Osasuna v Barca LiveBlog

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  1. December 4, 2010

    All I can see is the liveblog i-frame code. Now we can hack your blog and take all the furniture.

    The team arrived to Pamplona. Aljazeera sport just announced it.

  2. Hilal
    December 4, 2010

    Uhh, has the Madrid game been postponed or something? Sky was showing both games and now they are showing neither. Very odd. I though they might cancel coverage of the Barca game due to the delays but why would they not show the MAdrid game? Its a pretty big game too. Big Fail Sky

  3. December 4, 2010

    So I see. Will end and try again. I hate computers. Looks like a 20:30 start, so re-convene here at 20:15, whatever time that is for you, or 17 minutes from now.

  4. Louis
    December 4, 2010

    Is Deportes pro-EE? They just showed the Liga standings from before last Monday’s Clasico..

  5. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    Now AS is back on their Villarato horse. Saying this is also a form of Villarato, not just refereeing decisions. Wow.

    • jordi(TM)
      December 4, 2010

      I ranted about that.How can someone write horseshit like this and keep their job?

      *http://www.as.com/opinion/articulo/villarato-guardiolato-igual/20101204dasdaiopi_12/Tes

      Its especially ridiculous because they have national influence.

      • Jnice
        December 4, 2010

        It’s disgraceful. Expect these articles every week as long as we’re in first.

  6. December 4, 2010

    This has been quite the klugenfuge, but we made it. Looks like a 20:30 start time, by all accounts.

  7. December 4, 2010

    Push that back a bit now. Might be later, 20:45 or 21:00. Lordy.

  8. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    If we thought Osasuna’s crowd was hostile before, they are going to murder us today.

  9. Kari
    December 4, 2010

    Wow. I visit family for a day (or even less) and look what happens.

    Can someone tell me what the hell just happened?

  10. K(legit)
    December 4, 2010

    Just saw the City game and Silva was sublime tonight..

  11. BarcaOwl
    December 4, 2010

    Goodness. There certainly is a very noisy crowd at the stadium tonight.

  12. NouBarca
    December 4, 2010

    Thank goodness. Sky is no longer showing the game but I am watching (online)our boys get off the coach in Pamplona

  13. December 4, 2010

    Deportes is live from the stadium. To hell with other teams. The announcers are talking about the cluster that is ensuing.

  14. Nik
    December 4, 2010

    Eh, bad situation all around. Although the Liga officials are a joke, the club must also take some blame for this. If I understand it right, we banked on catching a plane today. The safer bet would have been to have caught a train last night/yesterday to avoid this hooplah. However, that’s all in the past now.

    Time to see if our boys kept their focus this week. A hard match just got much more harder, but champions are made by overcoming such adversity. Let’s kick ass.

  15. Vicsoc8
    December 4, 2010

    This whole ordeal is really just embarrassing for everyone involved, but especially for the Spanish FA. The fact that they are just going to let the game start whenever everyone is ready is a bit ridiculous. When it was decided the game would be played and Barca oils travel by bus, they should have decided that the game would be played at 10 local time. It’s only a two hour delay, and would allow the fans to change their plans, and possibly even allow broadcasters to find some space for the game. As it is, it all just looks extremely amateur.

    Add in the fact that the FA had no power to decide the fate of the game and they really look bad. In England the games just get cancelled, and that is that. In Spain they may not have that power, but then they at least need to not say they will reschedule the game, only to be denied by one o the teams later.

  16. December 4, 2010

    ESPN3 is telling me that my “event is about to begin.” I have it on the big TV downstairs.

  17. December 4, 2010

    Depending upon the match time, the LiveBlog might or might not start on time. Would hate to have everyone sitting around, ranting about what eejits the league is, only to have the match be skedded for hours later. Checking now….

  18. December 4, 2010

    The starting XI for the enemy: Ricardo, Nelson, Sergio, Flaño, Monreal, Puñal, Nekouman, Juanfran, Masoud, Camuñas, Soriano

    • K(legit)
      December 4, 2010

      The Iranian Nekounam is a very good player

  19. December 4, 2010

    Match at 20;45. LiveBlog starts @20:30, or 13 minutes from now.

