Rate the Referee: Barcelona – Real Madrid

Rate the Referee: Barcelona – Real Madrid

I think its safe to say that we all collectively groaned when Eduardo Iturralde González, the author of the infamous “longest’ yellow card in Liga history, was announced as the referee for the first Clasico of the season. But five goals, 12 yellow cards, and one ejection later I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Still, questions remain: Why wasn’t Ricardo Carvalho given a red card for impeding a clear goal scoring opportunity with his hand; why was Madrid defender Álvaro Arbeloa allowed to remain on the pitch despite his horrific fouls on Messi. Closer to home: should Madrid have been awarded a penalty for Valdez’s foul on Ronaldo early in the game [as the Madrid media are claiming]?

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22 in training for the Copa Catalunya

22 in training for the Copa Catalunya

After the amazing win against Real Madrid on Monday night, there was no rest for Guardiola as he called 22 players to prepare for Wednesday’s matches in the Copa Catalunya. The two games in Barcelona’s ‘triangle’, against Espanyol and Hospitalet, will take place in Sabadell on Wednesday beginning at 21:45. Working under Guardiola at the Tuesday morning training were 7 first team players and 15 players from the B team. 

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Guardiola: “A massive win but it’s only November”

Guardiola: “A massive win but it’s only November”

In last night’s post match press conference, Pep Guardiola admitted his joy at winning the Clasico: “I am very pleased, especially at the way we won it, and that makes me proud. We had a good time tonight and that makes all our hard work worthwhile. Now just let us sit back and enjoy that win – we’ll reflect and look at the whole game, but now it would be wrong not to revel in the win. Games like that happen very rarely indeed.” Continue reading »

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ORGASMOU 5 – 0 TEAM OF (CULÉ’S) HAPPINESS

Today, instead of drawing…I prefered to just scan my hand.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Video of the Day: Victory

The Front: AS (30.11.2010)

Reader Request:

THRASHED AND TATTERED

5-0

Xavi opened the scoring and presented new credentials for earning the Balon D’Or

Exquisite football from Barça against a Madrid without anything

Guardiola: “We only earned three points, but the ‘how’ stays forever.”

Mourinho: “It’s the biggest defeat in my career; I’ve never lost by five.”

Sergio Ramos ended up sent off in extra time for a terrible and absurd kick on Messi

Iturralde put his touch on the game ignoring a penalty on Cristiano with 2-0 and giving the 3-0 in an offside position

The Front: Marca (30.11.2010)

Reader request:

WAY TOO MUCH (“MOUCHISIMO”) BARÇA

… for too little Madrid

5-0 Barcelona-R. Madrid

By the 18′ they were already winning 2-0 thanks to football from another galaxy by Xavi, Villa, and SuperMessi

Iturraldes overlooked a penalty by Valdes on CR7 and an offisde by ‘El Guaje’ on the third goal

Ramos was sent off for hunting the Argentina and losing his cool

Mourinho: “When they score 5 on you, you don’t cry.”

Pep: “They are two points from us and are a great team.”


The Front: Sport (30.11.2010)


“MANOTAZO” (huge ‘handful’ of goals)

on Mourinho

5-0

Thrashing, humiliation, and leaders!

A football lession by Barça for Madrid who received another historical ‘bath’ in Camp Nou

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.11.2010)

THRASHING MADRID!

5 – 0

Super “manita” (five goals) by Barça, whose performance was a show and they are now La Liga’s leaders.

Xavi, Pedro, Villa (2) and Jeffren gave Mourinho his widest beating of his career.

The Pictures: El Clasico 5-0

The Pictures: El Clasico 5-0

Find below more images from FC Barcelona’s stunning 5-0 victory over Real Madrid.

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Post-match Review: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid FC

Post-match Review: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid FC

I cannot find the right words for a post-match review; it might as well not be called a match, but actually a show, a carnival of the best team in the world; of players enjoying themselves on the football field. Yes, it is that simple! Eleven players went on the field to play football in one of the biggest European matches, El Clasico.

The date is without a doubt historical. For the historical 2-6 on May 2, 2009 was not enough for the Madridistas to admit that Barcelona was one of the best teams in the world.

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The Goals: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid FC

The Goals: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid FC

The goals that need to be watched again & again & again & again and again!

Enjoy the wonderful commentary along with the video after the jump!

The best one: “Real Madrid’s defense stretched open like spandex on Miami beach and Casillas left naked!”

Absolutely wonderful!

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Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 5

Real Madrid: 0

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Live Match Chat & Links: FC Barcelona – Real Madrid FC

Live Match Chat & Links: FC Barcelona – Real Madrid FC

Welcome to the big one! Maybe the biggest one of the season so far… El Clásico!

FC Barcelona – Real Madrid FC

(Monday November 29, 2010 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)

FC Barcelona Chat: http://apps.facebook.com/fcbarcelonachat/ (direct chat through Facebook)
Direct link: http://fcbarcelona.hopto.org

Click here to chat!

The chat is open 24/7. Feel free to drop in anytime and become a fan of the FC Barcelona Chat page on Facebook.

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Ten reasons pointing to a Blaugrana victory

Ten reasons pointing to a Blaugrana victory

We are facing one of the toughest El Clásicos in years with both teams in great form and with some of the best players in the world. Real Madrid is leading the league and have been playing football on a really high level lately, and while there seem to be reasons to be afraid for tonight’s game, there are also many reasons to be confident.

Here are the ten reasons listed by the official site that point towards a Blaugrana victory. 

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Chants: Madridista qui no boti

Chants: Madridista qui no boti

Today is the day; we face our biggest rival at home. Today’s chant will help you to cheer Barça when they face Madrid. There are two versions of the same chant. Learn them after the jump.

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Guardiola: “A draw is a possibility”

Guardiola: “A draw is a possibility”

In last night’s press conference ahead of the Clasico, Pep Guardiola downplayed its significance: “Every year before we have a [big] game such as these, the best result of the recent past has always been mentioned. A win here has always been taken for granted, and that creates problem for us. I felt pressure [to deliver] when we were seven points ahead, and people expect us to win by 6-nil with just two minutes on the clock.”

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Happy 111th Birthday FC Barcelona!

Happy 111th Birthday FC Barcelona!

Businessman Hans Gamper, born in Winterthur, Switzerland on November 22, 1877, was the founder of our beloved FC Barcelona. His first step in the creation of the club was a note placed in a local sports magazine on the 22nd of October 1899, calling for players.

Gamper, known in Barcelona as Joan, had moved to the Catalan capital in 1898 for business reasons and just over a month after placing his ad, on the 29th of November 1899, he presided over the first club meeting at the Gimnas Sole.

We hope that this will be a happy day for all cules around the world.

ALL THE BEST TO OUR BELOVED CLUB!


November 29, 2010

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Preview: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid FC

Quote of the Day: Josep Guardiola

The Front: Sport (29.11.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (29.11.2010)

Juvenil A: Leaders after a beautiful victory

All eyes on Camp Nou


November 28, 2010

Penultimate training session before El Clásico

The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

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