Poll Time! Who do you want to sign this summer? + U21 LiveBlog

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Note: the results from the Fabregas poll conducted here on BFB show a 83% of you either don’t want to sign Fabregas at all or only when the price/time is right. Just sayin’. Interesting.

Another note: I’ll be running a LiveBlog for the Spain U21 vs England U21s today. It’s at 2:45pmEST if you want to join in. You’ll see some Bojangles, Thiago, Botia, Jeffren! ….And some other nobodies like Mata and Javi Martinez.

Spain Lineup (Barca players in bold) – De Gea; Montoya – Botia – Alvaro Dominguez – Vila Rosello (aka. Didac); Thiago – Javi Martinez – Herrera (aka. Ander); Mata – Adrian – Jeffren

Bench: Mino, Marino, Azpilicueta, San Jose, Parejo, Bojan, Capel, Nsue, Jose Angel, Ruiz, Ruben Perez, Muniain

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212 Comments

  1. Diego
    June 12, 2011

    Spain U21 match is showing on my TV. Wohoooooo

  2. Diego
    June 12, 2011

    Rossi, Willian, Botia
    Out : Maxwell, Milito, Jeffren, Bojan (loan)

    Next Year :
    Puyol and Abidal will be not the same, (Pique,Fontas,Botia) so we buy another defender to fill in for them.
    Bojan back, Villa out.
    Cesc in. We could evaluate the Alexis situation if he’s still with Udinese.

    • barca96
      June 12, 2011

      Next year?
      Buy an unhappy players in EPL, Silva, Nasri (if he stays with Arsenal) 😆

  3. barca96
    June 12, 2011

    Rossi & Cesc for me.
    You should’ve added
    Rossi/Sanchez & Cesc + CB as well Kari.

    Damn…WHy are you disappointed in me?
    DOuble blow to me today.sigh.
    RUmor must start from somewhere right…

  4. Neel
    June 12, 2011

    Most importantly I do not want to see Thiago go away or worse, used as make weight for a trade. I think Barca wants Cesc and although I have been against his purchase at an extravagant amount, I think we need Fab as a tried and tested custodian to backup Xavi and Iniesta. Between Rossi and Sanchez, I would prefer Sanchez, but I think Rossi is more likely to end up in Barca. But more than either Rossi or Sanchez or any other forward, I would want a CB, in the mould of David Luiz. Also, he should not be too old from footballing career perspective.

  5. Roz
    June 12, 2011

    Rossi and Botia. Milito and Jeffren(with buyback option)out.That’s all we need really.

  6. Neel
    June 12, 2011

    Oh and yes, I imagine that Nasri, if he comes way cheaper than Fab, should be chased down rather than Cesc. I think under Pep, he can be as good as Cesc potentially can be for Barca. He has a huge positive that he can play as a forward as well, as far as finishing goes, he is way better than Cesc. And he is a good free kick and corner kick taker as well.

  7. Neel
    June 12, 2011

    Wow, thanks Bridgette, just came online and I get a link to watch Messi live. I LOVE THIS FORUM !!! 🙂

    • bridgette
      June 12, 2011

      More than welcome! 2 Messi goals already 😀

  8. y2k156
    June 12, 2011

    thanks bridgette. this is really useful!

  9. Jnice
    June 12, 2011

    De Gea; Montoya, Botía, Domínguez, Didac; Javi Martínez, Ander, Thiago; Jeffren, Mata y Adrián.

    Jeffren starting, that’s a surprise. Bojan has to be pissed. He’s usually an undisputed starter.

    • June 12, 2011

      That’s very surprising on Bojan. There’s been little question about his role as a starter internationally.

      This must be difficult for him – but it may be necessary.

      His career is at something of a cross roads. Strange to say that with a player so young – but that’s the situation he now finds himself in.

      I hope he is angry about this. He has to take hold of how he plays. Too much of his career has been built on potential and his absurd production as a youth player.

      Not starting today is another signal that the past is over and potential is not enough.

      He never should have pushed for first team football so soon – but he and his camp did. And Barca was caught in a bind and catered to what he wanted.

      But what’s done is done.

      This must be a real blow, particularly coming on top of the rumors of him as a make weight.

    • JoachimD
      June 12, 2011

      how did our guys play? I was reading a live chat at voetbalzone and it seems that especially Herrera was playing great. Thiago was very positive as well. Jeffren seemed to have a poor match and bojan did not even start?!

  10. Neel
    June 12, 2011

    Wow the goal they let the special kid score…Man, these guys are doing good stuff…

    • June 12, 2011

      And now Pablito has a brace! The defense just can’t contain him!

      So. Much. Win.

      • blitzen
        June 12, 2011

        At this rate I predict a final score of 20-20. 😀

  11. blitzen
    June 12, 2011

    Hat-trick Pablito! 😀

    And why is Messi the only one on his team wearing black shorts?

    • bridgette
      June 12, 2011

      Messi was on the other team for the first half, I think he just switched jerseys

  12. soccermomof4
    June 12, 2011

    Just came in time to see that last goal and a standing O for Messi.
    Thanks for the heads up and the link, Brigette. This is awesome.

  13. June 12, 2011

    Just a heads up: I’m starting the LB in a couple of minutes.

  14. ciaran
    June 12, 2011

    If only real life was as easy as football manager.
    Out: Milito, Maxwell, Jeffren, Soriano
    In: Botia, Bastos/Vargas, Fabregas, Sanchez.
    We should just re-sign Henrik Larsson. He was already too old when we signed him and he was fantastic.

  15. soccermomof4
    June 12, 2011

    MotM- Vj- for the underwear link

      • soccermomof4
        June 12, 2011

        I’m thinking that if the everyone’s kit design was changed to be more like that—the beautiful game could be even more so??

  16. blitzen
    June 12, 2011

    Thanks for the loveblob, Kari, even if the game sucked! I’m so football-starved right now that I’ll take any old game.

  17. blitzen
    June 12, 2011

    According to barcastuff, Thiago was chosen as MOTM. Good for him.

  18. Olufestus
    June 12, 2011

    The match was quite entertaining,i swear i will shoot down zubi n wenger if thiago was allowed to go for fabre-SOLID(fabre-GAS)…THIAGO STAYS AT PASSING-LONA…nuff said

  19. Olufestus
    June 12, 2011

    Anything hes called,either fabrePASS, fabreLIQUID,fabreSOLID,fabreDIESEL,or fabrePETROL,i dont want him @ passinglona(BARCELONA)now…THIAGO should stay @ F C PASSER(F.C.BARÇA)…no thiago +ca$h

  20. Nav
    June 12, 2011

    Aw man missed the charity game 🙁 I hope there are some highlights or downloads later

    • mei
      June 12, 2011

      haha even they have been tired by the bullshit theyre writing.
      Now they started mocking themselves too!

    • blitzen
      June 12, 2011

      Actually I wouldn’t mind downloading it if anyone has a link. Jnice? get on it! 😀

      • Jnice
        June 12, 2011

        Already been on the lookout, nothing up so far, maybe it will be tomorrow. I’ll post when I see it.

