Saturday, February 13, 2010
Traditionally a left back, Bayern's manager, Louis van Gaal, has often played him at right back this season, much to Mr. Lahm's dismay. Bayern struggled early in this year's Bundesliga campaign and Lahm was not shy about voicing his opinion. Munchen have since regained their form and sit level on points with Bayern Leverkusen atop the the Bundesliga table.
I liken Lahm to a point guard in basketball at times. He starts the link up play and is often a tempo setter for his team...bombing up the left flank and providing service in to the box or cutting in to central midfield for some one touch football. He's not afraid to unveil a powerful shot, from either foot, as well and his speed was an immeasurable component to Germany's success at Euro 2008.
Let's take a look...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The attacking midfielder will be a key component for Slovakia this summer in South Africa, as they compete against fellow Group F participants, Italy, Paraguay, and New Zealand. Hamsik will be need to be on top of his game to advance out of the group. Here's a sample of his game...
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
After a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2008, Giovani's injuries and a poor run of form by the club led him to a late season loan to Ipswich, and an eventual loan deal to Galatasaray last month. The more first team football he can get, the better Mexico's chances of advancing to the knockout stages of the World cup will be.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Italy, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Slovenia??? Sure the Serbian squad boasts a number of recognizable names likes Vidic, Stankovic, Zigic, Ivanovic and the Italians are always full of headline grabbers, but what else does this group have to offer. Yes I realize Slovenia will be a part of this summer's World Cup in South Africa, but an underachieving Czech Republic side certainly helped their cause for qualification.
Group D: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Luxembourg, Romania. Could France have an easier run of games? Now they will probably endure some speed bumps as they usually do during qualifying, but this is a ridiculously weak group.
What I'm really looking forward to over the next few years is the transition a lot of national teams will be going through. The Italian team is already as old as Rome itself and Coach Marcello Lippi doesn't appear to have any interest in bringing along youthful Italians like Sebastian Giovinco, David Santon, and Mario Balotelli. Now maybe Lippi will leave following the World Cup. Regardless, aged ones like Fabio Cannavaro, Mauro Camoranesi, and Andrea Pirlo need to be put out to pasture.
England will also be looking at a changing of the guard. John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, and Gareth Barry are or will be over the age of 30 by Euro 2012. Luckily they have some promising young players already in the fold. James Milner, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Theo Walcott are the youthful future of the Three Lions. Can they take the next step and become superstars? It'll be fun to find out.
Here's a look at the full group draw:
Group A: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Germany, Kazakhstan, Turkey
Group B: Andorra, Armenia, Ireland, Macedonia, Russia, Slovakia
Group C: Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Italy, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Slovenia
Group D: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Luxembourg, Romania
Group E: Finland, Hungary, Moldova, Netherlands, San Marino, Sweden
Group F: Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Malta
Group G: Bulgaria, England, Montenegro, Switzerland, Wales
Group H: Cyprus, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Portugal
Group I: Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Scotland, Spain
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Today I want to start with one of my favorite footballers and possibly the most underrated player in the world. Barcelona's Andres Iniesta...the man looking to bring the World Cup trophy to Spain. His footwork at the :45 mark is SICK!!!