OT: Who are you favoring today!? Barca or Juve?

Submitted by Lakeyale13 on June 6th, 2015 at 8:08 AM
Going with Barca. Who can withstand the Three Headed Monster if Suarez, Neymar, and Messi?



June 6th, 2015 at 9:46 AM ^

And the thread wasn't even 10 posts in length when he posted, which took maybe 2 minutes to read. Hence.....why bother posting something snarky in a thread about a topic one doesn't care for?

I'm not a soccer fanatic, but Barca V Juve meant soccer to this poster.

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June 6th, 2015 at 11:44 AM ^

And what about the millions of Europeans and South Americans and Asians who say the exact same thing about YOUR fave sport. I guess you simoly know a lot more than they do, and because of the purely random event of you being born in America your opinion is better than theirs. We are so blessed to have the smartest and most important man on the planet posting here. Bless us with more of your musings, oh Great One?

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June 6th, 2015 at 8:58 AM ^



Pirlo and Buffon riding off in the sunset potentially with a UCL Victory would be amazing. 

I worry about Chiellini's injury and what that'll do to the defense tho. 

Having an Italian team win would be a nice change of pace for UCL considering the trifecta of Barca, Bayern and Real run the sport atm. 

Watching cast offs from United and Real in Pogba and Morata win the UCL would be priceless too. 

Sac Fly

June 6th, 2015 at 9:11 AM ^

GC is a great defender, but his style of play is very agressive and is always a gamble in UCL. Juve needs to be perfect to win, which makes Barzagli a better option for this game.

What worries me is what they'll do if Zag has to sub out. Also, Lichtsteiner.


June 6th, 2015 at 9:05 AM ^

I love the games of Pirlo and Buffon but it's hard to see Barca losing. Everyone talks about the big offensive three but Iniesta is the second best player on this team.


June 6th, 2015 at 9:10 AM ^

My one stickler about Messi being GOAT is that he essentially plays with the #3, 4, 6 and 7 players in the world on his own damn team. 

Like what all-time player's stats wouldn't be boosted playing with that kind of caliber of teammate? 


June 6th, 2015 at 10:39 AM ^

That's the landscape of Soccer in the 21st Century. The best players all play on a small handful of the richest clubs. Real Madrid is actually the worst example of this--since the days of di Stefano and Puskas, they have always hoarded as much of the best talent as they could get. True to this day.

What is remarkable is that even in this environment, the offensive results that Messi and Ronaldo produce every year is staggering. And they are producing in the biggest games, at least for their clubs. Netting 60-70 goals in a season simply isn't done, and yet these two have been doing it for YEARS.

Many all-time greats have played with other all-time greats. It doesn't get results like this. The Messi-Ronaldo rivalry is a golden era of Soccer, one that we will tell our grandkids about. It's a pity that it gets so little attention in the States. This isn't just greatness, it's all-time greatness.


June 6th, 2015 at 11:01 AM ^

I always respected Barcelona in that their talent is mostly homegrown. They didn't start following the RM format until Ronaldinho essentially retired and Messi already established himself. Hell, they didn't have kit sponsors until 2011. 

As an Arsenal and Dortmund follower as well, I despise oil magnets going all Yankees on the rest of the soccer world.... (looking at you City, PSG & Monaco) 


June 6th, 2015 at 1:40 PM ^

The difference is... clubs like Bayern and Man U have history of winning tradition making them the superhouses they are now. 

Real was just always rich and favored by Franco. Barca had insane national pride in the Catalonian independence movement, so they were always strong as well. 

City and PSG especially have 0 winning tradition and just got swooped up by luck. Chelsea would be in the same boat a decade earlier. 


snarling wolverine

June 6th, 2015 at 2:29 PM ^

PSG had a reputation as a underachiever prior to the Qatari takeover, true, but to say they had zero history isn't fair.  They have the longest active streak in the French top flight, won the European Cup Winners' Cup once, and advanced as far as the semis of the CL.  They have been one of the best-supported clubs in France for a long time.

Keep in mind, French clubs have historically been at disadvantage vis-à-vis their foreign counterparts because they have to undergo annual financial reviews by a government agency, which doesn't allow them to rack up hundreds of millions in debt like Man U, Real, Barça and others have.  (And the government certainly won't underwrite their debt like the Spanish government did with Real.)  For this reason, the top French players have historically fled for greener pastures (with Arsenal being one of the biggest talent poachers) when their clubs couldn't give them competitive salary offers. 

For PSG, the financial playing field is now finally level with the big boys.  They are the only top-flight club in a metropolitan area of 12 million people - by all means, they should be a giant. 




June 6th, 2015 at 9:11 AM ^

I don't see how Juve stands a chance today, but we'll see. I'm not a big soccer fan by any means but I'll be tuned in hoping for an upset.


June 6th, 2015 at 10:06 AM ^

But as previously stated in the thread, my wife is Italian. The 2006 World Cup was a dark time of non-stop talking about the greatness of Italy. I do not wish this to happen ever again (not even to my enemies). Thus,

¡Força Barça!


June 6th, 2015 at 9:36 AM ^

As a huge Tevez fan from his City days, and absolutely love his work rate, I can't help but think Barca has this.  3-1 Barca and a masterclass performance from the god amongst men, Lionel Messi!!!

The FannMan

June 6th, 2015 at 10:47 AM ^

I didn't watch much UCL and haven't seen Juve or Barca. (I watch EPL.). I am just looking forward to seeing two great teams for the first time.

As an aside, it's ironic that folks will spend time writing a comment about how they "wasted" 30 seconds clicking on a thread that they didn't know was about soccer.


June 6th, 2015 at 11:08 AM ^


I was a Juve fan in my childhood, but the Calciopoly scandal made me hate them.

Add to that the fact that Messi is the greatest footballer that ever kicked a ball.

I have been waiting to see them against a compact, defensive Italian side for years, though, so the matchups will be interesting.