Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Slight Of Hand News

-Here it is everyone! The hoax of the year! The entire Houston Republic Football Club thing was a joke! WOW! I totally fell for it. An amazing trick to play on all us gullible fools who really want quality and tradition in our soccer teams. The person who did this, Taco Jones, gets my vote for Human Of The Year!
-US Soccer has awarded Kasey Keller with its Male Player Of The Year award, and Benny Feilhaber with its Young Player Of The Year award. On the Women's side, Kristine Lilly and Lori Chalupny were the winners.
-BQ sent us a feature story (from a week or two back) from the Fulham FC website on Super Mac. Brian McBride is having a great season which continued yesterday with another typically powerful match against Chelsea even though they lost 2-3. McBride scored Fulhams first, and drew the penalty for the second. Here is a match report on that game. Did you know that McBride is Fulhams leading scorer?
-In other English boxing day matches: Claudio Reyna & Man City lost a wild one 4-3 at Wigan. Eddie Lewis played his usual game as Leeds pummeled Coventry 3-1. Brad Freidel pitched his 8th shutout of the season for Blackburn, 0-2 over Middlesbrough, and Jonny Spector came on late to try to help out Charlton who lost again, this time 0-1 to the Arse. Charlton have fallen all the way down to 12th.
-Reading is starting to pull away in the English Championship Division with another win 0-2 over Wolves, & their nearest competitor Sheff Utd losing 1-3 to Norwich. The lead is now 9 points for Bobby Convey, Marcus Hahnemann and Co. Convey scored the 2nd goal, his 4th of the season. His team, like all the English FA teams play 3 more games in the next week - Wed Dec 28 v Leicester, Sat Dec 31 at Derby, & Mon Jan 2 v Cardiff.
-DaMarcus Beasley scored too! His PSV Eindhoven team won 0-2 over Nijmegen, vaulting them back into 1st Place by 3 points as Alkmaar lost 2-0 to Feyenoord. PSV play next on Thursday at home v Twente, and then are off until Jan 15.
-Serie A & La Liga both resume games on Jan 8, Ligue Un on Jan 4, and die Bundesliga at the end of next month on January the 28th.
-In case you missed this exciting Christmas time message - Paolo Di'Canio has stated for the record that "I am not a racist. I am a facist." Yes, yes. Quite different then. Sorry to have bothered you. Carry on old chap.
-Universidad Catolica have won Chile's Clausura Championship. It was the teams 9th title, but first since 2002.
-Freddy Adu started and played very well for Team Ronaldo at the United Nations Match Against Poverty last Thursday in Dusseldorf. Team Zidane won the match 4-2.
-The US Soccer Players Assoc checks in with Earnie Stewart.
-Our man Simon Kuper writes in the Financial Times: Arsenal slide from present to the past
-The Mexican Interliga Tournament kicks into action next week. More later.
-Sports Illustrated is sporting 2 new columns. Luis Bueno: Mexican players are making inroads in the Old World, and Gabriele Marcotti: Three aging players are competing on their own terms.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune gives us: The good, the bad and the beautiful (game). Hughes also writes about the ailing Argentinian legend Alfredo Di Stefano: Di Stefano of Real Madrid hospitalized by heart attack, and Michael Owen's return to England from Spain: For Owen in '05, a holiday at home.
-The International Herald Tribune also ran their sports pictures of the year. Here is mine.
-The Guardian's Fiver gives out their 2005 Super Deluxe Bumper Christmas Awards!
-See some awesome Zinedine Zidane video footage compiled by the Flatlander from the False 45th!
-An interview with Metrostars youngster Michael Bradley at Soccernet.
-Also at Soccernet, Ives Galarcep tries to boil down what might be learned at the upcoming USA domestic-players-only training camp.


Blogger Flatlander said...


Thanks for the mention and the link. I think you need to change the address on the link though. It currently goes to the article from the Guardian about The Swells Awardz.

2:53 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i really screwed that one up didn't i
sorry man
thanks for the heads up
its corrected now

10:10 AM  

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