الأحد، 30 يناير، 2011

AFCアジアカップ2011開幕! inカタール

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「あけおめ」と略すのは許せるのですが、
「ことよろ」と略すやつ、なんか許せん笑
日本語は正しく使いましょう。
ということで、

開幕しました!

AFC アジアカップ2011 in カタール大会

なんか、アジアカップって暑い時期に
やってるイメージがあったんですが、
冬のアジアカップもオツなもの。

7日、1次リーグA組の1試合を行い、
地元のカタールがウズベキスタンに0―2で敗北・・

うーん、開催国初戦黒星
っていうか、ウズベキスタンって殆ど、
欧州みたいなもんですよね、
カタール、キチぃなぁ・・

カタール代表を率いるブルーノ・メツ監督談

「選手らはベストを尽くそうとしたが、頭の中が真っ白になっていた。
今日は最悪の日だ、プレッシャーは大きいし、
開幕ゲームはいつでも難しい。
この日のためにわれわれは厳しい練習を積んできたのだが」

地元開催の重圧ですか・・

そして日本代表といえば、
本田選手の談話では
「もちろん!優勝だ!」と。


1次リーグB組の日本は9日、ヨルダンとの初戦に臨みます。
2大会ぶり4度目の優勝に向け、好スタートを期待します。

日本代表ザッケローニ監督談

「この大会の目標はいい戦いをすることと成長すること。
そのために前に進むしかない」

DF陣に故障者が続出なんですが、
それは、中盤の厚みに期待しつつ
ってやつですか。

フォーメーションが楽しみです、
3-4-3
4-2-3-1
4-1-4-1????

日本は13日にシリア、17日にサウジアラビアと対戦、

年明け早々楽しみが増えましたわ笑

がんばれ!!日本!


AFCアジアカップ・カタール2011はいよいよ決勝トーナメントへ[サッカー、スポーツ、youtube]


先日日本はサウジアラビアを5-0で下し、決勝トーナメントへと歩を進めました。日本は過去に3度優勝することに成功していますが、果たして今大会での優勝は達成できるでしょうか?

決勝トーナメントでは初戦で、開催国カタールと対戦します。ホスト国との勝負となるわけですから、完全にアウェーでの試合となり、プレッシャーのかかる試合となりそうです。日本代表のメンバーには是非頑張っていただきたいですね。


そんなわけで、過去の日本が優勝した大会をハイライトで振り返ってみます。



流石に20年近く前の試合ともなると、雰囲気からして全く異なります。

92年の大会では決勝戦で日本はサウジアラビアと対戦し1-0で勝利することができました。



皮肉にも2000年の大会でもサウジアラビアとの決勝戦になりました。

2011年では5-0でサウジアラビアに勝利していますから、今後の展開も期待できるかもしれません。一方でオーストラリアのような新たな強豪の存在も無視できません。



2004年は中国での開催となり、日本には大きなプレッシャーがかかる試合の連続となりました。それにしても、このビデオは今見ても緊張の連続です。

いやはや、特定アジアではスポーツを開催するのは無理があるように感じられます。2002年のワールドカップも今から見るとひどい試合の連続でしたから、 スポーツとは言えません。ホスト国のホストの意味を完全に履き違えているのでしょう。もてなす国であって、もてなされるわけではありません。今後もあのよ うな形で試合の運営をするのでしょうが、巻き込まれる方は最悪ですね。

カタール2011では、疑惑のジャッジなどもありましたから、一時的に微妙な試合運びもありましたが、幸いにもトーナメントまで駒を進めることができました。この勢いで是非優勝まで行ってもらいましょう。

以上、AFCアジアカップ・カタール2011はいよいよ決勝トーナメントへ[サッカー、スポーツ、youtube]に関して記述致しました。

2010年4月24日土曜日

アジアカップカタール2011

抽選会結果。

A1カタール A2クウェート A3中国 A4ウズベキスタン
B1サウジ B2日本 B3ヨルダン B4シリア
C1韓国 C2インド C3オーストラリア C4バーレーン
D1イラク D2北朝鮮 D3バーレーン D4イラン

Kuwait vs Chine live en streaming coupe d'Asie 2011

Kuwait vs Chine streaming samedi 8 janvier 2011
La Chine opposera cette apré-midi Kuwait pour un match comptant de la première journée phase groupe de la coupe d'Asie 2011 à Qatar . la chine et Kuwait évouleront dans le groupe avec le Qatar et l'Ouzbékistan . regarder Kuwait vs Chine streaming à partir de 13:45 gmt .
Compétition : Coupe d'Asie Qatar 2011
Coup d'envoi: 13:45
Date : 8/1/2011
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AFC Asian Cup: Full Squad Lists


Asia cup 2011 Teams Squad
Anticipation for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar builds as the final 23-man squads for each of the 16 competing nations are announced. Australia have named four A-League players with Melbourne Victory's Robbie Kruse set to make his debut for the Soceroos alongside Everton striker Tim Cahill.

Group A

China
Goalkeepers: 1. Yang Zhi, 12. Guan Zhen, 22. Zeng Cheng
Defenders: 2. Li Xuepeng, 3. Wang Qiang, 4. Zhao Peng, 5. Du Wei, 13. Liu Joanye, 17. Zhang Linpeng, 20. Rong Hao, 23. Li Jianbin
Midfielders: 6. Zhou Haibin, 7. Zhao Xur, 8. Hao Junmin, 10. Deng Zhuoxiang, 11. Qu Bo, 14. Wang Song, 15. Yu Tao, 16. Huang Bowen, 19. Yang Hao, 21. Yu Hai
Forwards: 9. Yang Xu, 18. Gao Lin

Kuwait
Goalkeepers: 1. Khaled M A A E Alrashidi, 22. Nawaf KH S M Alkhaldi, 23. Hameed S M H H Youssef
Defenders: 2. Yaqoub N A Y T Abdullah, 3. Fahad A A Shaheen, 4. Hussain F.A.M Ali, 6. Amer M F A Alfadhel, 9. Ali A M F A Almaqseed, 13. Mesaed N F H Alenzi, 19. Ahmad S M J Alrashidi
Midfielders: 5. Mohammad Rashed Matroud Sanad, 7. Fahad Saleh Hussain Alenezi, 8. Saleh H SH S Alhendi, 11. Fahed E A J Alebrahim, 12. Abdullah M S H J Alshamali, 14. Talal A A S Alamer, 15. Walied A H R Jumah, 18. Jarah M H M H Alateeqi, 20. Yousef N S R S Alsulaiman, 21. Abdulaziz A M A M Alenezi
Forwards: 10. Khaled A KH F Matar, 16. Hamad N M F A Alenezi, 17. Bader A B A A Almotawaa

Qatar
Goalkeepers: 1. Qasem Abdullhamed Burhan, 21. Mohammed Mubarak A M Budawood, 22. Saad Abdulla M E Alsheeb
Defenders: 2. Hamid Ismaeil H Khaleefa, 3. Kasola Mohammed, 6. Bilal Mohammed B Rajab, 8. Mesaad Ali A M Alhamad, 13. Ibrahim Majed A Abdullmajed, 17. Musa Haroon Jama, 18. Ibrahim Abdulla M A AL Ghanim
Midfielders: 4. Lawrence Awuley Quaye, 5. Majdi Abdulla Siddiq, 7. Wesam Rizik Abdulmajid, 11. Fabio Cesar Montesin, 14. Khalfan Ibrahim KH A Al-Khalfan, 15. Talal Ali H Albloushi, 19. Khaled Muftah E M Muftah
Forwards: 9. Jaralla Ali J A Al-Marri, 10. Hussain Yaser M Abdulrahman, 12. Yusef Ahmed M Ali, 16. Mohamed Alsayed A M Sayed, 20. Ali Hassan A Yahya, 23. Andres Sebastian S Quitana

