Dirk Kuyt

May 18, 2009

“He is renowned for his work-rate in his primary position as a forward, but now he is more often deployed as a winger for both Liverpool and the Netherlands national team.” Wikipedia, Liverpool FC, YouTune

Italian invasion: Five of the best and worst Italians to ever play in England

May 18, 2009

“There haven’t been too many Italians that have made that considerably bold step leap of moving from the proverbial comfort zone of Serie A to the Premier League.” (SoccerLens)

How football conquered Brazil (BBC – Tim Vickery)
“I’ve always had a soft spot for the military figure who, when advised to take cover, declined with the famous last words: ‘They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…’ Thankfully, making predictions about football is not usually so hazardous, although it can make fools of the mighty.”

My teams of the season (BBC)
“It’s that time of the year when anyone and everyone seems to feel entitled to hand out their own football awards to whoever has caught their eye, sold the tastiest pie, preserved the most stone-age loo or even won a cup or two.”

Fast forwards should give Dunga pause for thought (Telegraph – Robert Shaw)
“Brazil coach Dunga is under familiar pressures ahead of Thursday’s announcement of the squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers with Uruguay and Paraguay and the Confederations Cup. If previous form is anything to go by from the PR-averse Dunga there will be few surprises in the 23-man squad and perhaps disappointment at a missed chance to experiment.”

Top Coach Willing to Rebuild Lone Star—-Waiting for offers from Liberia (The Liberian Journal)
“The ever-growing soccer talents in Liberia and the inability to harness them win or make significant impact in competitions has been one area that has kept top Moroccan-born coach, Youssef Darbaki, wondering why.”

FC Barcelona loses their First Match as La Liga Champions

May 18, 2009

“Guardiola decided to rest majority of first team players against Real Mallorca. The makeshift side had three Barca B team members – Xavi Torres, Oier Olazabal and Pedro. Barca went ahead with a goal from Eto in the tenth minute but wasted a flurry of chances to end the game, especially Eto. In the end it came back to haunt Barca as goals from Arango and Santana in the 73rd and 77th minute sealed a home win for the Mallorca side.” (All About FC Barcelona)
Barca Player Ratings against Mallorca 17/05/09 (All About FC Barcelona)
La Liga: Mallorca spoil Barcelona’s title party (ESPN)
Barcelona Could Have Won The League Without Me – Pep Guardiola (Goal)