When I was reviewing the list medal winners at the Beijing Olympic Games, I’ve realized that each one of them had its own story to tell. So I guess it was fair enough to lump together as one because each medals has its own uniqueness.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
When I was reviewing the list medal winners at the Beijing Olympic Games, I’ve realized that each one of them had its own story to tell. So I guess it was fair enough to lump together as one because each medals has its own uniqueness.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Just like in recent years, David NALBANDIAN was still our best hope of winning a Grand Slam. But it was huge disappointing year from him as suffered early exit in all four of them. He still did manage to win two titles in the ATP circuit and almost finished in the Top 10 of the ranking.
However it was Juan Martin DEL POTRO that stole the show for 2008. During the month of July and August he embarked on a 23 match unbeaten run that saw him winning four ATP titles and reaching the US Open last 8. This enable him to finish at No.9 in the World Rankings as well.
Perhaps the saddest news of the year was in the Davis Cup final. Once again, it was DEL POTRO that became the main difference when he was unlucky to suffer an injury during his Day 1 singles tie. It was just unfortunate that after a great run in reaching the final, we had to face some bad luck and losing to Spain on home soil.
At least for now, with NALBANDIAN having a side kick in the form of DEL POTRO, we can say there is a big hope in 2009.
Though it was disappointing to see after great run, Manu GINOBILI was unable to win another NBA Championship ring. But still he never finishes the year empty handed. He lead the San Antonio Spurs in terms scoring and was voted as this year’s 6th Man of the Year for his strong performance from the bench.
Second to him was Luis SCOLA who had a great year in his rookie season with the Houston Rockets. It wasn’t that bad from Carlos DELFINO in which he had plenty of big nights with the Toronto Raptors. While Andres NOCIONI from the Chicago Bulls had to miss the play-offs and Walter HERRMANN did not see much minutes during the first few months in Detroit.
I guess it all comes down to the Tall Abiceleste performance in Beijing 2008. Of course it was a tough proposition from the beginning in retaining the gold medal. In the end, the bronze medal finishing was more than just consolation for this team. It was another strong testament from our basketball’s Golden Generation, in what could be the last time the world could ever see them together (check out this wonderful tribute from VJ Rabid).
After winning the Champions Trophy, there was a strong sentiment that Las Leonas could finally win gold in Beijing. But that wasn’t to be as we were simply humbled in the semi-final against the Netherlands. Nevertheless they still manage to retain the bronze medal.
A sad ending for Luciana AYMAR, with her age catching up this could probably be her last outing in the Olympic. Nevertheless once again the FIH as named her as the Women’s Player of the Year for the record of five times.
As for the men, the year started off with the disappointment of not being able to qualify for the Olympics. But they did repent themselves with a strong showing in the Champions Trophy, finishing third.
There were no surprises from any of the four majors in Golf. The best player for this year was Andres ROMERO. He did manage to win one PGA title and was awarded as the tour’s Rookie of the Year.
Los Pumas finish the year at fourth place in the IRB Ranking as they finished the year with two wins (against Italy and Scotland) in seven test matches. Still unclear which first tier tournament (tri or six nations) they will compete but major plans are underway to form a professional domestic competition.
Not to forget the rest of the medal winners at Beijing. Paula PARETO became the first medal winner when she took bronze in the Judo Extra Lightweight.
Then we had the surprise gold medal from Juan CURUCHET and Walter PEREZ in the Cycling Madison Event. In the case of CURUCHET, it was something extra ordinary as he won his first Olympic medal after participating in six Games (dating back to 1984).
Last but not least was Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA who took bronze in the Sailing Tornado Class.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
With starting guard Roger MASON not being able to post any points, Manu came off the bench like a fighter jet to help their cause tonight. He posted 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block shot.
The Chicago Bulls must start to learn some winning habit away from home court. They must start to dominate in the paint. At least that’s what Andres NOCIONI echoed after their 117-129 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
“It’s personal, you know?” said Chapu of the Bulls’ defense. “Everybody needs to step up. Everybody needs to take the challenge. It’s energy, attitude and that’s it.”
