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It amuses me that someone recently found our site while apparently searching for the term ‘abusive relationship trap’.

So I’m wondering: are they trying to get out of an abusive relationship, or are they looking to trap someone in one?

This internet thing is mad.

– el kapitan

I won’t take this away from the true Barca fan that populates this blog, but I just wanted to drop a line in to say that I am glad that Barcelona realized their potential. Somehow, Pique and Yayaha Toure formed a more effective team than Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. It is a rare game in which you look at the losing side and cannot say “I feel bad for (insert player that actually played well) because the rest of the team let him down.” No such individual existed today.

Outclassed. No other single word explains it better.

Congratulations FC Barcelona, not just on winning but showing the world what good football is meant to look like.

I cannot believe I beat everyone to mentioning the fact that New Castle has been relegated to the depths of hell in the Championship.

I think anyone that thought that Alan Shearer could save New Castle was, well a New Castle fan. He is not Pep and this is not the La Liga.

The last 8 games resulted in Alan helping them win 4 points but I don’t blame Alan Shearer, he did the best he could with the ‘tools’ given to him. Not the sharpest ones in the shed if you know what I mean.

I loved Alan Shearer as a player, but as a manager he just annoys me. At least he was honest enough to say two things:

“I think everyone knows the answer to whether or not I will be managing this club, there are larger problems than just one manager right now since we were just relegated a few minutes ago.” – OUCH THAT WAS WHEN HE STARTED CRYING

“I apologize to the fans, they deserve better than what we provided this season. You can blame anyone or anything you want but the truth is, we didn’t play well enough and we didn’t deserve to maintain our premiership status with the way we played this season.”

The second comment I have to say, is a rare bit of honesty in the world of football management. A far cry from “The team has great potential and I am hopeful we will reach our full potential next year” (say it in a French accent out loud). Though its true every year somehow.

My two most hated players on the Man Utd team are Ronaldo and Evra, but at least Evra is an honest c*#$.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2450158/Evra-We-know-Ron-is-a-diver.html

I think for a neutral football fan, there is very much a team that ‘deserves’ to win. The team that has given the fan the most joy should be the one that ‘deserves’ to win. Does that make sense? Which is why for me Barca deserve to win it, even though Utd are probably a stronger team.

Beside’s doesnt it seem like it’s destiny for Barca, for a local legend, in his first season in charge of a club, let alone a major club to lead them into the Great’s? And great they will be if they top it off. For any team to be considered great, they have to win the Champions League. They have proved that they are a very very good team by winning La Liga and the Copa Del Rey, but tonight could be greatness.

Since we like making lists, could we have one of the greatest football managers? Restrictions, of having at least won 1 league title or cup, any others you can put under notable exceptions.

And finally what actually happens in Sunday Football:

Actual Movement

A brief description as follows:

Diag 1: At the start of play

Diag 2: Once the game starts, we begin moving

Diag 3: Result of our movement.

What do the Football World Cup, NFL Playoffs, IPL, Champions League, Heineken Cup Rugby and NCAA Final 4 have in common? They are all decided by single elimination games. This means that the question of whether the best team won is irrelevant. Its about moments and great performances which can not be denied. Zidane’s volley, Gerrard in Istanbul, Gilchrist in the last world cup final or even in the IPL semi-final when he smashed 85 of 35.

This is unlike league football, the NBA playoffs or the best team in Test Cricket, in which excellence is determined over a longer period, and consistency is more important than inspiration.

Barca have already proved their status as a great team by winning la liga -which they ‘deserved’. However to win the Champions League they will have to provide us with some new moments. No one deserves to win the Champions League untill the final. I’m sure that as a New England Patriots fan, Super Pippo will understand :p

P.S Incredibly, I caught the tail end of a Clarence Seedorf interview on Radio 5 yesterday.

P.P.S Before SP pays pilgrimage to the San Siro he should read this http://www.goal.com/en/news/10/italy/2009/05/25/1285122/why-did-milan-ultras-insult-paolo-maldini

P.P.P.S Your theory on Viera is meaningless because Domenech is a crazy man. How he is still in a job is beyond me.