To Pamplona! And Don’t Forget the Goals!

Liga Preview: Osasuna – Barcelona

I’m still in I can’t believe how crush we were mode, even though it’s been 4 days since El Clásico. I spent most of that time traveling and being completely isolated from the news by familial demands, so perhaps my inability to properly process this momentous occasion is understandable.  Or perhaps no one has and my disconnect from the blogosphere hasn’t caused anything special at all. [GolTV is reshowing the match as I write this and so that first paragraph took me 45 minutes to write.]

So now we’re back to the pedestrian Liga teams. You know, the ones that really decide the title. Ho hum. Just 3 more vital points. Yes, we’re up 2 points in the table, have a 5 goal lead in head-to-head, and are made of diamond encrusted diamonds. We’re like some bizarro Damien Hirst, er, art. Unlike that guy, though, there’s substance behind the flash. And that substance is top of the league, suckaaaas.

And that substance is going to Pamplona. Maybe. The planes are all on the ground in Spain and that’s a problem. The weather is fine, but the air traffic controllers are striking. Sort of. It’s more like they’re simply not showing up. And now the military has decided it’s time they stepped in and took command of the control towers. Hmm. Militaries in the streets? If it gets me my Barça! I guess we’ll get there via bus or train?

I can never think of Osasuna without thinking of Messi’s goal in the 85th minute that showed most everyone what kind of business we meant that first year under Guardiola. It seems like it was ages ago–a different lifetime, when we didn’t all believe in the power of Guardiola, in the Tiki-Taka Revolution–but it wasn’t and we’ve only returned to the scene of the crime once. That was a 1-1 draw you might remember as one we let get away thanks to a 90th minute Pique own goal. Oops.

This year we’re a bit banged up, with Messi missing some training this week but still making the squad list and Milito out. The full squad list is:  Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Bojan, Messi, Jeffren, Mascherano, Keita, Busquets, Pedro, Maxwell, Adriano, Abidal, Thiago.

There’s no excuse for being anything other than focused. We’re top of the league and we might as well stay there for the rest of the season, right? And that starts with Osasuna. Madrid will be focused at home against Valencia, so we have to start this off right by getting 3 points and not giving them an inch. If they fail, we have to have already taken advantage of it. There is no margin for error, even after a 5-0 heiney-whippin’.

Osasuna, quickly: 12th in the table, 4-3-6 (15pts, 12GF, 13GA), but at home they’re 4-2-0 (11GF, 2GA). Granted, their toughest opponent at Estadio Reyno de Navarra was Real Sociedad, who sit in 9th, but that’s still an impressive record. Levante and Almeria managed draws. For Barça, this is perhaps not as daunting as it would be for a different team. Guardiola’s men are the only to have never lost away. They’ve also never drawn (neither has Sevilla, but they’ve lost 3 times), so their 6-0-0 (21GF, 3GA) record must be daunting to Osasuna.

Official Prediction: 0-2. A win is a win and it won’t be easy despite the scoreline. Osasuna knows how to kick, even though they’re 8th in the Fair Play table with 32 yellows and 3 reds (compared to Barcelona’s 24 and 2, which ties them for first with Depor).

Time: Game is at 8pm local, 2pm EST. Check your local time here.
TV: Here in the US, the match is on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com
Weather: Better than where I am. Winter can go eat a bag of [censored].

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126 Comments

  1. Vicsoc8
    December 3, 2010

    This is goin to ba tough fought game, and my initial feeling is that it will be an ugly one. I don’t expect to see the absolute dominance we showed on Monday, as well organized, physical teams always seem to give us trouble.

    I’m predicting a 1-0, with Messi being the difference.

  2. Patrick
    December 3, 2010

    I miss the neon yellow jersey….

    • Alexinho
      December 3, 2010

      That match is constantly recalled whenever that great, great season is. Just goes to show you what a match it was.

  3. jhargrid
    December 3, 2010

    If the team shows up and plays like they are full of confidence, hunger, and just had five days of rest, we’ll have this bagged and tagged, 3-0 no problem.

    On the other hand, if the team shows up, overconfident and lazy, tentative on account of an injured Messi, and soft from five days of rest, we’ll be in for a dull, goalless draw.

    Here’s hoping for the former.

