Wednesday, February 22, 2006

These Days News

The CONCACAF Champions Cup 2006 launches tonight and Thursday. You can see all but 1 match of the whole tournament on Fox Soccer Channel. Here are the 8 teams schedules and TV times:
First Legs
Wed Feb 22
Olimpia v Toluca - 6:30PM Central
Portmore United v Club America - 8:30PM Central
New England v Alajuelense - no TV - Live audio commentary on the Revolution-LD Alajuelense match at 6 p.m. Wednesday is available through Revolution Soccer.
Thur Feb 23
Los Angeles v Saprissa - Thu Feb 23 10:00PM Central
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Frank Dell'apa scouts New England's opponent Alajuelense, who I learned today are referred to as "Liga", for tonights CC match. This article of his is from the Boston Globe.
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MLSnet also has previews for both MLS teams in the CC. New England - and - Los Angeles.
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Holy Uptight Germans Batman! Kasey Keller gets fined by the Bundesliga for singing with fans after their victory last Saturday. Wow! What is that all about? Germans, please eat some bran flakes and loosen up a bit!
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Listen in to The Soccer Hour With Glenn Davis - Tonight (Wednesday) at 9pm central on ESPN 790 AM, if you are in the Houston area, or at ESPN790 on the web. Glenn's guests will be none other than the woman who lead the charge against the name "1836" - Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, AND, USA & Kansas City striker extraordinaire Eddie Johnson! They will be taking your calls at 713-212-5790.
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Mid-Atlantic Soccer chat with DC United boss Peter Nowak about many things, but not "The Incident".
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The same people then have a Q&A session with the 3 DCU Argentines - Gomez, Erpen & Filomeno.
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USL First Division team Atlanta has now officially embarked on "phase 2" of their new stadium building project. They expect the new home to hold 15,000. Awesome.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer says the Metrostars are still searching for 3 starters.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune talks to Chicago boy Jay DeMerit about life at Watford in England's Championship Division.
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Soccer365 has Andrea Canales talk to former Fire-Men and now Goats, Ante Razov & Jesse Marsch.
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While Mark Zeigler covers the Olympics in Turin for the San Diego Union Tribune, he takes time to check in on The Old Lady, Juventus, also of Turin. And he also writes his regular weekly Trophies, Red Cards & Sidelines column.
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More Heath Pearce talk, this time from Jack Bell at the New York Times. I am glad Heath is getting all this publicity and even gladder that he is a left back. But I just wish he was a better player RIGHT NOW (man). The USA needs a left back desperately.
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Young attacker Will John has joined his home town team Kansas City for his second MLS season. MLSnet has a profile on the man.
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NYNJSoccer learns all about DC United comeback striker Alecko Eskandarian.
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Inter, who dropped to 3rd in Italy last weekend after a 0-0 draw with Livorno, have had star Adriano banned for the next two matches after he slapped Livorno defender Alessandro Grandoni in the face during the match. Idiot!
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Bora Milutinovic did NOT get the job coaching Togo for the World Cup. The job went instead to German Otto Pfister.
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UEFA Champions League action last night, - the 2 legged knockout matches (return legs in 2 weeks). Here are the match-ups, and some scores:
Yesterday:
Bayern 1-1 Milan - Ballack thundered Bayern into the lead with a huge shot, but Milan and Shevckenko got a bogus penalty to snag a draw. Bayern deserved better, even though Milan was attacking like crazy.
Benfica 1-0 Liverpool - The champs got a taste of their own medicine. Benfica sat back and dared Liverpool to open up, which of course they did not. So it took at goal in the 85th minute off a headed free kick to snatch the big win for the home underdogs.
Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal - All the pundits said RM were going to roll over the Arse. But RM played nervous and "not to lose". And when you have Henry on your team, you always have a chance. He burned the home team more than once and got the victory with the all important away goal! Touche!
PSV 0-1 Lyon - Oh boy, PSV had about 6 great chances in the first half to score and they blew it. The second half was a stalemate with Lyon doing a great job of stuffing PSV back into the middle of the field. Then Lyon got their chance on a free kick, and Juninho did his magic with a tremendous free kick for the winner (and the huge away goal)! Foolishly PSV coach Gus Hiddink chose not to use the Jitterbug DaMarcus Beasley at all.
Today:
Chelsea v Barcelona on ESPN2 at 1:30pm central time
Rangers v Villarreal
Bremen v Juventus
Ajax v Inter
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I read a quote this morning from PSV coach Gus Hiddink where he said that inexperience really cost his team in their loss to Lyon last night, but he had a guy warming up the whole second half who scored 4 goals last year in the Champions League, but chose not to use him. Yes that was DaMarcus Beasley. In my book that makes it a pretty lame excuse by Gus. He shortchanged his own team for some reason. The mirror Gus, the mirror. Use it for self examination.
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And even more enlightening for DMB is an article that will appear today in the Dutch magazine Voetbal International. DaMarcus has plenty to say about PSV, and he is not happy. BigSoccer poster "Johan Derksen" translates part of the story.
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Jonathan Woodgate played less than 9 minutes for Real Madrid in the Champions League yesterday before re-injuring his thigh. Wow. This is pretty bad. He has missed most of the last 2 years with this reoccurring injury. And he needs a haircut too.
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Rob Hughes on Thierry, The Arse, & the (cough cough) Galacticos: Real dawdles, and Henry executes, in the International Herald Tribune.
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Copa Libertadores Group stage!! This weeks matches and scores:
Tue Feb 21
Estudiantes LP 4-3 Sporting Cristal - Grupo 2
Newell's Old Boys 2-0 Unión Española - Grupo 3
Tigres UANL 5-4 Deportivo Cali - Grupo 4
Wed Feb 22
Goiás EC - The Strongest - Grupo 3
Corinthians - Universidad Católica - Grupo 4
Pumas UNAM - UA Maracaibo - Grupo 6
Thur Feb 23
Internacional - Nacional - Grupo 6
Rosario Central - Cerro Porteño - Grupo 7
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Soccerway has capsule reviews of all three of last nights Libertadores games! Thank you SW.
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UEFA.com's Q&A with Real Madrid's baby boy Robinho.
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UEFA.com has a story on the Netherlands current coach and legendary Euro player Marco Van Basten.
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Our friend Lance lays some more great info on us - in the spirit of Lyon's Brazilian striker Fred, we now have a Brazilain named in a way you could call the Anti-Fred, Creedance Clearwater Couto, who plays for Lierse in Belgium.
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Lance also sent me a link to an excellent indepth fan run German soccer site - Abseits (which means "offside" in German).
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My email pal Zach is a huge fan of Subbuteo. If you are like me, you don't know much about it, but use your ignorance to fear it is like Soccer Dungeons & Dragons. Of course it's not, but I looooooove to judge things that I know nothing about. Zach is a master, and he tells me, thus I am telling you, that we should all take a moment to check out American Subbuteo. So do it, dude.

1 Comments:

Anonymous ken said...

Thanks for not mentioning that Fiorentina lost and Roma won, knocking them down to 5th place. I truly appreciate it.

3:36 PM  

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