Thursday, December 11, 2008

El Clásico - December 13th

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona at the Camp Nou... My last soccer post for a while, I promise!

The essence of the rivalry set to Franz Ferdinand's Do You Want To?

Highlights from the 3-3 draw in October 2007, including a hat trick from the best player in the world (IMHO), Barca's Lionel Messi (Argentina).

Yes, I still think Messi is the best, even though he finished runner-up to Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2008 Ballon d'Or, the award for Europe's best player.

The Real-Barca rivalry has all sorts of political baggage around it to this very day, with Real having old links to the Franco regime, and Barcelona standing as a stark reminder of the determined and steadfast redoubt of the old Republic... Not to mention a bastion of Catalan nationalism. Hence, the Barcelona motto, "Más que un club."

This video is in Spanish, but non-Spanish speakers may be able to pick up a bit of what the former English star Gary Lineker had to say about how he stepped into something much bigger than he ever imagined when he signed up to play for FC Barcelona.


cowboyangel said...

Grrr.... If this wasn't a family-friendly blog, I'd dip into some ripe Spanish obscenities involving goats, prostitutes and bowel movements, not to mention the breast milk of someone's mother - not sure whose - the owner of Barca? The dolts on Real?

2-0. Madrid holds Barca to a tie for 83 minutes, then gives up two late goals.


I'll have to watch your videos another day. YouTube must be having issues, because all three vids stopped at :02.

Jeff said...

Hey, no problem. There are all sorts of ways of defining "family" these days besides the Waltons in the 1970s. After all, now there's Sam Walton's rotten family to consider. And then there's the Osbornes, the Hogans, the Kardashians. The Addams Family...

I saw the video today. I bet there were about 100 million people trying to view it last night, which is probably why you couldn't get the bandwidth. I'm guessing that will have some good clips in the coming days.

You pull for Real? I love the city of Madrid and the rest of Castille but I really like Barca's players. Have you ever been to Barcelona?

Real did pretty well, considering that they've had some key injuries (like Ruud van Nistelrooy's) and are muddling along at 5th place in La Liga, but from what I could see Iker Casillas really kept them in the game with his incredible saves. He's an amazing keeper.

I read that Real had Sergio Ramos marking Leo Messi the whole game, and that he hacked him up pretty good, but in the highlights I saw, Messi made the highly-regarded Ramos look ridiculous. Messi is quite a player. Did you see Cannavaro crash in to the post trying to stop Messi's goal in extra time?. Ouch!

cowboyangel said...

I root for Real when they represent Madrid or Spain in a match. Which happens a lot. I prefer Rayo Vallecano, Madrid's 3rd team that sometimes squeaks into Primera Liga. And I'll root for Atletico, too. The luxury of not growing up in Madrid and having to take sides. Since Real was doing so well while I was there, I got to watch them a lot in important matches, and as a new fan of futbol, I was able to see the difference in quality with them. They helped me learn the game because I could see what a good team looked like. Plus, I really like Casillas.

No, sadly, I never made it to Barcelona.

Jeff said...


Yes, I remember you telling me about the mom & pop bar/cafe in Madrid where you all rooted for Rayo Vallecano. Sounds like good times.

You know, relegation is an interesting concept. I finished a book called Bloody Confused not too long ago, about an American sportswriter who spent a year following Portsmouth FC in England's Premier Division. Every year the bottom 4 teams or so get relegated to the second division, and the top teams in the second division come up into the Premier. It works that way all the way down the various levels. I think that's a pretty cool idea. It makes things really interesting and exciting for people who follow bottom-dwelling teams that have no shot at the chmpionship. It might not be a bad idea to try it out in a few professional leagues here.

cowboyangel said...

I totally agree. I've wondered why the NFL doesn't start up a second, smaller, league in the STATES, sort of the way they did with NFL Europe. That would also eliminate competition from rival leagues. I see another is on the horizon, while the Arena Football League is done now.

The Detriot Lions should've been relegates to a segunda liga a long time ago.