Athletic Bilbao 1, Barca 2, a.k.a. “Gaze all ye, in wonder at P!”


The face….the steely gaze that says “I will score”….the magic.

Ladies and gents, it was all about He Who Was Formerly Pedrito today, as he and Xavi combined to bail out what was really a desultory side today, with a few exceptions. Yes, it was the first, away leg of the SuperCopa but really, it was still pre-season for us and boy, did it show.

Guardiola rolled out a starting XI of: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, The Yaya, Keita, Xavi, Pedro!, Henry and Krkic. It was a semi-serious lineup that said “Hey, I’d love it if we could win this thing, but a draw would rock my world, as well.”

And things started out great, with lots of possession that, truth to tell, was a lot of the wrong kind of possession. Rather than triangles that dance about with evil intent, we got a lot of clunnky passing and the lads poncing about as though it was a practice session. Which is fine, because as I said, we should still be able to beat Bilbao with that side.

And so it came to pass.

There were a few things worthy of note in this match:

1. We will have to work on how to play when our backs get pressure. As Hector pointed out, pressure means that rather than playing the ball out as we love to do, they have to long pass it to midfield.

2. We’re getting better at integrating new blood into the lineup.

3. It’s still pre-season for us, folks, make no mistake about it.

4. We’re better at set pieces (so far), which will help a significant defensive weakness.

I’m just not sure what the cause of the desultory play was, but even Xavi gave away a couple of balls, and The Yaya wasn’t his usual commanding self, as his lost possession led to the Bilbao goal that was a rather scrappy one, coming as it did off of Alves’ leg. Worst of all was if he doesn’t make that stab, Valdes has the shot covered.

What was more vexing was the goal ruffled their feathers and suddenly we were on the back foot. The elegance and time of possession weren’t there for us, as Bilbao pushed up the pitch and applied pressure. Not much of it was of any real significance, but our fundamental tenet is if you don’t have the ball, you can’t beat us. We have seen opposing coaches try a few different things this early part of the year. Man-marking The Yaya, man-marking Xavi, putting pressure on the backs.

Cross-pitch passes alleviate stress and create working space, to be sure. But it’s the comfort that our players have with the ball at their feet, that makes the machine go. And after a rotten start to the second half, magic arose from nothing, and we got to see a glimpse of the future, Xavi to Pedro!

Pedro! took the pass, did a little dance and as elegantly as can be, rolled a perfectly weighted pass to Xavi, who smoked it past the keeper on the near side. Suddenly it was 1-1, and seemed to have the same effect that the Eto’o goal did in the Champions League final, another one that came when we were kinda struggling to get on the right foot. We started getting more possession, fighting back and pushing them back into their end.

But the second goal was pure magic, as Pedro! took a pass from Xavi and again, created a little space for himself with a slick little (dare I say, Messi-esque) move that led to an unleashed curve ball that the keeper missed by mere inches. But miss he did, and it was 2-1 good guys. From this point on, despite their efforts, there wasn’t any real danger, and the scoreline could have easily been 4-1 as we had some great chances, particularly Alves’ stunner that banged off the crossbar.

The other great thing about the Pedro! performance is that it kicked off just as some of us were noting that not only do we have to play the ball to him, but he has to make himself available for said balls. Dancing out onto the wing and waving your arms is not going to do it. Constant motion is the answer, movement linked to the efforts of Xavi. Once that began to happen, we really started to see what Pedro! can do, and why his promotion to the A team was a no-brainer.

He could be this season’s Giuly. If you consider that our starting front will be Messi, Ibrahimovic and Henry, Pedro! can come in as that firestarter, with all of his movement, energy and effort, not to mention a very quick shot that he gets off. We saw him shine against lesser competition, but the real question was how he would do in a match that mattered, against real competition. I think we have an answer.

And now, the points (sort of, since I was taking notes, but without replay, things get a bit more difficult):

Guardiola: 7. He rolled out a solid lineup, and had the tactical awareness to change our style of play, based on the midfield-clogging, back-pressuring efforts of Bilbao. If either of those Henry passes are completed (and they will be as the season rolls on and form is found), that match is a rout. Busquets and Jeffren were astute substitutions, that kept our energy up without disrupting possession.

Team: 5. Full credit for the fightback, but everybody was off today, except for Pedro! Passes were short, long passes were abnormally inaccurate, everything was kinda messy.