  21. June 12, 2011

    Incoming (note that I am presuming this Rossi rumor is still just a rumor):

    Botia buyback
    promote Fontas
    Willian
    veteran bench striker (Forlan, Drogba)
    promote Thiago
    shuffle Bartra, Dos Santos

    Done. Stronger, deeper squad for less than 30m, leaving us with 15m from our announced transfer kitty that we will use to convince Guardiola to stay for more years. 😀

    Outgoing

    Maxwell (time to move on)
    Milito (REALLY time to move on)
    Krkic (I’d sell him.)
    Jeffren (Ditto)

    • blitzen
      June 12, 2011

      15m from our announced transfer kitty that we will use to convince Guardiola to stay for more years.

      Pfft. I know you’re joking, but if Guardiola cared about money he would be in Qatar already.

  22. blitzen
    June 12, 2011

    And barcastuff says:

    Joining English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers is not an option for Barcelona B midfielder Thiago (20). [sport]

    As if it ever was. 😆

  23. BarcaGirl_Indo
    June 12, 2011

    can’t choose between Rossi/Sanchez…
    I watched Villareal/Italy NT much more than Udinese/Chile,
    so it would be unfair to Sanchez if pick Rossi…
    I’ll be happy if we get one of them, whoever it is…

    and Cesc, seems like Wenger won’t let him go,
    so he will stay there until he retire without any trophy for a long time…

    a forward and a defender is a must for me…
    and IMO, we should sell/loan Jeffren or Bojan…

    with smart transfers we will be even stronger than before… 😀

    • barca96
      June 12, 2011

      Finally you’re back.
      Was gonna post asking where you were.
      Same with Outerspace.

      • BarcaGirl_Indo
        June 13, 2011

        oh, hi barca96! 😀

        I won’t post too often during silly season, me thinks…
        still posting, but not much…

        my favourite part from silly season is when I see words like :
        “the deal almost done”, “final meeting”, “OFFICIAL”, “signed an agreement”

        right now is all about rumor and speculation…
        hope we’ll sign somebody this week, really looking forward to it… 😀

        you can check his twitter if you miss outer…
        @jamgoodmeatgood…

  24. can_we_go_Xalvies
    June 12, 2011

    by next season we have to make sure we:

    -have sufficient cover for Puyol
    -have sufficient cover for both fullback positions
    -have a starting winger/CF that can come off the bench or be involved in heavy rotation.

    the good things:

    -We actually already do have sufficient cover for Puyol, be it Abidal or Mascherano, but with these players having to play CB, we lose a player in the FB or CM department, so when it comes to signing a new player we need either:

    a CB or CM, thus why we are pushing for Fabregas rather then a CB, because buying a midfield player would be worth more than a CB, for utility reasons.

    -Fullback position will be our cheapest signing but I think the most crucial of the three.

    -It doesn’t matter who we get, be it Sanchez with his close dribbling and workrate or Rossi with his off the ball movement and explosive speed. Because either player will serve the same purpose.

  25. mega_tajh
    June 12, 2011

    Looks like Lucho is already revolutionizing Roma inside out. Apparently he is making all their youth teams play with the same shape as the first team, he is under direct control in buying/selling players, and is discussing his pressing system to certain players who may agree or disagree with him, there are even rumors of Vučinić wanting out of Roma because of said system.

    • Soto
      June 12, 2011

      After the Champions League final I read quite a few comments about whether other teams would replicate Barca’s methods. Most commentators weren’t sure how that could be done, since Barca’s style of talent is so rare. I believe that Lucho is illustrating the key ingredient to replicating Barca’s style: start with a coach who is ideologically committed and then give him the authority to execute that ideology. This last part us what many owners fail to do. Regardless of the coach, from Mourinho to Guardiola, a successful coach needs complete authority to execute their vision.

      So if the Roma owners really have the guts to continue giving Lucho free rein, then Roma has the best chance of replicating Barca’s style. That won’t necessarily guarantee trophies, but it will be exciting to watch. And perhaps it will provide a blueprint for taking the Barca franchise to other leagues.

      Of course, since this is football, it all depends on whether Lucho can get his team ready in time to start winning. Because it’s always about the wins.

      • blitzen
        June 13, 2011

        Go Lucho! I think they will give him the time he needs. They knew what they were getting when they signed him, and I’m sure he made it clear he wouldn’t put up with interference.

        I am sure he will work wonders with the youth system. His main challenge will be getting the established players like Totti to fundamentally change the way they play. It will be interesting to watch, anyway.

    • messi_fan
      June 12, 2011

      🙂 I’m so happy Dallas won. They’ve been close for years

    • Ryan
      June 12, 2011

      I lost count how many free throws they screwed up…

      • June 12, 2011

        Karma for the superstar non-calls they got to get them. *Runs and hides*

      • kinukinu
        June 12, 2011

        yeah–careful there. Their LeBron could be our Cesc someday…

      • June 12, 2011

        Because he’s an arrogant jackass. As Michael Jordan said, “Bird, Magic and I would never have thought of signing for the same team.” It’s true. My worldview, once the Bulls went out, was Anybody But Miami.

  26. BA
    June 12, 2011

    Thiago was bloody brilliant in the U-21 game against England. we’re crazy if we shunt him to the side or don’t give him minutes. the kid is class (on the pitch, anyway).

    • June 12, 2011

      So true. I’d still like to see him rein in the trick and flicks, as they sometimes catch his teammates off guard. And I’m sure that he will. But I wouldn’t even trade Fabregas straight up for Thiago. His up side is colossal.

      It’s worth noting that they aren’t the same player, but still.

      • mei
        June 13, 2011

        I think his tricks are fundamental to his way of playing, so they will be difficult to reduce.So lets make him makeweight for a transfer!lol… the kid is pure class!

        • June 13, 2011

          Well, I think that as with Ronaldinho when he was effective vs when he wasn’t, the tricks were at first used when there was no other option. If you’re faced by a batch of defenders and the only way out is some sort of backheel flick, he’d do that. But other than that he was a very direct player.

          Late-era Ronaldinho was all tricks, and no effectiveness.

          Thiago isn’t all tricks and no effectiveness by any stretch of the imagination. But he will learn when all you need is a simple, direct pass, no mustard. His next season(s) under the tutelage of Xavi will be huge, and potentially career-making. He could be one of the greats.

    • kinukinu
      June 13, 2011

      oh boy–careful what you wish for huh? Maybe I should have asked for world peace…

    • Vj
      June 13, 2011

      Pique’s manita gesture? What about Pepe’s obscene one when they scored?

      Because when it really boils down, Madridistas would rather listen to Raving Mad Tomas..

    • June 13, 2011

      Well, I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss a contrarian view that isn’t all that inaccurate as B.S. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even when it doesn’t jibe with the party line.

      Fact of the matter is that there is much to read there. I take issue with the author’s assertion that leaving Krkic on the bench was in error. Watching him run around aimlessly brought back too many bad memories of this past season. The kid really is mentally damaged, and I have no idea how to get him out of it.

      I think he isn’t that wrong about Thiago, either. As I noted above, he will learn to rein in the trickery. Sometimes, the hot dog just needs a bit of mustard, so to speak. But he’s a work in progress, and one with a tremendous up side.

    • June 13, 2011

      Not amazingly at all. Hleb has a big mouth, but he also has talent. In many ways, he totally screwed himself by talking his way out of town. We were the best fit for his skill set, which is possession. Using him as a winger is something of a dead end, it seems. But as that guy who holds possession, makes the pass and helps control the midfield, as he almost certainly would have been used with us had he stayed, he wouldn’t have screwed the pooch.

