Barca v Real Sociedad LiveBlog

Yep, Baby Kxevin’s at the helm today people, and there aren’t many rules, as a matter of fact, only two: No cussin’, no spoilers, out of respect for your other, Barca-lovin’, DVR’in brethren. Get those links ready, since we have a Ray Ray and Phil show today, on GolTV up my way.

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In my fantasy life, I’m a Barca-crazed contributor over at Barcelona Football Blog. In my real life, I’m a full-time journalist at the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago, Illinois.

183 Comments

  1. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    “Guardiola: “Pedro? If your dad works at a gas station, you can’t be a bad player. He’s an angel. We’re happy to have him, they all love him” [barcastuff]

    Like Xavi and the mushrooms.

    And this is why I love Graham Hunter.

    /http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/5894424/why-barca-best-all-time

    • Auld Super
      December 12, 2010

      Hunter’s brilliant alright in fairness to him.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      December 12, 2010

      WOW…
      “Has a team ever won so much and with such unbelievable skill, passion and creativity? I’m saying no, and if you disagree, let me know. But I won’t care, because I’m off to watch Barca give another recital.”

      brilliant article, written with full admiration and confidence…love it…

  2. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    By the way, I take back all the trash I used to say about GolTV CANADA. It’s legit. For all Canadians that don’t have it–get it! It shows, without fail, all of Barca’s matches, EE’s matches, and AC Milan’s games because they play AC Milan’s channel (so that includes the CL games surprisingly-Milan/Ajax played.)

    All the other league that GolTV US has (i.e. Colombian and Brazilian League), GolTV Canada also has. It’s awesome! No MLS games either!

    I now hope we get Milan or Arsenal (Inter, like tutomate said, would mean that Mourinho would get arse-kissed some more).

    • blitzen
      December 12, 2010

      Yes, I watched a bunch of GolTV while in Edmonton and it was great!

  3. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    No Pique! Or Busi! sMasch is in da house!

    Valdes
    Alves Puyol Abidal Maxwell
    Xavi Mascherano Iniesta
    Pedro Messi Villa

    • soccermomof4
      December 12, 2010

      Good, Pique will be available for the derby.
      My prediction:
      5-0 Messi (3), Pedro, Alves —-why not?!——dream big!——

  4. Louis
    December 12, 2010

    Darn it, so this means it’s not on Deportes in the US? My TV Guide shows a La Liga game on at 2pm (Central) but it doesn’t have teams listed.

  5. Diego S.
    December 12, 2010

    Anyone watching the EE match ?

  6. Vj
    December 12, 2010

    Barcelona line-up (official): Valdes – Alves Puyol Abidal Maxwell – Xavi Mascherano Iniesta – Pedro Messi Villa
    via Pep @ Barcastuff..

    • Vj
      December 12, 2010

      Too slow.. 🙁

      (The post, not the lineup)

  7. Nav
    December 12, 2010

    Yay Live Blog — but I’m at work today so again I’ll just have to follow the comments 🙁

    • Kari
      December 12, 2010

      barcastuff has live updates as well.

      • Nav
        December 12, 2010

        Yes but I like all you peoples’ colourful comments more 😀

  8. Eklavya
    December 12, 2010

    I’d prefer Fontas over Abidal CB. At least when Smasch is playing

  9. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    Tamudo the ******* is on Sociedad. Oh, it is so on. Crush ’em, thrash ’em, Yaya ’em!

    • Diego S.
      December 12, 2010

      Just because he scored a goal and we drew 2-2 ?

      • K(legit)
        December 12, 2010

        Nope..because he looks like a Rat

  10. Diego S.
    December 12, 2010

    I will not be participating in the LiveBlog today *Crowd Boos*

  11. Extreme barca fan
    December 12, 2010

    The bench
    Pinto
    Adriano
    Piqueeeeeeeeee
    Keita
    Busquetes
    THIAGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    Bojan

  12. Auld Super
    December 12, 2010

    Looks like real will win, 3-1 up now.

