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Football / FC Barcelona v Real Madrid • 21 April 2012
« on: April 19, 2012, 05:24:53 PM »
This one is for all the marbles....or at least some.

Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona 8:00pm, Trinidad 2pm.

This season:
Sat 10/12/11 PRD Real Madrid 1 - 3 Barcelona
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Team Rankings:
1 Real Madrid 33 +78 85
2 Barcelona 33 +72 81
3 Valencia 33 +8 52
4 Málaga 33 +3 51

Football / For the men who cyah even kick a lime - FIFA 12
« on: June 03, 2011, 09:11:20 AM »
Mods, if there is a thread for this please merge.

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Wednesday the 20th of April 2011

21:30, Barcelona Time (CEST)
3:30, Trinidad Time

Stadium: Estadio Mestalla, Valencia

Previous Meetings this season
Real Moudrid 1-1 FC Barcelona
0-1 : Messi (pen) 52'
1-1 : C.Ronaldo (pen) 82'

FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid CF
1-0 : Xavi 10'
2-0 : Pedro 18'
3-0 : Villa 55'
4-0 : Villa 58'
5-0 : Jeffren 90+1'

Puyol was withdrawn from the last match as a precautionary measure.

Adriano has a small calf injury.

Raul Albiol will miss the match because of the DIRECT RED he received in the last match.

I hope Pep unleashes Mascherano on Pepe and he gives him some of what he was dishing out on Sat.

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Football / El Clásico • Real Madrid v FC Barcelona • 16 Apr 2011
« on: April 14, 2011, 01:00:47 PM »
Saturday the 16th of April 2011

22:00, Barcelona Time (CEST)
4:00, Trinidad

Santiago Bernabéu

Previous Meetings, this season:
FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid CF
1-0 : Xavi 10'
2-0 : Pedro 18'
3-0 : Villa 55'
4-0 : Villa 58'
5-0 : Jeffren 90+1'

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B!tch Ass Figo
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Football / New French Kit
« on: January 19, 2011, 10:37:07 AM »
I know for men like Touches, this ia real kick in the teeth seeing as they are Adidas fanboys.

France fans, comments??

PARIS —After a disastrous 2010 World Cup, the French national soccer team made a symbolic break with the past this week, introducing a new uniform from a new sponsor, Nike. The outfit consists of an all-blue jersey and white shorts; the third color of the French flag, red, is revealed when players turn over the ends of their shirtsleeves.

The new outfit is the centerpiece of Nike’s effort to recoup a more than 300 million euro ($400 million) investment, after it wrested the French soccer federation away from its longtime sponsor, Adidas. The deal, struck three years ago, before France’s soccer fortunes took a sharp turn for the worse, is by far the most lucrative sponsorship in the international game.

“What Nike has now is a huge challenge,” said Henri de La Grandville, senior researcher at Sportcal, a firm in Lausanne. “The first thing they have to do is to sell a lot of shirts.”

For Les Bleus, as the soccer team is known here, Nike chose a design that is radically different from the previous generation of jerseys. While Adidas stuck to a traditional soccer aesthetic, featuring the French red, white and blue and its own logo, the new jersey features a thin collar and a sleek, monochrome torso.

Some said that the shirt appeared to be suited for almost any purpose other than soccer, but Nike, which introduced the top at a Paris site that often plays host to fashion shows, clearly designed it for an era when stars of the game have made the jump from the playing field to the runway.

“I think you can wear it with jeans or a jacket,” said Laurent Blanc, the coach who replaced Raymond Domenech after the World Cup. Meanwhile, four French players, on a stage behind him, showed off the options for customizing their look — by buttoning the collar up or leaving the neck open, for example, or by revealing the red lining of the sleeves.

Nike declined to say how many shirts it hoped to sell. Some European professional teams like Manchester United, which is sponsored by Nike, and Real Madrid, sponsored by Adidas, sell more than a million jerseys annually, analysts say.

With a few exceptions, like Brazil and England, which is sponsored by a Nike subsidiary, Umbro, national teams do not enjoy similarly extensive worldwide support. In 2006, for example, Adidas sold about 500,000 French jerseys.

Cyril du Cluzeau, Nike’s marketing director for France, said the goal was to broaden the French team’s international appeal, turning it into a European juggernaut like Brazil, or the New York Yankees. The new shirts and a range of other clothing, some of it with a logo incorporating the initials of the French soccer federation, will be sold in 900 stores in France and 400 more around the world.

Nike hopes to rehabilitate the image of the federation and the national team with a marketing campaign that celebrates the country’s creative flair.

A television spot features French players, from unknowns to stars on the national team, dribbling, passing and shooting past hapless opponents. The ad, created by a Paris agency called Leg, is set to a passage from Edmond Rostand’s play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” in which Cyrano defeats the Viscount de Valvert in a duel while composing a poem on the spot. The words are recited by Oxmo Puccino, a French hip-hop artist.

