Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dangerous Facts About Fernando Torres

Dangerous Facts About Fernando Torres: Needs little space to find enough green pasture to score. Defenders have an impossible time one on one. If need be, he will straight up beat you. Below, you will observe some examples. Learn Quickly When Defending

Fact: This West Ham defender posts up near the top of the box when Torres is fed the ball. A couple step overs and the defender is off balance enough for Torres to put the ball around him with the out side of his right foot. Torres uses his momentum so well when finishing. I mean seriously, the momentum follows from the approach and continues through the shot all the time. All of El Nino's attempts are dangerous and precise.

Fact: Remember the game winner of the Euro's last year...?(it's irrelevant because its below) Torres out positions one of the best left backs in the world, Philip Lahm. Using his speed, Torres works for this goal and straight beats the defender and chips the ball into the side netting. This is biggest goal of Torres's career so far.

Fact: One of his first goals for Liverpool and "If need be, he will straight up beat you." Snap! Look Out!

Top Performances: Didier Drogba is a man among boys

My uncle Mike sent me a text the other day with the statement, "6 - 0 and looking strong. Drogba is a man among boys." Truth spoken from my close Chelsea supporter/expert/uncle. So I say "True That" and here's the proof. Enjoy Mike.

Basically, Drogba is having a field day at Stamford Bridge and he keeps on getting better. Just have a look at Drogba's year so far. The best player from Africa and the captain of the Ivory Coast, Drogba, on good days is the Best Player I've seen. He's THAT good. So far this year, he's hit the ground running and below are a few of those genius moments.

The opening game of the season vs. Hull City. Drogba calmly turned the game around in favor of the Blues.

With the equalizing goal, Didier "wow's" us with his amazing shooting prowess. A Christiano Ronaldo reminiscent looking goal to open is goal campaign in 2009.

On the 92nd minute on opening day, Drogba shrugs off a defender and shapes the winning possession with a determined run. Receiving the ball close to the end line Drogba, with a flick of improvisation, highhandedly incites elation on opening day at Stamford Bridge.

The Ivorian plays at a high level with power and control. The best players in the game today can influence games with solo's as well as accompaniment. This last weekend against Tottenham, Drogba scores around three defenders with passion. His positioning led to an amazing touch around the keeper. Very classy.

Drogba is a legend in the Ivory Coast, a country that stopped a long a violent civil war in 2006. The war ended after the qualification of the Ivory Coast to it's first World Cup finals inspired the country to cease the fighting. It's been peaceful ever since and the Ivory Coast is going to make it's second appearance to the World Cup finals. In South Africa, look for Drogba and the rest of the Ivorian exports to be a serious contender in the Finals. African Soil and the breakout of African Nations on the world stage will co inside.

The top performer so far this season is upfront for the Blues. Watch out.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How did you get three alliance approved assistants on such short notice?

Sergio “Kun” Agüero, Leo Messi, Fernando Torres. Those magic players. You know the ones…the players whose dazzling abilities seem to transcend our physical plane. The players whose skill and talent seem so unreal, that even the most basic of their feats seem impossible. All three of these aforementioned super heroes of football posses this something extra, it’s just that instead of fighting crime or saving the world…they chose to use their superhuman prowess to play football.

Messi has it for sure; he’s faster than a speeding bullet. When he whizzes and weaves in and out of defenders to make his Maradona-esque runs, the only thing we often see is a vapor trail. He finds the back of the net, leaving the opposition and us flabbergasted, wondering how the F.U.C. it happened. He’s at the corner flag celebrating, and we are left with a half vision of the turn he made four moves before the goal. It’s at this point we scratch our head, and realize that it’s magic, that there is no possible way he got from there to here without us and the other team seeing it.

Torres definitely has it. It’s not his speed though; he only looks to have that in spades. With Torres it’s something that has always struck me as (forgive this reference, please forgive) being closest to the Matrix’s own bullet time. That move he makes as Gerrard’s clever pass threads the ball perfectly through the back four to land just at Nando’s feet, is simply misdirection. It’s a trick, so that us “how’d he do that’s?” don’t see the real slight of hand. What we don’t see, or more importantly what we can’t see, is that Torres can control the space and time in his immediate vicinity. He warps and bends the fabric of his immediate surroundings so that what looks like a clever move, is really just a matter of a time shift in which he slows the opponents reaction times and leaves the goal keeper in the proverbial dust.

“Kun” Agüero, at 21 has it on and off the pitch. The dude already gets grand supreme being points for making a baby with Maradona’s daughter to give the legend his first grandson, and that’s just off the pitch. On it, Agüero excels at exhibiting this same magic his peers Leo and Fernando employ with regularity. It frightens me to think what will happen if and when a big club shells out the 50 million odd euros it will take to pry him away from Atletico and bring him to a fishpond more stocked with talent. He has some playmakers at Madrid, true, but even Torres had those and look how many goals he scored in his first season at Liverpool.

