I've just created a community specifically for Chelsea fans. It is in no way a competition community for this one, but rather a place where Chelsea fans can chat with each other about the finer points of the great club. Please join chelsea_fc_1905
if you are interested :).
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The titles tells you the gist of it. =] MUCH cooler than it sounds. Comments/Ratings preferred over on YouTube but there's no problem commenting here. :)Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5FjJyM5VOk
1983 - 2009World Football Mourns Daniel Jarque's PassingEspanyol and the world of football have been stunned by the death of Daniel Jarque.
A shrine to Dani Jarque has spontaneously appeared outside Espanyol's new stadium in Cornella-El Prat as supporters of the club and other mourners gathered after the news of his death broke.
Choosing entrance number 21, in honor of the number that the 26 year-old captain wore for the Blanc i Blau, fans laid flowers, scarves, shirts and lit candles.
Jarque died of heart failure while on tour with Espanyol on Sunday and the news has stunned world football and left his family and the Barcelona-based club devastated.
The passing of the central defender had echoes of the death of Sevilla's Antonio Puerta two years ago as Jarque was set to become a father in September. The Sevilla player's partner was also pregnant when he died.
"Sevilla FC, headed by president Jose Maria del Nido, wants to share the pain of the RCD Espanyol family following the death of Daniel Jarque," read a message on the Andalucian club's website.
While a minutes silence was held before Sevilla's friendly, the player they signed from Espanyol this summer, Sergio Sanchez, was unable to play in the second half after hearing the news.
Rufete also left the Blanc i Blau this summer and he was stunned to hear the news about his former team-mate's sudden passing.
"I am shattered," Marca quoted him as saying. "It is very hard to take and has been, is, and will be something that is difficult to work out.
"The best memory I have of him is his smile. He was 26 and I think that he was just beginning to truly enjoy so many things in his life and in his career."
Espanyol's former coach , Ernesto Valverde, led the club to the UEFA Cup Final in 2007 and remembers Dani Jarque as one of the most important players in his squad.
"I have not yet been able to take in the news, I cannot understand it," the new Villarreal boss told AS.
"He was a a super strong player, super healthy and very important in the dressing room, but life can bring cruel surprises. It is very difficult to take in."
While Espanyol have canceled their two scheduled games in Italy and returned home, Jarque's family have flown to Florence while an autopsy on him is carried out.
omg, someone emailed me this youtube video this morning. i thought y'all would get a kick out of it!!best rugby tackles
this put me in the mood to take some people DOWNNNNNNNNN!
Today's Confederations Cup final demonstrated one of the cardinal rules of sport: play to win until the final whistle blows. Brilliant come-from-behind win for Brazil.
Never thought the States would beat Spain to get to face Brazil in the Confederations Cup finals.
That said, I expect Brazil to win... but if Brazil loses, I'm gonna die laughing.
Of course, the real deal will be to win next year's World Cup.
Hey guys! I've read today an article about a previous Brazil victory over Italy by a three-goal margin at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/timvickery/2009/06/brazil.html
and got much interested in that historical victory. Have you heard about this victory earlier? If you have any links to articles or photos regarding this victory I would be very thankful if you share them here. I think not only me is gonna be curious about this victory.
Is anyone else watching the Spain v NZ Confederations Cup game? Ridiculous goals in under 20 minutes
Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United players that the Premier League title race is far from over after predicting that his side 'will drop points' in March and April.
United, who completed stage two of their bid for a clean sweep of five trophies this season by lifting the League Cup at Wembley on Sunday, face Newcastle at St James' Park on Wednesday.
By then Ferguson's men could have seen their lead at the top cut to four points if Chelsea claim victory at Portsmouth on Tuesday, or if Liverpool overcome Sunderland.
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has insisted that his team can still win the league and Ferguson, whose side have difficult fixtures against Liverpool and Aston Villa coming up, admits that the coming weeks will be pivotal in the outcome of the title race.
