The Blond Ambition Tour: The 2016-17 Season Thread

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  1. inswinger

    inswinger Moderator
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    Greetings, Earthlings.

    I've won everything there is to win for this club. But I haven't done it as a bearded blond. So that's my plan this season. Deal with it, boludos.

    Also, this will make it way easier to not confuse me with Alba when you watch on your crappy streams.
     
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  2. os_mutante

    os_mutante Moderator
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    Aug 8, 2003
    City of Bad Carls
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That Jesus piece is something else, man.
     
  3. Forzabarca

    Forzabarca Member+

    Jun 1, 2006
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    I never thought Messi would do such things... First the excessive tattoos, now this hair.. What's next? Nose piercings ala Rodman?

    Great thread title btw
     
  4. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Whoops. another new season thread. Well, I guess I'll re-post this here as well. :)


    CALENDARIO - Temporada 2016-2017

    JULY 2016
    Sat 30: Friendly (N) Celtic in Dublin

    AUGUST 2016
    Wed 3: Friendly (N) Leicester City in Stockholm
    Thur 4: Olympic Football Tournament begins in Brazil
    Sat 6: Friendly (N) Liverpool in London (Wembley)
    Wed 10: Trofeu Gamper (H) Sampdoria

    Sun 14: ScE-1 (A) Sevilla
    Wed 17: ScE-2 (H) Sevilla
    midweek 16-18:
    Sat 20: Liga J1 (H) Real Betis
    Sun 21: Olympic Final in Rio
    Thu 25: UCL group stage draw
    Sun 28: Liga J2 (A) Athletic Bilbao
    midweek 30-1:

    SEPTEMBER 2016
    weekend 2-3: FIFA calendar
    midweek 4-6: FIFA calendar
    weekend 10-11: Liga J3 (H) Alavés
    midweek 13-15: UCL-M1
    weekend 17-18: Liga J4 (A) Leganés
    midweek 20-22: Liga J5 (H) Atlético Madrid
    weekend 24-25: Liga J6 (A) Sporting Gijón
    midweek 27-29: UCL-M2

    OCTOBER 2016
    weekend 1-2: Liga J7 (A) Celta
    midweek 4-6:
    weekend 7-8: FIFA Calendar
    midweek 9-11: FIFA Calendar
    weekend 15-16: Liga J8 (H) Deportivo La Coruña
    midweek 18-20: UCL-M3
    weekend 22-23: Liga J9 (A) Valencia
    midweek 25-27:
    weekend 29-30: Liga J10 (H) Granada

    NOVEMBER 2016
    midweek 1-3: UCL-M4
    weekend 5-6: Liga J11 (A) Sevilla
    midweek 8-10:
    weekend 11-12: FIFA calendar
    midweek 13-15: FIFA calendar
    weekend 19-20: Liga J12 (H) Màlaga
    midweek 22-24: UCL-M5
    weekend 26-27: Liga J13 (A) Real Sociedad
    midweek 29-1: Copa-4R1 (A)

    DECEMBER 2016
    weekend 3-4: Liga J14 (H) Real Madrid
    midweek 6-8: UCL-M6
    weekend 10-11: Liga J15 (A) Osasuna
    midweek 13-15:
    weekend 17-18: Liga J16 (H) Espanyol
    midweek 20-22: Copa-4R2 (H)
    weekend 24-25:
    midweek 27-29: non-FIFA, Catalunya national team

    JANUARY 2017
    weekend 31-1:
    midweek 3-5: Copa-5R1
    weekend 7-8: Liga J17 (A) Villarreal
    midweek 10-12: Copa-5R2
    weekend 14-15: Liga J18 (H) Las Palmas
    midweek 17-19: Copa-Qf1
    weekend 21-22: Liga J19 (A) Eibar / 21: CAF Cup of Nations begins in Gabon
    midweek 24-26: Copa-Qf2
    weekend 28-29: Liga J20 (A) Real Betis

    FEBRUARY 2017
    midweek 31-2: Copa-Sf1
    weekend 4-5: Liga J21 (H) Athletic Bilbao
    midweek 7-9: Copa-Sf2
    Weekend 11-12 Liga J22 (A) Alavés / 12: CAF Cup of Nations Final in Libreville
    midweek 14-16: UCL-2R1
    weekend 18-19: Liga J23 (H) Leganés
    midweek 21-23: UCL-2R1
    weekend 25-26: Liga J24 (A) Atlético Madrid
    midweek 28-2: Liga J25 (H) Sporting Gijón

    MARCH 2017
    weekend 4-5: Liga J26 (H) Celta
    midweek 7-9: UCL-2R2
    weekend 11-12: Liga J27 (A) Deportivo La Coruña
    midweek 14-16: UCL-2R2
    weekend 18-19: Liga J28 (H) Valencia
    midweek 21-23:
    weekend 24-25: FIFA calendar
    midweek 26-28: FIFA calendar

    APRIL 2017
    weekend 1-2: Liga J29 (A) Granada
    midweek 4-6: Liga J30 (H) Sevilla
    weekend 8-9: Liga J31 (A) Màlaga
    midweek 11-13: UCL-Qf1
    weekend 15-16: Liga J32 (H) Real Sociedad
    midweek 18-20: UCL-Qf2
    weekend 22-23: Liga J33 (A) Real Madrid
    midweek 25-27: Liga J34 (H) Osasuna
    weekend 29-30: Liga J35 (A) Espanyol

    MAY 2017
    midweek 2-4: UCL-Sf1
    weekend 6-7: Liga J36 (H) Villarreal
    midweek 9-11: UCL-Sf2
    weekend 13-14: Liga J37 (A) Las Palmas
    midweek 16-18:
    weekend 20-21: Liga J38 (H) Eibar
    Wed 24: UEL-F in Stockholm
    Sun 28: Copa-F
    midweek 30-1:

    JUNE 2017
    Sat 3: UCL-F in Cardiff
    midweek 6-8: FIFA calendar
    weekend 10-11: FIFA calendar
    midweek 13-15:
    Sat 17: FIFA Confederations Cup inaugural in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    midweek 20-22:
    weekend 24-25:
    midweek 27-29:

    JULY 2017
    Sun 2: FIFA Confederations Cup final in Saint Petersburg, Russia
     
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  5. inswinger

    inswinger Moderator
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    May 17, 2001
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    FC Barcelona
  6. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Ugh! You took my thunder away. I was just about to post "I don't know what's uglier, the hair or the tattoos(?)"

    Maybe this thread should've been a poll. Seriously though, Messi, stop trying to be someone else! :rolleyes:
     
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  7. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Has it been announced whether Neymar will just stay in Brasil until matchday 3 of La Liga or if he's gonna make 3 trips across the Atlantic for that Bilbao match and a couple of training sessions?
    I'm guessing the latter since Bilbao away is a tough fixture, but that's a lot of travel. At least the CBF were smart and scheduled the WC qualifier in Manaus which is not too far from Quito (sight of their other qualifying match in September).
     
  8. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Fwiw, from 2008...

    Aug 23: Messi plays in Olympic final in Beijing, wins Gold medal.

    Aug 26: Messi not in Barca squad list for Champions Playoff 2nd leg away to Wisla Krakow. (Barca had comfortable 4-0 lead from 1st leg)

    Aug 31: Messi starts and plays full 90 minutes away to Numancia. Arguably best Barca player despite 1-0 defeat in Pep's first Liga match.

    Sept 6-10: World Cup qualifying, Messi plays full 90 minutes against both Paraguay (H, 1-1) and Peru (A, 1-1).

    But again, fwiw.
     
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  9. KickersFTW

    KickersFTW Member+

    Jan 12, 2012
    RVA (Soccer hotbed)
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So question(Bayern fan but I came off assisting the barca camps in the US. Very cool experience. My bud and I are planning our trip to Barca soon.).

    What are the general expectations in Catalonia this season? Is the team set in their opinion or are there still holes to fill?
     
  10. inswinger

    inswinger Moderator
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    May 17, 2001
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    The club seems to still be pursuing a "4th striker" (see our Transfer Thread). Many people think we need a solid RB because neither Sergi Roberto nor Vidal appear up for regular starting duties there.

    Enjoy your trip! If you make it to the Barça museum, I hope they are showing Messi putting Boateng on his back on a constant video loop there. :D
     
  11. KickersFTW

    KickersFTW Member+

    Jan 12, 2012
    RVA (Soccer hotbed)
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Definitely looking forward to it. My cousin who was over there for 2-3 yrs( would send Barca stuff to me. May go in disguise for the game with that:ROFLMAO:. You all looked good with the 2-0 win with Ineista getting hurt and no Neymar.

