Onwards to Wembley!

We’re through to the final!!! Viscaaaaaaaaaa!

The Goal (from GoalFast2)

What an assist Iniesta, and what a finish Pedro!

The Moment:

The Pictures:

ABIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!
Nice to see Pedro!! back scoring crucial goals!

The Video (fcbarcelona via Vj in the comments):

Enjoy our win, people! What a match from Barca! This is the football we all wanted to see! I leave you with a Pique — who had a MONSTER match, back to Piquenbauer ways — quote via barcastuff:

“In the year 1899, a club was born that I carry in my heart, blue and red are the colours, Fútbol Club Barcelona!!!”

VISCA BARCA!

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By Kari

Just your neighbourhood Barca fanatic

156 comments

  1. Barca, Barca!

    Guys, anyone attending the Espanyol game this weekend? I’m going and I haven’t bought the ticket yet. Can I do that when I get to Barcelona on Saturday? Where is the best place to buy a ticket? Somewhere on La Rambla?

    1. You’ll be very lucky to get one at this stage – it’s a derby game and usually sells out really quickly.

      There is a booth on Las Ramblas in the middle walkway, and you can check the official website, just in case some season ticket holders free their seats: https://entrades.fcbarcelona.cat/web/en/entrades.html

      But at the moment, the FCB website is showing no tickets available.

    2. I have been checking the FCB website for about 3 months, and there are never tickets available.

      They say tickets will become available 72 hours before the game and can be bought on La Rambla and in front of the stadium.

    3. Hey!

      I’m going (SO EXCITED FOR MY FIRST MATCH AT CAMP NOU)!!!! I just kept checking the website and bought my ticket on there…

      I’ve also heard the 72 hours thing, and that quite a few tickets are released at Camp Nou the day of the match as well. Since this is my first live Barca match, I don’t know how likely it is to get a ticket that way, but that was going to be my plan if I didn’t get lucky on the website.

      I hope you get your ticket! Good luck!!

    4. Thanks man!

      I’m going to land in Barcelona on Friday so I’m going to be looking for a ticket right away. I hope I’ll be able to get one. 🙂

    5. Hey Whatever,

      I don’t know if you’re still reading this at all, or if you’ve already found your ticket (!!!) but I was at Camp Nou today for the tour/to pick up my ticket, and I asked the ticket office what time tickets go on sale on Sunday. They said 11 am, and you should probably get there to line up about an hour before that.

      So, I hope that helps, and that you’re having fun in BCN!

  2. Haha love the reaction from the M****distas! Still blaming the ref.!!

    What next? The Yeti wants us to win the CL? #priceless!!

    1. Yeah, let them be! They’ve played their last meaningful match until August, we’ll pick it up then 😉

      TOOOOOOOOOOOT EL CAMP!!!!

  3. I don’t understand how Villa scored so many for Valencia. His finishing is very bad.

    1. Ummm – I don’t consider his finishing for the 2 goals in November’s Clasico to be bad. And he’s scored a lot of goals this season before hitting his rough patch – he’s currently on 18, sitting a distant 3rd behind Messi and Cristiano for the Pichichi award.

      Villa was played differently in the Valencia team. He often came in at pace from the left and banged in goals all day. At Barca, he’s adapting to the team play. Give him a chance – it’s only been a season.

  4. VISCA EL BARÇA! VISCA ABI! VISCA TOTS!

    Todos a Canaletas!! Wembley nos espera! En el año 1899, nació un club que llevo en el corazón, blaugranas son los colores FC Barcelona!!! VISCA PIQUE!! What a match from him!

    1. Ha! I posted right after you. It’s a pretty good article. The comments on it are pretty funny.

    2. He is to blame for the semi final loss. Nothing feels better than stomping on Mou’s legend on the way to the finals. Tactical genius my ass.

    3. Are you from Wellington nzm?

      It was great. Equal amounts Real Madrid fans and equal amounts Barca fans. I screamed so loud when Pedro scored.

