Posted in Euro 2016 France, Les Bleus, Live Threads

Live banter: France v Romania

FT: The hosts grabs all 3 points all thanks to Giroud and Payet. 2-1 and although I am delighted, I’m kind of disappointed too. Payet is the Man of the Match. There is no doubt about this.

3 minutes are added, but I think Payet had already won the match for France.

91′ An emotional Payet makes way for Sissoko

89′ GOAL! UNPLAYABLE PAYET! His left-footed strike from the edge of the box puts France in the lead and in the driving seat! 2-1

81′ Popa off. Torje on (ROM). Still 1-1 at the Stade de France.Players on both sides look tired despite the fresh feet introduced.

78′ Yellow Popa (ROM)

76′ Pogba off. Martial on. (FRA)

72′ Stanciu off. Chipciu on (ROM)

68′ Yellow for Giroud

66′ Griezmann off. Kingsley on. (FRA)

65′ GOAL! Patrice Evra gives a penalty away. Stancu steps up and buried it for Romania to pull them back in the game. 1-1. 

61′ Andone off. Alibec on. (ROM)

57′ GOAL! Payet cuts onto his left foot and curls a teasing cross into the box. Giroud gets to the ball ahead of the goalkeeper and head that baby into the back of an empty net for the beautiful opener. 1-0 baby! And the first goal of Euro 2016.

56′ POGBA! 

47′ Chance Romania! In the end it goes wide and Lloris is not pleased with his defenders. Actually, it was Rami who was caught taking a little nap.

2nd half back underway at the Stade de France. Let’s go team! Let’s go!

France's Olivier Giroud in action with Romania's Vlad Chiriches

France's Olivier Giroud in action with Romania's Vlad Chiriches

HT: 0-0. I was not expecting this match to be easy for the French despite many people saying that it was going to be super easy. If France can break open and then break down Romania’s defense, they’ll get the desired result. Here’s hoping the 2nd half will be better for the French. ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!

46′ Giroud’s header can’t quite find the back of the net. That’s two god chances for Olivier thus far.

2 minutes added 

43′ FK France. Weakly delivered by Payet. 0-0

36′ Griezmann again at the near post! Les Bleus is so unlucky not to be ahead by 2-1 right now.

31′ Yellow Chiriches (ROM)

25′ Payet swings in the corner, but it was easy for the Romanian goalie to latch onto. Still 0-0 in this exciting opener.

14′ Another good chance for France, but Griezmann is unlucky to have better control of the ball. 

10′ Set piece for France. Payet delivers a great ball in, but Giroud’s header goes just wide. Allez Giroud!

4′ The first shot of the game comes from Romania, but Hugo Lloris produces a wonderful save to deny them an early 1-0 lead. I think the French looks a little shaky at the back. 

France v Romania - EURO 2016 - Group A

KICK-OFF! WE’RE UNDERWAY AT THE STADE DE FRANCE!

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Votre force, notre passion!

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STARTING XI: 

FRANCE:  Lloris – Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra – Kanté, Pogba, Matuidi – Griezmann, Payet, Giroud.

ROMANIA:  Tătăruşanu – Săpunaru, Grigore, Chiricheş, Raţ – Hoban, Pintilii – Stanciu, Popa, Stancu – Andone

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The team is here!

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Mon cœur en bleu!!

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Welcome to Euro 2016 opener between France and Romania. I’ll be lying if I say that I am not a little nervous to watch my team today, but I am also excited. We have 3 games to get it right, but I rather we get it right from the first game, so we need to go out there and win. I’m going for a 2-1 victory in favor of Les Bleus.

Posted in FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, La Liga, Live Threads

Live Banter: FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad

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FT: FCB 2 La Real 0

87′ MESSI! Just wide!

85′ PEDROOOOOOOOOOO!!!! with a wicked overhead kick to make it 2-0

84′ Leo shoots, but Rulli saves. 5 nail biting minutes to go

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80′ Rafinha makes way for Pedro as we enter this last 10 minutes. 1-0

78′ Leo offside.

76′ Vela off. Finnbogason on.

75′ Pardo booked for nasty foul on Neymar

73′ Xavi goes off to a rousing reception as he makes way for Iniesta. Gracias Xavi.

73′ Canales on. Castro off.

72′ Barcelona called offside. UGH!

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> 20 minutes left in this one and still 1-0. Come on, let’s secure those 3 points fellahs!

63′ FK La Real *closes eyes* … Bravo saves.

60′ Bartra off. Busquets on. Vamos team!

