May 30th, 2011

Weekend Results: Cups Runneth Over

Eric Abidal lifts the Champions League trophy for Barcelona. Image: AP Photo/Daylife.

This is it, people. The final results post before summer kicks in and a Kickette staffer’s thoughts turn to tanned torsos, embarrassing holiday snaps and drunken snoozling on the beach.

Revel in every glorious moment of it.

Champions League Final: Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United

Is this really what you wanted, Barca fans? Is it? Images: Getty Images/Daylife.

We love the fact that Barcelona fans have had so much to celebrate this season, and yet still managed to turn the streets of London into a place of joy  and merriment for one Saturday night, instead of the grubby mire of fighting, shouting and falling down it usually is. Well, ok, there was that too, but our spies saw at least four people wearing Barca shirts and celebrating peacefully, which for us constitutes a decent enough opening paragraph, even if it is slightly disingenuous.

The key to Barca’s success over the last couple of years has been their togetherness; their understanding of each other’s game is, at times, preternatural, and with the best will in the world even Manchester United can’t touch a team that are constantly three passes ahead of them. And even if they could, they would still have to deal with Lionel Messi (left). Sigh.

That’s not to say that United had left their passion and determination in Manchester. Wayne Rooney’s equaliser came a mere five minutes after Pedro struck from Xavi’s cute ball, and for about thirty seconds it seemed there might be a game on. But the weight of Barca’s skill was always going to be too much to bear, and after the break Messi continued toying with the United  defence until he decided the time was right, then smashing a ridiculous ball past a helpless Edwin van der Saar. David Villa made good on his threats after sixty-nine minutes, and Barcelona’s name was as good as etched on the trophy.

It’s the second time in three years that Manchester United have been so comprehensively dispatched by Pep Guardiola’s team and it will be interesting to see where Sir Alex goes from here. Is there a way of beating Barcelona? In the battles, certainly. But in the war that is a season or a Champions League campaign? Not so much.

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Coppa Italia: Inter Milan 3-1 Palermo

The Coppa Italia. Yesterday. Image: AP Photo/Daylife.

Jose Mourinho left a hell of a legacy behind him when he trotted off to Real Madrid at the end of last season. He steered his team to a league cup win  in Spain and Leonardo, who filled his not inconsiderable footwear at the helm of Inter Milan, did the same. We kind of get the feeling that Leonardo has more to celebrate this morning.

Palermo may have beaten AC Milan over two legs to get to this final, but given Inter’s experience, the game itself was arguably a formality. Samuel Eto’o scored once in each half for his side, and while Palermo almost masterminded a dream comeback with two minutes remaining via Ezequiel Munoz, Milito restored the two goal cushion in stoppage time to confirm the result. While this was great, we must take issue with the fact that we saw no-one take their clothes off. Like, seriously boys?

We’re certain that one or two of you may have watched either one or both of these games. Care to comment?

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152 Responses to “Weekend Results: Cups Runneth Over”

  1. die steel says:

    Good stuff as per usual, thanks. I do hope this kind of thing gets more exposure.

  2. lulu says:

    I knew Palermo were going to lose just like I knew Del Potro was going to lose to Djokovic but still liked the game and I’m psyched that they got this far this year!!! Hope it gets better next season!
    And as for Barca, well… What else can I say? FRAKKIN BRILLIANT :)

  3. LuvinBale says:

    Happy and soooooo drunk.
    Yeah for Barca!
    I was so surprised to see so many Philadelphian's out to see the game.
    So many bars and pubs had to stop letting people in they were that crowded. And rowdy- but super fun.
    I chanted and sang with a bunch of Colombian, Mexican and Spanish boys. Very yummy and also super fun.

    Two words for Saturday- Super Fun!!!

  4. Pam says:

    And Abidal lifting the trophy three short months after going under the knife for a life threatening disease is damn inspirational!

  5. Pam says:

    It was a very enjoyable game and very fitting of the season finale!

    I loved watching Leo Messi celebrate his goal and Villa's goal! He was far more animated than he usually is. Perhaps he enjoyed it a lot more because he didn't get to play in the last two games of the Liga? The boy loves to play! Him being on the pitch is like a kid in the candy store! I hope he never loses his childish passion for football!

  6. Lilly says:

    I'm so happy for everyone at Barca! I know they've worked so hard for this, they deserve it 100%
    Everyone played flawlessly, and I'm so amazed at Abidal who's found the strength to come back full force.
    Congrats to Man U for being worthy opponents and dignified in defeat. I'm sure great things await them next year!
    I hope everyone has a great time in their holidays :)
    (Kickette, I'm counting on u for photos of Zlatan wearing as little as possible. *pretty please*)

    P.s. The controversies of this year's Clasicos should not be swept under the carpet just coz we won. There are issues that ruin the game, and they still need to be addressed.
    Yay Barca!!!!

  7. Zahara says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaa campeones!
    i cannot believe it!
    wow, barca, hands down, you are the best team in the world, hell, i say the best team the world has EVER seen!
    and i cannot be prouder to call myself a cule!