      But I’ve said it before and will say it again, like Ibrahimovic, Hleb is getting a worse rep than his play warranted, because he’s a giant, festering jackass.

      • blitzen
        June 13, 2011

        I never said he wasn’t talented, but this is a list of the most unwanted players. No one wants Hleb. We can’t even give him away now he’s got a bum leg. Or have you heard rumours of clubs falling over themselves to bid for him that I haven’t?

        • June 13, 2011

          True, but “most unwanted” is a pretty heavy burden. We can’t get rid of Milito either, right? 😀

          I think for the right price, we’ll be able to deal Hleb. We won’t make anything close to what we paid for him, but that’s the story of big clubs anyhow. Buy high, use, sell low. Though in Hleb’s case it’s buy high/let player screw himself/sell for whatever.

          • blitzen
            June 13, 2011

            We don’t seem to be shopping Milito around very hard, actually, so that’s a little harsh. The club seems quite happy to sit back and wait for the right offer. Milito is extremely popular with the other players, so they’re not in any hurry to push him out.

  27. Josep
    June 13, 2011

    btw in case you guys don’t know Bleacher Report is essentially goal.com. they’re garbage someone once wrote “I used to encourage everyone to write, and then I read the bleacher report.”

    My want list is:
    Thiago Promoted
    Sanchez
    Botia
    Cote
    I don’t see why we are but Kiko seems inevitable.
    Split time between Fontas, Bartra, Muniesa, with one being loaned out.
    Sakho
    JNicee
    ….promoting Soriano. Give him or Keirrison a chance preseason, thats all I want. The latter won’t get it for sure though.

    Out:
    Milito, for a fee though.
    Jeffren with a buyback
    I love Bojan too much to say he can go.

    Our copa lineup will be

    Pinto
    Montoya Pique M/F/B Maxwell/Adriano/Cote
    Mascherano
    Keita JDS/Xavi Iniesta/Thiago
    Gerard/Messi Scoriano/Villa Sanchez/P/Jeffren if he stays.

    I hope we get some easy draws in the Copa as I think its a huge year for some of the fringe players.

  28. blitzen
    June 13, 2011

    Things I have learned so far today:

    Paul Scholes’ testimonial game will be played on August 5th against the New York Cosmos. That should be lots of fun. Wait…does that mean the Cosmos actually have some players now? And why don’t they do testimonials in Spain?

    Shabby Alonso will consider a move to the MLS after his career at RM winds up. That could be interesting. If he ends up in Toronto (no hope) I would go to watch him. It’s still years off, anyway. Sadly (or happily?) I can’t imagine Xavi ever ending up in the MLS. Whatever would they do with him?

    Rory Delap’s impressive long throw-ins (for Stoke) are the result of his talent as a javelin champion when he was younger. I did not know this. That explains a lot. I think Barça should recruit a former discus champion for next season. Just imagine what the throw-ins would look like then!

    Why are ESPN asking Iker Casillas ridiculous questions about whether Guardiola would ever coach at Real Madrid (barcastuff)? Shilly Sheason ish affecting their brainsh.

  29. Olufestus
    June 13, 2011

    I heard it wasnt the volcanic ash that made barca travel earlier to wembley,that it was THE DUST FROM ARSENAL TROPHY CABINET…lol lol

    • barca96
      June 13, 2011

      Haha good one!!
      http://www.footballfancast.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Arsenal-Trophy-Cabinet-208×300.jpg

      So I did a research on google.

      -Also, there was a rumor that Bin Laden was hiding in Arsenal’s trophy cabinet for the past 6 years.

      -What’s the emptiest place in London?
      Well you guessed it. Arsenal’s trophy cabinet.

      -Q. Why do Arsenal fans plant potatoes in their gardens?
      A. So they have something to lift at the end of the season!

      -Fire brigade phones Arsene Wenger in the early hours of Sunday morning…
      “Mr Wenger sir, the Emirates is on fire!”
      “The cups man! Save the cups!” replies Arsene.
      “Uh, the fire hasn’t spread to the canteen yet, sir.”

    • privateeye
      June 14, 2011

      Maybe we should do an impression of dumb spanish journalist falling over himself

  30. June 13, 2011

    Pozzo and Udinese are playing the Sanchez situation very well.

    It seems as if Sanchez is Man City’s top target. And that makes a lot of sense. Tactically he would be an almost ideal player for them given how their system is evolving.

    If City is to take that next step upwards, they need a creative player to play in the hole behind the striker. It seems like they’ve identified Sanchez as that player.

    But Sanchez may not be very enthusiastic about going there.

    So the key for Udinese now is to get Man City to put as much money as possible on the table both in terms of transfer fee and salary for Sanchez. Udinese is going to need to make City offer so much total money that Sanchez and his agent (who will get a cut of the transfer fee of course and sanchez himself may as well…) will agree to go to City.

    The other thing that City can offer in theory is playing time. I’d guess that’s how Mancini will try to sell the situation to Sanchez. And it’s true – he would be an absolute star in the EPL. Given his athelticism and technique – he would be completely stand out.

    After their most recent negotiations Pozzo is saying that 35M euro is not enough for Sanchez. That’s clearly aimed at City as there’s no way anyone else is going to approach that number. If 35M isn’t enough then Sanchez starts getting as expensive as Kun.

    At this point Barca should just make offers they are comfortable with and wait. There is no reason to worry about Man City because there is no purpose in getting into a bidding war with them – no one can win so there’s no point.

    If Barca want Sanchez their only real leverage is if Sanchez is adamant about playing for them. They can’t compete with City on money or playing time.

    If Sanchez won’t play for City and Udinese don’t like other offers then they are in a bind. Sure they could keep him – but he was arguably one of the 3 best players in Serie A this season. In some ways his value can only go down, especially from injury. That could be catastrophic for them – and he does absorb a lot of hits due to his style of play.

    Sanchez isn’t going to up his goal scoring too much – serie A is already a low goal scoring environment and playing behind the striker Sanchez creates at Udinese but isn’t a primary scorer. Also, Di Natale scored 34 goals I believe and together as a team udinese scored 65 all season. Di Natale has scored over 50% of udinese’s goals the past two years, IIRC. But he’s already 33 – if he gets hurt or his performance drops off Udinese is going to plunge. And Sanchez’s play may look worse without that goal scoring partner.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens. What will become clear is what trade offs Sanchez is willing or not willing to make. He ultimately is in the driver’s seat here.

    • June 13, 2011

      Fully agree. We could not buy anyone and still improve just through promotions. Fontas, Bartra, Thiago, buy back Botia, give Soriano a look. At some point, the club has to pay more than lip service to its fiscal “Lawd, lawd” stance.

      And next year looks to be a year of player stagnation, as the FIFA financial rules are going to tighten purse strings to the point where transfer fees become almost normal.

      If Udinese thinks that Sanchez is worth more than 35m, then Citeh becomes the only player in that game, and best of luck with that. As I and others have already noted, Rossi is more compatible with Messi and where/how he plays, at any rate. And apparently Rossi has said to Villarreal that they should accept any reasonable offer from us. Dude wants to come here bad, and I do think he’d be useful.