60′ La Real FK. Nothing comes from it in the end as the ref blows for offside 1-0

57′ Chance for La Real, but Bravo is quick to claim. 1-0

STAT ATTACK!: Messi, Suarez and Neymar have now scored 27 of Barcelona’s 30 goals in all competitions

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50′ NEYMAR WITH LE HEADER! Great cross by whom else? Leo! And sweet finish by Neymar. Still not out of the fire as yet though. 1-0

^ I cannot even begin to relax! I need a goal and I need it now!

47′ Neymar drills it wide 0-0

46′ Corner FCB. Rulli again with the stop for another set piece

La Real gets the 2nd half underway. I don’t care if we win by 1-0 with Masche on the score sheet, just get in there! VAMOS BARCELONA!

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The first half was pretty frustrating when La Real started to pack their bus, but I hope we can come back out with a vengeance in the last half. We cannot afford to lose this game, guys. We just can’t!

45′ Half time: FCB 0 La Real 0

44′ Alves drills it wide! 0-0

43′ The linesman takes a tumble. Leo asks if he’s alright. He simply gives Leo the thumbs up. He’s all right! 🙂

39′ FK FCB. Xavi directs the ball into the box, Rafinha connects onto it, but could only hit a La Real defender. 0-0

35′ La Real corner. Bravo clears

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33′ SUA-NOOO!!! Messi does well. He does really, really well to keep possession of the ball and cross it into the box. He finds Suarez, who decides to look for Neymar instead of going for goal. He should have gone for goal there. If Leo could have only passed to himself the hat-trick of misses might just have been a hat-trick for the Genius. 0-0

31′ FK FCB … nothing comes from it in the end 0-0

29′ Bergara booked after a rough foul on Rafinha

28′ PIQ-NO! Pique shoots, but he misses the target, the ball returns to him, but his attempted bicycle kick doesn’t sizzle. Delightful ball from Leo though and Pique should have done better. 0-0

26′ Alberto De la Bella booked for challenge on Leo

25′ Granero booked

25′ Neymar called offside. COME ON TEAM! 0-0

19′ Leo for Neymar, but the ball evades the Brazilian. Lovely piece of vision from the Genius 0-0

STAT UPDATE: FCB 71% La Real 29%

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12′ NEY-NO! Ney has a great chance to score, but the effort is saved by the goalie. Still 0-0 in the Camp Nou.

12′ Lovely piece of control from Alves!

^ Both teams have settled into a rhythm and they’re giving each other a hard time so far. They have their mindset on.

7′ A header from Leo is saved by Rulli for a corner-kick which eventually comes to nothing 0-0

4′ Corner La Real. Pardo swings in the corner, but Prieto could only head wide. 0-0

1′ BARCELONA KICK-OFF! WE’RE UNDERWAY!

GAME TIME! VAMOS BARCELONA!

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Simply love, love, Ney’s simple message before every game and how he puts the game in God’s Hands.

“May God bless and protect us.” Neymar (IG)

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STARTING XIs:

FC Barcelona: Bravo – Alves Pique Bartra Adriano – Rafinha Mascherano Xavi – Messi Suarez Neymar

Real Sociedad: Rulli, C.Martínez, Mikl, Bergara, I.Martínez, Granero, Xabi Prieto, Vela, Pardo, Canales, and Bella.

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Today’s game is one of utmost importance that Barcelona CANNOT afford to lose. Unlike last time when Sociedad beat us 1-0 away – thanks to an own goal by Alba – this time it’s going to be different. At least I hope so. I expect us to go out there, give our very best and win. Nothing less would be accepted.

Posted in Live Threads, Tottenham Hotspur, Tournaments/Other Football

Live Banter: Chelsea v Spurs (Capital One Cup final)

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FT: Chelsea 2 Spurs 0 *** Regardless of the result, Spurs had a good game and I am proud of them for going down fighting although it just wasn’t their day. Congrats Chelsea for winning the 2015 Capital One Cup.

92′ Final Chelsea sub: Drogba on for Costa

> 4 additional minutes

89′ Cesc off. Oscar on. (Chelsea)

87′ Kane picks up a loose ball, but Terry blocks. Today just isn’t Spurs day.

At least Spurs is going down fighting. 🙂

80′ Soldado comes on for the ineffective Chadli much too late for my liking. He should have started.

77′ Yellow Bentaleb

76′ Willian off. Cuadrado on (Chelsea)

73′ Cahill goes into the book. FK Spurs which was wasted in the end

72′ Lamala replaces Mason (Spurs)

69′ Willian booked

68′ A Cesc header goes wide! 2-0

61′ Townsend off. Dembele on (Spurs)

60′ Another gifted deflection and Costa with the 2nd goal. Long way back for Spurs. Talk about vicissitude! 2-0

** Chadli has been struggling to get into the game. It’s unlikely him, but his aura is off.

49′ Attempted bicycle kick from Cesc that was heading to the bottom corner, but Lloris makes the save. Superb from the Frenchman.