Valdes: 7. Couldn’t have done a damned thing about the goal, and knocked about a couple of horrific clearances/passes that could have killed the side. But every save he had to make, every ball he had to grab–including one with a Bilbao player right on the doorstep–he did.

Alves: 6. He played to a higher score, but I am going to start subtracting a point whenever the “Alves Tuck -N-Roll” is implemented. It’s a shameful thing that detracts from his very good play today, including a shot from distance that would have been one queen hell mother of a golazo.

Pique: 6. Off on his passes, let some Bilbao players loose in and around the box, but was very solid, for the most part. Unfortunately he was playing next to Captain Caveman.

Puyol: 7. El Capitan is ready, folks. Pre-season? Early season? What’s that? It’s time to get in some ass. Hell of a late block of a very dangerous Bilbao effort.

Abidal: 6. Our French Greyhound transitions too readily into Wreckless Eric, as he was giving and taking away. Strong offensive effort and his usual indefatigable defensive effort shone, but then he’d clunk it up with a pass or make a control/clearance more difficult than it should have been.

The Yaya: 5. Hmmm. It’s early season for our Mammoth Man, and that’s okay….sort of. He took a step back from the excellence on display in the pre-season friendlies.

Keita: 4. If I seem harsh on him, it’s because I didn’t have benefit of a match re-watch. He’s often better when you watch the match a second time, as you can see the little things that he does. But from my seat he was pretty invisible, though helpful once we regained control of the match, in keeping possession.

Xavi: 6. Yes, he got a goal and an assist, but he should have been playing with Pedro! more and earlier (though some of it was the fault of P!), and his passes didn’t have that usual effortless precision. Which is fine. It’s still early days for him, as well. Killer shot for the first goal.

Pedro!: 8. Simply put, he was the difference-maker today. If he learns that he can’t be played as effectively when he moves constantly, stand back. Destruction is going to ensue when he enters the pitch. He always plays with his head up, and he understands the Way We Play. And it goes without saying that P! is Man of the Match.

Krkic: 4. The Kid was pretty worthless out there today, uncertain in possession and making the reception of passes more difficult than it should have been.

Henry: 5. He’s been better. If he wasn’t 100% he shouldn’t have been out there. And even if he wasn’t, he simply has to do better with the chances he was given. A+ for defensive effort, however.


Jeffren (for Henry): 5. Final Fantasy made some nice moves, but showed a tendency to play himself into trouble. We don’t give a player the ball, then say “It’s yours. Make something happen.” If something isn’t there, send it back to Xavi for a re-set, then try again.

Busquets (for Xavi): incomplete. I know he was out there running around, but damned if I recall any real evidence of his presence. My notes don’t mention him at all.

So. First review of the season. It’s pre-season for me, as well. I might be off a bit on some ratings, might not. Dunno. I do know that I am excited about this season. That was a rotten grinder of a match that could have easily gone the wrong way. But we didn’t let it happen, because of pride and hunger. Yes, it was an….um….measured effort, but it all worked out in the end, which is what counts, right?

And now, for some really cool news. Hopefully (not sure if he took notes this time) this season, Isaiah, Hector and I are going to be triple-teaming y’all. Isaiah will preview, I will review and Hector will make the world make sense tactically. Is anybody else as geeked about this last bit as I am? Yes? Thought so.

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  1. August 17, 2009

    BTW, Pedro is naturally right footed but ambidextrous. I’d like to see more of him on the left to see what he brings to the table on that side as well.

  2. Ramzi
    August 17, 2009

    Hector, I feel more relaxed now to be honest with you. Your article subject is not something I tackle in my article; I would have hated to write about the same thing you mention in your first article. So I am looking forward for it. Especially that it will inspire me for the following parts of my series.

    I always demanded more diversity in the Messi-Alves game. Pedro was may be the victim of Alves runs on the flank the same as Alves was the victim of Messi potentials while cutting in. Messi need to open to the flank more often when he is tightly marked to open a hole for Alves to cut in and take his shots. We’ve seen more samples about it in this game than in a whole season. In that mean, Pedro was helping Alves (with or without intention) Opening a tunnel for him to cut in to the box edge and take his shots. The only problem was when Alves opened to the flank, Pedro didn’t synchronize. I would have considered it as an Alves-mistake, but when you see that Bojan, was able to linking more with henry on the left, and keeping in mind that when alves cut in he penetrate between pedro and Xavi, that leave him with no option to move the ball to the right where there is only one player to lick with, instead of keeping the offense fluidity where the teamwork is taking place more efficiently.

