Sunday, November 29, 2009

El Classico Is Here!!! 10 Things to Expect!

Hi football fans,

The biggest day in club football is HERE!

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Barcelona put Real Madrid to shame last season having beaten them 2 - 0 at the Nou Camp and thrashing them 6 - 2 at home in the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid seem pretty confident with their new reinforcements Kaka, Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso. However they must be cautious as Barcelona is still Barcelona, and is already a well oiled machine, as many of the key players Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, have been playing together for sometime.

A win for Barcelona will see them reclaim the league standings by two point, while a win for Real Madrid will see them move four points ahead of Barcelona. Gear yourself up for some big-time drama.

I don't like to predict the outcome of matches, as one could never really do such a thing, but I can tell you some things you shouldn't be surprised to see.

1. Barcelona dominating the game from start to finish.

2. Ronaldo complaining for the entire 90 minutes.

3. Madrid making countless defensive mistakes.

4. Madrid players looking dejected when Barcelona scores.

5. Victor Valdez making a ridiculously impossible blunder.

6. Zlatan gets a dozen chances to score but misses them all.

7. Pep Guardiola dramatizing his game plan to his players.

8. Gonzalo Higuain tying the match in extra time.

9. Juan Laporta smiling while sitting next to a dejected Florentino Perez.

10. Manuel Pelligrini losses his job.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bad Bayern or Blooming Bordeaux?

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The Champions league just gets better and better as each year passes and this year in particular, the level of competition has risen, as we have witnessed some of the weaker teams in the past show that they can compete with the "big boys".

That being said I am using current French Ligue 1 Champions and league leaders Bordeaux as an example. Who would have thought in a group that has heavyweights Juventus and Bayern Munich, that Bordeaux would be sitting top of the group with 10 points.

For me this team is a breath of fresh in the Ligue 1, which was dominated by Lyon for the past 7 seasons and the Champions League by showing their grit against teams like Juve and Bayern.

Now Bayern on the other hand has been on a downward spiral, they lost the Bundesliga to Wolfsburg last season, currently sit 5th in the table, 4 points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen and they've lost to Bordeaux in the Champions League both away and at home.

So here is my question, is Bayern playing badly or is Bordeaux on the rise? I tend to believe the latter seeing that Barcelona also lost to one of the minnows, namely Russian Champions Rubin Kazan in the Nou Camp!

Therefore I believe the level of football being played is of a higher standard as the smaller teams have shown and are continuing to show, that they can compete at the highest level.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Ronadinho Back to his Best?

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Hi guys,

The season of football is off to a good start and I must say that Ronaldinho has to be the story of the season thus far. Playing with a new found sense of purpose and determination, anyone who has watched El Guacho in his splendor last week must give some praise and credit where it is due.

Although Ronnie is not yet back to his best, one must say that he has; particularly in AC Milan's last game against Parma, showed glimpses of his former self.

I personally truly believe that the world will take notice of Ronnie again, if he puts in a flamboyant performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League tomorrow at the San Siro. However I believe his status will only be cemented if AC Milan win titles.

What would be good for Ronaldinho even if AC Milan doesn't win titles would be a recall to the Selecao (Brazil's National Team). Seeing him play at the World Cup in South Africa next year would be great, not just him, but for football as a whole and his loyal fans.

I am a firm believer that Ronaldinho still has the potential to be the best in the world for the third consecutive time, and seeing him achieve this feat would be truly amazing. Being World Player of the Year again will put him on par with legendary players such as Luiz Ronaldo and Zinadine Zidane, who have all won the award on three occasions in the past, and update his status to one of the all-time greats of the game, even though he is arguably regarded as such already.

With that said I'm rooting for Ronaldinho. Go Ronnie! You can do it!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

BARCA the best! Man U sorrow!

Hi everyone, it's been a while since I updated my blog and had anything to say on the happenings in the world of the beautiful game.

Yesterday was historic moment in the history of "the Blaugrana", as FC Barcelona defeated Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to emphatically become the first Spanish side to ever win the treble, having won the La Liga and the Copa del Rey earlier in the season and the Champions League a day ago.

I'm sure all Barca fans were thoroughly pleased with the team's performance as they dominated last year's previous winners Manchester United, who were tactically outplayed. They simply had no answer to Barcelona's midfield magicians, Iniesta and Xavi.The latter of whom was crowned man of the match. This game was definitely won in the midfield.

As a Barca supporter I embraced their philosophy as a fan and remained humble before the match yet confident in my team's ability to do damage to arrogant Manchester United and their fans. Before the game I heard a lot of boasting but after the result shear silence and disbelief from the Manchester faithful, it just goes to show that he who laughs best, laughs last!

Messi and Eto'o showed their class and all in all it was a pretty comfortable victory for the Catalans. I am a proud Barca supporter and I have to say yet again, FORCA BARCA!!!!! Champions of Spain and Europe 08-09.


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