  20. December 4, 2010

    We’re rolling out with our best:

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

  21. Hilal
    December 4, 2010

    Anyone have a good stream for the game, since Sky has decided not to show it anymore..

    • December 4, 2010

      If you have ESPN3, they look to be showing it. Or at least Deportes is.

  22. Lev
    December 4, 2010

    wow i am so lucky! they are broadcasting both the english and the spanish commentators at the same time!

  23. alex
    December 4, 2010

    were are you whatcing the game what website
    pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    can someone tell me

    • K(legit)
      December 4, 2010

      Breathe breathe
      try this
      //http://myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=97376&part=sports

    • Kari
      December 4, 2010

      Just pick a stream that works for you here: /http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=97376&part=sports

    • December 4, 2010

      ESPN3 still isn’t showing anything. I’m watching via Deportes on live TV.

  24. mei
    December 4, 2010

    the official lineup hints at pep meaning business.
    Our possibly strongest lineup atm , arent you loving it? 🙂

  25. NouBarca
    December 4, 2010

    The Osasuna guys have been warming up for ages.. wonder how long our boys will get to warm up. they all almost ran from the bus to the changing room.. they look fired up I must say

    • December 4, 2010

      Pep must be pissed too, and decided to play thru all this with the A game. sending this “whatever it takes! we are champions no matter what you do!” message to the FA, to Madrid, to everyone.

      I just love it.

  26. December 4, 2010

    The best lineup, to me, means 60 minutes to beat them and then some Keita-Mascherano.

  27. gigko
    December 4, 2010

    stream – sportstream24.com/spain_football/watch_online_1

  28. December 4, 2010

    Officially 8:45. LiveBlog starts in 4 minutes, so get those streams ready, folks!

  29. NouBarca
    December 4, 2010

    They are ready!! yeah.. lets go boyssss

  30. jordi(TM)
    December 4, 2010

    Im gonna enjoy every gol we put past them.

  31. December 4, 2010

    Da boys look focused, and cranky. I know how they must feel. The fans are snake-mean.

  32. December 4, 2010

    I have my DVR churning away, and other folks do, as well. Two LiveBlog requests:

    1. No spoilers
    2. No swearing. Patrick started the trend during his LB, and it’s one that I like. Thanks to all.

  33. Kari
    December 4, 2010

    I still don’t really know what the heck just happened. If I understand this right:

    We were supposed to play the game tomorrow for some reason. Then the Spanish FA changed their minds and said we had to get to the stadium or we forfeit. We hustle to the stadium.

    And AS claim this as Villarato. At what point does this benefit us?!

    Playing Osasuna was bad enough before this mess… We might lose this game if we’re not careful. Although, I’d bet the players are pissed and therefore motivated. I know Pep is. Strongest XI, baby!

  34. NouBarca
    December 4, 2010

    is there a link to the live chat please? I am very new on here.

    • Vj
      December 4, 2010

      Welcome NouBarca! Weren’t you regular at chats over at fcbtransfers? I seem to recognize your handle..

  35. Hilal
    December 4, 2010

    For anybody with Sky they are actually showing the game, not in HD, but it’ll do. Go to Sky Sports 1 and then press the red button

  36. NouBarca
    December 4, 2010

    tnx Hilal.. hey dude pass me the remote…

  37. NouBarca
    December 4, 2010

    link to live chat please.. anyone?

  38. Dave
    December 4, 2010

    Why can’t I get into live chat anymore Kevin?? Used to be able to

  39. Kari
    December 4, 2010

    My heart was right! Messi Pichichi (by a goal but should be by 2)! We are really are incredible this season. We’ve played all our bogey teams away minus Espanyol and won all of them quite comfortable.

    Awesome. Just awesome.

    • jhargrid
      December 4, 2010

      We may have our issues (Villa’s adaptation, Piqué’s bit of bad form, Xavi’s tendonitis, Alves contract worries, Rosell drama) but the team overall is in a scorching hot run of form.

      This may very well be a once-in-a-lifetime team.

  40. jhargrid
    December 4, 2010

    Scoreless at the half in the Bernabeu. Do we dare hope?