Uzbekistan
Goalkeepers: 1. Juraev Temur, 12. Nesterov Ignatiy, 21. Zukhurov Murotjon
Defenders: 2. Krushelnitskiy Yaroslav, 3. Mulladjanov Shavkatjon, 4. Ismailov Anzur, 6. Juraev Sakhob, 20. Nurlibaev Farrukh
Midfielders: 5. Ibragimov Aziz, 7. Haydarov Azizbek 8. Djeparov Server, 9. Ahmedov Odil, 11. Bikmaev Marat, 14. Andreev Stanislav, 18. Kapadze Timur, 19. Khasanov Jasur, 22. Karpenko Victor, 23. Galiulin Vagiz
Forwards: 10. Salomov Shavkat, 13. Novkarov Olim, 15. Geynrikh Alexander, 16. Shatskikh Maksim, 17. Tursunov Sanjar

Group B
Japan
Goalkeepers: 1. Kawashima Wiji, 21. Nishikawa Shusaku, 23. Gonda Shuichi
Defenders: 2. Inoha Masahiko, 3. Iwamasa Daiki, 4. Konno Yasuyuki, 5. Nagatomo Yuto, 6. Uchida Atsuto, 12. Sakai Gotoku, 20. Makino Tomoaki, 22. Yoshida Maya
Midfielders: 7. Endo Yasuhito, 8. Matsui Daisuke, 13. Hosogai Hajime, 14. Fujimoto Jungo, 15. Honda Takuya, 16. Kashiwagi Yosuke, 17. Hasebe Makoto, 18. Honda Keisuke
Forwards: 9. Okazaki Shinji, 10. Kagawa Shinji, 11. Maeda Ryoichi, 19. Lee Tadanari
Jordan
Goalkeepers: 1. Amer Shafi' Mahmoud Sabbah, 12. Lo'ai Salem Atallah Elamaireh, 22. Mutaz Yasin Mahjoub Alfityani
Defenders: 2. Moh'd Monir Ahmad Al-Mutasim, 3. Suliman Mowafaq Suliman Alsalman, 5. Mohammad Abdulsamee' Mohammad Aldmeiri, 8. Bashar Mustafa Bani Yaseen, 15. Shadi Nadmi Mohammad Abu-Hashhash, 16. Basem Fathi Omar Othman, 17. Hatem Mohammad Yousef Aqel, 19. Anas Walid Khaled Bani-Yaseen
Midfielders: 4. Baha' Abdelrahman Mustafa Suleiman, 6. Saeed Al Murhan, 7. Amer Deeb Mohammad Khalil, 11. Ra'ed Abdelrahman Ali Fraeh, 18. Hasan Abdel-Fattah Hasan Mahmoud, 20. Ala'Waleed Muflih Albashir, 21. Ahmad Abdelhalim Abdelsalam Alzugheir
Forwards: 9. Odai Yousef Ismail Alsaify, 10. Moayad Omar Suleiman Abukeshek, 13. Hamza Ali Khaled Aldaradreh, 14. Abdallah Khaled Deeb Salim, 23. Anas Jamal Mohammad Hijah

Saudi Arabia
Goalkeepers: 1. Ali, Waleed Abdullah N, 21. Mabrouk Z. M. Zaid, 22. Shaian, Hussain Abdoh Y
Defenders: 2. Shuhail, Abdullah Jaman S, 3. Hawsawi, Osama Abdulrzag M, 4. Almontashari, Hamad Mohsen H, 5. Alharbi, Osama Mabrook A, 7. Almousa, Kamil Saddiq E, 12. Al Saeed, Mishal Ahmed M, 19. Mohammed Massad F Almowallad
Midfielders: 6. Ateef, Ahmed Ibrahim Y, 8. Aboshgair Manaf Eid M, 10. Alshalhoub, Mohammed bandar S, 13. Almosa Motaz Sidiq E, 14. Khariri, Saud Ali M, 15. Abdoh Ibrahim Y Autef, 16. Aldawsari, Abdulaziz Saeed D, 17. Taiseer Jabir A Aljassam, 18. Alabid, Nawaf Shaker F
Forwards: 9. Hazazi, Naif Ahmed T, 11. Alshamrani, Nassir Ali N, 20. Alqahtani, Yasser Saeed M, 23. Muhannad Ahmed M Abu Radiyah

Syria
Goalkeepers: 1. Mosab Balhous, 16. MHD. Radwan Al Azhar, 22. Adnan Alhafez
Defenders: 2. Belal Abdul Daim, 3. Ali Diab, 4. Jehad Albaour, 5. Feras Ismail, 13. Nadim Sabagh, 15 Ahmad Al Salih, 17. Abulkader Deka, 21. Bwrhan Sahiwne
Midfielders: 6. Jehad Alhussien, 7. Abdulrazak Alhusein, 8. Taha Dyab, 11. Adel Abdullah, 14. Wael Ayan, 20. Lowai Shanko, 23. Samer Aouad
Forwards: 9. Qusai Adnan Habib, 10. Firas Alkhatib, 12. Mohamad Alzino, 18. Abdulfatah Alagha, 19. Sanharib Malki

Group C
Australia
Goalkeepers: 1. Mark Schwarzer, 12.Nathan Martin Coe, 18. Bradley Scott Jones
Defenders: 2. Lucas Neill, 3. David Carney, 6. Sasa Ognenovski, 8. Luke Wilkshire, 13. Jade North, 20. Matthew Spiranovic, 21. Jonathan McKain
Midfielders: 5. Jason Culina, 7. Brett Emerton, 10. Harry Kewell, 14. Brett Holman, 15. Michael Jedinak, 16. Carl Valeri, 17. Matthew McKay, 19. Tommy Oar, 22. Neil Kilkenny
Forwards: 4. Tim Cahill, 9. Scott McDonald, 11. Nathan Burns, 23. Robbie Kruse

Bahrain
Goalkeepers: 1. Mahmood Mansoor Ali Abdulla, 21. Ahmed Ali Ahmed Mushaima, 22. Abbas Ahmed Ali Khamis
Defenders: 2. Rashed Khalil Ebrahim Talha Khalil Alhooti. 3. Abdulla Abdulrahman Mohamed Marzooq, 5. Saleh Abdulhameed Saleh Mohamed Mahmeedi, 6. Abbas Saeed Ali Mansoor Ayyad, 16. Dawood Saad Salman Mohamed Saad, 17. Husain Ali Hasan Ali Mohamed, 23. Ebrahim Ali Hasan Ali Mohamed
Midfielders: 4. Abdulla Baba Fatadi, 7. Hamad Rakea Humood Alanezi, 9. Abdulwahab A Rahman Hedaib Isa Ali Almalood, 10. Mohamed Ahmed Yusuf Salmeen, 12. Faouzi Mubarak Aaish, 13. Mahmood Abdulrahman Mohamed Noor Abdulrahman, 14. Salman Isa Ghuloom Ali, 15. Abdulla Asmaeel Omar, 18. Abdulwahab Husain Alsafi, 19. Mahmood Merza Mahdi Ahmed Alajmi
Forwards: 8. Jaycee John Okwunwanna, 11. Ismaeel Abdullatif Ismaell Hasan, 20. Abdulla Adnan Saleh Salman Aldakeel

