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  1. mardia
    March 25, 2011

    Today’s a good day to be a Barca and Liverpool fan. Villa remembered how to score (please let’s hope he doesn’t forget when la Liga starts up again) Xavi’s 100th game with the NT was a win, and oh, yeah, Torres didn’t score. Woot. (I never claimed not to be petty.)

    • Helge
      March 25, 2011

      Most importantly, Torres did not even look like he could score…
      But I can feel you, don’t like Torres either since his Chelsea move.

      • mardia
        March 25, 2011

        Yeah, the transfer’s been a disaster for him, PR-wise. (It’d be better if he’d been scoring, but nope.)

        His current form’s Chelsea’s problem now though, not mine.

      • Ryan
        March 26, 2011

        Well, to be fair, he did have some decent moves out there. One pass to Cazorla who could have scored was easy, but still good, and he also had another move where he got himself in a great shooting position, but for some reason he hesitated. But boy does Villa play better when there’s a big striker alongside him! It’s been that way for years; I don’t know why the Walrus tries to play him up there alone!

        • Barcaleya
          March 26, 2011

          Agree. That’s what I said at the Liveblog earlier when I wanted Torres or Llorente in – they’re needed for Villa to score and not necessarily for either T or L to score themselves. We’ve seen this at the WC.

    • March 25, 2011

      and oh, yeah, Torres didn’t score

      No need to sugar coat it, mardia. He was kind of sh*t. 😉

      • mardia
        March 25, 2011

        Hee, you said it, I didn’t! (Although Lord knows I was thinking it.)

    • justsayin
      March 25, 2011

      Precisely because Villa scored and played a superior game is a clear example of how difficult it is to play Barca’s system. Villa looked confident, he walked with a swagger, he looked comfortable, he moved around freely (a la Messi), he had great ball control, he took hard, direct shots, he made nice pass, nice chips, he hesitated before taking a shot to shake off a defender … he was amazing. On Barca they are asking for an entirely different skill set, totally against what is instinctual for him. Barca Villa has to stay forward, he has to work with Messi, he has to look for give and goes to Messi, he doesn’t take shots anymore. It’s not so much a Villa problem, but a Barca requirement that is difficult to meet.

      • Barcaleya
        March 26, 2011

        I agree with this. At Barca, I feel as if Villa is always second-guessing himself and doubting whether he’s allowed to do this or that.

  2. blaunero
    March 25, 2011

    These international games are tedious, especially coming right before the crucial part of the season.
    Take the Czech Rep today. Dozens of fouls and only 1 shot on target. They always fell onto the grass at the easiest challenge–to waste time, obviously, but at the 55 minute? That’s absolutely ridiculous.
    This is the level of the National teams? Dear me. I’d rather the international games were altogether cancelled than see a repeat of the terrible world cups I have seen in the last 8 years, where crap teams go to defend and not lose.

    • March 25, 2011

      Dozens of fouls and only 1 shot on target. They always fell onto the grass at the easiest challenge–to waste time, obviously, but at the 55 minute?

      To be fair, team do that to us all the time, especially at Camp Nou. And they did score with that one shot on target.

      That being said, I agree club football > international football.

      • Ryan
        March 26, 2011

        And to be doubly fair, that shot was pretty much perfect: strong, as close to the post as possible, and caused Iker-face. It doesn’t get much better than that folks!

  3. March 25, 2011

    Off topic:

    I’m looking to get myself a(nother) phone, but I don’t want to get an iPhone (3GS or 4). I’ve heard HTC Desire is pretty good, but anyone have any suggestions?

    • majatt
      March 25, 2011

      Kinda the wrong forum but if you are going to get an Android phone you’ll want to see what are the latest phones your carrier is offering. My suggestion, if its feasible, is a Nexus S. It is a great phone, runs the latest version of Android and has a front facing camera (video chat).

      • Tom, Dick and Harry
        March 26, 2011

        Nexus S has a single core as opposed do dual core processing unit which is quickly becoming the standard. I guess you can say it is behind the curve already in that regard. To people who care about the appearance, it looks less sofisticated since the case is made out of plastic.

