La Liga 2011-12 Schedule Out

We all love ourselves some RFEF. Technical glitches and refusal to tell us when matches will be more than 2 weeks in advance means there’s lots of guesswork left, but La Liga’s schedule is out. Or at least the framework for it is.

Round 1 21 August 2011 Málaga v Barcelona
Round 2 28 August 2011 Barcelona v Villarreal
Round 3 9 September 2011 Real Sociedad v Barcelona
Round 4 18 September 2011 Barcelona v Osasuna
Round 5 21 September 2011 Valencia v Barcelona
Round 6 25 September 2011 Barcelona v Atlético Madrid
Round 7 2 October 2011 Sporting Gijón v Barcelona
Round 8 16 October 2011 Barcelona v Racing
Round 9 23 October 2011 Barcelona v Sevilla
Round 10 26 October 2011 Granada v Barcelona
Round 11 30 October 2011 Barcelona v Mallorca
Round 12 6 November 2011 Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona
Round 13 20 November 2011 Barcelona v Real Zaragoza
Round 14 27 November 2011 Getafe v Barcelona
Round 15 4 December 2011 Barcelona v Levante
Round 16 11 December 2011 Real Madrid v Barcelona
Round 17 18 December 2011 Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano
Round 18 8 January 2012 Espanyol v Barcelona
Round 19 15 January 2012 Barcelona v Real Betis
Round 20 22 January 2012 Barcelona v Málaga
Round 21 29 January 2012 Villarreal v Barcelona
Round 22 5 February 2012 Barcelona v Real Sociedad
Round 23 12 February 2012 Osasuna v Barcelona
Round 24 19 February 2012 Barcelona v Valencia
Round 25 26 February 2012 Atlético Madrid v Barcelona
Round 26 4 March 2012 Barcelona v Sporting
Round 27 11 March 2012 Racing v Barcelona
Round 28 18 March 2012 Sevilla v Barcelona
Round 29 21 March 2012 Barcelona v Granada
Round 30 25 March 2012 Mallorca v Barcelona
Round 31 1 April 2012 Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao
Round 32 8 April 2012 Real Zaragoza v Barcelona
Round 33 11 April 2012 Barcelona v Getafe
Round 34 15 April 2012 Levante v Barcelona
Round 35 22 April 2012 Barcelona v Real Madrid
Round 36 29 April 2012 Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona
Round 37 6 May 2012 Barcelona v Espanyol
Round 38 13 May 2012 Real Betis v Barcelona

 

So we start the year at Malaga and end it at Real Betis. Add in the August 14 and August 17 dates with Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa and we’ve got ourselves one hell of a ride starting in just over 1 month. We’re also visiting Madrid for el clásico in the first half of the season instead of the other way around, which is a fun change of pace from the last couple of years. We also host the Catalan derby on the second-to-last weekend of the season.

Shiver me timbers, it’s going to be a good one. Villarreal in the second week could present serious problems, especially if Rossi is still there and wants to show us what we’re missing out on. Then again, maybe Alexis Sanchez will want to show the world why he was worth the price. Or neither of those things will come true. Who knows?

Our only “stretch of death” is Valencia followed by Atletico Madrid. Given that I haven’t compared the probable Champions League dates, I don’t know if there’s another set that will be tricky (last group stage matchday should be directly before the first clásico) and given that we have no idea who will be in the CL group, it’s best not to speculate.

The Club World Cup is scheduled to start on December 8, but Barça doesn’t participate until December 15 when we’re slotted into the semifinals. Rumors suggest that the first clásico will be changed to accommodate travel to Japan where the tournament will take place (specifically, the team plays in Yokohama where the final will also be held). Traveling to Japan and playing a competitive match on short notice would be difficult, but not unheard of if the team is able to go directly from Madrid rather than returning to Barcelona. At least they won’t have to drive…

What are your thoughts on the schedule?

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256 Comments

  1. blitzen
    July 6, 2011

    I hate that we have to wait until January to play both Espanyol and Real Betis. That seems like forever.

    And why am I seeing this thread twice again? Is that just me?

    • Justin
      July 6, 2011

      No me too blitzen, same thing happened last article

    • mom4
      July 6, 2011

      Not, me. I’m kinda psyched. If our trip goes trough this January, I can pick between R. Betis or Malaga. Not premium games so there should be no probs with tickets, yet these two games should be awesome!

