The gods of football, and the mortals at Barça, would not have been impressed

July 11, 2009

“Those who believe that almost everything Real Madrid have come to stand for makes a travesty of sport as we have always known it and respected it and, yes, loved it, are unlikely to be too reassured. However, the fact is one of the leading guests at this week’s celebration of the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo represented not the power of money to buy any success, flatten any possibility of vaguely level competition, but, well, God.” (The Independent – James Lawton)

How Guardiola silenced his critics (World Soccer)
“Week three in La Liga and coach Pep Guardiola could have been forgiven for being worried. A debutant in the Barcelona dugout, alone but for the shadowy figures gathering behind him, knives at the ready, his status as a Barca legend, an icon of the Dream Team, had bought him the benefit of the doubt. But the critics were growing in number and his credit was running out fast.”

Toilet trouble, Michael Owen on Dragons’ Den and a Turkish laugh (Guardian)
“Featuring a golf fan with a sore bum, Darius Vassell’s arrival in Turkey and the night Nate Myles will never live down…”

Q.& A. With Grant Wahl, Author of ‘The Beckham Experiment’ (NYT)
“Beckham 3.0 will launch in the United States when the Los Angeles Galaxy plays the New York Red Bulls in a Major League Soccer match Thursday at Giants Stadium. Two days before, and not by coincidence, ‘The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America,’ by the Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl, will be available in bookstores.”

The Chimes they are a-changin’ (ESPN)
“No money, an owner desperate to sell, an exodus of players, no manager and an impending sense of doom. No, not Newcastle United but Portsmouth. While Mike Ashley tries valiantly to escape the north-east and return to London amid a blaze of publicity, Pompey find themselves in equal measures of limbo.”

The greatest U.S. transfer ever? (ESPN)
“This was the week in which Michael Owen had the last laugh following his transfer to Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti revealed his plans for bionic engineering at Stamford Bridge and Oguchi Onyewu made a shock move to AC Milan in possibly the greatest U.S. transfer ever.”

Why Mo Johnston still stirs emotions across Glasgow (Guardian)
“The most striking aspect of any glance back towards the day Maurice Johnston first pulled on the blue of Rangers following his transfer in July 1989 is that some of the comments made by the club’s followers would have seemed more apt 200, not merely 20, years ago.”

Oguchi Onyewu

July 11, 2009

“Oguchialu Chijioke ‘Oguchi’ Onyewu (born May 13, 1982, in Washington, D.C.) is an American soccer center back who plays for the United States national team and professionally for Milan in Italy’s Serie A.” Wikipedia, US Soccer, Google