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Yes everyone, i am excited to watch my first Athletic game live on aussie tv. Sunday morning at 7.30. im hoping we can turn things around after the poor form of the previous games- especially the second half in Calderon.

Btw , i listen to Radio Euskadi every week and i enjoy it , but im starting to get sick of hearing Blas Ziarreta always talking, he never shuts up, he talks more than Alberto Negro. does anyone who listens to Radio Euskadi here agree with me?
 

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Maybe Canal+ will broadcast it here in Holland (becasue of Barça ofcourse), but I'm not sure, if they do I think I'm gonna make some calls to some friends :D.
 

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I don´t think this is the best moment for watching Athletic, we´re playing bad.:( But well, let´s see if Txingurri makes some substitutions for Camp Now, especially Orbaiz for Tiko:mad: and gives an opportunity to Julen and we could improve.;) Hope you give good luck to the lions!:fero:
 

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I'm jealous. In Holland I cannot get any Spanish football anymore :crybaby:

I haven't seen a single match of Erreala this year. :groan: Eurosport used to have highlights, but they don't longer have Spanish football and Estudio Estadio on TVE Internacional seems to be gone. :confused: Any news on this from those that live in Spain? Is it completely gone or is it just no longer on the international channel?
 

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Prince-O said:
I'm jealous. In Holland I cannot get any Spanish football anymore :crybaby:

I haven't seen a single match of Erreala this year. :groan: Eurosport used to have highlights, but they don't longer have Spanish football and Estudio Estadio on TVE Internacional seems to be gone. :confused: Any news on this from those that live in Spain? Is it completely gone or is it just no longer on the international channel?
The football rights for international channels are more expensive now, that's why many channels around the world doesn't broadcast the Spanish league now. Beckham-Effect? Another reason to hate him. :D

Originally posted by Txupa
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jarl...agromenauer...:D

We are gonna pass over you... although I would repeat the San Mamés match, playing bad and wining 1-0. ;)
 

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Prince-O said:
I'm jealous. In Holland I cannot get any Spanish football anymore :crybaby:

I haven't seen a single match of Erreala this year. :groan: Eurosport used to have highlights, but they don't longer have Spanish football and Estudio Estadio on TVE Internacional seems to be gone. :confused: Any news on this from those that live in Spain? Is it completely gone or is it just no longer on the international channel?
It could be worse. You could live in the U.S.A. and never have hope to see this match.
 

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:D , I'm gonna see this match, Canal+ is gonna broadcast it and a friend has got Canal+, so I can see the match there.
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Let´s hope you watch a good game by the lions. Looks like Javi González return to the right back and Iraola for Arriaga are the only substitutions for this game, we´ll see. Barça without Puyol get as weak as us in the defense and I think we have better attackers, although you never know, last time we played against a weak Barça we lost 7-0...:eek:

BTW, nice detail by FC Barcelona giving Athletic´s line up in Euskera.:)
 

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Let´s hope you watch a good game by the lions. Looks like Javi González return to the right back and Iraola for Arriaga are the only substitutions for this game, we´ll see. Barça without Puyol get as weak as us in the defense and I think we have better attackers, although you never know, last time we played against a weak Barça we lost 7-0...:eek:

BTW, nice detail by FC Barcelona giving Athletic´s line up in Euskera.:)
well... last season we were a weak Barça too and there was a draw... but it's nice to see that you recall good matches.

About the megaphones, independently of each ones politcal options, it would be nice to hear the different languages of the teams of La Liga, just to show respect to the rival's supporters. It's something common in the European competitions.

I'd be nice to see Athletic supporters in the Nou Camp and viceversa. I know about Boixos attitude towards Athletic's fans, but I wish to see them disappear soon. :)
 

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Since I´m bored at home tonight "studying" and some of you watched the game I´m gonna talk a bit about it ...

Barcelona 1-1 Athletic (Kluivert, Gurpegi)

I´ve seen this movie a thousand times....:groan:

We are specialists in making the rival goalkeeper a superstar even if it´s Barça B´s. If this was the first time this happens you could think "yes it was bad luck or they have a great goalie.." but it´s always the same!:mad: I´ve said this a million times in this forum and I repeat it again, EZQUERRO DOESN´T SCORE EVEN IN THE RAINBOW!!!!:mad: I give Jorquera credit for the great save to Etxebe, a fk by Tiko and a shot from out of the box by Ezquerro but those two 1 to 1 clear chances missed by Ezquerro...and I said missed because he always kicks the ball soft to the gk body! Doesn´t he train that in Lezama!!??:groan:

Anyway, the game. Athletic controlled the first half, specially the first 30 minutes were great but as I said we didn´t score really easy chances. I don´t understand why Ezquerro plays as a striker, if Valverde wants to play fast without Urzaiz he should put Arriaga with Etxebe and Ezquerro on the wing. Barça didn´t have many chances, only one very clear by Luis García who I think was in offside but TV3 didn´t give a single replay:eek: so I´m not sure. Then there was a penalty from Tiko to Ronaldinho although I´m not very sure since Ronaldinho was already falling when he crashes with Tiko.

