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It's official Rafa is the gafa !!!
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/11377079_702930219852727_5882174012496186094_n.jpg?oh=4ef414dd8a77fd0fdca88501149c482c&oe=560207B7

:P
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Oh it's on!

http://img.eltiempo.com/contenido/multimedia/fotos/deportes7/IMAGEN/IMAGEN-15748321-2.jpg
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Which 3 players do you guys think have been the most decisive in winning us the league this season? Excluding Messi because we all know he is #1 in everyone's list. Here's mine anyways

1) Pique
2) Bravo
3) Suarez



Bravo is not as decisive, you can put dani alves instead.According to some study,they elected dani as best full back this season.Saurez eased off pressure in messi,we look so different and multi dimensional when he plays.He is the answer for opponents parking bus strategy.
Pique is legendary this season,he is incarnated by puyol's soul and heart,now he became technically much better puyol.Some people still hating for some reason by the way.
And we have an unsung hero in our colour,rakitic.He is the one who make dani best again by shielding the right wing very well and has been great servant to our club since join.
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Pique is easily number 1 outside of Messi for me. We entered the summer in desperate need of a new CB, and while we did buy Mathieu, Pique's renewed form was what we really needed. Great all season...well after that awful CLasico back in October, as he really saved us against the big teams. His Clasico in March was probably his most amazing game in his career.

Suarez and Rakitic would probably be the other two for me. Yeah Neymar was important too, but I think those two had more of an influence on the team's play, especially in big games. Rakitic was the key player outside of Messi against Bayern, he practically devoured the Bayern midfield
I agree with 4ever; Alves has been crucial. Not just because he's been very good this season, but more so because he's improved so much compared to the previous 2-3 years, in which he was responsible for many of our conceded goals (due to poor positioning and workrate) and loss of possession with his woeful crosses and passing at times (due to a lack of focus, not a lack of skill).

Piqué is a good shout too, but I honestly expected this surge from him. I've always rated him quite highly, he just had two lesser seasons. But just like Alves, he's always been a great player IF the situation is right (motivation, team chemistry). And more so than Alves, Piqué is more passionate about defending Barça's colours.

Then there's Suárez. TOTALLY worth every last cent of the €80m we paid for him. Not only does he provide loads of assists and scores a fair share of goals, he inspires hard work in others by always working hard himself. He always makes great runs to become a nuisance for all central defenders and usually is an outlet to pass to up front, making it a lot easier for our midfielders and forwards to play well themselves. And of course he's extremely skilled with the ball himself.

Rakitic has done a similar job as Luis, but in midfield: he provides hard work, skill, consistency and creativity. Amazing we were able to buy him for just €25m (or was it less?). He is a much needed injection of energy in the midfield.

All in all there have been many outstanding performers this season; otherwise you can't get he string of great results we have achieved. Jordi Alba has been excellent mostly too. Neymar obviously as well. My favourite underdog Claudio Bravo has been world class. Masch has been imperious. Our big Frenchman Mathieu has been smokin' (har-har). And last but definitely not least, Xavi has been as good as ever in his last season. We're truly going to miss him.
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Castro (president Sevilla): "Denis Suarez is a Sevilla player now, we have to wait and see if Barça will use the buy-back option." [sfc]

This means sevilla exercised the buy option they had , we get 6M form them , we have a buy back option for 9M which we can excerice once the ban period is done .

for me his return will make more sense when iniesta will be taking secondary role .
I think he is still not ready to come here, a year or two will probably decide his return. Also, can we bring back Deulofeu if Pedro leaves this summer? I've seen his skill highlights on youtube and it seems he has improved a lot
The Lionel Messi death stare. You piss him off, you pay the price. You give him space, you pay the price. He literally is unstoppable.
http://grup14.com/column/messi-s-death-stare


Also, here is a tactical preview of the tasty match-ups between players in the CL final:
http://www.espnfc.us/uefa-champions-league/2/blog/post/2476489/champions-league-battles-javier-mascherano-vs-carlos-tevez
The best thing about Messi isn't his goals, it's his new fabulous haircut :)
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Looked a little like Kim Jon-un at first.
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The first article was well written and very interesting because the death stare is a real thing that happens often.

The ESPN article sounded like someone googled a bunch of random things and watched the world cup hours before they wrote it lol.
The ESPN article was written by Michael Cox, a British football analyst who is editor of Zonal Marking and is pretty renown. He's nearly always spot on in previews and post-match analyses.

