Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blanco Suspended for 2 Years!

Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been suspended from U.S. Open Cup play for at least 2 years by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

This comes after Blanco punched D.C. United player Clyde Simms in the stomach. 

Blanco also supposedly head butted an employee that was trying to lead him off the field.

This is sad to see following Blanco's fine performance during the MLS All Star game.

Here is a video of the incident, it happens about 30 seconds in and it shows it again.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Milan Win the TIM Trophy

AC Milan defeated Inter 4-2 on penalty kicks to clinch the 2008 TIM Trophy.

For those of you that don't know, AC Milan, Inter and Juventus play each other each pre season in a mini tournament in which the teams play each other in a 45 minute game. Every tie is decided by a penalty shootout.

Milan won their first game against Juventus 4-2 on penalty kicks after the 45 minutes ended in a 2-2 tie. Seedorf scored both the goals for Milan, which is a great sign. Kaka also played and showed no signs of letdown from his surgery.

Here are game highlights for Milan vs. Juventus:

Here is the penalty shootout between Milan and Inter which gave Milan the title:

This title is hopefully the first of many this season for Milan.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Poll Result

To the poll question, "Which League is the Best?"

48% (45 votes) said Italy's Serie A
31% (29 votes) said England's Premier League
12% (12 votes) said Spain's La Liga
5%   (5 votes)   said Germany's Bundesliga
2% (2 votes)   said Other

Which means the readers of Il Mondo di Calcio feel that the Serie A is the best league in the world, and I would have to agree.

Robbie Keane to Liverpool

Robbie Keane has finally made his long suspected move from Tottenham to Liverpool.

The transfer fee involved for the Irishman is around 20.3 million pounds.

Keane has said he is a lifelong Liverpool fan, and vows he will end their title drought.

Keane, who formed one of the best attacking duos in the Premier League with Dimitar Berbatov, will now form one of the best duos in the world, playing alongside Fernando Torres.

Keane does seem somewhat grounded by his move to his dream club saying, "Now it is up to me to make sure I am picked every week, I am not naive enough to think I can walk into any team, that is my challenge."

Friday, July 25, 2008

MLS All Stars Defeat West Ham (100th Post!)

The MLS All Star team defeated English Premier club West Ham United 3-2 on Thursday in Toronto. 

Dwayne De Rosario scored a penalty kick in the 69th minute after he was fouled in the box, to earn the game winner for the MLS.

Chicago midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored a goal and got an assist and was named MVP of the game.

David Beckham played well, getting a few shots on goal and also earning an assist.

The MLS All Star team now remains undefeated against foreign competition since they began playing in this format in 2003.

This victory can be seen as both good and bad for the MLS. 

It is good to see that the best players from the MLS can compete against clubs in top leagues, however, in this game the best players seemed to be those players that were brought in from other leagues (Blanco, Beckham, Angel). 

While we know that Blanco, Beckham and Angel can play against top competition, as they have over their career, there are still questions of whether home grown American MLS talent can compete.

Here are the game highlights.

P.S.......This was my 100th post. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Adu Moving to Monaco

America's own Freddy Adu will move to France's AS Monaco on loan from Portugal club Benfica.

Adu despite playing well at Benfica, has been stuck on the bench for much of his time with the 

The move to Monaco will be for the entire season, and Monaco will have the ability to sign Adu to a contract at the end of the season.

Adu scored 5 goals in 25 appearances for Benfica last season.

Monday, July 21, 2008

I'm Going to Bootcamp

Nike bootcamp that is.

Too many times I see unathletic people criticizing and questioning the plays professional players make, when they themselves couldn't even dream of playing at that kind of level.

I don't want to turn into that kind of soccer fan, so I've signed up for Nike's Soccer Bootcamp.

For those of you that don't know what it is, Nike Bootcamp is pretty much a free training system designed by professional trainers for the professional players. It sends you drills and workouts to do that is supposed to increase your soccer game by at least 30 percent when your done.

I started up today and let me tell ya, its gunna be hard.

First up for me was the "SPARQ" Test.

This was supposed to test the essential attributes you need as a soccer player. 

Obviously my results on this test from the first day are supposed to increase by the end of the Bootcamp. 

There were 4 baseline tests I had to take, and I would be graded on a scale from 0 to 120, with 0 being terrible, 60 being a solid player, and 120 being an elite pro player like Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 4 tests were a 20 meter sprint, a vertical jump test, an arrowhead agility cone drill, and a "yoyo" endurance test which essentially was running 20 meters and back trying beat a 9 second time limit. 

I scored 3.21 seconds on the 20 meter dash, a 20 inch vertical, 17.74 arrowhead time, and 2:50 min on the endurance test. I wasn't happy with the endurance test time as I haven't worked out in a while and have just been working at my cousins deli for the past month and a half.

My SPARQ rating was a 31.48, a little over half way to being a solid player. I hope they mean a solid pro player, which would make me feel a little bit better about my score.

