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which is the second most sensitive part of the female body after clitoris?? i have my 5th date 2marrow with my gf:D
Interest in Alex song has been lukewarm even though we have transfer listed him. Chelsea, united, PSG have all been interested in him at different points of time. We bought him for 22m pounds from arsenal and now he's valued at less than 15m. For 26 year old, that is terrible. So it seems like he's going to be like chygrinsky.

Masch will most likely challenge busi for the DM position. I don't know if lucho plans to use a double pivot as an optional formation or not. If he does then we might finally be able to use song. If we field busi and masch together it becomes a 6 man defense. With Alex it gives the extra attacking option. The only problem is Alex is a defensive midfielder who can't defend. Should we keep him or let him go?
I don't see a need to keep him. As long as Barca can get a half-way decent price for him, it's better to sell him for all parties concerned.
Song has never had a role at this club, so it's best we get rid of him, Im certain he still won't, especially if Masch is finally considered as a DM, as he should be
I have one question..

"why we bought him?"
Calendar: Barcelona games 2014/2015 season [via @barcastat]

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note: if suarez' 4-month ban is upheld, his first game (without team training) will be away against madrid if the game is set for 26 October

note: if the away game against madrid is set for 25 october, suarez' first liga game would be against celta at camp nou on 1/2 november

note: the dates on the schedule only indicate the weekend, the exact day (saturday-sunday-monday) will be announced later .

#Laliglona #uefalona
Why don't we chase Marcos Rojo.. He played a CB before and he was wonderful in world cup.. I don't know why but I really like him :D
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Me too, he had a great season with Sporting, and was fantastic at the WC
u cant get always what you like
^You can't always get what you want

Get it right ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S94ohyErSw
Age is just a number, don't understand the hate. Jeremy Mathieu might not be a superstar signing but his a solid player who I've always hoped he would leave Valenica eventually after the 11-12 season because his got quality to play in a better team. Didn't think Barca would sign him but with his experience it should help guys like Barta pick up some good tips in the CB role. Plus his actually a really quick CB for a tall guy and for 15-20mil for him sounds like a nice deal rather then going out and spending even more for another player.
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@Moe

But we could essentially sign Hummels for double that or Marquinho's.. who are both MUCH MUCH better investments in the short and long run. Specially Hummels.

Nevertheless, a new CB is better than no new CB I guess.
True but after Klopp saw Lewa head out the door to Bayern you think his going to let Hummels go for any fee in that case. Did you read what he said about Man Utd bid for Hummels? Although Marquinho's would have been nice signing and I heard you guys bid for him but then why rush and sign Mathieu would be my question to the board if other moves where possible? or maybe the Marquinho's move wasn't going to happen at all or something. Either may Mathieu would be a good cover for a season or two until Barca finds a long term replacement.
@Moe

We can't spend after this window for a while. We got banned remember? And whether players like it or not, they have release clauses, which Barca should be willing to pay for right about.. NOW.
St10r,

Barcelona has spent a net 60 million this season. If Hummels is for sale, there's still easily more than enough money left to pay double of what Barca payed for Mathieu to sign him. Barca's got 3 transfer windows moneys worth to spend after all. Barca's got a whopping 3 CBs now, so it's not like signing one more is off the table. If anything, it's still required if you ask me.

But as far as Hummels is concerned, all I've heard is speculation and rumors. People say that a team could get him for 40 million, but as far as I know, there's no official release clause, so it's all speculation. In fact, ESPN has this to say:

"Hummels is currently contracted until 2017, and, according to media reports, Dortmund bought him out of his release clause when they agreed on the current deal in the summer of 2012."

If that's the case, there's literally nothing Barcelona can do to force the move. They may dump a truck of money outside of Klopps house and hope he chances his mind, but that's about it.
Age is definitely not just a number, especially not in top sports. It's an indication of how worn out a player most likely is. There are exceptions (and Mathieu has already proven he's more resistant to age-related troubles by achieving his highest level aged 30) but no one is resistant enough to warrant a €20m pricetag when that money could be used better.

Still, I'm happy he has signed, but it's for a RIDICULOUS amount of money.
Jeroen,

How could the money be spent better?

