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Old 04-25-2009, 11:08 PM   #61
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Chelsea eke out a victory against West Ham.

Man U thunder back against Spurs. Down two, they win by three.

Obviously, I'm a Chelsea fan. But if they can't beat Barcelona, it's going to be fun watching a final between two no-defense, all-offense teams.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:39 PM   #62
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I'm watching Santos play Corinthians in the final of the Campeonato Paulista finals. The first half of each year, Brazilian clubs play in regional championships, and this is the final for one of them.

Why am I watching?

Because the great and the original Ronaldo plays for Corinthians. He's rehabbing from a dreadful knee injury suffered in Europe last season. And I'd be lying if I didn't say he looks fat.

But he just scored a corker of a goal. A long pass from the halfway line, Ronaldo gets a step on his defender, perfectly controls the long ball with a single lovely touch, then scores from just outside the box with his second touch. Phenomenal skill and control.

And in fact, Ronaldo's scored seven goals in the nine games he's played for Corinthians. I don't know that he'll ever be fit enough to play in Europe again, but it's kinda fun to watch a classic striker at work. Only a handful of touches a game, and yet he still scores goals.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:38 PM   #63
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:59 PM   #64
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The fucker just scored again. On a breakaway, the pudgy one didn't have a lot of speed. So when the defender caught up, he stepped inside him and lofted a sweet chip from 20 feet outside the box. Three touches and a goal.

Five touches and two goals. 8 goals in 9 games. Quite amazing.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:15 AM   #65
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I just watched Abby Wambach get her first two goals in the new women's professional soccer league.

She's a helluva player. Crying shame she had to miss the Olympics.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:53 AM   #66
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I just watched Abby Wambach get her first two goals in the new women's professional soccer league.

She's a helluva player. Crying shame she had to miss the Olympics.
I don't know how you can watch women's soccer. To my eye it's so lacking in the power of the men's game and no amount of supposed finesse can make up for it.

How about that Man U - Tottenham game. Has the English game suddenly gone goal mad? (even their National team is scoring a lot lately).
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:32 PM   #67
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I don't know how you can watch women's soccer. To my eye it's so lacking in the power of the men's game and no amount of supposed finesse can make up for it.

How about that Man U - Tottenham game. Has the English game suddenly gone goal mad? (even their National team is scoring a lot lately).
No question their speed and power make the field look a lot bigger. But I do enjoy the skill and the passion. I especially enjoy watching the national teams play. And given that this is the world's only women's professional league and as a result has the world's very best players, watching these teams is a close second.

There were three excellent goals in the game I watched. Plus, I like Wambach's guts.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:48 PM   #68
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Plus, I like Wambach's guts.
That's one way to put it i guess.
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Plus, I like Wambach's guts.
She's no Hope Solo

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Hope Solo's hot. She has a very messed-up background so it's probably no surprise that she also has a rather messed-up life.

Abby Wambach, like Mia Hamm before her, represents everything that's good about women's soccer.
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Hey Sid...what kind of beatdown is Barca going to rain down on the Blues tomorrow?
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:07 PM   #72
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Hey Sid...what kind of beatdown is Barca going to rain down on the Blues tomorrow?
It could be painful. Guus Hiddink has done many fine things since he took over at Chelsea, but he hasn't cured their defensive woes.

Terry's lack of pace really shows. If he weren't such a strong leader, he probably wouldn't play. Ashley Cole's out and I believe that Ricardo Carvalho is out as well. That's two out of four first string defenders not playing. Not exactly what you want against Messi, Eto'o and Henry.

On Saturday Hiddink experimented with Bosingwa playing Cole's left fullback position, to help contain Messi. I don't know if he was satisfied with what he saw. They're going to ask Essien to be a miracle man again, probably glue him to Messi the way he was to Gerrard. I hope he's up to it.

Chelsea are going to pressure the ball and not give Barca space to operate. It's their only hope. But the defense isn't quick. So those lovely slip passes and darting runs that Barca love so much could easily undo Chelsea just as they did a slovenly Bayern Munich. On the plus side, they don't loft the ball into the box much, and that's been Petr Cech's weakness lately. So that's good, as was his solid game against West Ham, which included a penalty save. With luck, Cech will have a bit of confidence. Fingers crossed, there.

Frankly, I hope Chelsea can catch Barca's vulnerable defense by surprise. If they can knock in one or two away goals, they might have a chance.

I also really, really hope that Barcelona's a bit overconfident.
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I'd say "good lucK" but i'd be lying. I really hope they go Spanish Inquisition on you.
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I'd say "good lucK" but i'd be lying. I really hope they go Spanish Inquisition on you.


We shall see.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:22 AM   #75
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Good luck to Chelski. And I do mean that. If Livepool can't win it, I still want an 'English' team to win it.
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