Tag Archives: Champions League

Fútbol’s Hottest Little Bachelor is Officially Off the Market

23 Jul

That’s right. Our beloved little James Rodriguez, a youngster of only 23 years, has sealed the deal with Champions League titleholders Real Madrid for the upcoming six seasons. Continue reading

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Heyyys, Adieus, Rumors, & New Rules

18 Jul

I honestly don’t know what to do with myself afer the World Cup. It was a month of futbol ALL DAY EVERYDAY, and of course I was in heaven. Oh well, back to reality. I decided that I will keep futbol busy by obsessing over the summer transfer window. I have good and bad news. Bad news first.

PHILIPP LAHM IS LEAVING US! NOOOOOOOOOOO. Why?!?!

lahm-2The Germany team captain has announced his retirement from international futbol. Well, at least he made a smart move and left on an excellent note. Come on, who wouldn’t want to be remembered as the Captain of the world champions? Today, the 30-year-old German full back and defensive midfielder announced his retirement from international football.

 

 

“It is the right time for me. I have totally enjoyed my time with the national team.”

His legacy as an international futbol star is quite impressive.  Overall, he appeared in 113 matches since 2004, was part of the World Cup All-Star Team in 206, 2010, and 2014, and ended by leading his team to win the 2014 World Cup.  Not bad at all.  However, Lahm will continue to grace your TV screens, as he will still play for club side Bayern Munich, so don’t cry too much yet.

On a different note…
int_140713_INET_ESPN_FCReal Madrid is apparently going all out on a mega shopping spree.  Just yesterday, they signed Bayern Munich’s 24 year old Toni Kroos on a six year deal, for the bargain sum of 30 million euros.  Now, rumor has it that they want young Colombian star James Rodriguez, and are willing to get rid of Isco in order to get the 85 million euros that AC Monaco wants in order to give up James.  In only one year, little James’ worth rose from 45 to 85 million.  I can only dream to ever in my life be worth that much. *sigh*

Umm, so what’s up with Sami Khedira?  Word on the streets says that he’s leaving Real for either Chelsea or Arsenal (to reunite with his bromantic partner Mesut Ozil??).   

hi-res-7d4f789fb32d1adf4f86a9063a84d4ee_crop_northCosta Rica’s World Cup star Keylor Navas is also supposedly joining Real Madrid and will compete with Casillas and Lopez (if Lopez stays) for a starring role.

 

 

 

Dang, if all these rumors are true, Real is totally snatching the cream of the crop. I find the transfer windows particulary interesting.  You sell this player to make money for that player to satisfy the need for a specific playing position…it’s almost like rearranging pieces to complete a puzzle.  

Keeping the lads on check

Xabi Alonso missed the Champions League final this year because of the old rule

Xabi Alonso missed the Champions League final this year because of the old rule

Now the UEFA came up with a new rule that I found intriguing.  From now on, during the Champions League and Europa League tournaments, yellow cards from the beginning of the group stage will expire on completion of the quarterfinals. This means that bookings won’t be carried forward to the semifinals (UEFA Club Competitions Committee)  What effect do you think this will have?

 

I don’t really have drama in my personal life (except for an annoying breakup), so I’m leading an entertaining life through these players.  Talk about a day in the no-life life of this blogger.

NO, Fergie, PLEASE don’t leave!… Heyy, Dave…

10 May

 fergiestatueMy day began on a sad note. After 26 years of coaching English futbol giants Manchester United, 71-year-old-gum-chewing-master Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement. Fergie had spread a similar rumor back in the 2001-2002 season, which backfired, and he vowed to never do it again. Rumor spreader. This time, though, it is true.  I almost cried. Continue reading

Champions League Quarterfinals Draw

15 Mar

These are the results of the draw. No, we won’t have any big rivalry showdowns *tears*. Mark your calendars before you forget!
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The Differences Among the Fútbol Fandom & Ronaldo Gets Emo

7 Mar

This is how some Madridistas react to their opponent’s goals. Continue reading

Nani’s Red Card. Need I Say More?

6 Mar
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Let me jump straight into business here. The referee was the instigator this time. Not just any instigator, but THE hardcore instigator. The drama brewed in the pitch, overflowed to the post-match press conferences, and crossed the Atlantic Ocean all the way to The Stilettos of Fútbol. In tonight’s decisive clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid, all hell broke loose in the 56th minute.

Let’s look at the events leading up to the incident. It is no secret that prior to this match, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and Man U coach Sir Alex Ferguson did not hold Turkish 36-year-old insurance agent and football referee Cuneyt Cakir in

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El SUPER Clásico: Messi’s Comeback, Ramos’ Unpunished Penalty, & Valdés Loses His Cool

3 Mar

Last night, my crush asked me out on an early hiking date this morning. How dare he! I could not believe he didn’t remember that this morning (in my time zone) we had not only any Clásico, but El SUPER Clásico. I mean, how can anybody on Earth forget? This is a special kind of Clásico because it is a La Liga Clásico. It is not one of the Copa del Rey or the Champions League. This is the real deal. As always, we had our players breaking records, shooting great goals, and a very special instance of drama that cannot be overlooked. I’m very excited to write this post.

World Famous Tantrum of the Week

The World Famous Tantrum of the Week

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El Clásico: Barcelona’s Second Embarassment in Five Days

27 Feb
Ángel Di María had Carles Puyol doing the splits (via 101greatgoals)

Ángel Di María had Carles Puyol doing the splits (via 101greatgoals)

My abs are sore. Not from my workout earlier today, but from seeing Puyol do the splits in today’s El Clásico in the Camp Nou or should I say Camp Mou?. Should I have foreseen such an action-filled Clásico tonight, I would not have done so many planks this morning. Even Sir Alex Ferguson graced the Camp Nou with his appearance! Continue reading

Barcelona’s Misery Against Milan

21 Feb

Dang. That’s all I can say about Barça’s Champions league embarrassment tonight.

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AC Milan v. Barcelona Preview; More Champions League Results

20 Feb
Clash of the Titans :0

Clash of the Titans (via Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Today is such a wonderful day. Although it’s pouring here in San Diego, I am in my house, lying cozily with an FC Barcelona v. AC Milan Champions League 2011 rerun airing in Fox Deportes in the background. It would be complete ingratitude from by part I asked more from life. And, the programming says that the 2012 rerun will air after this one is over. Of course it is all about Barcelona v. Milan today. Why? Well, only because Barça and Milan will meet for the 16th time today in the first leg of the last 16 in the 2012-2013 Champions League. So, if you are watching Fox Deportes, prepare to have a Barcelona v. Milan overdose today. Personally, I will take that overdose any day. Thank you, Fox Deportes. FYI, Fox Deportes is airing the 2012-2013 Champions League in Spanish. It is also airing the Copa Libertadores. Therefore, you Spanish speakers out there, get the channel ASAP!!!!

Some psychologists believe that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. I have not really analyzed that tenet, but just in case, let’s take a look at the history of Barça/Milan to see if we catch any trends and form an idea of tonight’s victor/score. Let’s also look at some details of tonight’s clash in San Siro, Italy.

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