Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Jump Around News

-The fine & upstanding weblog Climbing The Ladder has started their own MLS awards and asked fellas like myself to join in the voting. The awards known as BASA's (Blogosphere American Soccer Awards) are given out starting yesterday in many categories. Check em out now.
-Carling Cup matches are back again this week in England:
Aston Villa v Burnley
Blackburn v Leeds
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Doncaster v Gillingham
Fulham v West Brom
Mansfield v Millwall
Reading v Sheff Utd
Sunderland v Arsenal
Wigan v Watford
Birmingham v Norwich
Bolton v West Ham
Cardiff v Leicester
Chelsea v Charlton
Everton v Middlesbrough
Grimsby v Newcastle
Man U v Barnet
-Well, well. Benfica have a goalkeeper named Quim.
-Check out the wild stadium belonging to Braga from Portugal. You can see a prototype image, below that are pics of it being built, and then the finished product. Just click on the thumbnails. Fantastic looking place!!
-Colorado Rapids team awards:
Rookie Of The Year: Fabrice Noel
Black & Blue Player Of The Year: Eric Denton
Reserve Team Most Valuable Player: Sasha Gotsmanov
Playmaker Of The Year: Alain Nkong
Most Improved Player: Kyle Beckerman
Defender Of The Year: Nat Borchers
Humanitarian Of The Year: Nat Borchers
Golden Boot: Jeff Cunningham
Most Valuable Player: Joe Cannon
-Don't know if I ever posted this image from the Colorado stadium mock-up. It's got a very cool looking roof which I hope becomes part of the reality.
-Dalian Shide won the Chinese Super League.
-Dallas will be introducing their new General Manager today.
-Oguchi Onyewu answers questions from fans at Yanks Abroad.
-Partial Transcript of a Bobby Convey interview with Inside Soccer Radio
-Who the hell is Seth Stammler and how did he do such a number on New England last Saturday night? Read what Michael Lewis had to say about him at Big Apple Soccer.
-France Football announced their finalists for European Footballer Of The Year aka The Golden Ball (I guess all you have to do to get on this list is play for a big team and be a popular player, or get a big transfer fee paid for you): Adriano, Michael Ballack, David Beckham, Gianluigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi, Fabio Cannavaro, Jamie Carragher. Petr Cech. Andriy Shevchenko, Gregory Coupet, Cris, Deco, Dida, Didier Drogba, Emerson, Michael Essien, Samuel Eto'o, Luis Figo, Diego Forlan, Luis Garcia, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Juninho, Kaka, Frank Lampard, Roy Makaay, Claude Makelele, Paolo Maldini, Pavel Nedved, Michael Owen, Park Ji-sung, Andrea Pirlo, Raul, Juan Roman Riquelme, Arjen Robben, Roberto Carlos, Robinho, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Lilian Thuram, David Trezeguet, Marc Van Bommel, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Patrick Vieira, Xavi, Zinedine Zidane.
How can some of these guys really be on this list? Half of them don't deserve a mention: Michael Ballack, David Beckham, Gianluigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi, Fabio Cannavaro, Jamie Carragher, Didier Drogba, Emerson, Luis Figo, Luis Garcia, Michael Owen, Park Ji-sung, Raul, Arjen Robben, Roberto Carlos, Robinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lilian Thuram, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Xavi, Zinedine Zidane. Are you serious??? Come on! These dudes have had great years before, may have one again, or have the potential to at least. But Euro Player of the Year??? Get outta here.
-Soccer365 Q&A with Chicago midfielder Justin Mapp.
-Houston Chronicle Week In Review
-From todays Salt Lake Desert News: The following eight players, with home country or city in parentheses, will train with RSL over the next month: Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar (Mexico), Atiba Harris (St. Kitts and Nevis), Hwang Ho-Ryung (Korea), Nathaniel Lamptey (Ghana), Josiah Seton (Libertia), Khari Stephenson (Jamaica), Daniel Torres (Costa Rica) and Joey Worthen (Salt Lake City).


Blogger Ethan_Prime said...

So, what was Stammler's secret to shutting down Ralston?

A: Foul early and often.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

Liverpool beat again and out of the Carling Cup. Did anyone see Benitez's comments on Sky Sports? He refused to answer any questions that Sky asked him. I am not to sure about Benitez and his domestic coaching style.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

I saw the comments. I believe that he was very upset with his players but didn't want to take them to task in a public manner and so would not answer the questions as asked (for those of you who missed it, he kept replying "we are focusing on the next game").

That could be considered a good thing, not taking his players to task publicly.

He was obviously not in a good mood but biting his tongue.

10:34 AM  

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