Extra!: Barca in Euro 2012 Final! Jordi Alba back home!By: kage | June 28th, 2012
Time for a quick update on Barca’s participation in the European Nations Championships of 2012: we’re doing great! Better than expected, actually.
Spain reached the final by beating the CR7s Portugal on penalty kicks. More importantly, Spain started four Barca players (Pique, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta) and brought on two more (Pedro, Cesc). Three Barca players took penalty kicks: Pique, Iniesta, and Cesc. All of them hammered home.
After the game, Jordi Alba signed a five-year, 14 million Euro contract to return to Barca, where his career began (he’s a local boy, from ‘Hospitalet de Llobregat). So that means that half the 14 who beat Portugal are now Barca players.
Alba played well – Nani was ineffective, and so was Ronaldo when he switched to the right side. He combined well with Iniesta and later with Pedro. His cross to Iniesta provided the chance of the game.
Pique seems to have forgotten that his relationship with Shakira is more important than football: Casillas didn’t have make a single save in the course of the game thanks to CR7 for his late-game miss due to the tight marking by Pique, Busquets, and Ramos. Pique took his penalty with aplomb, unlike his opposite number, Bruno Alves.
Busquets played well, or, as Ramzi would say, he was the Man of the Match. Others would probably say that Iniesta was Spain’s best player, as he has been throughout the tournament. Iniesta too drilled his penalty home comfortably.
Xavi is still not entirely comfortable paired up with Xabi Alonso (Xavi getting the ball with his back to the goal is a bit like Angelina Jolie making a movie wearing a mask. Sure, she could do it, but why would you want her to?). But even an uncomfortable Xavi is better than anyone this side of Leo Messi.
Pedro. Hey, the Pedro who played for Barca this year seems to have disappeared; instead we have the dangerous, technically-sharp player who astonished everyone when he first came to the team. He’s been just terrifically, not only winning a penalty against France by beating two guys in the box, but also providing width yet verticality on the wing. Who is this guy? Or more accurately, where has he been?
Cesc has not only scored two goals, but he asked to take the decisive penalty, and bounced it in off the post, a dead perfect unstoppable fifth penalty despite the huge pressure. For the second time, Fabregas has sent the national team further.
So it’s a good week. Barca has single-handedly sent Spain to the final (okay, they let a couple of other guys help), we signed an excellent if vertically-challenged left back, Pedro and Pique are back, and the sun shines forever. Good luck in the final, Barcelona FC Spain!
Some Related Barcelona Posts:
- News of the Day: Jordi Alba, First Barça Signing of the Summer!
- News of the Day: FC Barcelona’s 2012/2013 Home and Away Kits