Barca new boy Alexis Sanchez is in Barcelona amid rabid fans, fainting women, and frothing press, ignoring the world so hard Messi would be proud. (That might be a slight — *watches video again* — accurate depiction of events). He laid low in the club shop for a couple of moments before tackling his way through the madness, with agent Fernando Felicevich leading the way, to get to his ride to safety. A random journalist screamed out, “Hey Alexis! I got a movie proposal for ya! ‘A Car Too Far!’ Whaddya say?!” while a young girl was caught sobbing uncontrollably, “I am never washing my hand ever again!”
Alexis starts training tomorrow with Leo Messi, Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano, and Adriano at 9:00am BCN time.
– In other news, we have a game tomorrow! “Really?!” you ask excitedly. Yes, really! It’s the most important match in the history of ever! “Wow! I wonder why I haven’t heard of it!” you wonder. That’s because it’s so great the best of the rest of our B-team and some Juvenil A players will be playing in it. “Yaay — wait, what?!” you demand. Yeah! The semi final of la Copa Catalunya can’t just be played by anyone. We need some true Barca DNA and Catalaness and okay, there is international friendlies and a SuperCopa and we can’t risk our first team and awesome B-team players for it, alright?
– Speaking of internationals, the FIFA virus has hit with aplomb. We have 11 first team players called up for their respective national teams to play on Wednesday:
Spain (against Italy in Bari*): Thiago, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Busi, Pedro!, Valdes, Pique
Brazil (against Germany in Stuttgart): Alves
Chile (against France in Montpellier): Sanchez
France (against Chile in Montpellier): Abidal
The price of having incredible players. *harrowing sigh*
Obviously the matches to watch are Chile v France for Abidal vs Alexis and Spain for Thiago’s debut. Dani just needs to stretch his legs and not get injured.
*Interestingly enough, Bari is in the same province in Italy as Thiago’s birthplace of San Pietro Vernotico. Only a couple of kilometers away.
– On the subject of international matches, Spain U-20 is kicking some arses and taking names. Their latest opponents victims were Australia, as they beat them 5-1 with all goals coming in the first half. Our boy Sergi Roberto got on the scoresheet (in the first minute 8) ) and played the full 90 along with new signing Kiko Femenia, while team captain Marc Bartra put in a half before being subbed off for Barca B teammate Carles Planas.
Spain’s next match is against South Korea in the round of 16 on, get this, Wednesday.
– Lost Brazilian singer/footballer Keirisson is in Barcelona. He will train with the B-team until the club finds him another team to play for, according to RAC1.
Some Interesting Articles to Read This Week:
(Note: Stories/Opinions listed are not necessarily ones I support/oppose).
On the club:
“Fernando Palomo, who calls La Liga matches and is covering the tour for ESPN Deportes, gets bushwhacked by fans requests for autographs and more. For now, Palomo, is the closest the Culé fans get to the players.” Keyvan Antonio Heydari of The New York Times gives us a look into Barca’s American Tour.
For lulz: CL 2011/2012 ‘Dream Team’ to beat us by David Pleat of The Guardian.
Not really an article so much as a translated GQ Italia interview of King Abidal. (Wonderful, wonderful read and a big thank you to the translators at fcb_livejournal for their hard work!)
A nice tribute of sorts for Andreu Fontas amid the Thiago furor by Rob Paton on A Different League.
On the Fabregas to Barca Transfer Saga:
James Lawton of The Independant gives his take on la novela épica Fabregas, Wenger, and the consequences for Arsenal.
Rory Mackay adds his opinion in the Fabregas fray with tactics thrown in on NewsTime. (Warning: Thiago-Nani WTF comparison present).
Ibrahim Ayyub calls for Fabregas to end it all on Simply Football.