Barcelona outclass Real Madrid to go top of the table

Barcelona outclass Real Madrid to go top of the table

Villa scored Barca’s third and fourth goals, which were created by Messi

By John Sinnott from www.bbc.com

Lionel Messi’s superb display handed Real Madrid their first competitive defeat of the season and sent Barcelona top of the table after a 5-0 victory.
After Messi’s chip hit the post, Xavi gave Barca the lead with a lob after the ball deflected into his path.
Barca were soon two goals ahead when Pedro poked in a David Villa cross.
Two Messi passes set up Villa for the third and fourth goals, with Jeffran’s goal rubbing salt into Real’s wounds, before Sergio Ramos was sent off.
The match was billed as much as a contest between the world’s two greatest players – Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – as between these two fierce Spanish rivals.
But the Argentine’s display was so staggeringly good that Real’s Ronaldo was reduced to a bit part player in the Nou Camp.
Messi was the target of some cynical Real tactics, notably when he was on the receiving end of a Ricardo Carvalho elbow, but those two passes to Villa for his goals were the perfect riposte to the intimidation he had to endure.
Carvalho escaped punishment for that piece of skullduggery and the Real defender was also lucky not to be sent off for deliberate handball in the second half.

Ronaldo was in Messi’s shadow at the Nou Camp

After Barca’s fourth goal the Nou Camp were treated to an exhibition of football that must have bordered on the humiliating for their rivals as Pep Guardiola’s side barely allowed Real to touch the ball, with Sergi Busquets almost scoring from the half-way line at one point.
Ramos’s stoppage-time dismissal – for a scything tackle on Messi was the final ignominy for Real and coach Jose Mourinho, who suffered his heaviest defeat as a coach.
Not surprisingly it was Messi who was the first player to stamp his mark on the game.
After the Argentine won a corner Real were unable to clear the ball and from an acute angle the Barcelona forward clipped the post with the most of delicate of chips with Casillas well beaten.
If Casillas survived that scare there was to be no reprieve on 10 minutes for the Real goalkeeper.
Andres Iniesta motored his way towards the Real box before slipping a pass towards his midfielder partner Xavi. Marcelo almost cut out the ball but the pass was hit with such precision and force that it deflected off the Brazilian into the path of Xavi who cleverly lobbed Casillas.
Real’s response was immediate with Ronaldo marauding his way down the right and then Angel Di Maria testing Barca keeper Victor Valdes with a rising shot.
Pulling Real out of position with a mixture of short and long passing and almost telepathic combinations, Barca extended their lead on 18 minutes.
Xavi was the architect this time, switching the ball from right to left with a raking, diagonal pass to Villa.
The Spain forward worked his way to the byeline and Casillas was unable to cut out Villa’s cross, allowing Pedro a simple tap-in.
Amid all the drama there was pantomime as well when Ronaldo pushed Pep Guardiola on the touchline after the Barca coach throw the ball away rather than giving it directly to the Real striker.
Just past the half-hour a trademark Ronaldo free-kick rocketed through a splintering Barca wall but also past the post.
Real coach Mourinho attempted to bolster his side’s midfield for the second half by bringing on Lassana Diarra for Mesut Ozil.
But Messi was seemingly impervious to anything Real tried to do to stop him as he went on a dazzling run that resulted in Villa having a shot on goal.
Moments later a sublime Messi pass released Xavi, who was only able to find the side netting.
But a third piece of Messi magic in that devastating Barca blitz at the start of the second half set up Villa’s first goal.

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The Argentine threaded the ball into the path of Villa, who turned quickly to fire a shot past Casillas.
You could have forgiven Messi for taking a breather but moments later he was at it again, dropping his shoulder to go past two Real defenders before picking out Villa, who expertly guided the ball past Casillas with the outside of his right foot.
In stoppage time Bojan’s cross was converted by Jeffren before Ramos’s dismissal.
The win ensured Barcelona leapfrogged their rivals at the top of the table as the Catalan side went two points clear.
Since succeeding Frank Rijkaard as Barcelona coach, Guardiola has now won all five El Clasico encounters, though for his Real counterpart Mourinho it was a humbling return to the club where he once worked as a translator.

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Barça v Madrid: Did you know…?

Barça v Madrid: Did you know…?

There is plenty of trivia associated to clásico matches between Barça and Madrid, and here we offer you some of the juiciest nuggets.