    • mom4
      July 6, 2011

      And I think we all have the double-vision post thing.

    • tutomate
      July 6, 2011

      Just an error in the HTML code, CSS I think.

  2. blitzen
    July 6, 2011

    Kiko Femenia signing confirmed. Are you all happy now??? 😛

    • messi_fan
      July 6, 2011

      No 😛

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      Didn’t think so. 🙄

    • mom4
      July 6, 2011

      NOT helping…
      🙂

    • Helge
      July 6, 2011

      I like his name 😀

      So yeah, I’m happy. Seriously, I believe he has a chance to become a first team member in one year. The dude has some potential – from the few matches that I saw him play.

    • Ryan
      July 6, 2011

      Kikos are also those toasted corn snacks – delicious!

  3. K_legit
    July 6, 2011

    When Francesc Fabregas heads away from the Emirates Stadium to join the Spanish armada in that patriotic quest known as international football, he is drowned in an environment where the word ‘losing’ is perpetually absent from vocabulary. His face is pressed up against the shaggy hair of Carles Puyol, the scruffy beard of Gerard Piqué, and the hideous goatee of David Villa. In that very moment, the truth is laid bare for the Arsenal captain – success lies on the other side of the divide.

    http://afootballreport.com/post/7304918396/learning-to-empathise-with-fabregas-desires

    A good read

    • dennise
      July 6, 2011

      yeah, keep in mind Mascherano’s transfer motivation…I do not feel like london is my home.

    • K_legit
      July 6, 2011

      I do not feel like london is my home.
      well it shouldn’t..Mascherano lived and played in Liverpool

    • Ryan
      July 6, 2011

      Goatee? It’s a soul patch!

  4. Josep
    July 6, 2011

    >RFEF techniical glitches
    >double post every post here

  5. Judas Pissed
    July 6, 2011

    I’m very hsppy with the schedule – mainly because my birthday is 17/11 (or 11/17 for you guys across the pond) & I took a chance & booked a weekend in Barcelona for 18th-20th Nov in the HOPE that we would be at home. We are at home v Zaragoza & now flight prices have instantly doubled! Yay!

  6. Eklavya
    July 6, 2011

    My thoughts: WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.

    • K_legit
      July 6, 2011

      SELL EKLAVYA

    • July 6, 2011

      FOR PEANUTS

    • Vj
      July 6, 2011

      OVER 3 SEASONS, WITHOUT A BUYBACK CLAUSE

    • Nav
      July 6, 2011

      I’m strapped in and ready.

    • culegirl3
      July 6, 2011

      wow…..that’s all I can say. lol

    • barca96
      July 6, 2011

      Love this comment. Could be a contender on the Blitzen’s Comment of the month Award;

      And to think that his brother has to pay to get the same kind of treatment.

    • barca96
      July 6, 2011

      Luckily Pagliuca wasn’t on the list. I always liked his short sleeved shirts. I actually like Campos’ outlandish shirts. I basically jsut like short sleeve shirts (silly Pique!)

  7. Whatever
    July 6, 2011

    Can we buy tickets for the second clasico in April already?

    • Vj
      July 6, 2011

      Someone could win La Liga or make the other do the pasillo at the time..

  8. barca96
    July 6, 2011

    I’m not complaining about the lack of players being signed.
    I think the priority is to keep the current players happy.
    Give them a better contract and the young’uns too.
    Especially from Barca B.

    I’m going to try to download all the matches of Barca B next season since there are going to be a lot of exciting young talents.

    I don’t think they will be as good as they were last season. Last season there were a lot of matured players and a few that were knocking on the 1st teams door; Thiago, Fontas, Dos Santos, Nolito etc.
    While the next season’s team includes many young players from Juvenil A.
    But older players don’t mean better players so we shall see.

    Was Dongo’o promoted to the B team too?

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      Re: Dongou: no, he wasn’t promoted. He is only 16, I believe.

    • nzm
      July 6, 2011

      I hope that this doesn’t let him fall into Wenger’s clutches. 🙁

  9. The__K__Man
    July 6, 2011

    I’m hoping to catch the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco then the Villareal match in Barcelona. Let’s see how that goes.

  10. Helge
    July 6, 2011

    Mmh… very tough start. Malaga, Villarreal, Valencia and Atleti should all be top6 contenders or better, RSSD and Osasuna are both Basque sides and will fight as they always do.

