BFB Upgrade: A New Look, Same Content

Welcome to the new look of Barcelona Football Blog. You’ll immediately notice several new things, of course, but there are some things I would like to point out in addition to the visual differences (background image, sidebar).

First, I’d like to point out that this new look is the work of our IT man, Tarun, who is a juggernaut behind the scenes. He’s the hidden gem behind the Messi-like qualities of our mercurial poster, Kevin, and our deep-lying midfield maestro, Hector. I suppose that makes me the Hleb of the group. Shit.

Several people expressed a desire to be able to reply directly to comments, so that their responses would be threaded instead of dropped at the very bottom of the page. This has been incorporated into our new look and we believe it will be helpful in guiding discussions through several different topics at once.

Barcelona Football Blog Redesign

The sidebar, of course, has a slightly different look, with more pronounced emphasis on Facebook and Twitter, which will be blowing up your mobile cellular communication devices (isn’t that what the kids are calling them these days?) if you so choose to stay connected with BFB day and night. If you aren’t friends with us on Facebook and you do have a Facebook account, join the crew; also, follow us on Twitter, where all our new posts are linked and the lineup for each match is posted as soon as it’s seen.

Another piece of the sidebar that is brand spankin’ new is the Poll of the Day. This is where you get to voice your opinion via a click. You’ll see site-management questions occasionally (such as the first one), jokes about Natalie Portman, and questions regarding the upcoming games.

Please let us know what you think of the new look in the comments section (besides voting in the poll, of course). If you find anything wrong with the site, please let us know with an email (form here). A few of you have emailed us and we appreciate the feedback and hope that we can incorporate more of your innovative and directional ideas in the future. You, the readers, are what make this blog function (that and lots of caffeine), so we want to keep you happy. With the return of the league comes the return of full-on BFB coverage of all things FCB.

Visca el Barça!

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and daughter.

172 Comments

  1. lovelymofo
    September 9, 2009

    So, who is this clown that Maradona just subbed in? Never seen him before.

  2. Ciaran
    September 9, 2009

    He’s a 36yr old centre back who plays in Argentina I believe, with no international experience… exactly what you need to get yourself back into the match

    • September 9, 2009

      Like, duh!

      We’re the crazy ones, not him.

  3. jordi
    September 9, 2009

    /who is Rolando Schiavi and why is he getting his 1st cap at 36, IN A CRUCIAL QUALIFIER ,down to 10 men no less. ?

    • Ciaran
      September 9, 2009

      cause he’s tall?

  4. lovelymofo
    September 9, 2009

    Paraguay fell asleep there. I thought for sure it was going to be 2-0.

  5. lovelymofo
    September 9, 2009

    Ding Dong Maradona is ded.

  6. Ciaran
    September 9, 2009

    oh my god. that is all

  7. jordi
    September 9, 2009

    So how many points do argentina nedd now? :/

  8. OhYes
    September 9, 2009

    The fat lady has sung for Paraguay. Argentina’s fat lady continues to feast on their luck; one can only hope she moves onto Maradona…

  9. September 9, 2009

    Maradona must go. I didn’t even see the whole game, but Maradona must go. It is the only way for Argentina to move forward.

    • Luna
      September 9, 2009

      I hope!

    • September 9, 2009

      Word…and yes I learned to use the individual reply button. πŸ˜€

    • lovelymofo
      September 9, 2009

      Seriously. When Mexico hired the blow-hard Hugo Sanchez, I knew it was a bad idea. When Argentina hired Maradona, I knew it was an even worse idea.

      Who do you all think would be a good replacement?

      • September 9, 2009

        Bianchi would be the consensus best choice IMO but he hates what Grondona has done to the AFA. Angel Kappa would be interesting as hell but risky. Bilardo has disappointed me. He’s supposed to be the “Technical Director” of this mess.

        What do you guys think? Pep for Argentina NT head coach?

        πŸ™‚ I kid, I kid…

      • Helge
        September 9, 2009

        I’ve got a lot of ideas πŸ˜€ But my two favourites are

        1.Johan Cruyff, that would be sensational – but it’s also the most unrealistic.
        2.Roberto Mancini is another great coach who is available at the moment.

      • September 9, 2009

        Lavolpe! Lavolpe!

      • txikidracula
        September 9, 2009

        i dug lavolpe @ mexico…& the same tie he wore every game

      • September 9, 2009

        ..AND the chain smoking.

      • txikidracula
        September 9, 2009

        he’d wear that tie with the leaves in a whirlwind…can you even smoke by the pitch anymore? i miss that fucker.

    • Corrine
      September 9, 2009

      agree. you can dissect the game and figure out what went wrong but nothing will change unless he goes

      • September 9, 2009

        Quite honestly that would take too long πŸ˜€ and sometimes my Argentina fanboy-ness takes a hold of me. I have to remember that this is a Barca blog first and foremost. I do have another article that’ll be up early tomorrow morning.

      • Corrine
        September 9, 2009

        haha you could write encyclopedias on it!

      • inNYC
        September 9, 2009

        I’m with you Hector, I think it’s really upsetting. Driving me f’n crazy actually. I hope they fire him NOW.

  10. txikidracula
    September 9, 2009

    i only got to catch the last 15 minutes of the argentina game…and it my stream died right before stoppage time. still pretty easy to see maradona needs to get hit over the head w/a sack of pennies.

    onto a team i have no expectations of. mexico!!!! wooo!!!!!

  11. Helge
    September 9, 2009

    I will renounce my faith if the AFA does not finally sack Maradona after this yet another out of the question performance!

    Argentina will have to win both matches if they want to secure 5th place. I don’t even think about 4th anymore…

    PS: At least, Messi didn’t get injured. And I think he didn’t use all his batteries today, maybe saving something for the next week with Barca. Well done, Messi. I’m serious, even if he tried his runs as he did against Brazil, it would have been meaningless.
    Now I can’t wait for Saturday, I wanna see Barca play again. Some real football!

    • September 9, 2009

      I lost it a while ago. Julio Grondona has been president of the AFA since 1979 and is still remembered as one of the dictatorship’s cronies. He is a flat out corrupt gangster and I hate his guts. That’s why Bianchi won’t go near the job. Cappa would be interesting. Hell, Pochettino over at Espanyol can probably do a better job than Maradona.

  12. OhYes
    September 9, 2009

    If Argentina lose the next game they’d still have a chance at the play offs, right? If Uruguay and Colombia both also lose, it would come down to the final game vs Uruguay..

  13. lovelymofo
    September 9, 2009

    Why is Cuauthemoc Blanco playing? I hate that guy.

  14. Boat Forever
    September 9, 2009

    Goal.com’s Flop Of The Match is Lionel… wait for it… Messi!!!

    • jordi
      September 9, 2009

      Goal.com also suggested Cesc can keep iniesta out of the SelecciΓ³n.

      • ElShowDeJason
        September 10, 2009

        was it in a sarcastic or satirical tone?!?!

        WTF?!?!

  15. Boat Forever
    September 9, 2009

    God I’m gonna have to take some digs directed at me now! I HATE Maradone πŸ™

  16. txikidracula
    September 9, 2009

    anybody have a working brazil chile link???

    • Corrine
      September 9, 2009

      //http://www.mitvcanal.com/otros/usopne/horacio.html

      • txikidracula
        September 9, 2009

        obrigado!

      • txikidracula
        September 9, 2009

        “This Channel is blocked by admin” x^[

      • Corrine
        September 9, 2009

        i don’t know then, sorry!

  17. jnelson
    September 9, 2009

    Argentina has scored only 2 goals (1 vs. Bolivia, 1 vs. Brazil) in their 6 World Cup Qualifiers this year. I wonder why………..

    • jnelson
      September 9, 2009

      Ahh crap. Yea they WON 2 of those. The first 4-0 in March? and the second 1-0. Ehh Maradonna sucks anyway. I think he has to be fired. I mean Palermo and Schiavi??? WTF? That’s not including Veron, Heinze, dude from Velez Sarsfield(sp?) oh AND the 4-4-2. A new coach would dramatically improve this team WITHOUT A SINGLE TRAINING SESSION. A simple (Huge) change in selection and formation would work wonders. A new coach they require. ASAP! or my name is Robinho

  18. September 9, 2009

    Three vs. Venezuela and one vs. Colombia also. *starts to cry*.

