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Aug 31, 2012

  • Barca fans needs to look at the Super Copa loss through a broader lens.
  • In Barca set-up defending is a collective effort.

Perspective, it's not a bad thing to have especially when the times are difficult. That also raises the big question - "Are these times tough?". My answer will be a resounding no, but we football fans have a tendency to forget the past and panic without any reason. So when I say tough times, it only refers to the losing of Super Copa and some reaction of Cules to our defense and Keeper after that. Oxford dictionary defines the term Perspective as "true understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion". Yup, A Sense of Proportion, that's what we are missing now. I am really fed up with people calling for Valdes, Adriano and some even Mascherano all to be sold. Come on guys, a week before we were praising them for their brilliant performance against the same side at the Camp Nou - FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid First leg Highlights. Ok, may be not Valdes.

Aug 30, 2012

  • FC Barcelona piared with Benfica, Spartak Moscow and Celtic in Group G.
  • Andres Iniesta won the UEFA Best Player of the YEAR beating Messi and Ronaldo.

Andres Iniesta wins UEFA Palyer of Year

Andres Iniesta won UEFA's top Award in a night when FC Barcelona was drawn to play Benifica, Spartak Moscow and Celtic in Group G of this 2012-13 UEFA Champions League. As you can see it was a comparitively easy group even though travelling to Moscow could turn to be tricky. Benifica and Celtic would play a more fancy style of football and could be much easier opponents for us. But still being complacent is not something which could harm us. But the a look at other groups , we can say how lucky we have been. The toughest group of all is Group D, which features Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund. The Group A has Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St-Germain and Dinamo Zagreb. Group B has Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos and Montpellier. Group C has Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht and Malaga. Group E has Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Nordsjaelland. Group F has Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, Bate Borisov. And Group H has Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray and Cluj.

  • Real Madrid beat Barca to win the Super Cup.
  • Messi scores a brilliant free kick in a 2-1 defeat to arch-rival.

Lionel Messi against Real Madrid

Real Madrid won the 2012 Spanish Super Cup with a resounding 2-1 victory over Barca at teh Santiago Bernebeu. This was incidently their first victory over Barca at their stadium in over four years. As if gifting Di Maria a goal in the first leg wasn't enough, we gifted two more Real Madrid from actually minimal of pressure. Mascherano, Pique and Valdes all were responsible for those mistakes. A brilliant free kick from Messi reduced the deficit, but Barca couldn't find that crucial second goal which would have won them the Cup. Tito Vilanova started with Valdes, Adriano, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi and Sanchez. Meanwhile Real Madrid had Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Ozil, Higuain, Ronaldo and Maria.

Aug 27, 2012

  • Barca scored the first away victory against Osasuna.
  • Tito Vilanova was sent off meanwhile Messi scored two for FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi against Osasuna

Going to Pamplona was the most difficult task for Pep guardiola's Barca. And it looks like it is going to remain the same with tito's Barca also. We turned around a one goal deficit to win the match 2-1 at the Reyno de Navarra stadium. Lionel Messi who had a very quite night, scored both the goals in the match in a span of five minutes. Osasuna would have felt really unfortunate not to have won the match after dominating Barca for the majority of the game. In the FC Barcelona vs Osasuna Preview, I wrote how tough this match could get, that was proven to be an understatement. Tito Vilanova started with Valdes, Alves, pique, Puyol, Alba, Busquets, Fabregas, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi and Tello. Pinto, Mascherano, Xavi, Adriano, Song, Pedro and Villa started on the bench. Osasuna lined up with Fernandez, Betran, Arribas, Damia, Flano, Punal, Sisi, Cejudo, Lamah, Cedric Loe and Llorente.

Aug 24, 2012

  • FC Barcelona will Face Osasuna in their First Away Trip.
  • Barca will be looking to avenge last season defeat.

Lionel Messi against Osasuna

The defeat at Reyno de Navarra stadium in Pamplona kind of sealed our La Liga fate last season. Even though we recovered from that to take the League fight close, that effort took a lot from our players. So it's better to start the La Liga away Campaign at the same place where we really get owned up last season. The conditions there could be complete contrast from last season. Last season we played there in a Cold and Windy night, but most probably we will be playing on Sunday in a more hot conditions. But the state of the pitch could remain the same - something which resembles a dug up paddy field. Last season we lost the League title with our terrible away record. So this match will watched carefully by mot Cules and even their opponents to see how home sick we will be this season. The mood in the camp should be electric following FC Barcelona's victory over Real Madrid, mid week; eventhough there will be a bit of disappointment. And also a number of star players could be rested ahead of the return leg.

