It’s the Friday news, in brief: BANGS is back!

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Hey, whoa, that was fast. After training normally with the squad yesterday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the green light to play against Malaga, and is named in the squad list. I reckon it wasn’t that bad, after all. Good news.

Dmytro Txigrinski is expected to start against Malaga, as the Ukranian hair man makes his way into becoming a more regular fixture in our lineup. Um, and by the by …. Captain Caveman and Kaiser, we have some contracts for you both to sign. We’re just saying. No pressure or anything, though. Nope. 😀

–Rather than the humdrum, “Well, let wait to see, blah, blah, blah” pronouncements of players who have been linked to a club, Luis Suarez is practically sliding off his chair with excitement. Nattering to EMD, he said “It gives me great pride. We are not talking about any club, we are talking of FC Barcelona, the best club in the world and the best team playing football today with Pep Guardiola. It would be fantastic to play for Barcelona one day but for now all I have got is what you have written and nothing official from the club.”

In other words, sit tight, kids. There is much to happen yet.

–Quote of the day: “I’m just one of an impressive group of great players.” Lionel Messi, on whether there is a leader in the locker room.

Sports says that Inter supremo Moratti says that his mama said that Ibra and Messi are the best striking partnership in the world right now. Duh! Of course it was Sport, so he might have said “Sure, they’re playing pretty well right now.”

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  1. September 25, 2009

    With this paranormal recovery B.A.N.G.S. justifies the B.A. part of him.

  2. September 25, 2009

    More like the G part.

    Basically we’re in agreement that it’s not the S part?

  3. jnelson
    September 25, 2009

    Awesome news…can’t wait til tomorrow (it is tomorrow, right?)! I feel spoiled having 7 games to watch in just 22 days.

    • Kxevin
      September 25, 2009

      Good for us, but bad for our lads, who need their rest. 😀

      That Puyol Twitter thing is funny. My pidgin Catalan is sort of able to follow some of it.

  4. Helge
    September 25, 2009

    Wow, that’s gonna be a real boost for tomorrow’s match!

    I hope that Ibra plays from the beginning, scores in the first half and gets substituted for the 2nd. And most importantly, that we win.

  5. rObReV7
    September 25, 2009

    i feel im missing something with the B.A.N.G.S. lol what does it stand for again? I assumed it was just because of his hair? lool 🙂

  6. Jose20
    September 25, 2009

    “Basically we’re in agreement that it’s not the S part?”

    Well he’s making goals like IKEA makes furniture.

    Yeah that was my best shot at this.

  7. khairallah
    September 25, 2009

    what i read on goal before i read it on sport was that morratti said that he would prefer eto’o milito over messi ibra.. Unfortunately both sources aren’t quite reliable

  8. MT
    September 25, 2009

    I thought BANGS stood for Big Ass Nasty Goal Scorer…

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