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Jul 31, 2011

It's third time lucky for AlexFeguson, managed to defeat Guardiola's side at Washington DC.

Jul 28, 2011

FC Barcelona won their first pre-season final of this season with a 2-0 victory against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, the same gorund where this season's Champions League final will take place. This cup doesn't count much but the fact taht we triumphed with a very inexperienecd and young side talks higly of our production unit named, La Masia. There were some exceptional performances from youngsters in this pre-season tournament but there was no doubt who shined the most - Thiago Alcantara. The higly rated Spanish midfielder scored both of Barca's goal in the final and had overall a brilliant two matches. With his brilliant performance he would have made sure that Guardiola cannot afford not to give him quality playing time in the new La Liga season.

Jul 27, 2011

FC Barcelona won their second pre-season game of the season in penalty shoot-out after it ended 2-2 in full time. There were plenty of changes in both half and that saw us playing in different rhythm in different half. Starting Eleven for the first half had Valdes, Busquets, Maxwell, Fontas, Riverola, thiago, keita, Iniesta, cuenca, Soriano and Afellay. With a team filled with B team players we surprisingly were dominating the South American side. In the 14th minute we went ahead with a heck of a move which was finished by Thiago. Iniesta took free kick short to Busquets who played it to Thiago in the box, who finsihed really well. That free kick was similar to the one we tried against Manchester United in Wembley, but this time we finished off the move. By the half hour mark our boys have already won the hearts of thousands in Allianz Arena, majority of them have to be Bayern fans. There were cheers for every completed pass and our boys definitely did well in that part.

Jul 24, 2011

FC Barcelona opened their 2011 pre-season with a rather entertaining goalless draw against Croatian side Hajduk Split. As expected Guardiola started with two different side in each half. The first half saw majority of Barca B players start along with the likes of Keita, Afellay and Villa. The full line-up for the first half is Valdes, Dalmau, Fontas, Lobato, Camona, Thiago, Jonathan Dos Santos, Afellay and Villa. The first half had Barca controlling the majority of possession but the better chances came from the Croatian side. it wasn't like we were not creating anything - there was a stupendous strike from Villa which hit the crossbar, another wonderful shot from Thiago after some dashing run through midfield, but all these was far in between. The second half saw a completely different side - Pinto, Balliu, Abidal, Rosell, Maxwell, Iniesta, Busquets, Riverola, Cuenca, Jonathan Soriano, and Jeffren. Definitely we started taking full control in the second half with Iniesta, featuring a new hair cut running riot. The finishing at times have been poor but still there were enough positives from some of Barca B players performances. The likes of Soriano, Thiago, Jonathan dos Santos all impressed. They all should see more playing time with majority of starting eleven players from now on.

Jul 22, 2011

FC Barcelona has made an official announcement regarding the signing of the Chilean striker on the official website. The agreement reached with Udinese will se Barca paying 26 Million Euro upfront and another 11 million later as variables. My assumption is the variables will be linked to not only his performance also to the playing minutes. The Chilean striker has been linked to Barca since the end of last season. Udinese played their part in hiking the value of a player who scored 12 goals last season, four in one match. The amount of 26 Million says how highly Rosell and Guardiola rate the player and he is expected to give cover to Barca's front line and also a bit of competition to likes of Villa and Pedro. Meanwhile as expected Barca has announced the departure of Bojan Krkic to Roma after four less than successful seasons. Barca will get 12 Million Euros for the player and also have a buy-back clause of 13 Million if they decide to bring back the striker in the end of 2012-13 season.

Jul 12, 2011

Millions of Argentinian fans can breathe a sigh of relief today after their team's sensational performance against CostaRica. May be beating CostaRica should never be considered sensational, but then considering their last two performance this was nothing short of sensational. It's not only the Argentinian fans who are relieved, but also the Barcelona ones. Messi unfortunately have come under lots of flack from press in home country and right now there is a change in the mood. It is rather unfortunate to put the whole blame of pathetic performance on Messi, who honestly was the best player against Bolivia and Colombia and also created a host of chances but for his team mates to waste it. Finally he was given a team to express himself and boy oh boy he did really well. Two assist and a number of would have been assist summed up his great night. The match started with a nervous Messi but the second half saw the great one who love to go in those mesmirising runs. He should be a bit agitated with the number of chances both Aguerra and Higuain have wasted, but he wouldn't mind that much as he knows clearly that his coach now know the system which works with him.

Jul 7, 2011

The Spanish League's calendar has been out and we will be travelling to Malaga in the opening fixture of our title defense on the 21st of August. We will be aiming to win our fourth successive La Liga title and equal the record of the Cryuff's Dream Team. The first Clasico match which is going to be held at Camp Nou is scheduled on the 11th of December. But there is a high chance that it may be postponed as we will have our semi-final match of the Club World Cup in Japan on 15th. The opening fixture at Malaga looks like a good match to start with, but there are trouble coming in the starting weeks. Matchday 2 will see us hosting Villareal at Camp Nou, Matchday 5 has we travelling to Valencia and the very next week we will be hosting Athletico Madrid. So that's a tough start. Just to remind you all that Season's opener Spanish Super Cup is scheduled on the 14th and 17th of August. We will be playing the second leg at home. So we can expect a season long sledging attacks between two clubs.

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