Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Curious Case of Hoffenheim

A fairy-tale story is being hatched in the Bundesliga

Spiegel Online gives an account of how this tiny team made it to the top of Germany's premeir league.
Few in Germany had ever heard of tiny Hoffenheim before this year. Now, though, the village club team is at the very top of the country's professional soccer league. On Friday night, they clash with powerhouse Bayern M√ľnchen.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

World Cup Goals

To the tune of "Everlong"


Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Wonderful Day in Football

Ello all,


Isn't it great when all the work is done and you can sit down and just chill out?  I am finally finished studying and I took the day off to do what I do best - laze around and watch football.

And what a day it has been.  First, I woke to read that Toronto FC have signed a club favorite, Dwayne De Rasario.  What an amazing signing for the club. Not only is he an outstanding player, but also a local hero.  He will surely become a fan favorite.

I caught 3 games today. Yep.  3 games in one day.  JACKPOT!

10am Manchester City 0 - 1 Everton

What looked like a promising game from the start turned out to a scrappy stalemate.  Both City and Everton came out guns-a-blazing firing shots on net and playing some really nice end-to-end football.

Robinho showed a little bit of magic but once again his teammates incompetence (mostly all except for Wright-Phillips and Ireland) prevent City on really capitalizing on anything.

The two sides slugged it out through the second half and the game got uglier and uglier as it went on. Robinho was substituted for fear of an injury and it seemed certain each team was satisfied with a draw at this point.

But as it happens many times in football, the unexpected occurs.  Just as Everton were nicked 3 points in the closing seconds of the game last weekend by Aston Villa, this time David Moyes's men salvaged 3 precious points from Tim Cahill's last minute header.

What goes around comes around! Sorry Mr. Hughes.

12:30pm Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 0 Manchester United

This was a mesmerizing game that I really couldn't take my eyes off of.  The midfield work by both sides was outstanding and the constant booing of everyones favorite aloof Bulgarian striker made it all that more enjoyable.

The crowd really must have got under Berbatov's skin, because once again he failed to find the net on another occasion.

What really stood out in this match for me was 2 things:
  • Gomes made some outstanding saves.  Perhaps he is starting to come out of his shell, and Spurs might not have to start searching for a better keeper come January.
  • What if Luka Modric started scoring goals?  This guy could be so dangerous if he found the net.  Think Frank Lampard Euro 2004.
Overall it was an amazing game and Spurs stood firm to go into the Christmas season with the dignity of showing the world that they are much better without Berbatov.


4pm  Barcelona 2 - 0 Real Madrid

El Classico was amazing.  The sheer quality of Barcelona has been awe-inspiring this season.  These guys have it all this season: strength, agility, speed and pure dynamism.  

Their ability to tackle and win the ball while losing possession on the attack sets them apart from any team out there now, and Messi is consistently showing that he is 100% pure class.



After a penalty was awarded, and Casillas made a set of outstanding saves.  He seemed to be the only thing working on Madrid though, and it was only a matter of minutes before Eto'o found the net, followed by an injury time goal by Messi to put the nail in the coffin for Madrid.



Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Only Champions League Game that Mattered

Today at least...


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Chelsea did it. And with Drogba?!

He sat on the bench and rolled his eyes, then came out and scored within a few minutes. Good on ya!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Worst Dive Ever. Worst Refereeing Ever.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Villa 3 - 2 Everton


Other Weekend Highlights:

Chelsea 2 - 0 Bolton


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Friday, December 5, 2008

gallas to miss wigan


I cant really comprehend why so much controversy has been surrounding William Gallas for simply speaking his mind.


The ex-Arsenal captain has been reported to miss this weekend's clash with Wigan Athletic, which is an extremely crucial game for the Gunners as they can only pull of results against the top 4.  

This is a crucial flaw about Arsenal, they are a team with such class and flare, but this simply doesn't give results.  Other, less attractive teams like Chelsea have always had these kind of internal conflicts, and players like John Terry have always been vocal about players not pulling their own weight.  Why strip your most experienced player of his arm-band, further isolate him in the dressing room and lose what little stability you have at the back in the process?

Arsen Wenger's favoritism to young talent needs to stop somewhere.  This is football, and when you are a team of Arsenal's potential it is more than healthy to voice concerns about the effort of his team members.  And what is more despicable, Gallas's insubordination off the pitch, or his team-mates on-pitch hissy fits.