      Most importantly, he would have players such as Keita and Mascherano, automatic starters at their former clubs, to set an example of patience and team spirit.

      • June 13, 2011

        I think the club is going to hold up Masch as a model for quite some time.

        Here was a world class player – captain of one of the great NT’s in the world – and he was willing to play off the bench. And in the process he wound up playing much more than could be envisioned at the start of the season and he won the top trophies possible (and he got paid very well in the process…)

        What’s good is that the club can go into negotiations with players and make all of this clear. And if the player isn’t good with that fine – move on to another talent who will fit better.

        Rossi’s agent has already said he’s not looking for a starter’s spot to be handed to him. I’d guess Sanchez is also very clear on the situation.

        Hopefully this represents Pep and the club learning from past mistakes on how to handle transfers. Much too much has been made about Pep’s record with transfers – that narrative already got started after two summers. Not a big sample size there.

        Not sure who we’re going to get – but just going by the names of interest – these area mostly all players who will make sense in many different ways.

        The club is doing what Vicsoc suggested they need to in his transfer column – leverage their success to create advantages in the market place.

  31. June 13, 2011

    Something cool I noticed during the amazing Canadian Grand Prix yesterday: Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has a Catalan flag next to his name, where it denotes driver nationality. He was born in Barcelona, so it makes sense, but very cool nonetheless.

    • barca96
      June 13, 2011

      Jorge Lorenzo of MotoGP once had a Barca themed helmet.
      Hah. Just gotta bring superbike up just to piss you off hehe

      • barca96
        June 13, 2011

        I didn’t watch the match, I mean the F1 race as Im totally not interested in watching that but what on earth happened to world champion and current leader Vettel? Why did he spin on the last lap?
        I thought he was a Schumacher successor, balls of steel kinda guy.

        • June 13, 2011

          Oh, I like SuperBikes also, and GP moto, so no worries there. Pirelli has made tire management part of a driver’s bag of tricks. If you drive hard, your tires will go off, which is what happened to Vettel. When he was setting fastest laps, he should have been managing his tires.

          The other complexity was that there was a dry line on the racing line, but it was squirmy as hell off the racing line, with the wet and the marbles. He got a little funky, gave it a little too much throttle, and that was all it took for Button to pull of an amazing drive from last to first.

          But to put things in perspective, Vettel’s record in 7 races is 5 wins, and 2 second-place finishes. So he ain’t crying in his beer, I can assure you. 😀

          • Vj
            June 13, 2011

            Crazy race! The amount of stoppages was astounding. It’s probably the first time I watched a steward having to jump to avoid one of the cars. How Button managed to win starting from last and taking SIX pit-stops is beyond me..

  32. Dani_el
    June 13, 2011

    I read this from Ruben Uria, one of the best spanish sport journalist I’ve read, along with Martin Perarnau and Marcos López. This is the translation, sorry for any mistakes:

    “Two reasons that will have weight in the negotiation for Cesc. One, that Fabregas could make the famous “transfer request”, a letter that means a moral obligation, that would make the englishmen negotiate. Two, that the 17th article of the player statute of FIFA, the Damocles’s sword on the head of Arsenal. (Any player no older than 28years old, can abandon his club as long it is between 3 years of having sign his contract renovation, and if he pays what he would have earned in the rest of his contract). Cesc having 4 more years of contract with Arsenal, could go out for less than 30M euros. Fabregas knows that London is the bridge he has to burn, and Barcelona is the bridge he will have to cross.”

    • ciaran
      June 13, 2011

      Technically speaking, he would have had to give Arsenal notice of this intention less than two weeks after the finishing of the season for him to use this.

      • June 13, 2011

        And Wenger wouldn’t be saying that “Fabregas is staying with Arsenal for a long time” with the certainty that he is, if there were a chance that he was leaving this summer, despite what the press is saying. So I don’t think you all will have to worry about us overspending for Fabregas anytime soon.

  33. Lev
    June 13, 2011

    When it comes to choosing between Rossi and Sanchez I am starting to lean more and more to the Italian-American. Skills wise it’s a 50/50 with each player having different advantages over the other, and while true that Sanchez might have more potential I think that personally wise, with Rossi really really wanting to come to Barça, he would be the right move.

    • Jnice
      June 13, 2011

      If you’re talking about technical skills with the ball, it’s not 50/50. Sanchez is more skillful than Rossi is on the ball. Beating players 1v1 is a big part of Sanchez’s game not Rossi’s.

      • Eklavya
        June 13, 2011

        I agree, Sanchez can keep the ball, dribble and beat players easily, those are the skills that tip the balance to Sanchez.

        • Eklavya
          June 13, 2011

          Meaning, that those are the things that don’t make it 50/50 (and not those are the things that tip the balance of Sanchez being a better player).

      • Ryan
        June 13, 2011

        And if we’re talking about goals, Rossi is quite better than Sanchez. It’d be nice to have yet another major goal threat on the team!

  34. Jnice
    June 13, 2011

    According to @manfredoalvarez, a journalist from Gijon, Lucho and Roma have made an offer to Sporting for Jose Angel.

    • June 13, 2011

      I understand Barca is trying to make a statement of now having a hard line on spending, etc. but if the offers for Angel are correct – they were honestly ridiculous by Barca.

      He is well worth 4M. That’s no way that is an inappropriate demand by Gijon in any way.

      He’s a talented young footballer. He always stuck out on Gijon.

      4M would be an excellent value for him. I’m not surprised at all to see Lucho try to get him. It would be a very shrewd move for Roma.

      • Eklavya
        June 13, 2011

        It seems the negotiations were broken down, although no reasons are known at present. I don’t think Barca we deeming 4M too much, there must have been some other reason.

        Why will it be a shrewd move for Roma?

        • June 13, 2011

          Perhaps it’s not accurate, but it’s been reported that the talks broke down because Gijon were looking for 4M-4.5M but Barca was offering 1.5M + bonuses.

          1.5M for a player like Angel is really not close to his value.

          He’s a very good player – he has a real chance to be the NT starting LB.

          That’s why it’s a very good deal for Roma if they can get him. He’s a relatively undervalued player right now who has significant growth potential.

          • Eklavya
            June 13, 2011

            Ah, I wasn’t aware of that. It seems strange …

          • June 13, 2011

            The issue, as I understood it, was that we were offering 1.5m cash with the rest of the 4m in bonuses/incentives. Hee-Hon wants a check for 4m.

            Complicating matters for Roma and every other bidder is that Jose Angel, as with Kiko Femenia, has said “It’s Barca or nothing.”

          • Jnice
            June 13, 2011

            The issue, as I understood it, was that we were offering 1.5m cash with the rest of the 4m in bonuses/incentives. Hee-Hon wants a check for 4m.

            Still a bit cheap from Barça. We should be offering at least 2.5-3 and the rest in incentives.

          • Barka
            June 13, 2011

            If only we were this stingy when buying Adriano and the Brazillian duo before. The Brazillians bought by Txiki (or Pep) in particular were shambolic deals. I also disagree with our (new) policy of signing young promising players only to play them in Barca B. Except for a few positions in the first team we are quite well covered. Why should we buy a la liga player then play him in segunda? I would buy and immediately loan them back to their club instead.