*peep peep* Spurs get the second half underway

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HT: Chelsea 1 (Terry) Spurs 0 … here’s some halftime stat for you: when Spurs won this very same final against Chelsea in 2008, they did conceded first, but is there any way back for the Lilywhites in the next half? We’ll see.

46′ Another Chelsea set piece and Cahill … nope, Lloris makes the save.

45′ Horrendous defending by Spurs on a Chelsea set piece and Terry’s deflected ball lands in the back of a helpless Lloris’ net for a 1-0 lead.

39′ Mason cruises the thing to the moon while Walker is down with what looks suspiciously like a calf injury

36′ Eriksen fires low, but Cech had it covered 0-0

31′ Dier goes into the book for awkward foul on Costa 0-0

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28′ Costa should have been off or cautioned for putting his hand in Bentaleb’s face. Costa is being a little bit of nasty work right now.

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19′ FANTASTIC BALL FROM LLORIS! Kicks it long, finds Rose, who charges towards the Chelsea area, passes, but no one is in the area to get on the end of that superb ball.

18′ Willian’s FK can only hit the wall 0-0

17′ Rose concedes a FK for a foul on Hazard

15′ Spurs is finally settled, but their last touch leave little to be desired.

13′ HAZARD! Nope. Wayyy off target. 0-0

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11′ Kane goes alone when he could have pass it to a teammate. Still 0-0

9′ FK Spurs. ERIKSEN STRIKES! but it only hits the bar. Brilliant take though. 0-0

7′ A Cesc-y FK, an Ivan cross, but Lloris makes the save

6′ A Chelsea set piece comes to nothing 0-0

2′ Chelsea is contended to keep the ball and pass it around

*peep peep* Chelsea kicks us off in this final

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Lloris warming up

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STARTING XI:

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Cahill, Fabregas; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Spurs: Lloris (c), Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend; Kane

Posted in FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, La Liga, Live Threads, MILESTONES/HISTORY

Live Thread: Granada v FC Barcelona

My Man of the Match is Rakitic: He had a goal, an assist and a through ball, making him involve in all 3 of our goals. But then, Suarez too has been involved in all 3 goals today with a sweet goal of his own, a fine assist and final pass. Okay, my men of the match then.

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Final stats via fcbarcelona.com:

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FT: Granada 1 (Rico) FC Barcelona 3 (Rakitic, Suarez, Messi) We claimed the 3 points, but Messi needs to get some rest and Neymar has been off form lately. He needs to get some rest too, but el clasico will be his. Great performances by Bravo, Suarez and Rakitic.

Two minutes additional stoppage time added

87′ CLOSE! LEO! Great save, Oier. 1-3

> Inside the final 5 minutes plus additional stoppage time.

79′ Suarez off for Pedro. I don’t approve of this sub. Neymar should have been the one off, although I can of understand from Lucho’s point of view: Neymar is already out of the next game, Saurez is on a yellow and he doesn’t want to risk … oh jeepers, the commentator is saying the same thing.

75′ Nothing comes from the corner anyway. I think the last change should be Neymar for Pedro. 1-3

74′ Corner FCB … but first, adieu Mathieu, allôo Busquets

WATCH that Suarez-Leo goal here:

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70′ GOOOOOAAAALLLL! UNIVERSE GREATEST 1-3 Well, I did say he would have scored when he got the captain armband, but it was very unselfish from Suarez, who could have finished that off himself, instead he pass to Leo, who tapped it in for the 3rd. This is what team play is about.

STAT ATTACK: Luis Suarez has now double digits for both goals (10) and assists (10) at Barcelona this season (via Mr Chip)

65′ Rafinha on for Xavi. Leo is not the captain. Maybe he’ll score now. 😛

64′ FK Barςa. Xavi and Leo stands over it as Oier shouts at his wall. Leo puts it over. 1-2

60′ Okay, I guess I have to take back my Leo brace today.

58′ Mathieu booked

55′ Neymar booked. He will miss the next match against Rayo, but will return in time for El Clasico.

52′ And they pulled one back after Rico converts the penalty 1-2

51′ Penalty Granada. Thnx Bartra.

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48′ GOAL! MR. SUAREZ! 0-2 Great ball from Raki!

> FC Barcelona gets the second half underway! VAMOS BARÇA!

> There’s a guy in a Man City jacket looking on prior to second half ❤

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HT: Granada 0 FC Barcelona 1 (Rakitic) … Not the dream fireworks starting we would have liked to see, but there were sparks in between. Unclassic first half. Hope the next half would be better, because if the team keep playing like this, we’re looking at 1-1 at the final whistle and a draw is unacceptable at this point.

