Saturday, August 30, 2008
Its high noon at Villa Park tomorrow, fueled by Gareth Barry transfer saga.
Of course, Martin O'Neill was angry about the way Liverpool haggled over his captain.
Barry himself had conceded defeat about playing in CL. With Villa?....forget it.
That sums up the mood for tomorrow's encounter.
Will there be a handshake between the gaffers?
Rafa said he does not enjoy a good relationship with O'Neill but being a calm man, does not discount a good handshake. Yes, he would.....after the Reds annihilate the home side. Fat chance?
Sure, Liverpool were poor in the previous games but keep winning games, weren't we?
SG won't be playing but Monster Masch will be up for this one as direct replacement, fresh from gold grabbing act in Beijing. Albert Riera, if he passed medical won't be there either. It's Babel or lightweight Benayoun for the left wing berth. Sadly, both do not excite me.
Well, too much at stake here. Lose and Chelsea could be opening a gap before international break next week.
Dunno what's wrong with Liverpool these days, something is missing.
Maybe Mascherano's tireless legs or maybe the high expectation burdening the players.
Whatever it is, the season starts tomorrow at Villa Park. It's make or break...
The players know better....to keep the momentum going.
Another sub standard performance and the likes of Carew, Agbonlahor and Young will ever be ready to punish them.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Although attendance was poor by our standard... SJI maaa, the MANY lucky attendees not bugged by TB* syndrome and foul weather were not disheartened, the rendezvous went just fine.
Views exchanged, pics snapped and secrets secretly told.
*TB- takut bini.
p/s Mat Taiwan will arrange a BUKA PUASA meet up. Details will be out soon.
Champions League Draw
- PSV Eindhoven
- Olympique Marseille
- Atletico Madrid
Nando granted his wishes to 'belasah' his former club, Real's poor cousin Atletico Madrid.
The fixtures look tough on paper huh...but as always, the Reds will prevail.
Read more on CL draw HERE
Liverpool got out of jail once again...ermm in 4 consecutive games actually.
This time, it was Dirk Kuyt (pic) who spared the blushes, sidefooting a teasing Ryan Babel's cross in the 118th minutes, against a valiant Standard Liege for whom Mbokani was superb....the next Drogba maybe minus a silly haircut..wow, 2 minutes away from the dreaded penalties.
In stark contrast to PP by-election, Goliath was nearly slaughtered but for some divine intervention.
I was livid, on the edge of my couch potato sofa really...cursing another awful display.
Or has Liverpool perfected the art of winning ugly? It seems so lately, winning games when they are not at their best....and scoring in the last 10 minutes in every game so far. Suppose with the current form, it's only a matter of time before somebody inflicting the 1st defeat, when they finally run out of luck. Villains at Villa Park this weekend perhaps?
Except for few players, they rest were pathetic, El Nino included.
Keano? What can I say? Another insipid play...looks like a misfit...boring stuff.
El Zhar looks promising though.
Nevertheless, the Reds are through to CL proper but with a cost, Stevie G will be missed for 15 days as he undergoes a groin operation. More on the CL draw later.
MU on 13/9 looks certainly daunting now if he doesn't recover in time.
And I thought only cats have 9 lives....Liver Bird certainly has it too.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
BAN ON FOREIGN PROS IS SET TO STAY!
Ohhh big deal..local league anyway, wasn't overtly paying attention though..hehe but at least it's not a Flip Flop decision.
and then, reasons cited :-
- Foreign strikers hogged the goalscoring chart
- Most of foreign pros were bad signings etcetera,
and a few other meek reasons, can't remember it...erk, feel like turning off the radio. Sickening!
To the state FAs and the bigwigs,
Whose fault is it when the foreign pros you signed turned to be an accidental limping tourist?
A lesser version of Pini Zahavi mischievous act or the non existence of talent scouts network? or keeping up with the spirit 'biar papa asal bergaya'?
To start with, who is of a sound mind wants to ply their trade in Malaysia if they can cut it in Europe's big leagues or in Asian continent, Japan and Korea? If they are that good, zero chance they will slip the grasp of vulture like football agents scattered over the lesser continent like Africa. The young pros would be shipped and nurtured in smaller leagues like Belgian and French, cutting their teeth waiting to be discovered and paid a ransom in EPL, La Liga or Serie A. Some might make it, some don't. So, obviously those who did touch our shores were a bunch of leftovers, unwanted, discarded...any other name you may want to put across....and after that, classify them as mediocre.
They were already MEDIOCRE when you signed them. Good players command hefty salary which is out of reach for most state FAs. So they sign a cheap player and what do they get? 5 star performance? Well...kindly do the math.
and for crying out loud, even Leeds United which went into administration paid the salaries on time.........didn't they?
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Let's skip Chong Wei's defeat then, afterall Lin Dan is not HUMAN. He must have descended from Mars, hitching Soyuz back from the orbit with the good doctor/restaurateur on board. What or who else can he be?
What an anti climax? The stand-off billed as Match of the Tournament turned out to be a MISMATCH...the nation's best hopes for an elusive gold medal goes up in smoke...enough, I'm resigned to the fact that M'sia would never win an Olympic gold medal or matters closer to the heart, feature in FIFA WORLD CUP...not with the state of sports we are in now..more of this in my next postings. Only consolation is..the Govt get to save 700K as only 300K will be rewarded for his heroics instead of 1M for a gold medal.
Was flipping between Chong Wei's match and Chelsea game actually, so impressed by Scolari's boys. Really, the Special One is a distant memory..Big Phil is a class act. Scintillating is the buzzword.
No Drogba, no Essien today yet they are so fluid, its frightening to think what the team is capable of when everybody can be counted upon. The replacement "killers" were so good, nobody noticed their absence.
Roman's cheeky grin after the final whistle says it all..Jose who?
Rizal Malay Mail said Samir Nasri made a perfect debut. Read his posting http://rizalhashim.blogspot.com/2008/08/samirs-perfect-debut.html
Obviously, he had discounted Deco for a perfect debut...cracking goal, man of the match...that's perfect debut.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Olympic defending champion, Taufik Hidayat is out at the hands of old warhorse Wong Choong Hann in a not so keenly contested match ended just now.
1st set was touch and go affair while the 2nd was all Choong Hann's.
He led all the way in the 2nd set except for a brief spell when he allowed Taufik to pull level. Ahh..he was just postponing the inevitable for tried as hard as he maybe, Taufik was clearly 2nd best tonight. Choong Hann's foreplay ..ooops attacking play was too much for him.
Choong Hann now goes thru to the last 16 to join compatriot Lee Chong Wei who earlier defeated naturalised Singaporean Ronald Susilo.
Is he going for the 1M reward?
My good friend, schoolmate and football match ticket provider, Rizal Hashim of Malaysian Sports' Loose Cannon fame appeared in RTM's Blog Live yesterday. He opined that 1M was too much a reward.
66% of viewers of a live poll backed him.
Me? How much? 1M? Who cares anyway.....the nation's wealth worth gazillion is being plundered by some quarters who think their father own our Bolehland...at least Choong Hann or any gold medal winner worked their ass for it...not sell it huh...like some Fools..
1M is peanuts then...
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Stop gap measure? Maybe, but Larsson did well in his sojourn to Old Trafford some moons ago but will Barca let him go? We'll see...