    • Nik
      December 4, 2010

      It’s EE. They’ll get the goal they need right when your hopes for a loss are the highest.

  41. K(legit)
    December 4, 2010

    EE 0-0 VCF HT

    Crynaldo almost scores a golazo at the end..Post saves VCF

  42. GREECE BARCA
    December 4, 2010

    Yes you can dare.That.s barca.Without all that mess it was a 0-5.So proud just as monday.7 away games 7 wins 24-3 goals.Amazing.

  43. jhargrid
    December 4, 2010

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s looks of frustration give me strength.

  44. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    Pep explaining the travel saga via barcastuff on twitter

    Guardiola: “The federation promised us that if we wouldn’t fly, the game would be suspended.”

    “If some media want to manipulate the people, that’s not our responsibility.” (That’s directed at you As and Marca. Idiots.)

    Guardiola (to a journalist): “Look me in the eyes when I’m explaining to you what happened.”

    “We’re coming from a land called Catalunya and we have little to say here.”

    “We won’t change our habits of travelling the same day.”

    Stupid Madrid press man, talking about this is a form of villarato and Pep thinks he so special and he disrespected Osasuna and yadda yadda because we weren’t prepared to take the train/bus. No you idiots, the federation told us one thing then changed their mind with only hours to spare.

  45. Vj
    December 4, 2010

    Whoa! Pep was FURIOUS at the press conference! He claimed there was some manipulation by the Madrid media..

  46. PM
    December 4, 2010

    Given all that happened before the match 3-0 is simply awesome, so happy for the team 😀
    Other than Iniesta everyone looked tired. I don’t understand why Pep didn’t make subs right after the penalty. Bojan/Jeffren should have got at least 15+ minutes.

  47. Kari
    December 4, 2010

    I still can’t believe we actually got a penalty! Given by Teixeira Vitienes of all referees in Osasuna of all places. Whoa.

    Pep pissed = awesome. Tell it like it is, Pep!

    • lovelymofo
      December 4, 2010

      I like that Pep isn’t one of those who coaches who bitches constantly, so when he is rightly angry it comes off even more effectively. You know?

      But you know the Madrid press is gonna have a field day with the press conference. Haters gonna hate!

      • Jnice
        December 4, 2010

        “I like that Pep isn’t one of those who coaches who bitches constantly, so when he is rightly angry it comes off even more effectively. You know?”

        Es la verdad.

  48. K(legit)
    December 4, 2010

    wow Pep really laid into them media hacks if Marca and As eh?!

  49. Hilal
    December 4, 2010

    Well I started watching the Madrid game because I really believed that Valencia could do something, but so far it seems to be the same old story; Madrid play like shit, the oppositions squanders chance after chance and I bet Madrid get a goal now.

    When do they play Villareal? I would like to think that at least they could take some points off Madrid. Surely we just showed the league that Madrid are really not all that.

    • Kari
      December 4, 2010

      Actually, the story is changing a bit. EE would have scored by now–it’s still 0-0…As I type this though, Albelda’s been sent off.

      Baby steps and all that.

      • Vj
        December 4, 2010

        Why. are. you. watching?

        😛 😀

        Anyway that was a very dodgy 2nd yellow for Albelda.. The ball hit his shoulder – shouldn’t have been sent off..

      • lovelymofo
        December 4, 2010

        Yes, no watching Kari!

        Hmph. I wish Valencia could pull out a surprise win. But its okay, we gots the win. 😀

    • jhargrid
      December 4, 2010

      Just think of what it will do to them if they still draw or lose against a ten-man Valencia?

      • jhargrid
        December 4, 2010

        And now they’re up 1-0.

        Alas, the dream was lovely, but fleeting.

    • Ryan
      December 4, 2010

      They don’t have Higuain to save them this time though. Let’s go, bats!

  50. Hilal
    December 4, 2010

    HAHAHA. Villarato my ass. Albelda just get sent off for a ball to the shoulder. So typical. I guess thats my queue to stop watching the game. Should have known better really..

  51. Helge
    December 4, 2010

    Sending off against Valencia. Now Real will prolly win… I’ll check back when the match is over.

    PS: Pep’s press conference was pure class, nothing else. It was about time to tell the truth and to assume a more offensive position towards to the Madrid-based media!