Salvo (president Valencia): "I feel bad about Mathieu leaving because he was an important player for us, more important than money we got."
Isn't it obvious? You add another €20m and you can try to get Mats Hummels. Sure, it's well possible Dortmund will just say no, and even if they accept it's not unlikely Mats will reject us (or any other club), but you can at least try to show more ambitious and long-term thinking when you *finally* get a good, proper defender. If that wouldn't work out, give the fans a hint that we tried to satisfy guys like me and get Mathieu instead.
Jeroen,

Sure, but that logic is assuming that it's an either or scenario, and that Barca is satisfied with a whopping total of 3 CBs on their roster. If that's really the case, then I'm 100% with you that buying Mathieu is underwhelming. But I think it's equally likely that Barcelona is still pursuing a world-class CB. Mathieu for me was a solid option to bring depth and experience to the team as long as Barca will still sign a world-class CB to bring the total up to 4, which for me is the bare minimum for a top-flight team. And if we assume that Mathieu is intended to be one of 2 signings this window, then I think that he fits that role quite nicely, and I don't know of anyone who would've clearly been better for 20 million. I don't think signing two 40+ million CBs would've been a possibility, and a 40+ million plus a 20+ million CB is significantly more useful than a 40+ million CB alone.
It seems like a lot of Madrid fans on their forum are either too young or started watching Madrid post CR7 purchase. Because most of them do not know what happened during Perez' first stint as president. There was a point of time towards the end of his presidency that Madrid would field players that were THE BEST top-to-bottom and they would struggle to put together two passes. The fact is top players come with massive egos. They are made promises at the time of signing which they expect regardless of their performance. Superstars don't like to fight for a place in the starting line up because they feel they have earned the right to get a secure spot. All teams, whether its sport or any type of work, require leaders and followers. Every person on the team can't be the leader. Bale, CR7, James…sounds like a delicious treat for any football fan. Even as a Barca fan, I'd like to see these guys play together. But who's the alpha male here remains to be seen.


Except for 2 or 3 guys who actually think about team composition and continuity most on their forum have a FIFA mindset.

"James will be a great asset to the Madrid team!" No sh t? Falcao would be great, Suarez would have been great. ANY top expensive player would be great. Every great team needs depth. Someone said, "I hope Di Maria and Khedira stay." If that happens Madrid's squad will be:
CR7 (Batman), Bale (Robin), James (Green Lantern), Benzema, Di Maria, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Alonso, Khedira, Illara, Jese, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao, Marcelo, Jese, Nacho, Arbeloa + 3 keepers. That's a fabulous line up. 8 (defenders) fighting for 4 spots which is normal. 8 players fighting for 3 midfield spots. In a normal team, you have back up players who understand they are in the team for rotation. It seems like there are going to be world cup winners and finalists as back up.

Some of these people think Khedira, Modric, Kroos, Di Maria will be OK with sitting on the bench when they are in the prime of their careers. I think Ancelotti has a massive task on his hands handling all these stars.
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It might go sour, but it might not. We'll see.
Who cares what they do and who they buy. We have issues within our club to solve first and only then can we comment on others.

(By problem I mean our egotistical board)
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If Carlo can get the best out of that squad AND manage to keep everyone happy, I think he will have done a fantastic job.

I don't see BBC being rotated much, except maybe Benzema here and there. So you've got Alonso, Khedira, Modric, Di Maria, Kroos, Illara, Isco, etc fighting for 3 spots.. Not to mention, you've only got 2 true CDMs.. which means all the other CMs and CAMs will be fighting for 2 or in most cases 1 position. It will be interesting to see what Carlo will do with this squad.. especially if Di Maria and Khedira both stay.
For any manager that's a tough situation to be in but if your going to go out and sign big players for big money then other stars have to make room. I don't think theirs a way for Carlo to keep them all happy with that amount of egos in one squad. Last season Carlo played a 4-3-3 formation with a CDM,CM and CAM player in those roles, unless he plans rotating the MF every single game which would be a little crazy but if it works I'd give him props for it. Either way its not a good idea to have that many star players fighting for a few position, all those guys are going to have serious problems with one another but I don't think Barca fans would mind.
If you are really interested in the most likely R.Madrid formations/lineups, see this article:
http://www.espnfc.us/blog/tactics-and-analysis/67/post/1956423/cox-how-james-rodriguez-might-fit-at-real-madrid
Franky what happened when Perez was president last time was his policy didn't work. His galacticos were a great team on paper, on the pitch they failed to live up to their expectation. What you didn't mention was how he has learned for that and changed.