            On the other hand, we have some great LBs in the academy: Grimaldo and Fran Alvarez. May be Abidal and Adriano can keep the position occupied for several years just in time for our youngsters to grow up.

  35. Vj
    June 13, 2011

    I say, Patience! We do not want to enter when the market is inflated. We have a fine XI as it is, with a number of youth players ready to burst on to the scene and an immensely successful season to boot. The management doesn’t need to sign immediately.

    Wait till August, and let the players get a little antsy about their future. If the player really wants to come, he will, case in point being Mascherano. We’ll get a good deal out of it too.

    But this shouldn’t be done in the case of signings that are really required i.e. a defender..

    • Jnice
      June 13, 2011

      We don’t need to sign immediately, but August is way too late. It’s always best for players to enjoy a full pre-season. Not everyone will be able to adapt like Mascherano did. And even then, I bet he’ll tell you he would’ve liked to have had a full pre-season under his belt.

      • Vj
        June 13, 2011

        Hmm. Couple of million or a full pre-season? I’m willing to bet what Rosell and his band of penny-pinchers will choose..

        • Jnice
          June 13, 2011

          Dunno, I doubt we’re going to sign so late. Pep knows the values of pre-season. We might make a last signing in August, but I reckon we’ll have the rest before July 18.

          • Ryan
            June 13, 2011

            And thus in time for the friendly at the end of July in DC, right? One can hope!

  36. ciaran
    June 13, 2011

    It seems like Rosell is waiting for the new financial year to make signings.
    If at the end of the year we suddenly spend €45million and unbalance the books all of his preaching about saving money will fall on deaf ears because he won’t have the financials to back it.

    My bet, all signings are already lined up but they won’t push them through until July, that way Rosell gets to gloat about the economic turnaround and still have his marquee signings. Twelve months down the line, when he is including this summers transfers people will have forgotten about the economic ‘disaster’ that he took over and will be too busy with the Euro championships.

    • June 13, 2011

      I’m with Ciaran. The window opens on 1 July, and my guess is it won’t be long after that before the dominoes start falling.

  37. ciaran
    June 13, 2011

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHaXiivofjw
    Barca Juveniles, how long til Deulofeu makes his way to the first team?
    The end of the video shows a quick interview with Oscar, the coach of the Juvenile team, who along with his brother Roger played for Barca way back when.
    It is nice that we get former youth teamers to pass on their experience.

  38. Reaper
    June 13, 2011

    Sanchez is better than Rossi on Fifa 2011. Just saying

    • Benj
      June 14, 2011

      Xavi’s greatness cannot be equates in mortal numbers…

      His position at the head of the table of midfielders doesn’t come down to his goal/assist rate.

      He’s more than often the guy that assists the assister.

      Xavi gets in behind the front two, slices a quick through ball to Pedro!! on the left, getting the ball through a gap with mere millimetres to spare on each side, where Pedro cuts it directly across to meet an galloping Villa/Messi for a simple tap-in.

      How often do you see that?

      Iniesta has long been a fantastic midfielder, but cannot be judged on his goals or assists either.

      In the EPL, they are judged on assist/goal rates because midfielders need to get forward and get the assists because one forward won’t assist another, they just all go for goal.

      Besides, Fabregas has been feeding the likes of Adebayor (who was prolific), Van Persie, Nasri etc, thats not too shabby.

      Give him a couple of years, when he grows the cojones to actually come out and say “I’m moving’ or ‘im staying’ then we’ll see.

      He frustrates me. All he has to do is talk.

    • messi_fan
      June 14, 2011

      Did he get ANY playing time with the first team at all?

      • Para
        June 14, 2011

        No- if I recall correctly, Guardiola wanted to call him up when Bojan got injured (it was the game Deulofeu spent on the bench, I think), but couldn’t, because he hadn’t been registered in the ‘right way.’ I think that means he hadn’t been registered to play with the first team.

        • messi_fan
          June 14, 2011

          Oh ok. Thanks. I guess he might’ve been too old to switch back and forth between the A and B team

    • Eklavya
      June 14, 2011

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! RIP 🙁

    • Vj
      June 14, 2011

      He couldn’t couldn’t deal with the fame.

      He has new a pet(s?) now..

      Maybe –

      /http://yfrog.com/kerhij

      /http://yfrog.com/kk7x4rj

    • just listenin
      June 14, 2011

      I can’t believe there isn’t a memorial post up yet… it’s Queca, a member of the family.

      Oh no, what will Crackovia do with this news?

      • June 14, 2011

        I didn’t want to be the bearer of such bad news. I still can’t believe it. COME BACK, QUECA! 😥

        • just listenin
          June 14, 2011

          Seems it should part of the official record though – it’s very sah-ah-ahd. (sorry, sorry Puyi… too early in tragedy + time = comedy equation?)

  39. blitzen
    June 14, 2011

    Interesting news coming out about the reason Marcelo was not called up for Brazil in the Copa. He faked an injury to get out of playing a friendly in London earlier this spring.

    • Lou
      June 14, 2011

      Very interesting, what is the source of this news?

      I’m amazed Marcelo thought he could get away with skipping a friendly. Brazil has such a huge talent pool that players must continually fight for their place in the squad let alone the starting line up.

      Too bad for Marcelo, as he is a very talented player who had an excellent season, but his loss is Adriano’s gain. Here’s hoping Adriano gets a chance to play in the Copa America!

      • blitzen
        June 14, 2011

        I got it from Graham Hunter’s twitter, but he got it straight from the Brazilian coach and apparently Marcelo himself confirmed it in one of his own emails.

        @Bumper_Graham

        • Seems to be true its in some newspapers as well…Brazil coach seemed to say that he is open to explanations and that he understands that he understands that sometines the players can be pressured by their clubs…oh mr. moumou 😉

  40. Lev
    June 14, 2011

    @Jnice

    I agree that Sanchez is better on the ball and possibly a better passer. However Rossi is better off the ball and a better finisher.

    That is why I said 50/50

    • can_we_go_Xalvies
      June 14, 2011

      I’d prefer Rossi but judging by player vs team videos Sanchez looks like he can pressure opponents persistently very well. The question yet to be answered is whether Rossi is willing or able to apply pressure on the opponent like Villa/Pedro.

      Sanchez might not be a good finisher, but will Rossi be a good finisher while running around non-stop for 60-90 minutes?

      Thats why its crucial for us to sign key forward players before the pre-season begins, it helps them adjust to the work load.

      The good thing about Rossi is that he is peaking right now and he’ll do anything for success, makes him a more desirable purchase and easier for us to deal with. Sanchez on the other hand there lies uncertainty, will he handle the level of competition within the squad? plus Udinese seem to want nothing less than a bazillion dollars. I see Villarreal accept 30 mil eventually, which is a reasonable price.

      • messi_fan
        June 14, 2011

        When I was on the Inter Offside blog reading Ramzi school the mod over there, I read some comments about how hard Udinese is to negotiate with. Seems they were right

        • June 14, 2011

          Like negotiating with Del Nido/Sevilla. But I’m still not convinced that Sanchez is the ultimate target. He’s best in the role/part of the pitch where we …. ahem! …. already have a fair to middlin’ good player.

  41. Josep
    June 14, 2011

    Apparently Neymar is going to Madrid in exchange for 40m Euros and Mourinho has been promised he will be the godfather to Neymar’s child.

