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Barca vs. The Madrid Media


Raúl is the hero. Huelva upset at Iturralde.

For nth time this season the Madrid press have come out with cover pages stating how Barcelona were once again aided by referees. For the nth time this season, the Catalans respond by saying that Juande’s Madrid won with coma-inducing style.

The word of the month for As and Marca was chorreada. In simple English the vulgar translation is “the shits”- the kind that runs down your leg, to be more graphic. This month the new word is villarato. There is no translation for this one. The closest you can come up with is the relationship that Joan Laporta has with Spanish Federation president José María Villar. I guess the Madrid press are saying that the fix is on. So does the Madrid press think that Sports Director Fernando Hierro is in on Barcelona winning as well?

Marca hinting that Madrid is on a roll with Juande.

This is the way Spain’s biggest rivalry has been brewed for decades. This time around chorreadas that are being said (and I use in the verbal diarrhea context) is like the pot calling the kettle black. It is borderline asinine and they seem to talk out of both sides of their mouth. Somehow everyone in Madrid forgot about the era from 1939-1975 when this guy Franco was in charge. There were very few beneficiaries, and Real Madrid was one of them. I am sure that El Generalísimo had way more power in the federation than Villar. The Madrid press will never admit to this-ever.

This past weekend was a prime example. A foul that was called by Basque ref Iturralde González on Marco Ruben on Victor Valdés. Valdés hit Ruben with his shoulder and Iturralde called a free kick outside of the box. He also did not call a handball inside the area by Sylvinho.

What the Madrid press does not mention is that there was a handball inside the box on the other side and Iturralde González did not see it either. Ramírez Domínguez must not have been told of the fix since he did not call a blatant penalty in favor of Valladolid when Goitom was knocked down. The no-call led to a Madrid counter-attack and eventual second goal of the match.

So for the Madrid media, Barcelona is not being helped any more or any less than Los Merengues. This is the typical drivel that you hear in leagues all over the world’ regardless of sport.

If there is something that we can agree upon in all of this is that there is no fix in Spanish football- the refs just suck. They aren’t that good to fix a game.

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  1. Anonymous

    April 26, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    you madrid fans are just bla bla bla bla, everyone knows that he most beautiful soccer is seen when barca plays…barca makes la liga the most exciting and the best league is the whole europe

  2. TASI

    April 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Eladir, most of madrid fans these days are fans because of the titles madrid have won and not because of their attractive style of play..everyone knows that barca suffered alot during franco’s regime to a point that players’ lifes were in danger..they were not supported by any government which made them suffer had all the support from fascists and their government and at times when barca were better on the field they were threatened..i feel really bad when people argue about that and ignore all these facts i see a bright future for barca because they are bringing young home grown players and have one of the best academies in the world whilst madrid’s last home grown player is probably casillas..

  3. Matt

    April 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Eladir, you are, like most Madrid fans, the most ridiculous, asinine type of fan that exists. Barcelona aren’t the team cheating. In case you haven’t watched any of Madrid’s games over the past two, three, or more seasons, I can count on my fingers the number of games Madrid haven’t have assistance from the ref. And yes, Madrid were helped by Franco’s regime. In one instance, in the first leg of a competition, Barcelona had creamed Madrid. Before the second leg, the Barcelona players were confronted and forced into losing by an astronomical amount. Yeah, they weren’t the biggest cheats in Liga history…keep telling yourself that.

  4. Ralph

    April 14, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Dear Eladir,
    With all due respect, it offends the Catalan people to imply that FC Barcelona was ever associated with Franco’s regime, Franco’s troops murdered FC Barcelona President a month after the Spanish Civil War began, at the same time in the summer of 1937 during a tour in Mexico, half of the team stayed seeking political asylum, which was granted by Mexican authorities, FC Barcelona was forced to change its name to the more Spanish Club de Futbol Barcelona (CF Barcelona) it had to remove the Catalan flag from its shield and a close associate of Franco’s regime, Enric Piñeyro, marquès de la Mesa de Asta, was appointed Barcelona’s President, he was not elected by the members, he obviously was very sympathetic to Franco’s regime. So no, FC Barcelona was never voluntarily related to Franco’s regime, and to say so offends our ancestors memories. Please check this linke for further reading:
    And please, don’t put a link from Madrid’s AS, it is not a reliable nor objective source.

  5. Eladir

    April 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

    “…1939-1975 when this guy Franco was in charge. There were very few beneficiaries, and Real Madrid was one of them…” O yea? And how is it that it took Real Madrid 15 year to conquer it’s first League title(1954) while Franco was in charge? And how did Barcelona win 5 League titles during those 15 years? Or it wasn’t due to Franco’s personal intervention that Barcelona built Camp Nou ? And what about [u][url=]1974 when Barcelona honored the dicator[/url][/u] by giving him the golden medal of the club? All big clubs have dark pages in their history, Real Madrid and Barcelona are no exceptions. About the referees in the last years…every1 following the spanish league knows that Barcelona is getting rediculous aid. Who can forget the handball of Messi against Espanyol 2 years ago? 100.000 people at Camp Nou and millions in their TV saw clearly what happened…all EXCEPT from the ref who chose to close his eyes that moment, and hadn’t it been for Tamudo Barcelona would have won that League by cheating…cause that’s what 2nd (or 3rd) teams do…they cheat so that maybe one day can reach the greatness of the eternally 1st, Real Madrid CF. Have a nice day, Juan Arango, and keep spreading the Blaugrana propaganda.

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