Alberto Riera

July 21, 2009

“Alberto Riera Ortega (born 15 April 1982 in Manacor, Balearic Islands) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Premier League side Liverpool, as a left winger.” Wikipedia, YouTube

US v Panama

July 21, 2009

“Conceding a late first half Panamanian goal and losing veteran defender Jimmy Conrad to a concussion, caused concern for the U.S. Men’s National Team, heading into halftime. However, the USA seized control in the second half, asserting itself with dominant second-half play, which culminated with a Kyle Beckerman equalizer in the 50th minute. Kenny Cooper would seal the 2009 Central American Champion’s fate with a corner-deflected penalty conversion. And here are my five thought… ” (futfanatico)

U.S. team, an improved MLS fuel growing buzz for sport in America (SI)
“Last week, I got an e-mail from a friend who is part of the U.S. World Cup 2018/2022 bid committee. He had just attended a sold-out event at the Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York (full disclosure: I am a co-organizer of the event) and he had a feeling he wanted to express.”

On top of the world (The Times)
“THE Confederations Cup has never been a big deal in the football world, but the tournament which ended at Ellis Park on Sunday certainly changed international perceptions. Even England took an interest.”

The Craig Bellamy Factor (EPL Talk)
“I am anticipating some serious Craig Bellamy antics in the upcoming season. It’s to the point where, if he stays at City, I’ll almost be dissapointed if we don’t see something on par with The Golf Club Incident (on par… sorry, couldn’t resist). I’m not saying I condone personal injury—but serious property damage from a swinging cricket bat or something could be on the horizon at least. Let me explain.”

Hadji: A great adventure (FIFA – Classic Football))
“Three years ago the South African Football Association announced the names of the four players it had chosen as ambassadors for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Joining George Weah, Abedi Pele and Roger Milla in the esteemed quartet was Mustapha Hadji, the former Morocco playmaker and the scorer of one of the most memorable goals of the tournament at France 1998.”

Alonso rumour just won’t go away (EPL Talk)
“Real Madrid are determined to snap up as much of the top talent in world football as they can with Xabi Alonso being tipped to be the next big signing for the club. I know this has been getting put about for quite a while now with no concrete movement quite yet but I fear for Liverpool next season without Alonso and possibly Mascherano.”

Gerrard ‘struck with boxer speed’ (BBC)
“Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard ‘totally lost it’ and hit a man ‘with the style and speed of a boxer’ during a row over music, a court has heard.”