It is a shame that Wenger and the Arsneal team were to quick to cast aside the wisdom and stability of a seasoned veteran like Gallas to side with these hit-or-miss youngsters. Kudos to Wenger for sticking to his vision, but I am sure he will feel the pressure to qualify for the Champions league much harder at the end of the season if he looses this key defensive piece.

Although Wenger is a genius at growing young home-grown talent, the departure of Gallas would be a rough blow to the Gunners already wavering stability.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Toronto FC kits

Toronto FC's new kits were unveiled today.

These ones have a collar! And one of those "sweet" embossed images (in this case a maple leaf) on the front of the shirt, a sartorial flourish which ceased to be stylish around the time when Eric Cantona was ninja-kicking Crystal Palace supporters.

Here are the new shirts, modeled by Rohan Ricketts and Greg "Not Protected in Expansion Draft" Sutton:


Meh. They're alright- a little underwhelming. I was hoping for something a little more audacious and bold, something closer to the Jorge Campos look. Or the MLS of old.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Huntelaar to Madrid

Well, it was inevitable.

Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the best Dutch player still in the Eredivisie (and Ryan M fave), was signed by Real Madrid yesterday for a cool 27 million Euros. Huntelaar will replace the injured Ruud van Nistelrooij at Madrid, and will join countrymen Royston Drenthe and Arjen Robben, as well as fellow Ajax alums Rafael Van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder, at the Bernabeu. Madrid has officially supplanted Barca as the home for crazy Dutch talent in La Liga. Meanwhile, my beloved Ajax continues to serve as a nursery squad for the big clubs in Europe...

Anyways, this is why Huntelaar was signed: SWEET GOALS

Monday, December 1, 2008

weekend highlights

Chelsea 1 - 2 Aresenal.





Man United 1 - 0 Man City




Saturday, November 29, 2008

The New Deal for Newcastle United


This photo sums up what has been going on in the EPL as of late.  Last weekend saw the entire top 4 draw without a single goal.  Now similar shinanigans are happening this weekend and in the Champions league as well.

Maybe its the cold weather, maybe its thoes lazy strikers, but I tend to think there has just been a lot of great defending.

A prime example, and a player that I want to highlight as one of my favorites to watch since the season began.  This is none other than Newcastle United's Fabrizio Coloccini.  I watched this guys defending against Manchester United at the begining of the season and truly beleived he was going to be a crucial part success for Newcastle.  He's big, fast and lanky and is an absolute brick wall for any kind of cross comming inside the box.  Using a skilled defensive line, Newcastle have been able to draw 2 points from their away encounters at both Standford Bridge and Old Trafford.  

Many people beleive the Premier League is about the big-four clashes, but in many cases this certainly isn't true.  Being able to grind out these kind of results away are what is keeping Newcastle above the relegation zone and preventing the big four from actually gaining ground on each other.  Its a dangerous way of playing, and by no means is it entertaining for the fans, but I beleive that what makes a team or a manager is their ability to know when to sit on the back heal and weather the storm.

So I have advice for the folks at St. Jame's park.  Defend for your lives boys.  Thats right, bard up the doors, shackle it up and get ready for a long seige.

Everyone knows the piles of problems going on at Newcastle.  From the managerial problems, boardroom problems and the fact that Joey Barton (everyones favorite scumbag) is now injured.  The only good they can really do is to just go Greek style and put all men back and hope for the best.

So in light of this, I have compiled a buying list of what the ideal Newcastle side should be come the January transfer window:


There are a number of reasons why this works for Newcastle:

a) You aren't scoring any goals now, so what's the bloody difference?

b)  If you turn Richard Dunne around, or get him to run backwards maybe he will score goals on the apposing goal instead of his own goal.

c) Defenders are CHEAP.




Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gypsy King




Good evening my friends. I've been on this thing called Facebook. And somehow I think the guys who run the place have finally started leaking all my personal information to companies. Yeah, like we didn't all see that coming from a mile away. Either way, I have been getting frequent requests for my Premier League Picks.


And I did it.

Now press play on the Youtube video above and become lost in the music as we delve into this weekends action.

Look into my Crystal Ball....loook deeper...deeeeeeper...


I see Liverpool and Chelsea continueing their winning streaks. Yes!

I see Villa tieing Man U and Hull are going to upset Pompey!  