India
Goalkeepers: 1. Paul Subrata, 13. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, 21. Subhasish Roy Chowdhury
Defenders: 2. Moirangthem Govin Singh, 3. Manju Nanjangud Shivananju, 4. Masih Rakesh, 5. Anwar, 12. Deepak Kumar Mandal, 14. Gawli Mahesh, 17. Irungbam Surkumar Singh
Midfielders: 6. Baldeep Singh, 7. Naduparampil Pappachan Pradeep, 8. Potsangbam Renedy Singh, 10. Miranda Clifford Rayes, 16. Wadoo Mehraj Ud Din, 19. Moirangthem Gouramangi Singh, 20. Lawrence Climax, 23. Dias Steven Benedic
Forwards: 9. Yadav Abhishek, 11. Chhetri Sunil, 15. Bhutia Bhaichung, 18. Chongtham Sushilkumar Singh, 22. Syed Rahim Nabi

Korea Republic
Goalkeepers: 1. Jung Sungryong, 21. Kim Yong Dae, 23. Kim Jin Hyeon
Defenders: 2. Choi Hyojin, 3. Hwang Jae Won, 4. Cho Yonghyung, 5. Kwak Tae Hwi, 12. Lee Youngpyo, 14. Lee Jung Soo, 15. Hong Jeongho, 22. Cha Du Ri
Midfielders: 6. Lee Yong Rae, 7. Park Ji Sung, 8. Yoon Botgaram, 13. Koo Jacheol, 16. Ki Sung Yueng, 17. Lee Chung Yong, 18. Kim Bo Kyung, 19. Yeom Kihun
Forwards: 9. Yoo Byung Soo, 10. Ji Dong Won 11. Son Heung Min, 20. Kim Shinwook

Group D
DPR Korea
Goalkeepers: 1. Ri Myong Guk, 18. Kim Myong Gil, 22. Ri Kwang Ll
Defenders: 2. Cha Jong Hyok, 3. Ri Jun Il, 4. Pak Nam Chol, 5. Ri Kwang Chon, 8. Ji Yun Nam, 13. Pak Chol Jin, 14. Pak Nam Chol, 20. Ri Kwang Hyok
Midfielders: 6. Choe Myong Ho, 7. Ryang Yong Gi, 11. Mun In Guk, 15. Kim Yong Jun, 17. An Yong Hak, 23. Kim Kuk Jin
Forwards: 9.Jong Tae Se, 10. Hong Yong Jo, 12. Jon Kwang Ik, 16. Choe Kum Chol, 19 An Chol Hyok, 21. Pak Chol Min

Iran
Goalkeepers: 1. Rahmati Osgouei Seyed Mahdi, 12. Mirzapour Ebrahim, 22. Shahabaldin Gordan
Defenders: 2. Heydari Khosro, 3. Farshid Talebi Savad Kouhi, 4. Hosseini Seyed Jalal, 5. Aghily Anvar Seyed Hadi, 11. Haji Safi Ehsan, 13. Rahimi Abouzar, 20. Nosrati Mohammad
Midfielders: 6. Nekonam Javad, 14. Timotian Samarani Andranik, 15. Ghasem Hadadifar, 17. Nori Mohammad, 18. Pejman Nouri Roudsari, 23. Iman Mobali
Forwards: 7. Gholamreza Rezaei, 8. Soleimani Shojaei Masoud, 9. Mohammad Reza Khalatbari Limaki, 10. Karim Ansari Fard, 16. Reza Norozi, 19. Mohammad Gholami Khalil Mahaleh, 21. Arash Afshin

Iraq
Goalkeepers: 1. Ali Muttashar Naser Al-Lami, 12. Mohammed Kassid Kadhim, 22. Haider Raad Majeed
Defenders: 2. Mohammed Ali Kareem, 3. Basem A Gatea Al-Ogaili, 14. Salam Shakir Alidad, 15. Ali Hussein Erhaima Al-Kaabi, 16. Samal Saeed Mejbel, 21. Ahmed Ibrahim Khalaf, 23. Saad A. Hafidh
Midfielders: 4. Qusay Muneer Abboodi Al-Hussein, 5. Nashat Akram Abid Ali, 6. Saad Abdulameer Luaibi Al-Zirjawi, 8. Samer Saeed Mejbel, 11. Hawar M Taher Zeebari, 13. Kerrar J Muhammed, 18. Mahdi Kareem Ajeel, 19. Ahmed Ayad Anwer, 20. Muthanna Khalid Salih Al-Maslookhi
Forwards: 7. Emad M Raza Gharib, 9. Mustafa Kareem Abdullah, 10. Younus Mahmood Khalaf, 17. Alaa Abdul Zahrah Khashen Al-Azzawi

UAE
Goalkeepers: 1. Majed Naser Humaid Bakheit Almaqdami, 12. Obaid Mohd Obaid Mohd Majid Altawila Alsuwaidi, 22. Housani Ali Khaseif Humaid Khaseif
Defenders: 2. Lashkari Khalid Sebil Ibrahim Ahmad, 3. Juma Mohamed Ahmad Ali Gharib, 6. Fares Juma Hasan Juma Al Saadi, 8. Hamdan Ismaeel Mohemad Al Kamali, 14. Albalooshi Walid Abbas Murad Yousuf, 17. Yousef Jaber Naser Jaber Al Hammadi, 18. Abdulla Mousa Mohamed Ahmed Esmaeil Albloushi, 19. Albalooshi Abdulaziz Hussain H Mubarak, 21. Mahmoud Khamis Saeed Khamis Saeed Al Hammadi
Midfielders: 4. Al Junaibi Subait Khater Fayel Khamis, 5. Amer Abdulrahman Abdulla Husain Alhammadi, 7. Ali Ahmed Ali Mohamed Al Wehaibi, 13. Theyab Awana Ahmed Husain Al Musabi, 15. Ismail Salem Ismail Saeed Alhammadi, 16. Alhammadi Amir Mubarak Ghanim Mubarak Ghanim
Forwards: 9. Mohamed Saeed Rashed A. Saiwed Al Shehhi, 10. Ismaeil Matar Ibrahim Khamis Al Mekhaini Al Junaibi, 11. Ahmed Khalil Sebait Mubarak Aljunaibi, 20. Saeed Salem Saleh Salem Al Kathiri, 23. Al Junaibi Ahmed Jumaa Anbar Mubarak Alaraimi

WATCH AFC ASIA CUP LIVE

One World Sports is a unit of One Media Corp, Inc. One World Sports acquired the rights to broadcast the event through Singapore-based World Sport Group, the AFC’s exclusive marketing and media partner.

The AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 is Asia’s premier football tournament and brings together the top 16 national teams from across that continent. It is held once every four years, and is the first major international competition pitting nation against nation since the FIFA World Cup 2010 last summer in South Africa.

Iraq, the defending champion, will be joined by Japan, China, Iran, South Korea and Saudi Arabia, a quintet that historically fields the strongest teams. The 2011 event will also include Australia, India and North Korea, in addition to Gulf Region teams from hosts Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

“The response from the leading cable and satellite providers has been overwhelming,” said Preston Bornman, Chief Operating Officer of One World Sports. “They see the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 as a natural extension of the success they had with last summer’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa, which saw a dramatic rise in viewership.”