The Scot said: "I keep saying it and nobody seems to listen, but March and April are the months that decide the league title.
Filippo Inzaghi’s (picture) goal against Werder Bremen allowed the Italian striker to join the Top-23 list of best veteran strikers. Inzaghi earned 13.25 points and is now third on the list with 78.02 points.
But Werder star midfielder Diego, whose goal leveled the game, failed to gain any traction in the rating. Although he still tops the list of best midfielders in the Bundesliga, Diego lost 9.79 points in the game. This happened because on November 16 he opened the score against Koln, earning 21.90 points in the process in a game his team won a decisive 3-1 victory.
Seven Manchester United players are in the FTBL world Top-23 rating, leading in all categories.
Van der Saar (pictured) leads amongst goalies with a rating of 152.35 points. Nemanja Vidic tops the list of best defenders with a rating of 153.84. Wayne Rooney is best among forwards, with 206.77 points. Finally, the best footballer in the world –he is also the best midfielder at the moment – is Christiano Ronaldo, with 238.23 points.
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Just some clips I put together of the 2002/2006 World Cup as well as other random games. There's also a good amount of Beckham clips because... he's pretty. Anyways I figured I'd share. If you have a YouTube account it would be cool if you commented and rated over there. :)
I just thought that this might be interesting to some people (sorry if it has been posted previously).
A friend of mine with the guidance of a team of experts is currently attempting to go from 23 year old fanatic with average footballing skill to a Premiership footballer in just one year.
He is recording his journey through with regular mini-documentaries, video diaries and blogs on his website at http://www.thebeautifulaim.com/
Here is trailor for his documentary on Youtube:
There is more information on his website and I'm sure he would appreciate any comments, advice and help.
Usually, when one of our sporting legends retires, we Americans spend weeks praising him (or her, usually him, though) and reflect on his career while wondering if anyone will ever meet or surpass his standard. ESPN devotes a considerable amount of time to run retrospective videos on “SportsCenter” and brings in numerous experts to debate that athlete’s place in history. Everything else takes second priority. Heck, when Brett Favre retired back in March, you would have thought that nothing else was going on in the world with the amount of coverage they devoted to him.
Too bad none of this applies to soccer.
Claudio Reyna, one of the greatest American soccer players ever, and one of the first Americans to establish himself in Europe, retired on Wednesday. Yet, there were no special tributes to this giant of American soccer on “SportsCenter.” There was barely even a mention of him, which was especially insulting because it was one of the slowest sports days of the year, what with baseball being on the All-Star break. Of course, there was plenty of time for a video retrospective of baseball’s first half, speculation about Brett Favre’s future, and coverage of a Tiger Woods-less British Open. It probably shouldn’t be a surprise where ESPN’s priorities lie, what with their bun-to-bun coverage of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
It’s too bad, since Reyna really was a giant in American soccer. Before Reyna, no American had captained a European-based club. Before Reyna, no American had ever made the World Cup All-Star Team. Before Reyna, no American had commanded multi-million dollar transfer fees. Before Reyna, Americans in Europe were more of a novelty act and weren’t taken seriously by their teammates, by management, and by the media. While MLS undoubtedly had more of an impact in paving the way for American stars to thrive in Europe, it was Reyna who first broke the ceiling for his Yankee brethren and provided the blueprint for everyone that followed.
Then again, given the trajectory of Reyna’s career, it’s somewhat understandable why he didn’t get the fanfare that someone of his stature surely deserved. After all, Reyna was the original Great American Hope. He had a storied career at the University of Virginia and promptly signed with Bayer Leverkusen, sending expectations through the roof. He was supposed to be the standard bearer for U.S. soccer both at home and abroad, the heir to the overachieving pioneers of 1994 such as Harkes, Wynalda, Lalas, Ramos, and Balboa (none of whom were nearly as talented or as skilled as Reyna).