NOCIONI had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block shot. Personally I would feel dreadful to see the Bulls missing the play-offs for the second straight year.
On the other hand, Luis SCOLA had his eight double-double of the season in the Houston Rockets double overtime 120-115 win over the Utah Jazz. He only manage to post 10 points, a further evidence that his offensive contribution has been a little reduced compare to last season.
But it is due to his defensive contribution of 14 rebounds, allowed other players to provide more sparks in the Rockets offense. In one way or the other, he still very much an important figure for Rick ADELMAN’s side.
Walter HERRMANN had only 3:55 action as he posted just 2 rebounds in the Detroit Pistons 87-76 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Friday, December 26, 2008
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The scenario did not changed that much as again he was missing chances after chances. Suddenly in the 83rd minute, the workaholic TEVEZ struck the winning goal to ensure that the Red Devils kept up the pressure on the Premier League leaders. It was only fitting enough that Carlitos provided the knock out punch against the Potters on Boxing Day.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Checho as he is known perhaps had the most luxurious group of players at his disposal, mainly from the Under-20 graduate of the class 2005 and 2007. Of course the two most standout character from this group are Lionel MESSI and Kun AGUERO. On top of that, he also named Juan Roman RIQUELME as one of his three over age players.
So what about senior team under Coco BASILE? Was it a year that was meant to be remembered. Not really for most part of it.
For us, as Argentina’s supporter, it was something just hard to swallow considering the fact that we had the best group of players in the planet. We argued that it was the coach, the tactics or the selection of players. It seems we had more things to argue about compare to the previous years.
Immediately he went about his plan for the national team (though it is still 100% set up). He traveled around to meet the players to discuss about what’s in store for them in his set up. Among which naming his coaching staff and awarding the captain armband to Javier MASCHERANO.
The first assignment in the new Diego Revolution was the friendly match against Scotland in November. And he got off to a winning start with 1-0 win. So far in 2008, it is still unclear about the direction that Diego will take national team. But this is what makes this revolution so interesting because it is something outside the box and very refreshing.
It is also good to know that these days he is making headlines from the right reason (after all he is a proud grandpa!!!). From Glasgow to Calcutta, he is still very much loved by everyone. But we will look forward to 2009 with plenty of anticipation on this revolution. You can bet that Mundo will be there to cover it first.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
- Spain (La Liga for Gonzalo HIGUAIN, Fernando GAGO, Gabriel HEINZE and Javier SAVIOLA)
- Italy (the third consecutive Scudetto for Javier ZANETTI, Esteban CAMBIASSO, Hernan CRESPO, Julio CRUZ, Walter SAMUEL and Nicolas BURDISSO)
- Germany (both Martin DEMICHELIS and Jose SOSA won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich)
- Portugal (another title for Porto with Lucho GONZALEZ, Lisandro LOPEZ, Ernesto FARIAS, Mariano GONZALEZ and Mario BOLATTI)
Not to forget there was also something to smile in Europe among which was Alejandro DOMNIGUEZ winning the UEFA Cup with Zenit St Petersburg.
By the way, did I forget something? Not at all because the one man that had the most smile in 2008 was non other than Carlos TEVEZ. While with West Ham he already had fantastic year in English football and when he joined Manchester United, he took his game to another level. First he got the Premiership title, shortly later the Champions League and to cap it all off, the FIFA Club World Cup that just concluded recently.
It comes to no surprise that in Mundo and Sam’s HEGS, Carlitos was voted by the readers as the best player of 2007/08. I wouldn’t want to argue on that. Though he may have seen his minutes on the field being reduced on the field, everyone knows that with his courage and heart, it’s only a matter of time before the lion strikes again.
As you can see, I’ve only mentioned on those playing in the first tier of European football league. You may add the rest in our comment box, incase if there is any. I’m sure there is.
I would also like to highlights on the achievement from those playing in the South America and CONCACAF zone. Copa Libertadores winner LDU was deeply inspired by the Albiceleste, both on and off the pitch (Claudio BIELER, Damian MANSO, Norberto ARAUJO and their coach Edgardo BAUZA).