Let me know if your also doing the Nike Bootcamp. Let me know the email your doing it under so we can compare results, mine is

My Bootcamp ends on September 30th, I hope I make it.

Top 5 Transfer's This Offseason

Like most off seasons, there have been more rumors flying around then actual transfers.

Here are my top 5 transfers so far this off season.

Number 5:

Deco transferring from Barcelona to Chelsea

Most people believe that Deco is past his prime, but his recent showing at Euro 08 showed me that he can still play at the highest level. The 10 million euro fee Chelsea paid is a relatively cheap fee.

Number 4

Luka Modric transferring from Dinamo Zagreb to Tottenham

Modric was one of the best kept secrets of Europe going into Euro 08. However, after his performance, Tottenham grabbed him for a 16.5 million euro fee. Modric will provide a great attacking threat for Tottenham, who might lose both Robbie Keane and Berbatov this offseason.

Number 3

Mathieu Flamini transferring from Arsenal to Milan.

Milan got Flamini on a free transfer seemingly as a replacement for Gattuso. However, with Gattuso staying on with Milan, both Flamini and Gattuso will look to start and create a great defensive midfield. 

Number 2

Aliaksander Hleb transferring from Arsenal to Barcelona.

Barcelona had plenty of goal scoring threats last season, but lacked a hardworking midfielder that could make all the right plays. Barcelona got that with the 11.8 million euro signing of Hleb.

Number 1

Ronaldinho transferring from Barcelona to Milan.

I'm putting Ronaldinho's transfer at number 1, because it has the possibility for the greatest payoff. How many off seasons does a team have the chance to buy a former World Player of the Year? Yes Ronaldinho has been off his best form, but he seems to have a new focus and new determination, and if he regains his former self, Milan will be unstoppable. A transfer fee of around 20 million euro is about a third of what he could have gone for.

What do you think? What are your top 5 transfer's so far?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Chelsea Bid 100 Million on Kaka

There are reports that Chelsea have placed a mega 100 million euro bid for AC Milan star Kaka.

Supposedly a representative of Kaka has already flown to London to hear Chelsea's offer, and a representative from Chelsea has met with Milan vice president, Adriano Galliani to make an official offer.

This comes despite Milan's firm stance that Kaka will never be sold. However, with Milan strapped for cash following the Ronaldinho signing, I hope they don't second guess themselves and sell Kaka.

What Do You Think?

Is 100 million just too good of an offer for Milan to turn down? What if Drogba or another Chelsea player was also included in the deal?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hleb Signs with Barcelona

A day after Barcelona let Ronaldinho go, they have unveiled a replacement, former Arsenal man Alexander Hleb.

Hleb has signed a 4 year deal with Barcelona with the transfer fee at about 15 million euro.

Arsene Wenger said of Hleb's departure, "We are comfortable with our decision to let him go and we are all looking forward to continuing our preparations for the new season ahead. Everyone at Arsenal wishes Alex the best of luck for the future."

The 27 year old Hleb scored 5 goals for Arsenal last season in 42 appearances.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ronaldinho to Milan!

AC Milan have officially announced the signing of Barcelona man, Ronaldinho.

The transfer fee for the deal is around 25 million euro.

Ronaldinho has been rumored to move to Milan for the last few months, and has also been linked to Manchester City, and the LA Galaxy.

Milan said, "Tomorrow, the player will be in Milan for the medical, and to sign the contract which will tie him to Milan until June 30th, 2011."

Ronaldinho is a 2 time FIFA Player of the Year, but has been out of form the past few years.

However, as an AC Milan fan, this move is huge. An all Brazilian attacking trio of Kaka, Pato, and Ronaldinho seems unstoppable.

What do you think of the signing?

And just in case you forgot how good Ronaldinho can be, watch his top 10 goals.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Open Question: Is Adedbayor Overrated?

With the talk of Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adedbayor transferring to another team, the figure of over 30 million euro has been thrown around.

To me this seems crazy!

Here is a guy who has had 1 good year in his career, which was this last season in which he scored 30 goals. Previous to this season he has never scored more then 12 goals in a season. 

Is a player who has only scored over 12 goals in a season 1 time worth 30 million euro?

On the other side, Adedbayor is only 24 years old, and still learning. He should have a bright future.

Berbatov to Man U?

Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov could be joining Premier League champions Manchester United, after a 28 million pound deal is supposedly on the verge of being completed.

Berbatov, along with Robbie Keane made up one of the best attacking duos in the Premier League, as he scored 23 goals last season.

Berbatov has been rumored to leave Tottenham for some time now, attracting the interest of AC Milan, Chelsea, and other top clubs.

If Berbatov does go to Man U, he would be a good complement to Wayne Rooney, but not a suitable replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Open Question

With all the constant rumors and reports from different teams in different countries, I ask...

Are you getting tired of transfer speculations?

This off season for example, the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, and Emmanuel Adedbayor have all been in question, over long drawn out processes.

And not only been in question, but changing completely overnight, depending on what source you read.

I mean if a Spanish player playing in England, wanted to transfer to Italy, you would have reports by newspapers coming out of 3 different countries, all with their own biases telling you different things.

