Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Manchester's New Right Back: Rafael

I wonder how good his twin brother is, Fabio, who also plays for Manchester. That's the question I take away from seeing the new Brazilian right back Rafael play for Manchester United against Danish side Aalborg Boldspilklub in the Champions League.

Rafael was all over the place for Manchester, up and down the right side of the field. Rafael served in crosses, dug out balls and took two or three good shots - nearly scoring on one occassion. For his first game in the Champions League he was very impressive. He's just 18 years of old. Ferguson knows how to find talent.

Goal.com asks if Gary Neville's days are numbered with the introduction of Rafael.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Michael Bradley On Training

He was determined to be a professional soccer player. Great video over at Nike Soccer about his desire to improve on a daily basis. At just 21 years of age Bradley could become one of the greatest American footballers of all time. He's now playing in Germany for Borussia Monchengladbach after a successful few years in Holland's first division. Bradley can pass, tackle, dribble and even score goals. Check it out.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Beers With Frankie Hejduk

Frankie gives Columbus Crew fans a big cheers.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Clint Dempsey Interview

An excellent 5 part interview and story about Dempsey over at This Is American Soccer. It's worth reading.

Jozy Altidore Debuts for Villarreal

Jozy makes his debut for Villarreal as they win 1-0. He came on in the second half:

His replacement Jozy Altidore immediately looked more confident, outpacing Laure for a loose ball and dribbling his way beyond Albert Lopo into the box. His neat cut-back put the goal at Cazorla's mercy but his instant shot was straight at Aranzubia.
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Watch the highlights of his second half performance at the main site - Jozy's debut video.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Robinho Has Scored on Debut!

Robinho laced in a free kick at the top of the box to score for Manchester City against Chelsea. Amazing. The EPL is alight with a host of new stars, Deco over at Chelsea and Jo and Robinho with City. It will be a marvelous season in the EPL. But what a start for Robinho. He just flew back from Brazil and many said he wasn't going to start. See the goal from a fan's perspective.

Robinho is the biggest British transfer ever at $68.67 million dollars.

Here are the top 10:

£32.5m Robinho (Real Madrid to Man City)

£31m Andriy Shevchenko (Milan to Chelsea)

£30.75m Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham to Man Utd)

£29.3m Rio Ferdinand (Leeds to Man Utd)

£28m Juan Sebastián Verón (Lazio to Man Utd)

£27m Wayne Rooney (Everton to Man Utd)

£26.5m Fernando Torres (Atlético Madrid to Liverpool)

£24.4m Michael Essien (Lyon to Chelsea)

£23.8m Didier Drogba (Marseille to Chelsea)

£21m Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City to Chelsea)

Source.

Friday, September 12, 2008

AIG Manchester Sponsorship in Doubt?

What happens to the AIG logo on the Manchester United Jerseys if AIG goes under or is bought out by another company? Will they have to change up their jerseys mid-season? Has this ever happened?

It seems unlikely that AIG will collapse, but it is possible. Their stock dropped 30% today as more worries about mortgage exposure came to light.

I'd think a company like Herbalife would be more likely to fall apart, as some snafu develops in one of the nutrition products - but I know nothing about that company really. It certainly would be a disaster though for the already troubled LA Galaxy Beckham machine.

Players for Manchester United, the U.K.'s legendary football (soccer) club, will be sporting AIG logos on their shirts for the next four years. Man United's chief executive David Gill announced yesterday, April 6, at a press conference at Old Trafford that the club had agreed to a £56.5 million ($98.88 million) deal with American International Group.

The agreement is the biggest of its kind in English football, and will run for four years from the beginning of next season.
Source.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

MLS Player Breaks Leg Doing Flip Celebration

I missed this one. No wonder Ferguson didn't want Nani (Michael Jackson) doing those flip celebrations after he scored. Terrible for this player. Perhaps it was do to the turf they're playing on too.

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Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Teams

From Forbes:

Major League Soccer was on life support at the beginning of this decade. It was mired in a bitter lawsuit with its players, games were mostly played in football stadiums before sparse crowds, two teams had to fold and the league was hemorrhaging money. It looked like MLS might join an alphabet soup of failed soccer leagues including the NASL, USL and WISL.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

How Much Does Robinho Make?

Try $300,000 per week. That's his new salary at Manchester City. It's sad that he's leaving Madrid already, but that's the way it goes. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the EPL, what with the propensity for defenders to kick a bit more than in La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo adjusted, so I'm sure Robinho can and will dance as much as he wants. I think he'll dazzle the crowds, just take a look at what he did in his first game for Real Madrid.

Does this mean that Manchester City will have a chance at winning the EPL or at least getting into the top four? Mark Hughes, another Manchester United player now coaching in the EPL, will have enough money to buy the player he needs it seems, and it is good to see Shawn Wright Philips back at the club, but it's still an up hill battle to match Arsenal, Liverpool, and so on. We'll see. I don't think anyone can beat the other Manchester team that wears red and just signed Berbatov.