FCB vs Internacional match comments post

No LiveBlob, folks. Sorry. Just think of it this way: We’re saving up the mojo for the ones that really matter.

So what is going on today? Well, this is the Audi Cup. Winning this, plus a couple of Euros will get you a wee latte at Starbucks. We’re part of a four-team rotation with Internacional Porto Alegre, Bayern “Ribery is worth THIS MUCH” Munich and AC “Buyers’ Regret” Milan.

The real question is, do we care?

YOU BET! For so many reasons.

Players such as Jonathan Dos Santos and Jonathan Soriano and Jonathan Winters* get to prove their worth to Guardiola. We rolled into Germany with 25 players, including a big, giant passel of B-Teamers. And in the “This one’s for the brothas who ain’t here” program, that roster does NOT include: Messi, Mascherano, Milito, Alves, Adriano, Sanchez.

So who IS here?

Goalkeepers: Valdés, Pinto and Masip
Defenders: Puyol, Muniesa, Piqué, Balliu, Rosell, Maxwell, Fontàs, Abidal
Midfielders: Busquets, Keita, Riverola, Thiago, Iniesta, Carmona, Xavi, Dos Santos
Forwards: Cuenca, Soriano, Afellay, Jeffren, Pedro, Villa

If that doesn’t add up to 25, shoot me. I’m a journalist.

I don’t expect much time for the big boys, because we care more about the track day where our players get new Audis, than the Audi Cup, which is mostly an opportunity for players to make a name for themselves, or not get injured.

Is it going to be fun? You bet, because it’s on real, actual TV, one of the 47 ESPNs here in the ‘States, at 11 a.m. CT.

So comment away, and have fun.

*Jonathan Winters doesn’t have a chance in hell of making the squad.

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161 Comments

  1. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    Barcelona line-up (official): Valdes, Busquets, Fontas, Maxwell, Riverola, Keita, Thiago, Iniesta, Afellay, Soriano, Cuenca

    Can’t watch the game. 🙁 Hope Afellay, Soriano & Iniesta score. Then in the second half, I want to see Jeffren tear it up.

  2. kinukinu
    July 26, 2011

    there’s a loveblob on totalbarca–is it traitorious to suggest meeting up there?

  3. Para
    July 26, 2011

    ITV has come through for me a few times this year. I love actually being able to watch football on TV.

  4. Ryan
    July 26, 2011

    Marquez and Toure in the lineup? What is this, 2009?

    • Miguel
      July 26, 2011

      Right? And the commentator just goes along with it….

      My HD channel isn’t working. Wah!!!

  5. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    We are playing with only two defenders?

  6. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    There is a kid from this team that we were rumored to be interested in right? A young striker if Im not mistaken.

    I want Thiago and DOs Santos to play together again.
    They have a good chemistry.

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011

      He’s certainly having fun with all the angles…

  7. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Afellay’s spray on tan has given him super powers.

    I like the pace of this game thus far.

  8. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    Nice to see the youngsters getting some playing time.

  9. Alex
    July 26, 2011

    I recently got rid of the evilness that is cable/satellite television. Only problem is that not all Barca games are shown on ESPN3.

    Is anyone familiar with the foxsoccertv.com service and the quality of the streams on there?

    I was thinking about paying the yearly subscription to see the champions league games but wasn’t sure if it would be much better than streaming direclty from rojadirecta or ATDHE. I would probably connect my laptop to my 50″ plasma directly.

  10. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    I do like those overhead views. They make for an interesting perspective.

  11. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    Same thing against Man U at Wembley

  12. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Thiago!!!

    Well worked set piece. Pat yourself on the back, Tito.

  13. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    This game sounds like fun! A goal for Thiago? Yay!

    Was this the set-piece where Pedro ran around the wall?

    • Para
      July 26, 2011

      that’s the one everyone’s alluding to, Blitzen. Twas beautiful. Are you not watching?

      • blitzen
        July 26, 2011

        No, I’m at work. Sounds liek it might be worth downloading, though.

      • Para
        July 26, 2011

        Although it wasn’t overly similar- no one did an amusing run around the wall, at least.

  14. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    It’s so nice to see some good football again. 😀

  15. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    Maxwell is already starting to piss me off..
    what a lame pass/shot

  16. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    Just saw Thiago’s goal. I love the internet!

