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This year, two of my favorite players are leaving their childhood clubs behind. Iker Casillas Fernandez, age 34, has been a goalkeeper for the first team at Real Madrid since 1999 and team captain for five years. Xavi Hernandez Creus, age 35, made his first team debut as a midfielder for FC Barcelona in 1998 and was captain this past season, when his team won all three major tournaments for the second time in Spanish history.

Despite the intense rivalry of their respective clubs, these two men have been friends since they met as teenagers. At times, their mutual esteem and affection have been the glue that holds the Spanish national team together, allowing them to win two European Cups and Spain's only World Cup between 2008 and 2012. Even the Prince of Asturias has recognized this OTP.

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<333333333 So much love for these two men, and I wish both of them all the best in this next stage of their respective careers.
flywoman: (Ack!Xavi)
Calling all FC Barcelona fans - please come on over and join us at [ profile] som_i_serem if you haven't done so already. Membership is open, and we welcome your suggestions to make this a wonderful comm!
flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)

...not just during Ramos' well-intentioned penalty kick, but during pretty much all of yesterday's match. They took us through the torture of the semifinal against Italy, and then between little rest for aging legs, Brazilian brutality conveniently overlooked by the ref, a superb save by David Luiz, and more than their share of bad luck, they lost the final 3-0. And Xavi, being a bigger man than I am, simply stated that while Spain had really wanted to play a good game, they failed to show up.
flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)
Wasn't going to do a post, but Jordi Alba just scored in the first 3 minutes, so... Comments here!
flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)
Anyone watching today's friendly? Feel free to comment here!

Also, last night's match between Argentina and Colombia was probably the most thrilling scoreless draw I'd ever seen...
flywoman: (Ack!Xavi)
Broken but unbowed. No, wait... also bowed.

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flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)
Jordi Alba and I apparently feel the same way about this result...

Even biased Barcelona fan that I am, I would never have predicted this victory. Barca arrived at the second leg of this Champions League round without an away goal, having lost to AC Milan 0-2 at the San Siro. In order to stay in the tournament, they had to score at least two goals in regular time AND keep a clean sheet, which they had not managed to do from mid-January to their Saturday match against Deportivo. In that recent match, I had seen promising signs of a sharper Barca, a hungrier Barca... but they had still only scored two goals total against the lowest team in the league standings. Tonight they were going to have to do much, much better.

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flywoman: (Hermanos)
Title: Seeing Red
Rating: PG-13, for language
Word count: 1238
Characters: Andrés Iniesta and Víctor Valdés
Summary: Víctor sees red at the end of the clásico.
Notes: Bittersweet catharsis fic. Inspired by this incident.

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flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)

So I didn't get to watch the match, but I just saw the highlights. The reviews I'd read suggested that we were absolutely awful, created no chances, etc. In fact, it seems to me that we were unlucky in attack - Messi was close to a goal early on and almost sent a free kick into the bottom corner, and there was a rebound that could have been converted by Busi, to name a few. While I wish that Villa had started and Iniesta had played left mid with Cesc on the bench, I think that the real problem, as has been so typical lately, was our defense. Pique's clumsy tackle meant a PK for Ronaldo, and no one was marking Di Maria right in front of our goal when he received the pass and scored. But if you watched the match, please feel free to correct me!
flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)
Anyone who wants to livecomment during the match is welcome to do so here!

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