Apologies for the long delay in posting, but holidays and work have kept me busy. In any event, now that the Champions League group stage is over and the Euro 2012 draw has taken place, not to mention this event taking place today (available on Gol TV and ESPN Deportes in the US), now’s as good a time as any to post.
First, if you haven’t yet read George Vecsey’s or Brian Glanville’s tributes to Sócrates, the captain of what may be the best Brazilian team to not win the World Cup, I urge you to read them; Vecsey’s for a convert who came to love the sport later in life and Glanville’s as one of the best writers in the history of the game.
I’m an Arsenal fan and naturally don’t like Manchester United, but I have a lot of respect for Nemenja Vidic: his leadership, his skills and his work rate. I truly hope he’s able to come back. It was painful to see his injury occur. The injuries continue to mount for Manchester United. It will be interesting to see how they respond.
Who would have thought that at the beginning of group play, Arsenal would have already qualified for the knockout stage before the last day, while Manchester City and Manchester United would be knocked out of the Champions League? Not that I’m complaining . . . Go Apoel Nicosia!
UEFA caved on Wayne Rooney and reduced his ban. His act was deliberate, violent conduct and his ban should not have been reduced. In any case, if I were Fabio Capello, based on their recent form, I would be paying far more attention to Daniel Sturridge and Theo Walcott for at least the first two games in the group stage of Euro 2012.
The next time some wiseass says there’s no audience for this sport in the USA, demand that they watch a Portland Timbers game in the next MLS season.
If there ever was a group of death in a competition Group B (Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and Denmark) is it. The Danes must feel cursed.
As much as I love Barcelona, today’s El Clásico will be one of the toughest in recent years. Real Madrid is playing very well and they may end their drought. I hope I’m wrong.
I’m beginning to think that Luis Suarez is channeling Paulo di Canio.
Anyone want to make a guess as to how many times Cristiano Ronaldo tumbles to the ground today?
Visca el Barça!