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Champions league: Round of 16 set December 11, 2013

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Here is the list.

GROUP WINNERS:
Manchester United
Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
Bayern München
Chelsea
Borussia Dortmund
Atletico Madrid
Barcelona

RUNNER-UPS:
Bayer Leverkusen
Galatasaray
Olympiakos
Manchester City
Schalke
Arsenal
AC Milan
Zenit Saint Peters

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Transfer deadline extravaganza!!! September 2, 2013

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The unofficial FIFA Transfer deadline day thread, unofficially endorsed by Sepp Blatter’s jowls!

– Mesut Ozil just needs to pass a physical in Munich and he is set for a $42 million dollar move to Arsenal. It is said the he is set to make 6 million a year under the terms of his new contract with the North London club.                                                                                                         —          UPDATE 1: Check out Real Madrid fan’s chanting “Don’t sell Ozil as Perez announces Bale. What is his reaction you ask? To “Shhhhh” them of course. This is a must watch!


 

– Everton head man, Roberto Martinez isn’t ruling out keeping Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini amidst multiple reports Manchester United are keen on signing him. If this is true there reports this could free up $15 million necessary for the Toffees to bring Porto man, Fernando to the Merseyside.

– UNIMPRESSIVE MANCHESTER CITY NEWS!
Manchester City’s 20-year-old striker Harry Bunn joins Sheffield United on a month’s loan, according to the Premier League club’s Twitter feed. (external) In addition, 21-year-old midfielder Mohammed Abu joins Denmark’s Aarhus until the end of December.

– Liverpool has seemingly lost out to Atletico Madrid for the services of Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld. The talented 24 year old Belgian centerback spurned offers from many English sides to join Atletico for an undisclosed fee.

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Here are some transfers I’m trying to see on deadline day August 30, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in English soccer, Italian soccer, Spanish soccer.
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The transfer window will snap shut Wednesday, but before it does, there are a few things I’d like to see go down. I’ll go over some of them for you.

When Stephen Ireland moves to Anzhi Makachkala, it will be Samuel Eto'o performing the japery.


Stephen Ireland to Anzhi Makachkala

After accepting a drink from a shadowy man with a thick accent and a thicker mustache in a trendy Birmingham nightclub, Stephen Ireland wakes beneath a soiled newspaper in a dusty Moscow subway station.

His cell phone rings and its his agent, demanding to know why he signed for Anzhi Makachkala. His girlfriend has left him, his life is in tatters, and to make matters worse, on the training ground the next day, Samuel Eto’o delivers even more bad news: this time his gram really is dead.

Ireland, surprisingly, is gutted, and his despair over his grandmother, plus the Cameroonian striker’s obvious distaste for him, make the next six months a living hell. Eto’o, for his part, obviously disdains Ireland’s chrome-plated lifestyle and passes up no opportunity to play cruel jokes on the hapless playmaker. But one day, Anzhi finds itself 4-0 down at halftime against Zenit St. Petersburg and Eto’o puts his hand on Ireland’s shoulder in the changing room.

“Steve,” the striker says. “I made it all up. Your gram’s alive and well, and what’s more, she’s won the lottery. I’ve got her on the line for you.”

Ireland is overjoyed, and he and Eto’o each bag a hattrick in the second half, catapulting Anzhi into first place. Glad for the second chance to reconnect with his gram, he buys her a mansion in Moscow and he and Eto’o are over for tea after practice every weekday. It’s good for everyone; Eto’o’s burning desire and fierce intelligence have rubbed off on Ireland, making him not just one of Europe’s finest playmakers but a respectable man. Ireland’s gram finally feels like people aren’t constantly treating her as if she’s already dead.

As for Eto’o? He has found love. He proposes to grandma Ireland on the podium at the Champions League final and they live happily ever after.

It turns out well for Roberto Carlos, too, because Stephen Ireland gives the World Cup winner his garishly customized SUV, … and only then does the Brazilian realize a Range Rover with pink hubcaps is the only thing he ever wanted.

Ghost Dog to Arsenal.

With Arsene Wenger now the worst coach of all time, it’s clear that what Arsenal really needs is someone to kill him. Forest Whitaker’s character in Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, the 1999 film by Jim Jarmusch has a well-documented inability to learn French. His love of exotic Japanese methods would quickly win him Wenger’s trust, but he has a proven history of turning on nebulously foreign employers whose leadership he can’t trust.

Marco Materazzi to Real Madrid

Let’s be honest, these two were meant to be together.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal

The Swede’s title-winning mojo is really the only thing Arsenal needs/the Gunners’ only hope.

Djibril Cisse with an Eagle August 30, 2011

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The title of this post reads, “Djibril Cisse with an Eagle.”  This is not an error.  Look.  This picture is an early favorite for the best picture in football.

I think it’s fair to say that the Eagle looks a little more alarmed in this photo.  Djibril looks like he’s been having Eagles perch on his arm since he was a toddler.

My first children’s book will be entitled, “Djibril and the Eagle” in honor of this photo.

Also, thanks to whoever posted this picture on twitter.

Ajax v. Milan thoughts September 29, 2010

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in Champions League, Dutch soccer, Italian soccer.
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Not in an entirely good way, watching Milan these days always throws up the unexpected. Here are a few points about their performance Tuesday.