  13. Vj
    December 12, 2010

    Bojan deserved to go for goal after he won the ball back.. Credit to him for the goal..

  14. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    “Enjoy them while you can, people, they’re an entirely special breed”–Ray Ray Hudson

    Amazing. They blew away all the negative feelings from the QF deal in a 90 minute masterclass.

    God, I love this team. Villa, P!, Messi GOLAZO + another goal AND Bojangles?! Day. is. made.

    • Ryan
      December 12, 2010

      You forgot to mention Iniesta scoring!

      • Kari
        December 12, 2010

        For some reason, I typed P! instead. Maybe it was because Iniesta is usually the one doing the deft, subtle pass with the side of the foot in the area with a defender on him and P! with that kind of finish. 😀

        Seeing Ghostface score is like two birds singing in my ribcage to borrow a Ray Ray simile.

  15. K(legit)
    December 12, 2010

    From barcastuff
    Despite playing only 67 mins, Xavi made 120 passes vs Sociedad, the most by a player in a Liga match this season

    What
    A
    Player

    • Helge
      December 12, 2010

      120 passes in 67 mins??? INSANE ! ! !

      • mei
        December 13, 2010

        one completed pass every 33,5 seconds of these 67 minutes.
        Yeap he had an off game alright :p

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      December 12, 2010

      if Pep let him play 90 minutes,
      I think he will reach 200 passes in a game… LOL…

      what a maestro midfield… I’m so grateful to be a Cule… 😀

  16. Auld Super
    December 12, 2010

    Great stuff again from the mighty Barca.

  17. momo
    December 12, 2010

    Orgasmic stuff.
    So is messi pichichi leader now?

    • Stephen
      December 12, 2010

      “debatable” Crynaldo according to Marca has a goal accredited to him but really Pepe scored it, I believe they are tied now.

      • IS
        December 13, 2010

        According to the Spanish Football Federation the goal was credited to Pepe – but according to Marca, the goal was given to Crynaldo. Only problem is, Marca are the ones keeping records for awarding the Pichichi.

    • soccermomof4
      December 12, 2010

      TB (to whom my daughter and her friends refer as PT (pompous twit) scored today so Messi should be tied with him.

  18. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    Kxevin during the LB: Krkic can’t even hold on to the ball, much less score a goal.

    Heh heh heh… 😀

    (Just joking with ya, Kxevin. We all know you want to see Bojangles do well.)

    • Stephen
      December 12, 2010

      He scored, still doesn’t undo all the bad 🙂 I’m with you Kevin, AND if you give Villa another 6-7 rating for holding on to the ball for TOO LONG !

    • Vj
      December 12, 2010

      Kxevin during the LB: Krkic (scored) apparently. To shut me up.

      LOL

  19. soccermomof4
    December 12, 2010

    This manita thing is becomming a good habit.

  20. Soy Culé
    December 12, 2010

    Anyone else notice we now have a habit of scoring 5 on teams named “Real”? 😀

  21. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    Ray Ray Commentary:

    1-0 Villa: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZrj0lzo7_I&

    2-0 Pedro! Iniesta(!): *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEWQotIyNhU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

    3-0 Messi: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stx4eD4UXZw&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

    4-0 Messi: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y34qjypk69w&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

    5-0 Bojan: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVVdqf7wHN8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

    • momo
      December 12, 2010

      Thanks! I looked all over for a RayRay stream but to no avail.

    • Nav
      December 12, 2010

      Messi is the flux capacitor of the Deloran. LOL

  22. Auld Super
    December 12, 2010

    My girlfriends second name is Manita.

  23. GREECE BARCA
    December 12, 2010

    Haha.We know the score against zaragoza now at home.They also are(REAL).But i hope for a manita against the real.s lovers in barcelona(Espanyol)

  24. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    Iniesta’s celebration after he scored was just awesome. ROAR!

