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WampumTribe
07-24-2007, 05:00 PM
GO-, GO-, GO-, GOAAALLLLL! GOAAALLLLL! GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!
GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

Ahem, . . . The Football Thread. Bow.

Mikhail
07-24-2007, 05:02 PM
Paano magcocoexist sina Ronaldhino, Eto'o, Messi at Henry sa Barca? ;)

WampumTribe
07-24-2007, 05:12 PM
Unknown in his homeland. Revered as an almost mythical figure in Barcelona. Paulino Alcántara, 1896-1964. Half-Ilonggo. Half-Catalan.

The following is taken from FC Barcelona's official website:


PAULINO ALCÁNTARA

Paulino Alcántara (Iloilo, Philipines, 1896 – Barcelona, 1964) is the highest goal scorer in the club’s history with 357 goals in 357 games.

His characteristic deceptive appearance made him popular with the fans to the point of being the first star of the club in the golden ages of the twenties, alongside Samitier, Zamora, Sagi, Piera and many more.

His ability to hit the most powerful of shots crossed frontiers on the 30th April 1922 when, in a game between Spain and France, he hit a shot so hard that it ripped right through the net. For many years after, children from Barcelona would recall that moment and would wish to do the same as the man from the Philipines.

He hung up his boots on the 5th July 1927 in order to become a doctor. However, this was not his goodbye to football. He was on the board of directors between 1931 and 1934 and Alcántara was one of the first footballers to write memoirs of his playing days.


http://www.philfootball.info/images/paulino/romperedes13.jpg


http://static.flickr.com/135/318901974_d38cde926d.jpg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTAGT5cKXuw

WampumTribe
07-24-2007, 05:49 PM
Paano magcocoexist sina Ronaldhino, Eto'o, Messi at Henry sa Barca? ;)


Same way Real's Galacticos co-existed. In Barça's recent history, si Rivaldo lang naman yung swapang sa bola (kaya siguro umalis si Figo).

I'm guessing Henry and Eto'o upfront, with Ronaldinho and Messi as wingers/attacking midfielders/support strikers. With the talents and attacking mindsets of the Brazilian and the Argentinian (both of whom have been compared to Maradona), Barça could easily switch to a 4-2-4 formation from their regular three-striker system.

Henry himself is a great passer (must have picked up a few tricks from Bergkamp during their Arsenal days) and has never been known to have a star-complex. Magba-bonding pa sila ni Eto'o as targets of racist jeers from Spanish fans.

flsfnoeraekadad
07-24-2007, 09:13 PM
Ang lakas.

Panis na ang Real Madrid hahaha. ;D

john_paul_manahan
07-24-2007, 10:18 PM
Madrid bolstered their defense with the acquisition of Pepe from FC Porto (dual Portuguese/Brazillian citizenship) and Metzelder (Germany) from Dortmund.

They might plan on getting another striker (rumored to be Saviola from FC Barca)

WampumTribe
07-24-2007, 11:10 PM
More on Paulino Alcántara, Filipino footballer (hmmm . . . in a basketball-mad country, this qualifies as an oxymoron).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHnNAo4oiOc

AnthonyServinio
07-25-2007, 01:04 PM
* * *OUR sports officials are making a very big mistake of not allowing our Football teams to play in the coming Southeast Asian Games this December in Thailand.

* * *It simply negates all the gains made in the last two or three years!!!* *>:(

WampumTribe
07-25-2007, 05:40 PM
OUR sports officials are making a very big mistake of not allowing our Football teams to play in the coming Southeast Asian Games this December in Thailand.

It simply negates all the gains made in the last two or three years!!! >:(



There have been gains in Philippine football? That's good to hear. Nung huling bakasyon ko sa Pinas, i chanced upon an article tungkol sa isang Britoy (Filipino-British) in RP's national team. The kid also plays for one of the Premiere League's youth clubs. Chelsea youth/reserves/academy squad ata. (Yellowish na yung dyaryo, baka 2006 or earlier pa yung article na nabasa ko.)

By the way, anong nangyari sa P-League? Yung first draftee ng liga, si Ver Velasco (goalie), ka-batch ko sa UP Simbuyo.

WampumTribe
07-25-2007, 07:07 PM
Speaking of UP Simbuyo . . .

Para sa mga taga-Diliman, may Latagaw Cup pa ba? Buhay pa rin ba ang Simbuyo-Lateo rivalry? Or for that matter, active as an org pa rin ba ang Simbuyo?

Simbuyo used to be a university-wide org (as well as the most feared team in Latagaw). By the early 90s, naging ISPEAR/CHK-based na. Hindi sya talaga college-based org, nataun lang na puro varsity amg mga myembro.

AnthonyServinio
07-26-2007, 12:30 AM
There have been gains in Philippine football? That's good to hear. Nung huling bakasyon ko sa Pinas, i chanced upon an article tungkol sa isang Britoy (Filipino-British) in RP's national team. The kid also plays for one of the Premiere League's youth clubs. Chelsea youth/reserves/academy squad ata. (Yellowish na yung dyaryo, baka 2006 or earlier pa yung article na nabasa ko.)
* * *YES, Philippine Football has gained a lot.* The most obvious is our rise in the FIFA World rankings.* This is greatly due to the recruitment of Fil-foreign players who have energized the national team under Coach Jose Ariston Caslib of many-time NCAA champion San Beda College.* Known as "The Askals", our national booters are now actually winning games against lower-tier Southeast Asian teams and games against the elite teams are not blowouts anymore!


By the way, anong nangyari sa P-League? Yung first draftee ng liga, si Ver Velasco (goalie), ka-batch ko sa UP Simbuyo.



* * *The P-League folded up after one season?* I'm not sure because I can't really recall if there was a second season!* If Philippine Football is to progress to the next level, we really need to have at least a semi-pro league.* Those regular short-term tournaments are of help for the moment but a league is what the football doctors have ordered.

danny
07-28-2007, 04:12 AM
Basta si Aris Caslib mentor ko sa linyang pang masa. Galing galing. Makabayan na, Bedista pa! :D

danny
07-28-2007, 04:20 AM
Wampum and all football aficcionados, Bekham and the LA Galaxy will be coming here in Vancouver for an exhibition match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Is he really worth the hype?

john_paul_manahan
07-28-2007, 10:51 AM
MLS has to be. for their own sake. they took a huge risk it.

AnthonyServinio
07-30-2007, 03:14 AM
CONGRATULATIONS to Iraq for winning the Asian Football Cup with a pulsating 1-0 victory over the highly-favored Saudi Arabia in Jakarta, Indonesia. The subsequent celebration in Baghdad and Iraqi communities all over the world just shows the influence and unifying power of the sport! Football has succeeded where politicians failed in uniting Iraq!

WampumTribe
08-03-2007, 09:36 PM
Wampum and all football aficcionados, Bekham and the LA Galaxy will be coming here in Vancouver for an exhibition match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Is he really worth the hype?


If you're into celebrity-spotting (which i doubt you are), watch the game. In 'his" exhibition match against Chelsea, nagdagsaan mga celebs. Not since the Cosmos-days have so many Americans watched a sport that draws less spectators than a regular beer-drinking contest or even an air guitar competition. (Nuong USA '94, karamihan ata ng nanood sa mga stadium mga foreigners.)

Malay mo, mapagitnaan ka pa nina Elisha Cuthbert at Shannon Tweed.

As for "Beckham the footballer" (not "Beckham the brand"), his last great game was in 2003 when he scored twice in a Champions League quarterfinal's match against Real Madrid. A game that has since been regarded as one of the best in recent memory.

Even if he has a couple of years left in him, nobody's expecting him to go the way of Zidane, na up to his very last match, kinatatakutan ng ibang teams because of the way he could control the game.

WampumTribe
08-03-2007, 09:41 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to Iraq for winning the Asian Football Cup with a pulsating 1-0 victory over the highly-favored Saudi Arabia in Jakarta, Indonesia. The subsequent celebration in Baghdad and Iraqi communities all over the world just shows the influence and unifying power of the sport! Football has succeeded where politicians failed in uniting Iraq!



Maskipaps may nangyaring maganda sa Iraq. Buti rin hindi naulit yung nangyari after their semifinal victory: when mayroong nagpasabog (two bombs, i think) during the street celebrations in Baghdad.

freak
08-04-2007, 12:06 AM
* * *OUR sports officials are making a very big mistake of not allowing our Football teams to play in the coming Southeast Asian Games this December in Thailand.

* * *It simply negates all the gains made in the last two or three years!!!* *>:(



There have been gains in Philippine football? That's good to hear. Nung huling bakasyon ko sa Pinas, i chanced upon an article tungkol sa isang Britoy (Filipino-British) in RP's national team. The kid also plays for one of the Premiere League's youth clubs. Chelsea youth/reserves/academy squad ata. (Yellowish na yung dyaryo, baka 2006 or earlier pa yung article na nabasa ko.)

By the way, anong nangyari sa P-League? Yung first draftee ng liga, si Ver Velasco (goalie), ka-batch ko sa UP Simbuyo.


You must be referring to the Younghusbands. Actually brothers sila, James and Phil. Their dad is English and their mom is Pinay. Phil is currently training with the team, while James is with Chelsea's Reserves. The Askals (their nickname ;)) actually won a few games during the last qualifying games held in Iloilo. The Philippine National Football team actually moved a couple of places up in the FIFA world standings because of this.

There arer also a couple of half pinoys currntly with the team. It is indeed very frustrating that we willnot be fielding a team in the coming Sea Games, just when the team is finally winning. :-\

WampumTribe
08-05-2007, 07:04 PM
You must be referring to the Younghusbands.


