Athletic – Barça Liveblog

It’s the first liveblog of the year, commencing at roughly 3:30pmEST today and lasting through the end of the match, which starts at 4pmEST. Check out the preview here.


Athletic: Iraizoz, Iraola, Ocio, Ustaritz, Koi, Orbaiz, Gurpegui, Susaeta, Gabilondo, De Marcos, Llorente
Barça: Valdés, Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal, The Yaya, Xavi, Keita, Pedro!, Henry, Bojan

You can follow my pre-game tweets here, which should include the lineups and some other “brain droppings”.

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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.


  1. August 16, 2009

    Alves is one evil bastard. I’m so glad he’s on our team now. We’ve got a ways to go to recover our best form though. Credit Caparros for throwing us some curve balls. The three man pressure on our CB’s when we were taking the ball out would be considered to risky by many but it worked damn well for the second half of the first half. We were just booting balls into the midfield and turning it into an EPL match. Xavi did not do well to adjust but after half time, Xavi came down more to help, we finally started seeing cross field switches and more one touch passing down the wings, and after the goal, it was pretty much gravy.

  2. ElShowDeJason
    August 16, 2009

    how bout Pedro! man of the match?

  3. ballbeav
    August 16, 2009

    all credit to Bilbao, they kept our forward line from being very active, and you can say that all three starting strikers “disappeared” for long periods. but pedro made the most of his chances.

    keita also seemed more active and involved than usual. i am liking him more and more.

  4. ballbeav
    August 16, 2009

    wow hector, how’s that for instant gratification!

  5. jordi
    August 16, 2009

    Keirrison didnt make the benfica bench for their league game today.

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