Football

Ronaldo v. Messi

Ronaldo

It was good to see Ronaldo’s reaction at Messi winning the Ballon d’Or. He was respectful but you could tell he really wanted to win it. What a way to respond with a phenomenal goal! They get paid so much, they get so much adulation, they are at the peak of their sport. But, it’s still good to see they want to do better, to compete with each other. That is how we get the best from them!!

Football

Not the right advice

I was just thinking back to playing football as a kid. One other kid got tackled hard and was upset, jumping up and down saying that it hurt. His mate came up to him, grabbed him by the shoulders and said sternly “pull yourself to pieces will you!”. I knew what he was trying to say but he was too young to get it right 🙂

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Goal Scoring ecstasy

I saw a Manchester City fan interviewed on TV. He was not a young guy. He said when Yaya Touré scored the first goal against Newcastle it was the best moment of his life. I thought to myself “I hope he’s not married with kids’, because I can imagine his wife’s questions about their lives after seeing it- “What about us, getting married, having children?” etc. 🙂

But, watching the match, when they showed the fans after Manchester City scored, they were truly, intensely, ecstatic. – More than the usual at a goal being scored.

Clearly not only were they massively relieved, they also could see it coming true, that they would no longer be in the shadows of Manchester United and could actually win their first league title in 44 years.

I don’t blame them, I would react the same!

I also think Mancini was clever with his pronouncements that Manchester City could not win it, until after this match, he was saying that. It struck me as a good way to motivate star players who have everything they want, to prove him wrong.

Football, Fun

Real Madrid, Barcelona and football in bars

Live football is great! I love being at matches. But my second choice for this is watching in a good bar with atmosphere and a bunch of fans. I recently watched Real Madrid beat Barcelona in Madrid in a bar. El Clasico surrounded by Real fans. Real won, a very happy night for Madrid. The streets later were full of fans, police supervising them. Car horns, cheering from everywhere, great.

Two moments I remember well. A very keen female Barcelona fan, positioned for a perfect view of the screen, passionately angry if anybody stood in front of her.

And, the best moment- when Barcelona scored, a Barcelona fan ran in from outside the bar, quickly jumped up and down and cheered, and ran straight back out again.. great 🙂

 

Central Madrid, Police and fans after Real win El Clasico!

Football, Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur Nerve

Of course they lost it, a bit, it was to be expected. Great though that it is a 4 way race now, with Chelsea still in touch, it’s going to be an exciting season at the top of the Premier League. Arsenal, Newcastle, Liverpool, can still catch up, but realistically it’s unlikely that the 4 leading teams will all stumble by 12 points, so I think it is down to the top 4 now.

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Tottenham Hotspur Champions

The style of play, the positive attitude, the very astute manager, the continuous good form. – There are a lot of things that point to Spurs becoming champions this year. It seems unlikely only because Manchester United are so established and Manchester City are so rich in players.

But Spurs have been building to this for a long time, and it’s only the points table that now highlights it, so people are talking about it.

Personally I think they have the best chance to win it. They only have to hold their nerve!!

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Clever Fergie

The Biggest Club Game in World Football- he said. And he pointedly ignored the upcoming game against Man City by saying that. Is it clever though? Often Managers and coaches wind up opponents. But, managers also get better results by winding up their players so they perform with more fire, more determination.

So the question is, was Fergie being clever winding up the City players, indirectly? Does this mind game work? We shall see.

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Do you remember free football?

There was a time when you could watch top flight football from the UK on normal TV. BBC and ITV. No satellite subscriptions, you didn’t have to go to a pub to watch. When you saw news items about a match, they showed the action, – they weren’t barred from doing that.

Is it better now? Did the money that poured in from exclusive licensing of TV coverage make football better? What have we gained? In Germany the local communities, the fans, own the clubs. Isn’t that the way it should be. Isn’t it the fans that count in the end?