Audi Cup Super Final: Fake Real Test

Consider this both your preview and your match comments post. No liveblog for this here little thing that takes place during the American working day when even the laziest of us (looking at you–oh that’s a mirror) are toiling away to earn ourselves a few extra Barça jerseys.

Will we be back at Allianz Arena in May to defend our Champions League title or will it be up to two different teams to crown themselves “best team other than Barça”? Oh snap, I went there. All I know is that it shouldn’t be a starter-heavy lineup, not least because a lot of starters are missing. There’s also the little matter of 2 games in 26 hours. Tis a bit harsh, especially for preseason.

Bayern Munich defeated AC Milan to make the final, so no rematch with Ibra is possible. Sad face. But we get to see Robben again and maybe show them how to possess the ball. Or we’ll start 8 children and get spanked. Not sure which.

Barça lineup: Valdes, JDS, Fontas, Busi, Maxwell, Keita, Thiago, Iniesta, Pedro, Jonathan Soriano, Villa.
Bayern lineup:  Butt, Rafinha, Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo, Contento, Pranjic, Alaba, Boateng, Usami, Olic, Petersen

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110 Comments

  1. Eklavya
    July 27, 2011

    Barça starting XI for the Audi Cup final: VV, JDS, Fontàs, Busquets, Maxwell; Keita, Thiago, Iniesta, Pedrito, Soriano and Villa

  2. blitzen
    July 27, 2011

    What time does this game start, then?

    I suspect Pep will roll out with a bit more serious lineup today, although it is a bit tough to have them play two days in a row. Thiago to start, being young and healthy and still fit from the Euro U21 competition. Be an awful shame if Iniesta doesn’t start as well, then. I’m going out on a limb and picking Flyboy, Villa and Jeffren for the front line. I’m probably wrong.

    • blitzen
      July 27, 2011

      HA! I got the front line wrong, but the midfield right.

  3. blitzen
    July 27, 2011

    JDS as a right back? The hell? Or is this a 3-4-3 thing?

    This oughta be fun.

  4. Eklavya
    July 27, 2011

    Don’t hesitate to send us streams people.

  5. Eklavya
    July 27, 2011

    Here we go:

    barcastuff
    Streams Bayern Munich-Barcelona: http://bit.ly/qXcxBq *http://bit.ly/prsWNa *http://bit.ly/q1VCld *http://bit.ly/pPOgzg #fcblive #tourfcb

  6. Eklavya
    July 27, 2011

    barcastuff has lots of streams, i posted them here but my comment went into moderation.

  7. Eklavya
    July 27, 2011

    lol whats with the big ceremony and all

    • FalseNine
      July 27, 2011

      The Audi Cup has an ancient and glorious history stretching back to 2009.

      • Eklavya
        July 27, 2011

        Damn, how did I miss that! Sorry to all Audi Cup lovers, I was too ignorant 😀

  8. BarcaOwl
    July 27, 2011

    I never thought I’d be happy to see the mint green kit. But I am. 🙂

  9. barca96
    July 27, 2011

    Busi at CB again????????????????
    Pep please….please…don’t do this to him.
    We need Busi at midfield. We are not taking advantage of his wonderful skills set.

  10. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Iniesta looks like he’s been out in the sun. I almost didn’t recognize him 😉

      • blitzen
        July 27, 2011

        Aha! Thanks. Looks like a B lineup for them.

  11. barca96
    July 27, 2011

    I know Pep likes skinny fit shirts but this pink polo is kids size! Or a lady’s shirt. Look at the sleeve.

  12. Noslehcimretep
    July 27, 2011

    The itv commentator just said we paid “well over 30m pounds” for Sanchez. Isn’t that high even with the variables or am I not thinking Euros to pounds correctly?

    • FalseNine
      July 27, 2011

      My memory was it was 23 million pounds, 33 with all the variables.

      • Noslehcimretep
        July 27, 2011

        Much appriciated. So he was off, but not by as much as I thought.

  13. blitzen
    July 27, 2011

    So (since I can’t watch the game) where is JDS playing? At RB?

    • FalseNine
      July 27, 2011

      Yup. He is pushing up the side like Dani. Busi and Fontas at CB, Maxwell LB as usual, Keita at DM, Iniesta and Thiago AM.

  14. barca96
    July 27, 2011

    In a competitive match that would’ve been a PK awarded to Villa

  15. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Wow, Villa onside running down the long ball, would have been one-on-one with the keeper but he couldn’t quite catch up before Butt got there

  16. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Iniesta down and clutching the knee 🙁

  17. deckardcain
    July 27, 2011

    That Gustavo character better stop his nonsense before I kick his ass!

  18. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Dear Herr Petersen, nice try, but you’re going to have to do better than that to get it past Victor Valdes.