        On the up side, it brings the pure gingerbread experience and the NFC capability. The owner stands to receive OS updates as early as possible.

        The on-contract price being about the same I would probably look towards Motorola Mobility Atrix 4G and the new Galaxy from Samsung. Although they have an UI less polished than HTC’s Sense, the hardware seems more attractive and with some “personality” as opposed to HTCs who all kinda look alike.

        • March 26, 2011

          Hmmm. I’ll try all of those out later. And HTCs really do look alike 😛

  4. blitzen
    March 25, 2011

    Apparently Dani Alves and David Luiz are roommates at the Brazil NT training camp. That is too much awesomeness in one place!

  5. Miguel
    March 25, 2011

    i dvr’d the tve version not the espn one in hd. i guess i should be happy i get spanish commentary.

  6. outerspacedout
    March 25, 2011

    Haven’t been here for a while so quick points again:

    Kari, enjoyed the language rhyming alliterative stuff. Somaesque.

    Well now with that monkey off his back and the confidence boost, hopefully Villa will pick up form and confidence for us now as well.

    Wow, Goal.com FINALLY admits Villa has beaten Raul. I was half expecting to go to the site and see ‘Villa equals Raul’s record!’ again.

    David Luiz IS awesome. I don’t know much about him except that he has been very very good for Chelsea and he has AWESOME hair, but that is still enough for me to assume that he is awesome.

    I hear Iniesta was on fire in that game. Didn’t see it but that can only be a good sign. When Iniesta is on fire we are almost unstoppable, he adds a whole extra dimension to our game.

    I forgot the internationals were last night actually. I intend on watching the Argentina friendly though.

    • Barcaleya
      March 26, 2011

      Loved what I’ve seen of David Luiz at Chelsea so far. Wish he was in our team.

  7. Miguel
    March 25, 2011

    that plasil goal was just unstoppable.

    i really liked the second half, especially since del bosque was constantly doing all that tinkering. what a great villa goal. a beautiful little stutter step to get just enough separation to let one fly. iniesta did great to find him but that was all villa. i hope this puts a spring in the andalusian’s soul patch. i’m happy for spain that they got all three points. & who else but iniesta to secure them?

      • Miguel
        March 26, 2011

        *this is my second time typing this. what happened to my comment?

        it’s pretty much pep bitching about a waiter at a tapas bar that talked with his mouth full. one of pep’s pet peeves. pep was pissed he couldn’t understand him. luis enrique is in agreement with him yet he’s talking with something in his mouth, too, & you can’t make out a word he’s saying. unless you’re pep, of course. & then there’s dani still glowing from having signed his new contract.

  8. March 25, 2011

    You know it really pains me to say this because along with E.E I have Chelsea as much as I hate paying taxes. But if this kid Lucas Piazon turns out to be as good as he looks, that is one hell of a buy. As was David Luiz, but they payed a huge sum for Luiz.

    When I began watching soccer, I thought of it like I do fantasy football, or Yankee baseball (buy overpriced vets, who are good, but will depreciate from day one. Now I lean toward young kids, hungry to become internationals, or play in one of Europes top leagues, and make that big pay day. When I was 18 I would have loved Man City (as they are run now), and honestly its fun to watch still. I love guys like Silva, Dezko , Aleksandar Kolarov, and most of all Adam Johnson. They have spent huge sums of money, yet my favorite, and maybe their most talented player is Adam Johnson who was only 7 million pounds. That’s why I pushed so hard for Douglas Costa about 3 years back (He signed for Shakhtar for €12m. I would much rather spend €35m on four young players who are relatively unknown and yet to prove themselves to a certain degree in Europe, than buy Cesc, Pastore or Ribery (Didn’t Munich say they wanted €70m for him last summer lol.)

    I guess the perfect example (just an example, I dont want him) would be if we could have beat Bremen to the punch on Ozil and signed him from Eintracht Frankfurt for €4.3m or even if we could have hooked him pre WC for €8-10m. I know hindsight is 20/20 but we pay people a ton of $ to find the (non Masia) players like Afellay, who may turn out to be the deal of the century.