The ad closes with the tag line, “Vive le football libre,” or “Long live free soccer.”

Previous advertisements, from Adidas, emphasized team solidarity — an approach that turned unintentionally ironic amid the wreckage of France’s World Cup campaign.

After a second-place finish in the 2006 World Cup, France failed to move beyond the first round of the tournament last summer, when tension between the team and Mr. Domenech escalated into a strike by several players.

Shortly after the World Cup, two members of the team, Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema, were placed under judicial investigation on suspicion of soliciting sex from a teenage prostitute.

For Nike, these woes were merely the latest reminders of the risks of sports sponsorship. Nike also sponsors the golfer Tiger Woods and stuck with him after accusations of a series of extramarital affairs.

Similarly, Nike is putting a brave face on its new relationship with the French soccer federation, which takes effect this year and is set to run through 2018. While Nike had previously signed Brazil, Portugal, the Netherlands and the United States, among other national teams, France is the biggest catch in Europe for the company’s flagship brand.

French players will wear the new uniforms for the first time when they face Brazil in a match on Feb. 9.

“I’ve already sweated in this shirt, and it felt very comfortable,” said Florent Malouda, a midfielder. “It’s very different from the old shirt. Now we hope to get the result that comes with it.”

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Football / Vote for Villa: Male Athlete of the Year
« on: December 03, 2010, 12:29:33 PM »

FC Barcelona and Spanish international striker David Villa (29) is one of twelve male athletes from around the world nominated for 2010′s Athlete of the Year, an annual award given out by the United States Sports Academy. The player was nominated for the goal scoring prowess he showed during the World Cup.

Football / True Supporters
« on: December 01, 2010, 01:09:06 PM »
Check these videos out.

FIFA 11 did some viral videos about fans all over the world.

These 2 stood out to me the most - A guy from South Africa and The Corinthians from Brasil.

They taking being a fan to another level.

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Football / 34 of the very best!!
« on: October 01, 2010, 01:42:02 PM »

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi was presented with the Golden Boot award on Thursday for being the top scorer across the domestic leagues in Europe last season.

The Argentina forward received the prize for having accumulated 34 goals to help Barcelona retain its Spanish league title.

"All awards are special, but it is thanks to the help of my teammates that I have won," Messi said. "I just try to play well and do the things as best I can for my team and my coach."

Messi now joins Marco van Basten, Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to have won all three major individual awards: the Golden Boot, FIFA World Player of the Year and the Golden Ball, given to the European footballer of the year.

Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and Udinese striker Antonio di Natale were tied for second place with 29 goals each.

The prize comes after a lackluster Messi had failed to score a single goal at the World Cup in South Africa. Even so, former Argentina coach Diego Maradona said Wednesday that Messi deserved the award and hoped he would "win many more."

Messi is the second Barcelona player to be honored by European Sports Magazine. Ronaldo earned the club's first Golden Boot by also scoring 34 goals, in the 1996-97 season.

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol applauded Messi's ability and character.
"He is the best in the world, but he is humble. He improves everyday," Puyol said before the awards ceremony. "He is the best player in the world and he demonstrated that he deserves this award."

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez scored 35 goals last season for Ajax in the Netherlands, but failed to win due to the points system that compensates for the degree of difficulty posed by the major European leagues (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish).

So far this season, Messi has scored two goals in three games in the Spanish league.

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Football / La Liga Season - 2010/2011
« on: July 23, 2010, 07:50:49 AM »
Well the euphoria of the World Cup is winding down and the La Liga season is about to begin in just under a month.

Should be an interesting season with Mourinho joining Real and Villa joining Barca. It would also be interesting to see the Clasico and how the players react with one another after just winning the World Cup.

Most clubs have already began pre-season training and are probably heading to the US or Asia for tours.

I know they aren't many La Liga fans here as it doesn't have the intrigue of Alex Ferguson and ManU or the oil money of Man City, but they do have the technique of Xavi and Iniesta, the skill of Messi and the power and pace of C. Ronaldo.


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / For the Mortal Kombat fans:
« on: June 09, 2010, 08:18:56 AM »
Game or movie?

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Football / GQ Magazine - 11 Greatest Players on the planet
« on: May 27, 2010, 07:55:10 AM »
GQ is hosting the slide show called “The Eleven Greatest Players on the Planet”

See who made the list.


G - Iker Casillas (Spain/Real Madrid).

D -Dani Alves (Brazil/Barcelona), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia/Manchester United), Maicon (Brazil/Inter Milan), John Terry (England/Chelsea).

M - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Andrés Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), Kaká (Brazil/Real Madrid), Xavi (Spain/Barcelona).

F - Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/Chelsea).