  17. mom4
    July 26, 2011

    hey y’all
    Just started watching. Is Keita playing DM?

    • Miguel
      July 26, 2011

      Yes, ma’am. And Busquets at center back and Riverola at right back.

  18. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    Afellay’s really trying hard. Surely at least one of his shots have to go in?

  19. mom4
    July 26, 2011

    Soriano-Ini combo looked good. Sign Soriano to first team?!?

  20. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    Is there a limit for substitution in this game?

  21. Ryan
    July 26, 2011

    Whew, Busi forced to make a professional foul.

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011

      Yeah, but now he’s a bit more limited. I wonder if we’ll get any changes to the back line after the half.

  22. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Nice foul, Busi. Keep playing Iniesta.

  23. mom4
    July 26, 2011

    I love the aerial shots. They’re fascinating. But they are making me rather seasick.

  24. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    @K Legit
    Wasn’t it the striker Damia?

    I did not like Busi’s foul and I think Pep is wasting his talent at CB.

    I wanna see some JDS Thiago combo.

    Iniesta is the 2nd best player in the world!!

    • barca96
      July 26, 2011

      K Legit. Haha I jsut realised that his name is Landro Damiao. Haha.

    • mom4
      July 26, 2011

      Professional fouls are sometimes necessary.

      Busi getting practice at CB during an unimportant game is a good idea. Our squad will be small, interchangeability is critical.

      Nope, third best. Gotta love Xavi. 🙂

  25. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    So if Milan wins their game, we could end up playing Ibrahimovic? Is he there?

    Ibi vs. Ibra!

  26. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Abidal, Villa, and Jonathan on for whom?

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011

      In: Pedro, Jeffren, Abidal, JDS, Villa, and Pinto.

    • Miguel
      July 26, 2011

      Pinto, Riverola, Busquets, Fontas, Abidal, Jonathan, Keita, Thiago, Pedro, Villa, Jeffren?

      Dude….

    • Para
      July 26, 2011

      Jeffren, Villa, Pinto, Thiago, Keita, Dos Santos, Abidal, Busquets, Fontas, Balliu

  27. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    Pep for the love of God, put Busi back at DM!!!

    Ah damn he’s coming off

  28. Ryan
    July 26, 2011

    What’s the point of putting on nearly the whole B team – isn’t that what the segunda season is for?

  29. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    He made the same mistake as THiago when the latter scored his first goal.
    Nice gesture though. Dont think Pep would be too excited about that.

  30. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Jonathan!!!! Aww, and he hugs Thiago.

  31. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    When did we save David Silva from Man City???

  32. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    So is this just Pep saying, “Our B team is as good an anyone else’s A team.”?

    • barca96
      July 26, 2011

      A few of them are not even in the B team.
      Why wasn’t Kiko selected?

      • Para
        July 26, 2011

        Isn’t he playing in one of the U tournaments? (U-20, I assume)

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011

      Well, he’s already said that concerning Wilshere. 😉

  33. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    That lil’ Weezy guy is kinda clumsy.

  34. Ryan
    July 26, 2011

    Jeffren is looking more resilient; he’d have been injured by now last year with the hits he’s getting.

    • barca96
      July 26, 2011

      It’s the change in hair gel and shampoo

    • jordi™
      July 26, 2011

      Well its normally over extension of his muscles that leave him on the treatment table.His injuries come when there’s no contact.I think the regular spells of inactivity don’t help with that either.

  35. July 26, 2011

    Just received the BARCA BARCA BARCA Book from the lady. SO. AWESOME! If any of you have not yet picked it up,definitely a must. So many pictures, its rad. Apparently the book was so successful that they added to it and just made it available for purchase again. Btw brand new app came out today for iphones that is free from FCBARCA that shows you where the games are being played publicly around you, pretty awesome app. Anyways, soooooooooooooooo HAPPY we have our futbol back. VISCA BARCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011

      Bah, they scored on the corner. Abidal’s still awesome tho.

  36. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    I didn’t expect someone to cry after scoring in a friendly. I guess its because it’s against Barca 😆

    Or maybe he had some personal reasons.

  37. jordi™
    July 26, 2011

    Abi is a beast.