45′ Nearly 0-2 from nothing, but Leo fumbles the ball

44′ Messi hits the post, but he’s rightly called off side anyway.

42′ Corner eventually comes to nothing and although Barςa has the opener, they’re still dilly-dallying all over the place. CHAOS I tell you! 0-1

41′ Marquez takes the shot, Bravo gets the touch (good save from the Chilean), corner home team.

39′ FK Granada. Mathieu and Enrique just smiles.

36′ OOOH MESSSI! Way way waaaayyyy off target!

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25′ GOAL! PRINCE CHARMING! 0-1 Suarez shoots, the ball deflects off Cala, lands at the feet of Rakitic, who slammed it home! Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma’am! Prince Charming ran to the bench to celebrate with Ter Stegen:

https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/B-8Q5SWU8AAMsLo.mp4

They’ve come really close.

24′ First corner for Granada … taken short, but this set piece also comes to nothing. 0-0

23′ Xavi’s corner eventually comes to nothing. Still 0-0. GET IN THERE BARÇA!

22′ Xavi has a go, Oier puts it over the net. Corner.

18′ Granada offside. If I have to sum up the game in one word so far: Eh! FCB dislikes early kick-offs with a passion.

15′ Suarez goes into the book

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MILESTONE: Alba is playing his 100th game for FC Barcelona. Congrats on this achievement.

12′ FCB gets the first corner of the game which eventually comes to nothing in the end 0-0

9′ Rare and poor shot by Mascherano. Oier easily collects.

8′ Granada definitely settling on their end and looks likely to score any time soon. COME ON TEAM!

6′ FCB yet to settle into this game. I know it’s still early, but I am hoping they settle this tide soon.

> *peep peep* Granada kicks us off!

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> Oier! How I’ve missed you! Oier and the boys from FCB greets each other in the tunnel.

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Banter starts in 30 minutes.

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Take it away Messi fan girl:

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: “Leo is my champion. He has a special aura, and is the best player in the world.”

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“May God bless us and protect us ” – Neymar (IG)

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LINE-UPs:

Granada:  Oier; Nyom, Cala, Babin, Foulquier; F.Rico, Iturra; Lass, Javi Márquez, Ibáñez; Córdoba.

FC Barcelona: Bravo – Alves Bartra Mathieu Alba – Rakitic Mascherano Xavi – Messi Suarez Neymar

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Neat boots!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a live thread! … Since September to be precise. Today, FCB takes on Granada and I hope they show no mercy. I am hoping that we claim all 3 points and Leo, I’m expecting a brace today, so don’t let me down.

Posted in FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, La Liga, Ligue 1, Live Threads, Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Tottenham Hotspur

LIVE Banter: Levante v FC Barcelona/ PSG v Lyon

Paris St Germain's Cavani reacts after he scored against Olympique Lyon during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Parc des Princes Stadium...

FT in Paris: PSG 1 (Bae) OL 1 (Umtiti)what did I say about Cavani scoring first and PSG failing to deliver after him? Against Ajax it was the same story and this evening, it had been the same story. PSG was inconsistent tonight and this can hurt their title this season. As for Lyon, good job keeping in the game and Gourcuff changed things up when he came on. Digne the MOTM for me.

** 4 minutes additionnel in Paris

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FT: Levante 0 Barcelona 5. Levante has failed to win any of their games this season and stays at the bottom of the table.

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84′ d’Umtiti gets the equalizer for Lyon. A Gourcuff corner started it. 1-1

77′ IBRA! Almost 2-0. Whenever Cavani scores and PSG fail to score after him, the opposition always score in late/closing minutes

72′ Bae comes off. Pastore comes on.

77′ GOOOOOAAAALLLLL! MAN OF THE MATCH! LEO! That’s 399 career goals. Lovely chip! Sublime stuff! 0-5

69′ GOURCUFF! He replaces Fekir.

66′ Matuidi volleys over. WAY OVER!

71′ Iniesta goes bye bye as Sergi Roberto replaces him

64′ Double subs for PSG: Motta & Lucas replaces Cabaye and Lavezzi respectively *** This game is behind Barcelona

** Digne into the book

64′ GOAL! PEDRO! Finally scores his first goal of the season 0-4

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62′ Busquets makes way for Xavi.

57′ GOL! GOL! GOL! SANDRO! ANOTHER MESSI ASSIST. 0-3 ** Messi is becoming quite the assist master this season. That’s his 158th assist. This season he has 6 assists and 2 goals. They need to recognize his vision.