  4. beeeef
    December 3, 2010

    i think it’ll be a fairly comfortable, yummy, win.

    i’m more worried about the espanyol game in several weeks time.

  5. outerspacedout
    December 3, 2010

    I feel confident that we’ll win. Overconfidence has very rarely been a problem with this Barcelona side under Pep (the few times it has, it has led to bad results though admittedly, like the Nou Camp reverse to Sevilla in the Copa or the last bit of the Arsenal away game).

    I’m really really crossing my fingers that Valencia beat Real. But even if they draw I’d be happy, cos then Barca might end up being the ones to break Mourinho’s home record (though if the likes of Sevilla, Valencia and Villareal and smaller teams get draws in the Bernabeu, all the better).

    @Kari: You’re from Canada and you said you have female Muslim friends, so I’m just curious- my old best friend from Malaysia is studying in Uni of Toronto now and one of her close friends there (in the city at least, dunno if in the same university) has a name with a K and an R. Kari or Kira or Kiran or Kary what exactly the name was I don’t remember, haven’t talked to her much lately cos she’s busy with university stuff. You don’t know anyone named Hawa there from college do you?

  6. beeeef
    December 3, 2010

    great article by Sid over at Sports Illustrated debunking the idea that C. Ronaldo is a more “complete” player than messi. This will give those TB fanboys something to think about.

    courtsey of barcastuff:

    *http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/sid_lowe/12/03/messi.ronaldo/index.html#ixzz1764WMLrW

    • barca96
      December 3, 2010

      This writers need to stop putting Messi and Ronaldo in the same sentence. Enough is enough!!

    • soccermomof4
      December 3, 2010

      After Monday, there is still a debate?

    • Jose
      December 3, 2010

      An EPL fan once told me last summer that he prefers CRonaldo to Messi because he likes bigger, physical strikers as they can track back and help on defense.

      Truly, the EPL has poisoned the mind of a generation.

      • HY
        December 3, 2010

        Oh geez. I got the exact same ‘lecture’ from a friend who’s an EPL fan.

  7. barca96
    December 3, 2010

    -Pep please rest Messi!
    And Puyol and Alves too.
    They deserve a rest.

    -Man City is making an offer of 50mill POUNDS for Alves. I’m sure that’s too good of an offer but please don’t accept it.
    This is totally different to the situation with Ronaldinho. I wasn’t entirely happy that we rejected a $100mil bid for him.

    -Did you guys read over at barastuff yesterday or 2days ago.
    Ronaldo told/asked Pedro;
    “Who are you”
    Bloody arrogant f*&k

    • soccermomof4
      December 3, 2010

      I’d have said, “Oh, I’m the one whose name is up on the scoreboard.”

      • outerspacedout
        December 3, 2010

        I like that comeback. Wonder what Pedro actually said though, probably nothing

        But then again the utter humiliation of talking on the pitch and Ronaldo getting pasted 5-0 should have been the more dignified and respectable way of telling him ‘up yours’.

        Who made a $100 mil bid for Ronaldinho? And yeah in hindsight it seems that would have been a good move to sell then, if it was after 2007… but then again also not, cos if that had happened then or if a whole lot of other things had gone differently (like if we hadn’t lost to Man Utd in the 08 semis, if we had bought someone else earlier on, etc, all those permutations) would not have resulted in Pep and this golden era happening (or at least as emphatically as it did- I’m sure 2008/09 wouldn’t have been a hextuplet year or anywhere near this if Rijkaard and Ronnie stayed and Pep (especially), Pique and Alves hadn’t come)

      • Jnice
        December 4, 2010

        Agree with soccermom. Would have just pointed at the scoreboard and chuckled.

        • barca96
          December 4, 2010

          I would’ve said the same thing to that jack-ass but we all know that Pedro is not that kind of person. He would’ve probably kept quiet and have his tails under his legs 😆
          Cute lil’ P!

          Chelsea made a huge bid for Ronnie for $100 back then. Can’t remember when but at that time he was already getting slow and lazy. But I think Frank(Rijkaard) thought that Ronnie would get back to his best. Frank really trusted Ronnie. One of his mistakes IMO.

    • Jnice
      December 3, 2010

      Can’t afford to rest Puyol and Alves against Osasuna. We need to be solid for this one.

