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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 51 – It Felt Like A Hot Poker…

Written by on December 20, 2011 | 14 Comments »
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OK, right off the bat I’m gonna warm you about this weeks podcast. Not kidding around here, those with weak constitutions will wanna skip past a few of this week’s anecdotes, especially Eoin’s gruesome rugby story, and Bobby’s history lesson about King Edward II. That said, the guys do focus attentions squarely on two big results from Sunday: Barcelona’s emphatic victory in the FIFA Club World Cup Final and Manchester City’s narrow home win over Arsenal. Messi and his Catalan cohorts chuck a massive wrench in the Neymar super-hype machine,  Arsene Wenger gets punished for not fielding any recognizable full-backs versus City… and was that Robin van Persie pokin’ fun at Kolo Toure’s weight problem? Enjoy!

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14 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 51 – It Felt Like A Hot Poker…”

  1. Max says:

    Actually Bobby, over the past ten years, Barcelona have spent 747 million. Yes you can see that they produce their own players, but you should also see how much they spend on players as well. They’ve bought more quality players than they’ve produced.

  2. Xmikey says:

    How can you say xavi’s goal (against Santos) was so amazing?! Sure, it took a lot of skill to hit the volley, but Messi was standing offsides, screening the keeper. Good team work, but not such an amazing goal. Should Messi have been called for offsides?

  3. Max – 747 million what? Euros, pounds, dollars? If that is a net spend in dollars I would be surprised. Just thinking how much Sunday’s starting line up cost and it would be around $100 – $120m I think. Would love to see the break down of $747M by year and by player.

  4. XMikey – I think you might want to watch the goal again.
    http://www.tvgolo.com/football.php?subaction=showfull&id=1321523742&archive=&start_from=&ucat=49&
    Screening the goalkeeper? really? offside – not a hope.

  5. Max says:

    I saw that figure a while back, Mr. McMahon. It was a few weeks ago. It would be interesting to see it player by player. It was in euros. No team is really able to produce the entire team from self produced players, but they can make the main center of the team from players the club have produced. Barcelona have bought many first team players; Abidal, Pique (Barcelona youth, but bought from United), Dani Alves, Sanchez, Ronaldinho, Villa etc. They obviously have also produced great players; Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Puyol, but you still shouldn’t ignore that they also spend a lot of money on transfers.

    This comment may seem like a jumbled mess. I was never terribly good at writing.

  6. Max says:

    Here’s a Google link to find the net spending on transfers. I’m talking about how much it cost to bring them in. https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ajm7FLwxa9txdFJpcS1pWXVPRTNTdWpkcUVXck9PTGc&gid=2

  7. Max says:

    I’ve just done the math and they’ve spent 748.2 million euros since 2000-2001 season.

  8. And they brought in about 330m. You can’t just count one way. It’s like having a business only account for purchases without recording sales

  9. Max says:

    Bobby, I realise you should count the net spend, but they’ve had a negative net spend every year, except for one year, where they made a +10,000,000 euros.

  10. Xmikey says:

    Bobby,
    Pause the video (your tvgolo highlights link) on 33 seconds. You will see Xavi about to take his shot and Messi standing offsides in front of the goalkeeper. What am I missing? Sorry if this is a dumb question.

  11. XMikey – there is never a moment when Messi is directly in front of the keeper. He is off to the side and backing towards the sideline – there is no way that he could be considered to have been “active” on the play. Players reactions are often a clue and not one Santos player – and in particular the goalkeeper – is complaining.

  12. Soccerlogical says:

    What’s with the Dick Dale “surf guitar”?

    This is for all you Irish fans (and Eoin)… good luck in the Euros!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/gallery/2011/dec/20/the-gallery-2011#/?picture=383021128&index=46

  13. Nathan says:

    It’s amazing just how much envy & jealousy there is against Barcelona for
    the tremendous success they’ve had over the last 6 years or so.
    It seems no matter how many great performances they put on or trophies they win, their always has to be some fool trying to discredit them
    when its not Mourinho(aka sore-loser) it will be some random fool on the internet.

    Even Belletti(a former player) prior to the Club World Cup Final was stating how Barcelona’s cycle would end before long. Something that based on current performances & the many impressive young players coming up thru the B team & La Masia I find highly unlikely.
    They may not win trophies every season but I expect them to challenge and
    go far in all competitons for many,many years to come.
    And as long as Messi,Xavi,Iniesta and company keep their feet on the ground & stay humble I don’t see the current cycle ending anytime soon.
    Even more so now that Mourinho is in La Liga Barcelona as a whole are determined to drive him out of Spain with his tail firmly between his legs.(which I fully predict will happen when he wins nothing come season’s end!) Pep has Mourinho’s # and he knows it!

    Bobby did you by chance hear Mourinho’s condescending attitude when questioned about Barça’s latest triumph?(It’s more important to win the Champions League than these meaningless 2 games, but congrats to them anyway.)

  14. Gillian says:

    Oooh, randy podcast, gents! This will surely get me through the festive period.

    Seriously – I enjoyed your recap of the City-Arsenal game since I missed it and couldn’t get my hands on a replay of the game. And you guys make me smile, which I very much needed this week.

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