48′ THIS CAN’T BE REAL! Neymar is injured and he is asking for a sub. What the hell? He’s been through so much already. Sandro will replace him. Neymar is furious with the medics. He wants to come back on. Stay calm, Ney Ney. Stay calm.

2nd half kicks off!

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** I don’t know if WordPress is being a pain, but every time I try to update, it just goes blank. It’s HT in both games. PSG leads 1-0 via Cavani (Digne assist). In Spain, Neymar scored his 190th career goal from a pornrific Messi assist, Levante goes down to 10, Messi missed a penalty and Rakitic scores his first goal for us. Pedro is too quiet and I hope he wakes up in the 2nd half. Leo, get your shooting boots on. The assisting is nice and everything, but I miss your goals.

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** MAJOR UPDATE: WordPress seem to be posing a little problem so I couldn’t update, but Bae scored in the 20′ for PSG (it was inevitable). Match is now 1-0. As for the other match, Neymar scored to make it 1-0.

** The games are going kind of fast with no real impact from either

7′ PSG all over Lyon so far. They’re actually thinking of setting up camp there. Cava most impressive for PSG.

2′ Jallet brings down Cava. FK. Lavezzi straight at Lopes 0-0

2′ Mathieu ALMOST! 0-0

STAT ATTACK: 430 — Tonight is Messi’s 430th official game for Barcelona, he’s failed to score in 206 games for the club. (via  )

Hugo Lloris of Spurs reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on September 21, 2014 in London, England.

** While that is going on, I have to comment on Spurs game earlier. Losing against West Brom 1-0 is unacceptable, but the way some of the players were playing, you’ll think they just came back from vacation. Hugo Lloris, man, sometimes I feel bad for you. Eriksen did his best as well. Spurs need to up their game if they want to make an impact this season, make the Champions League next season and if they want to keep their best players when the next transfer window roll around. #LevyOut

KICK OFF! VAMOS! ALLEZ!

FC Barcelona: Bravo – Alves Mascherano Mathieu Alba – Rakitic Busquets Iniesta – Pedro Messi Neymar

Levante:  Jesús, Toño, Héctor, Vyntra, Barral, Morales, Casadesús, Pedro López, Diop, Simao and Camarasa

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Lyon: Jallet, Kone, Umtiti, Tolisso – Gonalons (c), Ferri, Mvuemba – Malbranque – Fekir, Lacazette.

PSG: Sirigu; Aurier, Luiz, Marquinhos, Digne; Verratti, Cabaye, Matuidi; Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi.

Starting XIs

Barcelona is playing Levante away and PSG is hosting Lyon. I don’t know how best I’ll be able to keep up with the streams, but I’ll try.

Rakitic: “Luis Enrique said Messi does things you can’t even do with PlayStation? True, that button still doesn’t exist! (laughs)” [ara]

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Posted in FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, Hat Tricks etc., La Liga, Live Threads, PL, Tottenham Hotspur

LIVE thread: FC Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao/ Sunderland v Spurs

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to do this. FC Barcelona kicks off at the Camp Nou in a little bit against Bilbao and I’ll be keeping an eye on the Spurs game. The streams are up, they might get sucky while I’m getting into it so I might just bring you the goals, but let’s do this.

FCB XI:  Bravo – Montoya Mascherano Mathieu Alba – Rakitic Busquets Iniesta – Pedro Messi Munir

Spurs XI:  Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Chiriches, Rose; Dembele, Capoue; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Adebayor

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FT: NeyMessi 2 Bilbao 0; Sunderland 2 (no thnx to Kane) Spurs 2

84′ NEYMESSI AGAIN! NEYMESSI AGAIN! WHAT A DUO! Neymar gets his brace 2-0! Watch the pass! Watch the pass! UGH LEO! You so nasty!

^ Sunderland went and equalized 2-2 thanks to a Harry Kane OG.

^ The misery won’t stop at the Bridge! Remy joins the party and scored the 4th! 4-1 now

78′ GOAL! Messi with the vision, Neymar with the goal! 1-0 About time too. That Leo through ball was ugh!

72′ Sandro on for Pedro

^ Benjamin Stambouli is making his Spurs debut replacing Chadli.

^ Costa nabs a hat trick at the Bridge. And Fabregas now: 4 matches, 6 assists. 3-1

^ Neymar comes on for Munir

64′ Saurez is in the stands looking on. While he is having a panic attack, go watch the GOAL OF THE WEEKEND here:

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/valby-earns-the-goal-of-the-week-insane/

^ Munir scores, but he’s offside 0-0 at the Camp Nou

48′ GOAL! Eriksen makes it 2-1 for Spurs

47′ Neymar is warming up. Hope to see him come into the game soon.

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^ And in France, Rennes hosts PSG. Have to keep an eye on this one. I have a goal bet on Cavani.