Football / The game has been brought into disrepute!!
« on: May 04, 2010, 08:19:52 AM »
Came across this on a blog this morning, this is for the EPL/ManUre fanboys who still have a C.Ronaldo tabanca.

Annie Leibovitz captured the biggest and sexiest soccer players repping their flag and baring it all. The World Cup stars showed off their patriotic sex appeal for Vanity Fair's June issue.

The sexy men that were featured are: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, and Brazil’s Kaká.  Let us not forget, that rumors were swirling last month, that Kim Kardashian jetted off to Spain to spend a romantic weekend with the world's biggest star, Ronaldo.  In case you missed it, here are the pics to prove it.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010, 2:45 Trinidad Time

Location: Camp Nou

20-04-2010 UEFA CL
F.C. Internazionale Milano 3-1 FC Barcelona

Current Form in the Champions League ONLY

FC Barcelona
home WLWWW

F.C. Internazionale Milano
away DWLWW

FC Barcelona have already beaten FC Internazionale Milano once at home this season and they need a repeat performance if they are to claim a place in next month's UEFA Champions League final.

• José Mourinho's visitors may have performed well on their travels in recent rounds but they lost 2-0 at the Camp Nou in November and have never won a semi-final away leg in Europe's elite club competition.
• The Italian champions hold the upper hand in the tie, however, despite Pedro Rodr?guez's 19th-minute strike at San Siro. Wesley Sneijder levelled on the half-hour, and second-half goals from Maicon (48) and Diego Milito (61) left Barcelona with plenty of work to do in the second leg.
• For two-time winners Inter, the goal is a first final appearance since 1972. Josep Guardiola's Barcelona, by contrast, are looking to take the penultimate step towards becoming the first team since Inter's neighbours AC Milan 20 years ago to win back-to-back European crowns.
• In a contest rich in sub-plots, Inter coach Mourinho returns once more to the club he served as assistant coach and he is not alone, with Nerazzurri players Samuel Eto'o, Thiago Motta and Ricardo Quaresma all having enjoyed spells at the Camp Nou.


Barça 3 – 1 Xerez

Barça’s “comeback” against Inter started as soon as the referee whistled the end of the match.

The team asks for a volcanic Camp Nou and promises that they will “leave their skin behind” (they will put everything into winning the game and qualifying).

The first one was won by Cruyff’s Barça

The second one was won by Rijkaard’s Barça

The third one was won by Guardiola’s Barça

The fourth one must be won by the fans.


Tuesday, 20 April 2010, 2:45, Trinidad Time

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)

Current Form (in the Champions League ONLY)

FC Barcelona:
away DDWDD

F.C. Internazionale Milano:
home DDWWW

• Mourinho served as an assistant to the late Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal at Barcelona  from 1996 to 2000.• As Chelsea manager Mourinho oversaw a 5-4 aggregate defeat of Barcelona in the 2004/05 first knockout round but suffered a 3-2 overall loss at the same stage the next season. The 2006/07 campaign brought another reunion, this time in the group stage, with Chelsea finishing above Barça after a 1-0 home win and 2-2 away draw.
• Guardiola played in Italy between 2001 and 2003, making 24 appearances in Serie A for Brescia Calcio and another four for AS Roma.
• Eto'o spent five seasons with Barcelona from 2004. The Cameroon striker hit 109 goals in 144 league appearances, including 30 last season. In the UEFA Champions League he registered 18 in 43 games, scoring Barcelona's first goals in the final triumphs of 2006 and 2009.
• Motta made 96 league appearances for Barcelona between 2002 and 2007, scoring six goals. He was an unused substitute in the Blaugrana's 2-1 UEFA Champions League final defeat of Arsenal FC in 2006.
• Inter forward Diego Milito, 30, could line up against his 29-year-old brother Gabriel of Barcelona. The Argentinian siblings played together for two seasons with Real Zaragoza between 2005 and 2007.
• Only three sets of brothers have played against each other in UEFA club competition: Johannes (Celtic FC) and Atli Edvaldsson (Valur Reykjavík) in the first round of the 1974/75 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Ronald (PSV Eindhoven) and Erwin Koeman (KV Mechelen) in the 1988 UEFA Super Cup and John Arne (AS Roma) and Bjørn Helge Riise (Fulham FC) in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Quaresma spent 2003/04 at the Camp Nou, making 22 Liga appearances and scoring once.
• During his three-year spell at Inter, Barcelona striker Ibrahimović hit 57 goals in 88 Serie A appearances and six in 22 UEFA Champions League games.
• An unused substitute for Barcelona at San Siro in September, Maxwell was also with Inter for three years from 2006 to 2009. The Brazil full-back made 79 appearances in Serie A and scored two goals.
• Thierry Henry scored twice for Arsenal in a 5-1 win at Inter in the 2003/04 group stage. The France forward previously suffered a UEFA Cup semi-final defeat at Inter's hands when playing for AS Monaco FC in 1996/97.
• Former Barcelona forward Jordi Cruyff – son of Camp Nou favourite Johan – hit the opening goal for Deportivo Alavés when they became the first, and so far only, Spanish team to beat Inter in Milan, prevailing 2-0 in a UEFA Cup fourth-round tie in 2000/01.
• The second leg is in Barcelona on 28 April. The victorious team will advance to the final in Madrid on 22 May where they will play either FC Bayern München or Olympique Lyonnais.