He has been putting full faith in pur manager, to field who they feel are best suited for the game. Not because he was expensive or he is expected to play, there is pressure but in the end the manager chooses. Mourinho decided Kaka and Sahin even after recovering were not able to start in the team, which would make Perez's transfers a fail. And we saw the very expensive sit on the bench for a while, before he would be expected to start and play, 60 million is 60 million.

Perez made mistakes but atm he's a very good president. He has learned from the past and I as a Madridista have no doubt Ancelotti will bring the best out of the squad.
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^ I know things can work and I'm sure you guys are hoping it all works out. Its just amusing how people are talking about "rotation" which in theory is a very good idea but doesn't sit well well with superstars. We were putting our La Masia people through rotation and Thiago got fed up. The fact is when you buy someone for a big price and then expect him to rotate, it usually doesn't turn out well. Anyway, it remains to be seen whether Perez has learned from his mistakes or not. From my memory, when Perez bought Beckham it was 1) to keep up with his galactico "Pavones y Zidanes" policy, 2) to steal him from Barca, 3) Beckham was the then superstar and flavor of the month and 4) To use him for marketing. Madrid never "needed" Beckham. Beckham signing was start of failure of galactico policy. James seems to be exactly that kind of signing.
But isn't claiming that 'superstars' will have issue with the idea of being rotated just a theory as well? Or more appropriately, just speculation?

If a player is unhappy about something that will benefit the club then he can leave.
@Asasiyun

Not a theory at all. It's seen in all the big clubs that are overloaded with big named players.. i.e. Cesc/Sanchez at Barça and soon to be a couple players from Madrid, especially if Di Maria and Khedira both stay.
Yes, I was wondering whether 'theory' would be an appropriate term. I included speculation in my response to make things clearer. Maybe 'conjecture' would have been more appropriate, actually.

Its common to believe that an abundance of players who garner worldwide recognition would be a point of concern due to their egos, but that's still speculation/conjecture.

For all we know, things could go well. Contentment can still be achieved among the players if everyone is given ample opportunities. Its not out of reason to think so.

But if both Angel di Maria and Sami Khedira end up staying with the club, I can see a couple of players having their opportunities significantly reduced.

I'll stay cautiously optimistic for now.
Asasiyun: "But isn't claiming that 'superstars' will have issue with the idea of being rotated just a theory as well?"

Actually, no it isn't. It has been proven time and again not just in football but in every other sport that a bunch of superstars do not function well. It doesn't mean it can't be done but that would be going against the grain and achieving what is usually a problem issue in any team.

However, in my first post, I wasn't speculating about whether the set up will function or not. What I was talking about is the "FIFA mentality" that's prevalent on the Madrid board which I find amusing.
wtf 20m for a 30 year old defender who only has 2 cap for the country ?? Unlike Barca style
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15m pounds for an experienced defender isn't the end of the world..imagine if you paid 38m pounds for Hummels and he picked up a season long knee injury in 2 weeks...now that's scary
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Barca style is not to buy a defender at all. So this signing is not too bad.
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtKWBfzCMAEisYU.jpg:large
+2
Mathieu vs Everton last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAslr80qQqU

At least he played one good game last season.
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dat pace!
76 Pace in fifa!!

Yaye, atleast we got a pacy CB! XD
i think we're gonna like him a hell lot, it's feeling almost criminal the entire footballing world is bashing a player for turning 31. I hate this automatic conclusion that players cant bring value after 30 even though there are so many examples.

I am happy if he can give us three good seasons doing what he does best.
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He's quite fast for a tall guy. Remember Abidal? He used to pass the ball around at a leisurely pace and all of a sudden you'd see him charging down the left wing and you're like W T F??
Yup, 190cm and fast, with the technical ability of a left-back. Age aside, there's a lot to like.
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Plus don't underestimate Pique, if he finds a good partner, he plays well.

Pique is actually good, but he always demands a good partner.
Official: Barcelona pay 20M for Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu (30), who will sign a contract of 4+1 years, 50M buyout fee #fcblive

Official: Valencia confirm the transfer of French defender Jeremy Mathieu (30) to Barcelona for a transfer fee of 20M #fcblive

Barcelona and Valencia have a deal on Mathieu. 20M transfer fee, 10M paid now, 10M installments. Deal will be announced today. [as]

Only thing acceptable in this deal is that Mathieu took €3m pay cut to allow Barcelona to pay Valencia €20m and get this over with.

