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Messi, xavi, puyol, eto and Ronaldinho reunited again for porto 04 vs Barcelona 06 game.
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Barcelona pay Valencia 10M up front for French defender Jeremy Mathieu (30). The rest is paid in two instalments of 5M each. [marca]

Makes sense with the transfer ban looming.
not a bad transfer since the player will be losing millions in wages to make up for the rest of the fee.
Fail rumour of the day that will probably come true:

Barcelona are considering to sign Arsenal centre back Thomas Vermaelen (28) this summer. [mundo deportivo]

Some optimism perhaps:

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will make mid-August a first decision on Suarez, who was banned by FIFA for 4 months.
We need Chewy Suarez! :P
You know that might not be so bad for you...Vermaelen just needs regular playing time to get back to his best
I thought Vermaelen was going to united. Vermaelen is injury prone. He spent majority of 2011 and 2012 seasons injured. He managed to stay fit for a few games last season but went down again. He got injured during warm up during the WC. He is a very good player but we need someone who will be able to handle 55+ games per year. Sorry, I don't think he's the right guy for us.

Vertonghen might be a better option for us. I like Blind but I fear barca is pursuing him because he can play Lb, CB and DM.
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Literally I hope this lady brings a huge dildo or rod and shove it up your ass , WTF is wrong with you ? You ass hole , you're just spaming every board with same bloody question , if you don't have any respect for this women you call GF then atleast f*****g understand that this is a football related forum not some porn related .

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Use the Suarez Love Bite
The eyes are definitely the most sensitive. Give her a nice jab in the eyes and you are in a night of fun
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http://zerowoes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Anchorman-well-that-escalated-quickly19.jpg
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Why has no one reported these?
Well, what happened here? lol
I tried to report it but footytube is broken
I don't think he even has girlfriend. A person with girlfriend doesn't find need to ask in football forum. Unless he is 25 years old and has girlfriend first time in his life.
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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?"
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^ our obsession with buying players who can do more than play in one position?
^But Song can't play in more than one position. He can barely play his own. Im not sure if he's even a CDM
^ that was the "theory" behind it.
Song is actually a very good player. It's just he never fit in our system. To say he can't even play his own position is disrespectful. Plus every time he played for us, he gave us at least a 7/10 IMO.
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The problem Wenger had with song at arsenal was that he does not defend. He is very good going forward though. Barca thought what Wenger couldn't get song to do for years at arsenal, we could just get it done immediately. Anyway, it's most likely he will leave. Let's hope we get at least 15m pounds for him.
@alexis

a 7/10 EVERY TIME? not even Messi has done that lol
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He's a box to box cm not a DM. He is at his best going forward and isn't the most disciplined positionally. he just isnt ever going to be used correctly in barca's system if he will be treated as a DM
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Calendar: Barcelona games 2014/2015 season [via @barcastat]

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtTni0lIEAAdS4a.png:large

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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