    *sigh*

    the best part for me was when king abidal held the cup, a heartbreaking moment!
    and also, when villa scored, i was overjoyed, because daveeed scored, and i really wanted him to score in the final, esp since he has been so quiet lately!
    and i am in love with pedro, and when the commentator said that noone relly talks about him as they do , say, pique or someone, i was like really? coz me and my friends talk about him quite a lot!
    and also i loved when puyi came on! and his constant showing us his abs!ayayay! sexy tarzan man

    and i loved the celebrations in camp nou! and shakiras concert when the barca boys got up and danced with her!

    pretty good weekend i say, i saw man u get crushed ( always a plus for me) but most importantly, barca proved ppl wrond, and showed they are genuinely good people as well as amazing (and hot) footballers!

    visca el barca!

  8. Marlz says:

    the game was really painful to watch coz Man United were definitely outclassed and outwitted by Barca…the better team definitely deserved to win and sadly, it wasn't United but there's always next season no =)

  9. Seemeen says:

    Visca Barca! I still can't get over the awesomeness of this team. This weekend the WHOLE team proved why they are the best not just on the pitch but of it as well. They are to be admired and as many of you already said even the opposing team had to pay homage to them. Kudos to UTD and Sir Alex for their graciousness. That being said I am so depressed at the thought of no footie for 2.5 months!!!!! KICKETTE I know we can count on you to get us through these tough times. I'm looking forward to glimpses of muscled torso, many a thigh of and just plain shenanigans that only our beloveds can provide. Happy Summer people!

  10. Leya_S says:

    Possibly the best game I saw all season. Excellent way to end, definitely a win for football as previously mentioned. Both teams played amazingly: clean, hard, and to win. I feel bad for Chicha bc a win would have been an excellent way to end his first (brilliant) season in the EPL. :(
    Visca el Barca!

  11. @AgnesWonka says:

    I feel that Barça winning everything is getting boring!
    they won everything with diving…..

    • ciotog says:

      There wasn't any diving in Wembley. There was diving in 1 match, they had to play over 40 matches to win in fairness

      • xoWinnie says:

        Biscuits dived some…but that's to be expected.

        • Winnie Mata says:

          thumbs down? why you mad people? can't handle the truth? ;)

          • Kristine says:

            Ha! Ok I didnt want to stir the pot but I counted 5 or 6 barca guys on the ground in the first few minutes… Shhhhh… I didnt say that.

            • BlackRose says:

              they had the ball 66% (74% at some point) of the time and all statistics were favourable to them. If they ended up on the floor once in a while It's only NATURAL, or do you expect them never to fall when they are tackled? It's funny that you should mention this when everyone nearly universally thinks that the theatrics of both teams were virtually non-existant and that Valencia should have sent off as he repeatedly fouled everyone (not aggressively so, but several of his fouls deserved a yellow), and when you foul someone, he's likely to fall. Force of gravity anyone?

              • BlackRose says:

                and btw I have nothing to say against Valencia. He was just doing his job. When it's your job to stop the opponent, fouls are a natural consequence and there's nothing wrong about that.

        • BlackRose says:

          I'm still rather pissed at Busquets, but I genuinely think that he behaved rather well on Saturday, idk…

    • Lotte says:

      Be careful! You're sounding like those ol' sore losers.

      • BlackRose says:

        we're all sore when we lose, but things are getting really tiresome this year ;(

    • Zahara says:

      im sorry, but i didnt see any diving at all!

    • Fabiola says:

      I bet you must be that real madrid fan …. getting boring??? NEVER!

      • Winnie Mata says:

        i'm sorry, but why must she be a Madrid fan?
        which she's not , you'd know if you were familiar with her posting history.
        she doesn't even seem to dislike Barcelona that much,
        but she'd have every right to if she did.
        of course anyone who doesn't like them MUST be a Madridista.
        gtfo with that "logic".
        and honestly, Barca won the two most important trophies on the season:
        BE HAPPY!
        why are the words "Real Madrid" STILL in your mouth?
        gees! i'm about to start quoting some Mariah Carey up in here…

    • Lassie says:

      Boring because you really don't like football that much, do you Agnes?

      • @AgnesWonka says:

        I LOVE FOOTBALL!!! do you really know me to say that?
        Barça playing is sooooooooo overated!!!

        • BlackRose says:

          It's all a matter of opinions. I can see how you might prefer a more direct style, for instance. But I for one am happy that most football pundits, managers and so many professional players and ex-players have already said and written how much they admire the way Barcelona are playing, and most of them are alluding to them as the best or one of the best teams ever.

        • Lassie says:

          I don't have to know you, Agnes. Your comment gave you away. You can prefer another style of play, but to say that this team play boring football is… well strange, to say the least

        • Marina_Isabella says:

          your opinions are useless hehehe, who gives two flying f u c k s about what you might think when the truth is that they won and your team lost… or your team has prob never even gotten as far as playing the Champions League final, to begin with… haha!

  12. Proud Milanista :) says:

    Congrats to both teams (even though I'm a Milan fan)!

  13. Hannah Gray says:

    Yay Barca! What a fantastic game, especially the first half. Messi and Villa's goals were amazing!
    Congrats to FCB for winning yet another title(:

  14. @DebStimson says:

    No one hates Mou as much as a Barca fan, no? If you really like Mou then you shouldn't be shocked. Mou says what he thinks…no holds barred. And often times he says what others are thinking but not brave enough to say publicly.