      Hope Messi plays as well. I think against Osasuna we will see either Keita or Mascherano in the midfield to add some more steel.

      I only see the difference in this game being 1 or 2 goals.

  8. Ryan
    December 3, 2010

    Is it bad to have a good feeling about the EE-Valencia game?

    • Jnice
      December 3, 2010

      Not necessarily, but I wouldn’t be too hopeful. They will probably win.

      • Nav
        December 4, 2010

        RM will be very eager to prove themselves after the manhandling they got — I kind of feel bad for Valencia.

        • barca96
          December 4, 2010

          Or they could suffer from psychological damage after the Clasico.

      • Ryan
        December 4, 2010

        Yeah, I just read that Valencia will be using their 3rd choice keeper. So I guess even without Ramos, Carvalho, and Higuain they’ll probably win. Who is our 3rd choice keeper anyway?

  9. K(legit)
    December 3, 2010

    With Camacho as the Osasuna boss we can expect a huge BUS parked in front of the goal..so time for some tiki-taka near the box!

  10. Kxevin
    December 4, 2010

    Not sure how AS knows, but it is saying that we are going to promote Thiago in January.

    • Jnice
      December 4, 2010

      They’re just stating the obvious and trying to make it look like they have some special insight.

  11. Extreme barca fan
    December 4, 2010

    I dont think valencia are good enough to defeat EE at home even with EE missing a few players through injury/suspension so i guess our boys think the same and know its up to them to defeat everybody and not expect any favors from any other team.
    Also i dont think pep will be resting anybody, this is a tough match and he knows that, our midweek game against ruben will be a formality he can rest the big boys then, i predict a 1-3 win for us pedro to score one at least

  12. Jojo
    December 4, 2010

    Valencia will draw 2moro against EE…I just know it…Valencia are out to make Madrid’s week even more miserable…I can just sense it!!

  13. December 4, 2010

    Let’s roll out our thugs and play through it. It’s not gonna be easy, but we still need good organization. To play Mascherano instead of Busquets will give us good long ball options when Tiki-Taka are heavily distracted by tough tackles without call or fouls. Not sure if we need Keita too, but to think Pep would choose security and strength over skills is just not quite right. So, I expect:

    VV
    Alves Pique Puyol Abidal
    Mascherano
    Xavi Iniesta
    Messi Villa Pedro

    Almost the best lineup, but with Mascherano being more durable under physical condition and the long ball option is just tactically more suitable. No reason not to start Iniesta and Xavi as they are fit. Same goes for Pedro is on the best run of his form so far this season. I suspect Pep may rest Puyol or Pique and move Abidal center and play Maxwell/Adriano. But consider this is just a game right after the El Clasic, Pep would make sure we bag 3 points. Also, where you fall down is where you should get back up. So, let Pique redeem himself there.

    Score: 0-5 Barca. Why not? Right?

    • BA
      December 4, 2010

      ooph. let’s hope Xavi doesn’t play tomorrow. the guy’s got tendinitis, remember? i’d much prefer him rested after a taxing performance, we shouldn’t risk him exacerbating the damage for a game where we don’t absolutely need him. a midfield of Mascherano, Keita (or Thiago) and Iniesta should be more than enough. i’d also look for Messi to be rested, at least for the first half; he took a hell of a beating on Monday. Bojan looked bright in the Clasico, that should win him a spot as Messi’s replacement. that’s still a pretty potent team.

      the back line should stay the same, though. it’s not like Madrid gave them anything to do 😀

  14. sab
    December 4, 2010

    are we still comparing CR with messi. i think that debate is over.
    new debate is who is the better one?”bale or messi”.and yes everybody EPL is the best league in the world where a striker like bent can score 20+goals a season.

    @jnice can u please give me a torrent link of 2-6 game,sky sports commentary.i downloaded one,but that was spanish commentary.sorry to ask u.

    osasuna game.
    VV

    ALVES PUYOL PIQUE ABIDAL

    BISCUITYS

    SMAASH GHOST

    PEDRO MESSI VIILLA

    0-3.

    btb villa has scored 10 goals against osasuna.

    whats the weather situation @pamplona?freezing or normal?

    i missed the yellow jersey.and what a gol by messi,they say “comenth the hour comenth the man”

    • Jnice
      December 4, 2010

      Torrent link *http://www.mediafire.com/?25ivmjkjx5e

      Courtesy of Pakman at fbtz.com

      • sab
        December 4, 2010

        thanks jnice.life will not be the same for barca fans without u.

        again gracias muchas(i dunno any spanish,is that right?)