Previous meetings:
• These two sides need no introduction having met last autumn in the group stage. They drew 0-0 at San Siro on 16 September before reconvening in Barcelona on 24 November, the Catalan side prevailing 2-0 through first-half strikes from Gerard Piqué and Pedro Rodríguez.
• The clubs had previously met in the UEFA Champions League second group stage in 2002/03. Barcelona were 3-0 winners at the Camp Nou on 18 February 2003. Goals from Javier Saviola, Phillip Cocu and Patrick Kluivert secured a ninth successive victory in the UEFA Champions League proper, still a competition record.
• The return the following week finished goalless and both teams progressed to the quarter-finals, Barcelona as group winners. Yet Inter went further that season, reaching the last four.
• Inter's Javier Zanetti and Barcelona pair Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernández played in both matches, with Andrés Iniesta an unused substitute at San Siro.

Handover of the trophy from the defending champions to the host club/city.

The volcano that has caused havoc for many of Europe's air travellers has affected FC Barcelona for their trip to Milan.
Initial plans called for the team to fly out Sunday to Rome via Nice and then ride by coach to Milan.
But with all of the airports throughout northern Spain closed due to ash clouds emanating from the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, the club has been forced to travel by coach a distance totalling 1,000 kilómetros from Barcelona to Milan.
The bus took off Sunday at 14:30 for a 630km trip to Cannes where they will spend the night. On Monday they will continue the remaining 350km to Milan where they are expected to arrive sometime Monday evening.

Football / El Clásico • Madrid CF v FC Barcelona • 10 April 10
« on: April 08, 2010, 01:43:12 PM »

Saturday, 10 April 2010, 4:00pm Trinidad Time (subject to correction)

Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

League Ranks
FC Barça, 1st, 77 points, Goal difference, +56
Real Madrid, 2nd, 77 points, Goal difference, +57

Current Form
(La Liga ONLY)

FC Barcelona
away WWWWW

Real Madrid
home WWWWW

Past Meetings
This season
Barcelona - Camp Nou
FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid CF
1-0 : Ibrahimovic 56'

Top Scorers
Real Madrid v FC Barcelona
Higuaín (24) vs L. Messi (26)
C. Ronaldo (18) v Ibrahimovic (15)
Kaká (7) v .Pedro (7)

Football / 1/4 1L UEFA CL • Arsenal FC v FC Barcelona • Both-Legs
« on: March 29, 2010, 07:37:16 AM »
Wednesday, 31 March 2010, 3:45, Trinidad Time

Emirates Stadium, London

Capacity: 60,355

Arsenal Football Club (often simply known as Arsenal or The Arsenal, or by their nickname The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, North London. They play in the Premier League and are one of the most successful clubs in English football, having won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups. They hold the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the English top flight and are the only side to have completed a Premier League season unbeaten.

Current Form
(in the Champions League ONLY)

FC Barcelona

Arsenal FC

• In addition to their meetings during the 1999/2000 season, the rival coaches also lined up against each other when Wenger was coach of AS Monaco FC and Guardiola was a player at Barcelona.• Guardiola came out on top with Barcelona beating Monaco both home (2-0) and away (1-0) in the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League group stage. Both clubs subsequently lost to AC Milan, Monaco in the semi-final, Barcelona in the final.
• Guardiola held aloft the European Champion Clubs' Cup on English soil as a player when the Blaugrana beat UC Sampdoria at Wembley in 1992. But he won only once in five attempts away to English opponents during his playing days.
• Henry is Arsenal's record league scorer. He hit 174 goals in 254 Premier League appearances, and 226 in 369 matches overall between 1999 and 2007.
• The French international won two league titles and three FA Cups during his time in north London. His first coach when he joined Monaco as a teenager was Wenger.
• Fàbregas travelled in the opposite direction as Henry when he left Barcelona's youth ranks to join Arsenal as a 16-year-old in September 2003.
• Thomas Vermaelen was a colleague of Maxwell and Zlatan Ibrahimović at AFC Ajax, playing with the latter from 2001 to 2004 and the former for another two years until 2006.
• William Gallas played in the Chelsea team that eliminated Barcelona from the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League but then lost to them at the same last-16 stage the next season.
• Mikaël Silvestre appeared as a last-minute substitute for former club Manchester United in their 2008 semi-final win against Barcelona at Old Trafford.
• Andrei Arshavin was in the Russia side beaten 3-0 by Spain in the UEFA EURO 2008 semi-final. Puyol, Xavi Hernández and Iniesta were in the Spain lineup along with Fàbregas.
• Gerard Piqué played once against Arsenal during his four years at Manchester United from 2004 to 2008. That appearance against Arsenal in a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in April 2008 was his last in a United shirt.
• Seydou Keita scored the opening goal for Sevilla FC when they beat Arsenal 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League group stage in November 2007. Daniel Alves also played for Sevilla that night and the future Barcelona pair were involved too in Sevilla's 3-0 reverse at Arsenal two months earlier.
• Carlos Vela is a team-mate of Rafael Márquez with Mexico.
• The second leg takes place on 6 April. The victors will take on the winner of the quarter-final between FC Internazionale Milano and PFC CSKA Moskva in the semi-finals.

