Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’

This made me shed a tear. Mourinho getting out of the car to say goodbye to Materazzi at the Bernabeu. I’ll post more on Jose when the contract is officially signed with Real Madrid.

World Cup commercials are back. Nike’s latest work:

David Silva

First of all, I am going to apologize to all my fans for not being around in the past couple of weeks. Believe it or not I have somewhat of a busy life. However, summer is over – which means school is starting – which means you will see more blog entries from me – which means I have excellent priorities.

Right on.

World Cup Qualifying

The World Cup and the finalists are finally taking shape. This week was host to some outrageous events. Starting in Tbilisi, Georgia hosted Italy looking for their first win. Pretty tough task when you have to play against the defending World Champions (admittedly though it’s a much weaker Italian side than before, but their consistent luck makes them a threat against anyone). Now we’ve all have heard about the calciopoli scandal, but is it too much to say that Kahka Kaladze was offered some kind of expensive automobile to purposely lose the game? Italy won the match 2-0 from two outrageous own goals by Kaladze:

Portugal – All but out.

For a team that was a favorite to win the World Cup, failure to qualify didn’t even cross anyone’s mind. That dream of even being considered a favorite is all but shattered now. Portugal now lies fourth place in their group behind Denmark, Hungary, and Sweden. Carlos Quieroz seems to have completely lost the plot. Portugal’s starting line-up against Denmark consisted of: Pepe, Raul Meireles, Tiago, Deco, Simao, and Cristiano Ronaldo. I know Portugal has lacked a good striker for years, but this team doesn’t even have one in the line-up! Add to the fact that Pepe most certainly should not be played as DM (as great as he is).

KAKA

I’ve always been one of his biggest fans even when he was in Milan; and now that he’s a Madridista I think I might just be in love him. For me, this guy is easily the smoothest and most elegant player in the World right now (I still believe Messi is the best player in the World.. But Kaka is just a joy to watch). Kaka has always been awesome for Brazil and fantastic against Argentina. The World Cup Qualifyer against Argentina this week showed that he hasn’t slowed down one bit, he was running past players and setting people up and completely overshadowed Mascherano and Messi. Maradona needs to get Argentina sorted out – and quick. Argentinians don’t like to lose 3-1 at home against their biggest rivals. Highlights (and check out Kaka’s incredible pass for Brazil’s last goal):

David Silva y La Furia Roja

David Silva is on fire right now and definitely one of the most in-form players in the World. The guy is so underrated it’s not even remotely funny. Silva and David Villa made up for 4 of Spain’s 5 goals against Belgium. I still can’t believe how much Valencia have struggled having those two in their team. Spain is a machine right now, they look absolutely unstoppable. The scary thing is that Iniesta and Ramos are still injured and did not play this game. Just sit back and enjoy the kings of Europe doin’ their thang:

… Just how I would describe one of my favorite footballers ever.

Luis Figo has called it quits. Today; Sunday, May 31st, 2009, Figo played his last game for Inter Milan:

Truly a tear shedding moment. Luis Figo was a gem. He was the first in line of a series of great Portuguese wingers who came after him; but none able to dethrone king Figo as the best winger of his generation. He was easily the best winger I have ever seen. But to be fair to the great George Best, I will accept the views of others that he may not be head and shoulders the best ever.

No matter what the verdict, and where anyone will rank him among the greats, no one can deny his legendary status. Luis Figo was of a rare breed of footballers. When he had the ball at his feet, you knew that he was going to be 1-3 players at will, and the set someone up for a goal scoring chance. He was the best player in the World in 2001 when he won the FIFA player of the year award. The following year, he was teamed up with the one and only Zinedine Zidane (which formed on of the best 1-2 attacking punches ever seen) to win the Champions League.

This is a very unorganized entry, but I just want to pay my respects to this wizard of football. He graced us with his talent for 20 years on the professional level, and now he’s gone.

Adios y gracias Luis Figo!

Semi-finals:

Barcelona vs. Chelsea

Villareal vs. Porto

Final:

Barcelona vs. Villareal

Champion:

Villareal.

You heard it here first.

 Manu-Porto/Villareal-Arsenal. It was an easy choice for me today to decide which game I wanted to watch. I mean, Manu was clearly going to destroy Porto in a painful fashion (who wants to see that?). Being a Spanish/La Liga supporter and all, it was a nobrain-er. What a game at the Madrigal! Two of the underdogs left in the Champions league, but both of them playing attractive, fast paced, short passing and fluid football.

Golazo de Marcos Senna!
Golazo de Marcos Senna!