    Pretty sure we have the 7-0 highlights in ours. ;)
     
  12. Gilmango

    Gilmango Member+

    Jul 20, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    While it is unlikely he would actually play the match roster for the first match could include a first timer, Borja Lopez a giant from Gijon who is left footed:

    FC Barcelona have paid a high price for winning the Spanish Super Cup. The first title of the season has seen Andres Iniesta, Jeremy Mathieu and Javier Mascherano go down injured, adding to Marc-Andre ter Stegen's own problem.
    Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti are the only cente-backs available. The Asturian will have to turn to the youth squad to find cover. Marlon would be the first option but he cannot play as he doesn't have his visa yet. Acocording to RAC1, the idea would be to call up Jose Antonio Martinez. However, as he's over 23 if he played for the first team then he would not be able to return to Barcelona B. So instead they may turn to another youngster, Borja Lopez. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borja_López
     
  13. Gilmango

    Gilmango Member+

    Jul 20, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As the transfer window gets ready to close we look pretty darn good. Open questions seem limited to goalie, "4th forward", getting rid of or at least loaning out Douglas, and possible loan outs of Samper (to get PT), and Munir (also for PT should we sign another forward).

    Goalie: I think we did promise MAtS to be Liga and CL keeper and now, as a result, we need to allow Bravo to go as he's too good to just play CdR and otherwise backup MAtS. First we sign someone else as Lucho doesn't trust Masip to be more than 3rd keeper. Looks more like Ajax keeper, Cillessen, rather than Valencia's Alves or PSG's Areola. Depth: MAtS, 2nd Keeper/Bravo for now, Masip.

    Defense: Not signing a good right back may come back to haunt us but then we were not going to find another Dani Alves, and we did just sign La Masia product Vidal last summer. So Vidal and Roberto battle for minutes, a former RW and a midfielder. Fingers crossed. Beyond that Digne looks great and so LB is nicely covered with Alba and Digne. Which allows Mathieu to just play back up CB. Umtiti looks great so far and already seems like the 3rd CB. Pique, Masch, Umtiti, and Mathieu is a nice rotation though I'd prefer having kept Bartra rather than Mathieu but Marc was right to leave as Lucho did not give him minutes for 2 seasons despite knowing his contract allowed him to leave on the cheap in those circumstance.

    Midfield: Iniesta backed up by Denis (who is better on the left), Rakitic backed up by Gomes and Rafinha, Turan and Roberto both available as needed, Busquets backed up by Samper (for now) and Roberto. The real problem will be finding minutes when all are healthy. I think this leads to a loan out of Samper so that Gomes or Roberto or Masch can back up Busquets. I also think it means that Turan gets most of his minutes at forward (where Rafinha and Denis can also play).

    Forward: Last big question is whether we sign someone, I'm voting no, the transfer fee and salary is too high for someone who may be no better than Turan or Munir. Neymar backed by Turan. Suarez backed by Munir. Messi backed by Turan, Munir, Rafinha, or either of the right back candidates.
     
  14. Forzabarca

    Forzabarca Member+

    Jun 1, 2006
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    #14 Forzabarca, Aug 19, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2016
    This must be a joke right? http://m.goal.com/s/en/news/11/tran...-about-barcelona-interest-confirms-ajax-boss? Cillessen? Worst keeper who ever played in Ajax or Netherlands for 12m€? While they wanna offload Bravo for 17-19m€ for small profit and weaken the team considerably? I hope this doesn't happen.

    With this scouting and transfer policy, when likes of Iniesta, Messi or Suarez are not playing anymore and Masia only produces Munirs etc, Barcelona will most likely be in avoiding relegation fight.
     
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  15. Gilmango

    Gilmango Member+

    Jul 20, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Found this, https://www.whoscored.com/Articles/...-Sar-Inspiring-Cillessens-Progression-at-Ajax

    I truly don't know the guy, but this is a complimentary summary of his game. Personally, we did well with 2 great keepers so I'm reluctant to stop it, but I do think something had to give and that promises were made to MAtS so now we are swapping out Bravo for a guy who can play our style and is willing to try his luck (while getting paid really well) at Barca.
     
