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Hull Ready To Match Fulham Offer For Altidore?

August 5, 2009


Is a bidding war starting for American striker Jozy Altidore? The UK’s Daily Mail thinks so.

If this pans out, it looks like Jozy’s value has already jumped by $2 million since last summer.

Special thanks to LFV reader Marc Sarchet for digging up this nugget.

Livorno Crushes Brescia’s Serie A Dreams

June 21, 2009

Livorno crushed Danny Szetela’s Brescia side 3-0 in the final leg of their promotion playoff and will return to Serie A next season. Livorno’s win capped a 5-2 aggregate win in the Serie B playoffs. Lingering injuries kept Danny Szetela out of the side which will remain in Serie B for at least one more season. Szetela’s loan deal to Brescia expires at the end of June and its still not clear whether he’ll stay with the club, move back to Racing Santander, or be picked up by another European side.

Francesco Tavano, Alessandro Diamanti and Martin Bergvold were the goal scorers for Livorno, which returns to the top flight after finishing the 2007-08 Serie A campaign bottom of the table.

Americans Score Three, But Lose To Italy 3-1

June 16, 2009

Ugh!

Great job by Tim Howard!
Carlos Bocanegra – please get well soon!
Landon Donovan – please stop taking free kicks. I have yet to see you create something dangerous with one. But, please keep taking penalties.
Jozy Altidore – good work, keep it up!
Michael Bradley and Oguchi Onyewu – help is on the way and his name is Jermaine.
Bob Bradley – please take Phil Schoen’s advice and give the young creative kids a chance. Otherwise, I predict your stint as the US team’s coach will end in summer 2010.

Champions League Review: Let The Bands Do The Talking

February 26, 2009

Instead of my own commentary on the results of this week’s Champions League matches, I’ll let some fine bands do it instead.

Bayern Munich 5 – Sporting Lisbon 0:

Chelsea 1 – Juventus 0


*Everyone knows the Gallaghers are huge City fans but this one just seemed to fit.

Arsenal 1 – AS Roma 0

Inter Milan 0 – Manchester United 0

Olympique Lyon 1 – Barcelona 1

*Yep Barca, you were Outshined.

Real Madrid 0 – Liverpool 1

Porto 2 – Atletico Madrid 2

Porto had something to prove and their comeback proved it well

Villarreal 1 – Panathanaikos 1

Perfect if you’re Panathanaikos

Disgusting Tackle of The Month

February 22, 2009

This is one of the worst challenges I’ve seen in a professional match for quite some time; Newcastle’s Kevin Nolan with a two footed tackle directly onto the right shin of Everton’s Victor Anichebe.

Almost as bad, was the way Nolan protested to referee Lee Mason for showing him a red card. After the match Nolan’s managers swore up and down that the foul was unitentional but a professsional should have enough control not to make such out of control tackles that result in basically jumping on someone’s shin with both studded cleats. Its the kind of thing that is supposed to separate the real pros from hacks like the rest of us.

It looked like Nolan had broken Anichebe’s leg below the knee but he seemed OK and played on in the 0-0 draw. We’ll see if he does not have any nagging problems after toughing it out the rest of the way.

If the FA wants to protect players from similar tackles, banning Nolan for three matches would seem to be in order.

Beckham: No News Is Good News

February 22, 2009

This afternoon in Serie A, David Beckham played a lackluster 90 minutes for Milan in their 1-0 win over Cagliari with Clarence Seedorf providing the game winner in the 65th minute.

Becks may not be quite ready to stay on in Milan unless he works on his Italian. During today’s match, he was often heard calling out “Change!” in English while bewildered teammates weren’t sure what he was saying.

Beckham also got into an injury time scuffle with a Calgiari ‘s Michele Fini knocked over Milan keeper Abbiati and then elbowed Beckham in the head. Becks was substituted in injury time and was seen holding an ice pack above his right ear as time was called.

