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What Tottenham’s lineup could look like going forward August 30, 2013

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If I told you you could have 25 million pounds Erik Lamela, Nacer Cadli and Christian Eriksen for the price of Gareth Bale, would you take it? I would.  many times over.

It should be said Tottenham spent just over $100 million on all of their signings this summer but they are sure to make a majority of that back when the Bale transfer goes final.


Madrid’s latest Bale offer 93 million… Pounds, wait POUNDS? August 20, 2013

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Yes, for us red meat eating, God fearing, likely obese Americans that comes out to around 145 million USD.. Or roughly the asking price of the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey franchise. Hell I could nearly buy an island the size of Great Britain for that much. That, or a fancy footballer from the most inconsequential country within it’s border. This news comes from a reliable source known as “twitter,” which is a large social networking site known for making it’s users be concise. When asked about it’s credibility Wikipedia responded, “Looks legit.” You heard it here first…………

Just think of how good Barcelona and Real Madrid might be without messed-up internal politics. October 20, 2011

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Gonzalo Higuain (center) suffers because he is associated with former Madrid president Ramon Calderon. Probably his association with Alfredo Di Stefano is not a problem.

Reading Sid Lowe’s most recent Sports Illustrated column about the debate over whether G0nzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema should start for Real Madrid, I was struck by what seems like a fundamental institutional weakness at that club: politics can play itself out in team selection.

It shouldn’t be that the identity of the president that purchased a player dictates whether he’s selected. If that even becomes a shadow of a consideration, the team is poorer for it.

I’m a Barcelona fan, though, so I would say that, but it’s supposedly happened at Barcelona too. Joan Laporta was chiefly responsible for bringing Samuel Eto’o to Barcelona; his political rival Sandro Rossell was instrumental in persuading Ronaldinho to sign. In Ronaldinho’s best years, he was surrounded by fellow Brazilians — Edmilson, Thiago Motta, Juliano Belletti, Sylvinho and the Brazilian-born Deco. In two years, Barcelona sold every one of Ronaldinho’s compatriots and brought in a group of players who, like Eto’o, spoke French — Thierry Henry, Yaya Toure, Eric Abidal and Seydou Keita (plus Lilian Thuram, who was already at the club). The rumor is that this was an intentional move to weaken Rossell and strengthen Laporta. The year when it began, 2007-8, was also Barcelona’s least successful under Frank Rijkaard.

It’s a wonder these clubs ever win anything.

Chicharito’s likelier to have learned about bicycle kicks from Hugo Sanchez than from Rooney October 12, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in International soccer, Soccer in the Americas.
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Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez is often erroneously credited with inventing the bicycle kick.

Yahoo blogger Ryan Bailey suggests Chicharito Hernandez learned to perform the bicycle kick from teammate Wayne Rooney, who scored from one against Liverpool last season.

But Hernandez has a countryman so closely associated with the move that people often mistakenly claim he invented it: the great Real Madrid striker Hugo Sanchez. In fact, below is an example of his work from a game against Athletic Bilbao that is almost identical to Hernandez’s top-corner effort in the video Bailey is blogging about:

La Liga is here, Earthlings take notice. August 28, 2011

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Ronaldo on his way to bagging 3 in a 6-0 Route of Zaragoza

Ronaldo already has his first hat trick of the season in route to Madrid’s 6-0 dismantling of Zaragoza. Along with that there is this video circling the web, or at least Andres Iniesta’s social media outlets. Apparently this is supposed to gear us up for the campaign to come. I do not in fact speak Spanish, but I’m assuming Iniesta and Casillas are fighting over the rotation of the earth, or possibly attempting to create their own gravitational pull?  Whatever it is, here is the video

Spain scores but Iker still looks like doodoo June 21, 2010

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David Villa minutes after blasting a 35 yard shot off the cross bar found the back of the net. Strategically cutting between 2 Honduran defenders and beating the last with a sliding finish into the top corner giving the tournament one of it’s best goals. despite the quick start from the Barcelona/Real Madrid spit squad Iker Casillas continued is peculiarly bad ways. Early on he again broke up an attempt by choosing to use his feet once more, the same tactic which could be blamed for the Swiss’s only goal. It isn’t just that his physical goal keeping has been struggling but his psychy seems a bit shot and  his control over the defensive positioning is lacking from what you’d expect a top keeper to portray. But alas it is in the 37th minute and Spain is up 1-0. A couple more goals leading up to the vital contest vs Chile could be useful heading into a probable 3 way tie  on 6 points.