    Personally, I don't think Mou was shocked at all, especially in light of his comments after the semi-finals. In fact, I don't know that too many people were.

    okay Barca fans…let me have it…thumbs down. ;)

    • bluubb says:

      paaahhhhh!!!!!!
      and i guess you are a real fan ( but u will not admit!!!)

      i do NOT hate mou
      quite the contrary i really like him

      and i supported him as a FAN when inter played against bayern last year
      i already loved him when he worked for porto or chealsea ( and i dont like chelsea!!!!!)….. so.. come down

      i think he is very self confindent
      but critisizing referees after EVERY match is a little bit ridiculous

      anyway it is very rude from you to say that evry barca fan hates mou

      yes i do not like real very much but that has nothing to do with mou even if he is the coach
      as a turk i will support nuri and hamit and they are ging to play for real
      and i wish them the best and a lot of success……….

      besides if you had my brother (7) as sibling you could not hate real because he is a FANATIC fan of real
      he cried 3 times in a row when barca won against real ..( two times after the goals and after the end of the game)…….
      his room is full of madrid posters…………….. u COULDN´T hate them even if you liked to :)

  15. Lotte says:

    What can I say that has not been said? Nothing I guess. Just that I simply love my Barca! Unbeatable, unstoppable Barca! The magic boys from Catalunya did it again! And I love that it was such an enjoyable game.

    It was hard to see Chicha and the others being sad though. I have always liked Man U very much, so I kind of felt for both teams. Still, I'm so proud and so happy! Messi is out of this world! And Pep is the epitome of sexy! I'm so incredibly impressed by him, winning title after title without loosing his cool, gentle way (except for that one time and god I loved it!).

    Happy, happy, happy!

  16. Jessica says:

    It was truly a spectacular match, an absolute joy to watch. (And yes, the atmosphere in London was great! Proudly wore my Pique shirt around and mostly only had friendly comments from the Manu folk)

    I do love Puyi, and don't want to see him go anywhere anytime soon, but there is something in particular about Xavi in the captain's armband that makes me smile. So pleased for Pedrito and Villa as well, they had been looking a bit tired recently. The part of me that supports Liverpool wanted maybe a few more goals to erase the smugness of all the 19 titles hype, but both teams played well and it was a pleasure to watch a game that was really about the football and not about any crazy ref-ing or drama.

  17. ciotog says:

    I really liked them at the start If they were just a little bit less PDA happy I be back on board!

  18. ciotog says:

    I know losing a major sporting event is one of the few times where seeing a grown man cry is attractive. You just want to make it all alright for them!

  19. ciotog says:

    I was delighted that Villa scored after struggling to find form lately but my moment of the night was Abidal lifting the trophy. That was spectacular- genuinely delighted for him.

    French team Evian won promotion to ligue 1 during the weekend and former French defender Bixente Lizarazu (a shareholder in the club) confirmed that he will keep the promise he made last July to run through the streets of the town naked (he just won't be giving anyone advance notice so if you're in that part of the world keep an eye out).
    Here's a video of Lizarazu from the 1998 documentery Les Yeux des blues. (Physio jumps back up to top of the list for jobs I should have trained for!!) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcsurm_bixente-l…

  20. Erika P says:

    I saw Bojan run onto the field after the final whistle and that was all I really wanted from the game :)

  21. Citlalli says:

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! BARCELONA:)

  22. Mia says:

    Sorry Chicharito, but I love Messi more :P
    Visca Barca! Visca Cataluna!

  23. Rossanera says:

    So sad for Palermo, I really wanted them to win, it would have been an amazing underdog story :( That late goal was amazing, especially the reaction from the Palermo fans. Did anyone else see Abel Hernandez crying after he left the pitch? That team has HEART – I wish they would have been rewarded for it.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Yes, I saw that :( , as I earlier stated, Palmero played beautiful game, I was heart-broken for them :( .

  24. Red_Girl says:

    Well done Barca; you played sublimely. & Mascherano's comments made us LFC fans partly forgive him the manner of his leaving.

  25. JA7 says:

    BARCAAA!!!! Pedro! Messi! David Villa! Omgggg champions!!!! :D :D What a great game is was to watch! I really enjoyed it! Congratz to them! :) What a moment it was when eric abidal lifted the trophy-pulled on ppl's heartstrings! Btw, afellay looked adorable as always even though he came on during the last few minutes!

  26. tifa says:

    have you seen barca guys celebrating with shakira
    really funny :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXJYY_Jzxi8&fe…

    • @DebStimson says:

      Pique needs to settle down! lol I know they're dating but Shakira's working. Hands to yourself Geri…at least until later. ;)

  27. Kitty1979 says:

    Absolutely gutted for as a Man U fan but best team won. Congrats to Barca for a deserved win, United looked like amateurs in comparison.

    On the plus side at least one team I support won a trophy.Well done to the boys in green for winning the Carling Nations Cup (allow me this little pleasure, as an Ireland fan I don't get to celebrate much). Robbie Keane is a legend!