Matches can be purchased by consumers on a per-game basis via Pay-Per-View. One World Sports has licensed the full event to iN DEMAND (www.indemand.com), which will distribute the tournament to Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Mediacom and many other U.S. affiliates; DISH Network (www.DISHNetwork.com); and Avail/TVN (www.Avail-TVN.com), which includes AT&T and Verizon FiOS among its affiliates.

Broadband coverage will be available live via One World Sports Broadband, which can be found at www.OneWorldSports.tv. Mobile video coverage will be available on Verizon Wireless V CAST Video at www.VerizonWireless.com.

“Asia has become increasingly important to the United States economically and culturally. One of the best ways to gain insights on different parts of the world is through sport, and the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 comes at a time of heightened interest in the region,” Bornman said.

“World Sport Group is delighted to have One World Sports as our Broadcast Partner for North America and we are also very excited at the prospect of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 being seen in up to 65 million households there,” said James Clarke, Senior Vice President – Content, World Sport Group.

“There is huge interest in the event among the Asian communities in North America, particularly among Iranians, Japanese, Koreans and Chinese. For the first time, we have a nation-wide broadcast platform that can serve our North American fans,” Clarke said.

The 32 game tournament begins Jan. 7 and concludes on Jan. 29, 2011. There are 24 matches during the Group Stages, followed by four knock-out games between the four group winners and second-place finishers. Two semi-final matches will be held Jan. 25. The third-place match will be held on Jan. 28, followed by the final on Jan. 29.mm

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الجمعة، 28 يناير، 2011

PREVIEW: Japan and Australia seek historic win in Asian Cup final


Australia Asia cup 2011 Final
Doha - Japan seek an unprecedented fourth Asian Cup trophy on Saturday but are without Shinji Kagawa against Australia who are gunning for their biggest football title to date.

Asian Cup: Bad News for Japan, Worse News for Dortmund



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2011 Asian Cup Third-Place Playoff: South Korea v Uzbekistan Match Preview & Live



Park Ji-Sung28 Jan Fifa2014Bra Asia Cup 2011
What: 2011 Asian Cup Third Place Playoff
Who: South Korea vs Uzbekistan
When: Friday 28th January, 2011, at 15:00 UK Time
Where: Al-Sadd Stadium, Doha, Qatar


Semi-final Heartbreak

South Korea’s semi-final defeat to Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup will go down as one of the tournament’s best ever matches, however that will be of small solace to Taeguk Warriors supporters who were dreaming of a first final appearance since 1988. Amazingly without a title in this competition since 1960, despite being one of the top sides in Asia, South Korea must now pick up the pieces and find the resilience needed to take on Uzbekistan in the playoff for third place.

Cho Kwang-Rae’s team must now focus their attempts on claiming third spot, which brings with it a berth in the next Asian Cup. The South Korean boss had no complaints about his team’s battling spirit despite the loss to Japan. “We were in a difficult situation to play the second extra-time match in a row. We showed how strong we are, our fighting spirit and passion to play good football”, said the 56-year-old. With the likes of Lee Young-Pyo and potentially Park Ji-Sung retiring from international play, this Match could prove to be the end of an era for this South Korean side.


Lopsided Loss

Uzbekistan tasted the heaviest ever semi-final defeat in Asian Cup history with their 6-0 loss to Australia. Though Vadim Abramov’s side played a good deal of the second half reduced to ten men, the manner of the loss left a bad taste in the mouth of all involved with the team. This after Uzbekistan had made history by reaching the final four of the competition for the first time.

Abramov and his players were so disappointed by the size of the defeat that apologies were issued to those following back in Uzbekistan. “I’m very sorry for the people who came to the stadium and also the supporters in Uzbekistan”, said Abramov, adding “The way we played today, I cannot describe it. We were prepared, but played badly, we made too many mistakes.”

Abramov has insisted though that his side will put forth a much improved display against South Korea and despite their embarrassing loss to the Socceroos, Uzbekistan have a “chance” to claim third place against the Koreans.




Recent form

South Korea:
South Korea 4-1 India
(18/01; Asian Cup Group C)
Iran 0-1 South Korea
(22/01; Asian Cup quarter-final)
Japan 2-2 South Korea
(25/01; Asian Cup semi-final)

Uzbekistan:
China 2-2 Uzbekistan
(16/01; Asian Cup Group A)
Uzbekistan 2-1 Jordan (21/01; Asian Cup quarter-final)
Uzbekistan 0-6 Australia (25/01; Asian Cup semi-final)


Players to watch

South Korea – Park Ji-Sung: It could be a landmark day for South Korean football as this might possibly be the Manchester United midfielder’s last match for South Korea. The 29-year-old all-action midfielder has had a terrific tournament even by his lofty standards and if he chooses to retire from international football it will be a massive loss for the Koreans. With over 100 international caps to his name, Park Ji-Sung’s performances for club and country prove that he is one of the best players Asia have ever produced.

Uzbekistan – Server Djeparov: The 2008 Asian Player of the Year has had a fine tournament as the leading player of a surprise Uzbekistan side. The influential midfielder could do nothing to stem the tide against a rampant Australia though. If Uzbekistan are to have any chance of pulling off an upset against South Korea, then the inspiration and quality to do so will undoubtedly come from the feet of the mercurial Djeparov.


Match Prediction

Third-place matches are traditionally open, high-scoring affairs with little to play for except pride. In this case however, there is a lot on the line as the winner of this match receives automatic qualification to the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia. South Korea played their part in an all-time tournament classic in the semi-final defeat to Japan, while it is unlikely that Uzbekistan will be as disastrous at the back as they were against Australia. An improved Uzbekistan are to be expected, but in the end the Koreans will come away with the victory. South Korea 3-1 Uzbekistan.

2022 World Cup presents challenge for tiny Qatar


Fifa World Cup 2022 QatarThe questions began almost as soon as Qatar won the right to host football's 2022 World Cup. How will a tiny, gas-rich Gulf Arab state cope with an influx of hundreds of thousands of football fans? How will the fans cope with the searing summer heat? What about drinking in a conservative Muslim society?

For most Qataris, the world's most watched sporting event represents a chance to offer a new image of their homeland and the wider Middle East.

"This is not just for Qatar, but for the whole region," Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, wife of the country's ruler, told Reuters in an interview.

"This is an opportunity to eradicate misconceptions, not just about Qatar, but about the wider Islamic and Arab world. We are a very welcoming country, a young nation. And we are not just dreamers, we are achievers."

ALCOHOL NO ISSUE?

But the questions are likely to continue right up to the World Cup itself.

Take alcohol, which many fans see as part of the football experience.

Although not "dry" like neighboring countries such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, alcohol is served only at elite hotels in Qatar, and public drunkenness is prohibited. Will the rules be relaxed in twelve years time?

Bid organizers have promised that some concessions will be made.

"The bid committee has done its homework. We recognized that there would have to be some allowances in (alcohol) availability. It's not especially looking forward to hordes of drunken football fans behaving in an antisocial way, but no country welcomes that," said Mike Lee, a consultant who advised Qatar on the bid and helped London win the 2012 Olympics and Rio those in 2016.

"Qatar is an environment where Westerners are welcome, and already has a large expat population. Not only is alcohol readily available at hotels, but for the period of the World Cup it would be offered in other areas as well."

Expats currently comprise about 80 percent of Qatar's population of 1.7 million.