These are the two giants of La Liga. The Camp Nou brings together thirteen of the World Cup winning side in South Africa, eight from Barça and five from Madrid.

Oddly enough, Barça have been struggling most at home this season, while Madrid’s problem is on the road. All five of the points Barça have dropped this season were lost at the Camp Nou, while Madrid are 100% at home but have dropped four points away.

The goal stats reflect this. Of Barcelona’s 33 goals, only 12 were scored at home. Madrid have also scored 33 times, but only 10 times away from the Bernabéu.

Barça have scored more away goals than any other team this season, and have also scored the most from team plays, individual moves and from outside of the area. Madrid have the most goals at home, from dead balls, from free kicks and from penalties.

Madrid have nine ever-presents in league matches this season in Casillas, Marcelo, Carvalho, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Özil, Di María, Higuaín and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But only four Barça players have played every game, namely Valdés, Alves, Iniesta and Pedro.

The players on either side to have participated in the most actions this season are Xabi Alonso and Alves.

And who supply the most crosses into the area? Well, they’re Di María and Alves again.

Guardiola is coaching his third clásico at the Camp Nou. He is the first non-Dutchman to ever do this after Cruyff (8 clásicos at the Camp Nou), Michels (6), Rijkaard (5) and Van Gaal (4).

Madrid have lost 18 league matches away to Barcelona, and on only one of those occasions did Barça not go on top win the championship (1928/29) by Roger Bogunyà Taken from www.fcbarcelona.com

Former Popstar and Afro-Z member Ernie B St Clair releases second album

THE UNIVERSE IS ERNIE B’S WITH MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM

Former Popstar and Afro-Z member Ernie B St Clair releases second album

Cape Town, 29 November 2010: Urban pop sensation Ernie B St Clair is back with his second album I Am Universal which features the two smash radio hits Tonight and It’s The Music, which have both received extensive air play on radio stations across the country.

Two years in the making and 21 tracks laid down, the final 13-track album features collaborations with many top South African performing artists including Jita, Stan1, Khalil Philips and SAMA nominee Chad Saaiman. I Am Universal was produced by Ernie and newby on the block Ashley Valentine (also known as Grand Boy). Both are instrumental in the world-class sound and production quality that has kept fans in anticipation for the last 24 months.

“The biggest motivating force for this album was pushing the envelope for myself as an artist, be it improving vocally, producing a better quality of music and also challenging myself to write about social matters and things I observe around me,” said Ernie, who lists his Michael Jackson and his son as two of the main inspirations behind the songs on this album. “I was and still am a big fan of Micheal’s as great performer and I hold vast respect for his ability to use his music as a vehicle to speak to the masses with the humanitarian lyrics in many of his songs.”

The album name was inspired by the ” I Am” saying. “Whatever you say you are, you are!” elaborated Ernie who wants the album to speak to the masses on an international level, thus explaining the “universal” in the title.

Aside from working hard to get his new CD out to the public, Ernie is currently taking on the singing and dancing role of his idol Michael Jackson in the popular Barnyard Theatre show The Big Five, which is currently touring nationally. I Am Universal will be available on www.erniebstclair.co.za as a CD and a digital download and will be in retail stores in early 2011.

For press queries, contact Tim Hill at Tuned In Entertainment on 082 888 5845 or tim.

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About Ernie B St Claire

Ernie B St Clair first entered onto the music scene as one of ten finalists in the Coca Cola Pop Stars Competition. The finalists were given an opportunity by Virgin Records and Tartan to excel in the music industry and two months later contracts were signed and Afro-Z was born. This lead to an album and numerous chart-topping songs across the country. The band was nominated for numerous awards including a Channel O Music Video Award in 2004.

Ernie B St. Clair has had a passion for music from an early age. Michael Jackson is one of his main inspirations and he has been impersonating him since the age of 4 and currently plays the late mega-star in a show running at the Barnyard Theatre across the country. Arts and culture is in his blood and Ernie B St. Clair hopes to make great change in the South African entertainment industry by being actively involved in talent scouting and development in underprivileged areas throughout the country. His love for the entertainment industry extends beyond music – he studied both drama and is a qualified sound engineer. A newspaper described Ernie B St. Clair as having “loads of energy and appeal. In sweet voice and nifty moves.” His debut solo album is out later in 2010.

