Monday, November 28, 2011

Some Soccer News for Mon Nov 28, 2011


Bayern Munich was beaten this weekend and knocked from #1 in the Bundesliga.


Barcelona lost too, for the first time in 27 games, and fell 6 points behind Real Madrid in La Liga! And the Classico is just two weeks away!


Top seeded Guadalajara was knocked out of the Mexican playoffs in the Quarterfinals. See full Laguilla details below in Mexico section.
-#2 seed Cruz Azul is out too.
-Leaving #3 Tigres as the favorites. They have not won a championship since 1982!


Corinthians (Brazil) and Boca Juniors (Argentina) are both on the brink of winning national championships.
-See sections below for details.


The UEFA Euro 2012 Finals draw will be held on Fri Dec 2 at 11am CT. You can see it on


Tragic news from the UK that Wales head coach and former player Gary Speed took his own life on Sunday.

Henry Winter of the Telegraph with a reflection on Speed.

Dan Walker of the BBC with a personal account of the very sad news.


More horrible tragedy for soccer in Togo as the bus carrying the club team Etoile Filante suffered a "blown tire which flipped the bus and sent it down a ravine where it caught fire."

6 players have died, and 28 other players and personnel are in critically condition.


Tariq Panja of Bloomberg reports that money confiscated by FIFA in Mohamed Bin Hammam/Caribbean Football Union bribery case will be kept by FIFA and used in development projects (yet to be determined.)


Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star: "'s looking pretty certain that Octavio Zambrano won't be back. Hearing he hasn't been involved in offseason prep."

I think this is a huge mistake. As a matter of fact I think he should be the head coach, not Vermes.


Matches & Scores:
-Fri Nov 25
Udinese 2-0 Roma - the win moved Udi up to #3 and moved Rom down to #6 in Serie A.
-Sat Nov 26
Manchester United 1-1 Newcastle - the tie left them were they were at #2 & #4 in the Premier League.
Dortmund 2-0 Schalke - the win leaps Dor to #1, while Sch dropped 4th to 5th the Bundesliga.
Lazio 0-1 Juventus - the loss dropped Laz from 2nd to 4th and kept Juve at #1 in Serie A.
Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid - Real rolled in the Madrid derby.
-Sun Nov 27
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City - the tie game kept the #6 & #1 teams from gaining anything in the Premier League.
Marseille 3-0 Paris St Germain - France's biggest rivalry, and PSG fell badly from the #1 position.


Francisco "Paco" Palencia has called it a day on his playing career. One of the great Mexican players of his generation. And true gentleman as well.


Is there any chance that Steve Nicol would become the new head coach of the Colorado Rapids?


Chelsea is looking into the possibility of building a new stadium at Battersea power station. Wow. That could be very cool.

Here is a map of the area.
-The current Chelsea Stadium - Stamford Bridge - is just to the West across the river.

I was at a pretty cool event that Nike held at Battersea station about 18 months ago. Here is my close up picture of the building.

The station is most famous for being on the cover of the Pink Floyd album Animals.


General News

Teams must decide this week which veteran players contracts to pick up or they will be available to other teams next Monday for the "re-entry draft."

Trades etc

Montreal has jacked up KC who wanted to get Seth Sinovic back after losing him in the expansion draft. So MI sends him back to Kansas in exchange for Davy Arnaud and cash.
-KC looks kinda stupid for this deal. In the end they basically sold Arnaud to Montreal, when they should have gotten more for him.


LA has sold goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to Montreal.


The Crew showed off their new uni's for next season. The primary, followed by the secondary. They seem to have been designed with a front of shirt sponsor in mind.


Leander Schaerlaeckens of ESPN does a Q & A with Dwayne DeRosario.


Andy Najar is off to Tottenham for some offseason training.


DCU has introduced their 2012 uniforms too. The usual black, and a secondary white. They will use their 2011 Red kit on certain occasions again too.


SKC has signed goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen to a new contract through the 2014 season.


Rory Squires of Leaders In Football looking on from afar sees David Beckham's impact on MLS as very positive.


Montreal Impact signed defensive midfielder Bryan Arguez from the Ft Lauderdale Strikers.


New York has released John Rooney from the team.


John George (no, not George John) of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the Union has added 3 new minor-equity investors to the ownership group.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC has a Q & A with Caps technical director Tom Soehn recapping year one.


Tim Ream to get a try outs at Bolton & West Brom in England?


LA Galaxy Asia Pacific Tour 2011
-All games will be shown on Fox Soccer.