^ For the second half at the Camp Nou, Pique replaces Mascherano

BIG STAT ATTACKDiego Costa is the first Chelsea player to score in his first four games since Jack Meredith in 1928. ( ) TURNT UP! I can’t believe I just said that, but Costa, you’ve proven that you can conquer the so-call hardest league in the world. And, Cesc Fabregas: 4 games, 5 assists. Again, TURNT UP!

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HT: FCB 0 Bilbao 0; Sunderland 1 Spurs 1

^ At the Bridge, Costa levels things up 1-1 just before the HT whistle. His 5th goal from a Cescy corner. Go on with your bad self you two!

44′ Munir with a missed chance. Should I begin cursing the kit yet? Nah. COME ON BARCA!

43′ Rakitic sees his shot saved. Culers are over the moon because Mathieu is even setting up scoring chances. Prince Charming is unreal though. 0-0

36′ After a Rakitic cross, Messi’s header goes wide. Just bring his wing man on. They have a better understanding. Also, Munir is denied a CLEAR penalty by the cheating ref. That’s the 2nd time the ref jacked Munir.

^ Pedro is not having a good game at the Camp Nou, while fans are in agreement that Mathieu is making Pique cry. The Frenchman is literally on fire and that’s the same player Culers were angry over Enrique signing because of the stupid excuse: ‘He’s too old.’ Ha! He’s showing them how grandpa he is.

^ OY! Action is fast paced, but the goals are slow!

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18′ After a nice ball from Messi, Munir manages to fire high from the edge of the box. Bilbao still so very dangerous though so Barca have to keep their eyes peeled.  0-0

STAT ATTACK: Spurs have completed 101 passes so far compared to Sunderland’s 34

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19′ Southampton goes 2-0 up against Newcastle. Horrible defending, but I think it’s time for new Newcastle management.

^ John Terry gives away an OG putting Swansea in the lead at the Bridge. That’s Terry’s 3rd OG

5′ Pedro sees his shot saved by the goalie

^ Meanwhile over at the Camp Nou, Bravo was forced to make an early save in the 1′

3′ Well things have escalated quickly as Sunderland pulls one back via Adam Johnson 1-1 Game on!

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GOAL! Chadli puts Spurs ahead at Sunderland 0-1. That’s his 3rd BPL goal this season.

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KICK OFF! Both games

Posted in Arsenal, Live Threads, Manchester City, PL, Tottenham Hotspur

LIVE thread: Manchester City v West Ham

Manchester City are EPL champions in the past 3 seasons.  The fans has invaded the field and is grabbing, kissing and congratulating their team as the security is trying to get the players off safely. Congrats Man City. Congrats Pellegrini.

MANCHESTER CITY ARE CHAMPIONS! CONGRATS!

3 MINUTES ADDED ON TO REGULAR STOPPAGE

89′ A scuffle breaks out on the field. Takes me back to when we won the league in 2012 v QPR. There was a scuffle with Kun and Barton. Kun ended up scoring the winner late. Noble is carded

86′ The Beast aka Negredo comes on for Yaya. Still 2-0

81′ Diame off for Joe Cole

78′ Adrian pulls off a wonderful save on a Nasri goal bound volley and he gets applauded by Nasri for his effort.

77′ Torres fires Chelsea to a 2-1 lead over Cardiff

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75′ Silva the Magician makes way for Milner

73′ My Man of the Match thus far has been Samir Nasri. Chelsea has equalized through Schurrle v Cardiff 1-1

72′ Carroll makes way for Carlton Cole

69′ Dzeko is replaced by Fernandinho 2-0

66′ More news at Anfield as Sturridge scores 2-1 … and now Newcastle sees red card

62′ The second half around the league is pretty much subdued. Jenkinson just put Arsenal 2-0 up & LFC has leveled things up at Anfield via Agger

60′ Demichelis carded for foul

53′ Ramsey puts Arsenal 1-0 up v Norwich

49′ AND CAPTAIN KOMPANY FIRES US TO A 2-0 LEAD!

45′ Second half gets underway! #FightToTheEnd !

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HALF TIME: Man City 1-0 v West Ham. Spurs 3-0 v Aston Villa. Southampton 1-0 v Man Utd. Arsenal scoreless v Norwich. LFC still behind v Newcastle 1-0. Oh and Cardiff leads Chelsea 1-0.

45′ A minute added on here.

44′ OOOHHHH! ZABA!

39′ NASTY NASRI! 1-0 yeah baby! Adebayor puts Spurs up 3-0

34′ GOAL! A Baker OG puts Spurs 2-0 up. Every time Lloris faces Aston Villa, I always remember that debut in 2012 on his birthday. It was against Villa. Meanwhile, Mrs. Lloris has tweeted ‘last game’ as in last game of the season, but Spurs fans panicked thinking its his last game for Spurs. Who knows though right?