  19. September 9, 2009

    ALTHOUGH…gotta wonder about Dumbenech if Mardadona and his all stars beat him 2-0 πŸ™‚ . What do you think, Kevin πŸ˜€ .

    • Helge
      September 9, 2009

      Haha, now that’s scarry… but true (also I already forgot about that friendly)

  20. txikidracula
    September 9, 2009

    sun’s been setting on maradona…even if you had puppy dog eyes for him before there’s no overlooking these results. :^(

  21. Helge
    September 9, 2009

    Wow, we could see a World Cup without:
    Argentina, France, Portugal, Germany or Russia, Czech Republic and Turkey!

    Maybe Ivory Coast will have a serious chance next year πŸ™‚

  22. Corrine
    September 9, 2009

    PS: alves is playing right wing with maicon as RB (i think)

    • txikidracula
      September 9, 2009

      watching the highlights.. was that nilmar w/the first goal? he was a great buy for villarreal this summer. don’t know that they should’ve gotten rid of mati fernandez though

  23. Corrine
    September 9, 2009

    i have an ok setanta stream
    //http://iraqgoals.net/ch1.html

  24. txikidracula
    September 9, 2009

    this one works for me…got to see their 2nd goal
    //http://www.justin.tv/rorrox_online/popout

  25. txikidracula
    September 9, 2009

    chile gets a deserved penalty & is back in it

    cool…i can reply to myself

    • txikidracula
      September 9, 2009

      i have to do all this tracking back now this sucks

  26. Jnice
    September 9, 2009

    Dani got an assist. Made the pass for Julio Baptista’s goal. Good for him.

    • txikidracula
      September 9, 2009

      that nilmar goal was sick!! it was nilmar right?

  27. lovelymofo
    September 9, 2009

    Holy sh*t that looked nasty. Damn.

    • txikidracula
      September 9, 2009

      suazo ex-colo colo scored. brazil’s qualified anyways right?

  28. Corrine
    September 9, 2009

    alves is playing in his hometown

  29. Corrine
    September 9, 2009

    is there a way to turn off email notifications? i checked the box to test it out but i can’t find an option to undo it

    • September 9, 2009

      Hector is right, there should be unsubscribe option at the bottom of the email. Use that.

      • Corrine
        September 9, 2009

        gracias!

  30. September 9, 2009

    In the emails you receive there is a link to “unsubscribe”. Click it.

    It happened to me too πŸ˜€ /

    • Corrine
      September 9, 2009

      gracias, i never bothered to open the emails

  31. OhYes
    September 9, 2009

    Damn these terrible offside calls in the Mex/Hon game are pissing me off…

  32. txikidracula
    September 9, 2009

    penalty on gio dos santos

    • OhYes
      September 9, 2009

      NICE!! 1-0 to Mex. Yay

  33. lovelymofo
    September 9, 2009

    Ugh, and Cuauhtemoc had to score. Still hate him. But yay Mexico!

    • txikidracula
      September 9, 2009

      that guy should be lugging around an oxygen tank & being manhandled by nurses in a convalescent home.

      • lovelymofo
        September 9, 2009

        Heh. And he’d probably sexually harass the nurses.

      • txikidracula
        September 9, 2009

        he’s doing a great job @ lying down right now

  34. Eduard
    September 9, 2009

    I know this is a barca blog but I can’t wait til the WC.

  35. Kxevin
    September 9, 2009

    Yeeeeeeaaaaaaaah! Pretty gorgeous, eh? I know. I’m biased. All props due to the indefatigable Tarun, our Web whiz par excellence. πŸ˜€

    Now, for a rant:

    I am trying to think of things that I dislike more than Nicolas Anelka.

    1. A proctology exam with red-hot barbed wire. (Maybe)
    2. Getting cock-punched by the reigning UFC champion. (Um, no.)
    3. A dinner soiree with Mr. Massive Head Wound (Not even close.)
    4. The EE (Okay, you got me.)

