Originally Posted by _Rafi_
Ibra gone to Milan...huge loss for Barca. Meanwhile Mascherano joined Barca. Very good player and one of my favourite player. He will bring more balance and I am also happy that we dont have to say much for him.
Ibra is on loan so its not a big deal. They dont need him anyway. Villa is much better tbh.
Todays game was brilliant performance from Kopenhagen. They did exactly as a I expected. Its always hard to play against them in their stadium. I loved the way Valdes was getting booed when he had the ball cause of kicking N'Doye. Which BTW should have atleast been a yellow card to Valdes for dangerous play. Just an absolutely ridiculous decision from the ref. The refeering was pretty Sh!t.
its the day of El Classico and its that time of the year to get bashed by my friends for being a Barca fan....
Claim 1: they keep saying how Barca will be torn apart if they play in EPL.
the fact is: who knows if they'll be torn apart.... as I dont see EPL-La liga merging anytime soon. Champions League is all we'll get and as a Barca fan I am happy with what happened there...
Claim 2: El-Classico is over-hyped. Its the league decider.
fact: I do think its over-hyped but its too early to call it a league decider (the race was between RM & Barca last season but it went down to the last game of the season). As from Barca's point of view, they play the same style of football, be it Real Madrid, be it Almeria (the side Barca thrashed 8-0 last week) or be it Arsenal... (or be it Inter). So its no longer about trophies or titles for the Barca fans... its all about the 'Barca' brand of football....
9′ David Villa
33′ Andrés Iniesta Luján
47′ Lionel Messi
87′ Lionel Messi
90+1′ Bojan Krkic
*Xavi completed 128 passes before leaving the field at 66th minutes, highest by any player in a la liga match this year.
* Messi now jointly topping the goal scoring chart with CR7. Both scored 17 goals so far.
As predicted by Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport, the three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or are indeed FC Barcelona players Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez. The shortlist was revealed today at the headquarters of the sports daily L’Equipe in Paris. It was a great day for FC Barcelona as its coach Pep Guardiola was also named as one of the three contenders for the inaugral FIFA World Coach of the Year Award for Men’s Football along with Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho. The winners will be announced at a gala in Zurich on January 10.
Record breaking honour for the Club
FC Barcelona will claim their second consecutive Ballon d’Or (and the first inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or after the award was merged with FIFA World Player of the Year award) after Messi’s landslide victory last year. This is the third time in the history of the Ballon d’Or (after Milan ’88, ’89) that 3 players from the same club have been shortlisted for the award, and the first time all three come from the same youth academy (our very own La Masia). Barça will also become the most successful club ever after claiming a record 7th World Player of the Year title last year (8th including this win) and 8th Ballon d’Or to join Milan and Juventus at the summit.
Spain’s first win in 50 years, Argentina’s second as many years
Spain can claim their first Ballon d’Or since 1960 when Luis Suarez won it with FC Barcelona, if Xavi or Iniesta wins it, and for Argentina it will be their second (also consecutive) if Messi wins it.