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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/
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Today would have been his 46 birthday.
RIP Tito Vilanova
Ex-la masia grad Hector Bellerin got his first start for Arsenal.
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In other news, tevez ended his five years drought in champions league and scored two goals against malmo :)ballon d or,anyone;)?
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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
+7
We bought 2 BVB-players in the last 10 years or so. While we sold Hummels to BVB. but keep talking...
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@^ 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.
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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.
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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 won and that is/was Dortmund.
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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.
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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
Immobile !!!!! with quite mobile goal :D
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He wasted ciro seconds there :D
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Wtf was that? tiki taka from Madrid ? o_O
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afellay assist vs atletico :D
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Afellay goal :D
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And scored
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& 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 .
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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"
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@andres , Abidal and Botia are holding those A.Madrid attacks and set pieces threats :p
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Btw official's uniform is a joke , look so ugly -_-
FC Barcelona is now on vine as well:
https://vine.co/v/Oal3YlMmPHT
I'm digging the Super Mario-like tune ^^

Also:
https://vine.co/v/MA0eXiKeUJh
Eternal Iniesta
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The Barca media team is awesome!
Luis Enrique: "I'm not more nervous for CL game than for any other game. The stars and the little music at kick-off don't change anything."

Got to love his attitude.
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The stars and little music (music so inspiring I actually have downloaded it :P) wouldn't make me nervous, but they would definitely make me extremely motivated and anxious to play! Every time I hear the Champions League anthem my heart beats a little faster and I can't help but smile. The CL is the epitome of all sport for me.
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Jeroen,

The theme was a bit ruined for me once I understood the words. It was cooler when I didn't know what they were saying.
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Well I'm Belgian, I speak Dutch, French, German and English. I understood those words pretty well from the first time I heard them. Still awesome :D It's kind of like an opera: when Pavarotti sang 'nessun dorma' you just enjoy the sound more than the actual lyrics.
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Jeroen

You wanna wave your dick at me? I'm Finnish, I speak Finnish, Swedish, English, German and Italian. However when I first heard the hymn I was really young, and I just assumed it would be Italian like the Opera I had heard up until that point. Some of the mysticism was ruined once I caught on.
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Huh? That wasn't my point at all. You're easily offended JR. The anthem is sung in three of those four languages iirc, which is why I mentioned it. It's like it's made for Belgians!
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Waving our dicks? Can I join in?

Oh wait, you don't mean that literally... well then... this is awkward
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Badge,

There's no party like a sausage party, am I rite?
Jeroen,

Twas a joke! I wasn't offended in the slightest. I was playing off the fact that your statement could've been misconstrued as bragging. Just a bit of banter.
*scratches head*

One of those times where the sarcasm just flew over my head again. I'll commit honourable sudoku to preserve my family's honour now.
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I'm still in the confused phase right now. Especially because I can't seem to solve this damn sudoku!
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Dame, Jeroen-san! My brand of sarcasm is obtuse to non-Finns even face to face, so I wouldn't worry about it. It usually takes months before people I meet go from thinking I'm a complete idiot to thinking that I tell poor jokes.
Jesus, I didn't even notice that you didn't write seppuku. Jokes just keep swoshing past, don't they.
Anyone else have a weird boner right now?
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In other news:

Pique from goal.com

"I feel that, for a while, I have not been valued for what I have done sportingly," he told reporters.

"I have been learning more and more every year. The years remaining in my career will be the same. I say that calmly because I work hard every year.

"I always try to do the best I possibly can. I am happy with the level I have shown in the minutes I have played. I can't do anything about public opinion."

That's true,always get blames for Spain's n barca's lose..
Danny with the combo-breaker!

Actually, thanks for that Danny, a post relevant to Barça :) I do think the Piqué-criticism is exaggerated a lot. Last year he was good, this year he's been good as well so far. People here are just used to Puyol, who might well have been the best central defender in Spain ever. I think foreign fans might appreciate Piqué more than the Catalan fans, because we know a 1m92 defender isn't the most agile or quick. What Piqué provides is excellent positional play to intercept balls, aerial ability and very good distribution of the ball. What he lacks is Puyol's leadership, quickness, aggressiveness, sharp tackles and extreme winning mentality.

But again, Puyol was a one of a kind player. He always said he lacked the skill of his teammates from his youth teams to the top level and made up for it by working harder, but I say his skillset consisted not of technical skill (even though his skill with the ball was underrated), but of mental and physical skill. There's no reason not to consider exemplary leadership, determination and bravery as skill. In fact, there are far more very technically gifted players who'll never become a professional footballer than there are headstrong players who work harder than all their teammates that do make it professionally.

Piqué is no Puyol. But he IS a good central defender.
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I tend to agree, Jeroen. Pique needs a miracle year though. Short of that I see him leaving the club in a year or two. He may say public opinion doesn't bother him, but it gets to everyone, like it did to Valdes.
+1
Well said jereon
I find it interesting that you mentioned Valdes, Tanmay. It didn't occur to me until now that Pique has something in common with Valdes: Neither of them truly want to play in the position they do. Valdes hates being a keeper and we all know Pique would much rather but up top scoring goals. It's sad, but I think you are right; if Pique doesn't shut up his critics soon, he may be out the door.


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3
7
2
2
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0
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3
4
5
2
4
6
0
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1
3
5
5
1
2
3
0
2
1
3
6
4
1
5
6
1
1
1
3
7
4
1
1
2
1
1
1
3
8
4
0
4
4
1
1
1
3
9
4
-2
6
4
1
1
1
3
10
4
-2
3
1
1
1
1
3
11
3
0
3
3
2
0
1
3
12
3
-1
6
5
2
0
1
3
13
3
-1
3
2
2
0
1
3
14
3
-3
5
2
2
0
1
3
15
2
-1
5
4
1
2
0
3
16
2
-1
3
2
1
2
0
3
17
2
-2
4
2
1
2
0
3
18
1
-3
6
3
2
1
0
3
19
1
-5
5
0
2
1
0
3
20
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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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

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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
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