  16. puyol

    puyol Member+

    FC Barcelona
    Dec 24, 2009
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Well Bravo Will leave i guess , he already won all titles with us in these two years so i think he will be satisfied :

    UCL once
    European super cup once
    Club world cup once
    La Liga twice
    Copa twice
    Spanish super cup once

    Good luck to him to win titles in England with Man.City
     
  17. puyol

    puyol Member+

    FC Barcelona
    Dec 24, 2009
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Well looks like Neymar dyed his hair to be blonde as well

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    Any way they both can convince Suarez to dye his hair as well so we could have 3 blondes upfront ? :D
     
  18. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Calendario update

    AUGUST 2016
    Sun 28: Liga J2 (A) Athletic Bilbao
    midweek 30-1:

    SEPTEMBER 2016
    weekend 2-3: FIFA calendar
    midweek 4-6: FIFA calendar
    Sat 10: Liga J3 (H) Alavés
    Tue 13: UCL-M1 (H) Celtic
    Sat 17: Liga J4 (A) Leganés
    Wed 21: Liga J5 (H) Atlético Madrid
    Sat 24: Liga J6 (A) Sporting Gijón
    Wed 28: UCL-M2 (A) M'gladbach

    OCTOBER 2016
    weekend 1-2: Liga J7 (A) Celta
    midweek 4-6:
    weekend 7-8: FIFA Calendar
    midweek 9-11: FIFA Calendar
    Sat 15: Liga J8 (H) Deportivo La Coruña
    Wed 19: UCL-M3 (H) Manchester City
    weekend 22-23: Liga J9 (A) Valencia
    midweek 25-27:
    Sat 29: Liga J10 (H) Granada

    NOVEMBER 2016
    Tue 1: UCL-M4 (A) Manchester City
    weekend 5-6: Liga J11 (A) Sevilla
    midweek 8-10:
    weekend 11-12: FIFA calendar
    midweek 13-15: FIFA calendar
    Sat 19: Liga J12 (H) Màlaga
    Wed 23: UCL-M5 (A) Celtic
    weekend 26-27: Liga J13 (A) Real Sociedad
    midweek 29-1: Copa-4R1 (A)

    DECEMBER 2016
    Sat 3: Liga J14 (H) Real Madrid
    Tue 6: UCL-M6 (H) M'gladbach
    weekend 10-11: Liga J15 (A) Osasuna
    midweek 13-15:
    weekend 17-18: Liga J16 (H) Espanyol
    midweek 20-22: Copa-4R2 (H)
    weekend 24-25:
    midweek 27-29: non-FIFA, Catalunya national team
     
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  19. Gilmango

    Gilmango Member+

    Jul 20, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well Rafinha dyed his too, so maybe if he subs on for Suarez in a game. Or surely Paco will dye his hair too if especially if that gets him a little extra PT spelling Luis.

    But came here to post this, you were a monster Claudio, got off to a bad start letting in that preseason Dzemaili goal right over you from 35 yards out:

    But then you had to good sense to pay Song to injure MAtS in the preseason (kidding;) but that's what happened save for the payment, we can't prove that
    ) and ran with that great scoreless streak in Liga to start off an unlikely 2 year run of 2 #1 keepers. Good for you and thanks:
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  20. Viscaelbarca

    Viscaelbarca Moderator
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    Aug 31, 2007
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    FC Barcelona
    #20 Viscaelbarca, Aug 26, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016
    Potential Squad for this season...

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    I put Masip at CDM as Busquets' back up


    Here is a better one from Barcastuff...

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  21. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Busquets, irreplaceable. ;)
     
  22. puyol

    puyol Member+

    FC Barcelona
    Dec 24, 2009
    Club:
    FC Barcelona

    Strange , no one thinks/wants Mascherano as a DM backup for Busquets ? :confused:
     
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  23. Viscaelbarca

    Viscaelbarca Moderator
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    Barcelona
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    Aug 31, 2007
    MELT01
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    FC Barcelona
    He will be playing a few minutes as CDM if the pre-season rumours were true...
     
  24. puyol

    puyol Member+

    FC Barcelona
    Dec 24, 2009
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Dam our Women football team are Brutal :eek: ( 20-0 ) is there a point to play beyond 10-0 ? :confused:

     
  25. jfcule

    jfcule Moderator
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    Aug 4, 2005
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    FC Barcelona

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