  25. vicsoc8
    December 12, 2010

    Bojan is starting to find some form. Since the start of November he has played in 6 games, 2 as a starter (Ceuta and Rubin Kazan) and 4 as a sub (Almeria min 55, Real Madrid min 76, Osasuna min 87, Real Sociedad min 63). In that time he has scored 4 goals, and had at least 1 assist.

    Considering that he was knocked out of the Kazan game at 34 minutes, he is averaging a goal every 50.75 minutes on the field since the beginning of November. Not bad at all for a 20 year old fourth choice forward.

  26. OSBAG
    December 12, 2010

    Now we face our local rivals. Tough match that one.

  27. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    From Julian of the Italy WC Blog:

    “Barca are like smoke: effervescent, ever-present, impossible to escape from, constantly choking those in their path”

  28. soccermomof4
    December 12, 2010

    So sad. A player in Nigeria collapsed during a game and died. Why does this happen so often?

    • mei
      December 12, 2010

      considering the poor medical monitoring of athletes , it doesnt happen often at all I think.
      Afterall there are medical conditions close to impossible to detect via the standard tests.
      Some of these people will not be aware of the problem they are carrying , and will find out about it the hard way : during a collapse. And they can only hope to that theres a knowledgable doctor close , because hes gonna save their lives.

      A kid in my hometown died because of such problem.
      His condition was almost undetectalbe: his heart was almost twice the size it should be.

  29. Louis
    December 12, 2010

    Off-topic, but..

    Has anyone read “Value creation and sport management” written by Sandalio Gómez?

    I was in my schools library just doing a general search for anything Barcelona and this came up. From the description on the database, I believe it’s a book about the huge growth (financially) of EE and our beloved club from 2000-2006.

    I was just wondering if anyone has read it and your thoughts on thoughts on it.

  30. GREECE BARCA
    December 12, 2010

    This is my only comment about the sponsor deal:If our club is a whore because he has a sponsor,then i am a whore because i sell my time,my mind and my life to my boss to make money and live.There are so much important things in life than this.Many of you said:Why puyol or xavi are silents?Because they have their lives.When a country attack to another and kill womens and childs who blame?The president or the people who vote for him?just ask

    • Spiro
      December 12, 2010

      after watching today’s game I realised that why would anyone not want to witness this barcelona team week in week out? if this shirt sponser does as little as to keep this gem of a team last as long as possible then it is worth it.

    • barca96
      December 12, 2010

      Was waiting for your opinion on this Greece.
      Good to hear yours.

  31. Humphrey Bogart
    December 12, 2010

    Unbelievable stuff again, from an unbelievable team. They are getting better and better. Thumbs up for Pedro!!!!, Big Eric, the “pale assassinin” and the one and only Leo Messi.

  32. Humphrey Bogart
    December 12, 2010

    … oh and the roadrunner, Sonic the hedgehog Dani Alves.

    • mei
      December 12, 2010

      alves, messi and abidal produced a high grade performance.
      Im eagerly waiting for the review!

  33. Diego S.
    December 12, 2010

    Alves and Bojan made solid arguments against Kxevin today.

    • mei
      December 12, 2010

      I think they produced better performances against some poor ones that they had earlier this season.
      Kxevin is only grading them and providing us with a summary of their wrongdoings ,or of a job well done.

  34. Spiro
    December 12, 2010

    given Bojan was in hospital a few days ago, it feels good to see him grab a goal. It also shows that he isn’t as mentaly fragile as we think he is.

  35. Diego S.
    December 12, 2010

    Tweet Pique: “Great victory! We keep the great form! Now we should prepare the game against Espanyol! It will be a great derby! Oooooohhh!”

    It was a good/decent tweet untill he said “Ooooooohhh”.

    • Nav
      December 12, 2010

      Yes, Pique seems to be quite an animated person.

