Thursday, December 31, 2009

Chelsea 2-1 Fulham Match Highlights: 12/28/2009

Chelsea opened up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League table as they came from behind to beat Fulham. The visitors stunned Chelsea by taking the lead after four minutes when Zoltan Gera hooked in from 12 yards. Fulham then defended comfortably as Chelsea struggled to make an impact but Didier Drogba finally got the equaliser when he headed in at the far post. And an unfortunate own goal by Chris Smalling handed Chelsea a victory that had looked unlikely for long spells.

0-1 Zoltan Gera4"

1-1 Didier Drogba 73"

2-1 Chris Smalling 75" (own goal)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Champions League Draw Reunites Beckham with Manchester United

The latest Champions League draw is something Red Devils’ fans look forward to as AC Milan, where David Beckham is presently on loan, and Manchester United meet on February 16. As I’ve read from Phil McNulty’s blog, Beckham said that a reunion with his former team would be beautiful.

The reunion will surely give Beckham a warm welcome since he has contributed so much to Manchester United’s success. How nice it is to see this elliptical travel back to his former team. I look forward to hear about this match.

Hoping That Manchester United's Defense Adjusts Soon

Defense! This is what Manchester United has been lacking lately, because of injuries. With Rio Ferdinand out and his return not known, the Red Devils’s defense may just fail. This showed in their last match against Fulham where they conceded three goals.

As a unit, a team should provide defense for their keeper like an electric blanket. Or at least the team of full backs should be doing this. Better, if each individual defender is able to keep off attackers. In United’s case, this is what they used to do. But, I hope they would be able to make the necessary adjustments in their next match.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fulham 3-0 Manchester United match Goals and Highlights: 12/19/2009

Bobby Zamora's continued his good form as Fulham cruised past a desperately disappointing Manchester United at Craven Cottage. Zamora - touted for an England call-up in some quarters - scored his 10th goal of a prolific season and was Fulham's spearhead as they gave an injury-hit United side a grave loss. Danny Murphy, a scourge of United when at Liverpool and now again with Fulham, put the skids under United with a low finish after 22 minutes and the champions, with Michael Owen anonymous up front, never looked like mounting a recovery. Zamora was on the scoresheet seconds after the interval when he provided a comprehensive finish from Clint Dempsey's header, and Damien Duff's powerful drive completed a hugely-deserved win for Roy Hodgson's side. Pictures of the goal scorers below.

1-0 Danny Murphy 22"

2-0 Bobby Zamora 46"

3-0 Damien Duff 75"

Friday, December 18, 2009

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal Match Goals and Highlights: 12/16/2009

Graham Alexander's penalty scored Burnley a deserved point as Arsenal failed to maintain the pressure on Chelsea and Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table. Burnley looked like they might be in for a long night at Turf Moor after Cesc Fabregas capped a scintillating Arsenal opening salvo with an early finish. Arsenal threatened to put the game to bed before Burnley got out of the blocks as Fabregas quickly wasted another chance and Andrey Arshavin struck an upright. But Burnley, who were denied by the woodwork themselves in the opening seconds when Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia turned Thomas Vermaelen's wayward header on to the bar, are formidable opponents at the wonderfully atmospheric Turf Moor and refused to give up. And Alexander, the master from 12 yards, equalized before half-time from the spot following Vermaelen's foul on the hulking figure of Andre Bikey.

0-1 Cesc Fabregas 7"

1-1 Graham Alexander 28" (penalty kick)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chelsea 2-1 Porstmouth Match Goals and Highlights: 12/16/2009

Chelsea regained their three-point lead in the Premier League standings - but only after an unconvincing victory over Portsmouth. Nicolas Anelka side-footed Chelsea in the 23rd minute after good work from Alex as the home side dominated the first half. But Pompey, managed by former Blues boss Avram Grant, equalized through Frederic Piquionne's fierce finish and even had chances to go ahead. Frank Lampard saved the hosts' blushes with a 79th-minute penalty after Marc Wilson's lunge on Branislav Ivanovic. Pictures of the goal scorers below.

1-0 Nicolas Anelka 23"

1-1 Frederic Piquionne 51"

2-1 Frank Lampard 79" (penalty kick)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Africa in 2010: The Closest I Can Get to the World Cup in South Africa

This 2010, I will be traveling on a missions trip to Nairobi, Kenya and hopefully to Arusha, Tanzania, too. This will be around May and June next year. This will be my first trip out of our country and I am excited. What makes it more exciting or what makes me sad, is it will be the closest I can get to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and it’s still quite far.