    4. No – I wasn’t born in NZ, but it is my adopted country! I lived in Tauranga and Auckland before moving overseas in 2004.

    5. Oh yeah – and call me Michele – nzm is what I use to log into blogs and I couldn’t be bothered creating yet another account for WordPress to log in here!

    6. I wasn’t born in NZ either Michele, I’m actually originally from Bangladesh, but have lived in NZ most of my life. You’re in Barcelona right now correct? We’re hoping to visit in August.

    7. I was born in Fiji! ;.)

      Yes – in Barcelona now. If you do get to Barcelona, let me know. We’d be happy to show you around. The Camp Nou Museum and tour is a must!

  5. Marca actually has a good little opinion piece on Mou:

    http://www.marca.com/blogs/nomegustanloslunes/2011/05/03/mourinho-y-solo-mourinho-perdio-la.html

    My favorite bit is this:

    Mourinho, durante toda la semifinal, no ha sido listo ni dentro ni fuera del campo. Tácticamente desastroso y timorato. Diplomáticamente, torpe e inhábil. Ahora, volverá a ponerse su disfraz de mártir y de salvapatrias, se preguntará por qué y se meterá en ese submundo tan particular en el que sólo vale su verdad y todo lo demás es mentira.

    Roughly translated = “Mourinho, during the entire semifinal, has not been smart on or off the field. Tactically disastrous and fearful. Diplomatically, clumsy and unskillful. Now, he’ll go back to putting on his costume of martyr and saviour, he will ask why and will enter in a sub-world in which the only truth that matters is his and everything else is a lie.”

    Nice!

    1. Aww thanks! You’re like an awesome fairy who magically makes those evil typos disappear!

      I’m having kind of a crap day, so I’m glad we’re through to the final. And that we got to see Abidal on the pitch for a few minutes. Lets hope our injured get better, our non-injured stay that way, and we get the doblete.

      Visca Barça!

  6. When I was watching it at the pub there was a frustrated Arsenal/Madrid fan that was calling for Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta’s legs to be broken so they can never play again. I know he’s not representative but come on — really??

  7. I got chills seeing Abidal back on the pitch. I love how genuinely happy Puyol is subbing out.

    VAMOS A WEMBLEY!!!!

  8. We are just so much better with Pique and Puyol. I thought Pique in particular was immense tonight. Loved to see Puyol mouthing “Come on Abi” ( or the Catalan equivalent) and the smile of sheer pleasure as he came off. Unbelievable to see Abi back and to see Pep joining in the dancing circle at the end.

    Finally, loved the guard of honour from our supporting staff as our players left the pitch. Did anyone notice Pep lined up as just one of them applauding his players off the pitch? So humble.

    What a night. Now I need somebody sensible to dissuade me from spending next month’s salary on a short trip to London.. . . . .

    1. That was great – the guard of honour!

      And Pep instigated the circle dance in the middle of the pitch!

  9. Epic match, and epic Finals in a few weeks.

    Very proud today, we won our way, our players are returning to best form (Pedro, Puyol, Messi, Iniesta, Pique). Casillas kept it from being at least 3-0 at the half.

    Very impressed by the reffing as well. He let them play more wide open but had no appetite for the diving and I thought very fair. Left no room for complaining or the mad whining of last week.

    Best of all, the legend of Mou is dead, thanks to us. That already makes this a Champion’s League resounding success regardless.

    Let’s gear up for sweeping Wembley, should be a great test.

    1. Oh trust me – in the after-match interviews, the Madrid players are whining their heads off!

    2. Haha so true, I couldn’t believe Carvalho never got that second yellow. I loved how Dive Maria dived sometime at the beginning and the ref was just like ‘get up boy, that won’t work with me’ – it was Maria’s only dive that night. And when Mascherano made that lunging tackle towards him when they scored, I already pictured the guy flying 10 meters high, clutching both his legs etc.