I see the boys at Tottenham getting their winning ways back!

Okay lets snap out of it and look at my predictions for the weekend:



Now, I am going to go through this list on Monday and post my stats to see if I am any good at this. If its anything like my Fantasy Football skills, I will probably looking very much in the red.

Thank god I'm not a gamblin' man.

Either way, if I get all of these right, I think someone should buy me a delicious meal and watch a game with me on the weekend!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday Triple Sampler

Keeping with Mondays silly post on Rory Delap (well not that funny if your an Arsenal or Villa fan), I scrounged up some more football bloopers.

I think its much better to look at this stuff mid-week than all the lame transfer drama and managerial jargon. If you notice, I don't concentrate on that stuff. Never have and hopefully never will.

I found these all on viralvideochart.com, which is one of my favorite new websites. Its great for finding whats popular on Youtube.

Here are some of this weeks favorites:


1. Stupid Silly Goals

2. 2 Goals in 30 Seconds

3. Chris Iwelumo misses open goal

Monday, November 17, 2008

Muscley Arms

If you haven't been looking at Stoke City, and haven't seen there secret weapon. Let me bring you up to speed:



Seeing how its Monday morning and I have a super busy day I am going to share with you some funny photoshop jobs on Mr. Rory's muscley arms and absolute throw-in power.  Enjoyeeee!

PHOTOS THAT MAKE YOU LAWL

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Thrilla from Villa




Earlier this week, Michael Essien publicly criticized Arsenal, say they were all style, no substance. Couldn't agree with you more, sir. You called it!

Enough about Arsenal though, lets talk about Villa.

Villa played this game very well. In all aspects they looked like a great team. Offensively they were all over Arsenal, comfortable playing the game in front of the Aresenal goal as well as maintaining a rock solid defence. An early attempt by Gareth Barry showed the strength and versatility this team has.

Everyone talks about how "beautiful" Arsenal's passing is, but today Villa look much more stylish and displayed way more strength in the midfield. And nothing is more ugly than sloppy defending, which was the cause of both of Villas goals:





Its a shame Villalost to Newcastle a couple of weeks ago because this team has so much potential of breaking the top 4.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Culinary Guide to Football

Top of the Mornin' to you.


Ahead of another weekend of Premier League action, I want to discuss some of the best of the best foods to pig out on while watching a game. These are a list of the top 5 foods to eat out at a pub, in a stadium or standing on a street corner watching the game through the window of a local television store.

5. English Breakfast / Pint of Ale / Cup of Coffee

This is the favorite of the North American soccer viewer. In order to catch lots of games, we have to drag our ass to the pub early in the morning. Arriving as early as 8am on a Saturday sometimes a greasy breakfast + a coffee + a pint of beer is perfect for watching any English or Scottish league game. Coffee does wonders in cleaning your pallet each time for a wonderful taste sensation of a piss-warm English ale. MMm mmm good!

4. Burek

Whether you are preparing for a football riot on the streets of Belgrade for the next Red stars game, or sitting in with your Nana having a cuppa tea and watching the game on the flat screen, this eastern-European treat is a versatile and delicious snack. Again greasy as hell and probably goes well with beer. The best thing about this is that its shaped like a pizza, but the ingredients are so plain "meat, pastry" that you wont be distracted by the wacky colours that a pizza offers. That means more time analysing every touch Arsenal's midfielders have on the ball so you can perfect your Fantasy League score.

3. Kebab

Meat on stick with the spice for life. No matter where you are in the world you will be able to find it. Whether you're asked to watch your wife's little cousin play at some pitch out in the suburbs, or if you are downtown Munich I guarantee there WILL BE A KEBAB PLACE within 5km.

2. Big Chicken Salad

Trick your friends and make them think you are concerned about your weight and health! Hell, they might even think you are a decent soccer player. Say something like " Yeah, I gotta playoff game this afternoon" or "There's like 30g of protein in this shit".

1. The Beef Dipper

Beef on a baguette has been my favorite football-watchin' food for a long time. Its simple, bland, full of great useless carbs and is served with a side of the juices it was cooked in. It is also very contagious. Usually whenever someone orders this, 2 or 3 other people queue in to get one. This meal is defiantly a team player.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Get well.. Mr. Hume




After suffering a near-fatal head injury during a game with Sheffield United, the Soctland-born and Brampton native is getting better. He has moved out of the high dependency ward of Manchester Hospital yesterday and all our hopes and prayers are here for him

Get well sir.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Nick'n the Top Spot


I was having problems at the start of this years EPL season trying to figure out who was going to be this years top scorer.

