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  1. Re: Spanish Rating Changes & Analysis (09/10) As a Barcelona supporter these are some of the changes I feel should have been dealt with which haven't. I feel that Dani Alves should have risen to 95 and be par with Maicon. In addition, Keita has had a huge season for both club and country and deserved a +1. Pique is still underrated in my opinion and deserves 93 to be above Albiol. Yaya is a 92+ player but hasn't had enough game time to warrant it and I wonder what Guardiola is doing playing Busquests over Toure...
  2. Re: Australia soar to 16th in the world rankings I think the Socceroos under Guus was a better team than the current one under Pim. Realistically I find ourselves in the mid 20s. We need to play a few more European and South American teams and get positive results to be considered 16... I'd actually want to see the Socceroos vs United States. The sporting rivalry between these two teams would be great. Both teams have bounced off positively from their campaigns and I think the game would be great.
  3. Re: Barca fans-would we rather have Eto or Villa? I think Barcelona are front-runners in signing David Villa. It was confirmed a few days ago by Perez that they had given up on the chase for Villa. They are apparently targeting Benzema.
  4. Re: Can Anyone Make It To 99? I've said this before on another thread a while back... Messi is peaked at 98. The way he plays/the skills he possess only enable him a 98. Although he is only 22 now, he has many more years to keep that rating if he continues to play well. Ronaldo does have the potential to hit 99 if he remains on his feet rather than on the turf. He has the skills and speed almost matching Messi, but Ronaldo dominates in shooting, power and physicality. To be honest, I think neither of the two will reach 99 like Ronaldinho because "Ronny" had everything in Messi and Ronaldo, but he had this "special" Brazilian thing if you know what I mean. It's the cheeky flair type play that mesmerizes both defender and spectators.
  5. Re: Barca fans-would we rather have Eto or Villa? Selling Eto'o off now would be ideal since he is on his last year of the contract. Having Eto'o stay would mean the wages would be extremely high. I think If Villa comes (hopefully he will) he will get paid less than Eto'o, but enough for his quality. I think Villa is the perfect Fwd for Barcelona at the moment. The only thing he lacks is height.
  6. Re: Ronaldinho (when in form for Barca) Vs Messi To be honest, I think Messi will never be as good as Ronaldinho. I think Ronaldinho at his prime was the best player in history to play the game.
  7. Re: Who will Barca sign this summer? I think he has what it takes to become a good player in the future. A move to Malaga will help him get more playing time and grow as a player. With a name combining Xavi and Torres, how can the player not be good?
  8. Re: World's Current Best Player (Excluding Ronaldo + Messi) After Messi and Ronaldo I'd have: 3. Iniesta - ALWAYS influences the game positively. Barcelona and Spain rely on him a lot! He is such a small agile and skillful player. In my opinion, he needs to shoot more often. 4. Xavi - Keeps possession, distributes the ball well and has great vision. If the opposition can't get the ball, how can they win? Xavi and Iniesta know each other really well and would be the best CM combination in the game last season. 5. Gerrard - A complete player who can do pretty much everything. He can lift the game but can also be anonymous at times which is why I rate him lower than Xavi. 6. Ribery - Great player, shame he is still in the Bundesliga with Lahm as his team mate. If he was in the EPL getting past 'world class' defenders with the ease that he was last season, I'd probably rate him higher. 7. Kaka - In my opinion, hasn't had a great season that's why he's all the way down here. Hopefully his touch will come back playing at Madrid. 8. Vidic - He is the best defender hands down. The only reason why he can't be at the top of this list is that the position he plays can't influence the game. It is difficult for him to be the player who wins games for the team when they are down (Unless he heads the ball in from the corner which happens rather often) 9. Ibrahimovic - Good skills, deathly accurate. He and Maicon are the only players Inter need to win, which proves how weak Seria has become and is illustrated by a woeful CL campaign for Italian teams. Also, I still think he is a big game choker. 10. Fernando Torres - great first season at Liverpool but after his injury, he hasn't quite found that form in my opinion. Also, he doesn't play very well for Spain which is disappointing. He did score the hat trick in the Confederations Cup, but Spain were easily dominating, Torres should have stood out more against the USA... Edit: I didn't even rate Fabregas. I think his form has dipped a lot since his injury. It showed as he couldn't inspire Arsenal in the latter stages of the competition, and I think his performance at the Confederations Cup was average.
  9. Re: Who will Barca sign this summer? Barcelona will sign a LB for sure with the departure of Sylvinho. Probably Filipe Luis from Deportivo who will challenge Abidal the team's first choice LB. He is still young and will improve for sure if he comes to Barca. Barcelona has been interested in Keirrison for ages now, and the player has also said he would want to join Barca. I think this deal will be sealed soon, although I don't understand why they are after the young Brazilian when they have Bojan... I'd assume Bojan/Keirrison will be there in the ageing Henry. Speculation with David Villa have been like a drama series. Finally, Real Madrid pull out of the race to sign Valencia's hitman who will only be sold if the price is right. Villa said he would rather stay in Spain, meaning that unless he stays at Valencia, he will be at Barcelona next season. I think Barcelona will only sign these 3 players this season. Rumours of Mascherano are probably out the window now since Toure has extended his contract until 2012. Bayern have also been very stiff in the negotiation regarding Ribery, so I don't think a move will happen for the player. Also, Robinho has given himself to Barcelona, but I don't think Barca would sign the player because of his attitude which does not suit the club. Barcelona will probably offload a few players this season. Xavi Torres has already moved to Malaga to get playing time. Don't know if Henrique Buss will return to Barcelona and play next season or will be offloaded. Eto'o will probably go only if Barca can capture Villa. Hleb might go and Gudjohnsen is more than likely to depart from Camp Nou. Martin Caceres might also be loaned out next season to get more playing time. Is still believe Barcelona should sign a young GK. If Barcelona could sign Asenjo, it would be a great move although it will unlikely to happen because I think Athletico Madrid have pretty much got hold of the young keeper. Someone really needs to challenge Valdes for his starting XI spot because I don't believe he deserves it. He has some good games, and the occasional shocker which GKs aren;t meant to have if they are 'world class'.
  10. Re: What realistic starting XI would you like to see your team line up with next seas Valdes Alves Puyol Pique Filipe.Luis Xavi Toure Iniesta Messi Villa Henry
  11. Re: The Special Setup -Official Teams And Rules Tottenham are trying to sell Defoe or are willing to trade him in + cash for another 90 or higher Fwd
  12. Re: Famous people you have met Glen McGrath - ex-Australian cricketer... met him while he was Christmas shopping at a nearby shopping centre. Sonny Bill Williams - ex-Bulldogs NRL player, but now plays in France. He was in line right behind me buying movie tickets to Tokyo Drift.
  13. Re: Best kit in the world I do like the new Spain Jersey. The black stripe is very bold and stands out nicely. Need to update my European Champions - Spain XAVI 8 jersey soon...
  14. Re: Eto + Modric + 17 million for Torres? I would not do this deal. There's too much to lose. Its either Eto'o + Modric or Eto'o + Cash Asking for both players and cash is too much in my opinion.
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