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FC Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao, 5-1


With this win, Barcelona has made the best start in La Liga history.

Today's match against Athletic Bilbao wasn't flawless, but it certainly was brilliant. Athletic Bilbao pressed hard and attempted to play a possession game much like Barcelona's own, but although they had some good chances and a goal, they simply couldn't compete with eleven of our boys in good form.

Our opening goal came, surprisingly, from defender Gerard Pique, his first of the season. A corner kick from Leo Messi sent the ball into Cesc Fabregas' path. His shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, but Geri found himself all alone in front of the rebound and coolly kicked it home. 1-0. Just a few minutes later, a lovely through ball from Xavi found Messi making a run in front of two defenders. The player guarding the far post attempted to block his shot but only managed to kick it up into the top of the net. 2-0. And right before halftime, Cesc received a pass from a beleaguered Messi, turned, and timed his pass perfectly to defender Adriano Correia's run into the box on the right. 3-0.

The first goal after halftime went to Cesc, who snuck past the visitors' defense to convert an intuitive pass from Andres Iniesta into a powerful shot on target. 4-0. To their credit, Athletic Bilbao did not lose heart. Ten minutes later, they had succeeded in passing the ball up to Ibai Gomez, who easily outran Geri and Adriano to go one on one with keeper Victor Valdes. 4-1.

But the last goal of the evening belonged to Leo Messi. In the left corner, Pedro Rodriguez beat his pursuers to pass to Jordi Alba, who missed the ball. But as it slid past him, Messi picked it up, dribbled a few steps, and kicked it clinically up into the top right corner of the net. This made 84 goals in a calendar year for this magical little man, just one short of the all-time record by Gerd Müller. It also drew him level with Cesar, Barcelona's highest La Liga scorer, with 190 in his career. And Messi is still only 25 years old.

Can I just say that not only is Jordi Alba an amazing player, he is also the most adorable little hug machine. No matter who scores or whether he's been involved, he always seems to join the celebration first.


In other news, Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 today, putting Barcelona ahead of the second place La Liga team by six points. No doubt this improved the mood of Cristiano Ronaldo, who broke his three match "drought" and also assisted Mesut Ozil in a great goal.

And finally, have some hot half-naked footballers:

Thiago's underpants... I can't even...


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Dec. 2nd, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Sounds like it was a good game! Haven't watched it yet due to studying
Dec. 2nd, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
It was a lot of fun to watch! Not an "easy" match despite the scoreline, but our boys were lucky as well as good.
Dec. 2nd, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yay, so proud of our boys. :)
I like Athletic as well, and they tried, but they have seriously lost the plot over this season. Can't believe they didn't start Llorente, I mean you're playing a squad with the average height of oompa loompas and didn't think maybe that'd help.
Our random selection of goal scorers is always fun, like being an actual striker is too mainstream.
Has Messi broken the record for breaking the most records?
My dad says every game that Jordi is the best money they've spent. So much love for the killer squirrel.

lol oh Thiago, though the fact JDS is shirtless for no apparent reason makes up for it.

I watched a bit of the Madrid derby. Did want Real to 'not lose' for tactical reasons (and Casillas love reason). So yeah ok then.
The goals were pretty good, Xabi was boss, and I laughed at C.Ron. Athleti weren't bad but it's obvious Falcao is carrying them and not sure how long they can keep that going.

Am back to being a proper paying Cule though; as of when faction of Real followers pissed me off. You win over your closest rivals and all you can do is talk shit about your captain (apparently his reaction to C.Ron's goal wasn't too their liking), really. I'm pretty enamoured with Iker anyway for a whole mess of reasons, but it's the principle of the thing.
If you talk shit about your own captain, when he's come through your youth team, and won everything, and didn't actually do anything wrong, then I'm fairly sure you aren't a real fan. Or at least one of us needs to seriously recalibrate what 'suppourting' means.
The saddest part is pretty much any other football fan, regardless of club affiliation, really respect for Iker. But his own club turns on him for nothing. This is probably why they can't have nice things.
Totally tangent, but needed to vent.

