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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Have You Seen This Goal?

Well, doesn't this feel like deja vu?

It wasn't too long ago that Stephan el Shaarawy of AC Milan was making his first appearance as the Goal of the Week winning goal scorer with a sublime effort.

Today, El Shaarawy scored perhaps the finest goal of his career, in a Champions League contest none the less, against Zenit.

Stephan channeled his inner Lionel Messi, splitting multiple defenders on his way to a cheeky finish to keep his red hot form of goal scoring going.

هدف ميلان 2 - 0 زينيت - ستيفان شعراوي by MediaMasrTv

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Have You Seen This Goal?

In the 16th installment of Have You Seen This Goal, the AC Milan youngster Stephan El Shaarawy makes an appearance.

With his team trailing 1-0 early into the second half against Udinese, El Shaarawy delivered a wonder strike from distance to level the score.

Sadly, this goal has been the only highlight of note from what has been a truly disappointing and embarrassing AC Milan season.
UM1-1 by ourmatch

Friday, May 25, 2012

Euro 2012 Preview

Wow. Time does fly.

It was just before the start of Euro 2008 that I started Il Mondo di Calcio, as a way to get in touch with other soccer fans around the world, and talk about the beautiful game...

Now 4 years later I feel obligated to once again give you a preview of what is to come this summer in international football....I will try to follow the format I used 4 years ago to preview this tournament (and I hope my prediction for a winner will be better this year!)

The 16 team tournament has been broken up into these four groups:

I am listing the teams in the order in which I think they will finish!

Group A:

Czech Republic

Group B:


Group C:


Group D:


This year I honestly feel that there are only 3 teams with a realistic possibility for winning Euro 2012. Those teams are Germany, Netherlands, and Spain.

Lets take a look at each of those 3 squads.

Germany Preview:

Germany comes into Euro 2012 on the heels of several disappointing defeats, losing in both the Euro 2008 final and gaining a 3rd place finish in the 2010 World Cup. The bright spot for Germany however is the fact that their key players are now in their prime, and were perhaps too young and inexperienced in big games four years ago. I see a definite parallell between the Spanish squad of 2008 and the German squad of 2012. Players like Ozil, Muller, Gomez, and Khedira are all now at big clubs and will  certainly be used to big game situations....Gone are the older players such as Ballack and Klose, but I feel as though Germany is ready for a breakthrough campaign...It also doesn't hurt that Manuel Neuer has arguably overtaken Iker Casillas as the best goalkeeper in the world.

Netherlands Preview:

Bayern Munich v Netherlands controversy aside, the Dutch national team is full of stars and firepower. We all know about the prowess of players such as Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, however it was underrated striker Klass Jan Huntelaar that had the best season of any Dutch player this season, scoring 48 goals for Schalke during the campaign. The story to watch this tournament if you are a fan of the Netherlands is how well van Persie and Huntelaar play together on the pitch...If they can co-exist, look for the Netherlands to make it back to Euro glory.

Spain Preview: 

The favorites of the tournament this year have to be defending champions Spain. The Spanish squad is still very young, with players like Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, and Xavi Alonso writing the book currently on playing the midfield....Players such as David Silva and Juan Mata have also improved leaps and bounds since Euro 2008, giving Spain some attacking options that might have been lacking up front last tournament...Obviously the biggest question mark surrounding the Spanish squad revolves around the lack of David Villa.....Can Fernando Torres make up for the fact that Spain will be without its most prolific scorer? If he cannot, look for Spain to win the midfield battle, but not the games...

My prediction: (Spain over Germany in the finals.....again!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Have You Seen This Goal?

In this edition of Have You Seen This Goal? our good friend Kaka makes an appearance.

Kaka has come under some criticism by Real Madrid supporters for his lack of goals since his big money transfer from AC Milan, however I believe his lack of form can be entirely attributed to his lack of health the majority of his tenure at Madrid.

Kaka is now healthy and this goal is a certain sign that the Kaka of old is back.

In this video Kaka takes a pass from Karim Benzema and nutmegs the defender before putting the ball in the back of the net for his second goal of the game.

Enjoy some Brazilian magic:

Power Rankings April 2011

Here is who I believe the best club teams and best players currently are in Europe at the moment.

The Best Teams and Players in the World (As of April 2011)

Club Teams:
1. Barcelona (Spain)
2. Real Madrid (Spain)
3. Manchester United (England)
4. AC Milan (Italy)
5. Chelsea (England)
6. Schalke 04 (Germany)
7. Arsenal (England)
8. Lille (France)
9. Inter Milan (Italy)
10. Dortmund (Germany)

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
3. Xavi (Barcelona)
4. Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid)
5. David Luiz (Chelsea)
6. Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
7. David Villa (Barcelona)
8. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan)
10. Samir Nasri (Arsenal)

Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Have You Seen This Goal?

Oh how long it has been.

I realize that I have not updated Il Mondo di Calcio in a good while, as I have been busy with school and writing for Premiership Talk and

None the less, when an amazing goal has been scored it needs to be given the proper credit.

This is the 14th installment of Have You Seen This Goal and it occurred during a friendly match between AC Milan and Barcelona. The goal speaks for itself.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Aquilani ends disappointing Premier League career

With his transfer to Juventus officially completed, and a return to England very unlikely, Alberto Aquilani has finally shut the door on what can only be described as a disappointing Premier League career.

Aquilani joined Liverpool last season on a €20 million transfer from Roma following the departure of Xabi Alonso. Injuries plagued Aquilani as they have done his entire career, and he didn’t make his first start for the club until December 26th. Many quickly realized that Aquilani was not a substitute for Xabi Alonso, as they have distinctly different playing styles.

As the season progressed Il Principe was able to showcase some of his talents. He racked up three assists in a game against Burnley, and finished the season with six assists, however inconsistent playing time and a lack of fitness eventually led to Aquilani finishing the campaign with just two goals and six assists in 26 appearances for Liverpool.

Aquilani will likely never return to the Premier League. He has recently stated that he is at Juventus to stay, saying “England has been a very beautiful experience, but I am here (in Italy) to stay.” Aquilani believes that back home in Italy is the place where he will be able to get his career back on track, and get back into contention for the World Cup team (although he will be 30 by that time).

Aquilani’s transfer comes at a difficult time for Liverpool, as they have only taken one point from their first two games this season, with many Liverpool fans already realizing this might not be their year. Aquilani would not have saved this season by staying, but with Aquilani leaving and Javier Mascherano also on his way out, Liverpool’s quality in the midfield has been further depleted.

As a fan of Serie A I wished Alberto Aquilani the best of luck in the Premier League when he transferred. Although I am happy to see him back in Italy, I can’t say that I’m not disappointed that he didn’t make more of an impact in the English game. Liverpool fans will likely try and forget the Italian’s ill fated venture to England.

I know I will.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Power Rankings for August 2010

Here are the rankings for the top ten clubs and players as of this moment.

Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know with a comment below.

The Best Teams and Players in the World (As of August 2010)

Club Teams:
1. Barcelona (Spain)
2. Inter Milan (Italy)
3. Chelsea (England)
4. Real Madrid (Spain)
5. Manchester United (England)
6. Bayern Munich (Germany)
7. Manchester City (England)
8. Toulouse (France)
9. Lyon (France)
10. AC Milan (Italy)

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
3. Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)
4. Xavi (Barcelona)
5. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
6. David Villa (Barcelona)
7. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
8. Diego Milito (Inter Milan)
9. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
10. Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)