So, when Reyna didn’t set the world on fire, didn’t break into the starting line-up at Leverkusen, and didn’t become the American version of Diego Maradona (minus the debilitating drug addiction, of course), he was immediately deemed to be a disappointment. His national team coaches didn’t exactly do him any favors. Steve Sampson and Bruce Arena tried to fit a square peg in a round hole by giving him the #10 role and hoping that Reyna, as one of the few Americans who could hold onto the ball in the face of defensive pressure and complete a pass, would grow into it. The results were mixed, to say the least, and it wasn’t until his days at Rangers and at Sunderland where he finally seemed to settle into his groove as a versatile midfielder who could play defense and contribute to a team’s offensive attack. He may not have become a great playmaker, but he became a good all-around threat who always made his team better.
In many ways, Reyna’s career epitomizes America’s attitude towards soccer as a whole. Take the 2002 World Cup, for instance. Reyna was at his peak and playing the best soccer of his career. He was captain of the team, and was the kind of inspirational leader that his peers in Europe and South America were. Yet, during the pre-tournament build-up, the American media focused their fawning eyes on the likes of Clint Mathis, the goal-scoring cover-boy (remember him?), and on Landon Donovan and DeMarcus Beasley, the young up-and-coming Next-Big-Things.
Unfortunately for Reyna, he was never the former and he was no longer the latter. Yet, there he was turning in solid effort after solid effort, culminating in a Man-of-the-Match performance against Germany in the quarterfinals and the aforementioned spot on the World Cup All Star Team.
Sadly, he didn’t get the acclaim that he so richly deserved. In many ways, he was a victim of American reliance on highlights. For all his brilliance, he didn’t produce a memorable goal like Clint Mathis did against South Korea (which, in all fairness, should rank among the most important goals in U.S. history) or Landon Donovan did against Mexico, nor did he make a jaw-dropping play like Brad Friedel did when he stopped all those penalty shots. He made that great run against Mexico that led to Brian McBride’s goal, but otherwise, his brilliance was more subtle and understated, obvious to soccer fans but not necessarily to the casual SportsCenter crowd.
It’s too bad that his career seemed to end on a whimper rather than with a bang. He had a dreadful 2006 World Cup, culminating in a forgettable performance against Ghana where he lost the ball in his own box and left the match on a stretcher. He spent the last few years fighting various injuries, and his time in MLS is best forgotten. Even his signing was somewhat overlooked in the wake of Whats-His-Name’s arrival in Los Angeles.
Nevertheless, Reyna did what he could to justify his price tag, even if he couldn’t produce on the field. He mentored Jozy Altidore, another in a long line of young American talent, and by all accounts, he was the one who held a rapidly imploding Red Bulls team together last season. He wasn’t flashy like Beckham and he wasn’t a goal-scoring machine like Blanco, his two fellow high-profile MLS imports. But he made the most of his abilities and did what he could to help his team.
For Claudio Reyna, maybe it’s easier to look at him and wonder what could have been than it is to applaud him for what he actually achieved. Compared to other Great American Hopes, he may not have had the flash of Donovan, the speed of Beasley, the style of Dempsey, the aerial ability of McBride, the charisma of Mathis, the scoring nose of Jovan Kirovski (remember him?), but he had plenty of things that they lacked. He had toughness. He had versatility. He had leadership skills. Most importantly, he was resilient. He showed that he could succeed even when most people in the world, especially in his home country, counted him out.
Indeed, his ability to overcome adversity made Claudio Reyna the best available example of American soccer. He may not have been the savior that American soccer was looking for, but no one epitomized the American spirit more.