    • Jnice
      June 14, 2011

      I don’t know if he said those exact words, but I know he said he and his agent have spoken to Barça, but Barça still have to speak to Milan if anything were to happen.

      http://youtu.be/7oBJ22CpJ3s

  42. Olufestus
    June 14, 2011

    According to B.B.C,we have signed a winger from leeds by the name ELLIOT KEBBY,a 16 yr arsenal-type of signing

    • Lev
      June 14, 2011

      If true I would be very disappointed. Barça shouldn’t sign up 16 yr olds from other countries, and even less so if we are (rightfully) crowing about EPL teams hawking La Masia.

      • El Kun
        June 14, 2011

        Apparently, he moved (back) to Spain with his mother. I don’t see him travelling back and forth for training every day, so it’s an obvious decision on his part.

        Would you be disappointed because he’s 16, or because we sign him for free (bar the compensation)? Most of our youth have played with other teams before joining La Masia. It happens all the time.

        • Lev
          June 14, 2011

          Not because he is 16, but because I don’t like us scouting for players that young in other countries.

          Even if he is moving back to Spain with his mother I would ask the question whether he is moving back to Spain with his mother BECAUSE we have scouted him at Leeds.

          I thought all youth players lived at La Masia anyway.

          • El Kun
            June 14, 2011

            We would restrict our potential if we didn’t scout in other countries. We wouldn’t have Messi, for example. But I understand why you’re against it. The kid should always have the last wordt on it, ofcourse. Some just adapt better than others.

            Good question. According to Barcastuff on twitter, he moved back last summer. If he only started playing at Juvenil B this week, those two can’t be related.

            Yeah, they do. I think it’s a boarding school first and a football academy second. At least for the younger ones.

          • blitzen
            June 14, 2011

            Scouting for young talent in other countries is perfectly legitimate. I have no problem with that at all. If a kid is talented enough for La Masia, why should he be denied that opportunity? The difference between what Barça does and what Arsenal does is that in Spain there are restrictions on contracts and payments to youngsters, designed to prevent them from being exploited. A kid of 16 coming to Barça knows he will not be getting big money or guaranteed first team minutes. Just a good education, a lot of hard work, and the chance of a lifetime.

  43. messi_fan
    June 14, 2011

    I don’t know how true this is, but IF it is true, I’ll be very upset.

    Barcelona won’t buy back Sporting centre back Botia (22) for 1.8M. If they want him from Thursday on, they have to pay 2.5M [cat radio]

    • Vj
      June 14, 2011

      I think if we wanted Botia to stay, we wouldn’t have sold him in the first..

  44. June 14, 2011

    The Times is reporting that Fabergas is going to make his wishes to return to Barca public this summer if Arsenal won’t complete a deal. He’s not necessarily going to put in a transfer request – but he’s going to essentially up the ante and make a public statement if need be.

    This circus is never going to stop.

    Pep is going to have his hands full keeping all of these midfield players happy with playing time. It is not going to be easy.

    On another note – the silly season can be very cruel. This talk about Thiago Silva is sort of awful. It’s never going to happen but if I had my choice of adding any one player in the world to the Barca squad he would be very close to the top of that list.

    Disappointing news about Botia. 1.8M and the team isn’t going to buy him back. I really don’t understand that. If they buy him they can definitely just turn around and sell him for at least 5M very soon.

    That would be the money they need for Jose Angel.

    Something here really isn’t adding up with Botia. Hopefully it’s not just stubbornness.

    And Rossi really wants to wear the colors. Desperately.

    • June 14, 2011

      Apparently it’s been decided that Botia should simmer for another season. The next season buyout is 2.5, which still ain’t that much, if he continues to develop.

      Antoine Griezmann’s name keeps popping up. Recall that Ray Ray was all over this dude when we played RSO, and he gave Alves fits. But who knows?

      As I’ve noted, the window opens July 1. My guess is that no later than mid-July, we will be done and dusted with all family business.

      • June 14, 2011

        Makes sense then on Botia. I just really feel that the club needs another CB and am not sure if Fontas can be relied on given his limited experience. Also don’t like a pairing of Fontas and Pique. Fontas and Abidal or Puyol would be fine. But Fontas and Pique is too much risk on the counter.

        If they bring in a LB that will suffice. I’d prefer a quality CB to keep Abidal at LB. But the biggest need is to bring in one defender – and that can be at LB.

        Griezman is one of those kind of out of left field names that I think is likely to have some substance behind it. I could see Pep liking him.

        He’s got tons of pace. He really did bother Dani. He was a guy who stressed Dani’s positioning high up the pitch. Not many attackers actually succeed in doing that as Barca always has the ball. I think he’s going to be more expensive than Barca will want to pay though.

        I agree with the point ciaran made above. I think we are going to wait until the year is up so that the austerity theme can be fluffed up. And afterwards the club will spend it’s money.

        Really odd summer. Usually you can write most of this stuff off. But the club has needs and I do think Pep wants to expand the squad.

      • Jnice
        June 14, 2011

        2 seasons starting almost week in, week out for Sporting, a team that is usually under pressure defensively. I think Botia is more than ready right now.

        No matter how the papers spin this, I still don’t get Pep’s and Barça’s reasoning on this one.

        “In Pep We Trust” doesn’t fly for me in this case.

  45. soccermomof4
    June 14, 2011

    @ Kxevin-

    If I’m planning a trip to Barcelona in January, what is the best way to make sure we get tickets to a game? Can I trust travel agents with this. I don’t like the idea of traveling all that way with only the hope of getting tickets the day before(note: dates of trip depend on the league schedule, we won’t try for any “premium” games, we will leave plenty of leeway for the way the FA waits to post the final time/date, CdR games are OK and one of the reasons we’re thinking about January as it may give us more options for games). Thanks

    • soccermomof4
      June 14, 2011

      or @ anyone else with any ideas

    • June 14, 2011

      Depends on what you want to see. Rare is the sold-out Camp Nou match. I’ve only seen it for the Clasic, and Arsenal Champions League matches. So usually you can just walk up and get a ticket. If you want to plan ahead, just go when non-socis can buy tickets, and acquire away.

      Rare is the match day that far off. As long as you allot a day at either side, you’ll be fine.

      Winter is a great time. I spent a couple weeks in November there one year and got 4 matches in.

      • soccermomof4
        June 14, 2011

        Do I trust travel agents that assure me they can get tickets?

        If I buy tickets from the website do they only become available when the time/date is set?

        We’ll allow Saturday-Monday for a game and I’m sure we’ll find plenty to do while waiting. Planning on being in Catalunya for a week.

        Also planning/dreaming on heading down coast to Valencia then over to Sevilla (maybe there’ll be a Valencia, Levante, Sevilla, or R. Betis game we can pick up)

        Yeah winter- colder but better hope for games, plus college age kids are home to take care of household stuff- Just hubby and I for this trip 🙂

        • PedroTheOffside
          June 14, 2011

          Travel agents who rely on assuring customers on ticket availability usually require a premium. In truth, it really is not difficult to handle it all personally.

          If you purchase tickets from the site or la caixa, they become available X number of days before the match – once it has been confirmed. It’s very simple to make a reservation and pickup the tickets at the main ticket counter on match day or days prior. Since it’s only two people going in the trip, you can decide for yourself if you want to reserve as soon as possible or wait for non participating season ticket holders to release their seats for the match. You can make this decision after you have decided what match to watch, the class of the rival, whether there are quality seats available early on and whatever travel plans you need to accomodate.

