Well ESPN has proven smart enough to televise the Reds vs. Juve tomorrow. Yes! They only show one game each match day on the "telly", so I was praying they would get it right. It airs live, at 10:30am here in Alaska. No condom commercials.
My son's senior year high school season is about to begin, but we still have just a little snow left on the pitch. So there he was on Saturday, all alone out on the pitch with a shovel, clearing the field so they'll let the matches begin. I thought it was pretty cute.
> > ESPN has proven smart enough to televise the Reds vs. Juve tomorrow. Yes!
Excellent! X marks where we'll be cheering from, almost opposite the players entrance
Best of luck with snow-clearing. Anfield and most other top UK stadiums have under soil heating to prevent the pitch freezing in the winter. It's more profitable to heat the soil than cancel the matches.
>Up and down the field, up and down the field, up and down the field,
Up and down the field, up and down the field, up and down the field, Up and down the field, up and down the field, up and down the field,
Score, Nil, Nil
It is a common anti-soccer prejudice in the USA to claim that they "play and play and it usually ends up nil-nil". Just for the record, there has been only one match that ended 0-0 in the last 36 matches played in the Champions League in Europe. There have been 115 goals in those 36 matches, about 3.2gpg on average. I grew up on baseball and American football. My enjoyment of real football began, I confess, when I was visiting a pretty Dutch girl during the 1974 World Cup. I didn't understand the game back then, but I came to love it as my kids all started playing when they were little.
Quarter-finals, 2nd leg, April 12th and 13th. Big games! Go Liverpool.
We will. We call ourselves "soccer junkies" here in Anchorage. It is interesting to see soccer slowly weave itself into sports coverage in the U.S. Ten years ago it was only anti-soccer articles, usually about hooligans or 0-0 matches or about Brazilian players posing nude in gay magazines, but as the sport has become the #1 youth sport in America, and as our national team has gotten better against international competition, the sport is getting dissed less and covered more.
My son (18) and daughter (15) got to play their first games outdoors this year yesterday, for their high school teams. We have a long winter, then the second the snow melts, the kids are playing, whether their legs are up for it or not.
but 0-1 would be devastating, so I say, "A T T A C K !!" I hate to see a good team stop being dangerous because they want to bunker down and play for the nil-nil draw. What if Juve scores in the 75th or 85th minute? It isn't so hard to defend for 10-15 minutes, but Liverpool might regret their strategy if they try to be defensive for the full 90.
I would like to trade places with you. I live a within a mile from Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid's home) and I can only tell you how much I loathe Sundays when the play football here. I can hear-feel every roar the supporters do when a goal is made... or almost.
That said, though I am not specially interested in football, if I were, I couldn't support any other team than Real Madrid, of course :P
What could have happened to Chelsea by playing only Dragba up top is so common--teams trying to attack too little and defend for too long when they have the lead--and I think the risk is greater than if Chelsea had put more into their attack. Their poor defenders were mentally exhausted by the end, and they barely made it.
That's why I want to see Liverpool come out fighting tomorrow. I think they need a goal to win, perhaps two. 0-0 would be great, if they can get it, but I hope they go after some goals! Let's hope the fans behave in Turin.
What a win! And the uninitiated (most Americans) who might read this are thinking, "How is 0-0 a win, and how could 0-0 ever be "great"". It was a thrilling win, and I kept thinking about you John during the final 10 minutes when Liverpool fought to keep their concentration. Liverpool's tactics were excellent, I thought, to work for possession in the 1st half to frustrate Juve, and to try to steal a goal in the 2nd half to either go up 1-0 or at least, as it turned out, keep Juve from sending too many men forward too early in the half. Masterful defending, and without Gerrard.
My wife still wonders what "lechyd da!" means? She is part Welsh and curious about it.
I KNEW you'd be lying in waiting, hoping for a nil-nil result to tease me about! And adding the "d" that doesn't exist in my first name must symbolize the "draw" you want to point out.
In the context of the 2 leg quarter-final, with Liverpool up 2-1 after the first leg, a second leg 0-0 result was thrilling. Sort of like Boston trying to preserve a one run lead against the Yankees, with the bases loaded in the 9th inning, and a trip to the World Series at stake! Nail biting time, and time for the players to execute with no room for errors, period! The press in England has called the 0-0 match, "a night to rank with the greatest". It was way fun.
They were. And such a contrast from the bewildring pace of the first 60 minutes of the first leg. Last night they played Baros as the sole attacker with heavy midfield support for the defenders. The concentration and decisiveness was outstanding.
And what's more remarkable is that 8 senior players (Hamann, Gerrard, Josemi, Pongolle, Kewell, Kirkland, Morientes and Pellegrino) were either injured or ineligible. That's almost a team in itself.
So just think what it could have been like!
The semi-finals will be played on Wed 27th April in London and Tues 3rd May in Liverpol. That's going to be a real cracker, especially as Gerrard and Hamann should be playing.
I'm wating for my text message from Anfield to let me know when I can get my tickets.
gives the current rankings of all the top teams in Europe.
Kinda blows away yer NFL
> > Sort of like Boston trying to preserve a one run lead against the Yankees, with the bases loaded in the 9th inning, and a trip to the World Series at stake!
Wow! And the 2nd leg is almost always more exciting, because teams don't play it safe in the final 20 minutes of leg 2. I'm jealous! If I don't get any World Cup tickets from the lottery process for Germany '06, I'll have to come to England in '06 or '07 to see some Champions League and Premier League action.
Do you think preparations for the World Cup hurts teams playing in the knockout stages of the Champions League, because various players are playing for their national teams and their club teams, and the players play hard in the national team friendlies in February, March, April, since they are trying to earn their place on the team for their national team? Does the WC focus make the Champions League slightly less intense, or is that not much of an issue? Any thoughts?
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Shevchenko makes it 1-0 Milan at the half, with PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands league champs for you American Pandas) getting rocked most of the half, and barely avoiding a much worse halftime result. The American DeMarcus Beasley got the start for Eindhoven. PSV can only hope to avoid any more breakdowns and get to leg 2 in The Netherlands down only one goal.
Tomorrow it's Liverpool @ Chelsea in the other semi-final, first leg!!
2-0 Milan. PSV is in big trouble to be down two goals against such a tough team as AC Milan after leg 1. With no away goal for PSV, their tie-breaking chances don't exist, so as we say here, "they're screwed".