First El Clasico of 2012-2013: The Spanish Super Cup

Here we go, an early El Clasico encounter and the formal inauguration of the 2012/2013 football season. Most of the European leagues kicked off last week or some days ago, but this game is always special and it will be the first in a long series of brawls, games, fights, or whatever you want to call them.

Barcelona hosts Real Madrid for the Spanish Super Cup first leg in Camp Nou, and the game will kick off at 20:30 GMT (00:30 Dubai Time). Last year, the prize was Barcelona’s to grab and brag, and the highlight of both games was the eye poking incident between Mourinho and Vilanova. The difference this year is that Vilanova has become head coach of Barcelona, and Mourinho has to find a new assistant coach to torture.

Jose Mourinho eye poking Tito Vilanova
Jose Mourinho eye poking Tito Vilanova, while Borat was watching unimpressed.

Here are some thoughts, if they mean anything:

  • Alex Song may play his first game with Barcelona; another Arsenal player to start his Barca life in a Super Cup after Fabregas last year.
  • Pepe will miss the game to the relief of Barcelona players and disappointment of wrestling fans.
  • If Barca wins the cup, it would be the first time in history to see a club winning it four times in a row.
  • Mourinho doesn’t need the cup if that means he will win the league, or at least that’s what he said.
  • The two teams played their first encounters in the league, while Barcelona won big, Real Madrid suffered to earn a home draw. Preparations of Real Madrid indicate they are not at their best, yet.
  • Messi is the all-time scorer of the Super Cup with 8 goals. He already scored 2 official goals this season and this game is a chance to start his mission of breaking the astounding 73 goal tally of last season.
  • A probable lineup for both teams would be:

Barcelona: Valdes – Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta – Alexis, Messi, Pedro
Real Madrid: Casillas – Marcelo, Arbeloa, Ramos, Albiol – Ozil, Coentrao, Alonso, Lass – Ronaldo, Benzema

Only an insane futuristic Nostradamus-eque person can predict the score of such an encounter.

Spanish Super Cup 2012
The first El Clasico of the 2012-2013 season, and more to come
  • http://nataliciousdotme.wordpress.com Natalicious

    Puyol, Villa? subs in second HT?

    • http://figo29.wordpress.com figo29

      Both cannot complete 90 minutes as they haven’t reached 100% fitness level. Puyol might not be used but Villa is a probable sub for second half.

  • http://jumpingpolarbear.wordpress.com jumpingpolarbear

    That guy became a legend after that picture :).

  • http://janbein.wordpress.com janbein

    I’m expecting a big score… 3-2 4-2 4-3 and it could go both ways…
    I heard pepe won’t play and Barca’s defense was miserable at la liga debut
    this is not one of those games where whoever scores first will win…
    we are in for a treat… I hope I’m not wrong

    • http://figo29.wordpress.com figo29

      I agree with everything you said. Barca’s defense is missing the Piqué-Puyol partnership. Mascherano is good but his mistakes are costly at times.

  • nathan

    Lets put it this way; teams get beaten all the time..but beating mourinho is another thing all together..barca have found it hard to beat “the only one” as history will tell you…with chelsea,inter,and now madrid…dont get me wrong..barca have beaten him in the past…but truth be told…beating mourinho is very very hard..like they say..you win some..lose some..but live to fight another day..hoooreh madrid..

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