    I didn’t care about the 2 Clasicos before the schedule, but now I hope even more for a b line-up. Let EE win the Supercup, as long as it’s their only trophy of next season 😀

    • culegirl3
      July 6, 2011

      I must disagree with you! I’d rather EE wins absolutely nothing this season. I’d like to think we were far too generous letting them win the CDR 😀

  11. July 6, 2011

    FINALLY! For the first time since 06/07 we have the second clasico at home!

    • Dani_el
      July 6, 2011

      I think EE is pressing hard to have a better schedule, first, the supercopa will be played on sunday in Madrid, and on Wednesday at 11pm in Barcelona, a work day! Maybe they’re hoping people dont show up as much as usual (I believe they’re wrong thinking that). That game in december is scheduled 4 days before the semifinals of the Clubs World Cup..in Japan! We need more than 2 days to aclimate to their time zone, and I dont think that EE would use their trademark sportsmanship to change that date, unless the federation presses for it. It’s great that 5 years later, the second clasico will be played at home, but the rest of it…Don’t matter what, this is Barça.

  12. Roz
    July 6, 2011

    Does anybody know when Barca start presason?

  13. footballfan
    July 6, 2011

    Argentina’s lineup is out, and there is no change at all, apart from Zabaleta for Rojo.

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      Those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

  14. BarcaGirl_Indo
    July 6, 2011

    Round 35 22 April 2012 Barcelona v Evil Empire

    Round 37 6 May 2012 Barcelona v Espanyol

    so two evils will come to our house by the end of the season…
    oh, the joy! 😀

    and welcome, Kiko Femenia!
    please tell me that’s not the only player we’ll sign, Rosell… 😕

  15. IamXavi6
    July 6, 2011

    Sorry to take away from the schedule butcan anyone confirm Enrique has taken Bojan with him to Roma? Seems like it’s all done from what I’ve read

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      It is not confirmed. Word is there is a deal, but nothing has been announced officially.

    • July 6, 2011

      Nope, it’s not confirmed, but it’s at a pretty advanced stage. They only have to agree a fee; Roma want him for 8m, but we’re holding out for 10. Roma seem confident it’ll get done and going by Bojan’s latest comments, it seems that he has one foot in Rome.

  16. IamXavi6
    July 6, 2011

    “This is a bittersweet feeling, reaching this point is not easy, but someday it would have to happen,” he told the Spanish press. “I feel privileged for all I have done at the age of 20, for breaking through Barca’s youth ranks and for all I have left to do.”

    “I have not spoken with Luis Enrique,” Krkic said, “but I know he is interested in me and it is an honor there are teams interested in my services.”

    Nothing concrete but I dare say he is indeed off to Roma…sad to see him go if he does but to be honest I was always skeptical if he could cut it consistantly here…hope he moves and gets his cofidence and groove back because he is a talent, many Spanish caps for him to come when he finally sorts it all out.

    • ciaran
      July 6, 2011

      Zubi’s comments seemed to make it look a little less clear, more like we are studying the offer but are not sure.
      I would much prefer if we were to sell him to another La Liga club like Villarreal or even someone like Sporting so that we can keep a tighter eye on him. He really needs a squad where he will be the undoubted starter.

    • Ryan
      July 6, 2011

      Youtube’s available too.

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      Good luck with that.

    • Miguel
      July 6, 2011

      Thanks for getting an extension on our school project, blitz. 😉

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      I know how to suck up to the teach. 😀

  17. July 6, 2011

    Colombian striker, you stupid bastard. I can’t believe I just saw that happen 😛

  18. Ryan
    July 6, 2011

    Get Gabi out of there!!

  19. Miguel
    July 6, 2011

    Can you fucking believe that miss by Colombia? Ley de la ventaja!

    • July 6, 2011

      Unbelievable… unbelievable…

    • Miguel
      July 6, 2011

      He had all the time in the world…

    • July 6, 2011

      I mean, if he hadn’t taken that awful shot, that would have been a direct red and a penalty for Colombia, right?

    • Miguel
      July 6, 2011

      Was he the last defender? Maybe a yellow? Def a pen.

    • July 6, 2011

      “Last defender” isn’t in the laws, as far as I know. But the Argentinian defender definitely denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity, and that’s a direct red.

    • Miguel
      July 6, 2011

      You’re right. Straight red, advantage or not.