I mulled it over. Surely it will be Torres. Last year he made such a dazzling debut with Liverpool and by the end of the season last year it seemed that he had some unfinished business to take care of. Then he began a lengthy stint of riding the pine.

Okay, so its not Torres. Well, it must be Adebeyor! With his cheetah-like speed with sniper rifel accuracy I was sure he would net at least 10 or 15 by now. Then Arsenal got into a rut, lost some games and he got injured.

Who else Drogba? No wait, he's injured. Rooney? Was looking hot for a while but Man U is in some weird transition phase.

Let me get to the point.

I never thought Anelka would be top of the table right now. BUT HE IS. He has manged to put together 10 goals thus far and although none of them have been sensational or jaw-dropping, his consitancy remains somewhat of a mystery to me.

I had a full beleif in this Chelsea side this year, but I always though the goals would be comming from the middle with players like Lampard, Joe Cole, Deco and Ballack. When the Robinho transfer saga was over, I was sure that Chelsea were doomed up front. But some how, some way, Nick Anelka has been consitently pulling through and has creeped to the apex of the EPL top goals list.

I think the reason why so many people have overlooked Anelka in the past is because he doesn't show off. He isn't the guy who is going to crack the ball into the back of the net.

Here is a perfect example of Anelka's cool, calm scoring style (while he was back at Bolton):

Not the net-shattering stuff you will see from players like Wayne Rooney, but you have to hand it to the guy. He is clever. He knows when to turn on the gas, how to keep his cool when a keeper charges out and has the restrain to finish without a bang.

He scored a hat trick against Sunderland the other week with his sneakyness.

So the sneaky Frenchman has not brought the kind of shwashbuckling football players like Drogba, Torres and Adeybyor do but has showed that a striker can play with sly positioning cunning intelligence to bring himself and his team to the top of the table.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Arsenal 2 - 1 Man U

Videos for your life.

I missed the game today, but I heard it was a great match and that Arsenal are back into their swing!

Arsenal 1 - 0 Man U


Arsenal 2 - 0 Man U : This is what happens when you give the Gunners time to dance around outside the box:


Arsenal 2 - 1 Man U

MAMA MIA!

owww!

If you are like me, you are doing absolutely brutal in Fantasy Leagues, then I want to share a link that i just found.

Its called physioroom.com and it provides a list of all the injured players, when they are scheduled to return and the likelihood of them making it to the next big match.

Woot!

Even when you aren't nerding it up in a fantasy league, its still great to know who is going to be playing on your team. It even shows the injury!

Michael Essien out till March!?

Ugghhhhhhh....

Friday, November 7, 2008

kits of the future

Good day folks,


Today I want to take your time and pry you away from this weeks Champions league excitement to take a look at this years best kits. Thats right, I will be running through some of the most stylish, eye-catching or just plain weird kits this year.

A jersey showcases a teams reputation, history and style. They come in all different fits and forms. Some with collars, some without. Some have vibrant eye-catching colours and others revel in the feeling of a bland but old-school colour. What is really amazing is how much these kits represent their teams in such conscious and unconscious ways.

So without further adue, please let me show you some of my favorite kits for the 08/09 season:


Manchester City: Away 08/09, Premier League
One of the few teams to have Le Coq Sportif sponsor their equip. I dont know what I like more about this, the retro-90's goalkeeper "acid wash" in the red stripes or the neon yellow bird. It looks like something out of Nintendo's Virtual Boy.
Get this kit while it lasts though, Man City will be switching to Puma shortly.

Olympique Lyonnais 3rd Shirt, Ligue 1

Call me a sucker for the dark shirts, but the Lyon 3rd shirt just looks so damn menacing. If batman played football, he would most likely have a kit like this. The stripe on the side is classy and there isn't too much going on to get you distracted.


Werder Bremen: 3rd, Bundisliga
This looks more like a blog template than a football jersey. Leave it to Kappa though to make a brown/lime green shirt that fits like a glove. It takes real balls to throw on a brown jersey and look intimidating, but I think this shirt pulls it off nicely. Its got a really interesting collar too...
Chievo Verona, Serie A
It has a knight with a jousting pole on a horse AND its yellow. Deal with it.
Barcelona 3rd, La Liga
One of the better attempts at a high-contrast neon shirt. Its really pleasing on the eye, high visibility and has a NGO as the sponsor. If there was ever a kit to make you feel good about the world, it would be the fan-owned, unicef sponsored Barca shirt.