          In the end, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find two consecutive seats with a great view. Harder to find obstructed seats than the other way round.

          • soccermomof4
            June 14, 2011

            Thanks to all-

            I’m a hyper planner if there is such a thing. I guess I’ll just have to relax as it seems noboby usually has any problem with this.

        • The__K__Man
          June 14, 2011

          I went two times this season for Hercules and Atletico Madrid matches.. both times bought my tickets on ticketmaster.es which sells for the same price as Barça’s official site and picked up the tickets at the stadium..I also saw lots of people buying at the stadium..You don’t really need any aganet to handle this for you..It only takes 2 mins to buy a ticket online..have fun 😉

    • nzm
      June 16, 2011

      When the website is working, you can successfully buy them from here: https://entrades.fcbarcelona.cat/web/en/entrades.html

      They’ll send you copies of the tickets which you need to print out in full before going to the stadium. The barcode needs to be clearly legible, as this is what is scanned at the turnstiles to gain access to the stadium.

      Do the stadium tour on a day when there is no game – on game days, only the museum is open, and access to the pitch, dressing rooms and press areas is not available.

      Email me (matdxb (at) freenet.de) if you need further details or advice. Happy to supply!

      cheers
      Michele

  46. blitzen
    June 14, 2011

    A little more on the Marcelo story. Apparently he accidentally sent Menezes an email where he admitted the injury was faked. LOL!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=goal-brazilsmanomenezesadmitstha

    Serves him right. I know he’s not the first (or last) player to try to get out of a NT obligation, but you can’t outright lie and expect to get away with it. Especially if you are from Brazil, where playing for the NT is regarded as a sacred duty just slightly more important than taking communion. I can’t see Dani Alves even considering doing something like that. Or Messi, who would play for Argentina with a broken leg if he had to. When Xavi didn’t feel up to playing in the recent friendlies, he picked up the phone and discussed it with VDB, who being a reasonable man, agreed and left him out of the squad. No tricks, no playacting, just professionalism.

    Having said all that, I do think FIFA needs to take a hard look at how they schedule international games, especially friendlies. Players in the big leagues are getting increasingly fatigued and long-term injuries will be the result.

    • blitzen
      June 14, 2011

      And of course the most interesting point is that it seems RM ordered him to try to get out of the match. Pretty sleazy.

  47. K_legit
    June 14, 2011

    apparently sky sports Italia just stated that Neymar has joined Madrid..can you imagine? TB, Jedward Callejon and Neymar in the same team..let the Worst Hair Style contest begin

    • blitzen
      June 14, 2011

      Sky Italia is notorious for reporting rumours as facts. Not saying it’s not true, but I’ll wait until I see it on a more reliable newssite.

    • June 14, 2011

      Don’t worry, K. Neymar said thats not true and then Sky Italia (which is different from Sky Sports) withdrew the story. All other spanish papers reported the story with Sky Italia as their source.

    • Jnice
      June 14, 2011

      That was earlier today. Neymar and the president Santos have already come out denying these reports made by Bronzetti. Bronzetti has also changed his tune to “All I said it that I read somewhere the deal was done.”

      • June 14, 2011

        I think this situation sums up a lot of what has been happening for many clubs, especially RM and Barca. Some reporters wanting attention. Throw out a rumor that they think is going to work out and hope for the best. Worse case scenario, they say that their words are twisted. If it works, then they take credit for breaking out the news first. Kxevin is shedding a tear right now over journalism and its state in Spain and football.

        • blitzen
          June 14, 2011

          I heard Kxevin signed a contract with Goal.com…. 😛

          • June 14, 2011

            I’m sure his first “Goal.com Exclusive” will be Bojan leaving Barca 😉

          • Vj
            June 14, 2011

            Meh, pre-contracts are meaningless. If its not on the official site, I don’t believe it..

  48. ciaran
    June 14, 2011

    As far as I’m concerned we need 1 defender and 1 attacker this window.

    If it was a possibility to sign Thiago Silva for €30million or less I’d sign him in a heartbeat. Imagine Thiago Silva & Pique as our defensive partnership. I agree with those who say we should sign Botia but he would ideally be my 4th choice central defender this coming year and for that money his signing is IMO a no-brainer, but Thiago Silva is the best central defender in the world along with Pique and the two of them would be devastating as a pairing.

    If we were to make €20million in player sales and lets say sign him and Rossi I’d be perfectly happy. We would have a very well balanced squad

    Valdes / Pinto
    Alves / Montoya
    Pique / Puyol
    T.Silva / Fontas
    Abidal / Adriano
    Xavi / Thiago
    Busquets / Mascherano
    Iniesta / Keita
    Pedro / Afellay
    Messi / Bojan
    Rossi / Villa

  49. blitzen
    June 14, 2011

    In case you haven’t seen it already, excellent interview with David Villa (translation not great tho):

    http://www.totalbarca.com/2011/news/david-villa-talks-to-el-pais/#more-79434

    Guardiola says the striker who plays on the wing on this team works harder than anyone …
    I have always worked hard, but the main position, where I played at Zaragoza or Valencia, gives you many moments of rest and on the team’s wing it’s difficult to have any quiet time. I am proud to have succeeded. What I had to learn was the defensive patterns: when to start the pressure, when you have to close. But I had a lot of help from the coaching staff. They have helped me a lot. I’ve learned a lot from watching Pedro. For me, he was the example to follow on the field.

    Guardiola has been very strict with you?
    Yes. A lot. I am grateful because he helped me a lot. Pep’s talks are special. He gives you confidence. One day I read that Alves said that if the coach asked him to throw him out the window it is because there is a good thing down there. That’s it. The coach is very close to us, he knows what you need in every moment and brings it to you. I will not name names, but I’ve had many managers and Guardiola is different. He gives you lots of information and conveys a lot of security.

  50. blitzen
    June 14, 2011

    Also, Jordi Rios (Crackovia!Puyol) tweeted this to Carles Puyol:

    Traitor! The body of the Queco is still hot, and you’re with another …

    😆

    • soccermomof4
      June 14, 2011

      Congrats Blitzen on your NT getting a point from Panama, something we couldn’t do.
      Watching US v Guadaloupe now. It’s not the beautiful game. Digging Guadaloupe’s kits though. US defense is dire 🙁
      Ooooooooh 1-0 US as I type!

      • Jnice
        June 14, 2011

        Maurice Edu should be playing. This is ridiculous. Jermaine Jones isn’t good.

        • soccermomof4
          June 14, 2011

          Couldn’t agree more. If we controlled the midfield better we wouldn’t have to worry as much about how crappy our CB
          situation is.

      • blitzen
        June 14, 2011

        I have been to Guadeloupe! Beautiful island, great food, biggest cockroaches I have ever seen!

        Umm…yay, Canada? (Sorry still too depressed about the hockey game last night to be enthusiastic.)

        • soccermomof4
          June 14, 2011

          sorry ’bout the hockey. Don’t follow hockey much. Can’t see the daggone puck on my TV screen.

          How the heck did Dempsey miss that header?

