Yearly Archive: 2006

Inside The Mixed Zone 0

Inside The Mixed Zone

Of course, there was no real need for me to be in the “Mixed Zone”, the area where the players meet the press after the match. I speak no Portuguese at all beyond “obrigado”,...

FC Barcelona vs SC Internacional 9

FC Barcelona vs SC Internacional

Right ho, then. Another truncated version of the “FIFA Anthem”, and we’re ready to go (and might I briefly register my surprise at the number of hacks that actually stood for it – it...

The Final Countdown 0

The Final Countdown

Just a quickie, before we get onto the serious business of the match ahead. First of all, the team news. Barca are unchanged from the team that demolished Club America on Thursday evenings, so:...

Ahly SC vs Club America 7

Ahly SC vs Club America

Well. WELL. It’s 4.15, and time for the first match of the afternoon. Ahly SC vs Club America. Sepp Blatter’s out there, wearing what looks like a VERY expensive cashmere coat, and I think...

Well, We Got Here 0

Well, We Got Here

In spite of a moment of minor panic on the train out of Tokyo, we made it to Yokohama in one piece. It’s finals day, no less, so there are two matches being played...

Over & Out 1

Over & Out

Well, we weren’t the only people here tonight. In fact, there were 23,000 other hardy souls here, that had braved the cold Tokyo night and we were rewarded with… not a bad game, actually,...

Abandon Ship 0

Abandon Ship

After all the excitement of Barcelona’s magnificent performance against Club America last night, it’s almost crashing back to earth that we’re back in the Olympic Stadium for Auckland City against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors this...

A Time To Reflect 1

A Time To Reflect

I don’t know. Maybe Barca fans are just used to this sort of thing, week in week out. On this sort of showing, though, there surely can be no stopping them in the final...