    • Miguel
      March 26, 2011

      yes, please! :] that commentator is awesome!

    • Barcaleya
      March 26, 2011

      Ha ha ha. Fantastic commentator!

  9. March 25, 2011

    Blitzen Came up with an awesome (and challenging game a few posts back asking us to pick you best Barca starting XI, with no Messi, and only two players from the current squad. It got me thinking.

    IF YOU PUT ANY 3 FORMER BARCA GREATS INTO THE CURRENT BEST XI, WHO WOULD IT BE, AND WHO WOULD YOU REPLACE?

    *Must sub position for position.

    **Must stay with the 4-3-3 formation

    ***It would be extra cool if you explained your reasoning behind your selections.

    ****If you wanna be extra tricky, sub one player from each line.

    ————vv

    Alvez–Pique–Puyol–Abidal

    —–Xavi—Pep—Iniesta

    Messi—–Ronaldo—–Ronni

    I guess this has to be a close to perfect lineup, with two field three field generals in Pep, Puyol and Xavi, and the most prolific front three ever seen. The flair of Ronni, the rugged pace, power and poaching ability of Ronaldo and the perfect player in Messi!!!! I could only imagine some of the one/twos we would have saw if Dino and Messi played together in their prime.

    • outerspacedout
      March 25, 2011

      Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Cruyff. Don’t know how I can fit all of them in while still keeping Messi, but those three players. Maybe push Messi or Cruyff into attacking midfield and Xavi into Pep’s position? Dunno..

    • barca96
      March 26, 2011

      When you said that you hate paying taxes, it sounded so typical American.
      And it reminded me of this tv series with that kid Fred Savage ( who only made one notable appearance after that, in Austin Powers). Wonder Years. His dad always came home and complained about paying taxes.
      Are the taxes that high in US?

      • blitzen
        March 26, 2011

        No, they aren’t. But Americans seem to view paying taxes as just one step away from socialism.

    • blitzen
      March 26, 2011

      Oooooh good one!

      Victor Valdes
      Alves – Puyol – Pique – Abidal
      Laudrup – Xavi – Iniesta
      Cruyff – Messi – Ronaldinho

      Pep stays as coach. Xavi drops back to DM.

  10. outerspacedout
    March 25, 2011

    I don’t know why nobody has mentioned this so far, but Soccernet reports Abidal could be training again in four weeks?

    Also, Bojan being inspired by Benzema!

  11. hammeronmessi
    March 26, 2011

    @cule less

    Pep for busi.simply put busi is still in his growing stage while pep is the master.

    Cruyff for pedro.one is a all time great,on the other side there is p!.no comparison.

    Ronnie for villa.to simply put the bucket toothed samba king is pure awesome.

    Off topic.
    When dani scored against madrid B did anybody noticed peps reaction?nothing,absolutely nothing.pretty weird.

  12. Helge
    March 26, 2011

    off-topic: Can someone explain to me what it means to walk with a swagger or to have got swagger ? Thanks!

    • outerspacedout
      March 26, 2011

      It’s like, walking where you look and give off the vibe of being completely confident, even overconfident. Swagger is sort of like a vibe of complete confidence, or overconfidence. Is how I can best think of how to explain it.

      • beeeef
        March 26, 2011

        *http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=swagger

  13. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    i just read through the live blog comments & to answer your question about international caps, xavi had to dance around a giant sombrero a couple of times after the game on the tve feed. & what’s this about a barca b article? what time does the youngins’ match kick off tomorrow/today, anyway?

  14. hammeronmessi
    March 26, 2011

    has anybody watched DEXTER? That is a unique TV series.i found it quite interesting

    • Jose
      March 26, 2011

      It’s very good. That opening sequence is genius.

      • hammeronmessi
        March 26, 2011

        into the 2nd season.
        The ending of the 1st season is quite interesting.
        I like the theme music a lot

    • Miguel
      March 26, 2011

      the fourth season is pretty good, too.

      i need to watch more tv. i’m just now finally watching the wire! yeah, i know. i’ve been up on game i’m just finally sitting down & watching it from the beginning.