I have noticed that he writes for the Guardian and most seem to agree with or enjoy his articles, but when he writes for ESPN many assume he is American and has no idea what he's talking about. Funny how that works.
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Barca B is relegated to third division now. Why is it a big deal? For starters it ruins the development of our talented youngsters. Then, the ones who were playing to find a place in the first team will refuse to play in a lower division. Munir, Sandro, traore are too talented top accept life in the third division. The club will have to decide if they are sold or loaned to other clubs. If the talented youth leave it becomes even more difficult for the team to win promotion back to the 2nd division.

The coach has complained that the board did not equip the team with enough defensive options. Barca b conceded 81 goals...I repeat 81 goals this season. They have conceded more than 4 goals in a single match 8 times. There has been talk of superstar complex amongst the talented players in the team with less teamwork. Plus of course bad defenders.

This board has dismantled all the good work done within the club in the last few years.
Halilovic...ie..patric.. all promising stars...very sad but in all honestly most of them wont make it to the first team. Munir needs more maturity, Sandro has been one of the best players for barca b this season actually and IMO Traore is a player much better suited for the premier league, his physicality and pace could make him a dangerous player in the future but I dont see him playing for barca I hope if we do sell him we get some profit considering his potential
Wondering how Mr. Perez is feeling now...wish all the people who voted for Blatter resign...
Blatter resigns !!!

Big thanks to Murcia !!!
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USA! USA! USA!

Seriously, thanks FBI. You done good, for once.
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The FBI had nothing to do with this. The real reason he resigned is because Blatter is terrified of John Oliver.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr6ar3xJL_Q
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This is good news! However, pretty much what this means is that the reason Blatter didn't pull out of the election is to give FIFA another 4 months to find someone with the same agenda as him. Going on with the election showed that majority of the world is still on his side.

But still. This is a step in the right direction! Qatar better be shaking in their boots.
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What needs to change is the manner of electing the FIFA president. Apparently a vote from the football association of Mauritius or Qatar is worth as much as from the Spanish, German or English FA... This makes it ridiculously easy to rig the votes.
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Yep. They have to scale the votes so they represent the volume of population each vote represents rather than a head count. It's similar to the stupid system we have in the US. 2 senators from every state. Senators from a densely populated state have the same power as the ones from Nebraska.
Definitely great news. Hopefully Qatar loses as host to world cup.
"I don't know what I'm more surprised by, that FIFA officials were actually arrested or that America was behind it!"

"It took the country that cares the least about football to bring down the people who have been ruined it."

lol. seriously though. What took so frickin long for these guys to get nailed??
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St1or , as I understand blatter is still the president , he will only go down once the new elected president is chosen , no time frame was provided for the new elections , so yeah he will surely find his successor till then .

My question is that blatter stepping down will change anything ? Hard to see that , currently whole governing system is corrupt other wise he would have not won the elections .

First and foremost thing which new president should do is that he should Bering a chance is FIfa constitution that will limit the presidental candidate to max of two terms & proponent the voting rights based on some suitable criteria .

P.S & I hope platinni don't get elected for the president , if I was to chose one candidate from the one that stood for the election it will be van prrag
Platini has said he wants to be close to the football which he is at UEFA. He is unlikely to actually want the FIFA job. The best man for the job would be Michael van Praag, followed by Luis Figo.
:D! finally old corrupt man is out..football can start to rise again!
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Doubt this will change anything. Thé whole system is corrupted. FIFA needs à reform and rebuild Sepp by Sepp.
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Blatter will stay put until the next elections, which are planned in beginning of 2016. But it's still a HUGE step forward; it indicates FIFA are not imperious and can actually be harmed.
Id like to belive otherwise...

there are a lot of speculation as to why Blatter resigned, the US was getting closer to finding evidence against him, the European backing dropped drastically.

But as John oliver pointed out the one thing more powerful than the executives is money. more specifically the money provided by the sponsors of FIFA. with that being said I would not be surprised to find out that most sponsors like budweiser and coca-cola threaten to drop their sponsorship as long as blatter remained at the helm. I foresaw this coming as soon as he got re-elected; the name FIFA was a complete joke and lost all credibility as long as he remained president. What sponsor would profit from being connected to a known corrupt organization.

The best thing is someone new will come in, and due to the on going pressure by the US officials I believe the new leaders will be on a short leash and be forced to do whats best for the sport because the whole world is watching!

