Ultimate XI: Singing Their Own Songs

September 17, 2009

“In the 1970s, John McDermott started taking pictures of the North American Soccer League, photographing players like George Best, Franz Beckenbauer and Pelé. He became a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated and Newsweek, and has covered every World Cup since 1982. He was a member of the FIFA Photographers Pool at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. In his second Ultimate XI for the Goal blog, McDermott puts down the camera and grabs his headphones to listen to the tunes that make being a soccer fan anywhere in the world a treat (or not) to the ears … the best soccer songs on the planet (in order of preference).” (NYT)

Avoiding the Group of Death

September 17, 2009

“Germany, Serbia, Ecuador. December 4th is a day I’m dreading. It is the day of the World Cup draw, and those three teams are the average group that the USMNT would be drawn into. Throw in the USA and you have current FIFA ranks 4, 11, 13, and 36. The worst case scenario is Brazil, Netherlands, Australia or 1, 3, and 14. That first group is close to a group of death, the second one surely is.” (Match Fit USA)

Videos: Soccer Fans in Turkey

September 17, 2009

“Here’s a few videos of the dedicated, loud, and fanatical supporters of Turkish soccer. They definitely know how to create an intimidating home atmosphere in Turkey.” (The Best Eleven)

Organised Inter Holds Barca to a Goal Less Draw

September 17, 2009

“FC Barcelona started their UEFA Champions League defense with a goal-less draw at San Siro. This is never a bad result but with the chances we had we could have come out with three points with ease. It was a clash of the best atatck in the world against one of the most organised defense in the world. This was billed as the match-up between Eto and Ibrahmovic. Eto never had a sniff of our goal but Ibrahmovic wasted some golden oppurtunities.” (All About FC Barcelona)

Eto’o and Ibra fail to hit the target
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o were both kept under wraps by their former team-mates as Inter Milan held Champions League holders Barcelona to a goalless draw at the San Siro.” (ESPN)

Inter vs Barca Player Rating
(All About FC Barcelona)

UEFA: we’re about coulda, not shoulda

September 17, 2009

“Whether you like them or not, you have to give UEFA credit sometimes, for despite their overwhelming inconsistency of action, there’s one thing about which they’re unbelievably consistent: being utterly stupid. One minute, they’re accidentally reinforcing an arbitrary new law that might actually help rid the game of a modern-day scourge, and the next, they’re deliberately backing down and making themselves look wimpish in the process.” (UnprofessionalFoul)

Extra officials in the Europa League

September 17, 2009

“Tonight’s Europa League matches have generated more media interest than is usually given to Europe’s secondary club competition but it has nothing to do with the new league format and silly name change. The games will be watched with keen interest because they will involve two extra officials stationed behind the goals.” (WSC)

Kuyt settles tie as Reds labour

September 17, 2009

“Dirk Kuyt’s 12th goal in 35 Champions League games for Liverpool saw the Anfield men claim an opening Group E victory but there was nothing to suggest a Madrid final in May is on the cards.” (ESPN)

LFC 1-0 Debrecen: IN PICTURES
“Dirk Kuyt fired to earn Liverpool three points from their Champions League opener with Debrecen. We got some great snaps on the night – here’s our best.” (Liverpool FC)