FC Barcelona and Argentine international forward Lionel Messi (23) is poised to set yet another record in the match against Villarreal. Catalan sports daily El Mundo Deportivo described Messi’s accomplishments in an article that can be found here. Read the translation after the jump.
Granada – Barcelona B, Matchday 12, Segunda A
Saturday, November 13, 2010 @ 16:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Los Cármenes, Granada, Andalusia (Capacity: 16,200)
After last week’s marvellous victory over Villarreal B (4-1), FC Barcelona B have the chance to keep their winning streak going as they take on Granada. Today’s opponents, Granada CF, currently sit 9th in the standings, and have a decent home record with three wins, one draw, and one loss, with 10 goals for and 3 against. Will Luis Enrique’s lads be triumphant once again today? Share links and discuss the match, after the jump!
I’ve finally decided that the match will be played on 29th…I’ve also decided that Barça will win…2 – 0…that Messi and Villa will score…and Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance will be terrible…that they will send Mourinho off…that it will be a sunny day…and that you, who are reading this, will have a ham sandwich with some olives for dinner.
MESSI, DON’T STOP
Barça-Villarreal 22.00 (TV3 / La Sexta)
If Barça wins, they will be the provisional leaders and if Messi scores, he will break another goal scoring record
Afellay will be dressed in blaugrana in the second half of the season
Bartomeu closed an agreement with Eindhoven and just lacks a signature
He will cost 3 million, will sign for 5 seasons, and will join the team in January
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This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your psychological insight by cracking the code of Barcelona coach Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s master brain:
Predict Barcelona’s Starting Lineup
This is not (as in: N-O-T) a place for discussion on team tactics or personal player preferences. You just give the system and the eleven names you think will start the game against Villarreal.
Join us after the jump to take part in the game.
In past few days news has been all over Spain about the possible transfer of Ibrahim Afellay, the 24-year-old midfielder of PSV Eindhoven, to Barcelona. Today AS has boldly claimed that “Afellay will come to Barcelona in January for 3 million“. The Madrid based newspaper was quoting PSV sporting director Marcel Brands, who has confirmed to the magazine Voetbal International that they are maintaining contact with Barcelona to close the signing of Ibrahim Afellay, adding that, “Barcelona is interested in Afella”.
Watch a video of Ibrahim Affellay after the jump!
In what should be an exciting match of enticing football on Saturday evening, third placed Villarreal CF will take on second placed FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou, a stadium where the Yellow Submarine have met with some success in recent seasons. To gear up for the match, our ongoing series is back! For this edition, the questions will pit longtime Barça fan and chat room regular Anonymous_69 against the members of the official US penya for Villarreal, VillarrealUSA. Read on for some insightful commentary from each side, and remember to have your (respectful) say in the comments! Also, there have been some Barcelona specific questions asked by our friends at VillarrealUSA, you can check them out here.
As is customary the day before a match, FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola spoke to the press about Saturday night’s game against Villarreal, which he expects to be a good match.
“Pep knows what he wants and has grown (up) with the club’s philosophy. Pep is the ideal trainer for Barcelona. He’s intelligent, Catalan and a culé. He has everything.”
Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, quoted by Cadena Ser.
On Friday morning, Barça held their penultimate training session before the match against Villarreal on Saturday. Four youngsters from the B team joined in the session, including Bartra and Fontàs, with whom Guardiola would be able to fill the gaps in defense with Milito injured and Pique suspended.
On Thursday morning, the first team squad took part in the official photos for 2010/2011. Before they could pose on the Camp Nou pitch both in their suits and kits, they had to make sure they were all spruced up enough for the occasion.
November 12, 2010
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