Saturday, April 21, 2012

Arsenal 1-2 Wigan Athletic | April 16, 2012 - Premier League

Early goals from Franco di Santo and Jordi Gomez aided Wigan Athletic with their relegation concerns with their first points at Arsenal. Di Santo completed a break and Gomez tapped in to give the Wigan a 2-0 lead after only eight minutes. Thomas Vermaelen's header in the 21st minute halved the deficit midway through the first half.

But Arsenal could not find another goal and blew the oppirtunity to move eight points ahead in the third position, while Wigan Atheletic are five points above the relegation zone. Both teams played well and seemed like they were too fit for but in the end, Wigan stood as the victor.

Goal scorers:

Franco di Santo 7'

Jordi Gomez 8'

Thomas Vermaelen 21'

Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa | April 15, 2012 - Premier League

Manchester United stayed up and retook a five-point lead above Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

Ashley Young, who got a penalty-kick last week against QPR, was again involved, said to have been tripped by Ciaran Clark. The body contact between the two was not too much making the win against Aston Villa mixed with some controversial penalty kick. But Wayne Rooney converted the spot-kick early in the game before Danny Welbeck made it 2-0 before half time. Aston Villa improved after the break but Rooney and Nani sealed their win.

There were six yellow cards given, three for each club but no injuries were reported so no staff wearing nursing uniforms had to enter the pitch to take injured players out.

The Reds will play Everton next and then Manchester City and victory in these two matches could secure their 20th title in the Premier League.


Wayne Rooney 7' (penalty)
Danny Welbeck 43'
Wayne Rooney 73'
Nani 90'

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Music and Football Training

Maybe you're wondering what music has to do with football. A lot, I would say. One advantage of having players listen to music while training is that it lessens their focus on the physical strains of training and let's them redirect their attention to enjoying what they're doing because of the music.

Take for example the challenge of running and juggling. Running can improve stamina and juggling improves ball control and technical ability. But each exercise can be frustrating in the beginning. It takes a lot of practice, patience and discipline. But if players in the field can hear some upbeat music like some techno beat with riffs from Kawai Keyboards and guitar melodies, this may help them get motivated to continue instead of feeling frustrated which can make them give up easily. Try this during practice and see what happens.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Late Greatest Player Giorgio Chinaglia

This past week, 65-year-old Giorgio Chinaglia passed away from a second heart attack at his home in Florida. He was known for playing for Italy and S.S. Lazio and has made an appearance in 1974 FIFA World Cup. Back in 1976, the greatest player signed a contract to play for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. In his entire stay for the team, he has established scoring 193 goals in 213 games.

The news of his death was announced and confirmed through a twitter message from Milan executive Umberto Gandini. Everyone was really shocked at the news. The place for the wake is now being prepared and cleaned up-from roof with gutter brush up to floors. There’s still no announcements for the date of the funeral but hopefully it will be open to the public so fans and friends can come by and visit the late Chinaglia.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Coast Soccer (Fall) League 2012

The CSL (Coast Soccer League)is a tournament recommended to any CSL Team with a decent ranking that has joined in the existing regular season. The game comes in a given age group and will start with the usual stages – preliminary round first then elimination level.

Applications for the 2012 CSL Fall League will be available this 15th of April and will end by May 15.

Play dates:

• U14-19: September 8 - November 18, 2012
• U9-U13: September 1- - December 16, 2012

Interested parties can apply now via Certain league fees apply. For those based in California, you may call them through your cellulaires on 714.771.1964 for more info.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Women's Kirin Challenge Cup 2012: US vs. Japan

April 1, 2012, Women's Kirin Challenge Cup – The U.S. Women's National Team flew to Japan to have a head to head match with Japan Women's National Team. On the first minutes, Japan was leading the game but the US finally found their pace at the beginning of the 14-minute mark. On the second half, the US team were really going for the game but despite their attack, Japan’s defense is stronger. The final score: 1-1

This Tuesday, brace yourselves because USWNT will hit the pitch again, this time against Brazil Women's National Team. Get your leather wallet ready for tickets available at Ticket Pia retail outlets in Japan.