29 January 2006

week 20 of la liga

wow, what a weekend. my bilbao come from behind in the basque derby & manage a point and more impressive than that, atletico madrid actually win!
madrid were away to zaragoza who had many of the early chances and just couldn't finish any of them. so it's heartbreak for them when a perfect pass sets up maxi rodriguez to score and then my supermulleted torres scores a penalty. he should have had a second - his goal was called offside even though it looked level. and when i say supermullet, i mean supermullet. he got a haircut & had the sides shaved & everything. it's a disaster.
shall we also call real betis's season so far a disaster? a high flying valencia was the last team they needed to visit & sure enough, 2 goals by the cutie david villa saw yet another loss for betis. villa looked cute even in the bizarrely bright blue & orange away kit.
i think david lopez of osasuna wants a move to valencia... why else would he highlight his hair like he does? unfortunaely the most he could do for his team was a nice shot that hit the bar. his teammate raul garcia did start the scoring but villareal totally dived their way to their first penalty; at least the second actually looked worthy but still....
there was another questionable penalty in the racing santander v sevilla game. the racing boy in question barely touched the sevilla boy and he went down like pippo inzaghi. yikes.
real madrid almost had a scare against a fiesty cadiz. 6000+ travelling supporters pushed cadiz to a great start - including the first goal early in the 2nd half. but madrid bounced back & after 2 goals via freekicks (including a really nice beckham one) all that was left was a great robinho goal. and his little dance celebrations are so much better solo than when ronaldo is his partner.

there was weirdness in the 2-0 barcelona win over alaves. valdez, our jamie parker wannabe, grabbed hold of the ball right on the edge of the box - his body was outside the line, but he kept the ball just barely in/on the line. the ref gave him a yellow card & alavez got a freekick for a foul. why? if the ref really thought that was handling outside the box i would think valdez would have seen red. and if the ref believed all was good & the ball never crossed the line, why did alavez get a freekick? the only thing more confusing was maxi's shiny shiny blond hair contrasted with a gigantic black headband. it's not a look you see all that often.
finally, we have the basque derby. real sociedad are up for this from the whistle and are 2-0 up from nihat before halftime. the second goal was assisted by a lovely backheel by skouba. but athletic bilbao come back from the break after what must have been a great pep talk: 2 goals by aduriz (one a great header) and they are right back in it. too bad that real scoiedad immediately responded with a goal of their own and once again, bilbao are behind. and that third goal, by skouba assisted by nihat (can you tell who were the stars for sociedad?), was a beauty & worthy of a match winner. but somehow, in true derby drama, bilbao don't give up & manage to score the equalizer in injury time. 6 yellow cards, 6 goals, the 2 basque teams show that even if they are both struggling at the wrong end of the table, there's still some fight left in them both.

week 21 of serie a

roma play their famous 4-6-0 & not only win again this week, but score 4 goals! maybe this is exactly what we needed all along!
well, not really. i would like to have strikers again one day but hey, no complaints here. not when, even without totti, we manage 4 goals away from home (and only 1 conceeded). i do admit that we were also helped this week by that udinese boy, pinzi, being stupid enough to punch cufre within the first 30 minutes & get himself sent off. i know cufre is no saint but at least i haven't seen him throw any punches... lately. mancini was the star with a penalty (won by a great run by chivu!) & a nice goal in the 2nd half (celebrated with a cute little dance & semi-cartwheel). de rossi had a great header & chivu scored the 2nd penalty (won by mancini). taddei had a good game & the denfense looked fairly solid once again. it feels pretty crazy to be able to revel in some solid roma performances.... i vaguely remmeber this warm fuzzy feeling & it's nice to have it back. the only weird thing... why did the celebrations for both de rossi & chivu's goals consist of knocking those boys down with over-enthusiastic slaps?? is that part of the new team spirit? shouldn't it be less ouchy?
the milan game was a snoozearama even though they won 3-0. i refuse to say anything nice about rubentus b*stardi but i will say that the empoli goal against them was a really lovely freekick. figo had a great freekick as well in inter's 3-0 win over palermo. and isn't his hair a billion times better now that it's calm and flat? i wish someone would let palermo's keeper lupatelli know that those "crazy" sideburns are soooo over.
over like luca toni's (mmmm luca toni) dry spell. fiorentina win 2-0 against messina and who scores both goals? yup, the hottest striker in all of italy. and once again, they are both nice goals. i cannot wait until he's at the world cup scoring nice goals for italy. surely his shirt will come off at some point. oh! go over right now to the treble's myspace page to get a link to a great hottie photo (www.myspace.com/thetreble). three guesses who it involves and the first 2 don't count. ;-)

week 23 of the epl

so what was the most exciting news here? arsenal losing to everton? manyoo beating liverpool? or chelsea being held to a draw at home against charlton?
oh, i know! it has to be sunderland finally winning a game!!! yup, in a vain attempt to claw their way up the table (not a chance in hell), sunderland actually beat west brom on their travels. yes, the goal kinda bounced off the west brom defender but hey, when you are not winning any games, you'll take what you can get. did i mention they really don't have a prayer for beating the drop? bless.
things aren't really going all that well for newcastle either... they really miss the midget don't they? i know that the blackburn goal was technically a 'hand of god' type of goal but that didn't stop the fans booing the players as they walked off the pitch.
i also feel bad for the spurs fans. was it a billion shots on goal for tottenham & villa's keeper managed to keep them all out?? the look on some of the spurs players' faces was priceless: "how the f*ck did that end 0-0"?
if the refs could get the offside call correct, the london derby between chelsea & charlton wouldn't have ended 1-1. crespo was called offside at least 3 times that could have ended in fantastic scoring opportunities and he was clearly level and/or not offside at all. advantage to the attcker people!!! esp when it's already that close! and you know jose cannot be pleased that we end the second game in a row with 10 men.
speaking of sending offs, wow, little fabregas had a bit of a freak out at the end of that arsenal loss to everton. his throttling of cahill even had his captain titi giving him an earful... at least that's a good captainy thing for titi to do. it's too bad he couldn't get his defense to wake up. beattie slid between 2 defenders to score & should have had a second from a very lame fabregas backpass.
the man city defenders were asleep as well - or still high off that manchester derby win - when they let in those 2 goals against bolton. no one was paying any attention to nolan when he scored off a freekick. oh, and missing man borgetti gets a start & gets himself a goal. good for him.
but we all know the real controversy of the weekend was gary neville and his excessive kissing of his, er, badge. yes, that's a disturbing image, but even i, while i shudder, can see the silly here. rio scores the winning goal & neville celebrates a little too much apparently. now, if you have listened to the show at all, you'll know i have very strong feelings about passion in the modern game and how i feel like the football associations/authorities are trying to take all the passion out of the game. yes, i have a personal interest when it comes to hotties not being able to rip their shirts off in celebration but now we've come to this?? don't kiss the badge of the club that means everything to you (in neville's case)? this is getting ridiculous. not as ridiculous as cisse's hair of course. the turdhawk looks slightly fluffy this week. i can not tell if this is better or worse.