Archive for January, 2010

RVN - Trasnferred to Hamburg

I have nothing but fond memories of Van Nistelrooy’s tenure in Madrid. I wasn’t his biggest fan when he was with Manu, but he proved me wrong big time. In an era where Raul was severely underperforming, Ronaldo (The original – the Lima) carried our team with his goals game-in and game-out. When RVN came over to replace Ronaldo when he left for AC, he filled those massive boots that Ronaldo left for him with confidence and class. I will never forget his time here and his fabulous goals. One of the best strikers I have ever seen in my generation, a true poacher and a classic #9 striker. A compilation of his goals, followed by his ‘goodbye ovation’ on the weekend, followed by full highlights of the Real Madrid – Malaga game:

… And make sure you have it for South Africa 2010. 

From ESPN:

ESPN 3D to show soccer, football, more

 

ESPN.com
Sports broadcasting will enter a new dimension in 2010 … the third dimension, as ESPN will unveil the industry’s first 3-D network.

ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning June 11 with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match, featuring South Africa versus Mexico, ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer announced.

Other events to be produced in 3-D include the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, college basketball and football contests, up to 25 World Cup matches and the Summer X Games. Additional events will be announced at a later date.

“ESPN’s commitment to 3-D is a win for fans and our business partners,” Bodenheimer said in a statement. “ESPN 3D marries great content with new technology to enhance the fan’s viewing experience and puts ESPN at the forefront of the next big advance for TV viewing.”

ESPN has been testing ESPN 3D for more than two years, even showing a USC-Ohio State college football game in select theaters and to 6,000 fans at the Galen Center on USC’s campus.

“This is a turning point for 3-D,” Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro told USA Today.

This is unreal. Perhaps the newest age of television has begun. It’s not pop-out 3d, but even better; it’s detailed in-depth 3D a la ‘Avatar’.

Masoud Shojaei’s golazo against Hercules in the Spanish Copa Del Rey quarterfinals.

Pipita - All Smiles

Gonzalo Higuain has made a living off of tormenting La Liga teams. He was once an unkown, and rose to a player with lots of potential. And as he has finally broken in as a fixed starter for the greatest sports club on the planet, he has become a world class forward and easily one of, if not the best young player(s) in his position. This weekend again he showed his worth. Against Mallorca in the middle of a snow storm in Madrid, Higuain scored a golazo and assisted another.

Well Done Boss

I’m loving Pellegrini right now. I wasn’t too impressed with him at first  but it seems that he has finally found the right formula for this squad. His new system (4-2-3-1) has been worked to perfection. The two holding midfielders give freedom to Kaka, Ronaldo, and Van Der Vaart (who has been exceptional this year. His 2-3 week injury is unfortunate) to supply Higuain with goals. My only slight concern is that Benzema finds himfself on the bench. My hope and dream is that these two brilliant strikers can become a world class striking partnership for years to come. We desperately need Benzema to take advantage of his time off the bench.

The brilliant thing about Pelle’s sytem is that it has worked wonders for our defence. There was a time where Real Madrid’s best defence was their unbelievable offensive system. We had Zidane, Figo, Carlos, Raul and Ronaldo. It was a team that didn’t let the opposition get the ball or the chance for the opposition to even get out of their own half. We have won two CL trophies this decade with defenders like Hierro (old version), Helguera, Pavon, Ivan Campo and Karanka. And it was all due to an important offensive and possession oriented system. We are finally seeing glimpses of that again this season. The injury that was sustained to Pepe was devastating, but with all due respect to Pepe (one of the World’s best defenders), Garay and Albiol have done exceptionally well without him and the defence hasn’t lost a beat thanks to Pellegrini’s formula.

Real Madrid 2-0 Mallorca: Highlights

ROME — Marco Materazzi plans to be touring the United States in a motor home with family and friends during this year’s World Cup.

 

The Italian defender says he’s still so angry over Zinedine Zidane’s head butt during the 2006 final that he won’t even watch this year’s tournament in South Africa. Materazzi told La Repubblica on Monday he’s still waiting for Zidane to apologize.

Zidane said he head-butted Materazzi during overtime after the Italian insulted his sister. Zidane was ejected, and Italy went on to win the title on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.

Materazzi told the newspaper the head butt, as well as Thierry Henry’s hand ball against Ireland that sent France to a fourth consecutive World Cup appearance at Ireland’s expense, showed the “disgusting” side of soccer.

He said he was particularly incensed that while he was disciplined for alleged unsporting behavior in 2006, Henry hasn’t been sanctioned in any way.

“I was treated like a delinquent: After Berlin they wouldn’t even let me go on vacation for two days so they could question me,” he was quoted as saying.

Materazzi stressed that he idolized Henry and that the hand ball in November was an instinctive mistake. But he added: “If you’re talking fair play, there’s a precedent — mine — and so they should have taken measures against Henry. But instead, I see they didn’t even bring him in to question him.”

Earlier this year, Materazzi extended his contract with Inter Milan until 2012.

Well, as much as Materazzi bleeds with hypocrisy on a consistent basis; we have to be fair here. The man has a point. We see so much cheating in the game today. From handballs, to dives. Henry’s last handball knocked Ireland out of the World Cup and nothing was done to sanction him. Although Materazzi is a filthy player, admittedly his un-sportsmanlike conduct overshadows everyone else’s cheating unfairly.

Just in case you live under a rock and don’t know Materazzi’s game: