Thursday, November 24, 2011

Defining Weeks Ahead For Manchester City

Manchester City have become a proud club. Their foreign owners, AKA daddies, have invested a multitude of their fortunes into the Blue clad section of Manchester. They have run the club an annual debt of $300 million to restore order in their town. Fancy foreign men from far off lands grace the sidelines of their stands, and the grass field in their stadium.
Everything has gone to plan. Countless teams have crumbled in their mighty presence, Tottenham away (5-1), United away (6-1). Not one team in England has managed to beat them. Champions’ League play has been unspectacular, with losses to Bayern Munich and Napoli, but they still have a chance of progressing to the knockout rounds. Besides, they’re not used to the Champions League. It is only their first year in the tournament and their focus should be towards the Premier League crown.
The coming weeks ahead are daunting. A quick read of the fixtures ahead shows 5 major matches of their next 6. First is a trip to Anfield, followed by a date with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Carling Cup. A home match to Norwich should provide some rest. Manchester City next faces an all or nothing Champions League match with Bayern Munich, a tangle at Stamford Bridge, and a grand finale Premier League home fixture vs. Arsenal.
The matches will take place at a frantic 2 match per week pace and will be over by Dec. 18th, leaving you plenty of time to pick up a fresh new Balotelli jersey to place under the tree. Or better yet, grab that jersey you already bought, wrap yourself up in that blue and white scarf, and cling on for dear life…If Manchester City stumbles here their entire season is in jeopardy.
With a 5 point cushion atop the table they can barely afford to slip up, and would let everybody well back into the race. Teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool lie 12 points behind Manchester City. A rough run of form could leave these teams a mere 3 points behind the current leaders. With roughly half the season left, the race could truly be on.
It will be difficult going, up in the cold reaches of England. Darkness will prevail overhead, the bright lights, the cold breeze, and the weird spots on everyone’s chests. Winter is upon us and this will make even harder going for the new faces in the side, who are used to the mild winter climates of La Liga and Serie A.
This is the time to be the big boys. This is the time for Manchester City to prove all the doubters wrong. And this will be the time they falter and break. Points will be lost, children will cry, and men will stare in disbelief. Manchester City faces their toughest weeks ahead and will be tested greatly. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Is Barcelona's David Villa the Best Striker in the World?

David Villa, one of the world's greatest strikers who is the main weapon for reigning world cup champion Spain, as well as Barcelona's weapon remains an enigma, because it remains to be seen how good is he really. There are already those that are calling him the best striker in the world, and few are even calling him the best player in the world, yes even ahead of his teammate and friend Lionel Messi. He has scored more goals over the last decade than anyone except that someone named Messi, yet Villa accomplished this feat despite not playing for one of the country's biggest clubs and beginning the century in the second division. In fact, he has never slipped below 15 goals a season, and usually averages 20 a season. He is considered by many to be the most clever, technical and sound around the goal, often scoring with an ease that is incomparable. He was also the top scorer in Euro 2008, as well as the joint top scorer in World Cup 2010. He remains though somewhat of a mystery, partly because he lacks the explosiveness of Messi or Ronaldo, or even Rooney, and someone like Torres, yet he makes up with his technicality, and precision. He is a throwback to the past where guys like Baggio, Stoichkov, Del Piero made it an art.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Robin Van Persie is the Premier League's Best Player

Forget Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Luis Suarez, Mario Balotelli, Rafael van Der Vaart, and Chicharito, the soccer league's best player is the vastly underrated Robin Van Persie.

Van Persie has often followed the same pattern as his Arsenal Club: starting strong, showing glimpses of genius, and then inevitably falling apart, getting injured, and never quite fulfilling high expectations...always failing to reach his potential. But now it's hard to imagine Arsenal without him, and he's making a strong case for being the Premier League's best player.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

England Defeats Spain Without the Help of their Brutes

The stereotype of the English footballer has become that of the pub brawler, a man who can out-drink anyone and can rough you up on the pitch too. Such convictions are repeatedly upheld by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, and former captain, John Terry. These three key British stars are always at the center of big victories, but they also grace the front pages of tabloids as their personal lives are awash with questionable activities and high drama.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lionel Messi At 24 Is Already An All Time Great

Lionel Messi is already considered one of the players of this era, and perhaps of all time, but can he become the all time greatest, sure if you go by the numbers. At only age 24, the baby-faced Argentinian has been piling up individual awards, accolades, and other achievements in record setting pace. His latest achievement is scoring 200 goals in 286 for Barcelona, putting him just a bit behind the all time leader, Cesar Rodrigues.

For comparison, Diego Maradona, the player to whom Messi is often compared to did not nail 200 goals until he was 25 years of age, while the original Ronaldo, the Brazilian who holds two world cups also did not reach 200 goals until age 26. The question remains how does Messi steamroll through opposing players so easy, and the answer is easy, combined with his incredible, speed, natural ability, and a sharp mind, he also happens to play on perhaps, the most dominating team of all time, Barcelona; In 55 games, Pep Guardiola's men have tallied 3 goals or more in 27 of the 55 games, an astonishing number.

Messi is truly this era's greatest player, on the same level as Gretzky in Hockey or Michael Jordan in basketball, at the tender age of 24. It is truly scary to think what might happen in the future if Messi is continuing to play at the pace he is today.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bosnia vs Portugal leads exciting EURO 2012 Playoff Matches

Revenge is a dish best served cold. This is the mindset of Bosnia as they make preparations for their EURO 2012 playoff fixture against Portugal. These teams met in the playoffs for the 2010 World Cup two years ago and Portugal was the victorious side. Portugal joined into the World’s greatest soccer tournament while Bosnia was sent home in utter disappointment. Now, Bosnia needs to make amends, and this time they have the firepower to do so.

Back in 2009, Bosnia fell prey to a series of unfortunate near misses in the playoff matches. In the first match, they struck the post three times and ended up losing both matches by a score line of 1-0. It was a terribly unfortunate display for the side rich with emerging talent but now they are more well prepared.

Friday, November 4, 2011

New Kappa Roma 2011 to 2012 Home, Away and Third Kits Soccer Jerseys

For the 11/12 season As Roma, a Serie A club in Italy will be wearing new jerseys. For those not familiar with As Roma (Associazione Sportiva Roma) or commonly referred to as simply Roma, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. Founded by a merger in 1927, Roma have participated in the top-tier of Italian football for almost all of their existence. In the 11/12 season Roma will be wearing new home jerseys, away jerseys and a third strip. All the jerseys have been made by Kappa and were officially unveiled to the public by Giallorossi in July 2011. The Roma home kit will continue to be in the club's traditional yellow and red colors. However, Roma's new away shirt will now be white in color, while the third strip is black in color. Wind will continue to be the sponsor's for Roma's new kits in 11/12. For fans of Roma they cannot wait to catch their favorite team in its brand new jerseys for the upcoming season. These jerseys are now available at Soccerplus.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Arsenal a Force on the Mends in the Premier League

When the dust had settled on Arsenal’s tragic summer transfer mess, this team became an enigma. Gone were their two best playmaking midfielders. Gone were two fullbacks and a plethora of their team’s depth. As Fabregas, Nasri, Clichy, Eboue, Bendtner, and more players departed, the media vultures gathered round and prepared to strike.
Manager Arsene Wenger appeared weak-minded and desperate as he rushed to sign the likes of Arteta, Benayoun, Dos Santos, and Park Chu-Young on deadline day. These were players who initially seemed like the poor man’s replacements of a once great team. Arsenal began the season just as predicted, succumbing to draws and losses against lesser opposition. There was the debacle at Old Trafford.