Some players who played for both teams:
Petit, Overmars, Henry, Gio Van bronkhorst and Sylvinho

Previous meetings:
Barcelona came from behind to defeat Arsenal 2-1 in the 2006 UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France. Samuel Eto'o (76) and substitute Juliano Belletti (81) scored in quick succession to overturn Sol Campbell's 37th-minute opener for an Arsenal side reduced to ten men by goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's 18th-minute dismissal.

General Discussion / Vacancy Ad/Billboard
« on: March 22, 2010, 11:03:21 AM »
Saw this in today's Newsday, just had to share.

Trinity Cross, I think you should apply for the position.

This billboard was put up in Laventille after the recent killing of a little girl.

Football / 2010 Nike Business
« on: February 25, 2010, 02:37:43 PM »
I follow this guy on Twitter who uploaded some live pics from a Nike function where they were unveiling the 2010 kits.

Dempsey US Kit

All the Brasil kits new one in front


Football / UCL 1L • VfB Stuttgart v FC Barcelona • 23 Feb 2010
« on: February 23, 2010, 09:03:21 AM »
Mercedes-Benz Arena

Past Meetings (

• Barcelona recorded home and away wins against Stuttgart when the clubs met in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2007/08.

• The Spanish side prevailed 2-0 in the first encounter in Germany on 2 October 2007, Carles Puyol (53) and Lionel Messi (67) the scorers.

• Stuttgart will hope for more than they managed against Barcelona's Liga rivals Sevilla FC in the group stage. They lost 3-1 to the Andalusian club at home on 20 October before earning a 1-1 draw in Spain on 4 November through Zdravko Kuzmanović's 79th-minute equaliser.

• Stuttgart also travelled to Sevilla in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage, losing 2-0.

• They have won just one of eleven previous meetings with Spanish sides – a 1-0 home success against Real Sociedad de Fútbol in the first leg of the 1988/89 UEFA Cup quarter-final. It was their first encounter with Liga opposition and they eventually advanced on penalties after losing the return by the same scoreline.

• Barcelona's last six trips to Germany have yielded four wins and two draws. Their most recent visit was for last term's quarter-final second leg against FC Bayern München, where a 1-1 draw completed a 5-1 aggregate triumph.

• Barcelona beat German opposition in Fortuna Düsseldorf to win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1979.

• Barcelona have won four and drawn five away games in the UEFA Champions League since suffering their last defeat on the road, in the 2007/08 semi-final at Manchester United FC.

Puyol wary of Stuttgart threat

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol admits his side could be in for a bad night if they underestimate the threat posed by in-form Stuttgart in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Barca make the trip to Germany having bounced back from their first league defeat of the season against Atletico Madrid by thumping Racing Santander 4-0 on Saturday night.

That was the Catalan giants' sixth victory in seven league games, but they will now come up against a Stuttgart side who are in just as good form.

Stuttgart may still be struggling down in ninth place in the Bundesliga but they too have won six of their last seven and at the weekend thrashed Cologne 5-1 away from home with Cacau netting four of his side's goals.

When the draw was made back in December, Stuttgart were in the midst of a ten-match winless run in all competitions, but it is a different story now and a wary Puyol said: "They're playing better now and they are a dangerous team.

"If we don't go there focused, we could really have a bad time,'' added Puyol, who scored one of his side's goals as they beat Stuttgart 2-0 away during the group stages of the 2007/08 Champions League.

Barca have struggled badly with absentees recently and the Champions League holders will again be without Seydou Keita and Eric Abidal.

Key duo Xavi and Dani Alves have at least made the trip to Germany, but neither has yet been given the all-clear to return to action following injuries.

Full-back Alves has been absent for a month due to a calf problem while Xavi picked up a thigh injury during the defeat to Atletico that had been expected to keep the Spain international out for around 15 days.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was a late withdrawal ahead of Saturday`s win over Racing with an ankle problem, has also been included in a 20-man travelling squad in the hope he will be fit to feature.

