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[1/2] Squad (vs APOEL): Bravo, Ter Stegen, Alves, Douglas, Bartra, Pique, Mathieu, Adriano, Samper #fcblive

[2/2] Squad (vs APOEL): Rakitic, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta, Rafinha, Munir, Messi, Sandro, Neymar #fcblive

Official: 18 players called up, Montoya, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, and Pedro not included, first call-up Douglas #fcblive

Enrique with rotation :p would love to see samper starting in that busi role , though it was good match to play masc in the position too .
Yup bit risky , but i think samper will be fine

Rumors are that Xavi - Rakitic will play in holding midfield role , maybe we will see this today ?

Xavi - Rakitic
Iniesta

Samper is the only DM going with the team now, so I expect him to start. A bit risky to not have anyone as back-up.
I suppose Lucho is expecting a parked buss, so he's going for a offensive set-up.
^ Its so rare to see someone facing us where their game plan was to play a normal game like Basel did with Madrid last night.
Mascherano would be there, he can cover that, not a problem for him. lol
Mascherano won't be there.
Happy Birthday Tito , Gone but never forgotten :')

Lets win it for him today

RIP Tito
+6
In the speed tests during Barcelona's pre-season, French centre back Jeremy Mathieu proved to be the fastest player of the squad. [md]

LOL not sure how he did that , guys like neyamr & deulofeu are quite fast
Damn , i really forgot about our energizer bunny :p

Still cant believe that he won the test , especially with his huge built .

Edit - FT glitch strikes again
you remember the Alba/Mathieu combo from the game against Valencia two years ago? The only thing that surprises me about Mathieu winning it is that Alba didn't!
Tsk tsk, Barcelona obviously got it wrong. Looking at FIFA 15 stats, Mathieu's only got a 78 in sprint speed, while Jordi Alba's got a 92.
I really doubt Mathie is faster than Alba...Alba has lightning speed. Maybe perhaps he won out of all of our CBs.
@Alexis , i thought same initially , but it says ' fastest player of the squad'

Perhaps mistake from barcastuff while translating the news ?
I don't know if this has been posted already, but is this true?
Barca to rename their main training ground after Tito? If it is, it would truly be an amazing move by the club..

R.I.P. Tito

http://www.insidespanishfootball.com/125138/barcelonas-main-training-ground-to-be-named-in-honour-of-tito-vilanova/
+4
I heard that too. I hope they do because his name should not be forgotten for what he did to this club until he left all of us :'(
Today would have been his 46 birthday.
RIP Tito Vilanova
+1
Ex-la masia grad Hector Bellerin got his first start for Arsenal.
+1
In other news, tevez ended his five years drought in champions league and scored two goals against malmo :)ballon d or,anyone;)?
+1
Here forever

http://gfycat.com/AcclaimedWavyGermanspaniel

Do you want me to put ' Do not disturb ' sign or ...

;)
+1
Klopp is the best coach in the world imo. How he keeps BVB still so good after all the bayern poaching and injuries is incredible. Arsenal should thank Mkhitaryan for his selfishness, otherwise it could have been an embarrassing scoreline
+10
We bought 2 BVB-players in the last 10 years or so. While we sold Hummels to BVB. but keep talking...
+1
@^ don't even bother lol.
^You manipulated Bundesliga...in fact if it wasn't because of BVB, most of football fans wouldn't pay attention to German football like the way they do now.
+4
How did we manipulate Bundesliga?
Whenever a German club not named Bayern Munich establishes themselves as a title contender, you can expect Bayern to poach one of their influential players as a means of crippling them. They have a systematic method of destabilizing potential long-term competitors.
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The "potential long-term competitors" destabilized themselves. It isn't Bayern's fault that big clubs like Hamburg, Frankfurt, cologne, Kaiserslautern, Berlin, Stuttgart, Schalke, Gladbach, BVB crashed it at one point in their history and aren't on the same level with Bayern.

Buying good players from smaller clubs is a basic principle of football. If you don't like that, how comes you guys are Real and Barca-fans? truly ridcolous.

BTW: We didn't buy Lewandowski from BVB. He was a free-agent in summer. So he choose freely. shocking but true
@Robbery, I think what people are saying is that Bayern often buys players with the primary purpose of weakening the competition. Sort of like how Mourinho refused to loan Ba to Arsenal last year - it was a strategic decision, not a footballing one.

My view on this is that Gotze and Lewa's transfers are in themselves not the problem, but the way Bayern went about it - revealing information at opportune moments to destabilize the other dressing room, etc. - was not in good taste. Are other clubs guilty of this as well? Well I can think of some examples. But Bayern does this more consistently than other clubs. The recent talk about Reus' buyout clause is another example of this.
+5
Its not Bayerns fault that players want to join us.
Bayern has the best management in the world, Bayern could have easly been in the same boat as another bundesliga teams that sell their players to big teams, but thanks to our management, we are who we are. The point is Bayern has always been the team in the bundesliga that are trying to win more than domestically, u can see teams like Bayer or schalke, it seems like they dont care, nor did Dortmund before, but I am glad that they took the step forward.
Remember Bayern didnt start with oil money, they started from 0. And in the World war 2, Hitler tore down Bayern and after the war they had to start from 0 again. So other german teams had the advantage

Bayern has won CL 5 times and Germany has won the World Cup 4 times and thats most thanks to Bayern. In fact the whole German football history is most due to Bayern succes.