While in North America, Pachuca with the likes of Christian GIMENEZ, Damian ALVAREZ and Bruno MARIONI captured the CONCACAF Champions Cup. In the MLS, Guillermo Barros SCHELOTTO of the Columbus Crew cleaned sweeps everything that available for them to win during the 2008 season.
Despite highlighting so many things, it seems like somebody is missing from the big picture. If you’re thinking of Lionel MESSI, then you’re right. The first half of the year was pretty much injuries ravage time for the Atomic Flea.
But what a way he turns things around in the second half of the year! He first had to overcome the club vs. country saga about his availability to play at the Beijing Olympics. Again, we will get into that later.
However as the new season gone by, MESSI is firing up all cylinders and maybe 2009 could be the year that will see him being crowned as the King of the World. This just goes to show that you can never have a year without talking about him.
These are the many great things that I would to highlight on the achievement from the Albiceleste at club level. In Part 2, we will focus more on the National team as I felt it was important to write a separate article on them. In the meantime, share with us your thought and view on 2008.
And one last thing. On behalf on the deadly duo from Mundo, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our reader a very Merry Christmas. Do have a great time during this festive moments with your loved ones and take care.
Manu, who missed the first 12 games of the season because of left ankle surgery, returned two minutes later and played until 15 seconds remained in the game. Still, the Spurs are being cautious. Manu grimaced and grabbed his ankle when he lunged to grab at the basketball in the fourth quarter.
“He’s in there talking to the doctors now, just to see what that was,” Spurs coach Gregg POPOVICH said. “I’m hoping, maybe, that it’s scar tissue or something like that, and those things are going to happen while he’s recovering. We’ll find out.”
Manu too did not had a good for himself, posting just 8 points, 1 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Still no sign of Fabricio OBERTO who is still out injured.
It was a big night for Andres NOCIONI when the Chicago Bulls took on their Eastern Conference rival the Detroit Pistons. However the Bulls still lost the game 98-104.
Chapu was again used as a starter in place of the injured Drew GOODEN did posted 18 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist. On the opposite end, Walter HERRMANN did had any action tonight.
The Houston Rockets were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-99, with Luis SCOLA posting 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists & 1 steal.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
It’s another title that will be added into his already impressive CV as far his club football career is concerned. Within a space of a year, he played his part in conquering England, then Europe and now the World. Well done to the little known giants from Ecuador they too had their fair share of success in 2008. As confirmed, this will be the last match in charge for coach Edgardo BAUZA. Good luck El Paton.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
After a brilliant move from Arjen ROBBEN from which he got pass two defenders before pulling the ball back to HIGUAIN. Pipita sliced a left footed shot past Renan BRITO into the far top corner to score his 11th goal of the season.
They were also cheer to the other side of Madrid as well. A double strike from Maxi RODRIGUEZ and one from Kun AGUERO, helped Atletico defeat Espanyol 3-2.
NBA News - Chapu Back in the Bulls Lineup
With Drew GOODEN missing the game against the Utah Jazz with a sprained ankle, Andres NOCIONI was called upon to start for the Bulls to help strengthened their front line. Not a surprise move considering that Chapu has been improving in the last couple of games.
Well the Bulls won the game 106-98 and for Chapu he was again on the high again helping them to keep up their position in the Eastern Conference. He posted 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals along the process.
The San Antonio Spurs are back to winning mode after suffering back to back defeats they downed the Toronto Raptors 107-97. Not one of his best night but Manu GINOBILI was equally important with his contribution of 13 points, 7 rebounds & 3 assists. Fabricio OBERTO was not in action as he missed another game with a sore left foot.
While the Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-102, with Luis SCOLA posting just 3 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The squad will start their training sessions on Saturday at the AFA's Ezeiza facilities. They will work with two trainings a day and a couple of breaks (for Christmas and New Year's Day), before flying to Venezuela on 12 January.