    • blitzen
      December 12, 2010

      The “Oooohhhh” seems to be some kind of in-joke with him and Cesc and Puyi. Making fun of fangirls I think. 🙂

    • Soy Culé
      December 12, 2010

      Like Pep said earlier in the year:

      “Sometimes, Piqué is not right in the head…”

  36. mei
    December 12, 2010

    A great thing right now is that it doesnt matter who plays or not ; the result , and most of all the style and its efficiency while following it remains the same.
    Put abidal in for pique or fontas, use mascherano instead of busquets , sub xavi from the 60th minute for keita or get bojan in for pedro, we still get two goals in reserve mode .
    These players are not supposed to be equal to the ones of our “best eleven” but they work so hard and put a performance good enough so that the team overall does not lose a step.

  37. barca96
    December 12, 2010

    What is our goalscoring averaga nowadays?
    4 goals per game?

    • vicsoc8
      December 12, 2010

      3.07 goals per game in La Liga (46 in 15 games)

      3.5 in Copa Del Rey (7 in 2)

      2.33 in the Champions League (14 in 6)

      Overall: 2.91 goals per game (67 in 23)

  38. vicsoc8
    December 12, 2010

    What I’m really loving right now is that they seem to have rediscovered their killer instinct from ’08-’09. Last season there were a lot of games where they would take their foot off the gas if they were up a goal or two in the second half. They haven’t been doing that anymore, and it is unbelievable that I tuned into the game in the 85th minute with the game 3-0, and I still got to see two goals.

    On a side note, I’m looking to download the game, and would appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction.

    • mei
      December 12, 2010

      rojadirecta is always the place for me to download a match
      *http://forum.rojadirecta.org/showthread.php?109598-FUTBOL-La-Liga-BBVA-J15-Barcelona-vs-Real-Sociedad-12-12-10
      their posts have plenty of options for languages(spanish, catalan , english) and variations in quality.

  39. Para
    December 12, 2010

    I haven’t been following Barcelona for very long, and after reading that article by Graham Hunter (and having heard reference to it before), I was looking for an explanation for the guard of honour that Barcelona formed for Madrid in ’08. I know that the game was at the Bernabeau, but ultimately, who decided that it had to be done? Is it some sort of a tradiiton? I know this isn’t related to the sociedad match, but wondered if anyone could answer my question.

    • majatt
      December 12, 2010

      I believe it is simply tradition, when you’ve won the league with games to spare the teams you play form a guard of honour as a sign of respect.

      I’m subject to correction.

  40. Kari
    December 12, 2010

    Caption This! 😀

    *http://img.skysports.com/10/08/496×259/Lionel-Messi-Dani-Alves-Xavi-Hernandez-Barcel_2486929.jpg

      • Kari
        December 12, 2010

        It’s offical: Sky is useless.

        *http://reviews.in.88db.com/images/stories/messi-iniesta-xavi.jpg

        • Miguel
          December 12, 2010

          i think they’re planning on pantsing the referee.

          • barca96
            December 12, 2010

            The referee looks really surprised.
            Those 3 must’ve been speaking in some Alien language or spitting out numbers Matrix style.

          • Kari
            December 12, 2010

            I love how it looks like Andres’ hands are glowing and Xavi and Messi are just staring intensely at them.

            I think Andres is attempting to annihilate the Ref using ancient Fuentealbilla arts and explaining his methods with a small, sinister smirk on his face.

            Xavi and Messi are like O.O “Iniesta? The sweet, sweet Iniesta? Holy sh*t!”

        • vicsoc8
          December 12, 2010

          Iniesta: “OK guys listen, it’s my turn to score.”

        • simple_barcafan
          December 12, 2010

          Don Andres: “lets show them some football they cant refuse”..

    • blitzen
      December 12, 2010

      That is my favourite away kit ever!