  15. Cesc Pistol
    March 26, 2011

    Loved your older article Kari! 😀

    On the issue of noticing Coentrao, I think before Abi went out/switched to the CB position well no one was thinking of getting an LB seriously. but when the position opened up, we had one place to get someone who could be the best in the world and hopefully a little different from his predecessor/ give a new tactical element for opponents to handle. Euler’s timing and argument hit all those point, thus generated discussion. We’ve seen two attacking FB’s can work, stretch the oppn. defense heavily though one of them should be a little more conservative.

    BTW Putting up my footie sites list, add if you any good links

    Sid Lowe
    *http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/sidlowe
    *http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sid_lowe/03/09/barca.arsenal/index.html

    Tim Stannard
    *http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/laligaloca/default.aspx
    http://www.football365.com/spanish_thing

    Jonathan Wilson
    *http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonathanwilson
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/writers/jonathan_wilson/archive/

    Dirty Tackle
    *http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle

    Run of Play
    *http://www.runofplay.com/

    Zonal Marking
    *http://www.zonalmarking.net/

    Swiss Ramble
    *http://swissramble.blogspot.com/

    BarcaStuff
    *http://twitter.com/barcastuff

    TotalBarca
    *http://www.totalbarca.com/
    *http://totallygoats.wordpress.com/

    BarcaForum
    *http://www.barcaforum.com/showthread.php/1063-Gnegneri-s-gif-galore!
    and the multimedia section in general

    Xtratime-Barca
    Article Thread
    *http://www.xtratime.org/forum/showthread.php?t=146700
    Possibly The Best Thread EVER
    *http://www.xtratime.org/forum/showthread.php?t=203133

    Ramzi
    *http://www.footballmood.com/
    *http://barcelona.theoffside.com/

    allas’ Channels
    *http://www.youtube.com/user/allasFCB
    *http://www.youtube.com/user/allas14

    paradigmaguardiola’s Channel
    *http://www.youtube.com/user/paradigmaguardiola

    Streaming sites:

    Myp2p
    *http://myp2p.eu/competition.php?competitionid=&part=sports&discipline=football

    Rojadirecta
    http://209.44.113.146/

  16. soccermomof4
    March 26, 2011

    I’m off to see the wizard…um… off to see the little magician at least!

    Getting ready to drive to US v. Messi.
    Go USA!(and Messi/Masche/Milito)
    Prediction: 4-3 Donovan(2) Dempsey (2)- Messi (3) (because I’m particularly patriotic, not because I’m a realist).

    • Helge
      March 26, 2011

      Well, that would be an awesome match with lots of goals and action.

      I’d rather predict a 1-1 or 2-1 for either side, though.

      Take some pictures please and share them with us later 😉

    • Barcaleya
      March 26, 2011

      Have fun!!! Wish i was going too. Take lots of photos!

  17. Olufestus
    March 26, 2011

    Dont let OLEGUER name your children,my worst defender ever in barca

    • barca96
      March 26, 2011

      Huh? Why?
      There are many others that were bad.
      Christenval?

  18. hammeronmessi
    March 26, 2011

    can anybody tell me when the argie match is going to start in GMT ?

  19. Diego
    March 26, 2011

    @Lev

    After his goal, You still think 9 Afellays is a bad idea ?

    @Jnice (or anyone following the B team)

    Should I judge Bartra on his performance against France ? or Should I wait to see him against Belarus ?

    (p.s) : France’s U21 GK is Hilarious 😀

    • Jnice
      March 26, 2011

      Well, I don’t think Bartra is part of the squad playing Belarus. I think the CBs for that match will be Botia and Victor Ruiz. I didn’t see the whole match, though I saw France’s first goal. He was caught out a little bit, but he shouldn’t take all the blame for that. I don’t know how he did in the second half.

      But you should probably judge him by his performances week in, week out for Barça B. He’s been pretty good this year.

  20. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Anyone watching Wales/England? They are booing Terry every time he touches the ball. 😛

    • Miguel
      March 26, 2011

      clumsy challenge. it was the right call. is there anything else on? 🙂

    • Barcaleya
      March 26, 2011

      Too bad Bale isn’t playing.

