Sunday, October 18, 2009

Going Back to Normal After Ondoy

I still have not re installed the car accessories for my Nissan California – the same vehicle I use to get to football related activities like tournaments, tune up games and training sessions. And with the other things I need to get fixed, I am pretty sure that I won’t be able install the new stuff we need in the vehicle. I am hoping that everything will go back to normal soon, including our football club’s regular training schedule.

Waiting for Marikina Sports Park

The recent typhoon in our area struck Marikina which is the home of our football club, Marikina United FC. I heard that the venue of our club’s regular training and practice, the Marikina Sports Park, was submerged in flood during the typhoon and it left the football field destroyed. So as other team mates taking GMAT prep courses think about going back to training, I, on the other hand, am hoping that I would be able to keep myself fit because it has been a long time since I have jogged. As for the venue, it doesn’t really matter. All I am concerned about right now is to start running again.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ukraine 1-0 England International Football Match Photo: 10/10/2009

England keeper Robert Green was sent off as Ukraine wrecked their 100% record in the World Cup qualifiers.

Green saw red after only 13 minutes for fouling Artem Milevskiy after he cashed in on Rio Ferdinand's mistake.

Andriy Shevchenko sent substitute David James the wrong way from the spot, but struck the post.

Sergiy Nazarenko's deflected shot after 29 minutes secured a crucial win for Ukraine, with Wayne Rooney coming close for England in the dying seconds.

1-0 Sergiy Nazarenko 29"

Monday, October 5, 2009

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Portsmouth Match Goal Photo: 10/03/2009

Portsmouth ended a turbulent week with their first Premier League win of the season courtesy of Hassan Yebda's goal. The Algerian midfielder, who is on loan from Benfica, powerfully headed in Kevin Prince Boateng's right-wing cross after Wolves failed to clear a corner. Home keeper Wayne Hennessey then pulled off a fine save, low to his right, from Aruna Dindane's first-time strike. Wolves were denied a second-half penalty after Marc Wilson appeared to handle Michael Kightly's cross. The photo of the goal scorer can be viewed below.

0-1 Hassan Yebda 19"

Which Do You Like Better?

During a cold night, next to watching a live football match is sitting on your couch with your sweetheart, watching the soccer match on a 32” LCD and burning some fire wood in a fireplace like Amish fireplaces. For me it is either live in the stadium or live in the comforts of your home. What about you, which do you like better?

Manchester United 2-2 Sunderland Match Goals Photos and Video" 10/03/2009

Manchester United fortunately, placed second in the Premier League table as they salvaged a draw against Sunderland as an unfortunate Anton Ferdinand scored a late own goal. Darren Bent swivelled and rifled in to put Sunderland deservedly ahead, and a below-par United were unable to get a shot in on goal in the first half. Dimitar Berbatov levelled with a superb bicycle kick before Kenwyne Jones nodded Sunderland ahead again. Kieran Richardson was then sent off before Ferdinand diverted in Patrice Evra's shot to hand United a point.

Photos of the goal scorers and the video of the goals can be viewed below.

0-1 Darren Bent 7"

1-1 Dimitar Berbatov 51"

1-2 Kenwyne Jones 58"

2-2 Anton Ferdinand 90+4" (own goal)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

No Celebration this Season?

October 1 it is and the spirit of the holiday season should be in the air. But as disaster struck in Metro Manila, Philippines, a lot of the people affected by the onslaught of Ondoy (a.k.a. Ketsana) do not see any celebration. Literally, christmas cards and other stuff were flooded and it seems like it would really be difficult to enjoy the season this year.

Wigan 3-1 Chelsea Match Goals Photos: 09/26/2009

Wigan produced a massive shock with a victory over 10-man Chelsea which ended the Blues' 100% record and knocked them off the top of the Premier League.

A close-range Titus Bramble header gave Wigan a first-half lead, but Didier Drogba equalised from close range. Petr Cech then conceded a penalty and was dismissed for a foul on Hugo Rodallega, who scored from the spot. Wigan put the result beyond doubt when the impressive Paul Scharner tapped-in from a Maynor Figueroa cross.

1-0 Titus Bramble 16"

1-1 Didier Drogba 47"

2-1 Hugo Rodallega 53" (penalty)

3-1 Paul Scharner 90+1"

Ryan Giggs: The Consummate Professional

Sir Alex Ferguson introduced Ryan Giggs in the recent match against Stoke after finally tiring of Nani's posturing and lack of end product, and within minutes the gulf between the pretender and the consummate professional ensured Manchester United's win. I personally feel that Gigg’s performance deserved him a sconce in the palace of football greats.

Ryan Giggs showed the man he replaced that football is essentially a simple game made complicated by players like Nani - making two goals by allowing Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea to take advantage and score goals.

Ryan Giggs in action

Giggs is the shining example to every player in the Premier League. Eleven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Uefa Champions League winner's medals as well as the PFA player of the year award in 2009 plus two PFA young player awards.

Apoel Nicosia 0 - 1 Chelsea Match Goal Photo: 09/30/2009

Chelsea made harder work than necessary of a second Champions League Group D win as they beat Apoel Nicosia. Nicolas Anelka steered home a precise angled strike just inside the far post to open the scoring.

Chelsea were in control but nearly paid the price for not adding to their lead when Savvas Poursaetides' deflected shot was saved by Petr Cech's legs. Constantinos Charalambides also headed a far post header agonisingly high late on for Apoel as Chelsea held on.

Staying Fit and Competitive

Staying fit is one of the many important things a football or soccer player must do to keep himself or herself in the game. Disciplining oneself in training, in diet and in certain habits is very essential. Efforts to stay away or even minimize the intake of liquor or cigars, even if it is Black and Mild must be made to keep oneself competitive.

Stoke 0-2 Manchester United Goals Photos: 09/26/2009

Ryan Giggs emerged from the bench to inspire Manchester United to an impressive win at Stoke City as the champions demonstrated their hunger to claim a fourth successive title by returning to the Premier League summit.

Giggs - outstanding in the contentious derby win against Manchester City last Sunday - showed his enduring quality by making the decisive contribution to set up a victory Sir Alex Ferguson's side richly deserved.

He replaced the infuriating Nani early in the second half and swiftly set up a simple opener for Dimitar Berbatov as United finally transformed their domination into tangible rewards.

He then helped settle the match when he sent over a pinpoint free-kick for John O'Shea to head the second with 13 minutes left.

Photos of the goal scorers can be viewed below.

0-1 Dimitar Berbatov 62"

0-2 John O'Shea 77"