  20. blitzen
    July 6, 2011

    Could we just stick an Argentina shirt on Iniesta and send him in? They really need him. Or we will hypnotize Dani and make him think he is Argentinian.

    • Miguel
      July 6, 2011

      Thiago for Cambiasso and Pique for Burdisso. Or Puyol for Milito.

  21. July 6, 2011

    Argentina is once again playing like a very confused mimic of Barca.

    How Batista has this team playing makes no sense.

    Pressing with no pretense of staying compact. Playing a false 9 without any ball playing midfielders with creative flair. A front line that simply doesn’t exhibit quality off the ball movement. They just stand there waiting for the ball. Tevez is just standing around as messi draws 3-4 players to him.

    Argentina has the best player in the world and one manager after another has no clue how to use him. It’s just astonishing how incompetent the AFA is.

    ARG is very lucky not to be down 1-0. Milito with an absolute shocking give away on a simple pass in his own third. How columbia didn’t score is hard to believe.

    Milito is a shell of the player he once was. Notion that he will still be able to play meaningfully at the level Barca requires is fantasy.

  22. Barcaleya
    July 6, 2011

    Ohmygosh.

    Milito giving away that ball is just unbelievable. And the Colombian striker miss is even more so.

    I don’t see how Argentina can score playing this way. No strategy anywhere. Only Messi creates really good chances but no one supports him by being open for the pass. He’s used to having someone to pass ball to until there is a clear chance that opens up. He can’t do it by himself!

    This is so frustrating….

    • July 6, 2011

      Batista doesn’t seem like he’s learned anything from the last match. That, really, was what kept my faith in Argentina. It’s not at all as if they’ve been unlucky, their attack plan is awful.

      They have the pure talent to make it to the knockouts like this, but all it takes is one well-managed, talented team to blow them apart.

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      Agree. Not that Colombia’s plan is much better, but they have one thing Argentina doesn’t: speed. They can get past the Argies with ease, and have created chance after chance.

      Argentina still has no creativity at all. Messi has to play so deep he is effectively nullified. This is incredibly frustrating to watch.

    • Barcaleya
      July 6, 2011

      Colombia has better passing even, some tiki-taka at times.

      And they’re opening up the Argentine defense so well! The keeper has been doing such a fine job that’s why ARG is not down by 7 at this point. Arrrrghhh!

  23. jordi™
    July 6, 2011

    Just as I was saying Gabi was having a decent game he did “that” O.O

    Btw, why does Batista never even sub in Pastore? Argentina is so pedestrian in midfield.

  24. Ryan
    July 6, 2011

    Moreno looks the most likely to score; those long range shots keep surprising Argentina’s keeper.

  25. Miguel
    July 6, 2011

    Messi ok?

  26. Ryan
    July 6, 2011

    Please oh please just be a cramp!

  27. Obii
    July 6, 2011

    I honestly can’t watch this match anymore. Such a disjointed team, its not even funny. Batista is just another Maradona, except without the hugs and the kisses.

    • Ryan
      July 6, 2011

      He’s also missing the epic belly slides. 😆

  28. Barcaleya
    July 6, 2011

    Ohmygosh – what happened to Messi??!

    I don’t want him hurt! If ARG is going to play this stupidly anyway – pls take out Messi now. This team doesn’t deserve him.

    Why can’t they study and come up with a good plan and use all the talent they have?! There are all the Barcelona games to watch and learn from. They don’t need to copy but they can at least make the most of what they have, which is a lot.

  29. July 6, 2011

    Argentina is just playing with no tempo. They are so slow and deliberate in midfield. And their midfield just cannot circulate the ball quickly. In fact – the midfield doesn’t even try to circulate the ball quickly because that’s not their game.

    Batista is playing a conservative side in an attempt to keep his job. Playing Tevez suddenly to pander to the crowd is the worst example of this.

    But if Batista doesn’t start watching what’s happening and base how his team is to play on reality rather than ideology he’s going to do exactly what he’s set out to avoid – getting himself fired.

    Just awful football from Argentina. Terrible tactics, poor use of talent and overall confusion out on the pitch.

    He needs to use the players on his team who understand off the ball movement and play at a higher tempo – the tempo that Messi plays at.

    And that’s Kun and DiMaria.

    Every team is going to form a box of defenders around Messi. Arg doesn’t use width at all because their full backs can’t get forward and the forwards playing alongside Messi keep pinching inwards – Tevez especially.