Consumption of alcohol is likely to be largely ignored by the country's predominantly young population, as it is swept away with the euphoria of hosting the competition, many believe.

"Around 50 to 60 percent of the population are aged in their 20s or below, so they are more tolerant and I think they will embrace the event as a whole," said Sultan al-Qassemi, an Emirati social commentator based in the United Arab Emirates.

The number of outlets serving alcohol in Qatar is likely to increase over the next 12 years, Qassemi said, while a planned $3 billion 40-kilometer causeway to Bahrain, where alcohol is more freely available, may also make it easier to bring drink into the country.

Importing alcohol into Qatar is currently illegal. Government and bid officials have not said whether this will change prior to the tournament or for its duration.

"I imagine that they will set up areas for conspicuous alcohol consumption; a bit like how they divide off restaurant areas in Dubai malls during Ramadan," said David B. Roberts, a researcher at Durham University in the UK.

"(Qatar's Emir) came to power largely, though not exclusively, by successfully courting younger generations. Sport played a significant role in this. His calculation is that Qataris will be proud enough of Qatar hosting the World Cup to forgive him the liberalizing of the laws."

FEROCIOUS SUMMER

Then there's the heat, which in summer can soar to above 50 degrees Celsius, making even crossing the street a challenge.

Although the tournament will be played during the two hottest months of the year, bid organizers say the heat inside the stadia will not be an issue thanks to climate-controlled, zero-carbon-emitting stadiums.

The country plans to harness solar-powered technology to cool stadiums to about 27 Celsius on the pitch -- a system that has worked on one small stadium in Qatar but is yet to be proved on bigger buildings.
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How fans will cope outside the stadiums, however, is another matter.

"The bid committee and government have been very astute about bringing in engineers, architects and designers. Given the technology they've already developed, it could very well also be possible to air condition fan zones, not just the stadia," Lee said.

Though World Cups are traditionally held during the northern hemisphere's summer months after the end of domestic league competitions, some have suggested that the event take place in January, when temperatures are a comfortable 25 degrees.

"Plans for the biggest leagues would have to change for 2022, but that would not be a major undertaking," FIFA Executive Committee member Franz Beckenbauer said recently in comments to German newspaper Bild.

Bid committee and government officials are yet to comment on such a move.

In its technical report, FIFA cited Qatar's intense summer heat as a potential health risk for players and spectators.

"In my view, FIFA has sold out the heritage of the World Cup -- their coffers might be full at the end of it, but morally they have bankrupted themselves by totally ignoring what their own inspectors said about the unsuitability of the place to host the tournament," said one UK-based soccer analyst.

The decision to award the event to Qatar, made amidst allegations of collusion, drew much media criticism, particularly from the British press.

Two FIFA executive committee members were banned and fined over allegations they had offered to sell their votes in the vote to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

But FIFA's ethics committee, which investigated allegations of collusion, found no evidence that Spain and Portugal's joint bid, which lost out on the right to host the 2018 Cup, had cut a deal with Qatar.

READY TO SPEND

Qatar says it will prove it is a worthy host. Over the next five years it plans to build a $25 billion rail network, a $5.5 billion deep water seaport and a new airport for $11 billion which will be connected with big new residential and commercial projects in the northern part of the capital, Doha, by a $1 billion crossing. It will also spend an additional $20 billion on new roads.

For the World Cup, plans are in place to complete a metro system connecting each stadium by 2017 with venues no more than one hour apart from each other.

"The Qatar team made a very conscious decision to bid for 2022 and not 2018, whereas several bidders put themselves into both. They knew they were going to need a decade to deliver everything," Lee said.

Blessed with abundant hydrocarbon resources -- the country contains the world's third largest gas reserves and is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) -- it has poured much of the windfall from LNG exports into education and cultural projects.

It hosts a cluster of elite Western universities, a scientific research park filled with blue-chip energy companies and a much-lauded museum of Islamic art. It plans a host of other museums, including one designed by famed French architect Jean Nouvel.

"What struck me about Qatar was that they really do want to put these resources to very good purposes. It's not a question of just letting the oil and gas flow," Lee said.

"The international and media interest in Qatar will now be tremendous. Rather than focusing on the political troubles in the region, the win is an opportunity to talk about what a country can achieve if it uses its resources in the right way."

ALTERING PERCEPTIONS

"With the world watching, Qatar will want to send a clear message: we deserved this, we're going to make the most out of it, and we're going to show everyone a different side of the Arab world," said Shadi Hamid, director of research at Brookings Doha Center, the Qatar branch of the Washington think tank.

To this end, Qatar's bid committee put a woman, Sheikha Mozah, at the heart of the final presentation, a move which some analysts believe impressed the committee. The only other bid to do that was Russia, winner of the 2018 tournament.

Bid CEO Hassan Al-Thawadi also promised that Israel would be welcomed to compete. FIFA would not have entertained a bid from Qatar if there was any suggestion that Israel, shunned by most of the Arab world, would not be allowed to compete if it qualified.

A SHARED CUP?

FIFA president Sepp Blatter recently suggested that Qatar could host the event with neighboring Gulf countries. But observers in the region say that it is unlikely the Gulf state will share the glory.

"Obtaining the World Cup is the apogee of Qatar's policies in the past decade, where they have shown a single-minded determination to publicize themselves as much as possible, primarily to boost Qatar's soft power," Roberts said.

"The Gulf is a competitive place. Hosting the World Cup, the publicity it will bring, the contacts that will be made, the money on offer, the kudos and respect that hosting a successful event will bring, may prove a massive competitive advantage."

Blatter dismisses Qatar 2022 fears


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Sepp Blatter is confident social and religious barriers can be overcome despite fears being raised over the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The FIFA president, who was speaking in Johannesburg at a post-2010 World Cup legacy project launch,

2022 World Cup should be played in winter, says former AFC official


Fifa World Cup 2022 Al-Wakrah StadiumA former senior Asian Football Confederation official has urged Fifa to reschedule the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to January or February to avoid the desert state's sweltering heat.

Editors' Roundtable: Did FIFA Pick The Right Hosts For World Cup 2018 And 2022?


Andrea Canales: Let's discuss the World Cup bid decisions of 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar, respectively. Was there really corruption? Is there a chance to clean up FIFA?

Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadiums


Qatar's plans for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ include 12 eco-friendly, carbon-neutral stadiums.

All of the stadiums will harness the power of the suns rays to provide a cool environment for players and fans by converting solar energy into electricity that will then be used to cool both fans and players. When games are not taking place, the solar installations at the stadiums will export energy onto the power grid. During matches, the stadiums will draw energy from the grid. This is the basis for the stadiums’ carbon-neutrality.

The upper tier of 9 of the stadiums will be removed after the tournament. One, Doha Port Stadium, will be completely modular, and will be deconstructed following the FIFA World Cup™. During the event, if we win the right to host, the capacity of most stadiums will be between 40,000 and 50,000 fans, with one much larger stadium for hosting the opening and final matches, amongst others. When the tournament ends, the lower tiers of the stadiums will remain in Qatar. Able to accommodate between 20,000 and 25,000 fans, the smaller stadiums will be suitable for football and other sports.

The upper tiers will be sent to developing nations, which often lack sufficient football infrastructure. We see sending the stadiums to developing nations as an integral part of our bid, as doing so will allow for the further development of football on the global stage. Along with the stadiums, we plan to make the cooling technologies we have developed available to other countries in hot climates, so that they too can host major sporting events.

