11 January 2006

week 18 of serie a

now this is how i like starting the year off - with a roma win. surely that means good luck & happiness for the year for me & my boys..... right? well, i'm allowed to dream.
it wasn't the prettiest win but i'll take it. at least it was a pretty goal by my little doe-eyed aquilani, bless his messy haired heart. (er, not that his heart is hairy. that's just kinda gross to think about.) anyway, as everyone else is broken, or gone (ciao cassano!), totti started up front as our lone striker & i remember why i prefer him as a midfielder. he wouldn't freakin run after any balls. he honestly looked like he couldn't be bothered half the time. not cool. and did anyone else notice one of the treviso players grabbing hold of totti's shirt and as it stretched and stretched (the ref did blow the foul eventually) did you think "wow, i hope that it just gets ripped right off of him?" oh, just me then?
speaking of hotness..... my luca toni (mmmm luca toni) still has not scored! yes, it was his assist for the goal that fiorentina managed against reggina but still, what's up with this slump?? i hope that he gets so excited when he finally does score again that he rips off his..... oh, sorry about that.
i have questions from the juve game: 1. was capello wearing a roma scarf? it was roma colours. 2. does mutu really take himself seriously? 3. why does camoranesi not cut that awful awful ponytail? it's bushier than a horse's tail for f*ckssake. 4. if canna is such a hardman most of the time, why was he falling down like pippo? i don't really need answers to these; i just thought i should put them out there.
milan's defense should be asked some serious questions after letting in 3 at home against parma. maldini must have been pissed, watching from the sidelines. and you know how hot he is when he sits. i wonder if he laughed at nesta's antics as much as i did towards the end of the game. nesta was ushering out a ball, it hadn't quite fully crossed the line for a goalkick, and the parma attacker was right there behind him so nesta got the bright (?) idea of leaning over & blowing on the ball to push it 100% out.
and it worked.
and he got away with it.

welcome to calcio.

weeks 20 & 21 of ligue 1

oh dear oh dear oh dear.
ajaccio is not having a happy new year. 2 games, 2 losses (2-0 each). let's not talk about it.
monaco, no bobo yet, could only draw at home which won't ease the disappointment of a loss at auxerre in their first game back from the winter break, even though auxerre has been inconsistent as well. my little pieroni started that win on the bench & didn't even get that far in their loss against bordeaux. bordeaux are now ahead of them in the table (2nd while auxerre is 3rd) but i really can't complain. they are the 2 cutest teams in france. either in europe next season works for me. notice i have no title aspirations for them.... as in spain, we all know the eventual winner of the league.
lyon can go down a goal against the once mighty marseille but still come back & win it. they make scoring 4 (past a sorry strasbourg) in their first game back from the break look easy. they have players that exude confidence on the pitch like juninho, wiltord(hattrick hero), govou & coupet while leaving talents like fred & pedretti on the bench. and they have a 14 point lead on their nearest rival. does anyone think they will suddenly lose their way & not win a record 5th title in a row?
oh and back to marseille. at least they still have their french wonder boy, ribery, even though he really should have been sent off against lens. what a strange game. the lens keeper picks up the ball, while it's not in play but outside the box, to prevent a marseille player from taking a quick throw in and the ref red cards him. it was one of the strangest incidents i have seen in awhile. of course all hell breaks lose & the players are all over each other (not in that way! get your minds out of the gutter!) and ribery does some serious pushing & shoving and only gets yellowed. see how far that golden boy rep can get you?

week 18 of la liga

let me categorically state right now that i deny anything to do with the outbreak of food poisoning at atletico madrid. besides, we all know i heart torres; i would never wish bad shrimp on him! ;-)
but there was more than just upset tummies happening in spanish football this past week....barcelona took the winter champions title with a win in the catalan derby. the pouring rain didn't put a damper on things, esp. when barca keeper valdez prepared with what had to have been a seriously scary amount of hair gel. no, really, his hair didn't move in the driving rain. it looked exactly the same in minute 90 as it did at the start of the game. now that's impressive. but so were the rest of his team. belletti had a cool fake out shot at goal (too bad the 2nd real shot didn't end up in the net - thanks to espanyol's keeper) & eto'o gave us yet another pretty goal. but espanyol weren't too shabby either. de la pena was everywhere, kameni the keeper did well, the goal from tamudo was good and i discovered a new hottie.... i think it was jarque but it's going to require more, er, research.
the racing santander game (at osasuna) also brought some players to my attention.... one for the wrong reason. i give you, in the proud tradition of skunk boy, hedgehog boy, the scorer of racing's goal, antonito. there is no other way to describe his hairstyle. trust me here. luckily, i was distracted by oriol, also of racing, as a new cutie. it's all cuties or hair freaks in spain, isn't it? anyway, the osasuna freekick was a beauty but they couldn't find a winner & are now 4 points behind barca. i at least hope they can hold on to a CL spot for next year but let's face it, unless the whole barca team gets struck by bad shrimp for a whole month, they are winning this league come may.
real madrid certainly can't catch them with 0-0 draws like the one at villareal. yes, at least the defense kept a clean sheet but where was the attacking spark? it was more of a disappointment for villareal that they couldn't score at home against the former galacticos.
the other madrid side, feeling better than they did midweek, could only manage a 0-0 too. as it was a home game, the fans were none too pleased with this outcome, even if it was against a very hot & very good valencia. and we had yet another battle of bad hairs. torres & his long blond locks versus canizares & his bleached blond mullet. ewww.
but the worst hair of the weekend award might have to go to mallorca's jonas. not only is he sporting a harry kewell special (double ponytails) but his are much longer & highlighted. and just like hedgehog boy, he scores. is their super (goal scoring) power in their locks???
and then there's my bilbao. their defense against deportivo shows exactly why they are struggling at the bottom of the table: first goal conceded was an own goal. not just an own goal but one that 2 different bilbao defenders race to push into their own net. second goal conceded was a freekick that bounced right between the keeper's knees and into the net.
need i say more?