  52. lovelymofo
    December 4, 2010

    Gross. Thong Boy scored. Turned the game off, did he celebrate like he scored the winning goal at the World Cup? >_<

  53. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    Tsk Tsk to all those who watched Madrid expecting anything else other than a Madrid win.

    • Kari
      December 4, 2010

      I wasn’t. (Hope is different from expectation.)

      I’d rather enjoy our win anyway!

      • Vj
        December 4, 2010

        So you watched the game knowing that they would win?

        You should’ve known better Kari!

        Anyway, they looked like scoring from what I saw, but the sending off was pure BS..

  54. K(legit)
    December 4, 2010

    Soldado is the personification of shit against EE’
    EVERYTIME

  55. Nav
    December 4, 2010

    Damn, that goal by Ronaldo was nice though.

  56. PM
    December 4, 2010

    Albelda got straight red for using shoulder, he was even miles away from the box, very poor referring. Never gonna watch an EE match this year, yikes!

  57. jordi(TM)
    December 4, 2010

    Way to celebrate second place turds *eyeroll*

    • Jnice
      December 4, 2010

      Ha, that’s how I feel. Keep pretending like last week didn’t happen!

      • jordi(TM)
        December 4, 2010

        LOL one day Thongboy will finally score against us.Itll be 4-1 for us but he’ll still go berserk.Weirdo.

        • Helge
          December 4, 2010

          haha, I truly loathe that ******* *****.

          We just have to keep on winning, and everything’s fine. Next match is against another Basque side, and then maybe the toughest match of the first part of the season, @ Espanyol.
          Madrid meanwhile goes to Zaragoza and then welcomes Sevilla at the Bernabeu. It would be amazing to still be in first place after those 2 matches!

          • PM
            December 4, 2010

            I like how the difficult matches are turning out to be rather easy 😀

          • Jnice
            December 4, 2010

            I think Sociedad will be tough as well. They know how to ball.

  58. jhargrid
    December 4, 2010

    2-0 the final in the Bernabeu. :\

  59. GREECE BARCA
    December 4, 2010

    I don.t care what they do.We played them,we humiliated them.End of story.Until april i don.t care what they do.We are top.

  60. Helge
    December 4, 2010

    I fear, although we’ve shown that Real can be beaten, all the other teams are just too scared by them and don’t have the required confidence to beat them. There’s one exception: Villarreal CF.

  61. Soy Culé
    December 4, 2010

    See, that’s exactly what I meant in my little rant earlier. Pedro’s challenge on Juanfran in the box was, to the Madrid rags, a “clear penalty” and thus explains the “villarato”. Meanwhile, Albelda gets a red for hitting the ball with his shoulder, and they say nothing. Their hypocrisy is just f*cking infuriating.

    But whatever, to hell with them. We’re the leaders, they aren’t. If they wanna cry about el “villarato” to make themselves feel better about being in SECOND, then they can go right ahead.

    Excellent win in Pamplona, especially considering they had to take a bus there. And good on Pep for having a go at those sh*theads in Madrid. I swear, I love that man. Congrats, my fellow culés, on a good win.

    Later.

    • Kari
      December 4, 2010

      Oh, they are indeed infuriating. but let them throw their toys. We kicked their precious Madrid–“the symbol of truth and purity”– asses. And there is nothing they can do about it.

  62. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    Osasuna v Barcelona Sky Sports Broadcast

    First half:

    *http://hotfile.com/dl/87012432/28e832d/First_Half_-_La_Liga_-_Osasuna_v._Barcelona_-_04-12-10.avi.html

    or *http://www.fileserve.com/file/38xTVHv/First Half – La Liga – Osasuna v. Barcelona – 04-12-10.avi

    or *http://bitshare.com/files/0llmscjw/First-Half—La-Liga—Osasuna-v.-Barcelona—04-12-10.avi.html

    Second half:

    *http://hotfile.com/dl/87021625/6012089/Second_Half_-_La_Liga_-_Osasuna_v._Barcelona_-_04-12-10.avi.html

    or *http://www.fileserve.com/file/VSE93K5/Second Half – La Liga – Osasuna v. Barcelona – 04-12-10.avi

    or *http://bitshare.com/files/3jdcmrjq/Second-Half—La-Liga—Osasuna-v.-Barcelona—04-12-10.avi.html

    Courtesy of Pakman at fbtz.com

  63. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    Feature on As: A decade of federation favors for Barça.