  19. Noslehcimretep
    July 27, 2011

    lovely tackle and pass combination by Inesta, thwarted by *gasp* a Villa offside.

  20. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Alaba gets a clean one-on-one with VV, and comes away with nothing to show for it. Victor’s a beast.

    • blitzen
      July 27, 2011

      Who needs strikers when we have Thiago? 😀

  21. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Gooooool Thiago! Beautiful header. What fraction of his first-team goals have been with the head? I remember him saying after the first one it wasn’t his specialty, but it feels like he keeps doing it. Or am I imagining things?

    • jordi™
      July 27, 2011

      Its his third header.Probably only scored 2 with his feet i bet.Which is weird.

      • FalseNine
        July 27, 2011

        Thanks guys, that’s about what I thought. Don’t know if it’s a fluke, but it’s sure nice to have someone else who can score with the head. Usually for us it’s Keita and the CBs.

        Thiago seems like much more of a goalscorer than Xavi, and maybe more than Iniesta too.

  22. July 27, 2011

    What a jump by Thiago. I’m as surprised as the commentator I’ve been listening to about it, but I’ll take it. Good times.

    My stream is working intermittently thanks to the bandwidth choppin’ they do here at work, but it’s an okay way to watch a preseason friendly. Bayern look terrible, but it sounds like they don’t have many starters on the field. Peterson looks good, though and they’re just a touch or two away from running away with this.

    I think JDS is a bit out of his depth at RB, but he’s had some crisp passes that I really like and some good forward runs. Hard to fault him as he’s being played well out of position.

    • Jackieboy
      July 27, 2011

      JDS’ tackling is stellar, the only thing to blame is his positioning, and he doesn’t seem to have Dani’s pace and ability to catch up.

  23. blitzen
    July 27, 2011

    It must be really good to be Thiago right now. Newly promoted, playing for the best team in the world, having a brilliant run of form for club and country, earned the trust of his coaches and the respect of his peers, making all the lists of the “next big things”. And only 20 years old. And he’s ours, OURS, MWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Eat that, Wenger! 😛

  24. barca96
    July 27, 2011

    Why doesn’t Pep try Keita at CB and put Busi back at DM?
    And I want to see JDS and Thiago in midfield

    • Noslehcimretep
      July 27, 2011

      I was wondering that as well, our other DMs have coped well.

  25. Blau-Grenade
    July 27, 2011

    Finally getting some good Barca action. Thiago plays like a boss with Iniesta to support him. Don’t like the idea of Iniesta going off the pitch at half time.

  26. July 27, 2011

    The commentator went nuts for VV at halftime, and they really should have been. He’s been a beast the last couple of years and since 2007 has become the keeper we all hoped. Now Pinto in and the commentators are laughing saying, well maybe barca will throw it all away now…lol oooooh piiintoooo

    • Noslehcimretep
      July 27, 2011

      they were pretty happy with Tiago’s header too. Easy to see why: itv = British = value ‘guts’ next to godliness.

  27. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Number 30 is in for Maxwell. I don’t even know who that is. Don’t our mint green unis usually have names on them?

    I think the equipment manager doesn’t know who these guys are, either.

    Schweinsteiger in for them.

    • FalseNine
      July 27, 2011

      Also, Ibi in for Pedro, and Riverola for Iniesta.

    • Para
      July 27, 2011

      Pretty sure Jeffren’s in 30 today (some sort of registration mix-up).

  28. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Aaaand Soriano goes off on a stretcher. I missed the incident. Cuenca in. Müller for Bayern.

  29. Blau-Grenade
    July 27, 2011

    Wow, Barca playing well without Messi, Iniesta, or Xavi in the midfield. Love the youngsters.

    • Barcaleya
      July 27, 2011

      Are we playing a full-strength Bayern?

      This is great! I’m happy the youngsters can hold the fort. Gives me real hope for our future.

  30. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Gooool #2 Thiago!

    Wow, this kid can play.

  31. July 27, 2011

    damn thiago, amazing link up play by affelay. just wow. these two kids.

  32. Dani_el
    July 27, 2011

    What a goal Thiago!!! hats off! daaamn!

  33. barca96
    July 27, 2011

    Player of the tournament.
    Take that EMD and Sport!!!!!!
    Just a few weeks back kept creating rumors about Thiago..

  34. MoSSi
    July 27, 2011

    This is the first time I see Pique wearing a short sleeved t-shirt!

  35. BarcaOwl
    July 27, 2011

    Hello, Pique. Did they leave his long sleeves back home?