  • FC Barcelona wins the First Clasico of the season.
  • Pedro, Messi and Xavi scored for Barca in a five goal thriller. .

FC Barcelona will be taking a narrow 3-2 lead into the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup El Clasico, which will be held at the Santiago Bernebeu. It should have been ideally a two goal cushion with a scoreline of 3-1 but a combination of Referee and a little bit of stupidity by Valdes resulted in us giving away teh second goal. That second away goal do put us in a rather precarious position. After a goal less first hal the match came into life with a five goal second half thriller. As expected Tito Vilanova chose the strongest possible line-up for his first Clasico in charge. Valdes was on the goal, Alves, Pique, Mascherano and Adriano made the defense. The midfield had the usual Xavi, Busquets and Iniesta. Pedro, Sanchez and Messi made the front three. Real Madrid lined up with Casillas, Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Coentrao, Alonso, Khedira, Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo and Benzema.

Aug 20, 2012

Impossible Without You

watch the Video of David Villa Scoring Against Real Sociedad below:

  • Barca Mesmerises Camp Nou on Tito Vilanova's Debut.
  • Jordi Alba made his Debut in a match where Puyol, Messi, Pedro and Villa scored.

Carles Puyol Celebrates Scoring

Tito Vilanova started his La Liga campaign of 2012-13 seasocn with a 5-1 victory against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. This victory has taken Barca to the top of the League Table at the end of first lef of Spanish league. Carles Puyol opened the scoring, followed by a double from Messi and one each from pedro and Villa. David Villa also marked his return to competitive football scoring the goal which sealed FC Barcelona's victory. Tito Vilanova went with Valdes, Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, xavi, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi and Tello for his debut in La Liga. As I said in the FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad Preview, Tito Vilanova went with a standard 4-3-3 formation for this match. The substitute list had Pinto, Iniesta, Villa, Adriano, Sanchez, Pique and Sergi Roberto.

Aug 18, 2012

  • FC Barcelona and Arsenal has agreed deal for transfer of Alex Song.
  • Barca has agreed to pay Arsenal £15 Millon for the Cameroonian International .

Barca agree on Alex Song Deal

FC Barcelona has agreed on a £15 Million deal with Arsenal to bring the Cameroonian midfielder to Camp Nou. Along with Jordi Alba, Alex Song completes Barca's transfer market activities of this summer. Alex Song has been long linked to Barca and a need to find a cover for Busquets definitely was the reason why we went all out for him. He will undergo a medical on Monday followed by the signing and the official presentation. The buy-out clause for him will be expected to set at around €80 million. This one is a brilliant signing. He had a good season with Arsenal last year. One can even say after Van Persie, he was their best player. We were always having a problem finding a cover for Busquets. Mascherano was signed for that but he got fit into the central defense.

Aug 17, 2012

  • Tito Vilanova debuts as Barca Manager at Camp Nou.
  • Messi, Xavi, Iniesta all are expected to start FC Barcelona's First Liga Match.

Lionel Messi against Real Sociedad

The time has arrived to start the pursuit for another La Liga title and also to kick start a new era, which hopefully will be called as the "Tito Era". Tito Vilanova has managed Barca in all the pre-season friendlies with distinction, but this is the real deal. Usually a season starts with the two Super Copa match, but this time around the League start before the Copa matches. I would say it's a good omen. Even Guardiola also kick started his campaign in Spain with the League. Guardiola, who was the most successful manager in our club's history didn't have a great start to the season, even though it wasn't that bad. But Tito Vilanova does not have that luxury to afford a average start to the season. Going by last season's record, we can ill afford to lose any points as our great rivals Madrid won't be dropping much. For all the noise the Madrid based fans and media (also the English media) makes, we went down to them only once last season. What made it a killer blow was our lacklustre performance away from home in the first half of the season. We can't afford to do the same this season. We needs to be on the game from the word "Go". In that sense we will not get a better game to start the league than against Real Sociedad. Their last visit to Cam Nou gave us a narrow 2-1 victory, but the away draw against them hurt us in La Liga last season. Watch the highlights from FC Barcelona - 2 : 1 - Real Sociedad to re-live the match.

Aug 5, 2012

All the highlights from the friendly match between FC Barcelona and PSG in Paris. Barca won the match in Penalties where Pinto proved to be more than handy.

Barca vs PSG Highlights

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