I’ve been looking at the map of these places and saw that Kenya is right at the equator. I just hope that we won’t have a hard time getting water and that there are a lot of establishments that use 4396710 water filters. I’m confident that a city like Nairobi will have that.

A friend in Facebook hinted/ joked about sponsoring me so I can see the World Cup in South Africa. The other alternative would be to find a link to watch the live video streaming of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed until then.

Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa Highlights and Match Goal Photo: 12/12/2009

Aston Villa ended a 26-year wait to beat Manchester United in the league at Old Trafford as they moved up to third place in the Premier League.

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winner, heading in from Ashley Young's cross.

The last time Villa beat United was in 1999, in a league cup match, and it is the first time that Villa have claimed all three points against Sir Alex Ferguson's men at Old Trafford, in a run stretching back to 1983.

0-1 Gabriel Agbonlahor 21"

Monday, December 7, 2009

Jogging at Marikina Sports Park

After months of not being able to visit Marikina Sports Park where our football club, Marikina United FC, holds regular training and practice, today, I was able to visit the place and jog.

I brought my soccer ball with me but it did not have the right amount of air in ti, it was too soft, so I decided to just leave it in the car and jogged instead. I ran a few rounds and did some stretching exercises.

After exercising, I drank water from on of the faucets in the vicinity then proceeded to Jollibee to meet a friend about business. It was great to have exercised again, and I hope I would be able to do this at least once a week so I can get back in shape and play with our club again.

Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid Match Goal Photo 11/29/2009

Barcelona's £60m striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score the only goal of a fiercely contested El Clasico against Real Madrid and move the champions back to the top of the league. Barca, who started the game a point behind their arch rivals, had to play with 10 men for nearly 30 minutes after Sergio Busquets was shown a second yellow card. But by that time they had a lead courtesy of Ibrahimovic's brilliantly-struck left-foot volley from Dani Alves' right-wing cross - the Swede netting just minutes after coming on for Thierry Henry.

Real created the better of the chances in the Camp Nou, but paid for their wastefulness, with substitute Karim Benzema most culpable as he ballooned haplessly over with only five minutes left. Barca captain Carles Puyol twice crucially denied Marcelo with last-ditch blocks as the Brazilian prepared to shoot and, despite a fraught last few minutes, Barca held on for victory.

1-0 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 56"

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea Match Goal Photos: 11/29/2009

Premier League leaders Chelsea left Arsenal's title challenge reeling by beating the Gunners to increase the gap to 11 points on their London rivals. Striker Didier Drogba guided an Ashley Cole cross into the top corner to put the visitors ahead. Another Ashley Cole delivery was then diverted into his own net by Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. Drogba put an elaborate seal on a deserved victory when he powered in a 25-yard free-kick late on.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had said the game was a moment for his players to show their strength but, instead, the defeat only served to blow a massive hole in his side's title hopes.

Chelsea, however, move five points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table and have now kept clean sheets in their previous six Premier League matches.

0-1 Didier Drogba 41"

0-2 Thomas Vermaelen 45" (own goal)

0-3 Didier Drogba 86"

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Importance of Headers

In football, you should not discount goals made through headers. Many of the goals in matches are headers. It does not matter if the player has hair or uses hair vitamins for his head with not much hair. What matters is the skill to guide or direct the ball to your target without loss of force. When you are able to do that, you provide an addition to your team’s arsenal.

Portsmouth 1-4 Manchester United Match Goal Photos 11/28/2009

Wayne Rooney's hat-trick helped guide Manchester United to victory over bottom-of-the table Portsmouth. Rooney put the visitors ahead from the spot after he was brought down by Michael Brown only for Kevin-Prince Boateng's penalty to haul Pompey level. Ryan Giggs crossed for Rooney to slot in and the Welsh winger was then fouled to allow the England striker to grab his third with a second penalty. Giggs added a late free-kick as United kept the pressure on leaders Chelsea.

0-1 Wayne Rooney 25" (penalty kick)

1-1 Kevin-Prince Boateng 1-1 32" (penalty kick)

1-2 Wayne Rooney 48"
1-3 Wayne Rooney 54" (penalty kick)

1-4 Ryan Giggs 87"