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Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail City 86,250
Lusail Iconic StadiumThe new Lusail Iconic Stadium, with a capacity of 86,250, will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ if Qatar is granted hosting rights. Located in Lusail City, the stadium takes its inspiration from the sail of a traditional dhow boat and is surrounded by water. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will be used to host other spectacular sporting and cultural events.

Doha Port Stadium 44,950 Doha
Doha Port Stadium The new Doha Port Stadium will be a completely modular stadium with 44,950 seats. The stadium, which will sit on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf, is designed to evoke its marine setting. Water from the Gulf will run over its outer facade, aiding in the cooling process and adding to its visual allure. Fans will have the option of arriving on a water taxi or ferry. After the FIFA World Cup™, the whole stadium will be disassembled and the seats sent to developing countries to further their football development.

Sports City Stadium, Qatar 47,560
Sports City StadiumDrawing inspiration from traditional Arab tents, Sports City Stadium will have 47,560 seats. A retractable roof, partly retractable pitch and retractable stands will make the stadium Qatar's premiere multi-use facility in the decades following the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadiums innovative features will make it an ideal venue for football matches, but also concerts, theatre performances and non-football related athletic events.

Education City Stadium, Qatar 45,350
Education City Stadium, QatarEducation City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond, glittering by day and glowing by night. The 45,350-seat stadium will be located in the midst of several university campuses at Education City, easily accessible for fans both in Qatar and in neighbouring Bahrain, which will be only 51 minutes away from the stadium by high-speed rail. Following the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will retain 25,000 seats for use by university athletic teams.

Umm Slal Stadium 45,120
Umm Slal StadiumUmm Slal Stadium, located in the vicinity of one of Qatar's most historically important forts, will have 45,120 seats. The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Arab forts, like the one in nearby Umm Slal Mohammed. After the FIFA World Cup™, seating capacity will be reduced to 25,500. The stadium will be used by Umm Slal F.C.

Qatar University Stadium 43,520
Qatar University StadiumReplacing an existing track and field stadium on Qatar University's campus, Qatar University Stadium will have 43,520 seats. The stadiums gold facade blends traditional Arabic geometric patterns with free-form open surfaces, conjuring both past and future. The stadium will be used by student athletes following the FIFA World Cup™, with a seating capacity of 23,500.

Al-Gharafa Stadium 44,740
Al-Gharafa StadiumThe existing 21,175 capacity Al-Gharafa stadium will be expanded to 44,740 seats using modular elements forming an upper tier. The facade will be made up of ribbons representing the nations that qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will symbolize football and the mutual friendship, tolerance and respect that the tournament represents. The stadium will be downscaled to its existing capacity after the tournament ends.

Al-Khor Stadium 45,330
Al-Khor StadiumAl-Khor is a brand new 45,330-capacity stadium with a stunning seashell motif and a flexible roof. The permanent lower tier seats 25,500 and the modular upper tier seats 19,830. The stadium offers spectators a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf from their seats and will be located in a sports and recreation zone.

Al-Rayyan Stadium 44,740
Al-Rayyan StadiumThe existing Al-Rayyan Stadium with a seating capacity of 21,282 will be expanded to 44,740 seats using modular elements to form an upper tier. The stadium is designed with a special "media membrane" facade that acts as a screen for projecting news, updates and current matches. The stadium will be downsized to its current capacity after the tournament

Al-Wakrah Stadium 45,120
Al-Wakrah StadiumAl-Wakrah is one of Qatar's oldest cities, with a long history of commercial fishing and pearl diving. Al-Wakrah stadium, with a capacity of 45,120, takes its cues from the sea that has played such an important role in the city's history. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium's capacity will be reduced to 25,500 seats.

Al-Shamal Stadium 45,120
Al-Shamal StadiumAl-Shamal stadium will have a capacity of 45,120, with a permanent lower tier of 25,500 seats and a modular upper tier of 19,620 seats. The stadiums shape is derived from the "dhow" fishing boat used in the Gulf. Spectators are expected to arrive from the Doha Expressway, water taxis, the Bahrain-Qatar Friendship Bridge and the new metrorail.

Khalifa International Stadium 68,030
Khalifa International Stadium Redesigned for Qatar's successful hosting of the 2006 Asian Games, Khalifa International Stadium's current capacity of 50,000 will be expanded to 68,030 for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium, which includes sweeping arcs and partially covered stands, is the centerpiece of Aspire Zone, a sports complex that includes the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital and many other sporting venues.

Sheikh Faisal Al Qassemi Congratulates Qatar for Winning 2022 World Cup


Sheikh Faisal Al QassemiIf you'd looked at the least likely double to succeed in the running of the Fifa World Cup derby, the longest odds would surely have been on a Russia-Qatar success for 2018 and 2022.

Jubilant Qataris revel in 2022 World Cup bid success


Qatar 2022Tears of happiness filled the eyes of many Qataris celebrating on the streets of Doha on Thursday after learning that their country will host soccer's biggest tournament in 2022.

The decision to award the showpiece event to a tiny nation tucked off the waters of the Arabian Gulf came as a surprise to many around the world, but for Qataris, it represented a chance for others to know them better.

"We are really crying from our hearts. This is like a dream. It means everything to us," said Khalifa Khalaf, an employee in the country's energy industry.

"We will prove to the world that good things come from small places."

Traffic wound around the city's seaside corniche and jammed its main avenues as revelers cheered and yelled.

"It's hard to speak, we're so happy. You cannot believe how happy we are. We're celebrating, because we are so proud of Qatar," said Ismail Taymour, a lifelong resident of Doha celebrating at a seaside park.

"It's a chance for everyone to know us."

Qatar took the honors for 2022 over rivals Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States. They committed in their bid document to FIFA building nine new stadiums and renovating three existing grounds at a cost of around $3 billion.

"I'm just stunned, amazed. It's fantastic. We all hoped, but there are such large obstacles," said Briton Gavin Brown, an 18-month resident of Doha. "It's an historic result. FIFA have looked to the future. They've given it to countries where football can really be developed. It's very forward looking."

The decision makes Qatar the first country in the region to host a major global sporting event, and analysts said the win would do much to boost the region's global profile.

Others across the region shared in Qatar's triumph.

"This is going to bring a lot of football into the region. The whole world will be watching us, and this will change the view the world has on Arab football," said Mejo Jose, manager of the Safa Football Club in Dubai.

Brazil hails Qatar’s success


RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil, host of the 2014 World Cup, on Friday hailed the victories of Russia and Qatar to host football’s premier event in 2018 and 2022.

Soccer World Cup: Russia in 2018, Qatar in 2022


Today is a big day for soccer fans around the world. The upcoming locations for the FIFA World Cup are being deliberated, and we have gotten word that Russia will host the events in 2018. In 2022, Qatar will host the games, beating out the United States' bid.

World Cup hopefuls join bid push at Soccerex


Brazil World Cup 2014Several nations hoping to host the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups are trying to bolster their bids at the Soccerex global football business seminar.

England could host 2014 World Cup if Brazil run into a roadblock - report

England are believed to be on standby to host the World Cup in 2014, if Brazil are unable to do so. And The People claims that senior members of the FA will have a meeting this week to discuss the timing and strategy of the rescue plan, should one be necessary.

This comes only a fortnight after Fifa executive committee members decided not to pick England over other bidders when it came to selecting the host for the 2018 edition of the tournament.

Progress in Brazil is reported to be worryingly slow, although it is not thought to have become a crisis situation just yet.