The second half was boring, Barça attacked a lot and Valverde FINALLY put Orbaiz in the field, and Kluivert scored:D Some chances for both teams until a great center by Del Horno was headed by an alone Gurpegi:star: to the net.

I´m pessimist though, if we aren´t capable of winning such a weak Barça (the worst of the last years) I don´t know what can happen next weak vs Depor, they won´t give us so many chances..:( Hope the lions recover the scoring level of last season soon.:hopefull:

comments on players:

Aranzubia: a savior as always.

Javi González: He must play, he is as crap as César defending but at least he attacks well.

Del Horno: correct, good center in the goal but he was sleeping while defending.

Prieto: very well, does his job and ultrasur´s.

Karanka: fat & slow.

Gurpegi: a lion, the new Urrutia, this guy has hot blood. I´m very happy for his goal, he derserved it.:proud: It´s amazing all what he is doing after what he has passed, our most important player, he ate Davids alive!:star: Again, he was left out alone too many times by Tiko but he managed to solve it.

Tiko: Regular, at least we didn´t play with 10 as in the last games.:rolleyes:

Iraola: His best minutes of the season, very well in the first 30, he is improving.

Yeste: very well, but irregular as always.

Etxebe: If Ezquerro would score the goals they would be a killer partnership but all the work they do making the play always ends in the gks hands.:(

Ezquerro: Runs, works, helps... but misses easy goals.
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Orbaiz: Helped a lot in our worst minutes, he must be a starter.

Urzaiz: He´s slow.

Jonan: correct.
 

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I'd be nice to see Athletic supporters in the Nou Camp and viceversa. I know about Boixos attitude towards Athletic's fans, but I wish to see them disappear soon. :)
Yeah there´s problems with the Boixos but not with all, we are hated by some of them but I also know that some sections are even friends of Herri Norte, not sure how that works though.

Something similar happens with Osasuna´s Indar Gorri, the group itself is nonpolitical although most of the members are abertzale but they have some sections which are fachas, the section "Tafalla" I think is one of them, there´s always problems with some of them when they come to San Mamés..

Anyway, I like what Laporta is doing, I don´t enter in the "inside the field things" but I like his decissions about the Boixos, Barça´s catalanism, or the respect to the rival´s culture as it was showed with the line ups. I even like the pre-game parties or the barça toons!:D
 

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Aranzubia: a savior as always.

Del Horno: correct, good center in the goal but he was sleeping while defending.

Gurpegi: a lion, the new Urrutia, this guy has hot blood. I´m very happy for his goal, he derserved it.:proud: It´s amazing all what he is doing after what he has passed, our most important player, he ate Davids alive!:star: Again, he was left out alone too many times by Tiko but he managed to solve it.

Tiko: Regular, at least we didn´t play with 10 as in the last games.:rolleyes:

Etxebe: If Ezquerro would score the goals they would be a killer partnership but all the work they do making the play always ends in the gks hands.:(
tiko disappointed me again and again as well as etxebe.
aranzubia and del horno...not bad while gurpegi surprised me...
 

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Txupa said:
Since I´m bored at home tonight "studying" and some of you watched the game I´m gonna talk a bit about it ...

Barcelona 1-1 Athletic (Kluivert, Gurpegi)

I´ve seen this movie a thousand times....:groan:

We are specialists in making the rival goalkeeper a superstar even if it´s Barça B´s. If this was the first time this happens you could think "yes it was bad luck or they have a great goalie.." but it´s always the same!:mad: I´ve said this a million times in this forum and I repeat it again, EZQUERRO DOESN´T SCORE EVEN IN THE RA savW!!!!:mad: I give Jorquera credit for the great save to Etxebe, a fk by Tiko and a shot from out of the box by Ezquerro but those two 1 to 1 clear chances missed by Ezquerro...and I said missed because he always kicks the ball soft to the gk body! Doesn´t he train that in Lezama!!??:groan:

Anyway, the game. Athletic controlled the first half, specially the first 30 minutes were great but as I said we didn´t score really easy chances. I don´t understand why Ezquerro plays as a striker, if Valverde wants to play fast without Urzaiz he should put Arriaga with Etxebe and Ezquerro on the wing. Barça didn´t have many chances, only one very clear by Luis García who I think was in offside but TV3 didn´t give a single replay:eek: so I´m not sure. Then there was a penalty from Tiko to Ronaldinho although I´m not very sure since Ronaldinho was already falling when he crashes with Tiko.

The second half was boring, Barça attacked a lot and Valverde FINALLY put Orbaiz in the field, and Kluivert scored:D Some chances for both teams until a great center by Del Horno was headed by an alone Gurpegi:star: to the net.
I agree with you annalisis 100%. I could not believe how we passed the first 25-30 min. without receiving a goal. I think it was a mix of the 2 things:

- Athletic strikers, especiallly Ezquerro, seemed to have the Kluivert soul possesing them.
- Jorquera made me think that the best GK of our team is him.