  41. Miguel
    December 12, 2010

    “two birds singing in my ribcage?” rayray’s a player. you’re nuts kari.

    onward to los pericos!

    • Kari
      December 12, 2010

      -insert Beastly ROAR here-

      We’ll pulverize them!

  42. blitzen
    December 12, 2010

    Video game FAIL:

    *http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/games/58929/pes-2011-fail-lionel-messi-plays-for-real-madrid.html

    😀

    • Miguel
      December 12, 2010

      a link on the side of that page reads: “guess the football wag’s arse!”

      i gotta add that to my bookmarks ;^)

  43. jaymin
    December 12, 2010

    watching this team inspires me to get up and run half marathons. truly inspiring displays this season, barca way better than they were with ibra. iniesta and xavi are awesome, but if messi doesn’t win the golden ball from this year to 2015, the award is fraudulently awarded.

    • momo
      December 12, 2010

      Fraudulently? Are you an english major?

      • barca96
        December 12, 2010

        😆 run marathons.
        I also feel energized after watching them, yeah, at 5am.

      • jaymin
        December 13, 2010

        no my major in university was chemistry.

        • jaymin
          December 13, 2010

          and “international relations,” bullshit multinational polysci this australian egomaniac assange has destroyed as a discipline on the route to covering his hands with the blood of arab informants, russian whistleblowers, chinese dissidents, and any koreans mentioned

          • soccermomof4
            December 13, 2010

            meaning chemistry not the whole international relations thing

  44. NeverEver
    December 12, 2010

    Okay… so can somebody explain this for me?

    I have Goltv and I live in the US. However, the casters are ALWAYS en espanol instead of English.

    Why???? How do I fix it?

    • Jnice
      December 12, 2010

      Check if there are two different GolTV channels. I have two, one in Spanish and one in English.

  45. jaymin
    December 12, 2010

    do you have directv or dish or some form of cable?

  46. Philo Barca
    December 12, 2010

    I have Goltv and I live in the US. However, the casters are ALWAYS en espanol instead of English.

    Try the SAP button on your remote.

  47. barca96
    December 13, 2010

    So we are averaging 2.91 goals per game.(thanks Visco! )
    But that includes our rough patch earlier in the season when we just couldn’t buy a goal.
    If you look at the number of goals we have scored in November and December, it’s frightening.

  48. jaymin
    December 13, 2010

    the engish commentary is colorful, inventive, unique, and free of cliched/idiomatic language. they have a gentleman from the northeast of england, where deference to stymied proper speak is dismissed, named ray hudson. he makes the matches lyrical if somewhat silly, you ought complain to your cable company should u be deprived of his narration, and failing any success through that avenue: atdhe.net, rojadirecta.com,all stream consistently the us broadcast of shane and hudson, who compose a unique pair in sports narration not unlike when dennis miller plied his trade on monday night football. not dullards, not morons.

      • barca96
        December 13, 2010

        Why are you so in your face Momo?

      • Cesc.Pistol
        December 13, 2010

        In short : Do whatever you can to watch RayRay. He’s awesome.

    • Guano
      December 13, 2010

      Find the english commentary annoying personally…

      GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL lo mejor

    • soccermomof4
      December 13, 2010

      you gotta put up with Phil to get Ray Ray- He’s rediculous at times- but he loves our team and our style

      • soccermomof4
        December 13, 2010

        sorry ’bout the spelling—must get coffee

  49. Jnice
    December 13, 2010

    In my Football Manager, Ghana just lost to Spain in penalties in the final of the 2014 World Cup. NOOOOOOOOOO. If it wasn’t for Iker, Spain would have lost by a couple of goals in regulation. Keep your heads high, boys, you made your country proud.

