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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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Fabiano Looks To fill Big Brazilian Boots

By Mark Duckworth

The No. 9 shirt and the striker role arguably carry the most pressure and expectation of any position on the football pitch. For the Brazilian No. 9, the digit may carry even more than most.

For years the Brazilian No. 9 has been worn by the world’s best and World Cup winners – most notably Ronaldo. Ronlado wore the number nine of Brazil for three World Cups and at the moment sits atop the World Cup all-time scoring chart with 15 goals. Hoping to fill those big boots – and even bigger jersey – is Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano.

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Messi In Class of His Own

By Kevin Koczwara

After watching yesterday’s Champions League game between Barcelona and VfB Stuttgart, I got to thinking about what Lionel Messi has meant to that game of soccer, Barcelona, and soccer fans.

Then I decided to jump over to ESPN’s Soccernet and see what the writer’s over there were saying about the boy-wonder. I read a column by Tom Adams, and the comments, and got to thinking about the argument Adams was making– Rooney is not as good as Messi, but he is a prolific goal scorer.

I cannot agree or disagree with Adams. I am stuck in the middle. Messi is a genius with the ball at his feet. He can dribble and imagine moves no other player has veer thought of or tried. He can create scoring chances from all over the field, for himself and his teammates. And he is only 22 years old (makes me wonder how my life has panned out at 22). The game comes so easily to him that it is frightful.

But is it fair to compare Rooney and Messi?

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Liverpool Slip (Again) and Madrid Moves Atop

By Kevin Koczwara

Liverpool lost to Wigan this week for the first time in the English Premier League era. It was a sad display from last year’s runner up.With Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham all looking on, they must have been excited to see this uninspired squad.

Liverpool looked flat in their attack. They lacked the finishing touch and didn’t even register a shot on goal.Wigan was playing with 10 men behind the ball, but that didn’t stop Liverpool last year and it doesn’t stop the teams with Champions League aspirations.

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World Cup Preview Pt. 5: Group G

By Kevin Koczwara

I did not update yesterday because I went on an 8 hour journey to Maine and back for an interview. It was an amazing experience to drive that far, by myself, through what seemed like a never ending landscape. The drive also gave me plenty of time to think about a lot of things. And not surprisingly one of those things was Soccer. Continue reading

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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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Darren Bent Deserves A Call-Up

By Kevin Koczwara

Darren Bent added another goal to his Premier League tally– he has 8 goals in 9 matches. and 1 assist. Bent’s goal in the fifth minute at The Stadium of Light gave Sunderland a 1-0 lead against Liverpool. The goal would be the only one in the game and also of much controversy.

Bent’s shot appeared to bounce off a beach ball that had made its way on the field. According to the rules the goal should have disallowed and play stopped until the ball was removed from play. A drop-ball would start play again. But the goal was allowed, giving Sunderland a much needed win against a top opponent, and hurts Liverpool in their hunt for the EPL championship. Now Liverpool’s chances of their first title in 20 years is slim to none. For Sunderland, they look to be in a good spot right now, they have a chance to qualify for European play next year.

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