Archive for November, 2011

My Tuesday night report on Friday

November 25th, 2011

Hello again everyone, and those nice people at Soccer-Spain said why don’t you do a weekly round up every Tuesday? So here it is, but it’s already Friday by now as, well you know how things take time and nothing works out like you want it? Anyway, we all came back from our long international trips, some just within Europe, others to South America and one or two of us to Africa and beyond (?!?), and most players were looking pretty tired. Not Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo though, who as we know are not of this planet. Maybe the planet they do come from has heavier atmosphere or something, and it’s a bit like us going to the Moon and hopping around up there? Anyway, both played 90 minutes, and both scored again to keep up the fight once again for the Pichichi. More »

Barcelona’s passing game

November 19th, 2011

So, they tell us, Barcelona have made 7,346 passes in their eleven league games, over 20% more than Real Madrid, who are second in “the passing league”, and 58% more than Valencia, who are third. Goran, who is pretty good at Maths (but lousy at navigating – I’m not going to let you forget that easily my friend), says that works out at 668 passes a game, 7.4 passes a minute, or to put it another way, one every eight seconds. Every minute of every match. Non-stop. All the time. More »

A draw against Costa Rica? It’s all a ploy!

November 16th, 2011

So at last we get back from Goran’s “Gold Coast” – what a wasted journey that was! Next time I will trust the travel arrangements to the that guy I know who turned up for a skiing holiday in Switzerland with us once with Swedish Kröner (confused by the SWI and SWE) – he can’t be worse than Goran! Anyway, cut the losses, and we go to a pub in the Costa Brava (that’s in Spain Goran, not the Wild coast in Mexico!) to watch the game against Costa Rica, even though there are not a lot of people here at this time of year. More »

The Rich Coast

November 13th, 2011

“So, Goran, where are we?”. “Costa Rica of course, the Gold Coast!”. “But this looks like Africa! Anyway, what do you mean “the Gold Coast”? If anything Costa Rica would be “the Rich Coast”, but as you SURELY know, they are Spanish speakers who live in Central America, and here they are speaking English, and also the sign says “Welcome to Ghana!””. Slowly it dawns on my good (soon to be ex-?) friend Goran Arsic. “I looked it up on my Croatian version of Winkipeed-ia using their universal translator, and that’s what I got!” he says looking a lot like a sheep called Kevin. More »

Perfidioso Albioni?

November 12th, 2011

Hello everybody, Borja’s blog is back! Sorry we haven’t had time to keep this going, but what with one thing and another (mainly the other – the one thing didn’t really take up that much time) we have somehow let it go. Technology moves on as well though, and as our avid readers will know, I have been doing a bit of twittering with my fellow twit Goran Arsic. Anyway here we are, and, what have we been up to recently? Well, the big match of course was against England at Wembley, and we manage to get tickets to a ground we know and love after we saw Barça win the Champions League for a second time there. But is this really England or have we got on the wrong plane? Our taxi driver is called Mario, and all we can see around the ground are Trattorias, Pizzerias and Italian ice-cream salesmen! More »