    • IrishBlue says:

      Here here! Well done lads!! Robbie is a legend! Now for a win over Macedonia on Saturday :D

      • Kitty1979 says:

        I'll be cheering them on. Come on Ireland!! Its been 10 years we're due to qualify for another tournament surely:)

  28. BlackRose says:

    what can I say… The game was such a joy to watch. I'm proud, but then I've been proud for a good while now. Not uniformly so, naturally, but anyways. Yes, Messi-ah cannot get enough praise, and Villa's goal was beautiful, Pedro was relentless, Iniesta is a magician, Busquets was very good, I adore Mascherano, etc. But, as usual, I can't possibly picture Barça's skills without Xavi out there. He's the mastermind who always knows what, how, why, when and where. He was the man of the match, and the man of the whole season, for me. He'll be greatly missed when he retires.

    Regarding United, I've always liked them (but then I like most /all English teams) and their attitude was wonderful the whole time. Great sportsmanship. They also have, as always, some amazing players: Rio, Vidic, Rooney (he's such a dangerous striker), Chicharito, veterans Giggs and Scholes, etc. It just wasn't meant to be this time.

    • VivaChivas says:

      Xavi? Xavi!! Yes!! Don't let's even use the word "retirement" about Xavi. He's signed with Barça til he's 36. As a midfielder, he'll play at least til then(barring injury of course) – it's so much about intelligence, and who has more of that than Xavi? I am looking forward to seeing him on the NT for WC '16.

      And if you haven't seen this one yet … Xavi meeting his tiniest fan, too adorable. http://youtu.be/RJUM4GWi0ro

      • BlackRose says:

        awww, yes, I had seen this but it NEVER gets old <3 my asking for him to get off a bus would never have the same effect. I know this, I've tried LOL.

        I agree with you: he's a very intelligent guy. That's why I can picture him as our present (player) and future (manager!) Guardiola. He thinks fast, he thinks well and, when that's not enough, he has tons of instinct. He's aIso well-spoken and polite, a bit like Pep. I think we should make sure that he doesn't play too many games next season, so that his physical health, which is quite good right now, doesn't deteriorate faster than it should. When he's tired (and he was tired at the end of the season, they all were -thank god they could take 2 weeks off competition playing before Saturday-), the whole team suffers. He has a few years ahead of him if we're careful and wise! Don't leave us Xavi!!!

    • xoWinnie says:

      not a an of Xavi, but i have to say i do agree; the man is brilliant.
      perhaps he should make a compromise and just retire his mouth :P

  29. IrishBlue says:

    Don't hate, appreciate: The wonder of the world that is the Barcelona team! Amazing, simply amazing. Seeing Abidal lift the trophy was a truely special moment no matter who you support. And Pique running off with the goal net! :D

    Chicha: I'm melting. If you need cuddles, I'm right here.

    Well done my Boys in Green for the Carling Nations Cup win too!!

  30. AC_USA says:

    Leooo Messssiii…thats all I have to say! The man is a beast! Congrats to my Barca boys!! Well deserved! And I am so proud of Abidal. You won another battle boy! Good job Manchester-they tried but it didin't work out for them! Oh and btw Shique-dear God! :)

  31. Maria says:

    1.) OLELÉ … OLALÀ … SER DEL BARÇA ÉS EL MILLOR QUE HI HA!!!!!!

    2.) ♥¡Visca Barça! ¡Visca Catalunya! y ¡Visca tots els Culés!♥

    3.) Congrats to Man U … for playing a great game … It was the best final I could ask for .. overall a clean game … & Football did win!!! & Sir Fergie … I bow down to you … for what you said …

    4.) Is for our 4 Captains … Puyi, Xavi, Victor & Andres … this our the best captains ever …. They ALL decided that it would only be right & fair if Abi raised that cup… It shows how much the love & care for each other… & how the are a family … I started crying when I saw that… It was a great way 2 end the year

    5.) Kickette I hope you cover the after party … Cause 100,000 ppl in Camp Nou .. AMAZING!!!, Dani Alves "swag" *lmao* & then the hip movements in the Shakira Concert … *lmao* & to die for …. also alot of WAGS were there …

    6.) I can't wait until July 18th …

    • Maria says:

      7.) OUR MVP's scoring … PRICELESS!!!! I was soo happy for Pedrito .. because he became the 1st Spanish play from Barcelona to score in a UEFA Final … David Villa scored his 1st goal of a UEFA final … & it's his 1st Champions Cup!!!! & LIONEL MESSI!!!! … Scoring for the 1st time in English soil … LOVED IT!!!!

      8.) PARTY!!! PARTY!!!! & the AFTERPARTY!!! … It was sooo great to see the lil kids again David Villa has the cutest lil girls ever… & I think Zaida is getting daddy's bitch face attitude.. It ws toooo cute!!! …

      9.) WHY COULDN'T WE HAVE SHIRTLESS GUYS!!!! just say

      10.) We don't take drugs, we don't dive, we don't buy refs .. WE PLAY FOOTBALL!!!! – Gerard Pique

  32. MadameGourcuff says:

    although i wanted manU to win, barca just played better than them, so well done. too bad edwin couldn't retire with one last win, though. (sidenote: although he didn't play until the last few minutes ibrahim afellay is a cutie!)

