Archive for the ‘Soccer’ Category

Just a “Friendly” Match

Posted: August 2, 2010 by thesank in Soccer

Summer 2010 soccer fever continues with the people of Baltimore. Saturday night Charm City and M&T Bank Stadium hosted a soccer “friendly” (or exhibition game) between Manchester City and Inter Milan. The final was 3-0 Inter Milan. While the city loves a good game of soccer, this was also held to try to help the U.S. bring the World Cup back in 2018 or 2022.

Sitting in the Manchester City section was the best decision all night. The loyal fans brought their cheers and songs across the pond to the States. Even though I was cheering against the Motherland (Italia), these blokes draped in blue brought the energy to the game that the entire stadium could hear.



The Reign in Spain

Posted: July 12, 2010 by amyaubrey in Soccer, World Cup
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Well after 30 days & 63 matches, the World Cup is finally over.  Spain is the World Champion for the first time in their country’s history.  Going into the tournament as the favorite, they were upset early on in the group stage by Switzerland so many wondered if this team could live up to their reputation.  They certainly proved that they could.  The game had no score going into extra time & it looked like it might come down to penalty kicks but in the 116th minute, Andres Iniesta put the ball in the back of the net against the Dutch goalkeeper.  I’m personally a little jealous that I do not live in Spain tonight because I can only imagine the celebration.  Imagine New Years Eve multiplied by your team winning the SuperBowl multiplied by an entire country adding to the fact that Europeans are far more passionate then Americans & I’m no math whiz, but I think that equals the happiest place on earth.  Felicitaciones (or however congratulations is spelled in Spanish!)

The “Soccer Model” Curse

Posted: July 7, 2010 by NattieLiz in Soccer, World Cup

It has been said, that it is a curse to be beautiful (which we all know is false, its effin’ AWESOME!)… But when it comes to the boys of the World Cup… It may actually be true! Back in June, Vanity Fair blessed us with their World Cup Edition. There were 12 soccer studs from different countries modeling in their underwear. We can’t hate on that.. but here’s the catch:

None of these 12 made it pass the quarter finals, except for one, Michael Ballack of Germany…but he never played a single game because he was injured. Our very own US stud, Landon Donovan: ousted. Ghana’s Midfielder, Sulley Muntari, scored a goal from 35 yards against Uruguay, BUT was ousted none the less. Not even hottie Christiano Ronaldo could beat the curse of the Soccer Model. (My theory: the hotter you are, the worse you do).

In addition, it appear that the boys of the Nike, “Write the Future” Ad, have suffered the same ill fate. Nearly every soccer player prominently featured in the popular World Cup ad had an extremely poor World Cup showing with many of them crashing out in the group stages — If that doesn’t spell curse – I don’t know what does!

The moral of the story: Yes, soccer players: We know you are one of the hottest athletic species on the planet earth, but if you want to win, it appears you have to conserve all that hotness for the field… Sorry ladies, but no one wants to date a loser!

In addition, there seems to be one player who is well-known for his side job of “Soccer Modeling”. Ironically enough, he didn’t play with his Team this year in the World Cup due to injury…Coincidence?? I think NOT!

Elite Eight

Posted: June 30, 2010 by amyaubrey in Soccer, World Cup

I’m pretty sure they don’t call it the Elite 8 in soccer but that’s what i call it.  The World Cup has been narrowed down to eight teams.  Today was a very big game against Spain & my boyfriend Cristiano’s team, Portugal.  The US is gone & so are some of the early favorites, such as France, England & the last World Cup champ Italy.

There will be a break for a few days & the next game will be on Friday & here’s what we’ve got left in Eastern Standard Time…

Friday, 10 AM: Netherlands v Brazil

Friday, 2 PM: Uruguay v Ghana

Saturday, 10 AM: Argentina v Germany

Saturday: 2 PM: Paraguay v Spain

These should all be good games, especially Argentina-Germany.  All I know is that I’m in a couple of contests & I’ve got 2 of the 8 teams left so I’ve got a pretty good chance of winning!

In Case You Missed it…

Posted: June 27, 2010 by amyaubrey in MLB, Soccer, USA, World Cup

A few things have happened this weekend in the sports world so in case you missed it, here they are…

The 4th (5th*) no-hitter this season was thrown on Friday.  Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson added onto 2010 being the year of the pitcher.  It’s the 2nd no-hitter this year thrown against the Rays, which is no small feat considering they are a very good team.  Jackson threw 149 pitches, which is the most in the majors in 5 years.  He also had 8 walks, which without fact checking, I’d say that’s the most ever in a no-hitter but double check that before you go blabbing it around.

The Yankees & Dodgers played each other for the first time since Joe Torre left the Yankees & began managing the Dodgers.  Friday was the first time that Torre had to get the sinking feeling that manager’s get when the opposing team brings in Mariano Rivera.  It was the first time he ever had to hope Derek Jeter & Jorge Posada didn’t get a hit.  He & Joe Girardi hugged each other & posed for pictures when they brought the lineup cards to the umpire.  It wasn’t without controversy because since his book came out, he & Alex Rodriguez haven’t been on the best of terms & they didn’t speak to each other Friday.

Ghana ended the US soccer team’s glorious run at the World Cup.  Ghana took an early 1-0 lead but the US was once again able to come from behind with a penalty kick from Landon Donovan.  The game went into overtime tied 1-1 & Ghana once again took the lead early in extra time.  Did the US have it in them once again to come from behind and win this one?  No we did not.  All of our luck unfortunately ran out.

The World Reaction

Posted: June 24, 2010 by NattieLiz in Soccer, USA, World Cup

On Wednesday morning, history was made at the World Cup. The USA was dueling it out with Algeria, and nothing seemed to be panning out for either team.  For those of us that watched this game, it was tension filled, and almost painful to watch as shot after shot attempt did not come up successful…that is, until the 91st minute of the game. With only 4 minutes remaining Landon Donovan scored a game winning goal for the US .

Landon’s goal was one of the most exciting moments in sports, and over 300 million people around the world watched the drama unfold in South Africa. This video is a great glimpse at USA fans from around the world, and their reaction to Donovan’s game winning goal.

U-S-A!! Let’s Go!!  Next Game is Saturday, against Ghana at 2:30pm Eastern.

Ps. great stuff around 3:40

U-S-A! U-S-A!

Posted: June 23, 2010 by amyaubrey in Soccer, USA, World Cup

Today was the last day of the group stage for the USA.  In order to move on we either needed to win or draw & England to lose or draw.  The games on the last day are played simultaneously so when England scored a goal against Slovenia, everybody knew what had to be done.  The US had a lot of chances & they looked like the much better team against Algeria but the goals were just not going in.  One did go in but it was called back because the refs said he was offsides (it didn’t appear that he was though.)  If we didn’t advance, it would most certainly be because of 2 VERY bad calls by the refs in this game & the last one.

The England game was finished & our game was entering extra time with the score still tied at zero.  Full time is 90 minutes & we were given 4 extra minutes (this is because of any time the game stops but the clock keeps going.)  It was do or die time; win or go home.  Landon Donovan got the break away & passed it to Jozy Altidore who went for the goal, which was deflected by the Algerian keeper.  Donovan was right there for the rebound & put it in to give the US the lead with less then 3 minutes to play.  It was like one of those Hollywood sports movies where the good guys come through in the end, except this was real life.  It was so dramatic & amazing that it might be exactly the kind of thing that makes the US love soccer as much as the rest of the world does.  We will next play the runner-up in Group D on Saturday at 2:30 so get on your red, white & blue & cheer on your country!