  10. I don’t know if you already noticed that during the game itself, but I just saw a picture of the guy who ran on the pitch (was that Jimmy Jump, by the way?) and he had a shirt on that had Abidal’s name and number on the back (the angle is not the best, but I’m pretty sure). 🙂

    http://www.marca.com/albumes/2011/05/03/clasico_vuelta/index_1.html

    I couldn’t be happier right now. These weeks have been both exciting, but quite terrible at the same time as well. But seeing Abidal come on the pitch at the end made all the nasty stuff that I had read and heard simply go away. 🙂

  11. Epic, our guys did outdo themselves. If we would have been more clinical that game would have been over in the first half.

    Carvalho not sent off: Por que, por que, por que???

    The only problem was (again) that we became too complacent after Pedros goal and allowed them to pull one back.

    but nevertheless

    Visca Barca!!!

  12. Great, great match. I was glad to see the drama from last game wasn’t repeated today. Carvalho and Alonso were really lucky not to have gotten sent off (multiple times). On to Wembley!

  13. Messi is so excited after the series of 4 clasicos that he said –

    Si Vamos!!! Dios estamos en la final! Vamos Barça!!!! Gracias a todos! Nos vemos todos en Wembley! Acompañarnos!

    Yes we are through!!! Thank God we are in the final! Let’s go Barça!!!! Thanks to everyone! We will see everyone at Wembley! Come with us!

    FOUR times.
    http://www.facebook.com/LeoMessi

  14. Forgot to say: Iniesta’s pass to Pedro reminded me of the pass he made to Xavi for the first goal in November. His vision and instinct for the killer pass is ridiculous. What a player.

    1. Yes I thought the same thing. Pep knew Barca would create chances from counter attack, putting Iniesta on the field instead of Keita was a good decision.

  15. I don’t care a bit about them, but seriously I didn’t imagine they could go so low off the field. Moushit brought them down to an unimaginable low level. What have they done in their must win match? 31 fouls, 11 on messi, 4(1) shots, not for a minute they were in the match. People can talk about cheating, foul, referee mistakes all they want but there are only 2 piece of truth in these whole saga.

    1. Barca is still a far better team than EE.
    2. They cracked their pants in fear (tactics in home-leg, my ass!). Now they are out to blame others for the stink.

    Once I hit the ‘submit’ button I will only remember our players throwing ABIDAL in the air and nothing else.

  16. Pique and Puyol – what a game! And Villa in the first half, he kept serving Arbeloa time and time again, it was truly a joy to watch him.

    Manyoo – fear us!

  17. I am being a pain in the ass, I know, but I have to ask those who have already been to Camp Nou and attended a game: Is it possible to buy tickets on La Rambla one or two days before a game?

    This is my first time going there, so I’m kinda worried that I won’t be able to get a ticket.

    1. I bought tickets for the game against Villareal back in November the day before the match. There are counters selling tickets all along the Rambla so you should be able to pick up a ticket fairly easily.

  18. Any injuries for Man-U or likely starting line-ups? Will Berbatov be healthy? I would imagine he wouldn’t be starting anyway with Rooney & Chicharito en fuego.

  19. whew…glad that’s over. In the end I think the 5-0 saw us through to the CL final. Mou’s terror of another manita forced him to revert to his tried and true ugly ways. The EE team I saw paste Valencia 6-3 could have hung with Barca…at least for respectable while. What a pity we didn’t see THAT matchup for 4 games. In the end Mou sold his offence short…the very definition of cynical.

  20. http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/Squabbles-and-dives-aside-Abidal-8217-s-return?urn=sow-wp1364

    ‘Abi’ can’t play 90 minutes, he has lost weight. But he is in perfect health and he’ll be able to help us,” Pep Guardiola told reporters before the match, according to the AFP. But at his incredible rate of recovery, he probably will be playing the full 90 before you can say “Seriously, French football is a total mess right now.”

    After the game, instead of hoisting up The Golden Pep or any of the semifinal’s goal scorers, the Barca players lifted Abidal and tossed him around. Well, most of them did. Messi couldn’t reach.

