Friday, March 09, 2007

The First Earl Of Sauerkraut News

DC United midfielder and sage Ben Olsen talking about new teammate Luciano Emilio: "He just doesn't speak very good English - at all - but he 'speaks English' all the time. He speaks like, five different languages, so it's amazing how quick he picks up English. Every day he's got a new sentence, and he just says the sentence the entire day. Every time he scores, he gives it the old Dave Johnson, 'It's in the net!' And he just keeps saying that over and over. So he's already got that one down."

The LA Galaxy have announced The World Series of Football! (With any luck at all that name will cause every traditional American sports journalist and fan a major conniption! I love it.) The gist of the tournament is 4 teams playing two double header matches at the Home Deport Center in Carson California for a prize of some sort. The teams taking part will be Los Angeles Galaxy, Chelsea, South Korea's Suwon Bluewings and Mexico's UANL Tigres. Here is the game schedule:
July 17
Galaxy v Tigres
Chelsea v Bluewings
July 21
Galaxy v Chelsea
Bluewings v Tigres
-Three points for a win, one for a draw and the top point getter wins the .... thing. Tie breakers are many and weird, like total team toe nail length etc.
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Luis Bueno & Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News talk to long time LA Galaxy defender Tyrone Marshall.
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Red Bull bought the Metrostars one year ago today. Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer reviews the past 12 months.
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Some Chicago Fire fans have formed what is believed to be the first female supporters group, The Shandy Sisters. I don't know what the name refers to, but the idea sounds excellent to me. I look forward to meeting them on opening day. Thanks to Dan G for tipping me off to this.
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Luis Arroyave on his blog The Red Card says Chicago Fire Pres John Guppy traveled to Mexico last weekend to meet with Cuauhtemoc Blanco.
-Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America gives us his knowledge of the situation.
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Lots of rumblings about DC United signing Brazilian midfielder Fred from Melbourne, but the deal is NOT done yet. One thing to note though, his contract at his Australian team is over, so he is essentially a free agent.
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The DCenters, the amazing DC United fan blog, has an interview today with new DCU back up keeper Jay Nolly.
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The Columbus Dispatch reports on the Crew's acquisition of youngster Robbie Rogers.
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Bill Urban at the US Players Assoc looks at these early days of building Toronto FC.
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Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail talks to TFC coach Mo Johnston about these same early days at the club.
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The San Francisco Chronicle with more on the possible new stadium being built in San Jose, and the return of the Earthquakes team.
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Yanks Abroad talks to USA & West Ham defender Jonathan Spector about his near future with the national team.
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The Reading Evening Post with an article on what the loss of Bobby Convey to injury has meant to his team. The coaches say his injury has been the low point of the season for the club.
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The FA Cup page with a short article on Watford's American defender Jay DeMerit. Jay's team take on Plymouth Argyle in the quarterfinals Sunday.
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Copa Libertadores - here are the week's matches:
Thursday March 8
River Plate 0-1 Caracas
Cienciano 5-1 Bolivar
-Match reports via Yahoo Sports.
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UEFA Cup - Here are the round of 16 first legs scores (second leg games are on March 15):
Newcastle 4-2 AZ Alkmaar
Maccabi Haifa 0-0 Espanyol
Rangers 1-1 Osasuna
Braga 2-3 Tottenham
Sevilla 2-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
Lens 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Paris St Germain 2-1 Benfica
Celta de Vigo 0-1 Werder Bremen
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Big Euro matches this weekend
Barca v Real Madrid - the Spanish Classico - live at 3pm central time on GolTV.
Inter v Milan - the Milan derby - live at 9am central time on GolTV.
Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen - #4 v #2, if Bayern have any chance to get back in the race then they must win this game. See it at 11am central on GolTV.
AZ Alkmaar v Feyenoord - #2 v #5
Twente Enschede v Ajax - #3 v #4
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6th round of the English FA Cup is this weekend:
Middlesbrough v Man United
Chelsea v Tottenham
Blackburn v Man City
Plymouth Argyle v Watford
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Here is the draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions League:
Milan v Bayern Munich
PSV v Liverpool
Roma v Manchester United
Chelsea v Valencia
-Matchday 9 is April 3 & 4, with Matchday 10 return legs on April 10 & 11.
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Derek Rae, the main game announcer for the Champions League on ESPN, with a new column at Soccernet, talking Champions League, and especially praising Liverpeople manager Rafa Benitez.
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Cienciano coach Julio Cesar Uribe has been named as the new coach of Peru.
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Soccernista has a link to a new Beckham commercial for Adidas that is cool and a little different, and then a link to a 5 minute Zidane video bio piece that is pretty cool too.
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Everybody loves the Volzy! The Fulham website with a feature on their midfielder Moritz Volz.
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The Guardian looks at the Russian league as it gets set to re-ingage it's season very soon.
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Roberto Carlos will not renew his contract at Real Madrid when his current deal runs out at the end of this season. No word yet on where he will play.
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Seems that Arsene Wenger reads du Nord religiously, and last night he read my words on Thierry Henry, took them to heart, then put them into action this morning. Arsenal have announced Thierry Henry will miss the rest of the EPL season to recover from his myriad of injuries. While us fans will miss his brilliance for a few months, he should return to 100% by August. From the Arse website.
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And the answer to the shortage of healthy strikers at Manchester United is................ Chinese Dong Fangzhuo! Yes. It's about time. Actually I have no idea who he is, but he was signed by the club 3 years ago, spent two season at Royal Antwerp and the latest on the Man U reserves. In the immortal words of Dr Seuss - Go Dong Go.
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A new movie is coming out called Offside, which is the tale young Iranian girls who just love the game and want to watch, but politics and religion get in the way. This looks decent. See the trailer here.