Argentina will play in the city of Maturín and the following is the list of fixtures for the group stage:
19 January v. Venezuela
23 January v. Perú
25 January v. Colombia
27 January v. Ecuador
The tournament will award tickets for the semifinalists to the FIFA Youth World Cup that will be held in Egypt between 25 September and 16 October, 2009.
Here's the Argentine squad list:
Luis OJEDA (Unión de Santa Fe - Argentine Second Division)
Diego RODRÍGUEZ (Independiente)
Fernando MEZA (San Lorenzo)
Mateo MUSACCHIO (River Plate)
Fernando TOBIO (Vélez Sársfield)
Julián FERNÁNDEZ (Atlético Rafaela - Argentine Second Division)
Emiliano INSÚA (Liverpool, England)
Maximiliano OLIVA (Tigre)
Franco ZUCULINI (Racing Club)
Exequiel BENAVIDES (Boca Juniors)
Marcelo BENÍTEZ (Lanús)
Iván BELLA (Vélez Sársfield)
Pablo PIATTI (Almería, Spain)
Cristian GAITÁN (Estudiantes de La Plata)
Leandro VELÁZQUEZ (Vélez Sársfield)
Eduardo SALVIO (Lanús)
Franco DI SANTO (Chelsea, England)
Jonathan CRISTALDO (Vélez Sársfield)
Andrés RÍOS (River Plate)
Andrés ROMERO (Argentinos Juniors)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
But of the revival in this game was down to the contribution of Andres NOCIONI, firing from the bench. After going through a draught period was spectacular for the Bulls tonight.
He posted 22 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal plus a block shot. His block on Clipper’s Mike TAYLOR midway through the fourth quarter briefly changed the momentum of the game in favor of the Bulls.
Everyone will remember how these two teams traded in each other with blow outs during last season Western Conference semi-final. Well tonight was a close one but sadly for the Spurs, the New Orleans Hornets won the game 90-83.
Manu GINOBILI did put up a big figure for the Spurs, posting 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block shot and 1 steal in the game. However he was also responsible for five turnovers as well.
On the other hand, Fabricio OBERTO who is now a deep bench player only saw action for 40 seconds, towards the end of the second quarter.
PGA - Pigu Romero Named Rookie of the Year
The PGA named Andres ROMERO as the winner of the 2008 Rookie of the Year. Not only did he win on the PGA TOUR in 2008 (the Zurich Classic of New Orleans), but he also finished in the top 10 at the Masters. It was his first appearance at Augusta National and PGA Championship. Pigu was one of just 11 players who made the cut in all four majors. Not a bad year for him indeed.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The result must have boosted their confident tremendously after last year’s disastrous first round exit at the hands of Tunisian outfit Etoile Sportive du Sahel. However, as reported in their recent interview on FIFA website, the match against the reigning Copa Libertadores winner will be a different proposition altogether.
Like Pachua, LDU too will have three Albiceleste players in their starting line but the man who will be responsible to orchestra their win will be on touchline instead.
Edgardo BAUZA was the mastermind in making LDU the first Ecuadorian side to win South America premier club competition. He has built a formidable side around the like of Norberto ARAUJO, Damian MANSO and Claudio BIELER.
With his intense to win and to desire to beat anyone, anywhere LDU should not be taken lightly. The Mexican side will be on their toe for this match.
Kick of time starts at 1930 local time at the National Stadium in Tokyo.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Lazio’s revival was kick start by Mauro ZARATE after he tapped in the rebound from the earlier shot by Goran PANDEV. The comeback was completed when Cristian LADESMA strike an unstoppable shot from 30 yard.
In La Liga, Atletico Madrid brought smile to the red & white part of the capital by defeating Real Betis 2-0. Maxi RODRIGUEZ and Kun AGUERO scoring in each half.
NBA News - The Clutch Game From Manu
The San Antonio Spurs secured their sixth straight win after defeating the newly formed franchise Oklahoma City Thunder 109-104. It was closed call for the four time champions after squandering 26 points first half lead.
Manu GINOBILI put the result beyond the Thunders reach with a clutch performance with 28 seconds left on the clock. He caught a long pass from DUNCAN, made a layup while being fouled by Desmond MASON, then hit the free throw.
He completed the night with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 block shot. Fabricio OBERTO did not see any action during the game.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Right from the start until the end the Madrid players (most notably Sergio RAMOS) went all out in trying to stop him. I was worried to death that he will might get injured because of this. I guess this only made Lionel to keep going and play better.
For his reward, just as when Barca look good for 1-0 win (courtesy Samuel ETO’O in the 83rd minute), MESSI strike a left footed shot in the dying minutes to seal the win. Earlier a nervy ETO’O failed convert a penalty in the 70th minute when his shot was well saved by Iker CASILLAS.
Real on the other hand were improving earlier could have scored first Roysten DRENTHE had clear run but only to see his shot saved by Victor VALDES. Just a minute later, Gonzalo HGUAIN volleyed just over the bar.
In other highlights throughout Europe, German DENIS was on target for Napoli in their 3-0 win over Lecce in Serie A. The win saw them moving up to third in the league table.
Fernando CAVENAGHI scored in Bordeaux 3-1 win over Le Mans as they kept up the pressure on league leader Lyon.
In the Turkish Super League, Franco CANGELE scored for Kayserispor in their 2-0 win over Istanbul BSK.
Fernando BELLUSCHI was on target for Olympiakos in their 1-1 draw with Larissa in the Greek Super League.
Staying in Greece, a consolation goal from Lucio FILOMENO for Asteras Tripoli in their 1-2 defeat to Iraklis.
The Egyptian side took the lead courtesy of an own goal from Fausto PINTO in the 28th minute, then went on to double their lead at the brink of half time through FLAVIO.
The Tuzos pulled back immediately in the second half through Luis MONTES in just two minutes after the restart. This kick started Pachuca’s revival as they were creating havoc one after another.
In the 73rd minutes, Pachuca were awarded a free kick from a dangerous position. GIMENEZ curled the ball beyond the wall and past the keeper to provoke scenes of joyous celebration. The match remained 2-2 and went into extra time.
Another Albiceleste, Damian ALVAREZ started and finished a move which completed the comeback in the 98th minute. GIMENEZ went on to make it 4-2 (combining well with ALVAREZ) in the 110th minute. Bruno MARIONI was named in the starting line up.
Pachuca’s will now play LDU Quito in the semi-final. A match filled with the Albiceleste connection as they Ecuadorian side are coached by Edgardo BAUZA plus Norberto ARAUJO, Claudio BIELER and Damian MANSO in their team.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Of course Gregg POPOVICH and Timmy and the Frenchmen to thank but the real ode goes to their sixth ace on the bench. He was the big difference for both teams in terms of the luxury that they had on the bench. Manu posted 16 points plus 4 rebounds to his credit the lift the Spurs to their fifth consecutive victory.
Not much of action from Fabricio OBERTO with only one free throws converted but he had 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 block shot.
Then there is the other Big 3 from Houston. Against the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets version were equally superior compare to their San Antonio counterpart, defeating them 119-108.
As always, T-Mac had a big night. YAO had a big night. Last but not least, Luis SCOLA too had a big night. Despite of the slow start, he powered his way to help the Rockets with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist plus 1 block shot.
So if the Lakers thought that they will have it easy in the West, think again! The Southwest Division has just got started.
Not much to celebrate for Andres NOCIONI. He had a poor outing by just posting 7 points and 3 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 96-103.
No points for Walter HERRMANN (just one rebound in two minutes plus action) in the Detroit Pistons close win (114-110) against the Indiana Pacers.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
In the meantime, Diego MARADONA gets to work and on Thursday, he has revealed a list of 14 players that will be working with him at the Ezeiza AFA's training facilities from next Tuesday (depending on what happens on Sunday with the Apertura and pending a possible playoff to decide the champion).
What Diego wants is to see these players in action in a friendly against Tristán Suárez (a team from the Primera B Metropolitana -third tier-).
Here are the 14 players chosen by Diego:
Goalkeepers: Agustín ORION (San Lorenzo), Mariano ANDUJAR (Estudiantes de La Plata).
Defenders: Juan FORLIN (Boca Juniors), Matías CARUZZO (Argentinos Juniors), Christian VILLAGRA (River Plate), Marcos ANGELERI (Estudiantes de La Plata) and Emiliano PAPA (Vélez Sarsfield).
Midfielders: Franco ZUCULINI, Maximiliano MORALEZ (Racing Club), Néstor ORTIGOZA (Argentinos Juniors), Jesús DÁTOLO (Boca Jrs.), Daniel MONTENEGRO (Independiente) and Sebastián BLANCO (Lanús).
Forwards: Gonzalo BERGESSIO (San Lorenzo).
Some very exciting prospects there, including Franco "Baby MASCHERANO" ZUCULINI, who is also working with BATISTA with the U20 and a few surprises like tough-tackling Néstor ORTIGOZA, from Diego's alma mater Argentinos Juniors and the mercurial Sebastián BLANCO from Lanús.
Whatever Gregg POPOVICH has in mind for Manu GINOBILI, he knows he can expect the same response from his team’s spark plug. Today against the Atlanta Hawks, he decides to put him back to the place that made him the league’s Best Sixth Man last season. The bench.
“It was a tough back-to-back,” Manu said. “He (Spurs coach POPOVICH) was thinking about it. So I said, ‘Go ahead.’ As I told you, sometimes I prefer coming from the bench, so no big deal.”
Manu scored 27 points to help the Spurs beat the Hawks 95-89 for their fourth straight victory. He was 8-if-12, including 5 of 7 from the 3-point line and made all of his six free throws. Not to forget, he also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal to his credit.
“Manu carried it for us,” Tim DUNCAN said. “He hit some big shots—obviously free throws down the stretch. He loves games like that. He loves situations like that.”
While he had no points to his name, Fabricio OBERTO defensive contribution (6 rebounds and 1 block shot) was crucial in helping the Spurs win tonight. Especially after grinding a win against the Mavs in double overtime just a night ago.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
However the Danish side rallied back to take a 2-1 lead in the first half. ROONEY scored the equalizer in the 52nd minute as the match ended 2-2. United will top the group after Villareal were defeated by Glasgow Celtic 2-0.
The other Albiceleste scorer of the night was Lisandro LOPEZ, who scored the second goal for FC Porto in their 2-0 win over Arsenal. The result means the Dragons will leapfrog the Gunners at first place in Group G.
A win for the Chicago Bulls as they defeated the New York Knicks 105-100 in front of new elected Vice-President Joe BIDEN. Andres NOCIONI did manage to post 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists from the bench.
Houston Rockets almost blew a comfortable lead but did manage to overcome the Atlanta Hawks 92-84 with all starters from both teams posting double digit. It was double delight for Luis SCOLA in which he posted 12 points and 10 rebounds, not to forget 2 assists and 2 steals in the process.
But the match of the night, came from the Texas derby between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. Spurs overcame the Mavs in second over time, 133-126. Wow! Unbelievable.
Another superb performance from the big three, from which Manu GINOBILI posted 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Also he had a block shot and steal as well.
Fabricio OBERTO was on the bench again, only limited time play (around 7 minutes plus) but was 100% on his shot attempt. He had 6 points and 2 rebounds. Small but equally important contribution from him.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Bordeaux will need more than just the goals from Fernando CAVENAGHI in their must win away trip to Rome to face Roma. Confidence must running high at Inter and their Albiceleste army after their win over Lazio during the weekend. They will be looking to capitalize on that against Werder Bremen.
There is also that tightly contested Group D between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. So is it Javier MASCHERANO or Kun AGUERO (alongside Maxi RODRIGUEZ and the rest) that end up as the group’s winner?
Then there is Lionel MESSI as I will be hoping to see him increasing his goal tally when Barcelona takes on Shaktar.
