Get ready for it: The Gates of Wembley video

This will be shown before the match on Saturday, so when you watch it then, pretend this didn’t happen.

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  1. Extreme barca fan
    May 26, 2011

    The match is on SATURDAY, not sunday

    • May 26, 2011

      Saturday, Sunday, whatever …. just watch the danged video! 😀

    • stowe
      May 26, 2011

      it’s on sunday for me

  2. Vj
    May 26, 2011


  3. lovelymofo
    May 26, 2011

    Awesome! Great vid. Look at Pep, so young there at the beginning. It would be fantastic if he can get a second at Wembley.

  4. Artur
    May 26, 2011


  5. Barka
    May 26, 2011

    “This video has been removed by the user”. That’s some nice timing there haha.

  6. blitzen
    May 26, 2011

    From Sid Lowe’s column:

    So close have they become that when Puyol recently announced that he was getting married, Piqué immediately asked if he would be the best man;

    Um, Sid? You need to stop reading Pique’s twitter. AFAIK Puyol has made no such announcement. 🙄

    I like this bit though:

    “I can’t imagine a Barcelona team without him,” Piqué says. “He wears me out! I remember the day he came back [after the injury]. In the middle of the game I said: ‘Puyi, I’ve missed you so much.’ He told me to shut the hell up and concentrate. He never stops. One time, the game was stopped, someone was on the stretcher, and he was shouting at me. I said to him: Calm down, it’s 4-0 and there are three minutes left.’ He said: ‘So what? Focus! I know you.’ I was dying with laughter. Puyol keeps you on your toes at all times.”

    So true!

    • Para
      May 26, 2011

      Ah, I was thinking the same thing (and said as much on the last post). I thought that #puyinoticias came to nothing. (Didn’t Puyol say he was going to be best man at a wedding?)

    • blitzen
      May 26, 2011

      Something like that. But hey, we already know Sid Lowe doesn’t let the facts get in the way of telling a good story.

    • Liva
      May 26, 2011

      He has corrected it now. Someone must have pointed out to him that it was a joke. At first I only read the first paragraph and rolled my eyes at that mistake, but after while after I had refreshed the page and started reading the whole article, it was already changed. For a moment I thought that I might have imagined that original part, but now I see that I wasn’t the only one who noticed it.

  7. Eklavya
    May 26, 2011

    “This Video Has Been Removed By The User”


    • Aeneas
      May 26, 2011

      This is what happens when I wait a bit to watch.

  8. May 26, 2011

    New link provided. You can’t keep good cules down!

  9. flyzowee
    May 26, 2011

    Ahahahahahaha……….omg. Pique and puyol are just crazy.

  10. tutomate
    May 26, 2011

    This video is crazy tight. If this does not get the players pumped nothing can.

  11. Helge
    May 26, 2011

    What exactly do you mean by “It will be shown before the match”?

    Will it be shown on the video wall in the stadium, will it be aired on the tv stations, will it only be shown in the changing rooms for the players (kind a like the 2009 Pep’s Gladiators video)?
    If this is meant to be the new motivation video, I would definitely have kept it secret for the publicity until after the final. Now all the players will already have watched it, I’m quite sure psychologically the pushing effect of such a vid is stronger when you watch it straight before kick-off – and most importantly without knowing about it before.

    • Helge
      May 26, 2011

      ok, I got the answer from 🙂

  12. Lev
    May 26, 2011

    Interestingly enough we are not the only team to have won our first European Cup at Wembley. So has Man U, in 1968…

  13. blitzen
    May 26, 2011

    I have to admit that Dirty Tackle’s Random Musings are pretty funny this week:


    We must win for the good of football. … We must win for the good of mankind. … We must win for the good of the plants and the animals and whatever lives in Puyol’s hair. … We are football. Everyone else is anti-football. … Including Gandhi, the Dutch and whoever invented balls used for sport. … I’m trying so hard to shoot laser beams out of my eyes that I think I might pass out.

    But I’m still mad at Brooks.

  14. May 26, 2011

    This video is simply awesome. 🙂 But the topic of motivational videos reminds me of this line from Pete Jenson in the Independent yesterday. 😛

    “The video montage combining football with images of the film Gladiator that the players were shown ahead of the 2009 European Cup final is also now the stuff of legend. Although many have requested, tongue-in-cheek, that there be no repeat this time after the video seemed to inspire 10 of the worst minutes of Barcelona’s season in that first half against Manchester United in Rome”

    • Eklavya
      May 26, 2011

      Haha, nice quote.

    • May 26, 2011

      And he made them all see Invictus on the bus trip to play Inter last year, and we all know how that went. 😛

      Leave the movie selection to Pique, I say. They’ll all play much better after watching Bugs Bunny cartoons I’m sure. 😀

  15. Blow-Grenade
    May 26, 2011

    Awesome video. This video has me pumped. Thanks Kxevin.

  16. blitzen
    May 26, 2011

    I just want to remind everyone that Saturday’s game isn’t the only Barcelona game this weekend. On Sunday at 1 pm Eastern time Barcelona B will be playing Salamanca, who are fighting to get out of the relegation zone. Should be a good one. And next week is the last Segunda game!

  17. blitzen
    May 26, 2011

    I got this from the Guardian site:

    Stoke averaged less possession (38%) than anyone else but they did fling in by far the highest number of throw-ins – 550 (the next highest was Bolton with 288), from which they scored four goals. Preparing for those throw-ins is quite the palaver, of course, which is why there was less action in matches involving Stoke than any other team: the average amount of time that the ball was in play for Stoke games this season was 58.52 minutes.


  18. Nik
    May 26, 2011

    New article by Sid about Pep :

    Bit of a useless article, really. It has all the usual nonsense about Pep that has been talked about to death by now: he’s carried on the Cruyff tradition, this season’s been hard on him, he’s going to leave next season, people don’t think he can succeed elsewhere, etc. etc.

    Ugh. Can’t wait for the CL final to start.

    • blitzen
      May 26, 2011

      Yeah, it’s mostly just quotes we have seen dozens of times before cobbled together with a few nice turns of phrase. Poor effort from Sid, and frankly a bit insulting considering how he was so quick to misquote Pep in that recent press conference. I did like this comment from one of the readers, though, who says he doesn’t want Pep to come to England because

      I don’t know how many times a sane man could face seeing “Pep talk” or “A bit more Pep” or any fucking play on words involving “Pep” on the back pages of our finest vinegar soaked chip wrappers without reaching for the nearest weapon.


    • Nik
      May 26, 2011

      lol. I’m impressed that you can get through those comment sections!

      And like others, I’ve lost faith in Sid after the month of clasicos. It’s hard to break my habit of reading his columns when they come out, but the magic just isn’t there anymore.

  19. puchanamano
    May 26, 2011

    wow. that was a great video. i miss ronaldihno and samu.

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