Daily Archives: February 12, 2011

Real must look to the future to topple Barca

“They say there are things in life money can’t buy. Love, happiness, health and it now seems we can add the La Liga title to this list. Real Madrid now sit 7 points behind fierce rivals Barcelona in the league. A points tally which is increased to 8 when you take into account the head to head with the 5-0 dubbing they encountered at the Camp Nou. But perhaps because of that game and Barcelona’s current unstoppable form, psychologically it may feel like 18 points.” The Oval Log

El Tel, Archigol and Los Ingleses
“So strong has Barcelona’s production and promotion of young talent been over the last few years, it is easy to forget that the club has traditionally had a more multinational feel to it. Of the team that started the 5-0 demolition of Real Madrid in November, eight were Spaniards and the same number graduates of the famous La Masia academy.” The Equaliser

Liverpool 1 – 1 Wigan Athletic

“Liverpool’s ambitions of staging a late charge for Champions League qualification suffered an untimely blow as bogey side Wigan ended their four-match winning run in a draw at Anfield. A fifth successive victory would have put the Reds within four points of fourth-placed Chelsea but despite dominating two-thirds of the game they failed to press home their advantage.” ESPN

Liverpool 1-1 Wigan Athletic – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – EPL
The 90th Minute

Dissecting the defence

“Blackpool’s first season has been characterised by attacking football as the Tangerines have found goals relatively easy to come by. However, it is their defence that regularly comes under scrutiny and more so since their run of five defeats after the Liverpool victory. This post will look at the Blackpool defence and explore as many facets of it as possible in order to establish what is behind Blackpool’s defence and where have things been going wrong?” Tangerine Dreaming

Death of a Chilean Love Affair

“Last Friday, Marcelo Bielsa put an end to three months of speculation by announcing his resignation as manager of the Chilean National Team. It was three and a half years of his work that not only repositioned Chile amongst the world’s best but which also returned faith and hope to a country with a loser complex. Why did he leave? Santiago Irribarra reports from Chile…” Just Football

Foiled again! Germany still looking to end winless streak against Italy

“It’s become fashionable to see friendly internationals as pointless. In a literal sense, they are, of course: neither money nor trophies are at stake, and the very idea of professional players risking their health for no tangible benefits (apart from the profits made by the federations and TV stations) is anathema to club supporters and managers.” SI

Expect Suarez to make a speedy adjustment to the Premier League

Luis Suarez
“Before Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and company fired Uruguay into the semifinals of last year’s World Cup, many people had forgotten (or never knew) that this little South American country with a population of under 3.5 million has an extraordinary soccer tradition.” SI

Man Utd 2-1 Man City: Rooney wondergoal

“City started well but United grew into the contest, and Wayne Rooney’s astonishing overhead kick settled the game. Sir Alex Ferguson went with his 4-5-1 system, dropping Dimitar Berbatov to play Rooney upfront alone. Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans were out so Chris Smalling started. Michael Carrick was the central midfielder left out. Roberto Mancini left out Edin Dzeko to play Carlos Tevez alone upfront. James Milner played in Nigel de Jong’s position, and Aleksandar Kolarov started on the left. Joleon Lescott was chosen over Kolo Toure.” Zonal Marking

Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – EPL
The 90th Minute

Great Football League Teams 13: Millwall, 1987-88

“Some clubs are more keenly aware of their history than others. Despite the unkind but largely accurate chants sometimes aimed at us by opposing fans, Millwall is one of them. Take the annual Dockers’ Day celebration. Each season, a match is dedicated to the memory of the flat-capped stevedores and warehousemen from among whom much of the club’s support was drawn in the middle 20th century. A number of ex-dock workers are given the VIP treatment for the day and a team from the distant past is invited to provide autographs for fans, before the whole motley crew is paraded on the pitch.” thetwounfortunates