  15. Clue(less)
    December 4, 2010

    Just another reason I find it hard to believe that Russia will be hosting the 2018 WC

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLUxuq-E9yA&feature=related

    • outerspacedout
      December 4, 2010

      Way to generalize.. you can find scum in any country in the world, including yes the other bid options such as England, Netherlands (I HATE that Geert Wilders guy from what I know of him, racist **** ****** **** ** ******), Belgium, Spain (Sergio Ramos), and Portugal.

      I don’t find that to carry any weight whatsoever as to state that that video makes Russia undeserving to host a WC.

      • Nick
        December 4, 2010

        Could not agree more. Tired of arguments such as that made by Clue(less).

      • IS
        December 4, 2010

        Agree. And just to add to your point..

        The WC as some have mentioned before isn’t simply an economic catalyst (some say it’s actually counter-productive in that regard) since it also leaves its mark on the social and cultural landscape of the host country. So, why not focus on the fact that winning the bid could very well galvanize societies and lead to better integrated and more united communities. After all, 8 years is plenty of time.

  16. stowe
    December 4, 2010

    Sid Lowe article is great and i totally agree.

  17. sab
    December 4, 2010

    sid lowe in my opinion is the best english writer of spanish football.

    his closing line in the guardian blog is epic.”and this barcelona side raised their hand”

  18. Cesc Blanc
    December 4, 2010

    damn it…guys are stuck for now in Barcelona and they excluded the train+bus option. They are waiting for the airports to open again and take the flight to Pamplona. let’s hope it happens.

    • IS
      December 4, 2010

      I’m glad they’ve excluded the train + bus option since it really doesn’t make sense to have the players rushed from one terminal to the next and spend 3-4 hours in a seated position before such a crucial game.

      Let’s hope the negotiations with the FA could simply postpone the game by 24hrs. That would probably be ideal since the alternative of delaying it by a few hours would still be somewhat unsettling.

      Luckily, having a CL game on Tuesday shouldn’t be much of a concern since we’ve secured first place. (Although it would still be nice to beat Kazan once and for all)

  19. Vj
    December 4, 2010

    ||http://twitter.com/barcastuff/status/11004136661188608

    The FA chief says that the match is most likely to be suspended..

    Not bad.. Messi might get more resting time..

    • IS
      December 4, 2010

      How lucky are we for having Pep (and the team) over @barcastuff feeding us info by the minute. This wasn’t even out on Sport.es when I first read it..

      Glad to see the Spanish FA has common sense – just hope that the rescheduling isn’t too bad for us. I think tomorrow wouldn’t be too bad.. (esp. considering our CL status)

      • Helge
        December 4, 2010

        If the match is being played tomorrow, it’ll be fine. But our schedule for the next weeks and months, at least if we overcome Athletic Bilbao in the CdR, will be crowded like sardines in a can!
        I also wouldn’t mind the match to take place today, simply because that could enhance the pressure on EE.

      • outerspacedout
        December 4, 2010

        Is Pep at Barcastuff Pep Guardiola Pep? No right? I mean is it an official Twitter of Barcelona? I always thought it was just by some really dedicated fans.

        When you say Pep and the team do you mean Pep being the name of a fan who runs Barcastuff and his team of people working on it, or Pep Guardiola and Barcelona?

        • barca96
          December 4, 2010

          Pep is some kind of an inside man. He used to run his own blog but stopped in the at end of the summer of 2009 and started doing twitter. Before the Barca elections he set-up a new blog dedicated for the elections.
          He is just simply amazing.
          He is not even a journalist, not even a Spanish, let alone Catalan, just a half-man, half-amazing with some crazy insider information on the club.
          We should pay him and the people of this blog as well.