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Nov 30
Indonesian Super League All-Stars v LA Galaxy
Venue: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium - Jakarta, Indonesia
-Sat Dec 3
Philippines National Team v LA Galaxy
Venue: Rizal Memorial Stadium - Manila, Philippines
-Tue Dec 6
Melbourne Victory v LA Galaxy
Venue: Etihad Stadium - Melbourne, Australia


NCAA Champpionship Tournament - Quarterfinals

Matches & Scores:
-Sat Dec 3
North Carolina v St Mary's
Louisville v UCLA
Connecticut v Charlotte
Creighton v USF

Semifinals and Final will be played on Dec 9 & 11 in Hoover AL.


Amobi Okugo of Philadelphia is set to spend some off season time training in Germany at Freiburg.


Coming up this week is the Nike International Friendlies.

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Nov 30
USA v France - 4pm CT on FOX Soccer
Brazil v Turkey
-Fri Dec 2
USA v Turkey - 4pm CT on FOX Soccer
France v Brazil
-Sun Dec 4
USA v Brazil - 4pm CT on FOX Soccer
Turkey v France


Timmy Chandler got the games only goal for Nurnberg!
-Its interesting how he is playing right attacking midfielder for his club and left fullback for country, where as Fabian Johnson is playing left attacking midfielder for country and left back for club. Will Klinsi get this one right any time soon?


Rangers, with Carlos Bocanegra not in uniform due to a hamstring injury, lost their first game of the season. He is expected to miss at least one more week.


Charles Kazlauskas was the second player on his team to see red, in the 40th min, and they lost badly at home 0-7 to Willem II. Ugh.


This was the last week of the Norwegian season.


Game Action:
BELGIUM - Pro League
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - played the full 90 and won 2-3 at Zulte-Waregem.

Stefan Jerome - Sigma Olomouc - came on as a sub in the 86th min but lost 0-2 v Hradec Kralove.

DENMARK - Superliga
Clarence Goodson - Brondy - went the distance but lost 0-1 v Horsens.
Conor O'Brien - SonderjyskE - on the bench but did not play as they won 3-1 v Lyngby.
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - went the distance and they won 1-2 at Silkeborg.
Chris Rolfe - AaB - went the full 90 but lost 0-2 v AGF Aarhus.
Brad Rusin - HB Koge - came on as a sub in the 81st min but lost 2-1 at Kobenhavn.

ENGLAND - Premier League
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the whole game as they drew 1-1 at Arsenal.
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - in goal as usual and they won 1-3 at West Bromwich.
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - on the bench for a 0-0 tie at Swansea.
Tim Howard - Everton - played the whole game and won 0-2 at Bolton.

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - came on as a sub in the 78th min but lost 3-1 at West Ham.
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - started and went 78 min but lost 1-0 at Cardiff City.
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - went the full 90 getting a yellow card and drew 2-2 at Blackpool.

ENGLAND - League One
Mike Grella - Brentford - came on as a sub in the 70th as they won 1-2 at Rochdale.
Anton Peterlin - Wallsall - on the bench as they drew 0-0 at Stevenage.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg - played the entire match scoring a goal as they won 1-0 v Kaiserslautern.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the distance as they drew 0-0 v Hamburg.
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim - played the whole game and set up a goal as they drew 1-1 v Freiburg.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke - played the full match but lost 2-0 v Dortmund.
Daniel Williams - Hoffenheim - went the full 90 getting a yellow card as they tied 1-1 v Frieburg.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt - started and went 73 min getting a yellow card as they drew 0-0 at Energie Cottbus.
Luis Robles - Karlsruher - played the entire match but lost 0-2 v Alemanni Aachen.
Matt Taylor - Paderborn - started and played 65 min as they drew 2-2 at FSV Frankfurt.

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Ryan Adeleye - Hapoel Be'er Sheva - went the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Ashdod.
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - played the full match as they drew 1-1 at Bnei Sakhnin.

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - played the whole game but got beaten 4-0 at Milan.

NETHERLANDS - Eredivisie
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar - started and went 80 min as they won 2-0 v Utrecht.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - started but got 2 yellow cards and they lost 0-7 v Willem II.

NORWAY - Eliteserien
Joe Bendik - Sogndal - went the distance as they won 2-1 v Molde.
Erik Benjaminsen - Stabaek - on the bench as they lost 2-0 at Valerenga.
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - went the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Valerenga.

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - went the full 90 but lost 1-0 at Benfica.

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - went the distance but lost 2-3 v Moreirense.

SCOTLAND - Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - came on as a sub in the 70th for Edu but they lost 1-0 at Kilmarnock.
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - did not suit up
Mo Edu - Rangers - started and went 70 min but lost 1-0 at Kilmarnock.