  30. Blau-Grenade
    July 6, 2011

    Loving Colombia. I have no idea how Argentina are not a man down or a couple of goals down. Colombia is fighting for the ball in all areas of the pitch with enthusiasm. Is messi the only play maker for Argentina? Zanetti/Cambiaso are too slow. They need to make way for youngsters. Zanetti/Cambiaso are too slow defending, no and do not add to the pace attacking. They usually stay in no man’s land just ahead of the defenders, neither defending nor attacking.

  31. ciaran
    July 6, 2011

    Messi playing deep isn’t the definitive problem. If he plays deep as a no.10 at least have a striker playing centrally with good movement allowing him to play off someone. Xavi & Iniesta make it possible to play as a false 9 but without them he should have a target man to play off.
    Midfield is a joke though. Pastore or Lucho Gonzalez would be doing a better job than Cambiasso as the attacking midfielder.
    I still believe that Di Maria should be their left back also.

    • Obii
      July 6, 2011

      No, thats exactly what Tevez is doing. He is playing centre forward when Messi goes deep. The problem with that is Argentina having zero width on the side he left. You simply need more creativity in the midfield.

  32. mei
    July 6, 2011

    This must be the stupidest way to setup a team.
    Can they press like barca? no
    Can they pass like barca? no way.
    They dont even have any player capable of creating game in their midfield.
    Cambiasso has contributed NOTHING in the whole half while lavezzi has missed a great opportunity.
    Tevez is drifting inside while he shouldnt and their defence is simply laughable.
    Forget about the barca way, you cant even come near it.
    Get pastore in there and make yourself more of a threat because your defense is shit no matter how many defensive oriented players you will put out there to make up for it.

  33. jordi™
    July 6, 2011

    They are actually worse offensively than the worldcup.

  34. July 6, 2011

    This defense makes me cry. #bringonKun #PastoreforHlbbedPastore

    Messi’s okay — his parents are watching, he’ll never let himself get subbed out. A kiss from his mama will make the boo-boo go away.

    ….

    Tell me when it’s over. /goesbacktolivetorture

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      It’s OK, Kari. It will all be over soon.

  35. July 6, 2011

    DiveMaria is awful. I wouldn’t sub him on, even if his one move gets Argentina a penalty. And this is coming from someone who wants Argentina to win.

  36. y2k156
    July 6, 2011

    As a Argie fan, i think time has come to agree that Argentina simply does not have a team and there is no chance in hell of this team winning anything.

    Milito is past it. Pep knew it and did not play him anymore. Batista i guess decided that just because Milito was non playing Barcelona player, he should be in starting 11. Mascherano is having a shocker today. He has lost so many balls.Lavezzi is again average. He might be better suited to system but as a player and threat, he falls way below Aguero.Nothing much to write about Tevez. Thought he did ok.

    On the other hand, Messi rarely came deep this game. I guess Batista wanted him to stay up field. And this has resulted in Messi hardly seeing any ball.

    Batista is a bad coach, thats the only reason i can come up with.

    I do not give Argentina any chance but hope that they play better. And they have to give up on system and just try to play football with their best players, which means having Aguero and Pastore in first 11 and getting rid of Milito for anyone out there.

    Columbia on other hand were much better. They have good offense and excellent defense.

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      #bringbackmaradona

      No, not really. 😛

    • July 6, 2011

      A year ago I watched the Arg-Germany match in the WC live. I was so excited about that match. And watching it was so dispiriting. After a while I just had to start marveling at Germany’s technical and tactical mastery. But it was really painful to sit through as reality was dawning that they had no chance whatsoever.

      In some ways – this might actually be worse. The stupidity just continues. Almost nothing has been learned.

      Batista is awful.

    • Barcaleya
      July 6, 2011

      It’s true! I didn’t think they could be worse than in that Germany game.

      But they are now! It’s really very stupid. I don’t see what they’re doing. Not that I know much but sometimes I can at least see what the team is trying to do. Here – nothing!

      I hate Batista!

  37. July 6, 2011

    I still believe that Di Maria should be their left back also.

    I would do the same thing. Arg has three main problems in attack: no width, slow ball circulation in midfield, and limited off the ball movement.

    They get nothing from their full backs. No width. And their forwards keep pinching in.

    And they have few options at full back even coming up through the youth ranks.

    If I were the Arg managers I would have experimented playing Di Maria at LB and Lavezzi at RB.

