05 March 2006

week 24 & 25 of serie a

look at that... 2 more games and two more roma wins. ok, so one of them was a lucky win with a questionable penalty in the last minutes against cagliari. it was an exciting game: 7 goals, 2 red cards, 3 yellows... and of course, i can say exciting since we won it in the end. roma didn't play all that great against siena but as i said, luck is on our side as when the siena keeper's bad clearance lands perfectly for a nice mancini chip who celebrates by walking on his hands. what a talented boy. want to see another talented boy? take a look at de rossi's goal. oh how i love my roma boys.

there were other games.... fiorentina beat inter one week but then lose against livorno in a tuscan derby. both games are without a luca toni goal! mmmm luca toni got a haircut and he is so damn hot. too bad he had a penalty shot saved against livorno. lucarelli, on the other hand, scores a penalty & another fine goal in that game.

milan go goal crazy & score 5 against treviso and 4 against reggina while only conceeding one. and much to all of our dismay, that includes a pippo hattrick. ewwww.

there was also this little game called il derby d'italia between inter & juventus. it was a great advert for italian football - lots of chances for both sides, lots of attacking play, lots of derby-esque hard fouls. gigi's hair is pretty awful... he should really talk to ibrahimovic who just shaved his head. nedved is up to his usual tricks: falling down every chance he gets & acting like a bus hit him. and the coaches are both in their roman scarves: manicini in his usual light blue lazio & capello sports a roma red one. very interesting. it's just too bad that in the end, inter couldn't at least grab a point when recoba's freekick hit the bar & no one could score the rebound. all we can hope for is bad shrimp at juve's victory dinner.

week 22 & 23 of serie a

ah milan, what went wrong? you are playing some boring football, all you can do is draw matches (a 0-0 against lazio & a 1-1 versus sampdoria) which gets you no closer to the b*stardi. are you all just missing your paolo a little too much? i know he's beautiful & inspiring & all that but come on....

or are you just as sickened by the usual nonsense that is juventus. fine, i'll give them the win against ascoli but that farce that was the 1-0 against udinese??! just another 3 points for juve.... nedved diving, the other team going down to 10 men, an offside goal that somehow counts.... *sigh*

inter are keeping pace with two wins - both good games by figo. my luca toni scores (mmmm luca toni) in fiorentina's win over lecce.

but the real news is my roma, continuing to win (two 3-0 wins!), even without strikers (6 goals and no strikers!). the first against livorno gives us 2 totti goals & one from taddei and then the 3-0 against parma gives us 2 mancini goals and one from perrotta. there was some nice team play & some pretty passes for the goals. and it is nice to see team spirit amongst the roma boys... taddei going to hug conti on the sidelines, the dancing after the mancini goals, the slapping each other to celebrate goals... well, it's an interesting celebration to say the least.

week 21 & 22 of la liga

let's talk about the basque teams starting with a derby between alaves & real sociedad where alaves' cutie aloisi scored in their 3-1 win. at least sociedad won the following week against mallorca. osasuna also had one win (against sevilla) and one loss (against betis). they haven't been able to keep up the form that saw them tied with barca at the beginning of the season but they should be able to secure a spot in europe next season. that would be especially nice as 3 basque teams are fighting relegation: alaves, sociedad & my bilbao. poor bilbao: for every necessary win against teams like getafe there is a loss against someone like fellow strugglers malaga. and you can see why when there was terrible marking against freekicks & malaga score both their goals from these set pieces.

the cuties of valencia manage 4 points from 2 games to try to keep pace for 2nd. supercutie aimar secures the point against zaragoza & then cutie david villa scores one of the goals of the season against deportivo - he looks up from just past the halfway line & sees the keeper off his line so he takes a shot & scores a beauty.

real madrid are the other team fighting for 2nd place & manage 2 wins in these 2 weeks. there's a hard fought win against celta and then a drumming of espanyol. zizou is the star of the later with a great goal, some great moves & a desperate need of a shave.

but it's the other madrid team who was making headlines with their 2 wins. the first was against deportivo in a very entertaining game. maxi had 2 goals and no one went blind from depor's chartreuse kits (i hope). but the bigger win was the one that came against the mighty barcelona at the nou camp. it must have been that torres got his hair cut - the mullet is gone! rejoice! the fauxhawk is back! - or that atletico madrid just happen to be barca's boogey team. either way, it was a great win. my torres scores not just once but twice & the barca defense looks a mess for both of those and the easy tap in by maxi. now, if only they could produce this type of magic against real madrid.... we all know that is torres's real dream.

week 24 & 25 of the epl

do i really care about anything other than chelsea beating liverpool AGAIN?
nah, not really but i will mention a few things....

like the very enjoyable game that was blackburn v manyoo. this was the classic with rio's header back to his keeper who wasn't there... and then the jackass having the nerve to scream at van der saar as if it was all his fault. i can't say i was all that surprised when he then received 2 yellows in rapid succession & was out of there. *sniggers*
we also had both spurs & the arse losing their london derbies (against fulham & west ham) but then spurs bounced back and won the derby against charlton. it was a great first half by the spurs boys and charlton didn't really even try to get back in it in the second half.
manyoo bounced back from that blackburn disaster with a 4-2 win against fulham. it was another highly entertaining game with lots of back & forth, lots of goals. there was a lovely ronaldo freekick, a nice header by mcbride & park finally scores for manyoo. the best non-footy bit was chris coleman having fits about an offside goal for manyoo & getting sent to the stands. i love managers who get sent to the stands.
we also had titi scoring his 200th goal & shearer scoring his 201st.....

but what i really want to mention is my boys in blue beating the 'champions of europe' once again... ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
champions my ass.
it was nice to see zola in stands enjoying this game but we were all frustrated with the number of not really offside calls that were called against crespo. he did get on the scoresheet but there was a beauty that should have counted that didn't. blegh. and hello, can someone call robben's mummy and tell her he needs to have a time-out??! what was with his tantrum that was worthy of a 5yr. old? almost as funny as the look on stevie g.'s face at the final whistle. ;-)