    • FalseNine
      July 27, 2011

      They’re in a box with all the jerseys that have names on them

  36. outerspacedout
    July 27, 2011

    Unrelated but after some time out I saw Malaga actually got Cazorla. Wow. I love Cazorla, so much fun to watch (if only teams played with more than 11 players so we could see Iniesta, Silva and Cazorla in the same Espana line-up! Three of the most fun players to watch in three different styles) but Malaga are seriously shaping up to be a powerful side. The previous signings made them a good solid side, Cazorla is a step-up-in-class style of creative player.

    Until now I was expecting them to finish behind Valencia and either Villareal or one of other rebuilding Spanish powers like Sevilla, but now I’m tipping them for Champions League spots.

    Just to recap, they got in addition to Baptista Maresca Demichelis and Camacho in January: Nacho Monreal, Joaquin, Toulalan, Nistelrooy, Mathijsen, Buonanotte, Sergio Sanchez, and now Cazorla? WTF wow let’s just hope Valencia becomes strong enough to hold on to their third place.

  37. jordi™
    July 27, 2011

    I cant tell if 30 is Jeffren or Gustavo because every time there is about to be a close up, there is some wacky camera angle.

  38. blitzen
    July 27, 2011

    Bet you’re all happy now that RoSELL rushed Thiago into signing his new contract while he was still woozy from his nose surgery. His value just keeps going up and up. 😛

  39. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Time’s up…. what we’ve all been yearning for, Audi Cup Champions! 🙂

    So, who’s MOTM? 😉

  40. Barcaleya
    July 27, 2011

    Yay! First trophy of the season.

    VISCA BARCA!!!

  41. deckardcain
    July 27, 2011

    Was Delofeu in the squad tonight?! Thought I saw him hugging Thiago in the end…

  42. FalseNine
    July 27, 2011

    Seriously, there comes a time in every culé’s life when they have their “Oh my God Thiago” moment. (Also known as the “Cesc who?” moment.) I know a lot of you have had yours already. But I just had mine today. Wow, what a player.

  43. jordi™
    July 27, 2011

    So my heart is bursting with pride 😀

  44. mei
    July 27, 2011

    Thiago’s not ready.
    Send him back to the B squad for some discipline 😛

  45. July 27, 2011

    On a scale of one to ten (10 being as soon as it’s available) how soon should I download this match? Is it worth downloading, or YT-ing the highlights.

    I DON’T KNOW THE SCORE. Been steadfastly denying there was even a game today. 🙁

    • ciaran
      July 27, 2011

      Very one sided to be honest, definitely watch the goals/highlights because Thiago’s second goal was really really special

    • FalseNine
      July 27, 2011

      Thiago 2 – Bayern 0

      Most of the game was just OK, VV and Pinto had a couple nice saves, but by the standard of Barça it wasn’t anything special IMO. Thiago’s second goal, and the link-up with Ibi that preceded it, is worth watching over and over.

    • Ryan
      July 27, 2011

      Just imagine lots of back passes between the two goals and you’ve got most of the game covered.

      • July 27, 2011

        Heh, thanks! I just saw the YouTube highlights. Que golazo, Thiago!

  46. barca96
    July 27, 2011

    I thought I saw Rafa hugging Thiago.

    Where is Sergi Roberto? I didnt see him with Spain U19.

    • jordi™
      July 27, 2011

      Sergi made the step up with Isco and Muniesa(injury ruled him out) to the under 20 team for the world cup.Bartra is captaining the team 8)

  47. Gogah
    July 27, 2011

    holy crap..thiago is insane!!
    and he’s wearing #4!
    is that a message to cesc?

    • FalseNine
      July 27, 2011

      We’re pretty sure it’s a message that the equipment people can’t be bothered before the season starts. None of the jerseys had names and lots of B-team guys were wearing numbers that belong to absent first team players (2, 19, 21,..). I suspect the philosophy was “As long as we don’t have two people on the field with the same number, it’ll do.”

      Thiago did send a message, just not with his clothes. 🙂

      • Noslehcimretep
        July 27, 2011

        I had assumed we didn’t have the player names on because its a pre-season friendly. I know other teams do that, and don’t recall if we did or not last season.

  48. ciaran
    July 27, 2011

    Jonathan Soriano is injured & out for approx 2 months meaning he will miss the rest of the pre-season and it pretty much means he is not transferable

  49. Eklavya
    July 27, 2011

    – Preseason matches never have fixed numbers (at least for us). Once the transfer window closes the club will release the official jersey numbers. Till then they’re based just position wise.

    – Re: Soriano – yay,great timing -____-

  50. Jnice
    July 28, 2011

    Sucks for Soriano. He’s losing out on money (assuming he transfered to somewhere else).

    • Jnice
      July 28, 2011

      On the bright side, his injury means Espinosa gets to go on the US tour now. He must be elated. Hope he gets some decent minutes. Carmona shouldn’t play ever again.

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