  50. Guano
    December 13, 2010

    Shirt sponsor commentary from the Guardian

    *http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2010/dec/10/barcelona-record-sponsor-qatar-foundation

  51. Guano
    December 13, 2010

    New Sid Lowe –

    La Liga: Played by geniuses, run by idiots

    *http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2010/dec/06/osasuna-barcelona-la-liga-train

  52. Eklavya
    December 13, 2010

    Looks like Vahnerlaliga has been taken down as well! Noooooooo! 🙁

    • Eklavya
      December 13, 2010

      Did someone bookmark him? *hint hint* 😛

      • Kari
        December 13, 2010

        Nope!

        I did bookmark allas11… (but I won’t do it to his new account! I swear!)

  53. Diego S.
    December 13, 2010

    Tweet Pique: “Oooohh!! My cab driver looks spectacular! I’d make a pic but I don’t want him to be distracted and cause an accident!”

    Huh ?!?!?!?!

    • Jnice
      December 13, 2010

      Probably has some extravagant outfit or weird hair or something.

    • y2k156
      December 13, 2010

      This oohing and aahing is getting on my nerves. I do not expect footballers to be philosophers (though pep might be one:)) but i also do not expect them to be simplering school girls.

      • December 13, 2010

        Or 22 years old boys? I dont know about you, but I know how I was that in age (without the oohing and aahing, though, but I had no twitter back then)…

        • December 13, 2010

          How can “in that age” end up being “That in age”? aah!

      • BarcaGirl_Indo
        December 13, 2010

        well that’s what makes Pique unique…

        like Iniesta said, he has a huge body but he acts like a little child… LOL… 😀

        but when he comes into the pitch, you know him… professional, responsible, and serious…

        even some people say he’s the future captain…

  54. cliveee
    December 13, 2010

    oh, i am so hungry, where is the review???

    • cliveee
      December 13, 2010

      oh yea! don’t you?? Kxevin’s review is really like food. Nothing else could keep you going!

      • Eklavya
        December 13, 2010

        The pre-match tension and preview is the starter.
        The match itself is the main course (Mmmm, steak!).
        The review is the desert! Mmmmmh!

        😀

    • blitzen
      December 13, 2010

      Yeah, Kxevin, get on it! What are you doing, working or something??? 😀

      • Eklavya
        December 13, 2010

        Maybe he got abducted by an alien like Hector!
        Ooooooooooooooh!!!

        • Nav
          December 13, 2010

          Oh god I hope that doesn’t become a trend here (the ooohing 😛 )

  55. Soy Culé
    December 13, 2010

    Just random, non-impressive Barça stats (yes, that was sarcasm):

    -Barça: attempted over 900 passes against Real Sociedad, according to Opta, the highest since stats started being recorded in 1993.
    -Barça: the only team in the last 49 years that has scored 46 goals in the first 15 league Rounds. They’ve done it in 3 seasons: 96-97, 08-09, 10-11.
    -Barça: won 26-0 in their last 6 competitive games (not counting the Copa Catalunya).
    -Puyol: 17 wins in his last 17 league games. He equals the record held by Sándor Kocsis and Leo Messi.

    This team is unbelievable. I’m so thankful that I’m around to see this team play.

  56. blitzen
    December 13, 2010

    In other news, Mourinho is still a whiner:

    MADRID, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has accused La Liga officials of being more inclined to caution his players than their rivals and hit out at opposing fans for whistling forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Real have several players, including defender Sergio Ramos and striker Gonzalo Higuain, out injured and midfielder Xabi Alonso and left back Marcelo will be suspended for next weekend’s home game against Sevilla after picking up fifth yellow cards in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Real Zaragoza.

    “That’s football and it happens to us a lot,” Portuguese Mourinho, who has clashed with soccer authorities in his previous jobs in England and Italy, told a news conference.

    “It’s very easy to show yellow cards to Real Madrid players and not as many to others,” he added.

    “It annoys me that there are players from other clubs who can protest and we can’t.

    “In the same way that you have coaches who can leave their technical area and others not.”