31′ Nolan gets carded for foul on Hart

29′ As Man City still try to break the deadlock and West Ham continue to prevent them, let me just say how proud I am of Crystal Palace this season. When they were promoted to the EPL this season, I knew they were going to do great. They’re leading Fulham 1-0 currently as I speak.

25′ Corner City. Nasri floats it in, but it comes to nothing. 0-0

22′ The fans at the Etihad has gotten the news and are making a great BIG noise, but I don’t care about the own goal over there. I want goals here at the Etihad! I forgot to who Arsenal is playing, but that match is still 0-0

20′ Martin Skrtel scores at Anfield but its an OG and Newcastle leads! 1-0

18′ Aguero has a go, but Adrian, the West Ham goalie covers well. GET IN CITEH!

14′ GOAL! Paulinho has opened the scoreline for Spurs and Swansea is 2-0 up v Sunderland.

10′ Silva volleys it over! He did not have enough control on that ball. Meanwhile, Spurs and Aston Villa is still scoreless. LFC is also scoreless against Newcastle.

7′ Yes, we’re 7 minutes in and no real chances for either side, but the Hammers are not relaxing. They’re pressuring Man City whenever they have the ball. 0-0

1′ Man City need a draw or win to be crowned champs. If they lose and LFC win against Newcastle, then they’ll be crowned champs.

STARTING 11:

Man CityHart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Kolarov, Garcia, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko

West HamAdrian, Reid, McCartney, Nolan (c), Tomkins, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, O’Brien, Diame, Downing

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Okay. It’s been so long since I’ve done a live thread, but it’s the last day of EPL football, so it’s going to be drama filled. I’ll be covering the City game against West Ham, while I keep an eye on Spurs v Aston Villa. I don’t know how I’m going to do this as yet, but the Etihad is bouncing! GO CITEH!

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Watch this thread: Ballon d’or 2013 ceremony

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*lets out a breath* Firstly, thank God for this wonderful morning and that I was able to get up to see another day. The next thing is, I don’t know how I am going to go about this thread today for the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony, but keep your eyes on this thread. I will be watching LIVE but this PC tend to drive me up a wall lately, so we’ll see how far I’m allowed to go.

Meantime, some players have arrived in Zurich, so I’ll see what I can post in a bit. Cristiano Ronaldo is the favorite to win the prestigious award this time around, thanks to Sepp Blatter calling him a commander, him whining, and FIFA reopening votes after he scored a hat trick to take Portugal to the World Cup, through play offs.

German paper, Bild has already printed that Cristiano won, Ribery came 2nd and Leo 3rd.

Franck Ribery reminded us:

“Messi and Ronaldo score many goals, but you shouldn’t just compare goal stats because I have a different style.Ronaldo scored a lot and Messi is still the best, but Ballon d’Or is normally for player who did great with team and individually.

Ah Franck, you’re my winner this year no matter the outcome.

And let’s hear what the former Spurs boss thinks:

Villas-Boas (ex-Tottenham): “Ballon d’Or? Cristiano played more so he might win, but Messi is the best now and maybe the best ever.” [sic]

You can follow the happenings below, starting from bottom to top.

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A PDF copy of votes of the 2nd voting round for the 2013 Ballon d’Or (players, coaches, journalists):

http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/ballond%27or/playeroftheyear%28men%29/02/26/02/68/fboaward_menplayer2013_neutral.pdf

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Leo IGed: Going back home

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Rosell tweeted: “With the Barça delegation in Zurich”

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Adriana Lima (model) tweets: “Hello to #Messi #BallondOr “

Models just love him, eh?

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Messi seem quite happy for CR. He even expressed his thoughts:

“I can only congratulate Cristiano, he did great and deserves to win. Also congrats to Ribery, who also did it enough to win.”

And …

“Ronaldo crying on stage? I understand his reaction, it’s normal, with all the emotions…”

And that moment when CR was announced winner:

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Leo looks simply happy for CR. Ribery not so much and I expect to hear him voicing his disappointment soon.

And now, the BIG BIG differences:

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via @Messiologia 

Yes, if Leo was sad/unhappy about CR winning the trophy, I would have criticized him the same way because sportsmen  need to be professional and know how/when to lose.

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Final stats for the new Ballon d’Or winner:

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This is his 2nd Ballon d’Or. Final votes:

Cristiano Ronaldo: 27,99%

Lionel Messi: 24,72%

Franck Ribéry: 23,36%

Clearly, the Ballon d’Or is ALWAYS going to between Messi and Ronaldo as long as those two play football and rival each other which is a bad thing.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of the 2013 Ballon d”Or. Congrats CR. He accepts the award with tears in his eyes. You can see it means so much to him. He worked hard last year. He really did, but Ribery should have won.

