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The short lists were announced today for the Ballon d’Or, Puskas Award and Manager of the Year.
Messi is well on his way to winning his 4th and becoming the first player to do so. The Argentine wizard was shortlisted along with Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo … deja vu much.
Neymar, Falcao and Miroslav Stoch was shortlisted for best goal.
Manager of the Year
Spain’s Del Bosque, Real Madrid’s Mourinho and former Barca great, Pep Guardiola.
With all these nominations, I think it suggests that La Liga is the best league in the world. I mean, the Ballon d’Or nominees are La Liga players. Players like Kun, Zlatan and even Cavani or Falcao would not be able to break into the Top 3 once the likes of Messi and co. are still existing.
As for Manager of the Year, I think Del Bosque should win it, although Man City’s Roberto Mancini should have been short listed. He had an amazing season.
So many great player, so many inspiring coaches, that I am beginning to dislike the way FIFA is handling the rewards. Even the best goals nominees are not right. There was this goal I really liked by Jimenez and he SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHORTLISTED.
There are great players from the Ligue 1, but no one’s batting an eye to look because the La Liga is the best league in the world at the moment.
Messi, you insane selfish bastard! Why you only keep scoring week in, week out, huh? Why? Are you scoring for fun? If you are, you better stop it, because you’re on your way to the most impressive season yet.
I know how some people are feeling: Messi just can’t stop scoring. It’s like I said much much earlier ahead of this new season, Lionel Messi looks for improvement just so he can get better each season. Yesterday, FC Brilliant took on Levante away and won 4-0. The entire team was impressive.
- Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals for FC Brilliant
- Messi now has 19 goals in the Liga. (Falcao and Ronaldo are playing catch up but if Leo keeps scoring, it’ll be impossible to catch him)
- Iniesta was no doubt the Man of the Match after a brilliant performance: 3 assists and 1 goal. He is the second player to have 3 assists this season. The first was Cesc Fabregas, who scored the last goal yesterday.
- Victorious Valdes held his fort down! Saved the penalty and the follow up, earned himself a well deserved clean sheet
- Messi is the first player ever to score 2+ goals in four consecutive away games in the Liga
- Messi is yet to score 1 goal in a match. He scored a lot of braces.
- Messi is now 3 goals away from equaling the most calender goals in a year
- When Alves was subbed out due to discomfort, there were 11 home grown (La Masia) players on the pitch
- Victor Valdes has now saved 9 penalties in Liga
So much madness and happiness yesterday! This team has made the fans proud. I only have major love and respect for Lionel Messi. I am happy that I am alive in the Messi-era to witness a man, who might just be the greatest of all time when he hang the boots up.
I leave you with some highlights:
The only disappointment I had, was Pedro not getting on the score sheet, but he tried.
Your boys are impressive, boss! :)
First half highlights:
Altidore (AZ) tweeted:
“Im now convinced all of those UFO sightings are really Messi landing and taking off in his ride. Alien.”
Indeed. Spartak misfired so many chances which were clear opportunities for goals, but Dani Alves and Messi made no mistake, making sure the team won 3-0 in Russia. With two goals, Messi adds to his calender year, 80. He could have had a hat trick but a brace was enough to make sure Barca secured their place in the Last 16.
We’re on record watch here.
Yesterday was a crazy day for football but whether we win, lose, draw, is humiliated or humbled, we have to learn to accept the scoreline at the final whistle. Sometimes, the best team do not win, but this is why I love the beautiful game. It is totally unpredictable – although at times the scores can be predictable.
Arsenal v Spurs 5-2
Despite losing the North London Derby, there was one man who stood out, Spurs’ French keeper, Hugo Lloris.
The match started out well for Spurs who had control in the opening minutes and from the looks of things, we were on for a good match. Adebayor converted first against his former team, making it 1-0, but then the same Adebayor went from hero to zero in a matter of minutes when he tackled Carzola rather roughly. He was served his matching papers. From there, everything went downhill for Spurs. They lost the smooth flowing rhythm and allowed Arsenal to take advantage of them.
Hugo Lloris came to Spurs rescue many of times during the match and although the team lost, the keeper had a fairly good game with praises coming in from fans, commentators and even an impressed Arsene Wenger, who thinks Lloris was not at fault for any of the goals. So was the story, that the fans needed to desperately blame someone, thus turning their attention on Adebayor, who in the event, deleted his twitter account.
This is football and if we can’t deal with our emotions, we might as we might as well watch another sport. Yes, Ade was stupid for making that silly challenge, but there was no need to call him nasty names. From the time, Ade exited, Spurs started to play as if they had conceded the match already. They neglected their keeper, the midfield was claustrophobic and the forwards were going backward. Playing with 10 men is no excuse. Saint Rennes beat PSG with only 9 men over in the Ligue 1 (much underestimated league with mucho more action!) and Spurs, you were what? Down to only 10 men and still acted as if the game could not be saved?