In Day 2, would Sir Alex give Carlos TEVEZ another mid week run when Manchester United take on Danish side Aalborg? I hope he does.
Not many other significant matches involved (apart from the Lyon/Bayern) but I would love to see Lucho & Gang putting a dagger on Arsenal and top Group G.
Here are the rest of the fixtures.
Day 1 - 9th December 2008
Chelsea vs. CFR Cluj
Panathinaikos vs. Anorthosis
Basel vs. Sporting
PSV vs. Liverpool
Marseille vs. Atletico
Day 2- 10th December 2008
Celtic vs. Villareal
Steaua vs. Fiorentina
Dynamo Kyiv vs. Fenerbahce
Juventus vs. BATE
Real Madrid vs. Zenit
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Wow! I guess Diego was spot on when he mentioned that Spain’s La Liga was the best in the world. When Real Madrid took on Sevilla FC, it was another goal fest. A little earlier, Valladolid followed the footstep of Villareal by staging a dramatic comeback from three goals against Osasuna.
Okay, now back to Real against Sevilla as the future of their boss, Bernd SCHUSTER looks to be more uncertain then ever. At one point the visitor were 3-1 up. But two quick goals from Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Fernando GAGO level the score to 3-3. However RENATO’s 85th minute broke all the All-White hope as Sevilla took away the three points.
Meanwhile Napoli maintain their position at fourth place in Serie A with a 2-0 win over Siena. German DENIS strike in the 72nd minute ensure that the Naples side return back to winning ways.
Serie A top scorer Diego MILITO was the hero in the Derby of Genoa between as his scored the sole goal against the neighbour Sampdoria.
In the Greek Super League, there were goals from Fernando BELLUSCHI and Ismael BLANCO. Not only that, they both their respective teams winning goal in the 28th minute (according to Soccernet that is.)
BELLUSCHI was on target for Olympiakos against Levadiakos.
While BLANCO provided the winner for AEK Athens against Panthrakikos.
The Detroit Pistons crashed at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks 92-104. Walter HERRMANN had 4 points, 2 rebounds & 1 block shot.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Both Manu GINOBILI and Fabricio OBERTO both had excellent performance from a different perspective. No doubt about that.
Manu may have scored as low as 9 points but he was responsible in dishing out 7 assists plus 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
“We’ve had two great games, and hopefully we can keep this going,” said Manu, who led the Spurs with nine assists. “We just tried to move the ball. It’s the things we always try to do, but sometimes it doesn’t work.”
OBERTO came from the bench to contribute a season high performance. He posted 12 points plus 6 rebounds and 2 assists. A rare moment to see him getting the better of his fellow Albiceleste. Well I’m happy to see that he does gives something for the team though he may no longer be their starting center.
The Chicago Bulls ended their two games losing streak by defeating the Washington Wizards 117-110 with a little help from the reserves. Andres NOCIONI made some huge basket alongside Larry HUGHES from the bench. Chapu posted 19 points (it’s been a while since he had a big night like this) and he was had 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal to his credit.
I wonder what might have been going through in Pato ABBONDANZIERI, Daniel DIAZ and Lucas LICHT minds. Getafe blew away a 3-0 lead at half time against Villareal, only to see the Yellow Submarine pull back to level the score 3-3 in the second half.
In another match Atletico Madrid came away with 5-2 win at Sporting Gijon. Kun AGUERO scored twice, the first one being a sublime overhead kick. He was also own target again and then had an assist for Maxi RODRIGUEZ. Most certainly he is choice for Mundo’s Albiceleste of the Night.
Inter Milan overran Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico 3-0 to stay nine points clear on top of Serie A. Walter SAMUEL struck a perfect header in the second minute courtesy pass the Juan Pablo CARIZZO. A total of eight Albiceleste players were involved in the match.
In Portugal, Lucho GONZALEZ scored FC Porto’s third goal in their 3-0 win over Vitoria Setubal.
Nicolas Alejandro FRUTOS scored for Anderlecht in their 5-1 mauling over AFC Tubize in the Belgian Jupiter League.