After the match when asked about his possible transfer to Milan, Beckham told Sky Calcio, “No news is good news…but I do hope to stay in Milan. Talks are still going on and I hope things work out.” When asked whether his England place was at risk if he stayed on with the LA Galaxy, he replied: “Of course, people have said that but I’ve been at the Galaxy for a year and still managed to be in the England team…but I really hope to stay here.”

Serie A: Napoli Still Winless in Seven Matches

February 22, 2009

I haven’t been blogging quite enough lately, in part because of the dark mood which seems to have taken hold here in Naples. The home team, Napoli, had a strong start to the season and was hovering around 3rd to 4th place in Serie A when “the streak” started – seven games without a win.

In fact, the town’s beloved blue has earned just two points in seven matches and has slid down to mid-table, a place cemented by today’s 1-0 loss to Genoa. From December to January, locals were talking about the squad playing in the Champion’s League and now they are pointing fingers at players like German Denis (who promised 20 goals and a Champion’s League spot). Denis has not quite lived up to expectations but he remains the only decent option for a target man up front.

It seems that things really started to crumble after the team dropped a home match to rivals Roma 3-0, a loss which left the coffee bars full of long faces and hushed tones. Meanwhile, it seems Roma has switched places with Napoli after the slow starting giallarossi have roared back are now sitting on 43 points and poised to grab a Champion’s League spot. The most galling aspect for the Napoli faithful is that they’ve dropped so many points to some of the league’s weaker squads including Udinese, Palermo, and relegation threatened Bologna. Now, Napoli faces a real uphill battle to claw its way back into contention as it faces Juventus, Lazio, Reggina, and AC Milan in the next four matches.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Romanian striker Adrian Mutu was the savior for Fiorentina, scoring an injury time goal to give the Viola a 2-1 win over the pesky Chievo Verona. Chievo players threw a fit and started their own shoving match since their own Davide Mandelli lay injured on the ground while Fiorentina cashed in on its final attack.

Today’s goal of the day in Italy has got to be Catania’s Ciro Capuano in his 34th minute left-footed net ripper against Reggina.

Check it out here (1:03 into the video):

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Hothead Mexican Assistant Coach Slaps Hejduk

February 12, 2009

Last night I kept thinking of the long list of reasons why we’re lucky to have Frankie Hejduk, a man in the best form of his life, still earning caps for Team USA. Then, thanks to Greg Seltzer and Steven Goff, I remembered another reason; that he is one classy dude.

In case you haven’t heard by now, Mexican assistant coach (and poor sport) Paco Ramirez slapped Hejduk while the teams were heading into the locker room after a 2-0 US win. Frankie could have reacted in a number of ways but his response speaks volumes for his class and character.

And wouldn’t you know that American Spanish language channel Univision caught the whole thing on tape…

Given the pressure Sven-Goran Eriksson is under after the loss, did Ramirez just offer himself up as an easy sacrificial lamb Sven can throw to the Mexican federation, press, and public? Will FIFA and/or CONCACAF sanction Ramirez? Should they?

USA Beats Voodoo Curse and Mexico (Again)

February 12, 2009

If you’re reading this blog, there is a 99% chance you saw the USA beat Mexico 2-0 last night on two goals by Michael Bradley and some stout goalkeeping by Tim Howard. So instead of giving a recap of a game you already saw, here are some highlights you can show to your Mexican friends who are still in denial that they haven’t won on US soil in 10 years.

LFV friend Greg Seltzer over at No Short Corners found this fun video of one Mexico fan who is taking the loss way too hard:

If that’s not enough, how about Lindsey Vonn’s gold medal winning run in the downhill at the World Championships in Val D’Isere?

Beckham’s transfer status will be decided by Friday

February 11, 2009

As I sit here watching David Beckham play in the England-Spain match, Bob Wagman has posted a great update on the likely endgame in the current Beckham transfer saga.