Thanks sir freak. "Younghusband," hayop sa pangalan, ah.




There arer also a couple of half pinoys currntly with the team.

Sana with European or South American blood, para may footballing pedigree talaga. (Tapos yung nanay Ilongga, for good measure.)

WampumTribe
08-05-2007, 07:20 PM
News Flash: Man U signs nine-year old Aussie kid into its Reserves & Academy Squad.

http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,5594379,00.jpg

Rhain Davis was born in England but has lived in Australia since the age of four. His grandfather sent a DVD to the club. After seeing the footages, Alex Ferguson had the boy sent over. Nakatira na yata sa England ngayon, near the academy pitch.

The youth football program of the club, the academy has produced such talents as George Best (football's "first" David Beckham) and Becks himself. Other notable Man U Reserves alumni include Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.

john_paul_manahan
08-07-2007, 10:35 PM
The EPL starts this weekend, if i am correctly...

if i am not mistaken American wunderkind(?) Freddy Adu is playing for Benfica in Portugal...

bigfreeze_bibby
08-09-2007, 01:28 PM
The EPL starts this weekend, if i am correctly...

if i am not mistaken American wunderkind(?) Freddy Adu is playing for Benfica in Portugal...


Yep sir JP.* Freddie Adu has finally decided to play outside MLS.* Dati pa siya inaalok to play overseas but somehow, somewhere along the nego it falls down.

The EPL will also start this weekend.* May schedules na pinakita sa Star Sports for the telecast ng games this weekend.* I would like to see how my Arsenal will fare this season without Thierry Henry.* I knew Arsenal was able to get players to "replace" Henry's role but then wala pa kong tiwala as of the moment in spite of winning two pre-season cups namely, the Emirates Cup and the LG Amsterdam Tournament.* I still feel that Man U or Chelsea will have the tug-of-war honors for the EPL trophy this season with Liverpool coming in 3rd.

john_paul_manahan
08-09-2007, 05:43 PM
van Persie is the one thought of that will replace Henry.

Liverpool (c/o Tom Hicks of the Texas Rangers, gone out and spent money on players ala Man U - winners of the Community Shield and Chelsea)

jkad
08-10-2007, 11:04 PM
The EPL starts this weekend, if i am correctly...

if i am not mistaken American wunderkind(?) Freddy Adu is playing for Benfica in Portugal...


Yep sir JP. Freddie Adu has finally decided to play outside MLS. Dati pa siya inaalok to play overseas but somehow, somewhere along the nego it falls down.

The EPL will also start this weekend. May schedules na pinakita sa Star Sports for the telecast ng games this weekend. I would like to see how my Arsenal will fare this season without Thierry Henry.


Supposedly Freddie Adu is not as good as all the hype, its the reason why Man U had no real interest in him although he did have a tryout with them last year, and Ferguson has a pretty good eye for talent.

I too am an Arsenal fan. Everything went downhill for Arsenal when they sold Vieira one season too early. Then Bergkamp and Pires left too. They haven't been the same since. If not Arsenal then I root for Gerrard and Liverpool.

john_paul_manahan
08-11-2007, 11:41 AM
the Gunners have gone on a youth movement... they have good youngsters, but they need to grow up... hopefully... gilberto silva can be that calming influence...

amdgc82
08-12-2007, 04:34 PM
English Premier League 2007-2008 Season

Last year's Top Four

1. Manchester United
* * Manager: Alex Ferguson
* * Formed: 1878
* * Nickname: Red Devils
* * Ground: Old Trafford
* * Last Season: Premiership champion, Champions League Semifinalist, FA Cup runner-up, League Cup Fourth round

2. Chelsea
* * Manager: Jose Mourinho
* * Formed: 1905
* * Nickname: Blues
* * Ground: Stamford Bridge
* * Last Season: Second in Premiership, Champions League Semifinalist, FA Cup winner, League Cup winner

3. Liverpool
* * Manager: Rafael Benitez
* * Formed: 1892
* * Nickname: Reds
* * Ground: Anfield
* * Last Season: Third in Premiership, Champions League runner-up, FA Cup Third round, League Cup quarterfinals

4. Arsenal
* * Manager: Arsene Wenger
* * Formed: 1886
* * Nickname: Gunners
* * Ground: Emirates Stadium
* * Last Season: Fourth in Premiership, Champions League Last-16, FA Cup Fifth round, League Cup runner-up

amdgc82
08-12-2007, 05:18 PM
TOP FIVE ENGLISH PLAYERS (EPL)

Steven Gerrard, 27, Liverpool midfielder
Signed: For nothing, he joined as a schoolboy
Current value: £30 million

* * *The most inspirational player in the Premiership by far. His long range rockets, defence-splitting passes and charges from box to box are valuable enough, but it is his ability to pull the team back from the dead in crucial matches that puts him in a class of his own. Three seasons ago, it was his 25 metre shot in the last five minutes against Olympiakos that allowed Liverpool to progress to the Champions League knock out round.
* * *In the final against AC Milan, Liverpool were down 0-3 in the first half. But after scoring his team's first goal in the second half, he urged his team mates to lift their spirits. The Reds went on to complete an astonishing win on penalties.
* * *He also scored twice in the FA Cup final against West Ham two seasons ago, including a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time to send the game into extra-time.
* * *Gerrard has claimed every single trophy in club football except for the Premiership title. He would have won one by now if he had moved to Chelsea, who courted him a few years ago.
* * *But he could not leave the club he joined as a schoolboy in 1997 and is determined to claim the English title for the Reds and end an 18 year wait.

