Wednesday, October 3, 2012
هدف ميلان 2 - 0 زينيت - ستيفان شعراوي by MediaMasrTv
Sunday, September 23, 2012
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
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!
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 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.
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.
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
Here is who I believe the best club teams and best players currently are in Europe at the moment.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
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
Here are the rankings for the top ten clubs and players as of this moment.