THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Fútbol Español 2012-13

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28 Jan 2013 00:38 - 28 Jan 2013 00:39 #756133 by Borracho

The Barcelona-Osasuna game was stunningly boring. Messi is obviously a once-in-a-generation genius, but this isn't proper football, it's watching someone else play an arcade machine.

Bilbao got revenge for the Europa League final, beating Atletico by the same score. That should keep Bielsa in the job for another month.

Last Edit: 28 Jan 2013 00:39 by Borracho.
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28 Jan 2013 23:20 #756495 by Lodzubelieveit

Very easy victory, 3-0 to Sevilla, and thoughts now on the Cup semifinal

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30 Jan 2013 17:43 #756935 by Lodzubelieveit

Oh, and there was the Gaelic Football exhibition during half time, and the guest announcer said a few phrases in Irish. There were a few comments along the lines of ¿Pero qué coño es esto? Si somos españoles... from people near me in the Gol Norte, but I would gauge that to have been outweighed by the applause the Gaelic players got when they finished. Not sure how many Irish people were actually in the stadium, mind you.

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30 Jan 2013 17:51 #756941 by Lodzubelieveit

Anyway, tonight it's just like rolling back the years on a Fútbol Español thread, as I find myself in Spain with 6 cans of Mercadona's finest, about to watch a match...

...And in true AS style, my 12X for the lineups would be

Adán-Pinto X
Essien-Dani Alves 2
Arbeloa-Jordi Alba X
Carvalho-Puyol 1
Varane-Piqué 2
Modric-Xavi 2
Xabi Alonso-Busquets X
Khedira-Fàbregas X
Özil-Pedro 1
Cristiano-Iniesta X
Benzema-Messi 2
Banquillo-Banquillo 2
Bloque-Bloque 2
Entrenador-Entrenador 1

Feeding that data into the Lodzubelieveit supercomputer gives a prediction of 0-1 for this evening...

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30 Jan 2013 19:36 #756982 by Borracho

This is the most low-key build-up to a clasico that I can remember. Several people I encountered today didn't even know it was on.

Apparently this is the first one not to feature either Casillas or Valdes since the Champions League semi-final in May 2002.

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30 Jan 2013 20:52 #757018 by Lodzubelieveit

0-0 at half time, and both have had a couple of chances, most notably one from Xavi. Varane looks an excellent defender, very accomplished. Don't know what Fàbregas is doing there, though; it'd be much better for him to take something of a step down from Barcelona and be the team leader somewhere rather than being massively overshadowed at FCB.

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30 Jan 2013 21:04 #757022 by Diable Rouge

Lodzubelieveit wrote:

Anyway, tonight it's just like rolling back the years on a Fútbol Español thread, as I find myself in Spain with 6 cans of Mercadona's finest, about to watch a match...

...And in true AS style, my 12X for the lineups would be

Adán-Pinto X
Essien-Dani Alves 2
Arbeloa-Jordi Alba X
Carvalho-Puyol 1
Varane-Piqué 2
Modric-Xavi 2
Xabi Alonso-Busquets X
Khedira-Fàbregas X
Özil-Pedro 1
Cristiano-Iniesta X
Benzema-Messi 2
Banquillo-Banquillo 2
Bloque-Bloque 2
Entrenador-Entrenador 1

Feeding that data into the Lodzubelieveit supercomputer gives a prediction of 0-1 for this evening...

Surely Vilanova has been more impressive in seamlessly filling Guardiola's shoes?

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30 Jan 2013 21:08 - 30 Jan 2013 21:08 #757026 by Theodore

Lodzubelieveit wrote:

Don't know what Fàbregas is doing there, though; it'd be much better for him to take something of a step down from Barcelona and be the team leader somewhere rather than being massively overshadowed at FCB.

ahem

Last Edit: 30 Jan 2013 21:08 by Theodore.
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30 Jan 2013 21:08 #757027 by Lodzubelieveit

Haha, Cesc puts FCB ahead, who have seemed much calmer since the re-start.

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30 Jan 2013 21:13 #757031 by Lodzubelieveit

Another excellent, calm interception from Varane with Fàbregas through on goal.

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30 Jan 2013 21:20 #757033 by Theodore

Messi's passing is leaving a lot to be desired and he seems to be taking a lot of time to get back onside. Something catching up with him?

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30 Jan 2013 21:20 #757034 by Lodzubelieveit

Higuaín coming on, which should be good for them...he's simply better than Benzema for my money...

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30 Jan 2013 21:38 #757039 by Lodzubelieveit

Varane does it again with a last-ditch perfectly timed challenge on Messi. Top class defending once more.

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30 Jan 2013 21:38 #757041 by Lodzubelieveit

And he scores! This guy is the man!

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30 Jan 2013 21:39 #757043 by ursus arctos

Varane scores.

Quite the coming-out party.

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31 Jan 2013 12:22 #757228 by Borracho

Before people start crowning Varane as the greatest young defender on the planet, it should be noted that he played in each of Madrid's CL games against Borussia Dortmund and was distinctly ropey in both.

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31 Jan 2013 21:58 #757488 by Lodzubelieveit

Scrappy old first half in the other semifinal, Atleti-Sevilla. SFC have competed quite well, but not much spark going forward from Navas or Rakitic yet. Kondogbia looking OK in midfield again.

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31 Jan 2013 22:48 #757508 by Lodzubelieveit

Flurry of red card, handball and penalty nonsense. SFC not at their best tonight, but the 2-1 is recuperable in the second leg. Beto looked a decent goalkeeper on his debut.

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04 Feb 2013 07:54 #758715 by Lodzubelieveit

Another reasonably easy win yesterday at the RSP, 2-1 v Rayo. Sevilla seem to have found something of a shape and settled team with the arrival of Unai Emery. There's a good block of four in defence and midfield with Spahic, Fazio, Kondogbia and Medel.

Yesterday was Italy day in the stadium. We had the national anthem before the match and (extremely loud) O Sole Mio by an opera singer at half time.

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12 Feb 2013 18:32 #761747 by Sundeporino

Depor appoint their third coach of the season. Domingo Paciencia has resigned after 40plus days with Fernando Vasquez (who he?) taking over.

Hes not managed at club level for about eight years and then was manager of local rivals Celta Vigo. Hes La Coruna born so that may buy him a bit of time to rearrange the deckchairs.

Theyll not come back up as quickly this time.

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