- Music:"My Way," Frank Sinatra
Germany (Schweinsteiger 26', Klose 78', Lahm 90') 3-2 Turkey (Ugur Boral 22', Semih Senturk 86')
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Wednesday 25 June 2008
Euro 2008, Semi Final #1
Kickoff: 20:45 CET, 19:45 GMT, 14:45 EST
The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Croatia. What do these teams have in common? All these teams clinched spots in the Quarterfinals after their second Group Phase match, and as a result, rested some of their key players during their final, meaningless Group match. So what happened in the Quarterfinals? The Netherlands looked lethargic and was thoroughly outplayed by a talented Russia team. Portugal was dismantled by Germany in a match that wasn't nearly as close as the final 3-2 score indicated. Croatia and Spain were kept out of the goal for the entirety of regulation, and both teams eventually went to shootouts with their respective opponents.
Each of these group winners had to answer questions about whether it was wise to rest their players for the last group match and whether the layoff affected them in the Quarterfinals. Maybe it did. Maybe it didn’t. Either way, we can be sure that managers will continue to rest their key players after clinching early. Why? Because they could end up like Turkey.
Turkey comes into this match with nine players who are either injured or suspended, including skipper Emre Belozoglu, top strikers Tuncay Sanli and Nihat Kahveci, rising star Arda Turan, and goalkeeper Volkan Demirel (who was suspended for two matches, but whose transgression surely merited the same one-match suspension that Bastian Schweinsteiger received for his red card against Croatia). Ask head coach Fatih Terim whether he’d rather have too many players who are rested or whether he’d rather be scrambling for healthy bodies to put on the field, he’d be lying if he said he’d prefer the latter over the former. Still, Turkey has plenty of talent and Germany would be foolish to overlook this match. After all, we all know what Turkey can do in the closing minutes of a match.
German coach Joachim Loew has said that if his team plays the way they did against Portugal, then they’ll be hard to beat, and it’s hard to dispute him on that point. Germany absolutely dominated Portugal and showed the world why they were the pre-tournament favorite to win the championship. Their key players are playing well (other than Torsten Frings, who remains questionable with a rib injury, and Mario Gomez, who seems to have forgotten how to score), and seem to be full of confidence. After lackluster performances against Croatia and Austria, Germany put forth their best effort of the Euros against Portugal and seem to be peaking at the right time. If Germany is starting to play up to their potential, then they will be hard for anyone to beat.
That being said, if they’re sitting on a 2-nil lead, I can guarantee you that no one in Germany will be breathing easy until the ref blows that final whistle.
Lehmann, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Lahm, Hitzlesperger, Rolfes, Schweinsteiger, Ballack (captain), Podolski, Klose.Subs:
Enke, Adler, Jansen, Fritz, Westermann, Frings, Gomez, Neuville, Trochowski, Borowski, Odonkor, Kuryani.
The Germans start with the same lineup that they used against Portugal. However, it looks like they'll use Lahm on the right side, Hitzlesperger and Rolfes as holders, Schweinsteiger and Podolski on the wings, and Klose as the sole targetman. It bears watching whether Lahm, who's been a revolving door of sorts on the flank, continues his struggles against the likes of Kazim Kazim and Sabri Sarioglu. Frings might be available, although he's suffering from a broken rib. Turkey:
Rustu (captain), Sabri Sarioglu, Mehmet Topal, Gokhan Zan, Hakan Balta, Aurelio, Kazim Kazim, Hamit Altintop, Ayhan Akman, Ugur Boral, Semih Senturk.Subs:
Tolga Zengin, Servet Cetin, Fehmi Emre Gungor, Gokdeniz Karadeniz, Tumer Metin, Belozoglu Emre, Nihat Kahveci, Mevlut Erding.
I have no idea whether to go with just first names, first-and-last-names, or just last names. So, we'll go with first names, except for Mehmet and Hakan since they're fairly common names. Let's see how that works out. The Turks start out in a 4-5-1 with Aurelio protecting the back-line and Semih as the sole targetman. I'd expect these guys to play most of the game, given their roster situation. Even that subs list is fairly optimistic for Turkey. Nihat, Belozoglu, and Fehmi are out while Servet and Tumer are going to be limited, if they feature at all.
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- Music:"We're Not Gonna Take It," Twisted Sister