    • @DebStimson says:

      I too was hoping VDS ended on a winning note. What a great way that would have been to finish a fabulous career. But Barca was the better team in that game. I was glad to see that Barca joined Rio's #stayonyourfeet "movement", tho. (Rio HAS to be one of my fav twitters!). Maybe all the drama after the semi-final with Madrid did have a bright side? The Barca we saw in the final was the Barca that I had hoped to see in the semi-final…not the "win at any cost" antics that we saw in the semi-final.

      At the start it looked like United was going to give 'em a run for their money and Barca looked a bit ratted. Park was a maniac at trying to close down/win back that ball. As the game progressed you could tell the fatigue factor set in.

      I was glad that Villa & Pedro broke their scoring "drought" since both have had a rough time scoring as of late but I really wanted Iniesta to score. That would be a great finish to a fabulous year for him.

      I must admit I was happy that Carrick's ball hit Busquets straight in his racist mouth(face). Although it was surprising that in spite of actually getting hit in the face this time, he didn't make a meal of it.

      I was actually proud of Rooney. I thought for sure he would let his emotions/frustration get the best of him and end up getting sent off. Well done to him. But I really wished it had been Chicharito that scored instead of Rooney. Rooney may be a great footballer but I really don't like the guy. His behavior this past year has left a really bad taste in my mouth. :{

      • Siv says:

        but it's great that Rooney has a chance to redeem himself too, no? As for Busquets, let's hope spending more time with the national team this summer will help him learn some discipline…
        Park was amazing, I wish we had someone like him in Madrid.

  33. Stefania says:

    YEAH! Barcelona! I am sooo happy that they won you have no idea! I LOVE you Leo Messi! Officially the best player in the world!!!!!!!!

  34. FloraJane says:

    Holy Barcelona!! I'm not a fan of either team, and I haven't really watched Barca play at all, so my overwhelming response while watching them annihilate United was mostly stunned silence. I had no idea how absolutely brilliant they are. It was like there were 15 of them on the pitch! I was giddy watching the passing alone. Best team in the world? Yes, abso-f*ck*ing-lutely. I've never seen anything like that. United didn't stand a chance.

    • FloraJane says:

      Also- and I know it's going to get lost in the thread with all the Barcelona celebrations- but huge congratulations to Swansea for winning promotion to the PL. The first Welsh team to do it! And former Chelsea boy Scott Sinclair scored a hat trick in the 4-2 victory!! Special congrats to him and to that other former Chelsea boy- manager Brendan Rodgers for putting his team in the history books! Well done all!

  35. andrea says:

    this was a difficult evening for me. Rooted for Man U, the underdog, but ok, CONGRATS to Barca and the fans. Great game. What made it so awful to watch for me was the dreadful commentary on the German TV station SAT 1. Kissing Barca's as*es as if there was no tomorrow, as if they were never beaten by anybody and never ever will be beaten by anybody (I'm an Arsenal fan and I take particular pride in the fact that they lost against us). Fabulous game, no doubt, but there is also no reason to talk Man U down like he did using an awful language. I truly hope you had a better commentator because the Germans are just dreadful, in use of language and non-compassionate way of presenting the events on the pitch. Anyway, wanted to say this random thing.
    Lastly, I cannot say how HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY I was for Eric Abidal. Unbelievable. Who owuld have thought only two and a half months later we would win the CL? What a joy for him. What a joy!!!

    • xoWinnie says:

      i have learned to drown out commentators when i watch Barca matches. if you're not a fan it really does make the blood boil!

      • Lilly says:

        I know, even I -as a cule- find this highly annoying.
        I can only attribute it to the fact that apparently Barca sells, so it's an effort to boost numbers.
        It's all about the moneh.
        Visca Barca anyway!

        • xoWinnie says:

          i know! money and politics are ruining this game big time!
          i wish money wasn't such a huge factor sometimes,
          but others i do think the players deserve it.
          i just wish some wouldn't lose heart and loyalty and all over it.

    • @DebStimson says:

      The commentators on FSC were surprisingly neutral imo but I wish FSC had someone else commentate on such a HUGE game. The one guy is HORRIBLE…Sepp something or other. blah!

      • xoWinnie says:

        ew FSC has the WORST, most passionless commentators.
        half the time they don't even know what they're talking about!

  36. Sarah, Madrid says:

    First note: Busquets deserved more booing than he got and it really pained me to see him celebrate the win.

    Anyway, Congratulation Barcelona, it is so much fun watching the game being a neutral, I really enjoyed it. Hard luck Man United, although they didn't put up a fight, did they? I love love love Iove our captains (iker and Ramos) for being so gracious and give their congratulation to Barcelona. Even Benz to Abidal aww!

    Coppa italia :( , I felt so bad for Pastore, I wanted to give a him a bear-hug, they played an amazing game Palmero! Although I do respect a club ( Inter) which seize half a chance and secure a win, but Pastore, I love you! Oh, if our midfield is not already packed with millions of players, I would personally send message to perez to buy you! xD

    • Kristine says:

      I feel the same about Busquets. I think it was in bad taste to let him play. Sorry Barca fans, but you know it's the truth.
      Other than that, Since I'm not a fan of either team, the outcome didn't really matter to me. I do offer my congratulations to Barca, It seems they played a brilliant game.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        Apparently not alot feel like we do! although alot of over-here make it perfectly clear they hated Busquets too regardless of who they support.