Visca el Barca.
Dec. 2nd, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Apparently Athletic's management still haven't forgiven Llorente for wanting to transfer, so he's mostly been on the bench. But I totally agree, height's one of the few advantages you've got against Barcelona, you should use it!

All of our defenders will have scored by the end of this season, and not just by heading corner kicks either ;).

Jordi Alba is definitely the best buy since Villa at least. Watching him play for Barcelona makes me so happy :).

Harder to tell, but JDS seems to be rocking the multicolored undies too, just with a more somber and larger pattern.

I didn't get to watch the Madrid derby because our soccer club was watching the MLS final. I figured that Falcao has been largely responsible for their success this season, though.

Seems to me like Iker's reaction could just as easily have been interpreted as "DAMN... you stud, you!" even if he wasn't jumping up and down. You see what you want to see. How RM fans can *not* love Iker is beyond me, given that even Barcelona fans like us adore him.
Dec. 2nd, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh well that's quite silly, you're just spoiling your chances and making him resentful.

If own goals count too then we're pretty much already there with that one.
Puyi's headers are just too fierce for words.

Oh for sure; he's brilliant as a player, fits in, and clearly so happy there. Surely he's only going to get better at that.

lol aww such fashionistas.

Yeah, you could pretty much lipread 'wow' (fairly universal language there). From what I've seen It's not really in his character to jump around celebrating goals anyway.

It does boggle the mind, fairly sure he's the most consumate professional and all round adorable human being they could get.
Seriously I've put a lot of research into the matter; stumbled on the one person who hates him and got curious, figured that much feeling has to come from somewhere ... but nope have absolutley nothing.
Dec. 2nd, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
ikr? "Hmm, Llorente isn't happy at this club and wants to leave. I've got it! Let's keep him here, not use him, AND make him *really* unhappy. It's a lose-lose!"

Thiago was the first to tweet that photo; can't help wondering why he thought it would be a good idea to show off that particular fashion choice, lol.
Dec. 2nd, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
Exactly, logic as we know it is not a concept that really exists in la liga.

I have a couple of theories ...
a. they are just genuinley oblivious to how terrible they look, and think they're cool, like a sort of genetic defect (or maybe a safety mechanism; because if they're that talented and hot and well dressed the concentration of perfection would blind people).
b. they know it's bad and do it on purpose, in case interested parties need extra incentive to remove offending garment/s, and then hey while you're at it ...

Whichever it is there are a lot of the Spain squad who are just as bad. Xabi Alonso must die a bit inside with every call up.
Dec. 2nd, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of theories ...

Obviously as an appreciator of JDS/Alcantara bros slash, I prefer to subscribe to the second theory, but both seem plausible, lol...

Whichever it is there are a lot of the Spain squad who are just as bad. Xabi Alonso must die a bit inside with every call up.

LMAO, so true, they are as a group as poor in fashion sense as they are rich in footballing talent. Poor Xabi.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
lol yeah it was mostly spawned by Xaviker in the first place, but pretty universal. So I'd like to believe it's the latter ... but then on reflection have read interview quotes which suggest the former.

It's impressive on both counts really. I wonder sometimes if it's even possible to buy decent looking jeans in Spain.
Xabi is a beacon of hope and should use that power for good then.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
I think their shirt choices are way more unfortunate than jeans, but yeah.

Xabi should be taking Iker and Sergio shopping tbh.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
And finally, have some hot half-naked footballers:

Yes, please. And, yes, that's a busy set of underwear alright :)

Actually I was reading through one of those Sunday paper supplements yesterday and they had pics of Pique, Shakira and their little bump - very cute!

Congrats to Barca on the great start - did I hear today that Jose will be leaving Real soon?? Kinda caught a bit of it on the news.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Pique retweeted a photo of Shakira in his arms with her very bare bump not too long ago ;).

There has been a lot of speculation that Jose will leave Real at the end of the season. I hope it turns out to be true, but I don't think there's any concrete evidence at this point, just rumor. There's certainly tension with some members of the team and with the public...
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