  • Pressure Ajax’s wide players? Why bother, right? It’s such a glaring, fundamental weakness, and one that has cost Milan every goal the Rossoneri have conceded this season.
  • I always wonder how Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri thinks he’s going to get away with that. The obvious answer is that he is forced to accommodate as many as possible of his star forwards — Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato, Robinho and Ronaldinho — none of whom track back*, otherwise Italian Prime Minister/Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi will fire him. Fair enough, but surely Berlusconi will also fire him for losing a bunch of games, which he will do if he doesn’t defend out wide, right? Except …
  • He would probably lose a bunch of games anyway, since he doesn’t really have too many useful fullbacks, who are supposedly the most important players in modern football. Gianluca Zambrotta, Massimo Oddo and Marek Jankulovski were world-class when they were in their mid-to-late 20s. They are now in their 30s and very slow. Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonini are dodgy at best. Daniele Bonera is slow and doesn’t go forward. Despite this, Milan has never turned to loan signing Bruno Montelongo, so you know he must be putrid.
  • If that wasn’t enough, (hackneyed point warning): Milan is extremely old. It was kind of sad to see Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo wandering through midfield in the last fifteen minutes like disoriented geriatrics who had somehow ended up in a motor speedway, while Eyong Enoh, Demy de Zeeuw and Rasmus Lindgren whirled around them stealing the ball before they even saw it coming, dribbling, and generally being big bullies. The entire Milan team started looking desperate for the final whistle.
  • You have to wonder about what happened at Milan this summer. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho are two of the most obscenely talented players on the planet, but Milan already had a pretty stacked forward line, picking from Pato, Ronaldinho, Marco Boriello, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Pippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf. They cried out for a midfielder who could do some running, and genuinely pacy fullbacks. If Milan could pay the wages of the two they signed, plus the transfer fees, then surely they could have thrown together enough money for Raul Merieles, Cristian Molinaro and a loan for Martin Caceres, which probably would have been much closer to what they needed.
  • Luis Suarez is a dirty little player, isn’t he, but Mounir El Hamdaoui is fun to watch.

Brazilian right backs guilty on first two goals of semi final, left back also under question. April 22, 2010

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As though Dani Alves was saying to Maicon, “I got chyu”. Alves promptly stood a good 7-10 yards out of position leaving Wesley Sneider wide open for a near post dribbler to past Valdes in goal. A bit earlier in what some might describe as an out of body experience Maicon let fellow Brazilian Maxwell mosey his way down the left side into the six yard box before crossing a ball which was put away by Pedro. It was as though he knew Cambiasso was beaten, but failed to recognize his part once it occurred. Dropping back into the box marking the always elusive “air” and “space” Maicon watched as the ball rolled passed his feet onto Pedro’s boot. So I ask you, in this triangle of Brazilian brotherhood was there something fishy going on? No, just coincidence but that’s no fun to write about.

UEFA Cup observations March 12, 2010

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in English soccer, European soccer, French soccer, German soccer, Italian soccer, Portuguese soccer, Spanish soccer.
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I don’t care about the UEFA Cup. I care so little about it that I refuse to acknowledge its nonsensical name-change, which I assume UEFA made because this tournament is such a shameful farce that European soccer’s governing body no longer wanted to be associated with it. The most damning evidence is the recent triumphs from the former Soviet Union, largely a consequence of the fact that nobody good actually cares about this competition, meaning the fittest side (i.e. Ukrainian and Russian teams whose season has historically started about this time of year) often wins.

Because I don’t care about it, I didn’t watch it today, aside from about 10 snooze-inducing minutes of Liverpool vs. Lille I squeezed in before my class. That was definitely the biggest mistake of the day. So here’s 10 half-assed observations:

  • Liverpool is really, really bad. Seriously. Stevie Gerrard is closing on 30 and I think Liverpool may have intentionally signed a clutch of woeful players to disguise the fact that he is now past it. It’s not really anyone’s fault except whoever it is that keeps stopping the club from building a new stadium that can generate the kind of revenue the other big English teams’ arenas do. Oh, also the owners. These factors have colluded to inflict a truly wretched team to watch upon the rest of us.
  • French advertising laws: kind of a good thing. Liverpool has always had to wear special shirts stripped of Carlsberg’s logo for trips to France, because alcoholic beverages can’t be advertised there. As a free-speech fan, I am against this. As someone who thinks uniforms look better with fewer logos, I am for this. Nonetheless, someone in Liverpool’s organization is an idiot for not arranging a separate, incremental sponsorship deal for away games in France.
  • Wait, where did David Navarro come from? I thought the Valencia defender had been exiled to the second division for his behavior against Inter a couple of years ago. Shouldn’t he still be serving a lengthy European ban? I guess not, cause guess who started for los Che against Werder Bremen today. You’d have to think either a.) there’s some happy redemption story in there somewhere; or b.) Valencia’s standards have fallen since the days of Roberto Ayala.
  • Standard Liege: dark horse? I didn’t watch the Belgians play Panathinaikos, but I did see them several times in the Champions League this season, and I like them. Certainly, them winning it would be a lot cooler than anyone else doing so. With all the amazing young players coming out of Flanders, that victory might even be the herald of a new dawning in Belgian soccer, if the country can get its act together.
  • My pre-season UEFA Cup prediction’s not looking so hot. Taking a 1-1 draw into an away leg’s not really good news for any side. I predicted Benfica would win it this year, simply because of a front five too good for the Portuguese league. But the gentleman over at Zonal Marking.net said Benfica’s quality in Portugal stems in part from the namby-pamby style of play in Portugal and I guess coming up against a muscular Marseille wasn’t their cup of tea.
  • Atletico Madrid can’t break down 10 men. I guess they’re just a laughingstock, no?
  • Do the Dutch hate Belgians? Two of Hamburg’s scorers against Anderlecht were Dutch.
  • Fulham’s result is a bad thing. Does Juventus really care about the UEFA Cup? Because Fulham does. Just saying.
  • Where did Grafite go? I’m not bothering to check, but he played against Ireland recently. That meant 89-year-old Obefemi Martins in Wolfsburg’s starting lineup.
  • Unirea Urziceni should be here.