But I digress; we were speaking of footballing magic, and not big money transfers. Agüero’s magic lies not in an ability to be faster than fast, or to have control of time and space in his immediate vicinity. Agüero’s magic lies in the fact that the football is merely an extension of himself. It is like a fifth appendage, and he controls how close or how far it lies from his foot. He controls how fast it skips across the playing surface and how close it gets to defenders. Agüero is tethered to the football on an invisible leash, and this is why just when we think he’s going to lose the ball between the defender and the goal, he gets that near impossible off balance shot off and scores that impossible goal.

On August 25th, 2009 when Atletico Madrid played Panathinaikos in the second leg of their Champions League qualifiers, the world bore witness to just a little taste of Agüero’s magic. He had already scored a magnificent winner in the first leg, and when he received the ball just outside of the penalty area while surrounded by three defenders, it should have come as no surprise that he would have no trouble eluding any of them. Agüero dribbles quickly moving the ball a half a yard from his left foot. The first defender is so confused, he falls over on himself, and Agüero’s magic allows him to pull the football closer to his body as if catching up with it. The next move is easy, because Agüero was paying attention as he often does. He knows that the second defender has had to pick himself off of the turf. The defender was watching the move Agüero made, and not expecting him to come out of the defensive fray that surrounded our special player, he has lost his balance and fallen. Agüero dribbles towards the edge of the penalty area, and his defender is barely able to track back to him in time to commit a tackle that can at best be described as a day late and a dollar short. Agüero has anticipated the tackle and the shot is off and the football is in the back of the net, he runs to celebrate and the defender can only throw his arms up in frustration. Could have, should have, and would have my man.

So, you say you still don’t’ believe in magic, have a look for yourself. It’s the last goal and it happens about 2:40 seconds into the reel.

This is the first post by Christian Conlon. Sharing his passion for the game.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

England book their ticket to South Africa

England! Looking Serious.

Qualifying calmly with two games to spare, England is a new team. They've shaken off the shocking loss to Croatia that kept them out of the Euro's last year. Moreover, the squad has been meticulously picked according to balance and cohesion on the pitch. They look like a new team. A much better team.

It was just last year when I was watching England struggle to qualify for the Euro's and shaking my head in disbelief at the lack of teamwork. England's two top superstars, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, could not play together to produce something productive. David Beckham was crossing the ball from the right while the young and speedy Aaron Lennon watched from the bench. The midfield was imbalanced and lacking control. I could go on but it's all in the past.

All the aforementioned has changed. England have a new skipper and a new attitude. Gareth Barry is holding down the midfield and adding vision to the game. Frank and Stevie G are lighting up the game like the superstars they are. England's youth is being given a chance and Fabio Capello is using England's arsenal of top class weapons superbly.

England qualify with the most goals scored in the European groups. The group as it stands now shows a beat down. 31 Goals For. 5 Goals Against. A +26 goal differential.


Simply stated, England has played eight qualifiers. England has won all eight and dominated their group. They have never qualified with games left to be played in qualification. This in turn allows England to test out their firepower and establish a strong bond before the World Cup.

England moves forward as a collective unit after this first goal. They shine as one team and confidence beams from their play. Have a look.

It's all over...Then Croatia score. Then England score and politely say "Thank You Very Much"

World Cup Mix #2

Here we go again with another WC 2010 mix. Have a brew or two and be happy. Under a year away kids!

Clint Dempsey: America's home grown talent

Fifa Football Mundial did a piece on Clint Dempsey which sums up his career really well. Dempsey is a great American talent and the best player we've exported other than a keeper. He makes me proud, knowing that he's knocked down many milestones for American exports. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Burnley celebrates it's first home victory via a blazing volley

Making their Premiership debut, Burnley hosted their first match in top flight English football. However, the side they faced happened to be the champ. Manchester United.The atmosphere at this game had the entire stadium behind Burnley no matter what the outcome.

United looked sloppy. This goal in particular was a sixth or seventh chance at attack. With the only goal scored to upset the champions, United Keeper Ben Foster whiffed at a hard hit volley by Robbie Blake. This ball was seriously hit. From the angle behind the goal, notice how fast the ball comes in.

Happy times for the newly promoted side.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Slick Street Kit: adidas Trofeo Full-Zip Training Jacket

Wearing a breathable training jacket regulates my body temperature better than any other. As street wear, the extremely cool black with white color-way seems to layer, compliment, feature with just about any other piece. It regulates my comfortable.

Front zip pockets utilitize the need to find a place on the sidelines to set your keys.

Zipped open, a water bottle sits half exposed.

The pockets are snug enough to mimic a gun/holster whenever you need a shot of hydration.

It is the jacket that I feel most comfortable.