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Barça Beat France/BARÇA DERROTA FRANÇA

Barça Beat France

Adieu France: Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro from Barça’s La Masia academy all played in the first competitive victory of Spain against France. The first four created the first goal and Pedro forced the penalty for the second. Below: Le triangle: The rare occasion a French player had the ball he was surrounded until he lost possession.

The Barcelona playbook, plus seven home-grown Barcelona players on the field, guaranteed Spain’s success once again. Barça, cross dressing as Spain, is now in the semi-final of Euro 2012.

The flair that once characterised Spain has faded somewhat, but they remain as effective and dominant as ever. Their quarter-final victory was their seventh win to nil in a row in knock-out tournaments and, as in the previous six, they were rarely threatened as they recorded their first ever competitive victory over France. A philosophy based on ball possession has mutated from the excitement of four years ago into something more mechanistic, but there is something admirable still about their relentless pursuit of possession. Arsène Wenger has spoken of Barcelona’s “sterile domination.” Spain, like Barcelona, are a hugely gifted side capable of using their gifts not to thrill but to win, less concerned by the creation of chances than by preventing the opposition creating anything. Xabi Alonso’s opener was a goal of rare beauty but thereafter this was about stopping France from playing. If the opposition don’t have the ball, they don’t create chances. Spain tormented France with their passing, the eternal triangles spun across midfield. It may have been finished by a Real Madrid player, but it was a goal conceived in Barcelona. Busquets fed Xavi in the centre-circle. He moved it on to Iniesta who slipped the ball for the overlapping Jordi Alba. He had two years at Barça’s La Masia academy before moving to Valencia –and is likely to join Barcelona this summer. He held off Debuchy to allow Alonso to mark his 100th cap with a goal.

(“Alonso provides firepower as strikerless Spain march on closer to retaining title. Spain 2 France 0: Ex-Liverpool midfielder scores with header and late penalty while France fail to show ambition,” by Jonathan Wilson, The Independent, 24 June 2012)

Barça derrota França

Le triangle: la rara ocasió que un jugador francès té la pilota, es troba rodejat fins que perd la possessió. Primera foto: Adieu France: Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas i Pedro, de l’escola La Masia del Barça, tots han jugat en la primera victòria en competició d’Espanya contra França. Els primers quatre han creat el primer gol i Pedro ha forçat el penalty del segon.

 La llibreta de joc del Barcelona, més set jugadors criats a casa del Barcelona, han garantit l’èxit d’Espanya de nou. El Barça, transvestit com Espanya, es troba ara a la semifinal de l’Eurocopa 2012.

 L’elegància que abans caracteritzava Espanya s’ha difuminat una mica, però segueix sent tan efectiva i dominant com sempre. La seva victòria de quarts de final ha estat la seva setena victòria seguida a zero en una fase eliminatòria d’un torneig i, com en les sis anteriors, rarament s’ha vist amenaçada aconseguint la seva primera victòria competitiva davant França. Una filosofia basada en la possessió de la pilota ha mutat de l’emoció de fa quatre anys a una acció més mecànica, però cal admirar com sempre la seva passió sense fi per la possessió. Arsène Wenger diu del Barcelona que és una “dominació estèril.” Espanya, com el Barcelona, és un equip d’enorme talent capaç d’usar els seus dots, no per emocionar sinó per guanyar, menys preocupada per crear possibilitats que per impedir que el contrincant crei qualsevol cosa. El gol inicial de Xabi Alonso fou d’una rara bellesa, però a partir d’aquí s’han dedicat a no deixar que França jugués. Si el contrincant no té la pilota, no crea ocasions. Espanya ha turmentat França amb les seves passades, els triangles eterns teixits al centre del camp. Potser el gol ha estat finalitzat per un jugador del Reial Madrid, però ha estat concebut pel Barcelona. Busquets alimenta Xavi al cercle central, que passa a Iniesta, que cola la pilota a Jordi Alba desdoblant-se. Va estar dos anys a l’escola la Masia del Barça abans de marxar al València-i probablement torni al Barcelona aquest estiu. Ell supera Debuchy i permet que Alonso marqui el seu partit número 100 amb un gol.

(“Alonso provides firepower as strikerless Spain march on closer to retaining title. Spain 2 France 0: Ex-Liverpool midfielder scores with header and late penalty while France fail to show ambition,” per Jonathan Wilson, The Independent, 24 juny 2012)

24 June 2012 - Posted by | Sport/Esports |

3 Comments »

  1. A wee bit of bias … I think of the Welsh team of the golden years in the 70’s, when over half of the Welsh team came from London Welsh, but a team is more than 6 or 7 individuals … I think the SPANISH selector also deserves a mention to correct your biased opinion. After all, he selected the Barcelona players …Regards from an unbiased Welshman!

    Note from the editor: Actually the former manager Aragonés is the one who broke the useless Madrid stranglehold on Spain and fielded a side with majority Barcelona players. They won the Euro 2008 and of course the new manager was not foolish enough to go back to the old system for the World Cup 2010. He had one added incentive in that there are no Spanish players in the Madrid team other than the three selected. So 7 players of the Spanish team that defeated France came from Barcelona. The equivalent would be if seven players from England against Italy came from Cardiff, that would be a tall tale!

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  3. El futbol té alguna cosa màgica. Ahir hi va haver 22 privilegiats, amb uns sous que fan empegueir qualsevol treballador, que sortiren a córrer darrera una pilota. Aconseguiren que la meitat de la població estàs pendent de les seves coces. Aconseguiren que el senyor Cabrit es preocupi pel meu berenar (cosa que fins ara ningú no m’havia mai). I el que és més curiós, que un estol de gent amb un cotxe sortissin a pegar crits al carrer perquè un català (Cesc Fàbregues), acompanyat d’un equip amb una presència notable de catalans de naixement (Busquets, Piqué, Xavi, Alba) o catalans de talonari (Iniesta, Pedro) guanyàs a un equip composat per les figures (?) del Reial Madrid. I per cert, aquests que festejaven la victòria d’un equip farcit de catalans (i vascos), ho feien onejant una “roja y gualda”.

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