    But again, we can’t demand them to click in their first game playing together. Which means there were no bad intentions, neither bad decision making. Its just the fact that some fruits need time to mature. This increases its quality, and not the opposite.

  3. eklavya
    August 17, 2009

    LOL Have you guys seen’s ratings? They gave Keita 8.

  4. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    Naaah, not a fan of Abidal, though I do think that like Henry, he gets excessive scorn for his errors and hardly any credit for his good work.

    A play typified his match when, in the second half, Puyol was trapped by two Bilbao defenders, trying to figure out what to do with the ball. In zoomed Abidal, to provide an outlet for Puyol. A nice 1-2, and the clearance was made. Puyol acknowledged his effort with a thumbs up (? I think, memory is hazy).

    He made more offensive forays, including a play that really should have resulted in a goal. He broke up attack after attack and always made himself available for the outlet ball to re-set the attack. Yes, Wreckless Eric reared his head. Bummer about that.

    Xavi wasn’t Xavi yesterday. He was still good. I think he got the standing ovation because he’s Xavi, from a world that is finally starting to really appreciate him. If he’d played like the Xavi that he will be playing like (soon, very soon) the crowd would have stormed the field and kissed his toes. :

    I saw a team rounding into form, and learning how to play at an effort level that is good enough to win. The value in that, over a long season, is immense. Unlike us, I don’t think there was any doubt in their minds that they were going to win that match.

    But it’s clear that the fitness and sharpness aren’t there. Frankly, I’d be worried if they were. Bilbao is playing for the league, and they would LOVE to snag the SuperCopa from us. That’s it. So they were a lot more ready than we were.

    The fluidity will come, as P! gets more time, and boy, will he ever. But he moves differently from Messi, and Alves/Xavi will have to learn to compensate for that. I’m pretty confident calling P! the New Giuly (still one of my favorite Barca players).

  5. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009 might not have been too far off, eklavya. As I said above, Keita confounds me, because he is usually a lot better than he looks live. Watching live, if you don’t watch for him specifically, you miss a lot of what he does.

    I almost didn’t rate him for that reason, but that would have been a cop-out, so I judged on what I noted. His reality is often a point or two higher.

  6. Achraf
    August 17, 2009

    True keita was tireless out there perhaps ran the most but what I really likeed about him yesterday was his positioning sense he was at the right place at the righ time at barious occasions and always provide an outlet whether in defense or offense. Also he played a

  7. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    And Pedro! is being humble. He’s supposed to be. But the simple reality was when they integrated him into the offense, we became a threat and scored goals, both of which he was involved in.

    It’s sort of what I mean about Krkic. He doesn’t influence a match. As someone said earlier about the seasoning that comes with more B-team time that we’re seeing in Pedro!, perhaps that’s it. But I want Krkic to impose his will on a situation the way that P! or Jeffren do. He has the talent, I’m just not sure he has the confidence.

    And unlike others, I’m not falling back on the “Oh, he’s just a babe” contention. This is his third year with the first team, and second full year. He’s there for a reason, so play like it.

  8. Achraf
    August 17, 2009

    big part in the first goal

  9. Kevo
    August 17, 2009

    Just a thought…
    I know we missed important people like Messi, Iniesta and Ibra in our lineup but the good thing is that the team did manage to win a match that were down by 1 goal. What i mean is that even that we were missing our ‘small/big artillery’ we still manage to keep our composure and win the match.

    I liked Keita, he seemed more confident with the ball and he was even pushing the ball up and distributing a bit… he should improve on his long shots.

    And it seemed to me also that we are trying some long range shooting as well, Alves tried and hit the post, Keita shot to kill a bird, Pedro!’s goal was a rocket and i think Yaya wanted to do a replica of Copa del Rey’s goal.

  10. Hilal
    August 17, 2009

    I thought Keita was one of our best players yesterday. Kxevin I know what you mean when you say its hard to pick up on in live games. I was specifically looking out for him though cos in general i have noticed a much better Keita in preseason so I wanted to keep an eye on him in this game.

