Mr. Best was however also known for his extravagant life off the football pitch. He had before suffered from his health due to his large alcohol consumption. However, every football fanatic will remember Mr. Best for the magic on the pitch.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Brøndby in the UEFA Cup
Brøndby started this season's tournament well, by defeating Maccabi Petach-Tikva (from Israel) 2-0 in the first match. On the other hand, Lokomotiv Moscow has started poorly, only collecting one point in their first two matches. Although it is always difficult to play against Russian teams away, Brøndby's chance lies in the apparent bad period the Muscovites are going through: disappointment in Europe and in the domestic league, which currently is on winter-break. A good result in Moscow will really give Michael Laudrup's boys a head-start in the tournament, and make them very ready to face Espanyol and Palermo, who are the two other teams in the group (and who are facing one another tomorrow night).
Manchester United on the way out?
Tonight ManU's problems have become even more critical. Their performance on the Champions League has been meagre, and after today's match against Villarreal, they will be forced to get points in a very difficult match against Benfica in Lisbon, if they want to stay in the tournament.
Manchester has 6 points on 3rd spot of the Champions League group D, the same as Lille. Manchester must win against Benfica to be certain to qualify to the next round. A tie will not be enough in case Villarreal does not win against Lille. So all the pressure is on Manchester.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Real Madrid handled by Giants
Real Madrid against Barcelona is always a game that carries history with it beyond the football pitch. On top of that, both teams have always been at the top of Europe, and attract the best players in the World.
It is not often I have good things to say about Real Madrid fans. But their display of fairness last night shows that they are fans who foremost are appreciative of great football. As all who love great football, they had to surrender to Barcelona's display last night.
Real Madrid were truly given a football lesson to remember.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
This time around, they will not be missed. In their last play-off match against the Swiss in Istambul, they won an otherwise exciting match 4-2. However, after losing 2-0 in the first match, they were out. This led to an massive violent outburst from the whole crowd of assembled Turks, from fans, police, to the Turkish players themselves. Swiss players were attacked and abused, and could not leave the stadium. Many have received serious injuries. I have seen some of the pictures, and I must admit that this is a deplorable show from the Turks. They are not worth having in the World Cup, let alone let participate in tournaments in the near future. This was a complete disregard of sportmanship, of honour and of normal human decency.
This is certainly a country that will not be missed in Germany next summer.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Congratulations to Australia, but...
Because of this, I believe there are some teams who simply belong in the World Cup: Brazil, Germany, England, Italy, Argentina, France, Spain... One of the teams belonging to this exclusive group missed their qualification for the 2006 World Cup today: Uruguay lost on penalty kicks in Sydney to Australia, who will be playing their first World Cup since 1974 (in Germany as well).
The Uruguayans have not always been the most entertaining team in the world. Nevertheless, this little country of 3 million is a giant when it comes to football: World Champions in 1930 and 1950, 10 times participants, and mass producer of great players. The last thing is even valid today, and players such as Alvaro Recoba, Marcelo Zalayeta, Diego Forlán, Darío Rodriguez, Marcelo Sosa and Pablo García will all be missed next summer.
In any case, a Football Giant will be missed.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
The Black Stars on the way!
I have before said Ghana will be hard to defeat next year. And this shows that preparations are well underway. Next year might indeed be Ghana's year!
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Argentina against England
This evening in Geneva, Argentina and England will be playing a friendly match.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Chelsea lost to Manchester United
In a well-fought match, Manchester United won 1-0 at Old Trafford, on a goal by the young Darren Fletcher. Manchester United has not been having a very good season so far, but this victory against the defending English champions comes at the right time, and may lead them on the right direction for the rest of the season. However, this is not all: Manchester has many internal problems, and no one victory will be enough to overcome these.
But congratulations to all United fans!
Back on planet Earth...
Friday, November 04, 2005
Champions League 2005-06: Matchday 4
Due to travelling, I missed the Champions League action this week. In spite of it, I have a summary of the results:
- Schalke 04-Fenerbahce 2-0
Goals: Kuranyi, Sand
An important victory for Schalke, who is now on second spot. But this group E is very close, and with two games left, all teams have a shot at the next round.
- PSV Eindhoven-AC Milan 1-0
A good victory for the Dutch. They are now on first spot in group E with 7 points, but only two ponts ahead of Milan and Schalke.
- Olympiakos-Olympique Lyon 1-4
Goals: Babangida; Juninho, Diarra, Carew (2)
Lyon continues cruising through the champions league. With Arsenal, they are the only team with maximum points. Juninho is unstopable!
- Rosenborg-Real Madrid 0-2
Goals: Dorwin (OG), Guti
Real Madrid has gotten its act together. With this victory, they are sure of at least a second spot in group F after Lyon.
- Liverpool-Anderlecht 3-0
Goals: Morientes, Garcia, Cisse
Liverpool is on first spot with 10 points. Chelsea is right behind with 7.
Betis managed to do what nobody has for a long time – to defeat Chelsea. Betis is now with 6 points on third spot, one point after Chelsea. But the Sevillians will have to fight well to get the second spot in group G.
- Artmedia Bratislava-Glasgow Rangers 2-2
Goals: Borbely, Kozak; Prso, Thompson
Artmedia and Rangers are now both on second spot with 5 points and a 5-5 score. They will have to fight for the second spot with FC Porto, two points behind both teams.
Porto defeated Inter in Porto, but other defeats, with this one, seems to leave them trailing in group H. They will have a hard time staying in the tournament.
- Juventus-Bayern Munich 2-1
Goals: Trezeguet (2), Deisler
Juventus won with same score as Bayern had in Munich. Both teams are on top of group A with 9 points.
- Club Brugge-Rapid Vienna 3-2
Goals: Portillo, Balaban, Verheyen; Kincl, Hofmann
Two victories againt Vienna will not be enough to keep Brugge in the tournament, trailing Juventus and Bayern Munich by three points.
- Thun-Ajax Amsterdam 2-4
Goals: Lustrinello, Pimenta; Sneijder, Anastasiou, de Jong, Boukhari
Thun was close to get a 2-2, but two late goals by Ajax gave them the 2-4 victory. Ajax is firmly on second spot of group B.
- Arsenal-Sparta Prague 3-0
Goals: Henry, Van Persie (2)
Arsenal continues showing strength in the Champions League. They will surely win their group B, but it will be interesting to see them against stronger teams in the next round.
- Barcelona-Panathinaikos 5-0
Goals: Van Bommel, Eto’o (3), Messi
In the Spanish league, Barcelona also won 5-0 last weekend. Seems the dangerous Barcelona attack has found its rhythm, and they can get very far in the tournament.
- Werder Bremen-Udinese 4-3
Goals: Klose, Micoud (2), Baumann; Di Natale (2), Schulz (OG)
An important victory for the Germans. Werder Bremen, Udinese and Panathinaikos all have four points behind Barcelona, so the fight for second spot will be deadly.
- Benfica-Villarreal 0-1
This group D is very close. With this victory, Villarreal jumped to first spot with 6 points, and the meager score of 2-1. Benfica is the most scoring team in the group with 3 goals, but is last, albeit with 4 points.
- Lille-Manchester United 1-0
Manchester continues playing poorly indeed, and is fighting hard to stay in the tournament. They are now on third spot with 5 points, same as Lille, which is on second.
I will surely not miss the next round!