Stuttgart coach Christian Gross is likely to be without left-back Arthur Boka for both meetings against Barca after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in training prior to the Cologne match that could keep him sidelined for a month.

That was one of the few negatives on what was a memorable weekend for the Bundesliga outfit, which saw striker Cacau make a stunning return from his four-week injury lay-off.

"I was really looking forward to this game after my long break,'' said Cacau. "And the way the game went makes it particularly beautiful.''

Looking ahead to the clash, the Brazilian-born Germany international told Barca TV: "We've got nothing to lose. Barca are favourites and we maybe have a 20 or 30% chance of getting through, but we will be trying to make the most of our opportunities.

"We have to get a good result at home, because when Barca play at home it is very difficult to win. I hope they may be over confident and not commit themselves completely.''

-Més que un club

Football / UEFA CL • FC Barcelona v Inter Milan • 24 Nov 09
« on: November 23, 2009, 08:41:26 AM »

Tuesday, 24 November 09, 20:45, Barcelona Time
Tuesday, 24 November 09, 3:45, Trinidad

Past Meeting in Champions League
FC Inter Milan 0-0 FC Barcelona - 16/09/09

José Mourinho served as an assistant coach at Barcelona from 1996-2000, working under the late Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal.

• As Chelsea manager Mourinho oversaw a 5-4 aggregate defeat of Barcelona in the 2004/05 first knockout round but suffered a 3-2 defeat over two legs at the same stage the next season. The 2006/07 campaign brought another reunion, this time in the group stage, with Chelsea finishing above Barcelona after a 1-0 home win and 2-2 away draw.

• Eto'o spent five seasons with Barcelona from 2004. The Cameroon striker hit 109 goals in 144 league appearances, including 30 last season. In the UEFA Champions League he registered 18 in 43 games, scoring Barcelona's first goals in the final triumphs of 2006 and 2009.

• Inter winger Ricardo Quaresma spent 2003/04 at the Camp Nou, making 22 Liga appearances and scoring once.

• During his three-year spell at Inter, Ibrahimović hit 57 goals in 88 Serie A appearances and six in 22 UEFA Champions League games.

• Thierry Henry scored twice for former club Arsenal FC in a 5-1 win at Inter in the 2003/04 group stage.

Injured Messi doubtful for Barcelona’s Inter match

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Lionel Messi was among six Barcelona players to miss training on Sunday ahead of its Champions League match against Inter Milan.

The Argentina forward has a thigh problem and was substituted in the 75th minute of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. His participation in Tuesday’s game against Inter “has not been ruled out,” Barcelona said on its Web site.

Inter is top of Group F with six points. Rubin Kazan and Barcelona follow with five points each, while Dynamo Kiev has four.

Tests to determine whether defender Rafael Marquez had swine flu proved negative, Barcelona said late Sunday.”We will monitor his development to see if he is fit to play,” the club added.

Teammates Eric Abidal and Yaya Toure have been diagnosed as having the flu virus.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sidelined with a hamstring injury and defender Gerard Pique could only do light training in the gym, the club said on its Web site, without giving details of his ailment.

Messi could also be a doubt for Sunday’s “clasico” match against Real Madrid, which leads the defending Spanish champions by one point in the standings after 11 games.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Modern Warfare 2 and ODST ads
« on: November 10, 2009, 09:07:57 AM »
Video game ads have been taken to a next level. Gone are the days of just splicing together actual game play, now real money is being spent on production and proper editing.

These 2 came out in within the last 2 mths.

Real good dialogue between the 2 characters, and this was done by Wal Mart.
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Can't even imagine the astronomical amount of money that was spent on this.
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Football / Now come across these viral ads.
« on: November 03, 2009, 05:30:53 PM »
Real good copy-writing, the old man who acted in the Bourne Identity movies did the voice overs.

The Ribery is my favourite.

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General Discussion / Shooting on Luis St. Woodbrook (1 pic graphic)
« on: September 30, 2009, 09:50:17 AM »
A shooting just took place on Luis St. in Woodbrook, broad daylight naturally.

My cousin who lives on the street and took this pic told me there was some road work being done by a URP gang, and a car drove buy and fired some shots and killed one man.

Football / The Powerhouse
« on: September 29, 2009, 07:49:46 AM »
Real good art direction. Not really a fan of Adidas ads but they come real good of late.

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Football / CL 09-10 • FC Inter Milan v FC Barcelona • 16/09/09
« on: September 11, 2009, 10:42:22 AM »
I just couldn't wait any longer to start this thread. Next Wed Barca travel to Italy to face Eto'o and Inter Milan.

God be with anyone who angers Eto'o, cause he will put it on yuh.