  20. Jose
    December 4, 2010

    AS says final decision will be made within 30 minutes…

  21. GREECE BARCA
    December 4, 2010

    Hm..we can reach the CDR final but i am not so sure if it.s so important..with afellay and tiago promoted our squad is no anymore small..So the CDR games are important for those 2 and bojan,bartra,fontas,adriano..

  22. IS
    December 4, 2010

    “The Spanish league LFP and the Spanish federation RFEF are considering the suspension of the whole 14th match day”

    Seriously? Is it the situation that problematic?

    • Helge
      December 4, 2010

      Damn it!
      Then Ramos and Carvalho will be available against Valencia, right? 🙁

      • IS
        December 4, 2010

        Hmmm… hope not.

        If they’re allowed to play when the game comes around then we can start up some conspiracy theories about the real cause behind the air traffic control strike.

  23. IS
    December 4, 2010

    Maybe things aren’t so clear yet: (via Pep)

    Carretero (spokesperson Spanish federation): “The state of alarm won’t lead to a total suspension of the match day.” [cope]

    Carretero (spokesperson Spanish federation): “Barcelona should do what is possible to get to Pamplona.” [cope]

    I’ll just wait for the final outcome..

  24. Vj
    December 4, 2010

    ||http://www.as.com/futbol/articulo/barca-puede-viajar-pamplona/20101204dasdasftb_3/Tes

    AS says that our match will take place tomorrow..

  25. Vj
    December 4, 2010

    Ya es oficial..

    ||http://twitter.com/barcastuff/status/11035466048479232

    • Eklavya
      December 4, 2010

      What the hell? It’ll be played at 17h00 Barca time?

  26. barca96
    December 4, 2010

    Good for the players to have another day off but not good for me as I have to wake up at 2am again like I did when I was back in Malaysia/Singapore.
    And what’s worse is that I need to get to work at 7am. That’s so eff-ed up.
    Does it affect anyone else here? Not so right cause most of you guys are in Europe or North America. I’m in Down Under atm.

    • sheena
      December 4, 2010

      I live in Malaysia, so its usually always around that time for me. Used to it though.

      • barca96
        December 4, 2010

        Yeah, f-up times waking up at 2 or 3am once or twice a week. The thing is that I have a hard time falling asleep. So most of the times I’l just stay awake till my classes start and walk around like a zombie for the day.
        Nowadays in Aussie it’s just perfect, the matches are at 4,5am.

        • sheena
          December 4, 2010

          Mm, I usually just call it a night a lot earlier than usual, that way after the match, I don’t need to go back to sleep. Works pretty well for me 🙂

          • BarcaOwl
            December 4, 2010

            So nice to know that I’m not the only person here who’s living in Malaysia. 😀 Hi!

      • OSBAG
        December 4, 2010

        Barca time is perfect for me here in Nigeria. Same time zone.

  27. sheena
    December 4, 2010

    According to Sid Lowe, Osasuna are refusing to play tomorrow. WHAT IS THIS.

    • Helge
      December 4, 2010

      Yap, they want to enforce the withdrawal rule and win the match on the table. Their argument is that all the other teams looked out for alternative travelling methods yesterday, Barca also had the opportunity, but they trusted in the travel by plane…
      If we lose 3 points in this way, I’ll have to destroy something here out of pure anger ^^

      • Helge
        December 4, 2010

        And I’m sure all this will make Osasuna even more motivated, more aggressive – thanks a lot, you **** strikers!

      • sheena
        December 4, 2010

        According to Pep’s twitter, the Spanish fed said that there’s no way Barca will lose the 3 points without the match being played because these were unforseen circumstances. But that was said before Osasuna decided to act up.

  28. mei
    December 4, 2010

    I really dont get it.
    Why are they getting all worked up for a delay that is reasonable to the strike anyway?

  29. Helge
    December 4, 2010

    From Pep’s twitter:
    ” note: it’s a bit of chaos, people. hold on 🙂 ”

    A BIT of crazy? I’m about to turn completely nuts because of all these different, contradicting statemens 😀

    • sheena
      December 4, 2010

      Tell me about it. I just had 4 statements regarding the game pop up on my timeline. Each and every one completely different.

  30. Aneesh
    December 4, 2010

    @barcastuff “Barcelona will leave the Camp Nou at 15:30 and take the train at 4 pm.”

    Now what does that mean ?