Meanwhile on Friday, Fernando CAVENAGHI was on target for Bordeaux in their Ligue 1 encounter Valenciennes. He scored their second goal as the home side won 2-1.
Finally, on behalf of Mundo Albiceleste, thank you very much to our reader Mohammad ALI from Jordan for creating this wonderful picture as a tribute to Kun’s first goal against Gijon.
He was greatly touched by the frenzy over his here and promised to come back to India again in future. Not a surprise considering that we had many passionate Albiceleste readers from India on our blog.
"It has been beyond my imagination," a visibly moved Diego told reporters through an interpreter. "I did not know that I had so many fans in India and people of the country loved football so much," he said after laying the foundation stone for a football academy on the outskirts of the city.
"India lacks the infrastructure for football but the players should also work hard for their success."
This is Diego first-ever visit to the country and he was already looking forward to visiting India again.
"I have a contract with Argentina's national football team and once it's over I will think of coming to India."
Diego arrived in this football-mad eastern Indian city early on Saturday to a rousing welcome by some 50,000 fans, desperate to catch a glimpse of the legend. The fans jostled and almost ran over the barricades at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport as the 5,000-strong security team tried to control the surging crowd.
"Long Live India! We want you to play in the World Cup," Diego, flanked by his girlfriend Veronica, shouted back to the delirious fans.
Doubts were cast over his visit following the recent devastating Mumbai attacks that killed 163 people including 26 foreigners.
"It's barbaric. We can't event think of something like this in a civilized society," he said of the Mumbai carnage.
Diego is also slated to visit the global headquarters of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order here on Sunday during his two-day trip.
Friday, December 05, 2008
All of them posted double digit. Manu GINOBILI was named as a starter and gave a memorable performance, a reminisced of those times before he got injured. His performance has also kind of been poor in the last two games (11 and 13 points respectively) despite the lengthy minutes of action.
In tonight's game it was a huge comeback for him, as he produces a season high performance. He posted 21 points from which four of those shots came from the three point line. He was also 100% from the free throws. Not to forget he had 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in the process.
Fabricio OBERTO had to content with a place on the bench as he relinquish in starting position to the much improve Matt BONNER. But don't take away anything from him as he had 3 rebounds and 4 assists to go along with the 2 points that he posted.
As always in the past, this game goes on to show that when Manu gets into his rhythm, Spurs will never loose.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Here is the video on Mauro ZARATE against AC Milan
Well...based on his display this Wednesday in one of the Carling Cup (League Cup) quarterfinals, Alex FERGUSON would be unwise to let him go.
TEVEZ took advantage of the minutes he got and scored a hat-trick (and half a goal) to help Manchester United reach the semifinals. He was the lone scorer in the previous round when the Red Devils defeated Queens Park Rangers thanks to a penalty kick by the Apache.
Carlitos opened the scoring for United on 36 minutes (but some are saying it was an Aaron MOKOENA's own-goal) . TEVEZ added a second from the penalty spot on 51, then scored another one on 54 and clear the doubts and signed his hat-trick on injury time.
Manchester United won 5-3 and now look as strong favourites to win a tournament in which Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have all crashed out (the Blues and the Gunners both at Burnley's expense).
But the main question remains:
Will Carlitos wait forever on the bench for United and be limited to be a fringe player in the Premiership?
Or will he ask FERGUSON to sell him in January?
Monday, December 01, 2008
Ariel IBAGAZA superb free kick against Recreativo Huelve
Wonderful finish from Kun AGUERO against Racing Santander
Terrific move from Napoli in setting up Ezequile LAVEZZI against Inter Milan
Fernando BELLUSCHI doing his stuff for Olympiacos in Greece
Some NBA News…
The Detroit Pistons fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 85-96 with Walter HERRMANN posting 2 points, 2 rebounds and just 1 assist. Luis SCOLA posted 7 points, 5 rebounds and an assist as the Houston Rockets lost to the Denver Nuggets 94-104. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 103-92 with Andres NOCIONI posting 4 points.