I Am Universal – Track Listing

1. Its the Music feat.

2. My 8th wonder feat Grand boy

3. Floors on Fire

4. Personal Star feat. Chad Saaiman

5. Do about us feat Black copper

6. So Fine

7. Addictive feat Khalil

8. Illusional

9. Best part of my life

10. Masquerade

11. Damaged feat Crazy Lu

12. Save the world

13. Tonight feat Stan1

Ten things the coaching staff will have learned on this tour

The bok tour has ended and a big thank you to one of my great friends senior rugby writer Mike Greenaway for always sending me the news
He writes very very well and not afraid to say something .To all my mates who read his writings bye bye 2010 and roll on 2011 . thanks once again for reading

Ten things the coaching staff will have learned on this tour

*** Carefully reading labels on medicine and supplements bottles is rather important! Mind you, do they need supplements at all? They stopped taking them on the Tuesday after the Ireland Test and 19 days later, completely supplement-free, they produced by far their best performance of the tour. Are nutritional supplements all in the mind?

*** Underestimate nobody. By their own admission the Springboks did not “pitch up” mentally for the Scotland match – and paid the price of a Grand Slam. A correctly focused Springbok team should NEVER lose to Scotland., and when the team got their heads right, they blew away England, the toughest team on the schedule.

*** If Peter de Villiers pulls his head in, as they say in Australia, and does not turn press conferences into stand-up comedy, he is taken more seriously and avoids creating fires for the SARU backroom staff to put it out.

*** The Boks will know that their biggest threats at the World Cup next year will not come from the Northern Hemisphere. Besides the Boks’ blip in Edinburgh and the Wallabies’ surprise loss to England, the Tri-Nations teams went through Europe unchallenged, with all three ending with emphatic wins this weekend.

*** While the Springbok forwards remain world leaders, the same can hardly be said for the backline. Surely the coaches realise this is an area sorely in need of attention? The backs almost never threatened the opposition and total clean line breaks for the tour can be counted on one finger, never mind one hand.

*** They will have learned that Frans Steyn, if he is to be picked, should be at fullback, not centre, and to that end they will welcome Jaque Fourie back from injury. He was sorely missed.

*** The front row depth in this country is unrivalled. The Sharks front row of the Du Plessis brothers plus The Beast continued their good work of the Currie Cup on to the international stage and now comes the challenge of how and where to introduce John Smit and Gurthro Steenkamp.

*** A place has to be found for blockbusting loose forward Willem Alberts. He is one seriously strong unit and in doing the job of injured Danie Rossouw, he scored a try in each of his three cameos off the bench (he was not available for the first tour match).

*** Not all Irish referees are one-eyed sour-pusses as the Boks thought them to be. They spent the Tri-Nations complaining that Allain Rolland, Alan Lewis and George Clancy shafted them but against England, Clancy certainly seemed to be favouring the Boks. Maybe the lesson is that referees tend to favour the attacking sides.

*** The Boks learned a big lesson in how to play in the wet. If they get a rainy game at the World Cup, they will recall how brilliantly Scotland played the conditions.
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Read this preview and you tell me who will win .I cant call it.

Read this preview and you tell me who will win .I cant call it.
MIKE GREENAWAY IN LONDON

The last two matches between the Springboks and England were massively successful occasions for the South Africans, one of them being the Rugby World Cup final in Paris in 2007 and the other a record drubbing for England on the hallowed turf of Twickenham (42-6 in 2008). Those victories were wildly celebrated by the Springbok players and if they win again when they meet their old foe at Twickenham tomorrow the party will be just as raucous given their thoroughly miserable year.
A win also mean a reprieve for Peter de Villiers. It is hotly rumoured that the coach was given an ultimatum of “win at least three matches or else” when he met with his disgruntled Saru bosses at the end of the failed Tri-Nations campaign.
De Villiers promptly tore up the leave forms of the front-line Springboks that he had earlier said would be watching the tour from their deck chairs in sunny South Africa and picked the strongest possible tour squad.
Victories in Dublin and Cardiff, albeit laboured ones, seemed to have De Villiers on course for a career-saving Grand Slam only for the party-pooping Scots to toss a caber in the works.
Now it is all to play for and the Boks are resounding underdogs – on the back of the Scotland defeat and a fine England performance in thumping Australia a fortnight ago, giving them home and away success over the Wallabies this year (they won in Sydney in June).
An England team with four changes struggled to beat Samoa a week later but that has not made a dent on the euphoria in this part of the world and it has been forgotten that in the Six Nations England lost at home to Ireland, drew with Scotland and struggled to subdue Italy (they won by five points). But suddenly England are world beaters again in the eyes of their fans and media and the team to watch in New Zealand next year.
The bottom line, though, back at England’s RFU is that Johnson is under almost as much pressure as De Villiers. Like the Springbok coach he has won two and lost one during this Autumn series (England lost to the All Blacks). Tomorrow’s match is the last one and the winner will go up to a face-saving 75 percent record, the year will end on a high and there will be positive start to the World Cup year.
For the loser, 50 percent is as good as failing.
England expect to beat the Boks, and the Boks should expect to beat England but probably don’t because of the gradual erosion of confidence and belief this year. Five defeats in Six Tri-Nations games would have anybody looking worriedly in the mirror and a loss for a Tri-Nations team to Scotland is morale-breaking.
The encouraging thing for the Springboks is that they still have five members of the pack that dominated a strong England pack in the 42-6 win. They also have Morne Steyn’s unerring boot and you can rest assured that the game plan will be as simple and conservative as it has ever been – play in the opposition half and the forwards win penalties for Steyn to goal. As Dick Muir said yesterday, “this is not about performance, it is about the result.”
Spoken like a coach that knows his job on the line in the freezing cold of Twickenham tomorrow….