    *http://www.as.com/futbol/articulo/decada-favores-federativos-barcelona/20101204dasdasftb_53/Tes

    Wow.

    • PM
      December 4, 2010

      Crappy google translator saves me from reading this shit

  64. PM
    December 4, 2010

    Apparently Valdes hasn’t lost his ability to give us heart attacks. That blunder could have cost Barca dearly. But, I’ll forget it tomorrow for all the great saves he pulls out almost regularly 🙂

  65. Jose
    December 4, 2010

    Any links to Pep’s press conference afterwards?

  66. Ethan
    December 4, 2010

    what did pep say in the post match

  67. Goo
    December 4, 2010

    The club has released an official statement regarding the whole mess. It doesn’t explain much, and I wish we could know all the gritty details about it. I trust Sport and MD will come out with interesting stories tomorrow.

    *http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/web/english/noticies/club/temporada10-11/12/04/n101204114397.html

  68. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    Can’t wait till Revista when Balague sides with his paper As and Graham Hunter gives us the real truth. Graham Hunter FTW!

  69. soccermomof4
    December 4, 2010

    Anyone have a link to Pep’s press conference?

    BTW, nothing more clearly demonstrates the real difference between TB and Messi more than the differences in the way they celebrate a goal!

    • Kari
      December 4, 2010

      Nope. barcastuff has relayed it on his twitter page that Jnice reposted above. It might be uploaded on YouTube.

  70. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    Hi five to you Kari. *http://imgur.com/5Vvy8.gif

    • Kari
      December 4, 2010

      *saved

      That is too awesome!! 😀 Was this during the week?

      • Jnice
        December 4, 2010

        Not sure, just saw it on ONTD football.

  71. Liva
    December 4, 2010

    Here are some excerpts of Pep’s press conference:
    *http://www.tv3.cat/videos/3252450/Em-dedico-a-entrenar

    I would love to see it from the beginning till end, though – he really looks angry and for a good reason.

  72. Jnice
    December 4, 2010

    I’m watching the Sky Sports broadcast of the match now and the color guy is the man who rarely has anything nice to say about Alves. Considering how poorly Alves played today, I fear for the words this man will have for him.

    • barca96
      December 4, 2010

      At the moment I’m downloading an English version of the match from
      **http://www.fileserve.com/file/TFQqGnc/Osasuna20Barcelona20041210FirstHalf.avi

      But it doesn’t look like Sky.
      And the 2nd half is not uploaded yet or is just missing.
      If you get Sky, pass me the link.
      Just don’t give me a link to a >1gb file.
      I’m on 20gb monthly cap here.

      • Jnice
        December 4, 2010

        I’m assuming you haven’t read the comments in this post then? The links are on the page…

        • barca96
          December 4, 2010

          Haha. I just came on. So I read from the bottom upwards.

    • Hilal
      December 4, 2010

      Haha. Yeah he’s always ragging on Alves. He always gets so frustrated with Alves’ crossing, not that we have the players to really get on the end of them. However I do agree with the commentator that a player as attacking as Alves should really work on his crossing ability. Pretty much everything else about his game is top notch. I swear I remember him crossing so much better in his first season with us…. wonder what happened.

    • momo
      December 4, 2010

      My dad has that look on his face when he’s about to unleash a good old fashion lecture on me.

    • Jnice
      December 4, 2010

      No suit today. Sure sign the match wasn’t supposed to be played today.

  73. barca96
    December 4, 2010

    &#@*&*&@#*&@*#
    I checked the status of the match 5 hours before it was supposed to start and it said that the match was postponed till Sunday 17.00pm.
    Why on earth did they play anyways?
    No wonder I didn’t have a good sleep.
    Now I have to download the match.Sigh

  74. Kari
    December 4, 2010

    LOL. Balague is doing anything he can so “MouMou” doesn’t get criticized. Even if it means praising us.

