Posted in Champions League

The Champions League draw in full

Looks good, but look at Group H, though. I can’t wait for CL to kick off this season.

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Posted in Announcements/Official Stuff, FC Barcelona

Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona?

I’ve been keeping my eyes on Ousmane Dembélé for a long time now. Last year, I said that we should keep eyes on this rising talent for FC Barcelona might just be in his cards. 

Today, reports are saying that Barcelona has reached an agreement to sign Ousmane from Borussia Dortmund for £138m (some media outlets say it’s 110, 120, 150…). If this is so then he will be the second most expensive player in football history… for now. 

Anyway, this sounds like a done deal, although I am waiting for the official confirmation. 

Image via Twitter

Posted in Announcements/Official Stuff, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

All the best Neymar

Well, after weeks of speculation, the footballing world can rest easy now that Neymar has decided to go off to Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar has reportedly said goodbye his teammates this morning after telling the club that he wants to head to the French capital. From here, I can only wish Ney Ney all the best. I think I’ll miss your friendship with Leo more! 🙂

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Leo and Luis during training this morning:

Posted in Reports

Tom Cruise visits Atletico Madrid’s new stadium while on ‘The Mummy’ promotion tour

Tom Cruise is currently promoting his new film ‘The Mummy’. He recently stopped in Madrid for the premiere and he took time out to visit Atletico’s new ground, the Wanda Metropolitano. Midfielder Saul Niguez was present to pose and present Cruise with a personalized No. 8 shirt. Cruise has been invited to come back and watch Atletico play at their new ground and the actor can hardly wait because as the world’s greatest actor said, “There’s nothing like watching a football match in Spain.” He got that right!

Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, La Liga, MILESTONES/HISTORY

Mascherano’s first goal is Barcelona’s 100th of the season

“Little Boss” scores his first goal for FC Barcelona

It took him seven years to get his goal, but Javier Mascherano made no mistake when he took the penalty last evening against Osasuna which gave Barcelona their 100th goal of the season. Rakitic revealed that he wanted to take the penalty, but Pique told him to let Masche take in. In the end, Rakitic revealed that he was pleased with the decision.

Last evening, FC Barcelona ran rampant at the Camp Nou winning 7-1 to pile pressure on Real Madrid who has a game inside and won’t be looking to lose anytime soon. The last time Real won the league was back in 2012 and this season, they’re not going to go away quietly. They want the league.

Aside from Mascherano scoring his first goal for Barcelona, Messi, Paco and my boy Gomes scored a brace apiece. Gomes made his haters sit down and some of them even had to admit that he have future FCB potential. This is something that I’ve been saying all along. He has potential. He doesn’t need the silly boos everytime he steps on the pitch in the Catalan stripes. All he needs is confidence and the fans are being hard on him. I am tired of him being the scapegoat. I see pass the incredibly nice hair, the great looks, and contagious smile. I see a player (with lots of potentials. Yes, I am stressing on that ‘p’ word!) whenever I see him step on the pitch.

Gomes was my Man of the Match. I am very pleased with his performance. I was happy when I saw Digne in the starting XI.

And I like the bromance that Gomes and Pique have going on. Pique was the one who told Barcelona boo boys to ‘stay at home’ instead of turning up to boo Gomes. Pique is like his big brother. 

I’m a sucker for friendship. 🙂

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And although Gomes might never share what Neymar has with Messi…

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it’s nice to see them get along. Saw Gomes whispering in Leo’s ear last evening after the Little Magician scored his first goal. ^^

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Andre Gomes & Leo:

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Recent El Clasico

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Hello, eye contact!

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*** All images via Google Search

Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, La Liga, MILESTONES/HISTORY

Lionel Messi scores his 500th goal for FC Barcelona against rivals at the Bernabéu

Lionel Messi scores his 500th goal to win El Clasico

I LOVE THIS TEAM!

Lionel Messi scored his 46th and 47th goals of the season as FC Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 at the Bernabéu. But it was no easy feat.

Casemiro put Madrid ahead in the 28th minute, but Barcelona was not going to sit down and let their rivals run the show. Messi latches onto a pass from Rakitic and darts pass Carvajal before driving his shot low under Keylor Navas to put Barcelona at 1-1. Casemiro was even lucky to be still on the pitch after bringing down Leo. 

The second half was equally fast-paced. Rakitic scored a STUNNER to put Barcelona ahead, but James had other plans when he pulled Madrid equal in the 85th minute after Ramos got sent off for a disgusting tackle on Messi. But Leo was not finished yet. In the 92nd minute, he scored his 500th goal for the club.

Yes, the yellow card was worth it! Leo couldn’t contain his passion and I

And I also want to give kudos to my boy Andre Gomes for his part in Leo’s 500th goal. Gomes is someone I’ve been throwing my support behind since day one because I know what the kid is capable of. He had a good match today and I am pleased. Leo is now the top scorer of El Clasico. He also has the most La Liga goals and assists.

CONGRATS ON YOUR 500TH LEO! HERE’S TO LOTS MORE!

Posted in My Footy Stuff/Banter

Argentina do not deserve to qualify for World Cup if they’re only going to keep depending on Messi

Argentina is WORTHLESS without their talisman Messi and it’s a shame.

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Argentina is a rubbish team. There, I said it. The team (and coach for that matter) is Messi dependent whether they want to believe it or not. Without Messi they are mediocre. Heck! Even with Messi, they are mediocre! Messi cannot always carry the team. They should be willing to step up and deliver with or without Leo.

Well, Leo is banned for 4 World Cup qualifiers which had included the ill-fated match against Bolivia recently. Argentina lost 2-0 and fell to fifth place and they’re in danger of missing the World Cup. According to FIFA, Leo had displayed “offensive behavior” towards the assistant, which Leo vehemently denied saying that his insult was aimed at the air. This happened during the Chile game in which Leo scored the only goal. I don’t care if the insult was aimed at the air, Leo had no right knowing that every eye was on him, cameras included. I can understand his frustration then, but footballers have to remember that they’re exemplary figures on/off the pitch. Leave that stuff for the locker room.

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But Leo’s ban can be a good thing for Argentina as unfair as it is. This means the team has to work harder and show Leo that they can manage without him. They need to show that they can qualify for the World Cup as Leo wait to lead them. This team cannot go into the World Cup expecting to ride on Leo’s back. He has led Argentina to 3 finals and he is under pressure to deliver. The team needs to ease up some of that burden.

Along the way, the coach needs to go. He is not fit to manage Argentina. And if they cannot fix the problems within the team, then Argentina can kiss WC 2018 good bye. 

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