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Notes from a spaced out soccer fan, Feb. 22

By Jonathan Gold

(Note: I have officially banned myself from writing about Arsenal – Orient on the advice of my physician. I have absolutely nothing to say about a team that can go toe-to-toe with the best in the world one day and then draw with Leyton goddamn Orient, or why so many good players at Arsenal are out of form or…takes drugs)

Aah, fine. Away we go.

SPAIN

The mighty Sid Lowe over at the Guardian thinks the goal scored by goalkeeper (!) Dani Aranzubia to rescue a point for incredibly dull relegation candidates Deportivo is the biggest story of the La Liga weekend, and he might be right. It was the first scored by a goalkeeper from open play in the history of the league, after all. Personally, I like his name enough that I’ve been going around saying “Arrrranzubia!” to friends and co-workers and that’s the extent my my interest in the matter. Hats off to him, though, big goal.

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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — Sept. 1, 2010

Real Madrid had a disappointing start to the season with a 0-0 draw with Real Mollarca over the weekend, but Mourinho is confident that with time he can make the team into Champions. Courtesy Paul Bence

Sky Sports — Jose – I’m not Harry Potter

New Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has had to answer plenty of critics this week after the team’s season opening 0-0 draw with Real Mallorca last weekend, and his answer is classic a from the “Special One.” Despite winning 17 trophies in the past 8 years with three teams, Los Blancos fans are still a little skeptical of Mourinho’s tactics after the opening draw. Madrid need to win almost every game this season because their closest rivals are the defending champions Barcelona, and Barca doesn’t drop many points in any league it is in.

BBC — Uefa bans vuvuzelas from European matches

Remember that buzzing sound that came from your television while watching the World Cup? Well it won’t be coming from it during any Uefa sanctioned games, including Euro 2012 qualifiers and the Champions League. Breathe a sigh of relief, I know we are. There was no bigger story from this past summer’s World Cup in South Africa than those horns that can cause hearing  loss and sound like a hornets nest.

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Serie A Preview – Juve to unseat Inter

Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero are hoping to overtake Inter Milan, the five-time defending champions of Italy (Photo Courtesy James Adams)

By Kevin Koczwara

Inter Milan dominated the world of top-flight soccer last season. The club won its domestic title in Italy, Coppa Italia and the one trophy the club’s fans and ownership had been dreaming of for 60 years, the Champions League. Inter was on top of the world, and when that happens in the world of soccer, people take notice and try to build off of your success.

Inter Milan needs to find a way to handle this season without manager Jose Mourinho – the “Special One” – who bolted for Real Madrid at just days after winning the Champions League title with Milan.

Inter’s league title didn’t come without tough competition. Roma made a valiant run for the title in the later months as they strung together win after win, but it was unable to knock down the reigning and eventual champions.
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Ah the Transfer Rumors Heat Up

By Kevin Koczwara

Let’s go over some transfer news shall we? Been a long time since the window has been open, and there is still plenty of time for rumors to come and go, but here are some recent ones that I really have enjoyed.

Riquelme to Leave Boca Juniors? Couldn’t Be. Or Maybe?

The Maestro could be leaving his stage for a new one if the rumors are true. (Courtesy July)

"The Maestro" could be leaving his stage for a new one if the rumors are true. (Courtesy July)

There is a lot to this story that makes sense. Corinthians is the biggest club in Brazil and they are on top of their game. Boca Juniors on the other hand is faltering, and Riquelme looks staggered in the Juniors attack. Watching a few matches has given me the impression that the “Maestro” isn’t in the flow of Boca’s game and he isn’t being used as the creator like he should be. He is a supply line with no supply and no line. He could be looking for a move for his own personal success, but that isn’t his way of business.

Riquelme is playing for free next year (imagine that) because he so badly wanted to get out of Spain. Riquelme signed a contract at Juniors that said in his third year he would play for free if he was bought from Villareal. Juniors went through with it and now have a world-class footballer playing on their side for free next season. And they need it because they are struggling financially (like the rest of the AFA) for the first time in a while.

The financial struggles could also be a reason to sell Riquelme to Corinthians–they have a lot of money, and Boca needs money, what could be easier. The money issue is important here because if Boca thinks they can win a title next year with a free superstar than they should try it, but if they can’t and see a move as necessary to open up some space, then they should sell the aging wonder for a good price and pick up their losses.

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Champions League: Liverpool Done? AC Milan Miracle Turn Around?

Anfield is a fortress and has been known to intimidate opponents. It has a rich soccer history, and passionate fans, but that didnt scare Lyon on Tuesday night. (Courtesy Wikicommons)

Anfield is a fortress and has been known to intimidate opponents. It has a rich soccer history, and passionate fans, but that didn't scare Lyon on Tuesday night. (Courtesy Wikicommons)

By Kevin Koczwara

This match week in Champions League play saw some miracle wins, disastrous losses, and some thumping wins from struggling sides. Overall it was just another match week in Champions League play, and just another poor week in fantasy sports for me.

Let’s Start With Liverpool and Lyon…

Liverpool had a remarkable streak broken on Tuesday, their streak of 22 years without 4 consecutive losses was broken by French powerhouse Lyon. To top off the 2-1 defeat at the hands of the French club, was that the loss happened at Anfield, a fortress in the footballing world.

Anfield has been Liverpool’s home field since 1892(after Everton left for Goodison Park) and Liverpool has had 7 undefeated seasons of home league games there. Last year (2008-09) saw the team go unbeaten at home, which helped them come close to winning their first league title in 19 years.

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