Hi folks, I’m still here with a thousand apologies for
seeming like I dropped off the face of the earth not having posted lately. To be perfectly frank, I have not been watching much soccer lately. Life here in Brazil took some unexpected turns, but things are running more smoothly now.
A few quick points:
- It tests one’s patience to be an Arsenal fan. I think that their recent inconsistent form shows that they are sorely missing Santi Cazorla to complement Mesut Ozil in midfield. I also think Arsene Wenger, their coach has made some bad choices lately.
- In Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium one wonders whose knees are knocking the loudest: Leo Messi’s, Neymar’s or the coach, Luis Enrique. A month ago the championship seemed almost to be theirs. Now they are in first solely on goal differential with Atlético Madrid. They are out of the Champion’s League, so no chance for more than two trophies this year.
- Paris St. Germain won the French Ligue 1 more than a month ago. Are they really that good or is it a combination of the Qatari money and a very uncompetitive league? They are currently 38 points ahead with a plus 71 goal differential. Enjoy it while you can. Zlatan Ibrahamovic’s contract is up this year, and at 34, I think he will be going elsewhere. Edinson Cavani is constantly being bandied about for possible transfers.
- it looks like another season Bundesliga 2 for my beloved Kaiserslautern Red Devils. Meanwhile in Bundesliga 1, Bayern Munich continues to roll on.
- As pained as I am by Arsenal’s sloppiness, the best Cinderella story in European football now is Leicester City. They have already qualified for next year’s Champions League and are on the cusp of the title. I can live with them winning the title, especially if they keep Tottenham Hotspur from winning.
- I did not see the Nigel de Jong foul the other day, but I do remember writing on this site during the 2010 World Cup that he is a red card waiting to happen. it would be nice if he got one now and then.
- I really hope that the US Women’s National Team gets pay equity. Three World Cup titles and four Olympic Gold Medals versus zero of each for the men’s team speaks volumes. I’m not knocking the men’s team; I’m merely pointing out the incredible history of the women’s team. Kudos to Tim Howard for having their back.
I will be covering the Euro 2016 Tournament as well as the Copa America Centenary Tournament. I missed you guys.