this blog guys, it really is a gem.

    Finally… 5-0 Baaabbbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! I’m off to party.

  49. November 29, 2010

    We put on a spectacle in Camp Nou. We should be proud! I am SO PROUD OF OUR TEAM! They didn’t even stand a chance. We outclassed them in every way.

    WE WILL GO TO MADRID AND EXPECT A SIMILAR RESULT!

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