I am not bashing Dortmund, I like their style and I cheer for them all the time in CL exept when they face us ofc.
We bought 1
You bought 2 star players from your only competition in the league.
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@kinglucas

They bought 1 and if that bothers you so such maybe you should give Southampton half their team back...
I was thinking about Lewa( some pre contract or something) and Gotze. Btw Southampton are not Liverpool's competition. We have like 5 competitions, but Bayern only has one and that is/was Dortmund.
+7
It's unfortunate that a chance to laud a superb manager turned into an argument about poaching. Can we take it back to the original point?

What makes Klopp "the best coach in the world," Hari (and anyone else who has something to add)? I'd love to hear more about that. I haven't watched much BVB myself.
+2
So if dortmund is bayerns only competition it means they cant buy players from them? Lol

Like tanmay said... Its not about grtting the players but about how they went about it.... Purchasing gotze before the CL final and practically signing lewa 6 momths before he was done with dortmund is clearly a scheme to cause some internal issues with players or fans but them buying players from dortmund has nothing to do with anything else....

The club offers, the other club accepts if it wants and the player accepts if he wants... One gives the money, the other takes the money if he chooses and there you go.. A player has been transfered
Bayern signing Gotze and Lewa is somewhat like Barca signing Bale and CR7. How would u feel about that? That would suck and just kill the competition, which is why people are starting to dislike Bayern. Bayern already had a solid team before getting Gotze. It is almost like they bought him just to weaken Dortmund. They won the league last year with 1-2 months left. Bayern are flexing there financial muscle on a team that was built from the ground to challenge their team of stars.
+7
Why is it wrong for Bayern to poach players from BVB? Every smaller club faces the same threat from bigger clubs. Years ago after Ajax they won the UCL in 1995 we ended up bringing in half their team. Ajax and Barcelona have strong ties for several decades now because of Cryuff but after the Dutch invasion of Barcelona, Ajax had a minor dip in form for 2-3 years before they bounced back again. It wasn't classy of Bayern to publicly talk about these transfers but other than that its fair. Publicly courting players from other teams is like hitting on a married woman in front of her husband. ;)
+1
@KingLucas
Yeah Bayern bought the most talented german youngster too weaken his rival. Not to strenghten it's team. dude ribery and robben aren't the youngest anymore. If you have the chance to take Götze and Lewandowski you have to take it, before other clubs like Barca, Real and the EPL-clubs take them. Lewy would have left 100 %. It was just he decided to join Bayern and not Real or Chelsea. This is what he said.

Another point you don't dont understand due to lack of Bundesliga history is, that in the last decade no top player wanted to play for Bayern. england, italy and spain were the places to be. So Bayern had to buy from their national rivals to get some quality.

Anyway you bitter dudes, just deal with the fact, that not all top players leave to spain or england, thanks to Bayern, Bundesliga got worldclass players aswell, which wasn't always the case in last 12,13 years
Franky,

No-one is complaining about a rich club buying players from a smaller club. The complaint is about a club buying directly from their sole competitor, making the domestic league easier simply by virtue of weakening your only direct rival. Barca and Ajax are not a example of this.
+1
I understand what you're saying. I think the lines are being blurred between the way Bayern made recent transfers and the fact that Bayern is making its competition weak. I just disagree with the former because there is no reason to believe that Lewandowski or Gotze would have stayed if Madrid or Chelsea had approached them with a bumper contract instead of Bayern. Who takes those players is immaterial in this argument. Dortmund is a great club with a fabulous history but that is the nature of football these days. Ever since Dortmund won the Bundesliga with talented youngsters Reus, Lewa, Gotze, Hummels, Gundogan have been on the transfer radar of major clubs every year. Its just that Bayern got to some of them first.
+1
Immobile !!!!! with quite mobile goal :D
+3
He wasted ciro seconds there :D
+4
It was a very good finish but to be honest, that was just awful defending by Arsenal.
Wtf was that? tiki taka from Madrid ? o_O
+1
afellay assist vs atletico :D
+2
Afellay goal :D
+2
And scored
+2
& now with a goal :D

cant believe A.Madrid is 2 goals down

Pulled one back

Btw the minnow club of capital is scoring for fun but just conceded too .
+2
i know right considering how insanely hard it is for barca and madrid to score on them and here comes afellay and scores like "yup i couldve done this in barca too"
+1
@andres , Abidal and Botia are holding those A.Madrid attacks and set pieces threats :p
+1


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7
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8
0
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9
0
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0
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10
0
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0
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0
0
0
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11
0
0
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0
0
0
0
0
12
0
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0
0
0
0
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13
0
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0
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0
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0
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14
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0
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0
0
0
15
0
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0
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0
16
0
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0
0
0
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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
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0
0
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0
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21
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