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Allegri: Milan Will Difficulty in Big Three

Allenatore AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri predicting Serie A season 2013/2014 will be tough. In fact not denied opportunities Rossoneri Allegri again perched in the top three will be very difficult. Allegri prediction is not without reason. Rival Milan clubs are now clean up by bringing in new players. Inter Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Napoli strengthen the ranks in the transfer market this summer. Last season Milan managed to finish third after a stumbling start to the season. Milan is under Juventus and Napoli to make sure to appear in the Champions League. “Every year is different but Juventus still the favorites in my opinion. They bring in quality players sorts [Carlos] Tevez, [Fernando] Llorente and [Angelo] Ogbonna,” said Allegri reported by Soccerway. Therefore, Allegri confident competition in the top three will be tight this season. “It would be more difficult for Milan than last season because Juve and also six other teams will fight for the top three,” said Allegri. “Inter Milan became stronger with the arrival of [Walter] Mazzarri and they will play once a week. Romans brought [Kevin] Strootman, a player with vast experience, although still young,” said Allegri. “So also with Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina will be increasingly difficult to be conquered so the competition will be tougher,” he continued. For Allegri, this season will be the fourth season after being appointed coach of the Rossoneri in the summer of 2010.

Arsenal win for Wenger on Japanese return

Giroud sent the visitors on their way after just three minutes at a packed Toyota Stadium before Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi got his debut Arsenal goal from the penalty spot. England’s Theo Walcott added a third after half-time before Kisho Yano gave Nagoya reason to cheer with a consolation strike 18 minutes from the end. “Of course it was a special event with almost a full crowd,” Wenger said afterwards. “I think especially in the first half we played with great fluency, created many chances and the game was very interesting. “In the second half, we were capable of maintaining the pace but we lost a bit of cohesion. Above all it was a very interesting game.” Arsenal had scored 14 goals in their games against the Indonesian Dream Team and Vietnam and there was no let-up in front of a record 42,919 fans — many of them red-shirted — in Toyota. With the action barely underway, Tomas Rosicky supplied the cross as Giroud climbed for a header which he buried past Nagoya goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki. Wenger deployed Miyaichi from the start and when Marcus Tulio Tanaka handled in the box, the promising youngster buried the spot-kick on 26 minutes for his first Arsenal goal and a 2-0 lead. Walcott was denied by the ‘keeper’s legs as Arsenal pressed for a third, while Yoshizumi Ogawa nearly reduced the arrears but scuffed his shot harmlessly. Arsenal resumed their assault after the break but Nagoya came close when their Australia striker Josh Kennedy volleyed over an empty goal under pressure from two defenders. Walcott repeatedly threatened for Arsenal and he stole in for their third goal — after a sumptuous pass from 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem — with a lifted shot over Nagoya ‘keeper Narazaki. The night was Arsenal’s but Nagoya were rewarded… Read more »

Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context

The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally. It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer. Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries. But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.) So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago. Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero. (MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador) He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level. Here’s what MLSSoccer.com’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often… Read more »

Stock replacement candidate Vilanova at Barca

Surprising since this announcement indicates that the disease in serious condition. Now the question that arises is, who will replace him. Barcelona club president, Sandro Rosell, in announcing the departure of manager Vilanova estimate the new name will be known to most rapidly Barcelona next week. Barcelona’s board of directors is expected to have pocketed a number of names that are considered worthy to be able to train the Blaugrana. Assistant Vilanova name, Jordi Roura and Rubi, unfortunately not on the list because they are less experienced. Unlike Vilanova who participated in the success of Pep Guardiola’s Barca in the era when he became an assistant for five years, Roura and Ruby only had limited time in the Barca dressing room. So instead of the name of the person inside, then Barca will likely be looking for a manager from outside. However, they seem to be looking for people who are already familiar with the unique game style of Barca. With the new season which begins less than a month away, appoint managers who are not familiar with the club and game systems have been established and the hope the new manager can quickly adapt, it is a gamble. For this reason, the Tottenham fans can be a little bit relieved that Andre Villas-Boas – who called could be a surprising choice – may not be the primary target. The most obvious candidate to continue the glory of Barcelona is the Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, as one of the people who designed the game systems ‘tiki-taka’ when he was manager in 1988. However, Cruyff also known to have a less than warm relationship with club president Rosell, and there is a clear picture that it is impossible for the former midfielder is back and yet again to Cruyff who also seemed reluctant… Read more »