Wayne Rooney, 21, Manchester United striker
Signed: From Everton, 2004 for £29 million
Current value: £50 million

* * *Burst onto the scene on Oct. 19, 2002, when he became the youngest Premiership scorer at 16 years and 360 days while at Everton. And what a goal it was - a last minute rocket that ended Arsenal's 30 match unbeaten run.
* * *Rooney, who idolises Mike Tyson, plays like a charging bull on the pitch. His strength and sheer tenacity make him a feared opponent, and a penchant for the spectacular makes him a player to watch every game.
* * *His biggest problem is his wild temper.

Joe Cole, 25, Chelsea winger
Signed: From West Ham, 2003 for £6.6 million
Current value: £30 million

* * *A footballing child prodigy, Cole is the opposite of Rooney. The most Brazilian of English players, he relies on speed, guile and technique to get the better of opponents.
* * *After scoring a goal against Liverpool two years ago, he was substituted by manager Jose Mourinho for neglecting his defensive duties and then handed a public scolding.
* * Now, he does his bit at the back, but it is his creative influence that has made him a crucial part of Chelsea line-up.

John Terry, 26, Chelsea defender
Signed: For nothing, he joined as a schoolboy
Current value: £35 million

* * *The England captain is one of the best defenders in the world today - no-nonsense, tough tackling and brave. An eye for important goals when his team need them has also made him valuable.
* * *When Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made him the captain, they won the title with the best defensive record in Football League history, the most clean sheets and the most points accrued.
* * *A serious injury kept him out during the winter months and his absence was a big reason why Chelsea lost their crown.

Rio Ferdinand, 28, Manchester United defender
Signed: From Leeds, 2002 for £30 million
Current value: £30 million

* * *Twice the world's most expensive defender - his £18 million transfer from West Ham to Leeds in 2002 also broke records - Ferdinand is quick, reads the game well and prides himself on his ability to take the ball out of defence.
* * *Although he loses his concentration at times, he played some of his best football last season to help United to the title. He courted controversy in 2003, when he missed a drug test, claiming he forgot as he was moving house. He was banned for eight months, but he still earned £4 million.

amdgc82
08-12-2007, 05:59 PM
TOP FIVE FOREIGN PLAYERS (EPL)

Cristiano Ronaldo, 22, Manchester United winger, Portugal
Signed: From Sporting, 2003 for £12.24 million
Current value: £60 million

* * *The cheeky Portuguese is the most frustrating player to play aginst in the Premiership. The step-over, one of the many tricks in his arsenal, is his trademark, and he uses it to bamboozle the country's finest defenders. Often accused of trying to humiliate lesser players, Ronaldo insists he only goes ont the pitch to have fun.
* * *He not only breaks down defences but has also developed an eye for goal. He was United's top scorer last season with 17 goals. He also won the Player and Young Player of the Year awards, despite suggestions of diving.
* * *His performance last season was even more amazing after what happened at the World Cup last year. He played a part in getting United team mate and England striker Wayne Rooney sent off in the quarterfinal. The wink he sent to his national coach as rooney stomped off was captured by cameras everywhere.
* * *He returned to England as public enemy No. 1 and there were fears for his personal safety. Despite the boos, he excelled. He has proven more than worthy of the No. 7 jersey that has belonged to some of the greatest United legends like George Best, Bryan Robson and Eric Cantona.

Didier Drogba, 29, Chelsea striker, Ivory Coast
Signed: From Marseille, 2004 for £24 million
Current value: £24 million

* * *Physical strength and ability to craft powerful shots from nothing have made him the most feared striker in the Premiership. He was virtual unknown back in 2003, but 27 goals for Marseille and some stunning performances in Champions League saw Chelsea pay a hefty fee for him.
* * *Last season was a personal milestone for the Ivorian as he hit 33 goals and won the Golden Boot award.

Petr Cech, 25, Chelsea goalkeeper, Czech Republic
Signed: From Rennes, 2004 for £7 million
Current value: £20 million

* * *One of the best, if not the best goalkeeper on the planet. His 1.96 metre frame and quick reflexes make him perfect for the job. but it is his impeccable sense of timing and positioning that make him so valuable.
* * *On March 5, 2005, he set a Premiership record of 1,025 minutes without letting in a goal. Last October, Cech and Reading's Stephen Hunt collided in a game, leaving him with a fractured skull. He returned three months after emergency surgery but his absence was a key reason why Chelsea lost their title.