    .http://www.skysports.com/opinion/story/0,25212,12087_6546028,00.html

    “There has inevitably been some criticism of Jose Mourinho following the humiliating defeat at the Camp Nou.”

    “But how much of that is unfair?”

    Umm, none of it?

    –Secondly, how the hell did Bale make the UEFA Champions League Team of THE YEAR (Yeah. Year, not two games!) Bale is a good player, but really? I mean, really?

    I know he’s just been nominated but still.

    • Nav
      December 5, 2010

      The English overhype the shit out of their players. Not saying Bale isn’t good — but I think he’s a bit overrated at this point.

  75. barca96
    December 5, 2010

    JNice, are these files from Sky or Goltv?
    “I have HD ones in the previous post, but I’ll post more convenient ones.”

    First Half: *http://hotfile.com/dl/85853376/890d4ca/twb22mg20101129barcreal1st.part1.rar.html

    • Jnice
      December 5, 2010

      You’re referring to El Clasico, right?

      Those are Goltv. The ones above that comment are Sky.

      • barca96
        December 5, 2010

        Thanks J.
        I think I’l download GolTv next month cause at this rate Im going above my 20gb cap limit.
        I prefer Sky.
        What other channel did the Clasico which is in English?

  76. barca96
    December 5, 2010

    Are these photos from the match against Osasuna?
    *http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/ap/23/fullj.92cbbc04aa3f3bd82146263da06ebca5/ap-0dadc86a3d334135b454996706313091.jpg
    *http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/ap/c0/fullj.ec538f69ccb50f15a7ba43a42a567c44/ap-20ff73163e0c452283b145bb6b60f8ec.jpg
    *http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/f3/fullj.ee1fa5d4f80eba8a066b05432ac98db6/ee1fa5d4f80eba8a066b05432ac98db6-getty-fbl-esp-liga-osasuna-barcelona.jpg
    *http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/e2/fullj.36488962127734d0c3fdb3612180ce35/36488962127734d0c3fdb3612180ce35-getty-fbl-esp-liga-osasuna-barcelona.jpg

    These 2 guys seem so close to each other for the past 2 months.
    The way they celebrate with each other looks like Villa has been around from La Masia. Very nice..

    • ooga aga
      December 5, 2010

      yup those pix are from pamplona. villa didnt have a great match, but he assisted on messis first goal and he always seems to be 1st to congratulate little lionel. in fact i think he was into the box too soon on the PK, he was hugging messi immediately after he struck the ball, but the ref didnt call for a re-take

      • Jnice
        December 5, 2010

        Messi turned around and was like “WTF?”

  77. K(legit)
    December 5, 2010

    wow Messi and Ronaldo are really trying to one-up each other..at this rate both of ’em are going to score 40 league goals this season.. Incredible!

  78. K(legit)
    December 5, 2010

    From the Revista twitter:
    Barca win despite their travel problems. Real win despite not playing too well.

    I am tempted to say, so what’s new?

  79. barca96
    December 5, 2010

    Where’s the review?
    I’ve never seen a review so late up?
    Not complaining but just wondering.
    I’ma head to bed soon. My day would be incomplete without a new post.

    • Eklavya
      December 5, 2010

      In my time zone I watch a good match, have dinner, go to sleep and wake up the next morning to find a fresh review waiting for me 😛

  80. mei
    December 5, 2010

    it must have something to do with the air traffic controllers strike :p
    oh and btw sorry for dropping out of the liveblog yesterday but my stream had a slight delay of ~10 secs and you guys were ruining it for me!

  81. NouBarca
    December 5, 2010

    @ VJ, yes I was on the other blog before it was closed (still miss it)

  82. NouBarca
    December 5, 2010

    I said it in tht rm we were gonna get our 1st pen and we did. Someone just made some dosh.. Thanks Messi and ref

  83. barca96
    December 5, 2010

    Saw this comment over at Yahoo.
    “Will agree with this. Terry Henry comes to the States and is 10 times the player Beckham is was or ever will be and no fan fare was made for him. While I love Soccer Beckham maybe the most overrated player in any sport”
    THis guy was obviously referring to our Thiery, not Terry: lol: He was replying to a guy talking about how over-rated Beckham is.