Ok guys this is how you turn good transfer window in bad one -_-

Zubi after reaching an agreement with Valencia
https://vine.co/v/hl3KQXIiH3x
+1
Watch barca sell 30 year old alves for 5m.
+1
^ more like 2 M upfront and balance 3 m in future sales & first refusal on some kids
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3€ million a year in wages over 5 years is 15 million less, and 10+10 million is also really good. So while balking at the total of 20 million is one thing, it's good to keep things in perspective. If you want, you could consider the transfer to be 10 million, as the 10 million in installments will be offset by the lower wages. Apparently Mathieu really wanted to come, and Valencia wasn't really willing to make it happens so Mathieu himself took the hit. Good stuff if you ask me. One more defender please and the transfer window is completed.
Nothing about this is good.

CONFIRMED: The Barcelona board is comprised of idiots.
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@JRaty , sorry buddy , cant understand the 3M wage effect , in net we will have to pay this 20M transfer fee + his wages over the period for which he stays with club , now this wage is less then what we estimated to complete his move , so only positive effect this 3m will have on the budget not actual accounts as we never had commitment to pay that .
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Malik,

Barcelona wanted to pay less than 20 million, but Valencia wouldn't budge. Mathieu however wanted to move, so he agreed to dropping his wages so that Barcelona could in effect pay less for the transfer, because for Barcelona, it makes no difference at all if they pay 10 million + 10 million to Valencia, and 2,5x5 million to Mathieu, or if they pay 10 million to Valencia and 5,5x5 million to Mathieu.

Of course you could argue that Barcelona would've force Mathieu to lower his wages by 3 million in either case, but seeing as Mathieu reportedly only agreed to lowering his wages once Valencia made it clear that they wouldn't budge, I don't think that's likely.

In the end, there were two scenarios, A: Pay less to Valencia and more to Mathieu, or B: Pay more to Valencia and less to Mathieu. Both are similar to the finances of Barcelona.

And on another note, it's *really* weird to see so many Barcelona fans complaining about Barcelona signing a experienced, technically gifted, 190cm tall and fast CB. The only possible explanation is that people seem to believe that Barcelona has now blown their budget, and this is the last purchase they can make. The fact is that Barcelona has made some 60 million in net transfers this window, and this is if you assume that all payments will take place instantaneously. Considering that Barcelona is looking to spend around 120 million, there's still a lot of money in the bag.
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There are no good defenders on the market...PSG had to pay 50m just to land Luiz..no one is willing to sell their good defenders now..unless your ready to pay more than 30m pounds for them..
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I am with Jraty on this one. Yes, we paid too much but we have added an experienced defender WITH HEIGHT to our gaping defense. Not to mention he has the versatility to play LB if needed. He has a great turn of pace (much faster than Pique), he's great at tackling, he can dribble well, and he has great anticipation.

If the primary purpose of the transfer was to add depth to the squad, I'm content. However, if he is the only CB we sign this transfer window, I will be upset like the rest of you. Let's be patient and see what unfolds.

To give you a little perspective since many of you think Mathieu was extremely overpriced:

Gaby Milito cost us 18.5 million in transfer fees and 4 million in wages. He was vastly inferior to Mathieu despite being younger.
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Alf,

It is normal because Barca suck as transfers. Buying one overpriced defender doesn't mean buying another is okay. I would rather pay 30+m for a true CB who is long term.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not hitting out at Mathieu because I always thought he was a good player for Valencia. Barca had/has options for buying a CB. They choose to go with Mathieu because just like every other season buying a CB seems to be a curse.

It's become a norm so much that we are grateful for the little they throw at us. We might as well bring back Chygrynskiy and be happy for the height he would bring us.
Ltm,

So what options are there that Barcelona missed? Better CBs than Mathieu who are fast, tall and technically gifted aren't really in a surplus at the moment. Looking at past transfers of CBs it seems like the kind of CBs you among others would like go for twice the amount paid for Mathieu. Luiz went for 50£ million for heavens sake.

And let's not forget that the Barcelona team had a whopping *2* CBs before Mathieu was brought in, so it's not like there's no need for a 4th. Now Barcelona has a 30 year old, a 27 year old and a 23 year old as CBs. Seems like a decent enough spread to me as far as age is concerned, but lacking in depth. There's still clearly room for one, hopefully world-class, CB.
As long as we are going for another younger CB, this purchase is alright by me. We had other options I would have preferred but at least its something. 20m for a 30 year old is way too much though
First of all, David Luiz is NOT a CB. The fact that you keep repeating that annoys me to the point that I refuse to comment on it.