    Mourinho said compatriot and La Liga top scorer Ronaldo, who scored a trademark free kick on Sunday to take his tally for the campaign to 17, deserved better treatment from rival fans.

    “Cristiano is a phenomenon and it’s hard to understand the way he is treated,” Mourinho said.

    “Treating a phenomenon so badly makes me think that the championship is not being protected.

    “He belongs to the league and to the fans, who can watch him every (weekend).

    “He puts on a show and he doesn’t get protection from the stadiums, from fans, opponents and referees.

    “Even so, he scored another goal today that was one of the best in his collection.”

    • Helge
      December 13, 2010

      Oh, you almost got me there, Mou. I have pity on Crynaldo… NOT!!! 😀

      Xabi Alonso and Marceloa are heavy losses for Real, quite sad that Sevilla is having the worst run of their recent history 🙁

      • tutomate
        December 13, 2010

        There won’t be a better time to turn their season around than next week 🙂

      • K(legit)
        December 13, 2010

        Trust Manzano..the man’s a psychology expert

        Vamos Manzano!

    • jordi(TM)
      December 13, 2010

      Does he realize his usual victims “us against the world” mentality is ridiculous to have at arguably the biggest club in the world? You’d think he was coaching Atleti or something.Cant wait till he gets sacked.

      • Jnice
        December 13, 2010

        This isn’t Italy, all that ref whining isn’t going to change anything, nor will Pep respond to any of his pokes. STFU and go lie down somewhere.

        What’s also funny is that Marca is still playing the “We don’t know which phenomenon is better, Cristiano or Messi.” Please stop with the B.S.

  57. Vj
    December 13, 2010

    A gem from Tim Stannard in his blog LaLigaLoca:

    Tomás Roncero, writing in AS, realised that nothing of note happened in Sunday’s game and has instead gone through the entire Madrid eleven and decided which kind of dog or cat they would be. Which is as good a way to fill 400 words as any.
    “Benzema is a harmless kitty, Di María is a pit-bull, Özil is a German shepherd, Xabi Alonso a Siberian husky…” lists Roncero.
    LLL would argue that what the paper’s crackpot columnist failed to note is that Cristiano Ronaldo is an enormous pus… (Don’t go there – ed)

    .http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/laligaloca/archive/2010/12/13/good-day-bad-day-delicious-barca-and-vicious-looking-garrido.aspx

  58. K(legit)
    December 13, 2010

    Ok is anyone having trouble opening the BFB site today?

    • BTTFCule
      December 13, 2010

      NO! What happened? I am too from India!

  59. BTTFCule
    December 13, 2010

    OOOOOooooooooooohhh Kxevin’s review is not up yet

    • Eklavya
      December 13, 2010

      Ooooooooooooooh No!
      (can’t resist) 🙂

  60. blitzen
    December 13, 2010

    And the rumours are already swirling that Barcelona is in the race to sign Carlos Tevez once he leaves City. From those all-knowing “Spanish sources,” naturally.

  61. MoSSi
    December 13, 2010

    Guess who M. City “reinforced” themselves with..

    Our lost son Gai Assulin..

  62. blitzen
    December 13, 2010

    Nice quote from Dani Alves after yesterday’s game:

    “The goalie starts the attack and the forwards start our defense.”

    And one from Pep:

    “It is a collective effort as over here there are no stars. We all play for each other.”

    (Take that, Ibra! 😀 )

    (Quotes taken from totalbarca.)

  63. Helge
    December 13, 2010

    ManUtd packing the midfield with 3 more or less defensive Mids against Arsenal. One reason more to cheer for Arsenal tonight!
    Who do you think will win? Compared to the top match of la Liga, how much can this battle live up to expectations? 🙂

    • Eklavya
      December 13, 2010

      A 0-0 would be a nice typical EPL match.

      • Louis
        December 13, 2010

        ManU would have a goal by now if they had more than 3 attack oriented players on the pitch.