Dimitar Berbatov, 26, Tottenham striker, Bulgaria
Signed: From Bayer Leverkusen, 2006 for £10.9 million
Current value: £40 million

* * *The complete striker - great technique, heading and shooting. But what is most impressive is the speed with which he settled down in the Premiership.
* * *He scored 23 goals in his debut season, making him one of the bargains of 2006. His performances caught the eye of all big clubs, and talk of £40 million bids from Manchester United and Chelsea was rampant.
* * *But admirably, he chose to stay loyal to Tottenham and is now expected to score at least 30 times this term.

Carlos Tevez, 26, Manchester United striker, Argentina
Signed: On a two year loan for £8 million
Current value: £35 million

* * *His silky skills, high work rate and enthusiasm make Tevez a special player. But his arrival at West Ham was controversial. The Hammers were fined a whopping £5.5 million for failing to reveal that the rights to the player were owned by a company. Still, he kept West Ham up almost on his own last season, scoring seven goals in their last 10 matches.

bigfreeze_bibby
08-15-2007, 01:25 PM
Swerte si Teves and he'll get his chance of cracking the first team of Man U on their fixture tomorrow against Portsmouth due to the Rooney injury.* I can't help but think that people are pointing out on Nike as the one causing Rooney's foot injuries (boot manufacturer) and attributing it to his boots.

Arsenal was accused by Fulham that their players were on the practice of diving inside the penalty area during their fixture last Sunday where Arsenal won coming from 1 goal down to finish the match 2-1.

jkad, may laban pa naman siguro Arsenal and I think kulang lang siguro sila sa veteran presence on the squad because I felt that Wenger full loaded the squad with youth (young) players.* The captain now is defender William Gallas and I think both he, Gilberto (currently injured), and goalie Jens Lehmann are the elder statesmen of the squad.* Sana sabay-sabay magdevelop yung mga young players especially Fabregas, Hleb, Rosicky, Van Persie, Adebayor, Eboue, and Clichy.

Speaking of diving, Didier Drogba was one player whom I consider as an expert in this thing buti na lang nabawasan siya last year and still he maintained his presence in the frontline of Chelsea scoring goals to lead the Blues to a 2nd place finish in the EPL.

Real Madrid signed two Dutch players in the mold of Wesley Sneijder (midfield) and Royston Drenthe (left wing defence) and loaned striker Antonio Cassano to Sampdoria. I am not sure but meron ding fixtures tomorrow early morning Manila time for the 3rd and final qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

WampumTribe
08-29-2007, 02:46 AM
La Liga 2007-2008 kicked off with the "most expensive" El Derbi ever. Real Madrid (€120 million pre-season spending) versus Atlético Madrid (€80+ million).

After a lackluster pre-season where The Whites lost six of their nine games – including a humiliating second leg 5-3 loss to Sevilla for the Spanish Super Cup– Real finally eased anxieties at the Bernabeau with a 2-1 victory over their city rivals. Raul temporarily silenced his critics with the equalizer while Sneijder (assigned Beck's number 23) raised the banner for Real's recruits with an 80th-minute deflected shot that secured all 3 points for the merengues.

Atlético severely missed Fernando Torres. Neither Forlan nor new signing Jose Antonio Reyes (Real's "el finale" hero last season) could fill the boots of Torres who now plays for Liverpool.

WampumTribe
08-29-2007, 02:58 AM
Shock turns to sadness as Sevilla player Antonio Puerta dies.

Puerta suffered a heart attack during their opening day match against Getafe on August 26, 2007. Though he managed to walk off the pitch, he again collapsed in their dressing room. His condition in the hospital had fluctuated from serious to improving to critical, before he finally succumbed three days later.

bigfreeze_bibby
08-29-2007, 08:55 AM
Shock turns to sadness as Sevilla player Antonio Puerta dies.

Puerta suffered a heart attack during their opening day match against Getafe on August 26, 2007. Though he managed to walk off the pitch, he again collapsed in their dressing room. His condition in the hospital had fluctuated from serious to improving to critical, before he finally succumbed two days later.


Oo nga pare nakakalungkot itong balita na ito. This may be used by Sevilla as their rally point this La Liga season. They started it out in the right step by winning the Spanish Super Cup. They'll face AC Milan next for the UEFA Super Cup.