    He killed Les Bleus today. Between being offsides almost all the time, losing the ball in his feet, opting (once again) to shoot instead of passing to a wide-open Gourcuff with no keeper in the frame, he’s just a big, giant bowl of wretchedness.

    Henry was all man today. Don’t know how many of you saw the match, but he was magnificent, fully deserving of wearing the captain’s armband. But, typically of Dumbenech, he takes off the one offensive player working his ass off in favor of Ribery’s worthless self. I started fast-forwarding, knowing that they weren’t going to score.

    Quelle surprise.

    Oh, and if they docked Eduardo two games for his dive, I can’t wait to see what befalls that Serbian attacker, who must have tripped over a blade of tall grass, since Lloris didn’t actually touch him. That ref should be ashamed of himself, for letting the match degenerate into a rugby scrum, and for allowing the Serbian players to opt for the drop-and-roll school of time-wasting.

    Once again, France had the match on someone’s boot. The only problem was that in both cases, it was Anelka. Last match, he ignores not one, but TWO open men in favor of a shot that didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of going in. This time, he does it again, opting for a shot from a crazy angle, instead of just tapping it to Gourcuff. Damn his mediocrity-laced soul to hell.

    • txikidracula
      September 9, 2009

      france game twas a while ago & i’m sure you were watching it a lot more attentively than i was on my crappy stream that’d black out every time something awesome was happening…..but wasn’t it anelka’s shot that the goal keeper fumbled resulting in henry’s goal? and lloris’ red car was warranted. i didn’t think so @ first but on the third replay you can definitely see lloris nicking his leg…that the serbian sold it is another issue.

      • Kxevin
        September 9, 2009

        Watch this video. No contact.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCzLd48KmFA

        Anelka’s shot should have been easily saved by the keeper, who screwed up. I give him about zero credit for that one, which might simply be because he has single-handedly killed Les Bleus.

      • Kxevin
        September 9, 2009

        I was watching via DVR off the TV5 match feed, txiki. Not. Happy. Right. Now.

      • txikidracula
        September 9, 2009

        me either bro. my condolences.

      • Aeneas
        September 10, 2009

        I would be shocked to find Anelka on anyone’s list of things they like. Well, except for maybe by mistake or a travelling salesman who can relate to his work ethic.

  36. OhYes
    September 9, 2009

    Is anyone else continuously checking all the football sites for breaking news of Maradona’s discharge as coach of the Argentine NT??

    Class tomorrow is going to suck hard.

    This, of course, is on the assumption that he will get fired. 😐

    • SC
      September 9, 2009

      I’ve refreshed my feeds 3x already. Here’s hoping!

      • txikidracula
        September 9, 2009

        i hope he retires. afa put themselves in this shit sandwitch. you can’t fire god. i’m thinking the afa approaches him & asks him to capitulate gracefully.

  37. SC
    September 9, 2009

    Guys this new design looks fantastic!! *Nice job, Tarun!* You must have worked really hard on this and it is definitely appreciated.

    Also- yay for Mexico AND the US! They beat T/T 1-0. The WCQ table is looking pretty good right now. Aguirre has done a great job to clean up the hot mess that was left after Sven.

    USA-16
    Mexico-15
    Honduras-13
    Costa Rica-12
    El Salvador-8
    Trinidad/Tobago-5

    • Tutomate
      September 9, 2009

      It will probably Costa Rica Vs Argentina.

  38. Kxevin
    September 10, 2009

    Hmmm. I was going to moderate my own comment to activate the link, but I can’t log in to my own blog. Everybody can laugh at me now! πŸ˜€

  39. Jnice
    September 10, 2009

    Alves actually had two assists from that right mid spot today. Come on Dunga.

    • ElShowDeJason
      September 10, 2009

      Alves is a better attacker than Kaka, Robinho, or anyone on Dunga’s 3-man-defensive-midfielder-line.

      I would personally go with:

      ———Julio Cesar——-
      Maicon-Lucio-(Juan)-Maxwell
      –Felipe Melo-(Elano)——-
      D.Alves—-Diego—-Robinho
      ———-(Adriano)——–

      the people in Parentheses I could replace easily, but they just came to mind, most of them with someone who can easilly replace them.