    We concede anyway 🙁

  38. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Captain Abi!!! Oh my god. What a save!

    Ah fuck. Spoke too soon. What the hell’s wrong with you Pinto? Braids on too tight?

  39. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Uh oh. Pep slammed his Vichy Catalan to the floor.

    • blitzen
      July 26, 2011

      Well, no one told him to play the entire Barça youth division. He could have put in a few more grown-ups.

      • Ryan
        July 26, 2011

        Seriously, he took out Iniesta and the team lost the midfield. No surprise.

      • Miguel
        July 26, 2011

        Seriously. It’s just the Audi Cup, Pep. No need to burst a blood vessel.

  40. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    JDS should’ve had an assist there at the last minute. Going to penalties.

  41. jordi™
    July 26, 2011

    Guy blows for penalties before full time :roll:

    Hopefully some Pinto jedi mind tricks during the pk’s.

  42. Jim
    July 26, 2011

    Lets us see what happens when we have an “ordinary” midfield, I suppose. Also, Pinto will do well to see even Copa action this year.

    • barca96
      July 26, 2011

      He is the exact kind of keeper who doesn’t instill confidence in the team. Just like Rustu and Bonano a decade ago. And Valdes in his earlier days.
      That is why having a good GK is very important.

  43. Vj
    July 26, 2011

    Penalties. Again.

    Robben kidding with Flyboy?

    Hop Peeento redeems himself..

  44. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    In the 1st half we had Iniesta and Thiago. In the 2nd, JDS was all by himself in the middle and VIlla alone up front.
    At least leave Thiago on.

  45. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    F**k. He rushed it. He didn’t even take a deep breathe.

  46. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Another Internacional miss!

    Barcelona to the final!

  47. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    Jeffren is going to Bolton, isn’t he? 😥

      • Cadmito
        July 26, 2011

        Yea pack your bags Jeffren. How he has hung on to the first team even this long I have no idea? No doubt he was missing that penalty.

    • jordi™
      July 26, 2011

      Probably not.He’ll turn up his nose at them too.

      • blitzen
        July 26, 2011

        I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t want to go to Bolton, either.

  48. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Now my HD channel starts working….

  49. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    Bonera playing CB for Milan.
    If Im not mistaken, a decade ago there was a player at Parma with the same name. If it is the same guy, he must be old. Fit in right well at Milan.

  50. simple_barcafan
    July 26, 2011

    Does anybody know who decides the player name on the back of the shirt? I mean did Alexis Sanchez decide that it will be Alexis or does the club decide it?

  51. Jnice
    July 26, 2011

    Espinosa looked good.

    Pinto is annoying.

    • just listenin
      July 26, 2011

      Unashamedly and unshavenly drinking a brew in the face of his new competition? – like a boss? Probably still celebrating his first liga and CL, long time comin’

      • Para
        July 26, 2011

        I think if you look closely, you will find that those are not short shorts, but rather normal shorts rolled/folded up. Villa is fastidious in his avoidance of tan lines. 😀

        (I’m not sure though- they look folded to me).

  52. jordi™
    July 26, 2011

    1)Not sure if its the hairstyle or what but ibra looked leaner.Might be the uniform cut as well.

    2)Bayern could reach the cl semis or further if everything clicks next season and they keep Robben and Ribery fit.

  53. Para
    July 26, 2011

    Blitzen- 1-1, Ibra scored early on, Toni Kroos tied it up. Bayern have the lions share of possession and are doing lots with it without actually scoring goals.

    I’ve only vaguely got it on in the background…its not that exciting.

    • blitzen
      July 26, 2011

      Are they playing youth players too, or was that just us?

      • Humphrey Bogart
        July 26, 2011

        No, apart from Ribery (injured) they play a full strength team

      • Para
        July 26, 2011

        I don’t think I know enough about the teams to know whether they’re playing youth players or not, but I don’t *think* so.

        (Although I think Milan has some players under 27 on the pitch- that’s youth for them, no?)

        • Noslehcimretep
          July 26, 2011

          that made me laugh. I think when Beckham was on loan there the average age was 29 for the first team. Arsenal’s at the same time was about 23. But we can beat them both, so I guess it doesn’t really show anything 😉

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011

      I think the first half was pretty exciting. Once Robben walked off injured (?) the tempo dropped a bit.