I rushed home from school and turned on the TV just in time to see Marcos Senna launch a missile past Almunia. What a fantastic goal. Villareal dominated the entire first half. As soon as the first half ended, I checked livescore to see this:

 Manchester U. 1 – 1 FC Porto

That moment was probably the highlight of my day. I still figured that Manu were going to eat them in the second half though, so back I went to the second half at the Madrigal.

Golazo de Adebayor!
Golazo de Adebayor!

In the second half, Arsenal finally decided to play some football. They started to build pressure, and with a great ball from Cesc, Adebayor scored a scissor kick of epic proportions. It was a beautiful goal. For the next few minutes, the yellow submarine was clearly rattled. The passes they so easily stringed together in the first half, seemed a thing of the past. Fortunately they got back into the game though. And my final assessment is that Arsenal are pretty lucky to escape with a draw; Villareal are down, but not out.

You know what’s awesome though? I switched to the Manu-Porto game just in time to see Mariano Gonzalez break Old Trafford’s hearts.

Mariano - FTT!
Mariano – FTT!

 90 minutes left to play in both legs. Let’s hope the good guys will prevail.

 

Raps beat Cows in a thriller
Raps beat Cows in a thriller

Why are the Raptors on a four game winning streak? Don’t they understand that the more they lose, the better draft pick they’ll have this year? I mean, do what you want with the pick, but get the highest pick possible! Now that the season is tanked, they’ve decided to play ball, beating teams that they have no business beating.

Well, maybe this last stretch of the season is a sign of things to come for next year. Marion is finding a flow, and maybe we’re seeing the team gel finally. Emphasis on the ‘maybe’. The Raps have a solid starting five. If Colangelo can re-sign Marion, and add some much needed depth to the squad in the off season, we might see a resurgence.

  • Jose Calderon is on course to have one of (if not) the best free throw shooting season(s) in NBA history. He had a monster line against the Bulls today; 21 points and 19 assists.
  • If I had to build my team around a point guard for the future, I would seriously consider picking Derrick Rose, and not Chris Paul (discussions welcome).
  • I was obviously kidding about the Raptors tanking the season and getting a high draft pick. They should always try to win every game they can no matter what the circumstances.
  • Seriously.. Please tank the season and lose every game from now on.

Now that we got that rant over with, let’s move to another rant:

Ali Daei Sacked
Ali Daei Sacked

 Football legends very rarely become successful coaches. It was a mistake to bring in Daei in the first place; we should have taken Clemente when we had him in Iran, but completely blew it. I’m not here to make a massive list of Daei’s tactical shortcomings as a coach, I just want to point out that he’s lost alot of respect from many Iranian’s around the World. His response after the loss to Saudi at home in front of 100, 000 fans:

“I will not leave my job as Iran boss. Iranian football officials cannot fire me. You were not the ones who offered me the job. Accordingly, you cannot ask for my departure. It was not Ali Daei who was defeated today; it was Iran’s national football team which was [defeated]”

Daei, who has dropped a couple of Iranian stars in his brief era with Iran as coach due to personal disputes, also commented on the absence of former Asian player of the year Ali Karimi in the squad:

“Karimi was in no shape to shine at Persepolis match against Saudi Arabia’s al-Shabaab earlier this month. I talked to Persepolis manager and I found out that he had not attended training sessions for 25 days,”

Right. Evidence shows that Karimi has clearly been to his training sessions. He’s also been in top form for Persepolis all year.

Daei, you are one of the best players in Asian history, and you hold the FIFA International goalscoring record. Thank you for everything, but with all due respect; you are not the man for this job.

Not all is lost in the football World though.

Piqué FTW!
Piqué FTW!

Spain 1-0 Turkey. The European champions played against a stubborn Turkish defence without Cesc, Iniesta, and Puyol. Turkey played a great tactical game at the Bernabeu, but in the end, La Furia Roja were too much. Their passing game is like a slow torture for opponents. They ooze confidence and produce free flowing football that is unmatched in International football. Pure art, and they aren’t even at their best.

  • Holland 3-0 Scotland. Klaas Jan Huntelaar can’t stop scoring. He’s like a mini Ruud. Big shoes to fill, but he is a very intriguing prospect.
  • Portugal 0-0 Sweden. Both countries are in jeopardy sitting 4 points behind Denmark and Hungary. Hungary and Denmark also have a game in hand.
  • Montenegro 0-2 Italy. Huge win for the Azzuri in Eastern Europe. The World Cup Champs are one step closer to defending their crown in South Africa.

Thanks for reading. Why was this post so awesome? I was listening to this the whole time:

Now go back and read this post again. But this time, listen to the song while doing it. It makes it alot more dramatic.