      I used to support England marginally (they, being my other “underdog” team with Spain). It was massively entertaining and tragic watching them mess up in the international stage. I never get tired of watching them insist on playing Gerrard and Lampard together to dire results, etc. Despite hating Chelsea, I try to be neutral with the Chelsea players during internationals. But Terry. I have come to really hate the guy.

      • Miguel
        March 26, 2011

        seriously. bench lampard already. to be fair, people said xavi & iniesta couldn’t play together on the same team, either. how’d that work out? i really like what wilshere brings to the table for england. i hope he stays healthy.

  21. hammeronmessi
    March 26, 2011

    @jnice,
    u have time to watch DEXTER!i thought u r a footy freak.
    Anyway i m now split between SPARTACUS and ROME.which one should i watch

    • Jnice
      March 26, 2011

      I watch a lot of stuff (on my computer). I don’t watch that much football.

      I haven’t seen either, but people seem to love Spartacus.

  22. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    poor ramsey. first he’s the victim of a horrible tackle that sidelines him for , what, a year? secondly & subsequently wilshere goes one ring above the welshman on the arsenal totem pole. & now wilshere’s england is handing his ass to him. sucks.

    • Miguel
      March 26, 2011

      how did i miss that? that’s hilarious! was busi pointing towards the direction of the ball, trying to help old man baros out? what a d*ck. 🙂

    • Para
      March 26, 2011

      At the very end of this, you can see someone go down on the left hand side of the image- I think it’s Busquets, but it’s too blurry and too fast for me to be able to tell. I also saw him on the ground after the match when I watched it yesterday- there haven’t been any reported injuries, have there? It may well be nothing.

      • Jnice
        March 26, 2011

        It was Busquets. He was just tired, nothing more than that.

        • Para
          March 26, 2011

          Oh, that’s good to hear (not that he was so tired, but that no one was injured). Thanks Jnice.

    • Kariyanna
      March 26, 2011

      Wow Amazing Miguel!!!! Certainly a must keep bookmark!!!!

  23. beeeef
    March 26, 2011

    The front cover of Sport claims that Puyol won’t be fit to play the Villareal match.

    If that’s the case, what do you guys expect our starting XI to be, specifically the CB pairing?

    I have to admit I’m getting increasingly concerned over the nature of his injury. April isn’t far off, and what if god forbid we have to navigate CL ties and the Clasicos with just Pique, Milito, and Fontas as our natural CBs?

    I guess I would be comfortable with Busquets pairing up with Pique in the back, and Mascherano occupying the DM role, but it’s not an ideal situation.

    Thoughts?

    • Jnice
      March 26, 2011

      Alves-Pique-Busi-Adriano

      Iniesta-Masch-Keita

      Bojan-Messi-Villa

      If Pedro is fit, he might start ahead of Bojan (that’s who I’d go with) and I guess Maxwell has a shot too, if he’s fit.

      No Milito for me.

      • Whatever
        March 26, 2011

        I’d choose that line-up too, but I think Pep will play Milito.

  24. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    Apparently Deulofeu is killin’ it for Spain U-17s right now.

    • March 26, 2011

      His name is literally “God made him”. Of course he’s going to be a boss. 😀

  25. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Excellent stream:

    bilbainita02.blogspot.com/

  26. March 26, 2011

    Lineup: Oier – Montoya Armando Fontas Muniesa – EduOriol Thiago DosSantos – Benja Soriano Nolito

  27. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    alcorconazo!
    Barcelona B line-up: Oier – Montoya Armando Fontas Muniesa – EduOriol Thiago DosSantos – Benja Soriano Nolito
    -barcastuff

    • March 26, 2011

      Hey Miguel, how would you like to join my Dream Team currently consisting of Jnice and blitzen?

      • Miguel
        March 26, 2011

        i would be honored. 🙂 although, honestly, i just regurgitate everything jnice says & claim it as my own. 😉

    • March 26, 2011

      Thiago. Can’t wait till he joins the first team. He’s too nice.

  28. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Geez, Soriano is really ON right now!

  29. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    Great goal. Nice pass by Thiago, clinical finish by Soriano. 1-0.

  30. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    klose! & soriano! barca b’s was mutch better. thiago turning up the heat.

    • Jnice
      March 26, 2011

      He’s actually playing DM. Armando and Muniesa are the CBs, Edu Oriol is playing left back.

      • Jnice
        March 26, 2011

        He is dropping back between the two CBs like Busi does when Edu Oriol bombs up.

        • March 26, 2011

          Ahh, I see it now. But Muniesa is way too small and tiny to play CB 😛

  31. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Alcorcon hardly getting a sniff of the ball. 🙂

  32. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    weak ass yellow card. jonathan has to be careful.

  33. March 26, 2011

    Our B-team is nice! The whole team is playing quite well so far.

    Montoya, Armando, Edu Oriol have impressed me (as players I had no expectations from).

    Balls from the back have been nice.

    BS yellow for JDS. Ref being unnecessarily strict (only 5 fouls the whole game). But on the subject of JDS, he’s been quite inconsistent of late, huh? What’s the deal with him?

    • blitzen
      March 26, 2011

      JDS has been much better in the second half of the season.

    • Miguel
      March 26, 2011

      for whatever reason jds has been playing well recently. he’s been getting a lot more minutes under luis enrique. didn’t he score a brace a couple of weeks ago or something?

      • March 26, 2011

        Oh, that’s great! The last couple of Barca B matches I saw, he either didn’t play or was, well, horrible. Nice to see him picking up form 🙂

      • Jnice
        March 26, 2011

        The team has looked much better with Fontas at DM than Ilie. They’ve had to readjust quite a bit with their midfield injuries and it sucks Romeu got hurt. I love the Fontas, Thiago, JDS midfield, though.

        How did Alcorcon not score?

  34. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Why is Armando wearing the armband when Fontas is playing? I don’t like that.

    • Jnice
      March 26, 2011

      I’m not 100% certain, but I think it’s because Fontas has been promoted to the 1st team. Enrique probably made the change once it was official and this is one of the rare times Fontas will get to play with the B team for the rest of the season.

  35. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    muniesa’s ankles getting broken. that should have been a goal for alcorcon.

  36. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    another goal from a freekick for germany. ozil to muller. poor kazakhstan.

  37. March 26, 2011

    I’m liking Oier. Nice confidence in the air and a good commanding of his area.

    LOL, ref gets decked by an Alcorcon player

  38. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Offside. Phew. Should never have come to that, though. I saw that goal coming a mile away. Poor defending.

  39. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    Barça B’s defense is looking kind of suspect. Alcorcon don’t have much of the ball, but when they attack, they look dangerous.

  40. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    What a terrible offside call. Nolito was in his own half when the ball was played. This match should be 2-0 to Barça B.

    • blitzen
      March 26, 2011

      Not in his own half, but definitely onside.

      • Jnice
        March 26, 2011

        Looked to me like he was right in front of the line. But yeah, he was on.

  41. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    edu oriol’s having a good game. fontas stationed in the back has really freed him up. & i think that’s largely due to alcorcon playing two dudes up top.

    • Miguel
      March 26, 2011

      now that was nice! great pass, too.

  42. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    It’s really cold in NJ right now, kind of glad I’m not going to the USA-Argentina game.

  43. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    I’m happy with the game so far, but the defense needs to pull their socks up. Alcorcon may only be a Segunda team, but they have a lot of self-belief after what they did to Real Madrid. They will take every chance they get.

    Best players of the half: JDS, Thiago, Fontas, Edu Oriol.

    Worst: Montoya and Armando. Too many lapses of concentration.

  44. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    Que golazo de Nolito. Thiago beautiful setup once again. He’s too nice.

    • blitzen
      March 26, 2011

      Yes, Thiago again! He has been great this whole game!

    • blitzen
      March 26, 2011

      LOL, Thiago muscled one of our own players off the ball to set up that goal! He has a lot of self-confidence, that kid. He is going to be a real star. And I love his speed, we can use that.