        • xoWinnie says:

          it's a lot harder to like Busquets than it is not to lol

        • Kristine says:

          When I see all of those thumbs down on your comment,
          it makes me sad. I guess calling a fellow human being a monkey is ok for some.

          • Rosa says:

            I think its because UEFA cleared him of any wrong-doings. I dont know….. I like Barcelona as a collective and as a team, but as individuals I really despise 4 of their players [Busquets, Mascherano, Pedro and Valdez].

            • @DebStimson says:

              UEFA cleared him but that's not saying much is it? You have the video and the testimony of Marcelo and yet Busquets' testimony trumps that….go figure.

              UEFA and Barca need to rescind their anti-racism campaigns. The world has now seen what a farce these campaigns are. At some point, human decency HAS to outweigh winning a game or title. Apparently, we're not there yet.

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            Well, I think people consider my comment is a rivarly jealousy or something from this kind, not the fact that a player who said a racist comment to his fellow football-mate. Anyway, Barcelona won the final fair and square, I just had this issue with Busquets being there, if Abidal lifting the cup brought a smile to my face. Busquets being in the final brought on disgusted emotion and I will say it out loud. I still can't get over the fact he will be playing for la roja.

            • Marina_Isabella says:

              you're a sore loser :p instead of trying to keep on beating a dead donkey, you should probably try to send good, chill vibes to your team, to see if they'll finally shape up and win something… Btw, your team ain't full of saints! there's some s h i t that could be said about RM players, but RM works hard to keep any possible controversy undercover, don't they?… Also, RM claimed that they didn't formally accuse Busi with FIFA, that FIFA started the investigation on their own, and then turns out that FIFA did state that this whole thing was brought up by RM themselves, otherwise they (FIFA) wouldn't have opened any can of worms, and just leave it at that… Now, who's lying and crying? Do you have any 100000000% proof that Busquets was INDEED saying mono, when you can not really make out what he said on the video? Once again: RM = SORE LOSERS! They didn't win, they didn't get anywhere near the Champions final, and yet they are still talking about the same thing… Give it a rest, do your job RM, play football, stop whining and crying!

    • Lassie says:

      Yes Sarah, all those people not booing must be racist. Unicef must have bribed the UEFA. Because that video clip was such a decisive evidence. Busquets should be forever damned becuse of that video clip. Of course.

      • xoWinnie says:

        i'm pretty sure that's not what she was getting at, but i'm sure your comprehension skills aren't up to par, so i won't fault you for twisting words.

    • @DebStimson says:

      I agree about the booing. But I was happy to see him get hit in the mouth(face) by Carrick's ball.

      Sadly you're still on the negative side, which means there are more people who think it's fine to make racist statements to Marcelo than not. All I can do is shake my head. Apparently loyalty to one's club is more important than human decency.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        I know! I was actually laughing when it happened for once he had a good reason to touch his face!.

        • Siv says:

          lol, seconded! but don't be toooo harsh on Busi, no me lo gusta either, but we have to give him a chance to redeem himself sometimes. Although i'm STILL disappointed that Pedro hogged the ball during that one match in the world cup when Torres was clearly open. Oh well.

    • Sam says:

      Sarah, I say this in all friendliness, but maybe you are wrong in assuming that most people think he is guilty of being racist. Maybe most people are, like me, conflicted about the whole matter. I'm not sure he is guilty. I wouldn't cheer him though, but I'm sure as hell not gonna boo someone that I'm unsure of. Just think if there somehow came out undoubtable proof that he was innocent. Then I would feel like a pathetic bandwagoner for booing him. Perhaps that's the case? I hope so.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        I admit it, I might be wrong about people are in doubts or forget about it already or believed UEFA since he was innocent in their eyes, BUT fact is Uefa opened his case on the demands of the public. Anyway, I still stand behind what I believe, Busquets must do some dramatic to gain my respect back.

        • Sam says:

          UEFA opened the case because RM asked them to. Sorry, they made it what it was.

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            Actually this case in particular RM denied that Busquets case was opened due to their complain, since when the ruling was out they heard it from the media, not directly for UEFA. UEFA decided to open one based on the emails and messages received from the public, this is what I know.

            • Sam says:

              Sorry again, but you are wrong there. It was the RM administration that pleaded for the opening of the case. I'm glad they did though.

              • Sarah, Madrid says:

                No, Just go read real madrid site, they said they did fail a appeal and included the video for their first complain! But, the case was not opened due to their appeal, it was seperate. They said it!

              • Sarah, Madrid says:

                Actually to make it clearer, UEFA said based on your RM complain we opened the case, RM came up saying denying it and said UEFA opened this case seperately not based on our complain and actually put on couple of announcement regardless the matter.

                The video was from RM, UEFA saw it, decided to open a case on their own and they actually asked for Marcelo to come and testify for them. That's what RM said!

                • Not Quite says:

                  UEFA rules on Busquets complaint
                  Published: Monday 16 May 2011, 12.56CET
                  The report lodged by Real Madrid CF concerning racial abuse against Marcelo by FC Barcelona player Sergio Busquets has been dismissed due to a lack of strong and convincing evidence.

                  (From the UEFA website)

                  Key words: "the report LODGED BY REAL MADRID".

