Saturday, July 22, 2006

It's bin along since I hit you with freestyle...

... high tech selections from the vaults of the Ice files. Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the latest in a long line of openly biased, semi-regular FCB postings here on blog that's all Barcelona, all the time. So Ice, what's going on? All types of shit homie, all types of shit. Let's begin shall we?

Thuram y Zambrotta

The Juventus fire sale has begun in earnest. On Thursday evening Bar
ça signed both Gianluca Zambrotta and Lillian Thuram from the bianconeri. Thuram, 34 and recently retired form international football with France (again), has signed a two year deal while Zambrotta, 29, has signed a four year deal. Earlier in the week Fabio Cannavaro, Italian World Cup winning captain and all round Superman signed for Real along with old man Emerson.

I'm delighted with the arrival of Zambrotta, he's one of the best right backs in the world (he can also play down the left) and one of Italia's best players. He's been with Juve for the past six seasons and is a model of consistency. He's simply brilliant and a huge improvement on Belletti, who's heart probably sank when he got wind on Gianluca's signing.

As for Thuram, I'm less enthusiastic. While he's far from finished, his performences in the World Cup were fantastic but I wonder how long his legs will hold up. He's certainly a better defender than Gio but I'm curious to see how much he'll play. Rijkaard really likes Gio (lord know's why, he's a liability in defence) so it shall be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Election time

Thanks to a ridiculous ruling by a local judge (essentially because the FCB year runs from July to June and as Laporta became president on June 22nd 2003, the ruling stated that his first eight days in office constituted a whole year...) Barcelona will hold presidential elections in the next month or two. Laporta will of course stand again and most likely win. While he has his critics he has also delivered the La Liga Championship two years in a row (with a second place finish the year before) and the European Cup and a Barcelona team playing their best football since the Cruyff (coaching) era. Baring some extraordinary happenings, there's no way he can lose.

La Liga schedule

Next season's schedule has been announced. Details are here [pdf]. The first game of the season is on August 28th, a Monday, away to Celta Vigo.

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