        Arsenal looks horrible so far. Considering they are considered the closest thing to playing “barca style”, their ball control and passing is shockingly bad.

    • Vj
      December 13, 2010

      I’m rooting for Utd..

      10 mins in, its been a nice open match..

  64. Kari
    December 13, 2010

    SoMa4, it’s a big game for you today, isn’t it? A loss means endless ribbing from son/husband.

    English veetle: /http://veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4d03cdf3f2fd8

    Arsenal’s defense, or lack thereof, will be decisive.

  65. soccermomof4
    December 13, 2010

    YES! Hubby likes Chelsea, son#1 loves Man U.
    We are an EPL house divided(The other 2 boys don’t care much- daughter likes ‘pool because of ‘nando(teenager)). Thankfully, we all agree on Barca.
    My big dilemma is:
    Do I pre-watch the game while hubby is at work or wait and watch DVRed game with him. I’m not a very patient girl.

    btw, Arsenal is in away kit (obviously), hard to follow when you’re used to rooting for the “other” red team.

    • soccermomof4
      December 13, 2010

      another btw @Kari,
      Catching some of the game (told you I wasn’t patient)—we would have SO much fun against Arsenal’s defence.

  66. Kari
    December 13, 2010

    @SoMa4, Tough call.

    Nani pisses me off. And Evra too.

    I noticed this last season when we played them at home, but Arsenal can get “stuck in” as well. They’ve had some pretty bad tackles in this game.

    Link I posted before has been taken down; English SkySports /http://atdhe.net/30660/watch-manchester-united-vs-arsenal

  67. Kari
    December 13, 2010

    Eww. I just saw Beckham and Neville in the stands. I’d love Arsenal to score so I could see another sneer from Mr. Posh

    /http://www.risingsunwangpickle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/beckams-face-after-Rob-Greens-howler.jpg

    • soccermomof4
      December 13, 2010

      I’m getting it on FSC, Kari, thanks.

      And I’m realizing that I AM ONE SPOILED ROTTEN FOOTBALL FAN!
      This game isn’t beautiful enough for me.

      oh crud. United scored

  68. cliveee
    December 13, 2010

    am i watching the wrong match? those are some pretty poor passings and exchanges between the 2 best teams in EPL. either team play us will certain not have more than 30% possession.

    0-0 will certainly be typical, but i predict 2-1 utd.

  69. Louis
    December 13, 2010

    Announcers on ESPN2 (McManaman & Darke) just said that if Arsenal doesn’t win a trophy this year, that Cesc will be coming to Barcelona.

    Something the British press will surely run with now.

    • Jnice
      December 13, 2010

      All of the British press say that, so it’s not a revelation.

  70. K
    December 13, 2010

    Oh man what a borefest this match is…and just as i type park scores

  71. Kari
    December 13, 2010

    I’m such a spoiled brat.

    Gol Man United. Park in the right place at the right time.

    • soccermomof4
      December 13, 2010

      said just about the same thing above–

      I guess we are spoiled—we are as Ray Ray would say, priveledged to be watching the football we watch

  72. Helge
    December 13, 2010

    lol, it was sooo clear.

    Bad match, lucky deflected ball, Park is not even controlling the header, but it is lifted over the keeper. ManU leads, ManU will win, Arsenal say bye bye to the title once again 😀

  73. K
    December 13, 2010

    Was that a header? It smashed off his nose

  74. soccermomof4
    December 13, 2010

    is it me or is Old trafford extremely narrow

  75. K(legit)
    December 13, 2010

    Park Park wherever you may be
    You eat dogs in your home country
    It could be worse
    You could be scouse
    Eating rats in your council house

    lol epic chant

    • Helge
      December 13, 2010

      Are the Mancurians singing this in Old Trafford? I’ve been listening to Kanye during the match…

  76. soccermomof4
    December 13, 2010

    Kxevin’s review is up y’all!

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