Competition Not Started, AS Monaco Already Reduced Two Points

French league club, AS Monaco, was given a reduction of three points (one point suspended) and are required to play one match behind closed doors after fans riot incident. This has been confirmed Professional Football League (LFP). The new club was punished induced promotion of their fans after a 2-1 win over Le Mans on May 17. The incident occurred after Claudio Ranieri’s squad won the Ligue 2. At that time, home fans invaded the pitch. A fan even hit the referee. “Behavior Monaco fans: use pyro, pitch invasion at the end of the game, and the brutal actions of his supporters told the referee ole,” the depiction of LFP related incidents. “With regard to the facts that are so serious that, Monaco penalized one match and a penalty sealed three points, including the points are postponed, for the Ligue 1 next season.” That means, Monaco will start next season with minus two points. This sanction inevitably be a blow for Monaco. The reason, they hope to compete with Paris Saint-Germain since Awwal competition for the league title.

Borussia Dortmund: Door Always Open For Shinji Kagawa

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke stated the club will welcome the return of Shinji Kagawa with open arms when the Japanese midfielder left Manchester United. Kagawa joined Dortmund to Old Trafford in 2012, but he struggled to meet the high expectations in his first season in the Premier League. Kagawa recently stated keinginnnya back to Dortmund at a later time, and Watzke stated that the attacking midfielder will always be welcome in Signal Uduna Park. “The door is always open for Shinji. Transfer is not an issue at this time,” said Watzke told Bild. Kagawa contract with United still in effect until the summer of 2016, but his agent, Thomas Kroth, said his client did not immediately leave. “For now I hope Shinji survive at Manchester United. However, you never know what’s going on in football,” Kroth said.

McCarthy’s Musings: Directness and precision prompt U.S. dominance over Honduras

jacobmay   February 5, 2018   Comments Off on McCarthy’s Musings: Directness and precision prompt U.S. dominance over Honduras

Klinsmann has shown the dexterity to alter his formation and use different players to extract the best performances out of his squad in this tournament. His decision to stick with the successful 4-4-2 setup – complete with the often criticized and quietly influentialKyle Beckerman in central midfield – and start Eddie Johnson up top reaped significant dividends against a Honduras outfit ill-equipped to cope with the problems presented by those selections. Johnson made particular sense in this match because he offered the Americans a chance to stretch the field vertically. He offers decent hold up work as a nominal target player, but his true strength remains pushing behind the opposing line and relying on his pace to unsettle opposing defenses. His immediate contribution against El Salvador on Sunday mandated his inclusion tonight. And his work on the evening – combined with the willingness to play narrowly on the shoddy and tight temporary surface at Cowboys Stadium – ultimately exposed the weakness within the Honduras ranks. Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suárez left out most of his regulars for this tournament and shunted a few of his remaining pieces into unfamiliar areas to form his 4-2-3-1 formation. The absences ofVictor Bernárdez, Roger Espinoza and Wilson Palacios proved particularly harmful on this night as the Hondurans prepared to deal with Johnson and the robust American approach. That particular trio adds the resolve and the steel necessary to deal with the combined threat of an in-form Landon Donovan buzzing around and Johnson trying to push through the defense. In their stead, the Hondurans completely collapsed when confronted with direct play from back to front. Donovan dropped off at will to pull the rearguard apart. Johnson operated as a target man from time to time and surged through the line frequently against a back four ill-equipped to cope with the movement and the power presented by… Read more »

