Friday, April 30, 2010

The Adidas MiCoach and a Treadmill Challenge

Weeks ago I joined the Adidas treadmill challenge in Bonifacio Highstreet. It was the launching of the Adidas MiCoach here in the Philippines.

Each participant in the challenge were given 10 minutes on the treadmill and the top five who ran the longest distance won prizes. The first prize was the MiCoach from Adidas.

Sad to say, I ran only 1.88 km in ten minutes. The top winner ran 2.88km. That was a real challenge for me to get myself back in shape. It would be great to go running equipped with an Adidas MiCoach.

The Football Field in Marikina

I was surprised to see rain this afternoon. I was not on my way to play football, thankfully, but I did think about the pitch in Marikina Sports Park where our club, Marikina United usually practice. The weatherization training experiences we’ve had on the grass of the football field plus the high temperature and humidity has caused the field to deteriorate. But, I was just glad that it rained a bit. That’s what the football field in Marikina needed.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Playing Football in My Age

A nice game of football played regularly is enough to put me down in bed. At my age, I can still play football but I would need to work extra hard on my flexibility and speed. That also includes endurance and stamina. Everytime I go back to exercise and work outs after weeks of skipping the exercise schedule, I feel that the exercise routines take its toll on my body that a sleeping pill would not be necessary to put me down on my bed. I just hope that I would be able to get back to playing again soon.

Getting Back in Shape for Nairobi

I’ll be going to Nairobi, Kenya in June and I need to get in shape because I have been informed that many of the high school students we will be meeting there are into soccer. There may be a time when we will be playing soccer with them so I need to get back in shape.

I have been reading hydroxycut advanced reviews but I do not think I would need such weight loss supplements. I think what works best for me is running or jogging a few laps around the 400-m oval and then playing a bit of soccer. I will start to do these in a few days.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Football Player Kisses Teammate: Gary Neville - Paul Scholes

In the last match of Manchester United where they won against rival Manchester City with one goal, football player Garey Neville sealed the goal of Paul Scholes with a kiss - not on the cheek but on the lips. Scholes scored the winner just a few seconds before the end of the game (90+3") which was perhaps the reason, not because Scholes uses the best adult acne treatment, Neville was not able to keep himself from expressing his fondness for his teammate's goal.

Paul Scholes headed in Patrice Evra's cross to give the Red Devils a third decisive injury-time goal against their arch-rivals. Below is the photo of the "kissing scene" between Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

The Gary Neville - Paul Scholes kissing moment

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Children and Football

Being a parent has not kept me from playing my favorite sport which is soccer or football. I have a four-year-old son and this has actually inspired me more to play the game because I want to teach my son how to play it when he’s ready. Parents like Bob Duallie do not have to be limited by their children. In fact, kids can be our partners in learning and playing the game.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United Premier League Match Highlights: 04/17/2010

Paul Scholes kept Manchester United's Premier League title hopes alive as his dramatic winner seconds from the end sunk Manchester City at Eastlands. Scholes settled a scrappy affair when he headed Patrice Evra's cross past Shay Given to give United a third decisive injury-time goal against their arch-rivals this season.

0-1 Paul Scholes 90+3"

The visitors were on the verge of having to settle for a draw that would surely have ended their title challenge until Scholes, who signed a new one-year contract on Friday, sent manager Sir Alex Ferguson dancing along the Eastlands touchline in delight.

It was also a sickening blow for City, who had been hoping to step up their claims for a place in the top four and deliver a show of their renewed strength to United.

The match video highlights can be viewed below.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

How to Play the Total 90 Minutes in the Pitch

Making regular runs keeps one fit. I read once that to be able to run and play the total 90 minutes in the pitch, one has to run around 25 laps in a 400-m track oval.

This is aside from the regular drills and speed trainings done. When a football player is able to do this, playing the full football game will let him feel like he is breathing around a dehumidifier and would breathe a lot easier. Why not set this as a goal?

Arsenal 1-0 Wolverhampton Match Highlights and Goal: 04/03/2010

A header from Nicklas Bendtner four minutes into injury-time kept Arsenal's title challenge alive as they snatched victory against 10-man Wolves.

The Gunners seemed set to drop decisive points until substitute Bendtner rose to head home Bacary Sagna's cross. The hosts dominated the game but were frustrated by their own inability in front of goal and Wolves' persistence.

1-0 Nicklas Bendtner 90+4"

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Update on Wayne Rooney's Injury

England striker Wayne Rooney could return for Manchester United as early as 17 April for the Premier League clash against Manchester City, but he definitely misses their next three games.

A club statement said: "We're pleased to report that Wayne has not suffered a fracture (to his ankle). The scan revealed only minor ligament damage."

Wayne Rooney injured

It is not yet known how many games the striker will miss for United but it is definite that there will be no funeral planning for the striker's career. He will be up an running after two to three weeks.

Wayne Rooney, apparently in the form of his life, twisted his right ankle on landing awkwardly after Mario Gomez had trodden on his left foot in the build-up to Bayern's winner late in the match.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Capello invites David Beckham to World Cup 2010

England coach Fabio Capello has invited David Beckham to join the England squad at the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, despite the midfielder's ankle injury.

"We have asked Beckham to come to South Africa with us," Capello said. "It depends on him and how his tendon injury is," continued the Italian. "It's obvious he won't be able to play because we have to wait six months."

Beckham had surgery in Finland on Monday but the former England captain, 34, will not be fit for South Africa. England and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says that Beckham's presence within the World Cup party would be welcomed by the squad.

"I think the manager has invited him along in some capacity and however he comes along I'm sure for the lads in the squad it will be good to see him," he said. "It will give the lads a big boost because he's just got that presence, and great players have that. He's got that all-round presence that people respond to."

Beckham, England's most capped outfield player with 115 appearances, had been bidding to become the first England player to feature in four successive World Cup finals.

Ready for a Brand New Car

It’s just about one more month to go before we can purchase a brand new car. We are looking at buying a car with a 1.3-liter engine and hopefully something that is not too expensive.

We have found a new brand and will be trying it out. We’re glad that they can include insurance and the three-year registration on it so I won’t have to surf the web and search for car insurance at I am excited to eventually bring the new car to football practice and I hope that everything goes well.

Resting for a Week

Next week, I might not be able to blog so much for Football Videos and Pictures. I will be going out of town for a summer youth camp that I helped organize. The summer youth camp is entitled Level Up.

I have been busy these past few months directing the whole summer youth camp and trying to establish contacts with possible sponsors. Thankfully, we were able to partner with Canon Philippines who sponsored two video camcorders, a VIXIA FS200 and a VIXIA FS21. We included their company’s logo in our souvenir programs before we sent them to the rack card printing shop. As of today, we are still waiting for another company to finalize their partnership with us in the summer youth camp.

Bayern Munich 2-1 Manchester United Premier League Match Highlights and Goals: 03/30/2010

Ivica Olic hit an injury-time winner to give Bayern Munich the advantage after the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester United. United took the lead after only 66 seconds when Wayne Rooney volleyed in six yards out from Nani's free-kick. But Franck Ribery's deflected free-kick set up a dramatic finale, rounded off by Olic's cool run and finish after a defensive error by Patrice Evra. United's misery was made complete when Rooney limped off with an ankle injury.

0-1 Wayne Rooney 2"

1-1 Franck Ribery 77"

2-1 Ivica Olic 90+2"