                  • Sarah, Madrid says:

                    For the last time, read realmadrid.com! to understand my point. I know UEFA said so, but RM said otherwise.

                    • Not Quite says:

                      And you choose to believe your team, while I choose to believe the administrative body of all teams.

                    • Lotte says:

                      You have a point there ;) . It's hard to overlook that fact.

                    • Sam says:

                      I wouldn't turn to Real Madrid sources to get the facts straight this time, Sarah.

                    • Sarah, Madrid says:

                      Well, I dont trust UEFA, whatever RM said make sense for me, they never said they didn't file the video, they just say this case wasn't due to their complain UEFA opened a seperate case! I chose to believe them.

                    • Sam says:

                      I choose not to believe a side that has so much to gain by the outcome.

                    • Sarah, Madrid says:

                      What would RM gain if Busquets was out of the UCL final or by saying no it was not us? Our appeal and complain both were rejected, everyone know we did file a complain, saying it was due to us or not, doesn't make us gain anything in the contrary make us look like liars and inconsiderate to racism. We did post the video on our site, so why would we say it was not us who did it! we just said this case was not RM complain itself because UEFA didn't even contact them when the vredict was out, so I dont get why would we lie about it, actually we look stupid saying that it is not our case although it is, again we did file a video to them, HOWEVER UEFA chosed to open a case on their own against Busquets.

  37. Fabiola says:

    I am so proud of my team! And it was a very wise decision of Puyol who decided that Abidal should lifted the trophy! So touching and this shows that they really care about each other as one team. Congrats once again Barca, I love you!

  38. gin_in_teacups says:

    Ah poor Chicha. He's too cute!

    Congrats to Barcelona! I was rooting for them in this one, and I have to say I definitely got caught up in the excitement. It was a fun game to watch.

  39. MadridistaJenn says:

    Congratulations to Barca and their fans, as well as Inter.

  40. Fernanda says:

    I am so overjoyed with my team's win! They were true to their style and won in beautiful fashion. They played an amazing game and delighted us with beautiful football. Congratulations to Manchester United for a great season and for being gracious in defeat. Sir Alex Ferguson's post-match interview is an example of how to lose with class. No whining, no blaming, no conspiracy theories, simply admitting that the better team of the day won. That is why he has the legacy he does. The man is nothing but class!

    Puyol giving that captain's armband to Abidal is the reason I love this club so much. What an amazing moment and an amazing way to end the season.

    Visca Barça!!!!!!

  41. Clare says:

    What a fantastic final!! A deserved victory for a team that make football beautiful in every sense of the word (Pep's gorgeous taste in suits included). Now to crawl into a hole with copious supplies of liquor and try to drink my way through the dark football-free months ahead…

  42. hereforthenando says:

    It seems as if someone/multiple people are thumbing down pro-Barca comments. That's pretty uncool.

    • Sergz says:

      Two days after losing the final, it's understandable. Believe me, I had to restrain myself from doing the same thing. But I wrote a happy post instead. :P

    • blitzenTO says:

      That always happens on here. I remember one post where I even said nice things about Real Madrid (after Barca won the game) and it got thumbed down anyway. LOL.Haters gonna hate!

      • xoWinnie says:

        happens to all teams, especially those two!
        just gotta brush it off and pride the fact that they're jealous ;)

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        If you are a barc fan you can't talk about RM and vise verca, I assume some people think like that lol.

    • Kristine says:

      It is very childish.

  43. Sofia_x says:

    May the best team win! And, yup, they did. :)
    Barca deserved it, and especially Abidal, after what he's been through. <3

    Oh chicharito, you're too damn cute to give us that b*tchface! ;o

  44. @BrittanyAFC says:

    poor Chicha! i wanted to run onto the pitch and give him a cuddle!

  45. xoWinnie says:

    oh boy! i've been waiting for this post all weekend…

    congrats to Barca for proving once again why they are currently the best.
    not gonna lie, i have no criticques about them this game
    (minus the fact that, that bastard Busquets got to play).
    absolutely flawless as far as football goes.

    as for Manchester…what HAPPENED?!
    while Barcelona were definitely at their best
    United were most certainly NOT!
    not saying they would have won,
    but the game would definitely have been a lot more of a spectacle!
    i was hoping, hell–expecting this game to go into overtime
    i had a bucketfull of wings counting on that dammit!

    …cont…

    • xoWinnie says:

      Edwin was absolutely AMAZING though!
      the scoreline definitely does not tell the tale because
      he played his heart out till the end and made some ridiculous saves.
      he gave his best through and through! two of the goals were not his fault.
      the defense looked shell shocked,
      i was expecting much more from Vidic tbh.
      even when it looked as though his team had given up,
      VDS kept playing; if anything i think they let him down.
      if this was his last game (some reports are saying he might stay longer),
      he deserved way better.

      for once i could understand why Rooney was SO frustrated. Utd did NOT put on the show i was expecting.

      anyways, i'm glad that's over so i can stop feeling anxious about which team to root for when i truly hate them both lol

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        I actually agree with you. SAF got all his tactics wrong and United defense looked immature, Vidic Rio surprised me. Barc was brilliant in the game, but United didn't put on tactic to stop the team and try to win it. In my opinion!