Moyes: Rooney to Sweden

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Yokohama – Manchester United’s manager, David Moyes, make sure Wayne Rooney will join teammate during a visit to Sweden in a pre-season tour of 2013. “As far as we know, Rooney will come,” said the former Everton’s tactics interpreter, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Rooney can not follow the Manchester United pre-season tour to Asia because of a hamstring injury. Rooney got injured when carrying out joint exercises in Thailand. Because seriously, who has the nickname Shrek striker was sent home to England. Rooney also had predicted should istrihat for one month. This means that Rooney will not undergo a preseason game match other MU. The 27-year-old, said Moyes, his physical condition has improved. “Right now, he has started to jog,” said the man’s passport Scotland. In addition, Moyes also discuss the future of Rooney was a warm conversation. Moyes insists Everton’s academy dropout to survive in the MU. “We and the club said that he tida tela for sale. Was not going to change,” said 50-year-old coach. As is known, Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United because the club was not happy at Manchester City’s neighbors. Several Premier League’s top clubs were trying to capitalize on this situation. Chelsea and Arsenal rumored to be the club’s most industrious Rooney hook.

Fifa disabling boss the South African Football Association

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Kirsten Nematandani, Dennis Mumble and three others were suspended from their posts until immediately following the fourth investigation into the alleged involvement in the regulation four games ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Fifa investigation found that brokers match Safa infiltrated by Wilson Perumal Singapore Football 4U hers and organizations. Perumal set the referee in the match against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guetamala. The match result is known is set to benefit a betting syndicate Asia. Safa said the statement on the website of the organization “accept Fifa report is” and adds that “the commission of inquiry will be set up, under the leadership of a retired judge, to fully investigate the matter and the members whose names are mentioned in the report.” The report also said, “Safa apologized to Fifa and take serious action to address them.” Safa vice-president Mwelo Nonkonyana who has been asked to act as an officer while replacing Nematandani said, “This is a difficult situation for the association and for those whose names are mentioned in the report. “We hope there will be no speculation as to whether they are guilty or not. We need to let the investigation take place quickly and fairly, so that they can separate the innocent from the guilty.” South Africa’s 5-0 victory over Guetamala and 2-1 over Colombia in May 2010, two weeks before the World Cup starts has long been suspected. Nigerian referee Ibrahim Chaibou gave three penalties for handball in the match with Guetamala and Fifa has tried to interrogate him for more than a year for his handling of a number of matches. The third goal in a match against Colombia, which is overseen by a Kenyan official, came from a penalty kick.

July 3, 1974: Total Football, Joga Bonito Pulping

jacobmay   February 4, 2018   Comments Off on July 3, 1974: Total Football, Joga Bonito Pulping

On July 3, 1974, Netherlands to ensure a place in the final of the World Cup. Carrying the typical game of Total Football, Johan Cruyff cs successfully crushed Joga Bonito Brazilian style with two goals unrequited. The meeting was presented in the final match second group phase. Before this game, the two teams both have two wins from another rival, East Germany and Argentina. Thus, the winner of the match Netherlands versus Brazil will make the final step. While the losers had to settle for competing in the third place playoff. Led by Ballon d’Or winner, Cruyff, De Oranje aggressive strategy attacking style of Total Football. While in camp Brazil, still relying on veteran players, Jairzinho, who scored seven goals in the World Cup before. The game itself runs fierce and hard. Pretty much a violation occurs. Despite giving birth just three yellow cards and two untuuk Brazil to the Netherlands. However, total fooball proven its value. Once as strong in the first half, Johan Neeskens and Cruyff was able to record two goals in a span of five minutes. Asa Brazil catch up just tipped havoc. In the 84th minute, Luis Pereira had sent off by German referee Kurt Tschenscher West due to a hard tackle. The result, a 2-0 win and lock the Netherlands the right to advance to the finals, before foundered from the hosts, West Germany with the score 1-2 at the Olympiastadion, Munich.