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Manchester United - Arsenal 1-0
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Ligue des Champions 2011: tirage au sort des huitièmes de finale

Calendrier des 8èmes de finales de la Ligue des Champions 2010/2011:
Matches aller:
- Mardi 15 février
AC Milan - Tottenham
Valence - Schalke 04
- Mercredi 16 février
AS Rome - Shakhtar Donetsk
Arsenal - FC Barcelone
- Mardi 22 février
Lyon - Real Madrid
FC Copenhague - Chelsea
- Mercredi 23 février
Inter Milan - Bayern Munich
Marseille - Manchester United
Matches retour:
- Mardi 8 mars
Shakhtar Donetsk - AS Rome
FC Barcelone - Arsenal
- Mercredi 9 mars
Tottenham - AC Milan
Schalke 04 - Valence
- Mardi 15 mars
Bayern Munich - Inter Milan
Manchester United - Marseille
- Mercredi 16 mars
Real Madrid - Lyon
Chelsea - FC Copenhague

le match Chelsea - Manchester United reporté

La tempête de neige qui touche l'Angleterre a poussé les autorités à reporter le match choc entre Chelsea et Manchester United, ainsi que la plupart des matches de la 18ème journée de Premier League qui devaient se jouer samedi et dimanche.

Coupe de France: calendriers et résultats des matches de 32e de finale

Calendrier des matches de 32ème de finale de la Coupe de France 2010/2011:

Vendredi 7 janvier:
20:45 Toulouse vs Paris FC 1-2
Samedi 8 janvier:
15:00 Créteil-Lusitanos - Nice
15:00 Troyes - Metz
15:00 SO Chambéry Foot - Monaco
16:00 Poissy - Strasbourg
16:00 Wasquehal - Auxerre
17:00 Chauvigny - Le Mans
17:00 Nantes - Cognac
17:00 Avranches - Fontenay-le-Comte
17:00 Inzinzac Montagnard - Drancy
17:00 Forbach - Lille
17:00 Nîmes - Fréjus
17:45 Bordeaux - FC Rouen
18:00 Angers - Valenciennes
18:00 Vaux-en-Velin - Jura Sud
19:00 Trélissac - Quevilly
19:30 AS Cherbourg - JA Poiré sur Vie
20:45 Caen - Lyon
20:45 Paris SG - Lens
20:45 Lorient - Vannes
20:45 Reims - Montpellier
20:45 Jarville - Sochaux
20:45 Saint-Etienne - Clermont
Dimanche 9 janvier:
14:30 FC Martigues - Paray le Monial
14:30 Aurillac - Nancy
15:00 Agen - Poitiers
15:00 Issy-les-Moulineaux - Brest
15:00 Raon-l'Etape - Sezanne
16:00 Boulogne-sur-Mer - Amiens
17:45 Rennes - AS Cannes
20:45 Evian Thonon - Marseille
- diffusion tv des matches en direct: France 3 régions ou EuroSport France

Charlton and Chelseas Matchday Football Tactics - Luck or Skilled assessment

I have just been reading an interesting bloggers conundrum put out by Frankie Valley, a Charlton Athletic Blogger.

Referring to the differences in Alan Pardews and Jose Mourinhos tactical nous he suggests that -

"football management is 1% perspiration, 1% inspiration, and 98% luck. You can put the same team out every week, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. You could make the same changes at half-time every week, and get a completely different effect every time you try it"

It's an interesting argument and one that has received much feedback.

Here is my take based upon how I felt going into matches and what I saw at Professional Football Clubs.

By the time match day arrives, 95% of the preparation has been made for the game. The manager and his coaching staff have completed 95% of the work necessary to get the result.

Players have been prepared during the week, told their duties. The manager has done most of his work in the run up to the game. He has studied the opposition on tapes, watched live games, spoken to all his players who will participate in the match and advised them of anything to be expected or to specifically look out for on the day of the game.

What this means is that EVERY player in the team will have been told what to expect on the day of the game. Defenders will be advised how opposition attackers play, what parts of the field they occupy, the goalkeeper will try and study the oppositions penalty takers routine and try and figure where he will place the ball. In the event that the opposition has a Beckham in their midst, the manager and coaches will devise some kind of plan to protect the goal at free-kicks.

The pre-game build up during the week will also include ensuring the players are at the height of their fitness. This should include not draining the players energy too much during the training sessions before the game. If the team has travelled a long distance for an away game then the managers job is to make sure that he has allowed the players enough time to loosen up for the game. For example, after sitting on a coach for 7 hours on a Friday afternoon, travelling from London to Newcastle, players will be very stiff. Therefore a small training session is required to get this out of the players systems.

Another part of the preparation and vital part of a teams success is ensuring the manager has as many of his players available to him for selection. This means sensible management throughout the season so that he can pick his best team. No person personifies this more than Sam Allardyce, now at Newcastle United. Whilst at Bolton, Allardyce lost only 72 player days to injury, compared to an astonishing 340 days lost at Newcastle last season. It does not take an Einstein to figure out that more injuries to more players equals a poorer match day performance.

By the time Saturday arrives, I think that as Frankie says (and as my dad has insisted for many years) results can go many ways and any tom, dick or harry could make the team decisions. I agree. I think that this is very true because the nature of a football match is that there a million and one variables and no manager or computer can figure out how the result will go.

What matters is :

  • how good are your players
  • how fit are your players
  • how prepared are your players
  • how prepared is the team


None of the above is done on a Saturday. It's all done beforehand. So I would say that football management is :

  • 90% Pre-match preparation which includes the quality, fitness and preparation of your players and team
  • 1% Inspiration
  • 1% Perspiration
  • 8% Luck


If Pardew fails to deliver for Charlton this year it will be based around his ability or inability to get the best players out on the field in the peak of their physical condition and at the peak of their abilities. If he gets this right then the rest falls into place.

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REAL MADRID | SERGIO AGUERO THE CHOSEN ONE ?

REAL MADRID has put its eye firmly on ATLETICO DE MADRID star forward SERGIO "KUN" AGUERO? The rumours are building & getting more viral as Spanish Sports media have increased their publishing space with more & more articles dedicated to this idea.

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Sergio Aguero

The first hint was when Aguero renewed his contract with Atletico de Madrid until 2014 BUT with a reduction in his contract release clause from 60M€ to 45M€. This only means that Aguero wished to have a "back-door" & to make his possible transfer to another Club more feasible & economically viable.

Second arguement is Atletico de Madrid. The Club is not able to satisfy or guarantee its star players the ability to "strut their stuff" on the World Football stage. The Club cannot regularly get into the big European competitions & does not make the grade in the local competition. Sadly, if you want to make it as a World Star an Atletico player must leave the Club, e.g Fernando Torres.

Lastly, the rumours coming out of Real Madrid is that they have already planned a BIG star signing for the end of the season. This is why Real Madrid does not wish to invest heavily in the "Winter Market" however insistent Mourinho is being with the need now of a Number Nine. Real Madrid knows that a 40M+€ investment will be needed if they are to sign a World Class forward & both Athletic de Bilbao FERNANDO LLORENTE & SERGIO AGUERO are the prime targets. In the last couple of weeks the name of Aguero has taken strenght & one could speculate that depending on how the mentioned players perform the rest of the season will decide who is finally chosen.

Stay tuned!