    He does nothing spectacular so in that sense he will never ever stand out. He is not an Iniesta. He is not going to wow with skills or ability. What he does is priceless though. He really does work his freakin ass off, especially yesterday, he was absolutely everywhere and he was unlucky not to score off the back of a nice little run. He is really starting to understand how the team and the system works and he is going to play a very crucial part this season, I have no doubt about that. He is our silent workhorse. Its a shame there are some fans out there who don’t see or appreciate his contribution. Have read quite a few comments (mostly over at peps place) saying how useless he is, but Guardiola certainly knows what he does and how he contributes and im sure all the other players do as well. Hopefully he starts to get a little more recognition…

  11. Achraf
    August 17, 2009

    Personally I agree 100 percent. Keita will never shine but he is priceless and the important thing is the man who matters knows that so expect keita to get the minutes in this season under guardiola

    And the commenters on pep’s blog come just ahead of commenters in my opinion is it just me or does everyone think that the quality of the comments here is so much better then at other blogs/sites

  12. Cesc Pistol
    August 17, 2009

    @Ramzi, first of all, stop being all zen like, it’s silly 😛

    I won’t elaborate on how a team is not like a town etc. and btw I thought you would assume I knew the difference between “better position” and “being available”. That was not what I was pointing at, at all.

    Now that we have that cleared (don’t pick it up again!) I’d like to state that I agree with most your points and there were clearly things Pedro did wrong and probably will continue to do so in the near future. Obviously the chemistry with Alves is not there but the fact is Pedro is a different player to Messi and has linked up with different fullbacks than Alves. (Sometimes he even played in a traditional 442, very unlike our system)
    While Pedro should adjust to that so should Alves. I didn’t see much effort from either tbh.

    The crux of what I’m trying to say can be better understood with a different player: Zlatan.
    He is very different from what Eto’o offers us. Ofcourse it remains his responsibility to change alot of his game to suit the team and it’s needs.

    However, this being the key point, that if the team does not adapt to how Zlatan plays and his movements, we are in for a disaster. Since it would be easier for the current team members to modify their game (as their understanding with rest of the team being at a higher level) I place more responsibility on them.

  13. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    Achraf, the quality of comments here is exceptional. It’s like a self-sustaining community in that everyone who comes and is new, has a template of knowledge, respect and coolness that has already been established.

    The rest is easy. I’ve said it before and will say it now (and again and again): Thanks to all of you, it works.

    So true, Hilal about Keita, Hilal. So true.

    ALERT If anyone knows of U.S. television for the Gamper match, please post it. ESPN overseas is showing it I’ve heard, but not ESPN Stateside. Nothing listed (so far) for Deportes or GolTV. We won’t see it on Fox Soccer, because that’s first day of Champions League.

    La Sexta is showing it live, so we’ll be able to pick up that (very high-quality) feed via the Web, but I want my own, DVR-able copy, dammit!

  14. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    Good points, CP. It’s why I noted that Pedro! has to make himself available. Same with Henry, and all of the other attackers. It’s what makes our attack work.

    It’s also why I say that people can’t judge Ibrahimovic based on how he played at Inter. He wanted us as much as we wanted him. He will do what he has to do to fit in. The allure of goals and glory will make that happen, which is why I’m not at all worried about his work rate or willingness to integrate into Guardiola’s system.

    But I do imagine that Guardiola will throw in some wrinkles to take advantage of Ibrahimovic’s strengths, as well, because of that two-way adaptability that you reference.


  15. Kevo
    August 17, 2009

    I like Athletic fans, they are so freaking passionate about the game and team and oddly enough, Barca.
    When Henry was substituted he was applauded, he didn’t do what he does he didn’t gave a bad time to Athletic players and yet he was applauded. And Xavi, well it looked like they were about to throw fireworks when he was substituted.