Sheffield Wednesday, Coca Cola Championship
Its simple, and I really like how the black-and-white owl sketch sits on the orange and blue. Its loud with the color scheme but really simple and classic.




Monday, November 3, 2008

EPL: Unpredictably Predictable

This weekend showed us a number of key upsets in the EPL, but at the same time restored the kind of order at the top of the table that we are used to.

With Spurs continuing their resilient streak and ousting Liverpool in the last minute, not only has the premier league showed us how unpredictable things can be (in the sense that Spurs were bet to loose or lucky to tie) but also how predictable the dominance of the top 4 can be.

Let me explain further. Hull 3 -4 Man U. Hull really has been what Reading was last year. They have been eating up points from all the mid-table hacks, stunned Arsenal and gave it to Man United for most of this game. Teams coming up from the Championship are so scrappy and have really been giving it to there bigger clubs, but in the end Manchester came away with 3 points. Hull certainly brought the drama to Man U, but at the end of the day the super club was able to salvage 3 points from these rapscallions.

Even Fergie himself said this week that Villa may were the only ones capable to nick a place in the top spot. They had the chance to today and lost to the most unlikely of opponents . Wasn't expecting that!

Oh yeah and if things couldn't get any worse for the gunners they lost 3 points to Stoke. In a game that can only be summed up by this video:



So. Lots of crazy stuff happened this week. Too much to handle. But what isn't exciting is this: the big 4 somehow are still at the top.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Fifa World Player of the Year

Drum roll please..

The winner will be announced January 12th so plenty of time for debate.

So here is the list in all its glory. Marked in different shades of red are my favorites and my reasons why below:

  • Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal and Togo)
  • Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid and Argentina)
  • Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg and Russia)
  • Michael Ballack (Chelsea and Germany)
  • Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
  • Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain)
  • Deco (Chelsea and Portugal)
  • Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Ivory Coast)
  • Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona and Cameroon)
  • Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal and Spain)
  • Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and England)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan and Sweden)
  • Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)
  • Kaka (AC Milan and Brazil)
  • Frank Lampard (Chelsea and England)
  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
  • Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich and France)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United and Portugal)
  • John Terry (Chelsea and England)
  • Fernando Torres (Liverpool and Spain)
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid and Netherlands)
  • David Villa (Valencia and Spain)
  • Xavi (Barcelona and Spain).
Andrei Arshavin
If football is about entertainment, then we have to give a tip of the hat to the Russian play maker. He captivated us in Euro 2008 with his brilliant midfield awareness. Pulling Russia out of their rough start, he single-handedly changed the Russian team from a boring lull against Spain to a powerful total football team that silenced one of the most impressive Dutch teams in years. What impressed me so much about his performance in the Euro was his ability to breathe life into the team and inspire his teammates with beautifully strung together passes. And lets not forget, he helped Zenit lift the Russian Prem trophy for the first time in a long time
Ikre Casillas
Deep down in my heart, I think Casillas should win this. First of all, he has all the credentials. Top of La Liga,won Euro 2008, he did everything he needed to for club and country. He kept a clean sheet on the Euro final, and did some awe-inspiring saves in the 2007-08 season of La Liga. He communicates as a strong leader for his back line and saved Spain against Italy when Buffon could not.
If you can win La Liga, win the Euro and beat the supposed
best keeper in the world with a magnificent save in a Semi-Final match then I think you can qualify for player of the world.


Kaka
He won last year. He is amazing. But not as good as last year + injury stuff = probably not going to get it. Not really sure why I put him on here, if he wins it really will be by grace of god.


Messi
The most exciting player in the world to watch right now. He is what Ronahdinho was 3 years ago. He boggles your mind and baffles defenders with his movement and motion with the ball.
Because he has generally been seen as the highest standard of creative quality within the football community this year, this makes him a strong contender. He will be in the top 3 for sure.