Also, Who's side do you take during a transfer debate?

What I mean by that is, if a player such as Cristiano Ronaldo has years left on his contract, but no longer wants to play for his current team, should his team allow him to leave?

Is it, "slavery" as the FIFA president said, to force a player like Ronaldo to remain on his team and honor his contract?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Trezeguet Is Done

David Trezeguet announced today that he has retired from international competition for France.

This decision is obviously in response to the news earlier in the week that France coach Raymond Domenech would remain as coach, even after France's terrible showing at the Euro's.

Trezeguet was left off the Euro 08 squad by Domenech, even after he scored 20 goals for Juventus this past season.

Trezeguet's quote is, "Domenech stays means that I leave the French national team....Too many political rather than football decisions are being made and the public opinion is not being respected."

This is obviously a huge blow for the French national team, as Henry had almost no support from anyone during the Euro's. 

Monday, July 7, 2008

Zenit Rejects Barcelona's Bid

Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg have rejected Barcelona's bid for their star player Andrei Arshavin. 

Zenit said that Barcelona did not meet their asking price for Arshavin, and therefore will terminate talks with Barcelona.

Barcelona's original offer was 11.8 million euro, while the second offer was supposedly around 15 million euro.

Arshavin has made it publicly clear that his dream is to play for Barcelona.

Zenit also said that despite rumors, no other club has made an offer for Arshavin. Therefore, there is no talk amongst the club regarding his move.

I personally think an offer of 15 million euro is a little too low for the caliber of player that Arshavin could  become. He looked very good in the Euro tournament, and he is still young at 27 years old. I think an offer of 20 million euro would be a fair price to pay.

Crouch on His Way to Portsmouth

Liverpool striker Peter Crouch appears to be on his way out of Liverpool.

Crouch has been unable to get real playing time behind Fernando Torres, and it has been rumored he will leave for some time.

Today, Liverpool has accepted a bid from Portsmouth which would see Portsmouth paying an initial 8 million pounds, with 3 million more to be payable over the course of Crouch's contract.

Portsmouth had a great year last year, winning the FA Cup, and earning a place in the UEFA Cup next year.

I think Crouch will be a big help to Portsmouth, and the money Liverpool gets from this deal can help with the signing of Keane, Barry, and whoever else they might acquire.

Ronaldo Has Surgery

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo had surgery on his ankle today in the Netherlands at the Academic Medical Center.

Man U has said they will know in a month when Ronaldo can return, but it is possible he will miss the start of next season.

Ronaldo should leave the hospital Tuesday, and begin his rehab with the Manchester medical staff.

Nike Commercial Director's Cut

If you watched the Euro's you had to have noticed the Nike Soccer commercials, where you follow an Arsenal player, "Taking it to the Next Level."

The commercial was directed by Guy Ritchie, and he has posted a new longer director's cut version of the commercial.

The commercial is a minute longer then the original and in this one we see Tevez get a little action on the ball, the player get with a second girl, the player buy a sick car, and get mobbed by fans back in his home town. He also pukes more.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Villa to Get New Deal?

First off, I'm sorry for the recent lack of updates, but I've been working 12 hours a day for the past week at my uncle's deli, and I haven't really been able to keep track of things as best as I would like.

With that being said:

Valencia is looking to break the bank on Spanish striker David Villa, after his performance in the Euro's made it seem like he was going to be on his way out from the club.

Valencia had previously said that they would never pay a player more then 1.8 million euro a year, but with Liverpool and Chelsea ready to take away their best player, Valencia might be prepared to offer Villa a contract worth 3 million euro a year.

Villa has said that he wants to remain with the club, but sometimes deals are just too good.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Spain Officially the Best in the World

After their Euro 08 victory, Spain have moved from number 4 to number 1 in the new FIFA world rankings.

Spain is the 6th different team to hold the number one spot since 1993, when FIFA first starting using the ranking system.

This is the first time that Spain has ever been ranked number one.

The top five is:
1. Spain
2. Italy
3. Germany
4. Brazil
5. Netherlands

The former number 1, Argentina dropped 5 spots to number 6, and this current ranking is the first time that Brazil has been out of the top 3.

The United States dropped down to number 30 in the rankings, 9 spots lower then they were previously.

I think Argentina moving down that far is fair, as they have been unable to beat both the United States, and Brazil, with the combined scores of those games being 0-0.

Does Spain Deserve to be Number 1?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Robbie Keane to Liverpool?

This story goes out to Erik Lanza, who likes Tottenham only because of striker and captain Robbie Keane.

Keane has supposedly demanded a trade to Liverpool to Tottenham coach Juande Ramos.

Keane has been linked to Liverpool over the last few years, but nothing about him leaving in the past seems as serious as this. 

One possible trade that could occur would see Keane go to Liverpool, with Peter Crouch going to Tottenham.

I doubt that Ramos will let Keane leave easily, as he has scored 45 goals for Tottenham in the last 2 seasons.