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. Ryan
    July 26, 2011

    Go team!

  4. 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.

  5. Para
    July 26, 2011

    Uff, did you see Puyol?

  6. 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!!!

    • mei
      July 26, 2011

      fox soccer messed up badly 😛

  7. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    We are playing with only two defenders?

  8. mei
    July 26, 2011

    afellay looks tanned !

  9. Blau-Grenade
    July 26, 2011

    Any live stream links?

  10. 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.

    • K_legit
      July 26, 2011

      Leandro something

  11. Para
    July 26, 2011

    This camera angle is making me dizzy.

    • Ryan
      July 26, 2011

      He’s certainly having fun with all the angles…

  12. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

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

    I like the pace of this game thus far.

  13. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    Nice to see the youngsters getting some playing time.

  14. 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.

  15. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

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

  16. jordi™
    July 26, 2011

    CL final freekick came off !

  17. Ryan
    July 26, 2011

    So beautiful

  18. Alex
    July 26, 2011

    WOW, what a play

  19. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    Same thing against Man U at Wembley

  20. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    Goal!

  21. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Thiago!!!

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

  22. 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?

    • Miguel
      July 26, 2011

      I think so….

    • 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.

  23. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Afellay off the post! Aaaaaaaaargh.

  24. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

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

  25. barca96
    July 26, 2011

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

  26. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

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

  27. 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.

  28. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

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

  29. Ryan
    July 26, 2011

    Ibi is looking pretty hungry.

  30. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    Ooof. Another shot saved.

  31. mom4
    July 26, 2011

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

  32. BarcaOwl
    July 26, 2011

    Is there a limit for substitution in this game?

    • mom4
      July 26, 2011

      dunno

  33. Ryan
    July 26, 2011

    Whew, Busi forced to make a professional foul.

    • mom4
      July 26, 2011

      smart 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.

  34. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Nice foul, Busi. Keep playing Iniesta.

    • barca96
      July 26, 2011

      Disgusting foul to me.

  35. mom4
    July 26, 2011

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

  36. 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!!

    • Para
      July 26, 2011

      Leandro Damiao?

    • 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. 🙂

  37. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

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

    Ibi vs. Ibra!

  38. Para
    July 26, 2011

    Captain Abidal?

    • Para
      July 26, 2011

      Yes! Captain Abidal!

    • BarcaOwl
      July 26, 2011

      Yay for Captain Abidal!

  39. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Abidal, Villa, and Jonathan on for whom?

    • Miguel
      July 26, 2011

      and Jeffren too.

    • blitzen
      July 26, 2011

      Jeffren to score!

  40. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    2nd=half lineup, please??

    • 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

    • Miguel
      July 26, 2011

      Yeah, Balliu instead of Riverola.

  41. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

    Why Barca gotta concede like that?

  42. barca96
    July 26, 2011

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

    Ah damn he’s coming off

    • Jim
      July 26, 2011

      2-1. JDS?

  43. 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?

  44. jordi™
    July 26, 2011

    Jona scores!

  45. 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.

  46. Miguel
    July 26, 2011

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

  47. barca96
    July 26, 2011

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

  48. blitzen
    July 26, 2011

    JDS not going to to Zaragoza? 😉

  49. 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. 😉

  50. barca96
    July 26, 2011

    That lil’ Weezy guy is kinda clumsy.

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