Cristiano Ronaldo
He was on fire in the EPL this year. Absolutely unstoppable. Then came the summer. Everyone held their breath to see him play in Scolari's Portugal, but he did not deliver the caliber of play fans have expected from him. We hoped to see him blow through Turkish defenders and dismantle the entire Swiss team...he didn't. Then came that messy transfer drama with Real Madrid. This really put me off. I'm not sure if Fifa takes into consideration a players off the pitch behavior when considering these nominees, but for me, he didn't display the kind of professionalism in his career that a player of his level should.

All my whining and bellyaching aside, the guys a genius, and many regard him as a favorite to win this reward.



Fernado Torres

Looking up at my list, most of these are "creative midfielders". Its always easy to pick the midfielder. They have long ranged shots that impress and there aren't high expectations on them to put away the goals. That being said, Torres was the most dangerous striker in the EPL this year. He was absolutely on fire and was a menace for any defender. Top striker on this list for sure, but it will be a squeeze for him to get in the top 3.


My top 3:

1. Casillas
2. Messi
3. Ronaldo


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday Photoshop Roundup

Just when I thought my photoshopping skills were at least decent. I have been put to shame by the guardian's readers.

I found this one of the better photoshopping galleries on the Guardian, featuring none other than Lady's Love David B:

Beckham Photoshop Extravaganza

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

One Good Strike Deserves Another

Lampy boy did this today as well.



He's still got it! Or meant to cross it to Anelka...ughh you be the judge.

Ljungberg to Seattle




The MLS's newest expansion team: the Seattle Sounders just signed the ex-Arsenal man for around 20 million bucks.

Further proof that the only way the MLS will ever entertain anyone is by sending soccer moms into a Hagen Daas-like state of sexual explosion by watching the latest MLS stars promote American products.

And thats all I have to say about that.

Arsenal 4 - 4 Spurs

Everything you could ever want in a football match. This was an absolute barn burner!

Where do I start.

Ahh yes. Definitely goal of the season: David Bently cracks one over top of the keeper from about 40 yards out. There was no way Almunia could have ever seen it coming, or could have ever prevented it even if he did.


1 - 0 Spurs.

Moments later Arsenal used their physical prowess to score this textbook header off a corner:



...and then went to do same thing again:


Spurs are so brutal at simple defending. Redknapp, get these boys to work!

From here on, Spurs were looking absolutely frightened. Clichy was taking complete control of the midfield. Modric and the entire Tottenham team could not get a single touch on the ball for what seemed like eternity. And then...


GAME OVER SPURS. It seemed impossible for Spurs to come back from this. Arsenal was out classing them, out muscling them and Harry Redknapp's team was really being put to shame. It seemed as though Arsenal could have scored whenever they felt the need. Spurs were damaged goods at this point. Such has been their season.

And then some tricky deflections outside the box and spurs had another one! Seemingly out of nowhere!



Just when Spurs were making some forward momentum and starting to get out of their rut Hutton makes a horrible defensive mistake that ends up with Van Persie sending the ball Sccrreeeaming into the back of the net:



I think there was some weird Buddhist Karma thing going on at the Emirates tonight. Because what came around, went around for these teams tonight. Another Defensive blunder, this time by Clichy. This must have been an act of God for spurs. Followed by an absolutely lovely goal by Jenas:



By no means did Spurs look good tonight. In fact, most of the times they looked horrible. But after this goal Arsenal were definitely not playing with the same kind of confidence they were throughout the rest of the game. They seemed a shell of what they once were at the beginning of the second half. It seemed like a lovely pipe dream that Tottenham could come back to tie it up. But when 4 minutes of added time were put on the clock and Arsenal looking cold on their feet. Luka Modric's shot hit the woodwork and was tucked away by Lennon.




This was the best damn game I've seen in years. Holy....fuck. With all drama surrounding spurs and the way they have been playing lately no one could have fathomed such a wonderful display.

The absolute talent that has been wasting away in this team always pops its head up now and then. I cannot imagine what would happen if Harry Redknapp could harness the star power Spurs has and turn it into a well functioning tactical team.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Liverpool Impressions

In case you haven't seen this floating around.

In light of Liverpool's ascent to the top of the Premier League and perhaps in memory of Peter Crouch who is now left without his big Brother Harry Redknapp.

Hate this guy...but gaddamn


Robinho.

If it was ever possible to have more contempt for the pretty-boy-wonder millionaire in football, its hard to surpass Christiano Ronaldo. But ever since September, I have had a hard time getting myself to fathom the story of Robinho, but I think we have ourselves a contender for the top scorer of the Prem this year.