Ltm,

I keep repeating *anything* about David Luiz? What have you been smoking? I hardly ever mention him, not to mention repeat. And you're free to call him a goalkeeper for all I care, the fact remains that David Luiz has played as CB 95% of the time since he joined Chelsea, and pretty much all sources call him a CB. Now, if you want to use pedantics as an excuse not to discuss something, just go ahead.

"Born in Diadema, São Paulo to Ladislao and Regina Marinho, David Luiz arrived in Esporte Clube Vitória at the age of 14 after being released by São Paulo FC,[8] and started playing as a defensive midfielder, almost leaving the club for his poor performances in that position.[9] However, he was soon moved to central defender and adapted well.[10]"
LOL Okay.

Let's call Mascherano a CB too.
Ltm,

Right, because Mascherano has been playing predominantly as a CB since he was 14?

"David Luiz arrived in Esporte Clube Vitória at the age of 14 after being released by São Paulo FC,[8] and started playing as a defensive midfielder, almost leaving the club for his poor performances in that position.[9] However, he was soon moved to central defender and adapted well.[10]""

David Luiz was such a bad defensive midfielder that he almost got kicked out of his club. But hey, call him whatever you like. Maybe you think he should be called a striker?
+1
And what does that prove exactly? He was moved to CD and adapted well....

It is a joke that you are sitting here trying to prove that David Luiz is a better CB than a DM. If you feel that way great for you. I'm glad PSG got him and we didn't. One mistake avoided.

So, back to the point. Let's call Mascherano a CB too.
Ltm,

It proves that David Luiz has been predominantly a CD since he was 14. Now, because you seem to be confused as to why this is a bit different than Mascherano, Masch has been predominantly a CD since he was 26 or so. To make things perfectly clear, Mascherano has played the vast majority of his professional carrier as a defensive midfielder. David Luiz has played almost all of his professional carrier and even the latter part of his youth as a CD.

Basically, what it proves is that there is very little reason to call Daviz Luiz anything but a CD.
Listen, we can run around but I am not. As I said in my earlier post he is not a CB. I wouldn't ever have a team and play him in that position if it could be avoided. If it is a situation where there is no option fine, but if there is a choice I would never choose him over a real CB.

A player is what they are good at. There is a difference between a player being able to play in a position and a player being in their rightful position.

Who would choose David Luiz to be a CB over DM? He is much better as a DM so that is what he is. They can force fit him into that position if they want to but it is obvious what he is not.
Ltm,

Right, so all the trainers during the whole of Luizs carrier have been playing him out of position? Because that's who have constantly been choosing to have Luiz as a CB over DM. Personally, I trust the coaches opinions over a decade of where Luiz is at his best over what you think.
Luiz is a CB and who can cover as A Defensive Mid, but CB is his primary position.
LOL I really don't care what you are anyone else believes. As I said, I would never put Luiz in the CB position if I didn't have to. If PSG want to spend absurd amounts of money on him that is their prerogative. I never wanted David Luiz at Barca because he is not a CB he is a DM. That is how he plays. Quibble all you want about it and talk about as many opinions as you want it doesn't change the fact of what he is...a DM.
Let's play pique as a striker then lolzzzz at ltm logic....
+1
Great, we just bought a 30 year old left back for 20 million who we are going to use as CB.
He was a left back once upon a time:

http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/jeremy-mathieu/leistungsdaten/spieler/5404/saison/2013

He's played as a CB the whole of last season. The fee was 10 million now and 10 million later, and seeing as Mathieu lowered his wages by 3 million a year, that'll completely offset the 10 million later.

So 10 million for a 1,90cm CB that was Valencias second captain is OK in my book.
+2
I like Mathieu but the price we paid was definitely too much. At least we can all breathe a sigh of relief that we can now field two proper experienced CBS.


Also, we can't expect anything less than a shake down from every club that we approach with a bid for a cb. Everybody knows we are desperate to get a good cb and we have a transfer ban looming over our heads. Besides his CBS are so rare that any cb is overpriced. Valencia played their cards right. Let's hope Mathieu can stick around for 2-3 years until our LA masia prospects are ready to take over.


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