Anonymous Susan said...

Bruce, a shandy is beer mixed with ginger ale or sprite. Sounds awful, but an occasional shandy helped my Irish grandma live to a ripe old age. Thanks for the link, I'm even more psyched for the season now. You're going to the Fire opener? We should try to meet, if I don't die of blogger's block first.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I love the idea the World Series of Football, but they really shouldn't pretend its a tournament. Its a series of exhibitions. To expand on the toenail comment above, look at the complete rules:

Each team will play a pair of games during the tournament. In addition to playing the Galaxy, Chelsea and Tigres will both face Suwon. Chelsea and Tigres will not face each other, nor will the Galaxy and Suwon.

The teams will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw. The team with the most points after two games will be declared the champion, and in the event of a tie, the winner will be determined first by goal differential, then goals scored, and then goals allowed, with a coin flip being the last option.

Tigres have the crap draw for sure.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two things:

1) The Portland Timbers supporters group, the Timbers Army, has long had two all female groups in it: the Cider Girls (who have their own scarf) and the Aaron Fecking Lines Fan Club (who had cool t-shirts). It's simply accepted in Portland that cool, hot women love footie.

2) "Offside" is a really good movie much more about fandom than football.

bickle of the Timbers Army

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout out and the great comments & information. We'll have to check out the Timbers groups -- I'd love to get my hands on a "Cider Girls" scarf if they're still available.
Shandy T.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Pedro Morgado said...

Nice game. Supporters were fantastic.

This picture is wonderful.

Thank you, spurs!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bahahaha total team toenail length, brilliant

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Shandy Sisters said...

Great blog. Stop by our tailgate at the opener!

10:43 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i will be in full attendance for all tailgating at chicago v new england season opener and hope to meet a ton more people, like i do every chicago trip!

they could easily make the world series of football a complete tournament by adding one more set of games, then everyone would play the round robin and all would be fair in love and war!

go timber fans! unless you are playing the thunder, then you can go to hell!

9:30 AM  

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