Los Blancos tossed out of the Champions League March 11, 2010

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I guess this just adds incentive to win La Liga now that their European run has come to what many would deem a premature end. A mess of blown chances including an empty net that Gonzalo Higuain missed egregiously off the near post, just to watch it dribble across the goal face nearly adding insult to well… insult, did the Whites in, well sort of. Miralem Pjanic on a crafty HALF VOLLEY!! in the 75th minute truly put the French side of Lyon through to the next round. I’ll apologize in advance I’m sure the minions at UEFA will be in great need of self acknowledgment and have this video destroyed in a hell pit of fire in due time. I’m also aware the 8 of you reading this have the wits about you to find another source.

To be sure I am no fan of Madrid, but I respect the talent they have on their team. Despite the chances they created; mind you mostly in the first half, The whites looked like they didn’t really have a plan and what they were doing tactically was questionable either by design or by player movement. I understand the importance of fullbacks in the offense, shit I’m a Barcelona fan, Alves is a defender in the same sense Americans are environmentally conscious. Sure we’re aware of it but we’d rather be barbecuing for our obese friends. (I guess that makes the likes of Ibra and Messi obese fans of BBQ). MY POINT being yes they are important but watching Madrid play was extremely aggravating. Arbeloa and Ramos spent a majority of their time as high up if not higher up than Ronaldo and Higuain, while Lass and Guti fell back in support. Fine, I understand the shift, but this should be temporary. I’m sorry if I’m not respecting the offensive prowess of Arbeloa. But I think having the passing ability of Guti who has been on great form of late and the play making shiftiness of Lass would bode much more effective in going forward. On a related note, RAMOS STOP TRYING TO CROSS THE FUCKING BALL EVERYTIME, EVERYONE KNOWS IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN!

Next point, which isn’t to say it has nothing to do with my point prior. Madrid does a good job spreading the field, but the aforementioned Ramos and Arbeloa were the main cogs in that attack. Interestingly enough Real Madrid Ronaldo on their side. and yet instead of running him wild down the left side they chose to run Kaka, Ronaldo and Higuain right through the center. I’m sorry if this doesn’t seem flawed to you, but putting all your scoring threats in one spot not only diminishes your attacking ability elsewhere but it diminishes its worth in area where it is concentrated. At many points in the game the three players made individual runs at the defense while the other two stood by the wayside. Madrid has an absurd amount of talent but if you can get away with containing their three most potent attacking threats with your central defense the scheme is inherently flawed. My suggestion is start Ronaldo on the wing, no seriously play him there. I know he “starts” there but rarely does he end up in that position. In fact the goal he scored was a screaming run down the left side, what changed? Complacency on offense. To blatantly use a basketball term their half court offense made them sputter. It created a system where fullbacks were forced to be play makers and their attacking options got bogged down fighting for space amongst each other. I’m no tactical genius, which is to say It is more pressing that an average Joe like me notices such problems, I’m sure actual scholars of the game would have much harsher criticism.

Fabianski forgot how to play soccer February 18, 2010

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Lukasz Fabianski used his hands poorly on two occasions Wednesday, watching a cross dribble through his hands into the net and eventually receiving a back pass in his HANDS. Which of course we learned when playing on the Wild Cheetahs in 3rd grade, you NEVER do. But the best part came when Porto elected to not ask for 10 yards of space and send a cheeky though pass to notch their second and deciding goal as Sol Campbell and Fabianski stood watching. Being the slight Arsenal fan that I am, at first I was along side Wenger yelling at the ref for the unjust deed he had done to my team, king and country. On second though, congrats to Porto, not often do things pan out quite that well. There is no rule that gives a defense time to set up, nor do the likes of goals which they scored show up in bunches. The latter leagues of the world deserve wins such as this on occasion.

On that note

Makoun would like to personally  thank Real for their kind visit to Lyon and wishes them a safe trip back to Madrid.