Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Crabbity Cryme News

Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle with a simple article on respect.


Just 5 days before their huge game in Barcelona, Real Madrid has canned coach Bernd Schuster and hired former Sevilla & Tottenham manager Juande Ramos. Will it matter? Highly doubtful. Madrid's problems were all injury related, not picking the team and on-field tactics.


Jamaica, Grenada, Guadeloupe & Cuba are the four finalists in the Caribbean Championship taking place right now in Jamaica. See all the details in the tournaments section below.


The real Ronaldo signed a contract today to play with Corinthians of Sao Paulo in Brazil. I hope he finds a way to get back in shape and light up the field at least one more time!

MLS Team News


Bakary Soumare is the guest blogger today (live from the MLS-GA tour of England) on Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune's blog The Red Card.
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Late but timely still: Steve Sirk with his post MLS Cup victory edition of his hefty Notebook.
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The official FCD blog tells us that their keeper Dario Sala was in Mexico competing in a goalkeeper skills competition, and he was the winner. Info on the contest. And then words from the champ himself - pretty cool stuff here.
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The team has signed defensive midfielder Clyde Simms to a new contract.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Chronicle with a few notes on player contracts. (In the middle of the article)
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Jeff Carlisle of ESPN Soccernet feels the Dynamo are still probably the team to beat in 09.
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Shalrie Joseph shares his video goodbye to Michael Parkhurst (and Khano Smith). And other locker-room yakity yak. From Shalrie's own site. Good stuff. Thanks man.
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Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald and Monique Walker of the Boston Globe both have articles on the departure of the Rev's star centerback Michael Parkhurst.
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The New York Times blog Goal with an article about Parkhurst's move.
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Morgan Campbell who covers TFC for the Star is moving over to cover baseball. He will be replaced, but they don't who will cover the team yet.
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Kyle McCarthy of Goal.com takes us through the offseason for the Eastern Conference teams.
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MLS Generation Adidas Team

The league has sent a Select team of their best young talent to England for a week of matches, training, and taking in the big time professional culture of world football.
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Matches & Scores:
-Mon Dec 8
Reading Reserves 1-0 MLS-GA - Read goal by David Mooney.
-Wed Dec 10
Chelsea Reserves v MLS-GA
-Thu Dec 11
Aston Villa Reserves v MLS-GA
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MLS Stadium Talk

The KC Star with some of the minutiae it takes to build a stadium, especially at this time when money is tight and people are freaking out about it.
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MLS Expansion News

The Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland OR with an article about the chances the Portland Timbers move up to MLS.
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Americans In Europe

Michael Parkhurst looking happy at his new home and sharp in his new team kit at Nordsjaelland.
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The Glasgow Evening Times has an article which insinuates that Maurice Edu is struggling at Rangers.
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Yanks Abroad talks to Matt Taylor about his surprising first season at Koblenz in the 2nd division in Germany.
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Greg Seltzer at No Short Corners on Charlie Davies about him leaving Hammarby and possibly heading to Sochaux in France, and multiple offers for Oguchi Onyewu.
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The Eastern Daily Press has rumblings of Brian McBride going to Norwich on loan.
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English Championship Division
-Bobby Convey - Reading - v Blackpool on Tue Dec 9
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - v Norwich on Wed Dec 10
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - v Blackpool on Tue Dec 9
-Eddie Johnson - Cardiff - at Burnley on Tue Dec 9
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - v QPR on Tue Dec 9
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(only players who saw the field are listed)

German Bundesliga 2
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - came on as a sub in the 64th minute, but the game was already over by then and they lost 4-0 at Nurnberg.
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Caribbean Championship

The teams are split into 2 groups and play a round robin format within that group. The top 2 from each group move on to the semifinals, and also qualify for next summers Gold Cup.
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Matches & Scores:
-Wed Dec 3
Trinidad & Tobago 1-2 Grenada - T&T goal by Cornell Glen. Gren goals by Kithson Bain & Ricky Charles.
Jamaica 2-1 Barbados - Jam goals by Dane Richards & Luton Shelton(PK). Barb goal by Riviere Williams.
-Thu Dec 4
Guadeloupe 1-2 Cuba - Guad goal by Lery Hanany. Cuba goals by Reysandry Fernandez & Roberto Linares.
Haiti 1-1 Antigua & Barbuda - Hai goal by Sony Norde. A&B goal by Peter Byers.
-Fri Dec 5
Barbados 1-2 Trinidad & Tobago - Barb goal by Gregory Goodridge. T&T goals both by Errol Mcfarlene(both on PKs) .
Jamaica 4-0 Grenada - Jam goals by Eric Vernan, Luton Shelton, Andy Williams & Demar Phillips.
-Sat Dec 6
Haiti 2-3 Guadeloupe - Hait goals by Jean Michel Boucicaut,(PK) & Raymond Enderson. Guad goals by Mickael Antoine-Curier, Mickael Nicoise & Jean Luc Lambourde.
Cuba 3-0 Antigua & Barbuda - Cuba goals by Yenier Marquez, Roberto Linares & Jaine Colome.
-Sun Dec 7
Grenada 4-2 Barbados - Gren goals by Kithson Bain(3!) & Marcus Julien. Barb goals by Norman Forde & Riviere Williams.
Jamaica 1-1 Trinidad & Tobago - Jam goal by Eric Vernan . T&T goal by Errol Mcfarlane.
-Mon Dec 8
Antigua & Barbuda 2-2 Guadeloupe - A&B goals both by Peter Byers. Guad goals by Mickael Antoine-Curier & Gregory Gendrey.
Cuba 0-1 Haiti - Hait goal by Jean Michael Boucicaut.
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Official web site
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Group A - All 3 Games Played
adv - 7 Jamaica
adv - 6 Grenada
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out - 4 Trinidad & Tobago
out - 0 Barbados