Tactically speaking, AVB did nothing wrong, although this is his 4th lost. Lloris dazzled, and I agree with the majority of Spurs’ fans who think he should be #1. Dawson need more playing time. Giroud scored his 5th goal in 5 games. What a flop, eh? And this is deja vu all over again, because this was the same scoreline from last season Arsenal won the Derby with. Second leg should be better for Spurs. There is no need to panic and call AVB foul names. He’s doing a good job. The game could have been easily 7/9-2 in favor of Arsenal, had not Lloris been in goal.
I know Lloris felt bad for those 5 well struck goals, but none of those goals were his fault. Haters blaming Lloris can piss on ’emselves. This lost does not take away the fact that Hugo ‘Boss’ Lloris is class and one of the best goalies in the world. I think he can only become better with each game he partakes in, in the EPL, so yes, he should definitely be #1 by the end of the season.
Manchester City v Aston Villa 5-0
This is City’s best start ever, all thanks to the boss, Mr. Mancini!
In my opinion, Aston Villa can be a tough team to beat, because when they’re focused and tuned in, they can make the game very difficult for the opponents. However, City, as a team, destroyed them today. They worked hard and were rewarded with a nice victory and a clean sheet for Joe Hart, although I don’t know how a penalty was given in the 54′.
But it was a nice win, I am happy for the boss and the team. The only team unbeaten in the competition at this stage, and riding on top of the table at the moment. If they keep this up, it’ll be terrific!
Good job with the tactics today, boss!
FC Brilliant v Real Zaragoza 3-1
Chasing the records and the games
There we go again, conceding another goal, but it was only 1, so I forgive the team. This match marked the return of Puyol and Pique. Alex Song got his first goal, thanks to great vision by Messi and Leo? Well, he scored the other two and has now scored 17 goals this season. He dedicated one of his goals to keeper, VV, who became a father on Friday.
Now, I am pleased that we’ve won and is sitting nicely on top of the table, but I think Barca lacked consistency in this match and if this continue, we’ll be closer to losing our first game, rather than winning. Although I think the form could have been contributed with the international break.
Let’s see what has been achieved, Messi-wise, eh?
- Most goals ever in calendar year: Gerd Muller 85 in 1972 – Lionel Messi 78 (ongoing) in 2012 – Pele 75 in 1958
- Alex Song scored his first goal for Barca and I wish him many more. The Song Bird has ALWAYS been a favorite of mine, long before coming to FC Brilliant.
- FC Brilliant will stay on top of the league with 34 points
- Jimenez (coach Zaragoza): “Messi decided the game, he’s very smart, both on and off the ball. When he has the ball, he’s like an alien.”
- Lionel Messi has now scored 275 goals in official matches for Barcelona.
- Barcelona have scored 39 goals in the first 12 Liga matches of the season, the highest number since 1959.
- Messi has scored 109 goals and given 44 assists in his last 100 games for Barcelona and Argentina.
- Record 76 goals of Messi in 2012 so far: Liga 48, CL 11, Spanish Cup 3, Spanish Super Cup 2; Argentina 12
That Insane Leo has no competition nor rival when it comes to the beautiful game, so the media can stop their bullshit now,
Copping a feel on the Maestro, eh?
Napoli v AC Milan 2-2
Ugh! Another frustrating draw! Cavani also picked up a yellow card in this match so that means he’ll miss the next match. I am not pleased with the result. I think they could have done much better. They better make up for my disappointment in the upcoming Europa.
Norwich City v Man U 1-0
Well, yer win some, yer lose some and Norwich has a strange reputation for shocking heavy weight opponents. Fergie was disappointed, but I’m not. 🙂
GO GO LEO!
FC Barcelona took on Mallorca away and although the Catalan giants won 4-2, it was Messi who stole all the headlines. Messi scored two goals, his 75th and his 76th in a calender year, thus passing Pele’s record and becoming the second highest goal scorer in a calender year. His next target is Gerd Muller’s world record of 85 goals. How much does he need? Only 9 and he has quite some games left to do it.
Not only that, but the little man also became the FIRST La Liga player in 62 years to score 15 goals in the first 11 matches and the FIRST player in history to score 11 goals in the first six away games. INSANE!
Leo v Mallorca:
Everyone and their personalized cleats, eh? My favorite has been Balotelli’s thus far. Here’s what Leo’s wearing tonight:
It’s Adidas F50. Let’s inspect that beauty up closer eh?
Leo in action with it:
Today, the team prepared ahead of the CL match against Celtic:
Team heading to Glasgow (via fcbarcelona.com):
Tito at the presser:
Yesterday’s training via fcbarcelona.com:
Messi, Xavi and Iniesta posing with Celtic shirt. The trio also got a commemorative shirt for Celtic’s 125th birthday today. Happy birthday Celtic.