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (A.K.A San Siro), Milan

Past Meetings:
Past Meetings

Trofeu Gamper :: FC Barcelona 5-0 Inter Milan :: 29/8/07

26-02-03 UEFA CL :: Internazionale 0 - 0 Barcelona
18-02-03 UEFA CL :: Barcelona 3 - 0 Internazionale

Match background - UEFA

• Inter have lost just one of 15 home matches against Spanish clubs. The Nerazzurri achieved the first of their two European Cup successes by defeating Real Madrid CF 3-1 in the 1964 final in Vienna.

• This will be Barcelona's sixth trip to San Siro and their record there is W2 D1 L2. Barça's last visit brought a 1-0 win against Milan in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League semi-final. Ludovic Giuly's 57th-minute strike was the only goal of the tie.

• Barcelona lifted the European Cup for the first time after beating Italy's UC Sampdoria 1-0 in the 1992 final at Wembley. They lost the 1994 final 4-0 to Milan.

Team ties - UEFA

• José Mourinho served as an assistant coach at Barcelona from 1996-2000, working under the late Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal.

• As Chelsea manager Mourinho oversaw a 5-4 aggregate defeat of Barcelona in the 2004/05 first knockout round but suffered a 3-2 defeat over two legs at the same stage the next season. The 2006/07 campaign brought another reunion, this time in the group stage, with Chelsea finishing above Barcelona after a 1-0 home win and 2-2 away draw.

• Eto'o spent five seasons with Barcelona from 2004. The Cameroon striker hit 109 goals in 144 league appearances, including 30 last season. In the UEFA Champions League he registered 18 in 43 games, scoring Barcelona's first goals in the final triumphs of 2006 and 2009.

• Inter winger Ricardo Quaresma spent 2003/04 at the Camp Nou, making 22 Liga appearances and scoring once.

• During his three-year spell at Inter, Ibrahimović hit 57 goals in 88 Serie A appearances and six in 22 UEFA Champions League games.

• Thierry Henry scored twice for former club Arsenal FC in a 5-1 win at Inter in the 2003/04 group stage.

Football / Coaches Jobs on the line
« on: September 09, 2009, 07:49:14 AM »
A World Cup without France, Argentina or Portugal might previously have been unthinkable. Now it's a very real possibility for each of these world powers, and failure to qualify for the showpiece event in South Africa next year will have dire consequences for the employment of some of the highest profile managers in the international game.

Does Maradona have what it takes to be a top boss?

Sven Goran Eriksson, sacked by Mexico after failing to impress, was the biggest name to fall from the qualifiers this year although El Tri are now in a decent position to get through. But a bad result or two could also see the likes of Diego Maradona, Raymond Domenech and Carlos Queiroz relieved of their duties in disgrace.

In truth, these three have been walking a tightrope for some time and many would argue that they have not proved that they have what it takes to manage an international side. Domenech, of course, is the exception having led France to the World Cup final in 2006 but that now seems a lifetime away after abject failure at Euro 2008.

Argentina's Maradona, appointed in a flurry of emotion, is a name, an icon, and not a coach; Domenech has been living on borrowed time since his failure to get France out of their group at Euro 2008; while Portugal's Queiroz, it could be argued, has never impressed when given the managerial reigns - although remains a talented No.2.

The problem appears to be the reluctance of football associations to go back on their decisions. Maradona in particular is almost assured his place at the front of the national team because of the presence he has in the country.

But when he was presented almost a year ago, many criticised the appointment as one without footballing sense. The side were already struggling - having won just one match in seven at the end of Alfio Basile's reign - and the appointment of a man without any success as a coach, who had been out of the game for 13 years and who had a history of issues in his private life was deemed bizarre. But the AFA stood firm.

The hearts ruled the head for a second, yet no-one listened when Bolivia put six past them. The altitude was the cause in La Paz, but those in charge still appear to be dizzy from Maradona mania. A struggling win over Colombia, then defeat to Ecuador and finally, what would normally be a nail in the coffin, a home hammering against Brazil, was not enough to seal his fate and it seems only Argentine failure to qualify from CONMEBOL (for the first time in 40 years) will see him removed.

The fact that Maradona has called up 62 players, 29 of whom have one cap or none, suggests a desperate search for squad depth. Ten of the current squad ply their trade in Argentina (a high number given the resources on offer) and he has also attempted to use no less than six goalkeepers - none of whom have impressed.

Indeed, his approach to his squad has hindered Argentina's hopes. His refusal to play Juan Roman Riquelme and the overlooking of players who could add greatly to his armoury - notably Gonzalo, Esteban Cambiasso and Gonzalo Higuain - is his own fault, as are his tactics. Although perhaps he should never have been put in that position in the first place.

Standing only two points from elimination with three to play, Maradona cannot afford defeat against third-placed Paraguay; especially as the last qualifier is a tough away test in Uruguay. One feels he may need more than a 'Hand of God' to help him.