  31. Aneesh
    December 4, 2010

    Latest “The game will be played tonight, at the most it will be delayed a bit. If Barcelona don’t show up, they lose”

    WTF ?

  32. GREECE BARCA
    December 4, 2010

    That we will play tonight i guess..what a mess!

  33. BarcaOwl
    December 4, 2010

    So, when IS the match exactly? One minute, someone says A. The next minute someone else pops up with a contradicting statement. I think this is one of those times when Twitter results in further confusion.

  34. Aneesh
    December 4, 2010

    @barcastuff “Barcelona players have been told the game will be at 10 pm tonight”

    Hope they are not tired. This is all EE effect I say 🙂

  35. y2k156
    December 4, 2010

    Apparantly now the match will be at 10 PM. so Barca players will reach Zaragoza by 6 and Osasuna by 8. Will have 2 hrs to prepare. Tough match just got tougher.

  36. jordi(TM)
    December 4, 2010

    10 pm tonight.Hope we smash Osasuna.Unreasonable expletives.

    • sheena
      December 4, 2010

      They’re behaving like a bunch of twats. Withdrawal rule my ass.

  37. beeeef
    December 4, 2010

    mm… grueling train/bus trip because of air transportation related complications. shades of milan?

    but i think we’ll win regardless. pep will have the boys motivated, and knowing that the midweek CL game is of no real importance, the starting XI should give it their all.

    now i just have to figure out my schedule so i can tune in.

  38. Hilal
    December 4, 2010

    So the game will kick off at the same time as the Madrid game? Thats a shame, this was probably the first Madrid game I was actually going to watch, seeing as I think Valencia might actually take some points.

    I wonder if they’ll show the Barca game on Sky now though. Im sure this has messed with their scheduling so I have a feeling im gona have to stream this one. Damn

    • Jim
      December 4, 2010

      Not looking like we’re getting the game on Sky in the UK atm. could it be on the red button?

  39. beeeef
    December 4, 2010

    Final decision: The game will be played when Barcelona arrives in Pamplona. At the latest at 9 pm. #fcblive [via @jjbrotons]

    via barcastuff

    • Vj
      December 4, 2010

      WTF!! No time for training?

      And this after it was communicated via official channels that the game was tomorrow..

      Then probably Osasuna acted like pussiesThong Boy and didn’t want to play tomorrow..

      And then people say things like Villarato.. Bullshit!

  40. soccermomof4
    December 4, 2010

    I hope ESPN3 is keeping up with these changes; I need my barca fix today!

    • beeeef
      December 4, 2010

      remember to check *atdhe.net and *myp2p.eu for additional links if, for one reason or another, espn3 doesn’t adjust their schedule accordingly.

  41. GREECE BARCA
    December 4, 2010

    So what?when we will arive in pamblona the boys will get out of the bus and start to play?This is a joke.I travel with bus for 4 hours and i need time after to be ok.imagine to play 90m game.shame.

  42. Soy Culé
    December 4, 2010

    Anyone else think this is a conspiracy to get EE back on top the table?

    Think about it, if Barça can’t get to Pamplona, apparently, they’ll lose the 3 points (which is ridiculous, btw, and the most blatant attempt to award a club 3 points without them earning it), so who’s to say the same can’t happen to Valencia, who have to travel to Madrid?

    So if Barça and Valencia both lose the 3 points to their opponents, EE go top again.

    I know it sounds stupid, but the Spanish FA always look to protect their precious EE.
    It’s not Barça’s fault if they can’t get there on time ’cause some disgruntled air traffic controllers decided to go on strike. It’s ridiculous.

    • Roz
      December 4, 2010

      Somehow I would not be suprised if that was true.

      Some EPL games on right now Arsenal tied with Fulham via a Nasri goal. Wasnt bad that one. How long till hes the best Player in the world I wonder.

  43. Cesc Blanc
    December 4, 2010

    Honestly, I love Spain and all that but today more than ever, Visca Catalunya Lliure!! And damn, this failure of communication and everything wouldn’t have happened under Laporta! NEVER EVER EVER! Rosell you rookie, at least fire Toni Freixa!

    • Vicsoc8
      December 4, 2010

      This could have easily happened under Laporta, as it is the Spanish federation that is a laughing stock and terrible, and that was true when Laporta was president as well.