          • soccermomof4
            June 14, 2011

            This game is looking better than I thought it would. US looks good on the attack right now. Tons of chances created but still 1-0. Gotta kill off the game.

          • Ryan
            June 14, 2011

            Donovan is looking better, but still messing up some passes. We really need a finishing touch to these attacks!

          • soccermomof4
            June 14, 2011

            We cules have high standards for footballers 🙂

          • blitzen
            June 14, 2011

            This was a lighthearted Queca mourning thread until you two messed it up with your silly USNT discussion. 👿

            #postyourowncomment

          • soccermomof4
            June 14, 2011

            My bad—

            “Goodbye, Queca, whose long and faithful friendship those who knew you will not forget! Though her body will deteriorate, her spirit lives on quiet places, turn on the web from their
            ….oh sorry, that one was written for a spider

            Queca, may she rest in peace (Was there a real pet sheep? I thought that was just a Crackovia thing.)

          • blitzen
            June 14, 2011

            That’s better. Be respectful of the dead.

            Yes, Puyi has a farm and there was a real sheep named Queca that was rejected by its mother and he raised it as a pet. Not in his house like on Crackovia. 😆

            Now Puyi has posted a pic of his new pet, a calf, and asked people to send name suggestions. It’s orfully cute: http://yfrog.com/kk7x4rj

          • soccermomof4
            June 14, 2011

            He should name it Treble 🙂 Or Manita 😀

  51. June 14, 2011

    Ughhhhhh!!! Only two fresh posts in the last four days. I am dying for some fresh original BFB content. Maybe a posty about the probability of each rumored transfer. I want…..

    T. Silva in a swap for 10m, Ibra + JDS, with possible JDS buy back @ +3m.

    Cesc for 37m + Jeffren and Maxwell (Clichy is on his way out, Maxwell would be a good back-up for an EPL team.

    Rossi or Sanchez @ 24-27m or Bojan + 17m or 21m + a B team defender w/ a 3m buy back.

    The best starting 11 in the world getting a top 10 defender, top 5 mid and a top 20 forward. I know that we have this supposed hard spending cap, but in order to really cement this dynasty,, we need prolific 12-15 players. Could you imagine our first 4 reserves being Masch, Puyol, Pedro and Cesc? That would be epic.

    I guess the real question is, do we take the proven quality of Rossi, or the near unlimited potential of Sanchez. As of now, Messi is the only player in the starting 11 that can talk players on 1v1. With Sanchez, we are even more of a threat. If he can play the opposite wing of Messi, with Villa up front, it would be sweet.

    Rossi is exceptional, a thirty goal scorer in La Liga, w/ Nilmar needing his shots as well. Super promising, great outeside range, a la 3m, quick and seems like a team player. Also knows Barca well and would understand his role on the team. Very unlikely to stir things up over playing time.

    Finally, I find it amazing that the two best mids in the world, are almost begging the team to add their friend Cesc, although it would most definantly mean a reduction in their playing time. That is super cool. If both Andres and Xavi give up 12 of their 50ish starts, and let Cesc feature in the Copa, I think Cesc can start 30 games or so on this team. The only problem I see is that Afellay is a CM at heart and is not being used there at all. If Cesc comes that would push him even farther down the line.

    This team is so good we could play a 4-4-2 and not play one of our starting mids, and still have one of the top 5 midfields in the world.

    ———–Villa
    —————-Messi

    ————–Cesc
    ——-Thiago——-3M
    —————Smach

    Adriando—–Puyol–Pique—-Alves

    —————–Pinto

    This would be a bad ass line up for second leg gems in the copa that we have big leads in.

    • Benj
      June 14, 2011

      Looks like someones been hitting the Football Manager too hard?

      “T. Silva in a swap for 10m, Ibra + JDS, with possible JDS buy back @ +3m.

      Cesc for 37m + Jeffren and Maxwell (Clichy is on his way out, Maxwell would be a good back-up for an EPL team.

      Rossi or Sanchez @ 24-27m or Bojan + 17m or 21m + a B team defender w/ a 3m buy back.”

      Personally I wouldnt get rid of Maxwell unless we have another replacement LB. Adriano and Abidal can play there but see what happened this season?

      We cant keep stretching the team so thin. Strength in depth

  52. Jnice
    June 14, 2011

    Czech Republic vs Spain in the European Under-21 Championship tomorrow (12:00 pm EST).

    Hope Bojan and Muniain start tomorrow. I’m guessing Spain will have learned from their mistakes and know they need to look for the goal more tomorrow. Spain also know they must win.

    Czech Republic is a good team. It should be a good game.

  53. June 14, 2011

    Say what now?! TSN and TSN2 are broadcasting the U21 tournament and I didn’t know this?! Ehhhhhhhhh?!

    Well, whatever. At least I know now…

  54. blitzen
    June 14, 2011

    Graham Hunter is shipping the Cesc to Barça transfer really hard. I don’t disagree, but I find it pretty telling how convinced he is that it will happen.

    • Jnice
      June 14, 2011

      Yeah, I asked him some stuff today and he said he thinks Cesc will come out and demand a transfer. I’ve also been looking at his timeline and like you said, he seems pretty convinced the deal will happen and he is always genuine in his answers.

      • blitzen
        June 14, 2011

        TBQH I love his twitter, he’s awfully fun to read. Much better than Sid Lowe. And he likes punk music. 😀

        He was also pretty hard on Marcelo today. Tee hee. 😛

  55. The__K__Man
    June 14, 2011

    I wish someone would give the folks at the realmadridfootballblog some of these hector pills I’ve been reading about..a few of them really do believe that Aguero is as good as Messi *shaking my head*

    • Jnice
      June 14, 2011

      Hector pills don’t fix that, lol. That’s just choosing to believe what you want to believe. They still like to criticize a player (Messi) that has killed them for years now. Oh, well.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      June 14, 2011

      there are reasons why Ramzi calls them the ghosts of dead souls.

      hector pills cannot cure dead souls buddy, because their souls are dead… 😛

    • Nav
      June 14, 2011

      Yes. Some also believe CRonaldo’s 8 goals after the Liga was decided will get him the Balon D’or.

  56. Ryan
    June 14, 2011

    My eyes are bleeding after watching Dempsey miss about a dozen goal scoring opportunities tonight. For fear of going blind, I hope the U21 Spanish team does better tomorrow!

    • June 14, 2011

      Yikes! Bleeding eyes! That’s never a good thing, especially if you’re an Uchiha! ….I’ll get my coat.

  57. June 14, 2011

    Sigh. I broke the Queca news. *goes off to cry in a corner*

  58. sathompson1
    June 15, 2011

    Hello Everyone:

    This is completely off topic, but I really need help with something. I’m trying to translate this 15 min press conference with Cesc Fabregas (in Spanish and Catalan) into English, but I’m not sure how to get it done. Transcript or subtitles would work.

    My Spanish is pretty good, but the bad audio quality is preventing me from making out what’s being said. I think a native speaker, or someone who is just better than me, wouldn’t have the same problem. Also, I don’t speak Catalan. Does anyone know of anyone here who would be capable of doing a translation like this, or who could recomend a reputable professional translator?

    Thank you! -Anne

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7rPAmxsAVQ (1/3)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNcI5g1YnH4&feature=related (2/3)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkFOXH_QU-Q&feature=related (3/3)

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