In case you were too busy watching the top 4 all weekend, there were actually some games on with more than two goals being scored. Three coming from the wonder boy Brazilian this weekend against Stoke:



Lets take a look:

1st Goal: Pretty basic. He's in a great position and places the ball perfectly. This is what Chelsea is having problems with. Anelka and Malouda are finding themselves in these kinds of positions and botching them constantly. Robinho keeps his cool and delivers.

2nd Goal: Please, close your eyes for the celebration: hes one cocky little bugger and its annoying. But look how well he sambas around his defenders in order to get into position for goal. This is the kind of fluid play you would expect from a player who has just been snatched up from La Liga.

3rd: Not afraid to pull the trigger from distance. Pure class. Pure power.

With Drogba and Torres being benched substantially this year, and with Berbatov, Keane and Adebayor being lukewarm and inconsistant so far, I really think Robinho has contention for top scorer this year. Shame on Chelsea for not shelling out the big bucks for this guy.

Love him or hate him, he is pulling off results and has a unique passion for the game which is beautiful and entertaining. His dramatics are pulling in great results for City already, but without the support of a well rounded team, it will be difficult for them to compete in the top four positions.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Chelsea 0 - 1 Liverpool

Chelsea's 86 game unbeaten streak at home was ended today by a little bit of luck on the side of Liverpool, and a lackluster performance by Chelsea.

Now I want to concentrate on this man:


I think Ronaldinho might have some competition for the ugliest man in football, but despite his rapist-like exterior, Mr. Bosingwa has all of a sudden become the center-pin for Chelsea's offensive movements. But has this really benefited the squad? Ever since Scolari showed up he has been praised for their stylish Brazilian theme.

But are they really that stylish? All I saw today was the Chelsea defense and midfield just passing it off to Bosingwa to lob the ball into the center of the box? Is the Brazilian creativity or a step back to the English long-ball game?

And without Drogba in the center there really wasn't any clear targets for Bosingwa to connect with today. Each delivery turned out to be an awkward game of pachinko within the Liverpool penalty area.

There has been much praise over the Brazilian's new style, but what really made Chelsea special was their ability to slug out and come out with at least a tie *hence the unbeaten streak*. Perhaps this game really shows an example of the way Scolari's Chelsea will look; flashy, younger more stylish but in the end: beatable and breakable.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Paperchase: Becks to Milan?


So the wonder boy is at it again. When he isn't posing for advertisements for sharpie or kids cough medicine he is taking serious moves to improve his game.

Okay, so here's the deal. Milan want him on a free loan come January. Hrm, I wonder why? Maybe the surge of jersey sales from Ronaldinho and other endorsements got the Italian Giants thirsty for more.

This is all fine with me, people have to make their money but what I am concerned about is it's effects on the MLS and the LA Galaxy. Beck's vision of coming to the United States to become an ambassador for soccer worked brilliantly, especially here in Toronto where you could here the buzz of becks coming to town months in advance. Not only does this get all the soccer mom's hot and bothered, the guys pulls in a guarantee sell out at BMO field.

VP of Milan, Andriano Galliani stated

"Football today is about full stadiums and sponsors and superstars like Beckham fill them up. With him, Kaka and Ronaldinho, it will be a dream team"


True...true. But what about Beck's crusade in America? Is that all but gone? And if it is, can the MLS really come up with another superstar of Beckham's caliber? Or will the MLS and LA Galaxy have to continue to play on home grown and South American talent?

In all honesty, I think Becks fit well in the MLS. In LA Galaxy, not so much. Well no one could they suck so bad. But a move to the Rossoneri would just be...ughh..lame. After all the talk, sponsorships and grassroots support for soccer in the U.S, Becks was really helping out. Now he could pack it up to pursue dreams of stardom once again, whether its to get more caps for England, or really to razzle dazzle the Serie A.


Now there's lots of speculation and gibber-gabber the Football world. So I'm going to sift this one out and call what I think is going to happen.

Likelyhood of this deal going down: 7.5/10

Becks isn't that Happy in LA. Especially with all the crappy management going on at LAG. He has spent half of his LA career flying back to England to get caps on Capello's squad. And when has Beckham NOT followed the money? I think this could be a serious problem for the MLS though, loosing their star power will lose them lots of media support and attention.