    😛

  21. The best team won. End of story.

    Barca dominated this match and suffered from one lax moment. Madrid generated very few moments of any real danger while Barca was again the team that pressed the action.

    On the whole the team played this match aggressively but in control and with patience. They did exactly what a team leading 2-0 up in a tie should do. Especially one playing a makeshift back line.

    If Barca had needed to score more goals to advance – they would have. They controlled this match and played more conservatively in the second half.

    Can’t say enough about the tactical adjustments Guardiola made. He completely out managed Mourinho in this tie.

    Again there’s going to be waves of endless complaining about this result – it’s nonsense. Ignore it.

    Were it not for the circus like politics surrounding this match Carvalho would have been sent off yet again. His defending tonight was awful. When he’s forced to play against pace he has difficulty adjusting and commits foolish fouls (as he did against Zaragoza).

    Lass and Adebayor also could have been easily sent off and again it was the politics of the match that kept them on the pitch. Adebayor’s play in these ties was ridiculous. He didn’t even bother acting as a striker – he was playing enforcer.

    C. Ronaldo repeatedly dove in this match going down easily again and again.

    But once again all of the complaints are about Barca players diving, the referee, etc.

    It’s nonsense.

    Whether intentional or not C.Ronaldo clearly impeded Mascherano. Mascherano would have easily cleared that ball were he not tripped.

    Intentions are not a requirement for impeding play.

    Pedro was shown a yellow card for an ill advised tackle tonight – and he did not make any significant contact on Diarra. Diarra evaded him and continued to dribble. But Pedro did slide in recklessly so it was reasonable to give him a yellow. In the same way it was secondary whether or not Pepe actually hit Alves on that much more reckless tackle.

    But there’s going to be no discussion of that card or that point.

    It’s shocking that a proud institution like Madrid is reduced to blaming the referee rather than trying to understand what the root cause for their loss was.

    And the root cause for this loss from the factors they could directly control was Mourinho and his lack of belief in his own team at the Bernabeu. He gave them little chance to win at home.

    And that’s what is going to gall Madrid and their supporters. Marca is right. They have only themselves to look at.

    There’s a notion that Mourinho himself and his embarrassing, paranoid delusions have no bearing on Madrid itself as a club. When Mourinho goes on one of his rants the outside world just dismisses it as Mourinho and not Madrid.

    But you can already see the effect that Mourinho is having on the club itself and the perspective of it’s supporters.

    After the Zaragoza loss this weeked the Madrid web site officially blamed the referee for the loss in their match summary. That’s just remarkable. This is Madrid. One of the great club’s in the world. And they can’t take responsibility for a loss to Zaragoza?

    Their players are blaming the referee for tonight’s game – even on a night where the ref did everything possible to keep Carvalho on the pitch when he should have been sent off. Madrid should have played the entire second half with 10 men.

    Madrid the insitutions, its players, and supporters never harbored these notions before. But this is the insidious influence of Mourinho at work and the point of view he constantly bickers for. He is the endless victim. And unfortunately that point of view is seeping into the institution as he consolidates power.

    And in the process he’s pushed all of the spot light off himself and the disastrous mistakes he made by not believing in his own players and the history of the club.

    Anyway, it’s a relief that this nonsense is over.

    Onto Wembley.

    1. It had its effect on the players on the pitch. Alonso kept complaining and waving his hands after his yellow which was a clear one, He intended to hurt Messi and kicked him when the ball was far away. That feeling of injustice spread to the players, the club, and the fans.

    2. Alonso also should have been sent off. He committed far more than two yellow card offenses tonight.

      The ref was just determined to not see a player off.

      Alonso does not have enough pace or positional sense to defend as a holding player. And he constantly has to make poor tackles to compensate.

      And even Alonso is complaining about the refs after the match. He is complaining about the official who did everything possible not to throw Alonso out of the match.

      Amazing.

    3. He didn’t even bother acting as a striker – he was playing enforcer.

      Made me laugh because it’s so true.

