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Ronaldinho is a free agent. Sign him and play him at CB!!!!

http://tinyurl.com/lyzkra9

In other transfer news, Lazio agree €8,5 million fee with Feyenoord for Stefan de Vrij who had a very good WC and is only 22 years old. Meanwhile, we spent 20 on a 31 year old LB who is more comfortable as a CB.
ESPNFC did a little bit on Madrid and Barça. They wanted to see what would happen if you would combine Madrid and Barça and get the best XI and they came up with this:

Lopez
Carvajal Varane Mathieu Alba
Masch Khedira
Bale Messi Ronaldo
Suarez

Personally, I agree with 10/11 of these at the moment. I am just not convinced by Mathieu yet because I didn't watch Valencia play too much last season, but I also found it hard to replace him with Ramos, Pique, or Pepe. Or maybe slot in Kroos for Khedira because Masch is good enough in CDM as a lone CDM.. but depends on the opposition I guess.

And to me, honourable mentions go out to Neymar (Bale/Suarez) and Iniesta (Bale) from Barça, and Modric (Khedira), Kroos (Khedira) from Madrid. Your XI?
I don't think that would work well at all. Needs a proper CM to link play.
That's why I thought Kroos should fit in that CDM'ish spot and play more of a CM ahead of Masch.. but that front 4 don't contribute to defence too much, if at all.
Needs more Iniesta.
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Where would you put him?
Are you being serious st1or? Khedira over Iniesta?
CM instead of Masch or Khedira.
I would put Modric in for Khedira and Bravo in for Lopez
Modric in for Khedira IMO and Navas as keeper assuming he is signed.
I guess an Iniesta+Masch/Khedira partnership could work in theory.

@hikmat

I like Modric as much as the next guy but if we were to choose a CM+CDM partnership instead of a CDM+CDM, I'd like to think Iniesta would be the easy choice over Modric.

Well St1or, it depends on perspective. If we solely assess players based off of last season, it would be criminal keeping Luka Modric off this 11.

These line-ups are fun and all, but so many factors have to be taken into consideration when forming them. It depends on what kind of structure you prefer, what kind of tactics you'll implement, and how you generally want your team to play.

Call me crazy, but I think the best way to devise a balanced and complete line-up would be one without Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Or of course, simply using the Real Madrid 11 of last season. That'd work too.
Here's mine. It was quickly thought up so I've probably overlooked a thing or 2.

...............Diego Lopez...............

Carvajal....Varane.....Ramos..Coentrao...

............Modric.....Alonso............
..................Kroos..................
...........................di Maria......
...Bale..................................

..................Benzema................

Looks pretty good, right guys?

Everyone on that line-up is made to work. Anyone who's one-dimensional in their skill-set is left out unless of course they offer compensation by way of attuning to defensive responsibilities (i.e. Gareth Bale).

They are all generally selfless, but pose a multifaceted threat all the same. There is creativity in midfield without forsaking steel and physicality. The midfield, with the exception of Xabi Alonso, is mobile, flexible, and can adapt during the run of play, especially when Angel di Maria drops deep.

Benzema is simply the most intelligent forward I've ever watched in these last few years, so having him brings fluidity and finesse up front to compliment the directness Bale and di Maria can offer. This way, you don't just have a forward who craves goals...and flesh...you have one who offers multiple abilities too.

But this squad needs a name. I think...Real Madrid?
When Real Madrid played Barcelona in the league, they made the mistake of trying to play a pressing game using a 4-3-3. Problem being was Barcelona would always outnumber Real Madrid in midfield, especially since Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn't drop deep as often. So that deterred Real Madrid's ability to maintain control. It only happened in patches.

Even so, Barcelona were hardly the better side, if at all. If memory serves me well, Barcelona were quite fortunate to get away with 6 points. Great for Barcelona, but I really do think Carlo Ancelotti played his cards wrong (and he could've still gotten a result too).

Fast forward a bit and you see improvements. Real Madrid changed their approach. Result? Narrow victory against Barcelona in the CDR final, but against a similar side, but one much stronger in Bayern Munich, a convincing 5-0 aggregate score-line.

Bayern Munich of Jupp Heynckes was almost a complete team. Perfect blend of technical quality and physical superiority. With such a balanced squad and a tactician in Jupp, they were the ideal team.

I think Real Madrid of last season is trying to emulate them. Hopefully this coming season too.
I am gonna go ahead and ignore that first post. And to be honest, with the right tactics, any squad has a good shot at beating the better side. i.e. Atletico, despite having a seemingly 'worse' squad than Madrid and Barca over all, won the league. So that argument is pretty pointless imo.
@Asasiyun

Agreed on the Modric bit, though I think Di Maria deserves an honourable mention as well. I only put him out of this because PSG will sign him for 100 billion or so.

What would a balanced XI without Messi and Ronaldo look like? I'm curious to know.. This is just the best over all XI, not the best XI against certain teams.