  16. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    Some of it, Kevo, was they were probably hoping that Xavi coming off would give them a better shot at an equalizer. 😀

  17. Achraf
    August 17, 2009

    With the copa del rey 75 percent ours im expecting a full strength lineup in the gamper game. Since everybody’s available by then we well be able to see our best possible lineup be it only for 45 minutes. And all my eyes will definetly be on Ibra and not on his personal performance and how many goals he scores but on the link ups and chances he manages to create with other team members. Ill be wa

  18. Achraf
    August 17, 2009

    With the copa del rey 75 percent ours im expecting a full strength lineup in the gamper game. Since everybody’s available by then we well be able to see our best possible lineup be it only for 45 minutes. And all my eyes will definetly be on Ibra and not on his personal performance and how many goals he scores but on the link ups and chances he manages to create with other team members. Ill be watching his runs and his calls for the ball. And also how others are able to react to this. If only one of these relationships works we are golden. Xavi-ibra iniesta-ibra messi-ibra and even henry-Ibra.

    The succes of these ingame relationships will be vital tothe progress of Ibra’s barca career.

    What do u guys think?

  19. Kevo
    August 17, 2009

    hahahaha! Good thinking Kevin… that sounds true. A big sigh of relieve!

  20. Hilal
    August 17, 2009

    Does anybody know if there are going to be any high quality feeds for the Gamper game on Wed? Sky arent showing it here in the UK and as useful as Rojadirecta is, the quality is not that great. It would be nice to be able to tell who the player on the ball actually is! Also this is the first time we are going to see Ibra play, it would be nice to be able to see the finer things (touch, movement, etc). Stuff that you cannot really judge on a rojadirecta feed 🙁

  21. Corrine
    August 17, 2009

    yeah i just saw that! was a bit shocked to see pique there since la liga defenders are rarely recognized but not surprised at all. i still think vidic has a better chance though, since he was more consistent through the whole season (and because manutd’s clean sheet run), while pique only got awesome at the halfway point. but i’m still cheering on our boy!

  22. Alex
    August 17, 2009

    I don’t know if you guys are familiar with soccertv but it has good info of when and what channel games will be played on. Looks like we’re royally F’ed once again.

  23. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    Hilal, La Sexta will be showing the match (I hear). I would imagine that TV3 will also air it, them being the home broadcast team and all.

  24. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    And sheeeit, they had to recognize Piquenbauer.

    Speaking of Ibrahimovic, it occurs to me that I’ve been calling him our big ass Swede for some time now. Should we call him BAS for now, until something better comes up?

    It is, however, doubtful that anything approaching Final Fantasy will arise. 😀

  25. Achraf
    August 17, 2009

    BAS will do for now but we need to come up with something better perhaps his performance next match will strike our imaginations for a new nickname for him.

    And how did final fantasy come up for jeffren kxevin

  26. August 17, 2009

    Its all about the haircut. 😉

  27. Eduard
    August 17, 2009

    that’s a lot of nominees. Is that normal for a campaign? Also what coaches are nominated?

    glad to see Piquebaur on the list

  28. SC
    August 17, 2009

    Ok, I went to the other blog and was like what… the… ???

    Kxevin, Isaiah and (now) Hector: I just want to send you all a big congrats and best wishes on this new project. You know, I used to wander the streets of Chicago in my Iniesta shirt (before anyone else had noticed that he may or may not burst into flames upon contact with sunlight), just a lonely cule, and I am so grateful you have created a home for me and others who love the beautiful game to come and (respectfully) geek it out. Also, I think the idea of putting up ads to generate $ for FCB charities is so freaking awesome and directly aligns with our values as cules. Good stuff.

    Also, I’m happy I made it through the transfer window without having to take too many Hector pills.

    Quick comment on the UEFA nominees— anyone else notice that with the exception of Eto’o, we have all canteranos on the list? Pretty cool, huh? 😀

  29. Helge
    August 17, 2009

    Wednesday will be a great day for football fans! There is CL quali, PremierLeague, Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid (100 years BVB anniversay game) and Gamper! 7 matches on TV, 1 on internet for me – yes, I’m kind a addicted to football, but Barca is my only true passion, stronger than my hometown team Arminia Bielefeld 🙂

    And I really hope that we show these new-rich Citizens what true football is about! It would be twice a joy to beat ManCity, just as it was twice a joy to beat ManUtd in the CL final (Arsenal, for instance, wouldn’t have been such a great feeling from my point of view). Is there anything official about the return of Iniesta, Messi and the debut of Ibra for Wednesday?

  30. Helge
    August 17, 2009

    Eduard, as far as I know there is no coach nominated. The coaches elect the best player of each position and the best player overall. Maybe they are not allowed to elect themselves^^
    Nevertheless, we all KNOW the answer, no doubt Pep Guardiola has been the best coach last season and I bet it’s not only us who think so.

