El Nino Finally Scores


This past weekend soccer fans from all over the globe were treated to some great matches. In England all the top three teams Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were scheduled to play over the weekend.

League leaders Man United made it through narrowly with a 1-0 win over Everton a win that puts them 6 points ahead of the nearest rivals Chelsea who also had a very entertaining game at relegation bound West ham United.

The good news being that 50 Million Torres finally found the net after coming on a substitute with roughly 8 minutes to go. His 15 hour (731 minutes) goal drought finally came to an end.  He clearly was in danger of being one if not the most expensive flops in the history of the beautiful game. His goal made Stamford bride erupt as well as sparkling jubilant celebrations scenes in which he got mobbed by his entire team mates.

Next game for them is against Tottenham and it will be interesting to see how him and Drogba will play as Drog is still in fine form at the moment.

Lastly Arsenal did what they do best! Playing mediocre if not horrible soccer. In their previous match against Spurs they were leading 3-1 only to surrender the lead and tie the game at 3-3.  Today they actually surrendered the game at 90 minutes to Bolton. One would wonder WTF is wrong with this team something needs to be done, from word that is going round Wenger may this time need to get rid of some of his flops if he hopes to challenge for the tittle next season.

More to come in the Champions league edition tomorrow DR readers!

Of New Beginnings: Fernando Torres, Luis Suárez & Andy Carroll

Here’s my quick two cents on the recent happenings in the English Premier League.

Chelsea

After many seasons of waiting “The Special one” has finally arrived at Stamford Bridge.  Fernando Torres finally made the move to London to join Chelsea. He cost the club a massive 50 million pounds and will proudly wear the number 9 jersey; if I were you I’d stop reading this right now and go place an order for this epic jersey. So it seems the management has finally realized the need to bring in some new blood and also went for the young Brazilian defender Luiz. As for Mr. Torres, he has signed a five and a half year deal that will see him take home every week a cool £175,000 a week! It is hoped that he deliver the goal-scoring punch that the club urgently needs. It still remains to be seen how Carlo Anceloti will play these forwards: Will he go for a 4-3-3 with Torres, Drogba and Anelka? or will he opt for the 4-3-2-1 formation?

Verdict: A good investment by Roman Abramovich to boost the weary legs of Drogba and Anelka. The million Pound question is whether FT will deliver or is he also Drogba’s successor at the Bridge?

Liverpool


After losing Torres to Chelsea, there is still light at the end of the tunnel for Liverpool. They have secured the services of Andy Carol for £ 35 million as well as the young talented Luis Suarez of Uruguay. It makes no point to keep an unhappy player, the decision to let him seems a wise one now that they have some extra money to spend on new players.

Verdict: Daglish has brought in two good players; let’s see how they will adjust at Liverpool. Currently placed 7th a top 5 finish would be a realistic goal. 

That’s it for me. Your thoughts? comments?

World Cup: The Worst Eleven

FIFA introduced the brand new ball known as the Jabulani; as a result many a goalkeeper was Jabulani-ed in South Africa. Sometimes, however, that was no excuse. At the same time there is a difference between a Rookie and a Pro. Where Part 1 focused on the players who excelled, Part 2 will focus on the players who were pathetic, and did not deserve to represent their nations. Continue reading