    • Lotte says:

      Man U was great! I'm currently in on vacation Denmark and I watched the game surrounded by Man U fans. And all of them were pleased by the way Man U played. Gutted they all were, but proud of their team. Barca is better. Magical. Just that. (They even bought me drinks)

      • Lotte says:

        Sorry if I'm incomprehensible. I'm still a little tipsy I guess.

        • xoWinnie says:

          lol that's okay hun! enjoy it while it lasts! ;)

          but i have to disagree, this was one of the worst games i have seen Manchester play
          one of the best for Barcelona though
          as a Gunner, i was expecting to find some delight in this
          but it was actually pretty sad! they looked down and out by the 60th minute
          and that was even before the Villa goal!
          that second half was BRUTAL!
          i swear they weren't even trying!

          • Lilly says:

            I totally agree, it was quite surreal to watch.
            It actually reminded me of the RM-Barca game (the 5-0 one), where RM players looked like zombies, like someone had hypnotized them.
            I don't know if that's the effect possession football has on opponents, but as a viewer I found it very puzzling.
            That said, it takes a lot of hard work to pull off the tiki-taka properly, so kudos to the Bboys :)

            • Winnie Mata says:

              tiki-taka can be a bit tiring to watch,
              i can't imagine gave to defend against that
              apparently, neither could Manchester United.

          • Lotte says:

            Come on Winnie! :) This was not one of the worse games Man U ever played! In the beginning of this season they were way worse. But even so, when Barca play like they did in the final they play a totally different ballgame than everybody else.

            • Winnie Mata says:

              lol okay fine, but it was still BAAAD. but this was a pretty bad time to pull that crap, you have to admit.

  46. Devilish-x says:

    I graciously accept defeat. We were up against the best team in the world right now, and we just simply weren't able to out-play them. In mmy humble opinion, Messi is the best I've seen.
    Its been a truly remarkable season, so many twists and turns! Congrats to Barca, you deserved it but of course I'm very proud of my united lads – its been a season to remember for lots of reasons.
    Ah I guess we'll have to wait a while before we can start another rollercoaster of a season.. But before that we can get into our stalker-mode to see our favourite players on vacation :')
    p.s. Class touch by Barca to let Abidal lift the trophy <3

  47. Sergz says:

    It's always heartbreaking to see the losing team sit down on the pitch and cry their hearts out. Look at Chicharito! Bless…

    Congratulations Barca! I actually support Man United but you can't win it every year, and you can't really complain when the opponent played a better match. At least Man United could celebrate their 19th title. :)

    • @DebStimson says:

      I so wanted Chichatrito to score. I thought he played fantastically in such a huge game where I'm sure his nerves were pretty tense. Love this kid! And I recently read an article about how 3 years or so ago he thought about quitting football. What a tragedy that would have been!

      • Sergz says:

        Apparently, when Chicha and his dad cried when he signed the contract for Man United. I hope he never loses his humble attitude. :)

  48. hereforthenando says:

    As much as I enjoyed the Champions League final, I'm heartbroken that I have to wait two and a half months before club football returns. What am I going to do with all of this spare time? Getting drunk and re-living highlights from this season is the most likely option, followed distantly by making valuable contributions to society.

  49. tifa says:

    check this out!barca players celebrating with shakira
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXJYY_Jzxi8&feature=player_embedded#at=21

  50. LisaB says:

    bittersweet match for me. On one hand I'm over the moon that Barca won but on the other hand disappointed that United were made to look so ordinary, particularly in the second half. I love United and seeing them lose to anybody is heartbreaking. Still, congrats to Barca for once again becoming champions of Spain and Europe!

  51. Anita says:

    i am happy for Barcelona they deserved to win, but i am so sad for my dear Chicharito :( i just wanted to go and comfort him!! Don’t worry Chicha we are so proud of you!! Viva Mexico :)

  52. blitzenTO says:

    Best team in the world, one of the best teams in history! Barcelona played like a perfectly orchestrated symphony. It is a privilege to watch them.

    Well done to Manchester United, they are a great team as well, played their hearts out, and were classy in defeat.

    As Xavi would say, "This is a victory for football!" Legend.

  53. bri_saldana says:

    Great game! Barca is simply the best…. congratulations!!!!!!!

  54. Bri says:

    If Abidal wearing the captains band and lifting the trophy didn't bring tears to your eyes, you might not have a heart.

    • AC_USA says:

      Yup they should consider that they are heartless!

    • @DebStimson says:

      and it was great to see Pep put Puyol in for the last few minutes. I know he's been struggling with injury but it was a great gesture on Pep's part to make sure he was on the field when the whistle blew.

    • Lotte says:

      So true.

    • Raincitygirl says:

      i thought it was an incredibly gracious gesture on Puyol's part. I've never really had an opinion about Carles Puyol one way or the other until now (beyond thinking he has silly hair), but now he can do no wrong in my book. It was awesome for him to give Abidal the chance to lift the trophy first, and shows real leadership.

    • Crackers says:

      I had to pass it off as dust allergies, but there was definitely some watery-eye going on. And I'm not even a Barca or Manchester United fan!

      But that was one lovely game, and I'm very, very happy for my culé Kickettes, long may your celebrations last.

  55. Doniniesta says:

    Barcaaaa , best team in the history of football :)