  54. jordi™
    July 26, 2011

    Bayern win on penalties.Yay, no awkward Ibra-pep encounter.

    • July 26, 2011

      Yeah. Though it would be interesting to what would happen… 😀

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011

      At least 3M got to chat with Robben for a little bit. I much prefer friendly interactions between players! (And we get to avoid potential Ibra ninja kicks to our players)

  55. July 26, 2011

    I missed another game. DAMN YOU SUMMER SCHOOL!

    Sorry about the inactivity, folks. I’ll be back to spamming you all soon.

  56. ElJefe
    July 26, 2011

    Dos Santos had about 5 minutes to finish on his goal. Champion’s League he gets caught up with….

  57. kinukinu
    July 26, 2011

    Hey anyone have any cesc updates? the murmurs have been awfully quiet lately, no?

    • Jnice
      July 26, 2011

      Either we’re sticking to our word and operating quietly or there’s “nothing new” like Pep and Bartomeu have said. I’ll choose to believe the latter.

  58. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    Tito Vilanova on Bojan:

    I understand that not playing the games hurt, it’s the same with Bojan and all players, but for me it costs more to understand that someone is hurt by not playing a minute of a game. Bojan’s case is simple to explain. It would be an easy solution to keep him here because he’s a guy who does not cause problems and there was no media pressure to play him every day because people understand that here players do have a very high level. It is a decision taken because of thinking about him and, above all, thinking about the club. A player who has spent four years in the first team and had no continuity (in minutes played) needs to take a step further and find a place to get those minutes. In two years he will be only 22 and will have more chances to be in the starting 11. We think he’s a class player. Just 20 years old.

    Read more: http://www.totalbarca.com/2011/interviews/tito-vilanova-the-task-is-to-keep-winning/#ixzz1TGUZYRng

  59. July 26, 2011

    I love how this team has progressed. From Juvi A to the senior team, everyone is on the same page and plays the same way. This ovbiously helps our kids transition to the big team w/o much issue. It also makes our kids look really good helping up to use them in the treansfer market at an over inflated value. I mean, as long as we stay super sucessful, plenty of big european teams will be shelling out on guys we may not see in our future. I am willing to bet that in 5 years we will be one of the most prosperous teams when it comes to selling players with little or no A team experience for 5+ Million. With that money we can afford the extra 10-50 million to buy world class senior team players like Cesc.

    Finally, one player I have been begging for since he was in Brazil is Douglas Costa. He looks to be back on the market and would add crazy depth to our wings, while being versitile enough to play in a creative CM role as well. He and Affely would stand out in Copa games as well as CL group games. I love the guy.

  60. July 26, 2011

    Meanwhile, Malaga’s buying players like no tomorrow. Pelligrini gets infinite cash, awesomeness ensues. They will maul no more, no more, no more, no more.

    I hope.

    • Noslehcimretep
      July 26, 2011

      agreed. They are readily shaping up to be my favorite Liga subplot.

  61. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    So I did download the game and it was interesting, although definitely not a keeper. A few thoughts:

    — Iniesta has somehow managed to get even better. I don’t know how this is possible, but it is. I cannot wait to see him play with the full first team again.
    — Speaking of Thiago (weren’t we?), he has a really good connection with Iniesta. They were so smooth together. I want more of this, please.
    — Riverola doesn’t usually play as a RB, does he? He was surprisingly good there.
    — Afellay has gobs of talent, but needs to calm down a little and work on his first touch.
    — Soriano should have done better with the scoring chances dropped in his lap. If Villa had missed those, he would have been crucified in here.
    — Abidal is not only a LB and CB, he is also a GK now. Give the man what he wants so he can sign his contract, already! Legend.
    — Cuenca did not impress me at all. And I am irritated that I still don’t know who he is.
    — Pinto had a shocker. He needs to quit faffing about off his line and concentrate. Admittedly he had a shaky backline to deal with, but still. His hair looked great, though, and that’s what’s important.
    — Jeffren really did work hard (missed PK notwithstanding), and had a better game than Pedro. Pedro was in the game, wasn’t he? It was hard to tell.

    Tomorrow should be fun!

  62. Olufestus
    July 27, 2011

    Pinto’s hair looked great,thats the most important…lol

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