SPANISH FOOTBALL 2010 - 2011 ROUND 20 MONDAY NIGHT GAME RESULT

SPANISH FOOTBALL action tonight with the last match - Monday Night Soccer - corresponding to Round 20 of the Spanish League - La Liga. Here is the result & the scorers.

Spanish League Soccer
Javi Martinez scores for At Bilbao

ATHLETIC DE BILBAO
defeated HERCULES 3 - 0 in a hard fought out game that saw 7 yellow cards. The win gives Bilbao the 6th place in the Spanish League classification ladder ( a Euro place) at the expense of Atletico de Madrid.

The goals came via JAVI MARTINEZ in the 5th min which was latter followed by a FERNANDO LLORENTE goal in the 59th min with a great header & youngster MUNIAIN managed the third goal in the 64th min.

Spanish Football will have Spanish Cup 1º leg semi final action mid-week.

REAL MADRID RECONSIDER EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR OF MANCHESTER CITY

News being published on the mayor Spanish Sports online channels tonight indicate that REAL MADRID will now attempt to get over to Madrid MANCHESTER CITY 26 year old forward EMMANUEL ABEBAYOR. The negative posture from German Club Hamburg in accepting the 2M€ ( + a friendly match) offer for Ruud Van Nistelrooy has forced the Spanish Club to go back on its tracks & consider again the Togo player.

Real Madrid Adelbayor
Emmanuel Adebayor

Manchester City are apparently receptive to offers & will consider a loan as they have recently signed forward DZEKO & thus Adebayor hasn´t a place in their team. Real Madrid have been hesitant to incorporate Abebayor due to his "conflictive" character, but with Van Nistelrooy almost discarded & Manchester City willing to negotiate a loan for a player who can play Champions League, the window of opportunity again has opened for the Manchester City player. Real Madrid Coach Mourinho insists in a forward urgently & has even made threats to the Club with leaving if he does not get support for his demands.

Lastly, the same news sources comment that if the Abebayor option fails REAL MADRID will then go for Bayern Munich 32 year old forward KLOSE. In this last case, the German would not be able to play in Champions League thus the Abebayor alternative gains in strength & attractiveness.

Stay tuned for further developments in coming days. I would not discard any option at this stage.

LATEST: According to news tonight from Spanish TV channel "Intereconomia", ATLETICO DE MADRID forward DIEGO FORLAN has offered himself personally to REAL MADRID as an alternative.

As said, stay tuned because we have plenty of miles left to travel with this story.

REAL MADRID - ADEBAYOR | IT IS OFFICIAL

REAL MADRID has announced that it is official. MANCHESTER CITY forward EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has been "signed" until the end of this season. The player comes without a transfer fee & will be on loan until the end of the season, Real Madrid has an option of a buy (14M€) if the Club decides to take it up. Real Madrid does pay however the high salary that Adebayor has in his contract of around 2M€

Real Madrid Adebayor 2011
Adebayor with Manchester City : Reuters

Real Madrid Coach José Mourinho has won his particular "battle" with Club Directives & the player will be presented in two days at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The first choice Ruud Van Nistelrooy was discarded totally last night when his Club Hamburg said catagorically NO to transfering the player to Madrid

SPANISH CUP SEMI FINAL 2010 - 2011 1st LEG RESULTS | SEVILLA FC 0 REAL MADRID 1 | FC BARCELONA 5 ALMERIA 0

SPANISH CUP 1º leg semi - final games played tonight with goals & plenty of controversy that will fill tomorrows Spanish Sports papers. Here is a summary of events with scorers & the results.

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Benzema celebrates with Mourinho his goal

SEVILLA FC
lost 0 - 1 to REAL MADRID tonight in their 1st leg Spanish Cup clash in controversial fashion for the Sevilla fans & not so controversial for the Real Madrid fans - but more on this later. Real Madrid started with a conservative line-up with three defensive midfielders ( Lass, Khedira & Xabi) to halt the expected initial onslaught from Sevilla who had been heating up the match days before & were charged. The atmosphere was full of tension as Sevilla FC had encouraged their fans to back them with some aggressive marketing the included videos & pre-match statements that lead authorities to call this a "maximum tension level" Football match. That encouraged supporter with over enthusiasm which spilt onto the ground with strong , near unlawful tackles & a end of match incident that may cost Sevilla FC dearly in coming days - but more on this later.

As expected Sevilla started the match attacking fiercely while Real Madrid defended & did all it could to halt the waves of Sevilla players with Jesus Navas very dangerous. However, in a surprise counter-attack KARIM BENZEMA finally showed everyone that he does have some class & ran 25 mts taking out of action two Sevilla defenders to score the Real Madrid goal in the 16th min. This goal took out all the fright & steam from Sevilla & Real Madrid slowly took control.

Then in the 46th min of the 1st half Sevilla forward LUIS FABIANO shot at goal & Real defender RAUL ALBIOL "stopped" the ball on the goal-line to avoid the equalizer. Sevilla claimed ( & still claimed post-match) that it was a goal, while Real Madrid claims that the WHOLE Ball did not go over the line.


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Albiol stops a certain goal? Image:Canal +

Here are some images from Canal + TV ( thanks guys) that seem to give the reason to Real Madrid, but from another angle (below) it rises doubts, thus this "Phantom Goal" is now the talk of the town & will be in tomorrows papers. The referee considered that the ball did not go fully over & thus there was no goal. Leave you to decide for yourself.


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Albiol stops goal in 46th min? Image Canal +

The 2nd half saw Real Madrid take further control while Sevilla felt the tiredness of their 1st half efforts & plenty of their players had gained yellow cards which stopped them from over exerting. Real Coach Mourinho saw this as an opportunity to change from a "conservative" field set up to a more "attacking" system ( Di Maria, Granero, Marcelo) which nearly paid off had Cristiano Ronaldo & Ozil put in an almost goal that for some unexplainable reason they both missed. They had the semi - final right there but failed which allowed Sevilla of the hook. Real Madrid tried up till the end while Sevilla did everything to keep them out with some chances also included. The end result 0 - 1.

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Iker Casillas hit on the head with a plastic bottle at the
end of the match

But the game was destined to finish on a terrible note as Real Madrid goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS received a plastic bottle to his head straight after the final whistle take brought him down on the turf. The match was too over heated thanks to Sevilla FC aggressive pre-match messages & were warned that something terrible may occur. The above incident will certainly cost the Club a sanction when the "Spanish Football Anti-Violence Comission" looks at it for study & will almost certainly give a punishment.

Thus, the stage is definitely set for the 2º leg semi-final clash at Madrid were Real takes a handy away goal. A match not to be missed!


Messi scores against Almeria : Spanish Cup 2011

FC BARCELONA won 5 - 0 ALMERIA comfortably with the their 1º leg Spanish Cup semi final with fabulous Football & plenty of goals. No pre-match aggressive marketing or comments from both teams that concentrated on Football & nothing but Football.

The damage on Almeria was all done in the 1st half thanks to brilliant play from Iniesta & company plus some woeful Almeria defending. MESSI scored first in the 10th min followed by DAVID VILLA in the 11th min, MESSI again in the 15th min & PEDRO in the 30th min.

The second half Barça relaxed & gave players a rest (eg Xavi) & basically controlled the match with Barça defender & 2º half sub Maxwell hitting the post. It was smooth "riding" for Barça right till the end with another sub KEITH scoring the fifth in the 89th min.

This victory virtually gives Barça a Spanish Cup Final ticket. A miracle will have to occur in the 2º leg semi-final not to think that FC Barcelona will be a finalist.