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Michelle Ackermann

Michelle Ackermann

Born in South Africa, soccer has always been a part of my life, and was pretty much ingrained in my genes. Journalism is my second love in life, and what better way to combine my two favorite things in life than to write about the one thing I am most passionate about. I follow the New York Red Bulls religiously, but have a deep passion for La Liga. This passion is part of the reason why I have moved to Barcelona to pursue my dream of becoming a sports broadcaster.


The Barcelona Boys Are In The Capital City

Written by on July 28, 2011 | 4 Comments »
Posted in General

One can easily tell that football is not a sport that has gripped the United States when the undeniable champions of Europe are freely roaming the streets with no fans harassing them for photos or autographs, which is exactly the situation in Washington, DC. The FC Barcelona squad arrived this morning at 3:30am, and is settling comfortably into their quarters, following their victory in the Audi Cup yesterday.

The squad arrived for their Turkish Airlines US Tour of the United States, where they will face off with Manchester United, Team Mexico and FC Guadalajara as part of the World Football Challenge. Unfortunately striker, Lionel Messi will be missing from the roster as he is still on vacation following Copa America, but all the other starters are in town and ready to show the world that they are once again ready to be crowned champs.

In a press conference this morning, Gerard Pique and Xavi opened up about the preseason, winning the Champions League last year and how they believe they match up to Manchester United. Pique and Xavi had opposing opinions on their road to victory last year, while Pique believed that they were lucky in their quest, and that he believes there is not a big difference between the two teams; “To be fair, we are at the same level. Perhaps they will beat us on Saturday; we just have to give our all”. Xavi on the other hand did not agree that they were merely lucky on their road to Champions League victory, he believed that they had worked hard and deserved it; “I think we were better, but from here to the future you just don’t know.”

Both players did agree that striker Messi would be missed during the tour, but that he deserved the break after Copa America to rest up for the long season ahead. Manchester United will also be without Chicharito, who incurred a concussion while training for their match against the MLS All Stars.

Both seemed relaxed and ready to get the season started, hopeful of another successful year for FC Barcelona- Mes Que un Club.

4 responses to “The Barcelona Boys Are In The Capital City”

  1. haha! that is true, I saw that video, they must have been amazed how easy they could travel. I think it shocked some of them, by the looks on their faces.

    Pique understands what I realize quite simply, Barca is a great team, but Inter proved any other side if they are playing their best can win. It is all about the form of teams at the given moment. Can Barca maintain it all, I think they need sanchez and cesc for depth or they will falter in my view.

  2. Roberto Manita says:

    Thanks for the Barça article Michelle. I believe all of their players who participated in the Copa America, and not just Messi, are unavailable for this US tour (Messi, Mascherano, Milito, Alves, Adriano, and Sanchez).

    Keep up the good work and increased exposure on Bobby’s blog.

    MQUC indeed.

  3. roy hendriks says:

    @harlemite u know what, when barca played against inter, inter was the most in form team with milito, cambiasso, zanetti, cesar, samuel, maicon as barca, they didn’t play in the level they could because the established players were more worked up winning the WC. BTW, when inter beat barca, it felt like the end of football but when they played bayern, it felt like the days of our lives, seriously who the heck would think that inter’s run in 2010 was more memorable than barca’s run in 2011 and 2009. did you guys even beat man u to win it. It’s more worthy to beat man u in the final considering the british media with american and asian affiliation. POW take that.

  4. @ Roberto, Thank you so much! I am loving this experience. Following Barce to Miami, and I promise photos and videos will be accompanying the next few articles. wifi in DC is not my friend!

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