A properly coached and prepared side would have beaten the Scots,

RUB OF THE GREEN a top read by my great friend Mike Greenaway .enjoy ..who knows what happens on Sat morning

THE last time the Boks lost to Scotland, there were extenuating circumstances in that South African rugby was in one of those once in a generation slumps. In 2002 our rugby had that rare situation of perennially fertile land suddenly being barren. For once, we did not have a crop of good players. Poor Rudolf Straueli and Corne Krige who, as the captain put it, were in the “right place at the wrong time!”
Nevertheless, when the Boks lost by a record 21-6 to a poor Scotland team, South Africa went into a rage. Quite right, too, because, the Springboks never, ever should lose to Scotland. Never! They hardly have any player numbers for a start, and they have precious few resources, especially monetary-wise. They are the one game Italy expects to beat in the Six Nations, and that includes away from home.
So what are we supposes to say when a world champion Springbok team loses to Scotland? Forget about the excuse of 14 players at home injured – the reality is that only four or five of them would be automatic choices for the starting line-up.
Actually there are no excuses at all. A properly coached and prepared side would have beaten the Scots, never mind the rain.
One wonders if the Boks would have lost in Edinburgh, or indeed lost five out of six Tri-Nations matches this year had the meticulously organised Heyneke Meyer succeeded Jake White at the end of 2007. Meyer, the Super 14-winning coach, was ignored by the Saru committee appointed to evaluate the applicants for the job in favour of Peter de Villiers because of despairing political reasons. De Villiers did not have the track record and should have been embarrassed to take the job ahead of Meyer.
Whoever got the job in January 2008, the task was to build on the foundation laid by White and take a World Cup winning side that had an average age of just 26 to the next level. The Springboks should have led the world between World Cups and been favourites for the 2011 title.
Instead, the Boks have floundered once the 2007 momentum died after the 2009 Tri-Nations title. The game plan has not evolved one it. The Boks are currently stuck in no-man’s land.
It is argued that the Springboks cannot have a change of coach just five matches out from the World Cup (England on Saturday and then four Tri-Nations matches next year). It is said that it is too late.
Nonsense! The Boks right now are heading for a repeat of what happened in 2003 when nobody expected them to make it past the quarter-finals – and they were easily proved right. Must we just sit back this time and say, ‘oh well it is too late now.’
The situation is different this time. The Boks have the talent and experience they did not have in 2003, they just need a change of direction and mindset.
And more than anything they need the South African Rugby Union to show some balls.

FEDISA THANKS YOU

Dear Martin

I have left the task of extending all at FEDISA’s thanks for your wonderful inputs at the 2010 FEDISA Graduate Collection Show at Grand West last week until this moment, so that we could have images available of the spectacular event. The feedback has been nothing but stellar and we are therefore grateful for your participation in this proud achievement.

Several albums of the show have already been uploaded to the FEDISA FaceBook page, which can be accessed directly from the FEDISA website at http://www.fedisa.co.za . Galleries of images will also be uploaded to the website by the weekend.

Thank you again for your valued contributions and we look forward to working with you again next year on an even bigger and better FEDISA Graduate Collection Show 2011.

Best regards

Allen Leroux | Chief Executive Officer / Academic Director
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