      Pedro was shown a yellow card for an ill advised tackle tonight – and he did not make any significant contact on Diarra. Diarra evaded him and continued to dribble. But Pedro did slide in recklessly so it was reasonable to give him a yellow. In the same way it was secondary whether or not Pepe actually hit Alves on that much more reckless tackle.

      Bang! I said the same thing a week ago.

    4. So today my first class did course evaluations, which means I get to leave early … and I wind up in the computer lab … and click on Euler’s last post … and before I know it I’m late to my next class … but I learned more in those twenty minutes than my students did all semester with me.

      Euler’s comments are, for the Barcelona fan, a categorical imperative.

      I always imagine some brass and wooden Old World library, with enormous parchment maps spread upon the table and gas lamps flickering in the leaded windows … and Euler, seeing all, knowing all, peering through a monocle as he analyzes strategies and marks men like some great general of yore.

      Salve Euler!

    1. OMG, I love it!!!

      anyone remember during his speech when we won La Liga last year?

      he said he promise to bring us to Wembley…

      he fulfills his promise… 😥

  22. SO HAPPY!! 😀

    Ok, but now finals beckon… I must go on a football related blackout until tomorrow afternoon… Perhaps we can have a newsstand post up collecting all the press, player, pundit analysis? That would be great… 🙂

    I’m off until tomorrow! A WEMBLEY!!

    1. OK , someone tell me how to do rolleyes please!

      Rubbing it in my face and all :3

    2. So you can abuse it? 🙄

      Hehehe.

      It’s the say way you do 😆 except you replace “lol” with “roll”. So it’s:

      : roll :

      (Remove the spaces).

    3. I told you already, in previous thread…

      : roll :, but without space… 🙂

    4. dang, now I have to see how it works!!

      😆 :rol:

      Thanks! and VISCA BARCA!!!!!!

  23. Alonso is classless. He wasn’t like that before.

    As for the referee, it’s strange he booked Carvalho for his first offence but subsequently did nothing. Maybe he wanted to warn Carvalho not to play violently after the first foul, but it is of no use.

    Whatever. We won, Madrid can whine all they want. Glad there is no Mourinho post-match talk.

  24. Downloading the match right now, so no thoughts yet, except for:

    1. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYAAAAYYYYYYYYWOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!! Wembley here we come!

    2. Abidal is the KING, the BOMB, and the MAN. I was a little worried watching the clip of him being thrown in the air. Please don’t break him, he just got fixed!

    3. Did I mention I got the manita recipe posted in the FFT Live Blog? 8)

    1. blitzen,need a little help here…I haz bin deprived of watching the game,so need the link for download…

  25. Xabi Alonso has – allegedly – said that “the relationships in the Spanish national team are now broken

    via barcastuff

    Fine, hope del Bosque throws him out along with Arbelo, would only mean a change for the better, then they will stop this double pivot nonsense and play with the barca three in midfield in their rightful places and not shouffeld around to accomodate Xabi Alonso, who was always the first to be subbed anyway

    1. fine…

      I love Spanish NT, but if EE players want FCB players (or the Catalans) banned from Spain NT, I don’t mind…

      I wanna see how they survive without our players…

      /rant

    2. Nah, it’s just heat of the moment. It will cool down. I’m sure VdB can handle it.

    3. Indeed, Spain has done better whenever Alonso is dropped for another offense-minded player. Busi can handle the job by himself!

  26. EE fans said we should be ashamed going through the final like this…
    LIKE WHAT!?
    okay, I admit we did some dives and acting, but did EE players play like saints? HELL TO THE NO!

    they all sounds like Mourinho right now…
    they should change their club’s name into MOUDRID, it’s more relevant… #fact

    😆

  27. Mou has a high opinion of himself. Maybe we should call him His Assness.

    True that entire RM community is going into siege mentality. Apparently the richest club in world. Let them be.

    Before few weeks, even as enemies i respected RM and liked few of their players. After this, i just think that they are childish and boorish. They do not deserve my respect, nor my contempt and nor my attention.