Also the US has declared the sport is named SOCCER now :p
Yeah, it's possible companies like the German Adidas, whose main income is by far the football gear they sell, don't want to support FIFA any longer if he remained in charge. Blatter is widely unpopular in Europe, especially in Germany where corruption is hated more than in most countries. Not to mention Blatter is Swiss and Swiss is a country closely affiliated with Germany.
FIFA will crumble if the sponsors decide to bring them down. Adidas, Coca Cola, Budweiser. They're the ones who have all the power here.
As someone said, if you cut off the top of a moldy carrot, you still have a moldy carrot. Some deep cleaning needs to take place before we can really celebrate, although this is a HUGE step in the right direction.
Croatia has two outstanding midfielders. Who's better? Rakitic or Modric?
Really? Why always the comparisons?
Or we can just hold hands in a circle and sing kumbaya.

Comparisons are not always about putting one player down. Players have their strengths and weaknesses which are reflected in their statistics which can be discussed without being negative. Like I said, both are outstanding.
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Modric little better
Well if I'd have to give them a rating like they do in Football Manager (they use a scale of 0-200 to determine a player's total potential and current quality; Messi is a 199, Ronaldo is a 193, Iniesta 186, ...), I'd rate them both at around 180 potential ability and Modric at a slightly higher current ability (178 versus 175 for Ivan).

They're very comparable when you look at the total picture but they do have different outstanding qualities. Both are obviously great passers, but Rakitic has a better shot whereas Modric is better at controlling the game. Both are hard workers and contribute a lot when the team has possession but also when they don't. Rakitic is probably the more naturally gifted player, but Modric is technically very good as well. The experience is what separates them for now, but Ivan is clearly world class already too. Modric' impact on Real Madrid is more influential than Rakitic on Barça though. Perhaps this is because we still have Xavi who is the master puppeteer.
I was surprised to see Rakitic's statistics. He had 10 goals and 10 assists in 12-13, 15 goals and 15 assists in 13-14 and this year he is at 8 goals and 10 assists. Just to put his work into perspective, he had 1 assist until the winter break.

I think its amazing that Croatia has these two midfielders with different abilities. Rakitic is a more attacking midfielder by instinct but he has been used much deeper by Lucho this year. He still has the license to go forward like Cesc which has improved our goal scoring. Modric has played deep most of his life so he obviously doesn't score or assist as much as Rakitic. I think in terms of versatility Rakitic gets my vote because provides great defensive cover in a 3 man midfield even though his numbers this year for interceptions and tackles are at 70% of what Modric posted last year. Rakitic hasn't started a lot of games for us this year and he has had to partner with Iniesta who has been out of form for most of the season. Modric however, had ADM in incredible form last year in addition to the front three. So in terms of contribution to the team, Rakitic has provided a lot more to this team in lesser time. The big difference is Messi plays with Rakitic. I don't know how to evaluate that X factor! ;)
I actually enjoy watching Modric. I still remember that Croatia vs Spain game, where he almost single handedly beaten Spain! His passing range is world class, and those outside the boot passes are a joy to watch!



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Primera División Table

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PTS
GD
GA
GF
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D
W
Pl
Pos
94
89
21
110
4
4
30
38
1
92
80
38
118
6
2
30
38
2
78
38
29
67
6
9
23
38
3
77
38
32
70
5
11
22
38
4
76
26
45
71
8
7
23
38
5
60
11
37
48
10
12
16
38
6
55
1
41
42
13
10
15
38
7
51
3
44
47
13
12
13
38
8
50
-6
48
42
16
8
14
38
9
49
-4
51
47
15
10
13
38
10
49
-22
68
46
19
4
15
38
11
46
-7
51
44
14
13
11
38
12
41
-27
62
35
19
8
11
38
13
37
-33
67
34
19
10
9
38
14
37
-31
64
33
21
7
10
38
15
35
-25
60
35
17
14
7
38
16
35
-35
64
29
17
14
7
38
17
35
-21
55
34
21
8
9
38
18
32
-29
64
35
22
8
8
38
19
20
-46
68
22
24
11
3
38
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

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GF
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D
W
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22

UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
15
10
5
15
1
0
5
6
1
13
3
7
10
1
1
4
6
2
5
-2
10
8
3
2
1
6
3
1
-11
12
1
5
1
0
6
4

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