    • ciaran
      July 6, 2011

      For the record, I hate Di Maria but he needs to be starting for this Argentina team.
      Tevez needs to be benched and become Messi’s substitute.

  38. mei
    July 6, 2011

    Hes a diver , a pretty bad one too but hes a good player.
    And in this kind of match he would be useful , because you know , he plays on the wing rather than always cutting in like tevez, who is effectively breaking up the play and narrowing the formation of argentina.
    Either get pastore in for cambiasso, or sub cambiasso for aguero and get messi in the midfield.
    The way argentina tries to play makes absolutely no sense.

    • blitzen
      July 6, 2011

      Dive Maria also has speed, which is something this stumpy-legged team is sorely lacking.

  39. can_we_go_Xalvies
    July 6, 2011

    Tevez and Lavezzi are hopeless, even if they are given chance after chance they will not score.

    Columbia are just too good on the ball, no matter how good our midfield is, if our forward line don’t make anything happen, columbia will continuously hurt Argentina when they have possession.

  40. y2k156
    July 6, 2011

    And as for Maradona, in hindsight, he was a much better coach. He knew his team. His only screw up was starting with Maxi and Di Maria with Masch against Germany. Guess he started to believe in his own hype instead of being pragmatic as he was till then.

    Thing to remember about football is that it is team game and though coach can tailor little bit according to one player, the plan has to suit team. What Batista is doing is so half baked. It seems he is so dazzled by Messi that he has lost all his senses. Sad for fans like me.

  41. culegirl3
    July 6, 2011

    Yet another painful/frustrating game by Argentina. Don’t know what is going through Batista’s mind but he’s not doing any better than Maradona..that’s for sure.

    Milito..wow..just wow. He’s dead weight to Argentina..what’s the point of calling him up anymore? What ever he had to offer to the national team has been given already (if there was anything to begin with)..it’s pretty much an embarrassment when you have younger defenders like Garay, Pareja, and Rojo who frankly cannot screw it up worse than Milito has and they sit there warming that bench up. 🙁

  42. July 6, 2011

    Last thing: Kun would have put away that Messi pass. Just sayin’.

    • Miguel
      July 6, 2011

      Right? 😛

  43. July 6, 2011

    And no changes from Batista. It’s unbelievable. Now it’s as if he is just trying to prove that he’s right rather than admitting this isn’t working and doing what’s needed to win.

    He’s completely out to lunch. His midfield is a complete disaster.

    And it’s only a matter of time before Columbia scores.

    Falcao is much too quick and intelligent to be played by the Arg backline.

    And Milito just gets roasted on pace once again. There is no way he should play for Barca again next season. They cannot count on him.

    • culegirl3
      July 6, 2011

      Do you think Milito’s price will go down significantly due to his poor performance during the Copa IF Barcelona were to sell him?

    • July 6, 2011

      I can’t imagine Barca would get much for Milito. But this tournament clearly is not going to help.

      He’s been awful.

      The notion of him functioning as “depth” at CB for Barca is fantasy.

    • Miguel
      July 6, 2011

      Can you get any cheaper than a free transfer? You know how Barca do. Henry. Marquez.

    • culegirl3
      July 6, 2011

      Actually if I was a team interested in acquiring the services of Milito… I’d make Barca pay me to take the dead weight of their hands.

  44. Miguel
    July 6, 2011

    You know you’re in trouble when “El Jefecito” is taking shots.

  45. blitzen
    July 6, 2011

    Argentina apparently hasn’t heard about one-touch football.

    • jordi™
      July 6, 2011

      Heh, doesn’t Gabi’s one touch set up count?

  46. Miguel
    July 6, 2011

    Batista’s bringing on Kun! Yipeee!

  47. July 6, 2011

    How bad do Lavezzi and Tevez need to be before they get removed?

    The Arg passing is just awful.

    This is the country with more creative attacking players than any other in the world and Batista is optimizing the team for failure.

    Messi as a false 9 with Tevez out “wide” is not working. Tevez is so used to playing in the same space. And Lavezzi just plays so slowly and isn’t a good passer.

    And did the announcer really just say Lady Gago is coming into the match along with Kun?

    • Miguel
      July 6, 2011

      Ahhhhhh-o-ah-ah-ah!

    • July 6, 2011

      At least they’re bringing Gago in… he’s good at forcing defenders to make mistakes… They can’t read his Poker face, pah pah Poker Face.

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