Group B - All 3 Games Played
adv - 6 Cuba
adv - 4 Guadeloupe
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out - 4 Haiti
out - 2 Antigua & Barbuda
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The top 2 from each group advance to the semifinals of this tournament, AND to next Summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.
-So, Jamaica, Grenada, Cuba & Guadeloupe has the teams who have qualified for the Gold Cup. While T&T is out.
-Guadeloupe & Haiti were tied on points, head to head, and goal differential, so the tie breaker went to most goals scored and Guade won that battle 6-4 to advance.
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-Thu Dec 11
Jamaica v Guadeloupe
Cuba v Grenada
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CONCACAF Champions League

Draw for the knock-out stages is Wed Dec 10.
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Canada & CSA News

Gareth Wheeler of the Toronto Sun wonders what real changes will be made at the Canadian FA to get them moving in the right direction. And when might any word of those changes be heard? And why haven't there been any so far? Lot's of question. No answers. Wheeler also points out that the players have done a lot of finger pointing, but none of them have taken any responsibility for their horrible performances.
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Mexico & FMF News

Apertura Final
-Wed Dec 10
Cruz Azul v Toluca - live at ?pm central on Azteca America.
-Sat Dec 13
Toluca v Cruz Azul - live at ?pm central on Telemundo.
-Thanks to Luis for the heads up on TV channels.
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Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle previews the final series.
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Tim Vickery of Sports Illustrated writes about 3 time running Brazilian champs Sao Paulo and why all other clubs want to be them.
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England News

Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra has been given a 4 game suspension for his part in a post game shoving and shouting incident at Chelsea last year. Seems a bit harsh to me.
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European News


Werder Bremen has lost a second player this week to suspension. Diego got a 4 game suspension for grabbing a Karlsruhe player by the neck. Yesterday Claudio Pizzaro got 3 games hitting a Karlsruhe player.
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Milan stalwart Rino Gattuso blew out his knee last weekend in their match and now most likely miss the rest of the season.
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Barney Ronay of the Guardian on the hiring of Juande Ramos as the new boss of Real Madrid.
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Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian writes about Transylvanian club CFR Cluj who have gone from Champions League glory to total misery in just a few short months this fall.
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UEFA Champions League

Matchday 6 Matches & Scores
-Tue Dec 9
Chelsea v CFR Cluj
Roma v Bordeaux
Panathinaikos v Anorthosis
Werder Bremen v Inter Milan
Basel v Sporting
Barcelona v Shakhtar Donetsk
PSV Eindhoven v Liverpool
Marseille v Atletico Madrid
-Wed Dec 10
Manchester United v Aalborg
Celtic v Villarreal
Steaua Bucuresti v Fiorentina
Lyon v Bayern Munich
Porto v Arsenal
Dynamo Kyiv v Fenerbahce
Juventus v BATE Borisov
Real Madrid v Zenit St Petersburg
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13 of the 16 spots in the knock out stages have been secured already. So the last 3 will be decided today and tomorrow, along with the eight #1 and #2 seeds.
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Group Standings
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World News

Graham at Advantage Played has an exclusive interview with a more worldly Ruud Gullit than most of us are aware of. He is blinding us with science.
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FIFA Club World Cup

Reuters with a story on Pachuca's wishes for this tournament. Via Yahoo Sports.
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The tournament starts Thu Dec 11 from Japan.
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The Road To World Cup 2010 - South Africa News

BuaNews reports that South Africa will be using a special Event Visa for all foreign travelers to the World Cup. These will be handled different from regular Visa's and have special station set up to deal with those people in a more timely fashion. Some of the very biggest airports in the world will have SA customs agents that will clear people as they board their planes TO South Africa. Nicely done.


Blogger kj said...

McBride to Norwich? For real? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. :)

6:01 PM  

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