      • Jim
        December 4, 2010

        I hate to say it but was it not Pep who instituted the travel on the day policy ?

  44. Soy Culé
    December 4, 2010

    Also, my father just told me about something similar that happened here in the U.S., when Regan was still the presi.

    He told me the air traffic controllers almost went on strike here, too, during the 80s (I think), and almost crippled the country. Regan’s response? He fired every single one of them, and brought in the military to take care of the flights,etc.

    Maybe they should think about doing the same in Spain. It’s not just the football that’s being effected, it’s everything else. I read about 4 million people in Spain can’t get to where they need to go. It’s ridiculous.

  45. Extreme barca fan
    December 4, 2010

    And the official FC Barcelona site is useless until now there is nothing at allllllllllllllllllllll

  46. Vj
    December 4, 2010

    More Jackassery:

    The Spanish federation has informed Barcelona that they lose the game if they’re not at the stadium at 20:30 #fcblive [catalunya radio]

    via Pep @ barcastuff

  47. Henry
    December 4, 2010

    According to sources close to the RFEF the match will be played at 22:00 ?

  48. Goo
    December 4, 2010

    From Pep’s twitter:
    The Spanish federation has informed Barcelona that they lose the game if they’re not at the stadium at 20:30.

    Are all those air traffic controllers madridistas? Because if Barca loses by virtue of being late, all hell will just break loose.

  49. anon
    December 4, 2010

    The train should be pulling into Zaragoza in the next 5-10 minutes, then the bus journey to Pamplona should take another 2-2.5 hours. So they should arrive approx 30-45 minutes before kickoff.
    Unbelievable.

  50. Vj
    December 4, 2010

    Behold the frozen pitch that awaits us..

    ||http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/web/gen/20101015/54024275175.html?IDMC=54079916110

  51. anon
    December 4, 2010

    *http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/news/breaking-news-osasuna-match-to-be-played-at-2030h/

    Barca currently on train to Zaragoza. Expected to arrive a little before 1800h. And then take a bus ride (140km, about 2 hours) to Pamplona.

    Tweet: The Spanish federation has informed Barcelona that they lose the game if they’re not at the stadium at 2030h.

    Tweet: FC Barcelona is already in Lleida. Arrival time in Zaragoza is estimated to be 1747h.

    Read more: http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/news/breaking-news-osasuna-match-to-be-played-at-2030h/#ixzz17A4T4X4a

  52. Vj
    December 4, 2010

    Some sense prevails:

    Spokespeople Spanish federation tell different media Barcelona will be allowed to arrive late. Osasuna agree [rac1-ser-ondacero]

    Via Pep @ barcastuff

  53. Jojo
    December 4, 2010

    Soo umm guys what time is the game 2day now with all these factors??

  54. GREECE BARCA
    December 4, 2010

    That.s total insane.Spain federation is a joke.Yes maybe is also a board.s fault but the way they treat to us is unbelievable.This game must be played today.If e.e was in our place i am sure nothing of that would happened.FUCK THEM.

    • Soy Culé
      December 4, 2010

      Exactly.

      If it was EE in our position, the Spanish FA would have said they can play tomorrow.

      In fact, the Spanish FA + Real Madrid = Gollum + the One Ring. “We must protect the precious”

  55. Vj
    December 4, 2010

    Who said that we won’t have any practice before the match? Here’s P! running to take the train!
    ||http://yfrog.com/289oc0j

    Via Pep @ barcastuff

  56. OSBAG
    December 4, 2010

    i know EE refers to Madrid but wats it meaning pls

  57. Hilal
    December 4, 2010

    This league is a disgrace sometimes..

  58. JC
    December 4, 2010

    sheesh!! First FIFA proves to the world that they are idiots, and now the Spanish FA? is there a “Make the dumbest decision” contest for football governing bodies going on?
    anyway, this has got to be the most exciting game of the century, we are rooting for our team to reach the ground on time in order to save 3 points….

  59. K(legit)
    December 4, 2010

    Osasuna are looking at a big time ass-whopping here..I am rooting for another 0-8

    • Helge
      December 4, 2010

      LOL 😀

      That’s highly realistic

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