Monthly Archives: March 2012

THE CASE FOR LUIS SUAREZ

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This article is two years late. But as the English say, better late than never.

CONTEXT:

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA

QUARTER FINALS


DATE: 2nd JULY

LOCATION: SOCCER CITY STADIUM, JOHANNESBURG

120th Minute:

Dominic Addiyah looks destined to score. Ghana looks destined to become the first African country to make it past the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup. Addiyah’s header is powerful, on target and Uruguay’s goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera is nowhere near it.

But Luis Suarez’s hands are. Read the rest of this entry

MANCHESTER UNITED 2-3 ATHLETIC BILBAO: AN ENGLISH SIDE LOSES THE TACTICAL BATTLE YET AGAIN IN EUROPE

Marcelo Bielsa, the man known in his native Argentina as ‘El Loco’ – the Madman, went to Old Trafford and left victorious. The former Argentina and Chile manager came up against Sir Alex Ferguson in what was always going to be a great tactical battle.

Starting Lineups

Sir Alex went for his usual 4-4-1-1 formation. David De Gea started in goal, with Chris Smalling and Johnny Evans Read the rest of this entry

THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

They held onto anything they could; their shirt collars; their scarves; even their fellow human beings. Their hearts were pounding, the adrenalin rushing through their bodies like the wind upon a windmill. They looked on nervously. This man, who’d been to the World Cup in South Africa with Brazil, was stepping up. He looked confident, but the stadium prayed and hoped; hoped that his trusted left foot would this time let him down; so that the dream may be complete.

European nights always produce something special, and this night was no different. After all, the planet’s greatest player, Lionel Messi, was Read the rest of this entry

ARSENAL 3-0 AC MILAN: THE GUNNERS FALL SHORT

Arsenal came into this game needing to score 5 goals or more so as to overturn a 4 goal deficit. In the end, they put up a brave display but just lacked the crucial firepower to finish off the job.

The game was odd, not only because of the football on display, but also because of the personnel that turned up for both teams. Both teams put out sides that in normal circumstances they would not in a Champions League game. But with the realities of injuries and suspensions, both managers really had no choice and had to field what they thought was their strongest Starting XI’s.

Starting Line-ups

Arsenal were without the concussed Mikel Arteta and the injured Aaron Ramsey. They thus had to improvise by having Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come into the side and play in midfield. Gervinho, who’d missed the first leg because of the African Cup of Nations, started out wide left. Other than these two changes, the rest of the side remained the same as from two weeks ago in the first leg.

Milan had problems in midfield as Kevin-Prince Boateng was injured while Massimo Ambrosini Read the rest of this entry

PREVIEW: ARSENAL FC VS. AC MILAN

AC Milan go to the Emirates tomorrow night with one foot already in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. Their 4-0 win at the San Siro two weeks ago seems to have done the job.

Arsenal will however take solace from the fact that on two occasions recently, Milan have been on the wrong end of outrageous comebacks. In 2004, they were 4-1 up Read the rest of this entry

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