Coming Up:

ENGLAND - Championship League
Conor Doyle - Derby County - Tue Nov 29 v Brighton & Hove
Robbie Findley - Nottingham Forest - Tue Nov 29 v Leeds
Danny Potts - West Ham - Tue Nov 29 at Middlesbrough

UEFA - Europa League - Group Stage - Matchday 5
Jozy Altidore - AZ - Wed Nov 30 at Malmo
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Wed Nov 30 at Standard Liege
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Thu Dec 1 at Twente
Brad Friedel - Tottenham - Wed Nov 30 v PAOK
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Thu Dec 1 at AEK Athens
Jermiane Jones - Schalke - Thu Dec 1 v Steaua Buchurest
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - Thu Dec 1 v Zurich
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - Wed Nov 30 at Braga


Edgar Castillo has again been loaned out by America for the next season, this time to Tijuana.


Soccer By Ives reports that Greg Garza is on trial at Tijuana.


Tom Marshall of talks to Michael Hoyos who says he is still open to playing for the USA, "If this don't work out with Argentina."



#1 Guadalajara and #2 Cruz Azul are both OUT!


Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg (with 1st Leg scores included)
-Sat Nov 26
Cruz Azul 1-2 Morelia - Mor advances 4-2 on aggreagte.
Guadalajara 0-0 Queretaro - Que advances 2-1 on aggregate.
-Sun Nov 27
Santos Laguna 2-1 Chicapas Jaguares - SL advances 4-3 on aggregate.
UANL Tigres 3-0 Pachuca - Tig advances 4-0 on aggregate.



Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed Dec 30
Morelia v Santos Laguna
-Thu Dec 1
Queretaro v Tigres
2nd Leg
-Sat Dec 3
Santos Laguna v Morelia
-Sun Dec 4
Tigres v Queretaro


John Ashdown, Gregg Roughley, Evan Fanning and Alan Gardner of the Guardian with five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Sid Lowe of the Guardian says the power shift from Barcelona to Real Madrid is nearly complete, and the rest of the weekend in La Liga.


La Liga Mid-week Make Up Game:
-Tue Nov 29
Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian says the old boys are still getting it done, and a review of the latest round in Serie A.


Serie A Mid-week Make Up Game:
-Tue Nov 29
Napoli v Juventus


Matchday 5 - Wed Nov 30 & Thu Dec 1.

Group Standings


Recap du Nord: Only 2 teams left in the race with 1 round left to play. #1 Corinthians and #2 Vasco both won leaving the gap at 2 points. They both play next Sunday.

Serie A Standings (37 of 38 games played):
70 Corinthians - LAST: Sun Nov 27 W 0-1 at Figueirense - NEXT: Sun Dec 4 v Palmeiras (11th place)
68 Vasco da Gama - LAST: Sun Nov 27 W 1-2 at Fluminense - NEXT: Sun Dec 4 v Flamengo (4th place)


Recap du Nord: Just 2 teams left with 3 rounds to go. And all Boca needs is 1 point gained or 1 point dropped by 2nd place Tigre to claim the crown.

Primera Division - Apertura - Standings (16 of 19 played):
36 Boca Juniors - LAST: Sun Nov 27 W 1-2 at Godoy Cruz - NEXT: Sun Dec 4 v Banfield
27 Tigre (+4) - LAST: Fri Nov 25 W 3-0 v Atletico Rafaela - NEXT: Sun Dec 4 at San Lorenzo


The Thomas Rongen coached American Samoa won their first of 3 games to be played this weekend. But thats not the real story - Its their first win EVER!
-But they drew their next game and lost the last one failing to advance in qualifying.
-Their glory was huge but short lived.

Samoa advances to the next round of World Cup qualifying where they will duel the regions Big 7 for date with the 4th place CONCACAF team.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Nov 22
American Samoa 2-1 Tonga
Cook Islands 2-3 Samoa
-Thu Nov 24
American Samoa 1-1 Cook Islands
Samoa 1-1 Tonga
-Sat Nov 26
Samoa 1-0 American Samoa
Tonga 2-1 Cook Islands

ADV-4 Samoa (+2)
4 Tonga (0) (4 GS)
4 American Samoa (0) (3 GS)
1 Cook Islands (-2)

Game Schedule


The 2011 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award has been given to A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng.


Nick Firchau of talks to former Montreal player David Testo about the reaction to his recently revealing he is gay.


Blogger Graham said...

Brucy, I think you have the KC trade backwards. They gave us Sinovic + Allocation money for Davy.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Robert N. said...

Oleeeeeee ole ole ole
eu sou corinthians no coracao!
eu sou pro time que vai ser o campeo!

sorry. I'm just getting pumped.

8:00 PM  
Blogger brucio said...


Go Nuts! Corinthians about to with the title! I am happy for you.

And no Graham. I believe I got it right. Sinovic to Montreal in expan draft, then traded back to KC with cash for Arnaud. Hence, Arnaud sold to Montreal. They should have gotten more for him then that.

10:02 PM  

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