WampumTribe
08-29-2007, 08:13 PM
ANTONIO PUERTA
1985 - 2007


http://www.javno.com/slike/slike_3/r1/g2007/m08/x16149177171758726_2.jpg

bigfreeze_bibby
08-30-2007, 08:32 AM
AFC Ajax Amsterdam continued their misery of not qualifying in the UEFA Champions League group stage competition for the second straight year after falling to Slavia Prague. Last year they lost to FC Copenhagen of Denmark denying the 4-time European Champs a group stage stint. Scottish champs Celtic FC had to go through penalties before knocking out Spartak Moscow in their own qualifying tie. Polish international Maciej Zurawski scored the winning penalty shot.

The group stage draw will be held later tonight/early morning tomorrow (I have yet to check if it's 11:30pm or 12 midnight) Friday Manila time.

amdgc82
11-08-2007, 10:06 AM
Liverpool 8 - 0 Beşiktaş
Liverpool revived by record triumph
Tuesday 6 November 2007
Match report by John Mathews from Anfield
uefa.com

A Yossi Benayoun hat-trick, two goals apiece for Ryan Babel and Peter Crouch, and a further strike by Steven Gerrard earned Liverpool FC a record UEFA Champions League victory as they swept Beşiktaş JK aside.

Dream response

One point from their opening three matches had left the 2005 winners looking isolated at the bottom of Group A, but they responded in the best possible fashion. Two goals to the good at half-time, they ran away with the game in the second period as Beşiktaş, with memories of beating Liverpool a fortnight ago still fresh, suffered a night to forget.

No tension

If Liverpool and their supporters were tense, there were no obvious signs to begin with. Crouch set up Andriy Voronin for the first opportunity in the fourth minute but the Ukrainian international could not control the England striker's cushioned header and dragged his effort wide. Crouch went close soon after, rising as high as only he seemingly can to meet John Arne Riise's cross, and although he headed a metre wide, his persistence would soon pay off.

Crouch strikes

On 19 minutes Crouch grabbed the breakthrough when he was unwittingly released by Beşiktaş midfielder Edouard Cissé, and although goalkeeper Hakan Arıkan parried his initial strike, he reacted quickest to the rebound and steered it home. Buoyed by their positive start, last season's runners-up only turned up the pressure on Beşiktaş. İbrahim Üzülmez had to head the ball off the line to deny Riise, though the Norwegian was instrumental in creating Liverpool's second.

Benayoun goal

Riise's quickly taken throw-in found Voronin in space down the left and he picked out Benayoun with a measured cross. If the Israeli had been unlucky not to score on 13 minutes when his attempt clipped a post, he made sure second time around – he steadied himself before powering a shot past Hakan Arıkan and into the corner to make it 2-0 on 32 minutes.

Hat-trick complete

Eleven minutes into the second half, Benayoun had completed his hat-trick with a pair of tap-ins that owed much to being in the right place at the right time. In the 53rd minute he side-footed into the unguarded net after Hakan Arıkan had blocked Riise's shot into his path, and when the Beşiktaş goalkeeper failed to hold a stinging free-kick by Gerrard, the midfielder tidied up to claim the first UEFA Champions League hat-trick of the season. Gerrard then blasted in the fifth with the benefit of a deflection in the 69th minute following a neat one-two with Voronin.

Breathless finish

Benayoun turned provider 12 minutes from time, supplying the cross for Babel to fox Hakan Arıkan with a clever back-heel, and there was more than a touch of good fortune about the Dutchman's second when İbrahim Toraman's attempted clearance bounced off Babel's back and looped into the net. With the Kop demanding an eighth, Babel almost answered their calls when nodding against the crossbar, but Crouch eventually obliged with a minute to go, his glancing header coming courtesy of another Benayoun centre.

john_paul_manahan
11-09-2007, 05:28 PM
Another thing to add to the Boston mantra...

The New England Revolution has advanced to the MLS Cup after beating the Chicago Fire 1-0.

bigfreeze_bibby
11-22-2007, 12:27 PM
It's bye bye England for the Euro 2008 Championships next year. Hay, sorry to day but all they needed is to have a draw against Croatia pero sumablay pa rin while Russia got the second championship slot after beating Andorra, 1-0. The Russians made the most out of their possible lifeline after suffering a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Israel last weekend.

flsfnoeraekadad
05-01-2008, 05:18 AM
It's Man U vs Chelsea in the Champions League final ;D

King_stag
05-01-2008, 10:24 PM
Ronaldo goes into hiding in Brazil

By PETER MUELLO, Associated Press Writer

* * * *Buzz Up PrintRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP)—Ronaldo went into hiding Tuesday after a run-in with cross-dressing prostitutes that prompted police to investigate whether to charge one with trying to extort money from the soccer star.

The AC Milan player, in Brazil recovering from a knee surgery, canceled two TV appearances, and local media said he will continue physiotherapy at his home.

Police said Ronaldo committed no crime, but he was accused by one prostitute of using drugs and not wanting to pay.

Prostitution is legal in Brazil.

“It is necessary to clarify that no formal accusations were made against Ronaldo,” read a statement on the player’s Web site. “An advocate of social causes, Ronaldo has never used drugs and has always been admired by children in Brazil and around the world. There are indications of an extortion attempt in which the Milan striker is the only victim.”

Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA player of the year, acknowledged to police he knew they were prostitutes but did not realize they were cross-dressers until getting to a motel early Monday morning, according to police.

Police released more details Tuesday, and the AP reviewed witnesses’ accounts to authorities.

The motel manager—identified only as Luisa—said Ronaldo, who was dressed and appeared to be sober, tried to get rid of the prostitutes after realizing they were men.

She told police Ronaldo offered the prostitutes $600 to end the incident but they would not accept dollars. The manager then converted the money into reals for Ronaldo, but before he made the payment one prostitute asked for 50,000 reals ($30,000) to keep the story from the media, according to the police document.

A motel waiter, who was not identified in the police documents, told police the prostitute went to the street and yelled “the Phenomenon didn’t want to pay.”

Witnesses also told police the prostitute who asked for 50,000 reals ripped out the phone wires to keep Ronaldo from calling for help, and broke into his car to steal his belongings, according to police documents. That prostitute later showed local media a car document belonging to Ronaldo.

Police inspector Carlos Augusto Nogueira said there was no evidence drugs were involved in the incident.

But he said Ronaldo and the prostitutes must return to the police station for further questioning next week. Nogueira added the one prostitute might be charged with extortion. Ronaldo will not be charged, Nogueira said, unless he threatened to physically assault the prostitutes, as one hinted.

The case made front-page headlines in several Brazilian newspapers Tuesday. And a brief video clip of Ronaldo at the motel, apparently taped by one of the prostitutes, became a big hit in Brazil after being uploaded on YouTube.

“It’s really a soap opera,” said 48-year-old Luiz Mendes, a private chauffeur. “Ronaldo has money to fill mattresses. He can afford the best and most beautiful women in the world. Why would he want to go out with these (prostitutes).”

Some Brazilians defended the star.

“It’s no surprise they are on the front page of all newspapers,” said 27-year-old Catia Lopes, a bakery-shop worker. “But I don’t think Ronaldo’s image was hurt. For me he is still the same person.”

Ronaldo’s spokesman did not immediately return an e-mail from The Associated Press.

Ronaldo went out Sunday night reportedly to celebrate Flamengo’s 1-0 victory over rival Botafogo in the first leg of the Rio de Janeiro state final. Ronaldo is a fan of Flamengo and has said he wants to play for the Brazilian club before retiring. He was at Maracana stadium to watch Sunday’s match.

The player told reporters during the match that he could be back in action in six months if his recovery continues to go as planned.

danny
05-21-2008, 04:02 PM
The Brits are invading Mother Russia!

Hooligans beware. ;D

________________________________


Champions League final: Russia braces itself for invasion by British football fans

By Jeremy Wilson in Moscow

Last Updated: 7:48PM BST 20/05/2008

Russia braced itself for the largest single influx of Englishmen onto its territory since the Crimean War as thousands of fans arrived in Moscow on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League final.

Bars in the Russian capital doubled their security while police flooded onto the city's streets in preparation for the English invasion.

Moscow authorities say they expect at least 42,000 fans to descend on the city for Wednesday evening's match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The game is being played against a backdrop of the worst diplomatic crisis between Britain and Russia since the Cold War.

But determined to show that sport can transcend politics, the Kremlin is affording the fans an unusually warm welcome.

In an unprecedented move, new president Dmitry Medvedev waived Russia's notoriously cumbersome visa rules for all visiting fans who are being allowed into the country on the strength of their match tickets.

Large welcome signs have been hung across Moscow to greet supporters.

How welcoming Russia's notorious riot police will be remains to be seen.

Over 6,000 members of the feared OMON special forces unit, which has honed its skills during the violent dispersal of anti-Kremlin protests over the past two years, are being deployed around Luzhniki stadium, the venue of the final.

Thousands more will patrol the streets before and after the game.

"No policeman is going to stay at home," said Yuri Abramov, commander of the Cobra Mounted Police Unit.

“If there’s aggression towards us, our reaction will be instantaneous.”

Concerns have also been raised over potential clashes with Russian football hooligans after a Zenit St Petersburg fan was stabbed during last week's UEFA cup final in Manchester against Glasgow Rangers.

But Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s sports minister, promised that police would not be heavy-handed and said authorities would act to ensure there were no revenge attacks.

"I don’t want to see the same pictures in Moscow," he said, adding that he hoped British fans would respect the customs and people of the city.

"We want it to be a great event or festival."

While Englishmen might be unpopular in government circles, their hooligans are actually revered as role models by many Russian youngsters.

"English hooligans are the best," said Rinat, a ticket scalper and self-confessed hooligan from Kazan.

“I’m hoping that tomorrow I will meet some and get advice on the best way to fight with bottles.”

Not all Russian hooligans are so amenable, however, and some like to prove their credentials physically by challenging English fans to a fight.