      (Juan) OR Alex or Naldo or Luisao or Henrique πŸ™‚
      (Elano) OR Anderson or Ramires
      (Adriano) OR Pato or Luis Fabiano or Baptista

      • ElShowDeJason
        September 10, 2009

        You left Kaka out of stating XI?

        you mist be
        a) an dumb
        b) an anti-madrid biased Cule
        c) been drinking too much today

        (i’m guily on all counts πŸ˜‰ )

        (well… 2/3)

  40. lovelymofo
    September 10, 2009

    Okay, for some reason the page wasn’t loading right while at work. Now I can see it – I think it gets a Yaya stomp of approval! πŸ˜€

  41. September 10, 2009

    Xavi and Pique played the full 90? that’s just wrong… Perhaps I’m over analysing the situation..

    1. Del Bosque is a former EE Coach
    2. We have 7 games in 22 days (perhaps it slipped Del Bosque’s mind)
    3. Spain has almost qualified, the reserves could have been given a run out.
    4. Xabi Alonso was reserved and didn’t play at all. Sergio Ramos was fit too but didn’t get any minutes at all.

    • Jnice
      September 10, 2009

      Don’t think Ramos was in the squad. He is just finally recovered after an achilles problem, I think.

  42. Mher
    September 10, 2009

    My fatherland Armenia beat Belgium today! lolz. what an upset. Love the new site dudes, great improvement. R-R-R_Russia is killin’ it Gus Hiddink style!

    • Soto
      September 10, 2009

      The Potato ended up coaching for Russia? Good for him.

      Armenia winning means my neighbors will probably be celebrating tonight. One of these days I need to learn some Armenian in order to join in the festivities.

  43. Soto
    September 10, 2009

    Tarun and the rest,

    Great job with the new design! Now I have even more reasons to spend my day checking this site.

    • September 10, 2009

      Yeah for sure Soto, The log messages of my timesheet at work are littered with “scanning posts of barcelonafootballblog.com” comments πŸ™‚

  44. Justin
    September 10, 2009

    Hi Isaiah, Kevin, Hector and Tarun. I don’t usually post a lot but I’m an avid reader. First things first, I like the new updates cause it makes a lot of things more convenient. The only thing I have against it is the design and this is a product of I guess my OC-ness. Maybe You can move the pictures on the side so we can see a face rather than the body of Messi? I don’t know maybe it’s just me but it really bothers me. But of course, I’m not your only reader so maybe other people feel the same? Nonetheless, this is the best blog evaaah.

  45. kirsten
    September 10, 2009

    I like the new look.it definitely has the electric rush that messi provides on the pitch.Issaih can i get Tarun’s email addresss?something i wanna ask him – the tech stuff.or can he perhaps respond to my email address?thanx.keep rocking guys.

  46. Boat Forever
    September 10, 2009

    Any body watched Uruguay vs Colombia yesterday? Luis Suarez scored an AWESOME goal & that little trick he did during the set-up for 3rd goal was too good…

  47. September 10, 2009

    wow.. really? I loved his articles. This doesn’t sound like the real Isaiah. hmmmm

  48. Han
    September 10, 2009

    Somebody hijacking isaiah’s name to discredit hector or what???? We love hector posts, lets keep Hector get rid Achilles or some other dude who fought ancient mythical battles, like Conan the Barbarian or George Bush (pick either one of them).

  49. kirsten
    September 10, 2009

    No not hector.hector’s pieces are very insightful. You can tell he puts a lot of thought and effort creating them.they provide with such extensive view of our tactics.im even teaching my group of 10 year olds tactics based on this review.HECTOR HECTOR HECTOR HECTOR HECTOR HECTOR!!and that doesnt sound like Isaaih, no reason or philosophy..

    • kirsten
      September 10, 2009

      meant “im teaching my group of 10 yrs olds football tactics based on Hector’s reviews”

  50. September 10, 2009

    Heeeeeeecccctttoooorrrr! (Achilles shouting outside the gates of Troy like in the movie)…

    More yells to follow

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