  28. There will be a lot of endless nonsense after this match. Ignore it.

    –Official BFB stance.

    *Note: if you MUST comment on the post-match whinge from all things EE, at least talk about the football as well.*

  29. zonalmarking :It wasn’t a contest dominated by tactics, but it was a good advert for pressing and playing high up – both because Barcelona won, and because Real looked far better when they played a proactive game themselves.

    Yeap , looks like it since mourinho is not the winner and his article cannot include a “mourinho masterclass” sentence.

    1. when Pep won against Mourinho —> it’s not about tactics…
      even when they got smashed 5-0…

      Mou won against Pep —> Mou is a tactical genius…

      *%@%(&^##($#()%%@#^(&^$%$?!!@)&*….

    2. Yeah…look whose picture is on the banner for Zonal….that is my gripe about that site. Anything Mourinho does is pure genius.

      But in the end… BARCA TO WEMBLEY!!

      Haters gonna hate…too bad for them 😉

  30. Now that our players have won a world cup , drop out of the national team and watch it crash and burn like in the past.

    1. No thanks, Xaviniesta need to further cement their legacy by winning 3 international competitions in a row!

  31. I think a shout out needs to go out to Casillas in the midst of all this rubbish. The guy is utter class, both as a keeper and a professional representing Real Madrid. In the climate where the above two clowns sadly typify everything that is so cheap and shallow at Madrid at present, a figure like Iker counts for even more.

    1. Yeap. Until you get to the part when he claimed in the post match interview that they deserved to go through since the first match should have ended goalless.

    2. Ha. Hadn’t read that. Ok, I never claimed he wasn’t HUMAN – he’s a Madridista through and through so is going to have his take on how the games played out. Difference to Cristiano and Mou is that when he says that stuff, I sense it’s more a disappointed and passionate player having a bitch about the ref, rather than someone joining in with the snide and slanderous insinuations we see coming from some of their other members. I can forgive the former to some extent whilst the latter is borne of nothing other than a boringly contrived sense of paranoia and persecution.

      Either way, I was more referring to some of the little stories I’ve heard via Sid and others of the course of these series of heated games. Just little stories like him breaking off the Copa celebrations to commiserate the Barca players and his demanding that players come back out of the tunnel to thank the fans after the second league Clasico. Just seems like a guy who hasn’t handed in his sense of proportion and values at the terminal marked El Clasico and this deserved some recognition on here.

    3. I think Casillas is the one of the few players of high stature in the squad that can come out with this reputation intact — the ” we would have gone through if we got the 0-0″ was sour grapes, but not too bad.

    4. I used to like Casillas, Higuain, Alonso, etc from EE.

      I sincerely dislike Alonso now.

      I felt a bit of dislike for Casillas after him saying Barca were a fad some time ago, and his implication that they would have gone through had the ref not ‘favored’ us, but I still can’t hate him either.

      The fad thing seemed like the passion of the rivalry, as someone who’s been in one of the two institutions for over a decade, getting to him- some of our more diehard players have also said things of a similar level. And the refs thing, he seems to be going along with what is now, rather embarrassingly, the ‘official’ EE line.

      I think Higuain is the only EE player I actually like now.

    5. the players I don’t hate in EE : Kaka and Casillas…

      I just can’t hate Kaka, LOL… I used to be his fangirl, but not anymore since he moved to EE…

      I also had a crush on Raul and Casillas when I was 11 years old

  32. Thong Boy :
    “Next year it will be better if they give the Cup straight to Barcelona”

    classy… NOT…

    1. It will indeed be better.
      But this year we gotta fight for it , and he will be watching from home.
      Didnt he leave manchester united to come to a greater club that would win everything? Must be hard watching his ex team be on two finals since then and have actually won silverware.

    2. two finals? he’s still there in 2009, when we beat MU in the final…

    3. “Mascherano wasn’t like this in Liverpool. He learned all the cheating tricks in Barcelona”

      and I wonder where TB learnt his cheating techniques…

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