During a world cup qualifier between Russia and England in Moscow last year, gangs of Russian skinheads forced their way into bars and attacked English fans with baseball bats. At least 10 were admitted to hospital.

To reduce the risk of violence, the consumption of alcohol on the streets has been banned. No big screens will be erected either to minimize the possibility of creating potential battle grounds.

One cause of concern is the lack of accommodation in Moscow, a city with little hotel space at the best of times. A substantial number of fans could find themselves without a bed for the night, a fact that might prompt all-night drinking binges.

About 18,000 fans, however, are expected to fly straight back to Britain after the game - which ends at about 1.30 am local time - on specially organized charter flights.

Given that there is no specific Russian interest in the game, tensions may be a little lower than at last year's international. Some locals do have an indirect stake, however, as Chelsea is owned by the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

For Mr Abramovich, a Chelsea victory could prove complicated as it would set his side up for a Super Cup clash with Zenit St Petersburg.

The Russian side is almost exclusively funded by state gas giant Gazprom, often seen as the Kremlin's piggy bank, and counts both Mr Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, among its fans.

A Chelsea victory in that clash could damage Mr Abramovich's carefully cultivated standing with the Russian government.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/1996303/Champions-League-Final-British-fans-arrive-in-Moscow.html

danny
05-22-2008, 07:02 AM
http://en.epochtimes.com/news/8-5-21/70897.html


Manchester United Beats Chelsea on Penalty Shots

By James Fish
The Epoch Times
May 21, 2008



After ninety minutes of regulation play and two fifteen-minute overtime periods, the Champion League title came down to penalty kicks, and Manchester United took the championship, six penalty goals to five.

The two teams were tied at one goal apiece after regulation play, forcing the match into overtime.

A scuffle broke out with a few minutes to go in the final overtime period bringing out a red card, but neither team could find an advantage.

The game, played in heavy rain on a recently resodded field in Moscow, Russia, did not offer great technical football, as the slick, pitted pitch interfered with the players.

Contact between players was frequent and forceful; this, plus leg cramps, forced a few players to leave the field on stretchers.

Ultimately, the slick pitch might have played a part as players were not able to find secure footing for their run-ups to their free kicks.

No matter, as both teams faced the same disadvantage, and Manchester United edged out Chelsea to take the Champions Cup.

flsfnoeraekadad
05-22-2008, 09:27 PM
EH!!! Talo Chelsky :(

danny
05-24-2008, 01:26 AM
EH!!! Talo Chelsky :(


^^^

Is it even slightly possible that the Russian Mafia or ex-KGB partisans had a hand in Chelsea's loss? Nyahahaha. Hundi naman. hehehe.

Chelsea is owned by a Russian oligarch who would not want to clash against Putin's favorite club, FC Zenit St. Peterburg. Manchester United and FC Zenit St. Petersburg will meet in the UEFA Super Cup this August in Monaco. Oh man! Cote d'Azur! Another dream vacation.



For Mr Abramovich, a Chelsea victory could prove complicated as it would set his side up for a Super Cup clash with Zenit St Petersburg.

The Russian side is almost exclusively funded by state gas giant Gazprom, often seen as the Kremlin's piggy bank, and counts both Mr Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, among its fans.

A Chelsea victory in that clash could damage Mr Abramovich's carefully cultivated standing with the Russian government.


The UEFA Super Cup may be considered a minor event by many. But for Putin and Medvedev (and of course those Russian football fans), Russian Pride is at stake. I suppose the Russians would not want to watch a game between two Russian owned clubs. Manchester United is owned by an American tycoon. Better to clobber an American owned British football club. Surely an extension of the Cold War in football.

Ok enough of this BS conspiracy theory. :D ;D

danny
06-09-2008, 06:39 AM
Euro 2008 anyone?

dioning
06-09-2008, 12:43 PM
is euro8 on free tv? ch9? solar sports ba?

john_paul_manahan
06-09-2008, 01:04 PM
solar sports.

bigfreeze_bibby
06-09-2008, 06:59 PM
No surprises so far in Euro 2008. Both host squads lost their opening fixtures. Tomorrow's matches will be the penultimate matches as the group of death (Group C) starts its matches early tomorrow morning Manila time. It will be Netherlands vs. Italy while France will take on Romania.

Howard the Duck
06-20-2008, 02:32 AM
sayang ang romania ha?

danny
07-04-2008, 06:16 AM
Come on guys, are you not happy for the* "Mother Country"? They won the Euro 2008 against Germany. :D

Eurocopa 2008! Animo España!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZX00YLqFYw


Podemos!! Ánimo España!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhYil7eCWGA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCZdkVIm0Ak&feature=related


‘¡Podemos!’ means ‘We can!’

danny
07-12-2008, 01:38 AM
Isa pa para sa Espana!

Animo Espana! Podemos!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVJCFM99Wk0