In the second half, Athletic disappeared. Althout we didn't have many chances we controlled the match quite well. I think we left Athletic alive. We began to speculate after the goal, in the worst moment of Athletic. They advised first, when Jorquera had the muscular problem and finally Gurpegi saw really well the hole in our defense.

I think we had the match in our hands and we lost it, although seeing the overall match the result was fair.

I don't know how Urzaiz doesn't have a place in your team, I think it's your only typical striker. He intimidates a lot. I know he didn't play well when he was on the pitch, but the defenses fear him.

I liked Iraola a lot, he has great skills. Yeste began quite well, but he disappeared. Etxeberría didnt existed. Gurpegi played really well, his battle with Davids was really interesting. Aranzubía wasn't that good, he had good moments, but he failed in several crossed balls. I think he was a little bit nervous.

Nice match... although the white plastic bags flying over the Nou Camp in the second hlaf were one of the most strange things I've ever seen in a football stadium. :dazed:
 

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Ezquerro...:depress: :depress: :depress: he could have gave us the win in the early stages...

But I saw a very nice game, although I was frightened the end should be the same as earlier this season in San Mames.

Best Athletic players imo: Gurpegi and Iraola.

Nice commentary by you Txupa, I only can agree, "We are specialists in making the rival goalkeeper a superstar even if it´s Barça B´s." :( :mad: . it's a pity...

btw, how do you think about Ronaldinho, was he diving or wasn't he, I think it wasn't a penalty, Tiko just came and didn't go out Ronaldinho's way, so he touched him and Ronaldinho dived to the ground.
 

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Nice summary by Txupa :cool:

I think that you don't need to be sad about the draw. It is never easy to win in the Camp Nou, even though it is easier than it used to be :howler:

So, how did Davids do? Is he the new saviour of Barça?
 

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everyone, it was very strange being able to watch us play live i must admit.

the game itself, really we should have been 2 -0 ahead in the first 20 minutes.... Santi is a very talented player but is one of the worst finishers in the league, Tiko doesnt do enough i think, same with Yeste, he has all the talent in the world but doesnt produce it often enough..... i know he prefers to play in the centre more than on the left, but he can play much better.

I thought that prieto and gurpegi were both surperb.Luis destoyed Saviola, he never let him get a touch.

Gurpegi is simply a colussos in midfield. He has the heart of a champion, he reminds me of patrick viera...he will be the equal of any defensive midfielder in europe in a couple of years considering he has only been playing in that role for a little while.

In the second half we were poor, im starting to think we take slleping pills at half time:rollani: we seem to sleep through most second halfs recently, but at least we kept fighting and got a point. the last 4 minutes of injury time ,my brother and i were pacing around like idiots:D :D :D
 

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I don't know how Urzaiz doesn't have a place in your team, I think it's your only typical striker. He intimidates a lot. I know he didn't play well when he was on the pitch, but the defenses fear him.

Nice match... although the white plastic bags flying over the Nou Camp in the second hlaf were one of the most strange things I've ever seen in a football stadium. :dazed:
We could see what Valverde wants without Urzaiz, play fast counters with two fast forwards as Etxebe and Ezquerro, probably if Ezquerro would have score his chances we´ll be talking about Valverde´s great tactics. Urzaiz is intimidating but you can´t play this football with him, so it´s choosing between one system or the other. I don´t know what to think, our best games have been without Isma but we never win... next time I´d try Arriaga with Etxebe, he´s fast and a better finisher as he demonstrated in Bilbao Athletic, he´s loosing his time playing in the wing. Ezquerro should play in the wing IMO or at least practice the 1 to 1 in Lezama, it can´t be so difficult for a player of his quality.

:D We could also see the plastic bags spectacle in Euskadi´s game on December, there were even more because they let enter alcohol and everyone went with their kalimotxos, the wind makes the rest.:D

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btw, how do you think about Ronaldinho, was he diving or wasn't he, I think it wasn't a penalty, Tiko just came and didn't go out Ronaldinho's way, so he touched him and Ronaldinho dived to the ground.
To be honest I don´t know, very difficult penalty. Live it looked as a clear penalty but on the replay I´m not sure, I think Tiko is faster reaching the ball and Ronaldinho just goes for him but I don´t know, good man Esquinas Torres.:D

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So, how did Davids do? Is he the new saviour of Barça?
He was ok, he did some things but Gurpegi stopped both Davids and Xavi. Anyway, you have to wait to see his level, this was his first game with only 3 trainings. He showed his hard game, a couple of really hard tackles.
 

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Perhaps Barça should have bought Gurpegi instead then :D ;)
 

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Perhaps Barça should have bought Gurpegi instead then :D ;)
They haven´t bought Davids either.;) Don´t give them ideas, the other day I was reading in Barcelona´s press talking about Gurpegi as the "new Bakero", if they aren´t after him yet is probably because all of his unsolved sanction stuff.:mad: Anyway, not even selling Camp Nou they have money to buy the great Carlos!:star: and I don´t think he would like to leave.:stuckup:
 
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