08 January 2006

weeks 18, 19, 20 & 21 of the epl

i know, i know. i am totally cheating by doing all of the holiday fixtures in one entry. i accept that criticism. you're right, i am lazy. well, really, it's more like stupidly busy than lazy. i'd like nothing more than to watch footy all day & then write all about it for your entertainment.
so on to the entertaining....
those jealous ones will say that chelsea was far from entertaining in their 4 wins out of 4 over the holidays. i, of course, am not one of them. i was very entertained by being at stamford bridge when frankie scored against fulham. and come on, you must admit, with our ridiculous defensive mistakes that night, that it was an entertaining game. fulham played well and cech had quite a blackout for that mcbride goal. it was a beauty of a goal by crespo for the winner. the west ham game was another cracker; those hammer fans sure don't like frankie. poor dear was booed the whole game. even his nice goal against them didn't stop the boos. imagine that. west ham equalize right from the 2nd half restart - jose can't be pleased with the lack of concentration there. and then crespo is the hero again - is subbed on in the 2nd half & with his 2nd touch, scores. he actually had so many chances that he sort of turned into a villian - he really should have had a hattrick with the number of misses he had. i hope he practices considering we are about to lose drogba to the african cup.
both manyoo & the arse can only manage 2 wins & 2 draws - one of those draws against each other in a good 0-0 game. i love games that can still be entertaining even without goals to prove doubters wrong. it was not as firey as the last encounters but rooney did try his best to get booked by mouthing off whenever he could. roy would be proud.
spurs actually picked up more points with 3 wins & one loss. mido has at least shaved & defoe is the new keane (coming off the bench & scoring great goals). the most entertaining of the wins was the one against newcastle - and i am not saying that because the midget was off by halftime with a broken foot! i do feel bad for him actually (yes, i did say i feel bad for owen) after the horrible treatment he got from the liverpool fans during the newcastle visit on boxing day. the meanies booed owen's every touch. it's not like he left with harsh words, hating the reds.... come on people, he begged to come back. and these fans cheer every f*cking breathe their precious stevie g takes when he spent the whole summer almost leaving them for chelsea??? that tells me all i need to know about liverpool fans right there. anyway, they won that game, pretty easily, and i had to laugh when a crouch goal was given as an own goal yet again. poor guy. *sniggers* oh and what the hell is going on with cisse's hair??? the colour is all patchy. it looks very wrong. at least their winning streak was stopped by bolton. bolton looked good and in my unbiased opinion (ha!) they deserved the win. and damn! how dirty could those liverpool players be??? just some awful awful tackles and little nudges and dives for freekicks..... they sure showed their ugly face when they had an actual scrap of a game. well, i've only ever thought it was the spanish boys who were the cuties of the team.....
big sam fashion watch: black & white stripey shirt with a too short solid black tie. hmmm. who ate all the christmas pies?
other entertaining games from the holidays:
the wigan v man city shoot out was great fun. not the best defensive display in the world but good back & forth. man city had an awful christmas with 3 losses and only one draw from this period. wigan won 2, lost 2 but are still in the top 6.
everton did the same - 2 & 2 - and unfortunatelky one of those losses was a 4-0 drumming by aston villa. villa looked better than they have in quite some time... even if they got lucky with a handball by baros to get the ball rolling. so to speak. villa will have to be pleased with a 0-0 against arsenal & then a goos win at west brom. they had tons of chances in that game, they just need to have some better finishing and they'll be fighting for europe rather than relegation in no time.
and while we are dreaming, if only spurs could finish ahead of the arse at the end of the season....

happy new year

happy world cup year one & all. i know i'm already behind in my entries, but hey, i've been overdosing on holiday cheer & too much footy from the sofa during the break. oh and then there was that little trip to london so i could enjoy some games live.... so what do you really expect from me??? i'm being good.... *grumbles* only because my new "manager" thinks he's the boss of me & can tell me what to do. i guess i do need someone to manage this life of mine....
if you want to hear all about the fun jenny & i had at the chelsea v fulham game on boxing day & the qpr v cardiff city match on 28 dec, go to the treble website (www.thetrebletalk.com) and listen to 01/03/06 show archive. it's a riot. i promise. x