As for your last sentence, I could hardly agree. Madrid's best XI couldn't take a point from Barça in La Liga last season :p by that logic, Pinto should feature as GK :D

Spanish court has decided to prosecute Messi and his father for tax evasion even though the public prosecutor has recommended against it.
So what does that mean?
The case is moving forward on the assumption that Leo might have known about the creation of various companies to spread his income in order to avoid taxes. I'm not a legal expert but from other high profile that I've seen in the us, when an over-zealous prosecutor pushed forward with a case like this, the burden of proof lies on prosecution to show Messi has prior knowledge and actually approved business deals himself. That is generally difficult to do unless they have evidence. I'm not sure how things work in Spain but if you push for maximum punishment and can't prove it, you end up getting nothing. So who knows what the case details are but it will add unnecessary stress on leo which might affect him game. The worst thing that could happen is they find him guilty and he has to go to jail. The Spanish government is going after football players at a time when their economy is struggling to possibly show to the public that they mean business. It's surprising that this has drawn out so far because usually people settle and pay penalties and move on. Sports personalities usually do not handle their taxes although they may have prior knowledge of the tax plan. Most sports stars are either too busy to bother with taxes or to dumb to understand their business. Let's see what happens. I'm assuming there will be some showmanship in the court before all charges are dismissed.
Wishing you guys a warm and pleasant Eid :)
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Eid Mubarak to you all , have fun and Go Barca Go
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So Torres missed a goal from 3 yards which had become his typical style. Costa then scored from a fabregas through ball. Mou's like, "See? I told you!"
Torres missing from 4 yards out
https://vine.co/v/M0tEK02nVHb

#unfrickinbelievable
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Lay off the lad will ya? Its not that easy to score a 4 yarder with the goal gaping. Did you see how fast the ball was coming? xD
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Fernando Torres: Trolling his own team since 2010
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It takes some serious skill to miss the net from that range, what a talented misser he is
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What a legend #vamostorres
You guy's don't understand the pressures of scoring an empty goal...
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On paper....Messi, Suarez and Neymar sounds a SICK attack.!

I really hope it comes true :)
And we already know what individually they can do off paper as well..

Lets see how the partnership goes..
If only football was played on paper. Could you imagine the field texture if it was made of paper? :D
Papiere de toilette?
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After Monaco refused to sign Valdes, who underwent knee surgery in Germany, will finalize his recovery at Bayern. German club also made him an offer to join them.

Class act from Bayern.

more hope:

poll: "Should Barça sign another centre back?" Yes 96% - No 4% #fcblive (19559 votes)

the 5 CB short list:

Marquinhos (PSG), Vertonghen (Tottenham), Vermaelen (Arsenal), Hummels (Dortmund), Blind (Ajax)
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Jeroen (free agent)

Anyone over 6' will do now :P
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Soo I'm exactly 6 feet. Heels OK?
I'm 1m83, which is pretty much exactly 6' too, but I'll just stick my neck out and get a Puyol wig. I'll instantly become a world class defender, because that's what resembling Puyi just a little does to you :)
Im 6 feet as well lol I heard Barca was preparing a 15m bid for Dani Agger. Just a rumor, but its something.
Apparently, zubi had the agger signing wrapped up last year but Tito was not keen on it. I'm not too sure about Agger. Liverpool had a leaky defense all year. You can attribute that to terrible defensive midfield play but it does say much about agger.
Agger isn't good. He was one of Liverpool's worst players last year. He may bleed for his club, he may be a pretty cool dude, but he's far from world class.
Its really sad when you realize the most World class CB we have is Mathieu. Hopefully Bartra can become world class with him beside him maybe.

Anyways from that CB shortlist, the only ones that I think should be considered is Hummels (if possible) or Vertonghen. The other 3 I don't rate too highly, especially when one is a DM/LB that sometimes plays CB
Vertonghen just recently signed a 5 year deal with Spurs.. he isn't going anywhere.

Reports are now saying that Miranda offered to join Barcelona but Barcelona must pay 30m for him. *sigh
Prank on Di Maria by David Luis :D - must watch guys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK-fnDDbbUg
older then the internet.
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Too far. Half of the other players out there would've lost their temper.
It wasn't even a funny prank. This is just being mean.
http://anasalha96.wordpress.com/

Check out my brother's FCB blog. It's fairly new, he wrote about "Probable 2014/15 FC Barcelona Midfield Structure" and "Exploring Possible FC Barcelona Formations 14/15". Thanks.
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Nice read. Iwith all the new signings its all gonna depend of what luis wants to do. IMHO i think the team will have a slow start to the season adjusting to a new style of play to counter the "parked bus" philosophy thats usually played against us but we have the quality to win all trophies this season im excited to see the new barca.
Another good topic to talk about is the young marc Bartra... He was a solid replacement for puyol last season and he was even more consistent than pique. Is he gonna end up another youngster with talent forgotten in the ranks of Barcelona?
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Mat hummels' barca Jersey selling in a Spanish store where Suarez n James jersey sold even before official confirmation.

Is there anyone goes mad now:)
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I prefer to stay calm in this case :/
Not gonna happen. If Klopp says neither Marco Reus nor Mats will leave this summer, they won't leave.


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