  45. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    Thiago and JDS work really hard in midfield. They can pass, but they can also make great tackles.

  46. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    now they’re just showing off. 🙂

  47. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Do we know yet if Rafinha is being officially promoted to the B team this summer?

    • Jnice
      March 26, 2011

      Not sure, but I think he, Javi Espinosa, and Deulofeu have a good chance of being promoted.

      • blitzen
        March 26, 2011

        I don’t know much about Espinosa, but Deulofeu is a bit of class. Pep likes him too, I think. Hasn’t he called him up to train with the first team a couple of times?

        • Miguel
          March 26, 2011

          recently pep’s called up deulofeu. not sure how many times. i see at as a good sign.

        • Jnice
          March 26, 2011

          Yeah, they both have trained with the first team, but Deulofeu has trained with ’em a few more times.

          If Deulofeu can keep his ego/attitude in check, he can become a great player. Espinosa seems more grounded, so I have no worries.

          • Jnice
            March 26, 2011

            By a writer who watched Spain U-17s today:

            Watching Spain U-17’s with my mouth open everytime Deulofeu gets the ball. Barça fans…be very excited.

            re Deulofeu; They put 3 players on him in the 2nd half & he beat them all time & time again. Agility, speed, strength, technique. EL CRACK.

            http://twitter.com/Nerdyyy

          • Miguel
            March 26, 2011

            el crack? heh. i can’t wait for deulofeo to make the jump to the b-team so i can watch him on a consistent basis.

          • Jnice
            March 26, 2011

            He’s like 5’10, so he’s a giant in Barça terms lol.

  48. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Nolito is offside almost as often as David Villa. 😛

  49. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    i like the way luis enrique & pep are managing the youth team & its expectations. this really shows they have a long term vision. or maybe not, luis enrique is taking off, right? i wish him well. i wonder who barcelona has in mind to coach the b-team next year, though? luis enrique was the perfect dude for it.

      • Miguel
        March 26, 2011

        that’s a brilliant idea! i wiki’d him & it says he’s the assistant manager for psv. i totally see it.

  50. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    muniesa got flattened. ouch. i’ve fallen like that on my tailbone. not fun.

  51. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    I missed that. Nolito and Thiago off, Vazquez and ??? on?

  52. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    Great pass by Victor Vazquez. Benja should’ve scored.

    • blitzen
      March 26, 2011

      Benja has long periods where I forget that he on the field, then he will suddenly do something good. Not sure what to think about him.

  53. jordi™
    March 26, 2011

    Guys,Armando is the official vice captain after Vasquez.Since they hardly start, fontas and Soriano are the on field captains if that makes any sense.

    • Jnice
      March 26, 2011

      I thought that was the case, I remember reading that early in the season. That makes perfect sense, thanks.

      You watch the whole match?

      • jordi™
        March 26, 2011

        Only the 2nd half, my stream was like a year behind till i finally realized >=/

  54. blitzen
    March 26, 2011

    Klose again! He really steps up his game for the Mannschaft, doesn’t he?

  55. Jnice
    March 26, 2011

    Portugal-Chile on right now. Great chance for people to see Coentrao and Sanchez play for those of you who haven’t yet.

    • Miguel
      March 26, 2011

      i miss bielsa. why isn’t he coaching a team in la liga? or, better yet, barca b?!

    • Para
      March 26, 2011

      I’ve ‘found’ Coentrao, but do you know what number Sanchez is? my stream’s in portuguese, so I’m struggling a little.

      • Jnice
        March 26, 2011

        Umm, he’s number 7 and has colorful boots on.

      • blitzen
        March 26, 2011

        Here, have some Spanish:

        rydertvsport.blogspot.com/p/canal-roja-directa.html

  56. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    jesus, matias fernandez. why’d you ever leave villarreal?

  57. Miguel
    March 26, 2011

    why didn’t anybody remind me mexico is playing today? atleast i didn’t miss this last chicharito goal.

  58. March 26, 2011

    Messi paired with pastore in warmups. Very cold here. Let’s hope to avoid injuries. Many cules in the stands.

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