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2013 Women’s Ballon d’Or winner is  Germany’s goalie, Nadine Angerer. YEEEEAAAHHHH! CONGRATS!

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The winner of the first FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honnour (price of honor) is Pele.

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JUST IN: For the World Team of the year 2013, Messi received the most votes (from profesionals all over the world) among the forwards. [via marca]

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FIFA Puskás award for the Best Goal of 2013 goes to Ibrahimovic for his incredible overhead kick for Sweden vs England. Congrats man!

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Taking a moment to appreciate how F.L.A.W.L.E.S.S. Anto is.

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Messi’s suit and regal Anto! Best dressed couple at the ceremony. Leo seems distracted though. His thoughts are elsewhere.

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Former Bayern Munich manager, Jupp Heynckes wins the FIFA Coach of the Year for Men’s football. Congrats! Totally deserved.

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The FIFA World Coach Women’s Football goes to Silvia Neid. She coaches Germany.

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Blatter and Cristiano attempting to shake hands earlier. Blatter probably wants to ask, ‘Have you forgiven me?’

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Former IOC President Rogge of Belgium lifts the FIFA Presidential Award 2013 after being awarded by FIFA President Blatter at the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich

The winner of the 2013 FIFA Presidential Award; Dr.Jacques Rogge.

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Here’s the official team of the year:

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FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

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The FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2013.

So that’s 2 Ligue 1 players, 3 from Bundesliga & 6 from La Liga. 0 from Serie A & EPL.

World Team of the year 2013: Neuer – Alves Ramos ThiagoSilva Lahm – Iniesta Xavi Ribery – Messi Ibrahimovic Ronaldo

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid); Zlatan (Paris Saint-Germain); Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Xavi (FC Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

Defenders: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Alves (FC Barcelona)

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

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Zlatan and Alves

FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

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Ronaldo and girlfriend and mini him

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Leo and Anto on their way to the ceremony. They look adorable!

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Ah hem. Gentlemen.

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Alves, Leo, Neymar and Xavi ready for the gala. Oh Leo, you’re like Dr. Spencer Reid. Normal doesn’t do it for you two. I LOVE THE SUIT!

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Red carpet ceremony will start in a bit. Meantime, here’s the leaked team of the year: Neuer, Alves, Silva, Ramos, Lahm, Ribery, Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Messi.

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Word around the net street, this is Leo’s suit for tonight’s ceremony:

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Came from Leo’s Facebook a/c. He posted: “Getting ready for the gala.”

Hmmm. I was expecting something more daring/outlandish, given the polka dot suit last time and … oh well, it’s nice. 

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This leaked cover of France Football for tomorrow states: Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d’Or

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No wait, there’s 3 versions waiting for the printer:

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I just had to share this beautiful infographic via WhoScored.com!

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Gathering for the red carpet event

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Ribery and Leo having a moment 🙂

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Messi: “Advice to young players? First, they should have fun, football is a great sport. Besides, they need to work hard and have some luck”

Messi: “I of course hope I can win another Ballon d’Or, but to be here, among the finalists, is already a trophy and a joy.”

Cristiano: “I’m happy to be here because if I’m here that means I’m one of the best.”

Cristiano: “Obviously playing in a time with Messi and Ribery made me a better player. We respect each other and learn off of each other. It’s a pride to play against Messi and Ribery, it’s an honor. Obviously we all work hard for our clubs and NT.”

Ribery: “Win or not, I will continue being happy. Its a pleasure to be among the finalists along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.”

Ribery has admitted to voting for Leo. We all know he thinks Leo is the best:

“Who’d I vote for? I have said it many times that the number one is Lionel Messi, the best player in the world.”

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That look! LoL! 

One last look at stats for the finalists:

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Live stream: Press conference nominees for Coach and Player of the Year:

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Leo and his mama

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Photo set brought to you by Side Foot Finish

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Anto! Gosh, she’s so beautiful!

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Leo in Zurich. Leo says, “If I don’t win the Ballon d’Or, it won’t be the end of the world.”

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The stage for the ceremony is set

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Zidane in Zurich

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Real Madrid official site posted a bunch of pics of Cristiano arriving in Zurich. This photo set is brought to you by @Realmadridplace 

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Sergio Ramos, girlfriend, Pilar and agent brother, Rene has arrived in Zurich.

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(From L to R) Alves, Xavi, Messi and Neymar on their way to Zurich for the ceremony. I can’t wait to see what daring suit Messi will wear this time around.