  31. Hilal
    August 17, 2009

    Ok thanks Kxevin, and do they stream directly off their websites? So if I go to La Sexta website will i be able to stream the game and is it decent quality?

  32. Carles P
    August 17, 2009

    Sounds like Wed will be a busy day for Footy! Always good. Hope BAS (AKA Ibarcamovic) gets on the scoresheet.

    Did anyone else notice that Pep is adding long shots to our tactical plans (at least more of them)?

    Atleast it seems that last year we were hesitant to take shots from the outside, while this year (at least in the first real game) it seemed as though we were being given more free reign to take a shots from deep. I like the idea, because it gives teams one more thing to worry about.

  33. Alex
    August 17, 2009

    I visited the Sexta web page and they have a site that has shows on demand, what isn’t clear is if they stream live……………..

  34. August 17, 2009

    Rojadirecta usually has La Sexta streams. You just have to find them. The supercup was apparently not on La Sexta hence the scarcity of good streams. Its not all grainy transmissions, some of them are actually of good quality. Some of the users I’ve used at various times in the past are Bad TV, Rambo_es, muchodeportes, or Fenix_TV (or any thing resembling that). I find Ustream a little better than Justin TV but it depends on the stream. If you want something higher quality, download Sopcast or TVU player.

  35. Alex
    August 17, 2009

    Sopcast and TVU are PC only, correct?

  36. Ciaran
    August 17, 2009

    Vidic’s agent said that he would love to come to Barca but it’s unlikely that Sir Alex would sell.
    We’d have to pay €30million for him I’m guessing. Better than €20million for Chygrynskiy I suppose.

    I would love if we tied up a deal for Javi Martinez as well. A central midfielder is more urgent than central defender methinks

  37. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    Last time I used them, I streamed directly from La Sexta. It was an excellent feed, good enough to run full screen (on a 22″ HD monitor).

    Correct, Alex. And they were seriously lagging for the SuperCopa yesterday. It was weird having some folks come on with a “GOOOOAL!” 15 minutes after the rest of us had moved on. 😀

    The long shot is something that we all noticed. It’s a good thing. Alves almost nabbed one, Pedro did nab one. Ibrahimovic shoots well from outside, and so does Messi.

  38. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    Oh Good news for those who ordered them–the treble t-shirts are (finally!) shipping.

  39. Jnice
    August 17, 2009

    Alex, TVU is also available for Mac.

  40. Alex
    August 17, 2009


    I can boot up in Windows with my intel mac, if I use sopcast I can connect directly to lasexta and get a good feed????

    Or are you talking about connecting from la sexta web page?

  41. Alex
    August 17, 2009

    Is TVU any good on mac, i.e. has anybody used it to stream games?

  42. Kxevin
    August 17, 2009

    I’m talking about connecting directly from La Sexta’s page. It’s what I used to watch the Copa final last year.

  43. Alex
    August 17, 2009

    So do I need sopcast or TVU to connect to there page? Or does la sexta stream it live on their page?

  44. August 17, 2009

    I would like to note that the liveblog itself would sometimes hold up comments for a while and then randomly publish them 10 minutes later. That wasn’t necessarily anyone’s feed, but in the 2 hours the liveblog was running, we had over 1,300 comments, most of which were during the goals.

  45. Jnice
    August 17, 2009

    Alex, if you can boot up windows on your mac (like I can), that is better than using TVU on your mac because TVU works better on windows. And Sopcast is good, too. But if Kevin is saying he can watch directly from the page, that is what I’ll be doing and it seems the best option. In my experience, those direct streams work best.

  46. Alex
    August 17, 2009

    Ya, if la sexta has a live feed, that will without a doubt be the best option, it may even be in 720p, as they are pimping that on their website for the section.

  47. Ciaran
    August 17, 2009

    Another thing in transferland, Real Betis have announced that they are willing to sell most of their first XI if there is a decent offer.
    I still think if we are looking to sign a rightback then Nelson would be a cheaper option than Eboue or Cicinho and would accept a bench role more readily.
    Not a fantastic defender but very good going forward. A centre back can cover for defensive formations (especially with Maxwell on the other flank) and Nelson can cover in more attacking formations

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