Queiroz made his name as a No.2.

In a similar position, Queiroz's Portugal could find themselves out of contention completely if they lose to Erwin Koeman's resurgent Hungary. While Queiroz does not hold anything like the kind of aura of Maradona, the Portuguese FA have perhaps been blinded by his excellent record as a No.2 at Manchester United. One look at his ten month spell in charge of Real Madrid suggests that he does not have the credentials to take charge of an international team.

Like Maradona, he has a host of talented players to choose from - including the best in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo - but the results have been poor enough to suggest he should have been sacked a long time ago. A 4-0 win over Malta may have started things off well, but failure to win any of the subsequent four matches, including 0-0 draws with Sweden and Albania, mean he could have been handed his P45 back in November - particularly after the 6-2 friendly drubbing against Brazil.

Worringly, Queiroz seems to blame his players. "They need to do more," Queiroz said back in March. "There's no reason why [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Nani, Simao, Maniche and Tiago shouldn't play as well when they are on international duty as they do for their club teams." Surely the onus is on the manager to motive them and not just pass the buck, but it won't be an easy task to hold onto his job for a man labelled ''dull'' and ''theoretical'' by a country still pining for the passionate dynamism of Felipe Scolari.

Another on borrowed time is France's Domenech, the source of much debate since the French FA decided not to ditch him after their failure at Euro 2008 and dreadful start in qualifying. Having somehow managed to keep his job since 2004, Domenech no longer has the respect of his countrymen and, while they have enjoyed a mini-revival since the opening defeat to Austria, Les Bleus are back in the spotlight after dreadful performances against the Faroe Islands and Romania.

The FFF president, Jean-Pierre Escalettes, has pledged his support to his charge in the past, saying: "He has the job of qualifying us for the World Cup. And I repeat that even if we have to go into the play-offs, it's still Raymond Domenech's job." But he was a shock choice when it was announced and many have questioned his suitability for the top job.

Many expected a former World Cup winner like Laurent Blanc or Jean Tigana to be given the role, but the FFF were swayed by Domenech's decade worth of experience with the French Under-21 side, if not by his attempts to bring Lyon into the public consciousness in the early 90s. One could still argue, despite a Zinedine Zidane-inspired World Cup final appearance, that it was the wrong choice and certainly that he should have been removed in 2008.

Domenech's results have not met expectations.

Recent quotes from Thierry Henry suggested that the squad does not back his tactical acumen and while he was not so bold as to suggest that the side had ''no style, no guidance and no identity" (as first reported), it is easy to see the point as the side have struggled for direction since the retirement of 'Zizou'.

Defeat to Serbia would end their hopes of automatic qualification and, while they remain in a decent position to qualify via the play-offs, the potential banana skin of a team like Croatia, Russia or Greece could finally end Domenech's reign.

Ultimately, the managers will take the blame, should the worst occur. But the reality is that the criticism should be levelled at the associations for their blind faith in bosses who should not have been entrusted with the responsibility of leading their nations for so long.

Of course, should the sides reverse their fortunes and scrape through to South Africa then they will claim their decisions have been justified; but, looking back, they may live to regret not choosing to cut the cord sooner.

Football / SPANISH FOOTBALL • LA LIGA 2009 - 2010
« on: August 24, 2009, 08:17:20 AM »

Amidst all the usual ManUnited cross talk exacerbated even more by ManCity and dey dotishness, la liga starting this weekend.

The first round sees the following games:

Real Madrid-Deportivo
Málaga-Atlético de Madrid

The first FC Barcelona – Real Madrid derby down for 29th of
November 2009. The return clash Real Madrid – FC Barcelona
12th of April 2010.

For Atletico de Madrid fans, the clash with FC Barcelona at
“Camp Nou” will be as soon as the third round - 20th Sept 2009,
with return clash ATM - FCB 14th of Feb 2010

Atletico de Madrid - Real Madrid - 8th of November 2009
Real Madrid - Atletico de Madrid -28th of March 2010

New Nike Ball - looks like the Death Star

Full Fixtures:

Football / Adidas F50i ad.
« on: July 05, 2009, 04:16:22 PM »
Saw this last night for the first time.

One of the better football ads I have seen in a while.

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General Discussion / My beloved word.
« on: June 29, 2009, 08:45:41 AM »
There is a Erotic Art Exhibition that is currently underway.

I went to one of the viewings last week and saw a documentary on the word cu*t.

I did some research hoping to find it on the net and VOILA.

It is done by a girl named Natasha Mahabir.

I thought it was the most hilarious thing I ever saw, the way she said cu*t with a convent accent.

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General Discussion / Nah B&S! We now reach whey we going.
« on: June 24, 2009, 02:56:18 PM »
I now hear ah woman was running from some men who was trying to thief she car and pick up with ah shot in West End Police Station.

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