    • Helge
      December 5, 2010

      I think – to be fair – Beckham actually was worldclass in his first years @ ManUtd.

      • jhargrid
        December 5, 2010

        You know, I have honestly no idea how Thierry Henry is doing? And I’m nominally a fan of the NY Red Bulls. All I know is that they lost the cup and that Rafa Marquez has supposedly done a lot to improve the club’s culture.

  84. barca96
    December 5, 2010

    Rosell is really getting better and better.
    He is not taking all the blame for the chaos.
    Niceeee

    • K(legit)
      December 5, 2010

      //http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/noticies/club/temporada10-11/12/05/n101205114410.html

      The link!
      Huge of Rossel to put himself out on a limb and accepting all responsibility there..Clever move though!

  85. Helge
    December 5, 2010

    Wow, ‘la Gazzetta dello Sport’ reports that the Top3 of the FIFA Balon d’Or will all be Barca – Iniesta, Messi and Xavi (in no particular order). That would be awesome!

    As far as I know, the Top3 will already be released officially by tomorrow.

      • Helge
        December 5, 2010

        *http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Estero/05-12-2010/pallone-d-oro-2010-712045319183.shtml

        Pep’s twitter is also referring to this link. Obviously, they do even claim to know that Iniesta will be 1st (for me, both Xavi and Messi were better in this year… whatever!)

        • K(legit)
          December 5, 2010

          Thanks Helge!

          for me I’ll be absolutely over the moon if 3 Barça players form the Balon D’or Top 3.

          I want Xavi to win it badly but a XavIniesta 1-2 would be fine too.. 🙂
          I feel for Messi..inspite of having an awesome season of club football, the WC ‘performance’ will count against him, inspite of him being Argentina’s best player by far!

          • jhargrid
            December 5, 2010

            Well, plus Messi got the award last year, didn’t he? I mean he could certainly stand to let one of his teammates have it.

            As for the article, I haven’t been able to find any corroborating press. Any idea when FIFA is going to make their official announcement about this?

          • Helge
            December 5, 2010

            @jhargrid:
            On January 10, 2011.
            BUT I think that I’ve read somewhere the top3 will be announced tomorrow, as I’ve already stated above.

        • soccermomof4
          December 5, 2010

          I agree about Messi and Xavi being better this year because most of the spring Iniesta wasn’t able to play. But during/ since the world cup, Iniesta has been phenomenal.
          I just started watching this sport during the Confederations Cup (my kids have always played soccer mind you—we just never watched it on tv). We were vacationing with a family who got us hooked. They love Barca and had all this praise for Iniesta (and the rest of course). All last season I saw brief glimpses of what the fuss about this Iniesta was all about. Now that he’s fully fit, I just sit amazed. (I’m forever grateful to our friends for introducing me to my new obsession that vacation).

          • jhargrid
            December 5, 2010

            I could see the WC-winning Iniestazo tipping the scales his favor though.

  86. Helge
    December 5, 2010

    Anyone knows Ruel Fox?

    He’s the best footballer ever, according to wikipedia’s FIFA WPotY list 😀
    *http://yfrog.com/6hwpotyp

    • Diego S.
      December 5, 2010

      That Pic is Edited, The Original Site lists the real players.

      Ruel Fox is a legend, He changes his club and Nationality every year, yet He wins the Ballon d’Or. In ten years, He hasn’t lost a step.

      • Helge
        December 5, 2010

        No, I swear I didn’t edit that pic. The wikipedia entry was updated at December 5, 13:08 CET, then it was modified again on 14:51.
        I was just visiting it inbetween and though I should make a screenshot of it.

  87. K(legit)
    December 5, 2010

    We call this pressing as a team!

    //http://lh5.ggpht.com/_370kn7jUZm8/TPuh_dN4i0I/AAAAAAAABKE/f3F7l5JXJ8Y/s400/vlcsnap-2010-12-05-19h58m50s8.png

    The guys pressing on the Osasuna player are ABidal, Busquets, Villa and Iniesta.

  88. Hilal
    December 5, 2010

    hmmmm. Rosell is starting to grow on me…

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