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Liverpool’s preseason friendlies

Posted in Analysis with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by burningball

Liverpool is a team that I try to follow closely because of many things – I want to see how will they play under the amangement of Dalglish after he had a summer full of transfers and whether they will or not compete with the giants in the PRemier League.Not that Pool is a small team, but United, Chelsea and City made many high quality transfers and I wonder how will the merseyside team going to do…

Caroll managed to score only 2 goals in the preseason friendlies

The first game that Liverpool played was against Guangdong in China as Gerrard and Suarez weren’t in the group.The Reds dominated throughout the game as they leaded 4-1 until the last minute when the chinese team scored two goals in the extra time.The game ended 4-3 as the new signing Charlie Adam made his debut but couldn’t do something special.That was until the next game against Malaysia XI when Adam scored from a penalty kick in a game with mixed performances from Pool.There were many mistakes in defence and  that resulted in many scoring chances for the malaysians.Ngog and Maxi Rodriguez scored braces to bring the Reds to the win while each Kuyt and Adam added one goal.

The ex-Liverpool player Baros celebrates after scoring vs the Reds

The next part of the preseason for Liverpool went horribly as on their visit to Turk Telekom Arena the merseyside team were humiliated with 3-0 as Milan baros scored 2 to beat his old team with Elmander almost raping the goalkeeper with a long range effort to make it 3-0.It’s true that Dalglish let the stars on the bench but players like Doni, Kelly, Caroll and Joe Cole also took part in the game and I don’t understand this result.Bad game, that they have to analyse and keep in mind.And I forgot to mention that before playing with Galatasaray they losed from hull City too with the same result: 3-0.They surely have to clear things out and even though they used mainly back up players these result aren’t pretty.

Valerenga players after scoring in Reina's net

Hours ago the Merseyside team played their last friendly/actually the last one is against Valencia on August 6th/ versus the 11th in Norwegian league Valerenga.This time king Kenny decided to use the optimal squad for the game as it included Reina, Agger, Carragher, Glen Johnson, Kuyt and Carroll and the new signings Adam, Downing and Henderson.It was surprising that the scandinavian players lead until the 84 minute when Daniel Agger scored 2 goals in 5 minutes to put The Reds in front.And again Liverpool conceded a late goal by Fellah and that’s how it ended: 3-3.Of course it’s not so much important game but I don’t think that Liverpool’s mentality ahs changed at all.The new signings are awesome but dalglish’s men concede more than they have to and altough they can stop any team in England my opinion is that they have to work a lot unless they want to lose from Fulham, Bolton and etc./If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, Pool can beat Chelsea and United with ease but may have struggle with the mid-table teams/


The reborn Paris Saint-Germain

Posted in Analysis with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by burningball

In May 2011 Qatar Investment Authority bought almost 2/3 of PSG’s shares, becoming the main shareholder of the team.This group currently controls the air and gas supplies of Qatar and the chairman is sheikh Hamad bin Jassim…It sounds similar to something, doesn’t it?Yeah, it reminds me of sheikh Mansour who is the owner of Man City.Now PSG tries to follow City’s steps as it tries to land superstar players in the club.

Do you think the PSG fans are unhappy because of the last events? I don't think so.

But there are differences between PSG and City and one of them is that the french club actually had history (lol) They have won their National Cup 8 times, last one in 2010 and the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup in 1996.It may not be so much along with the 2 league titles, but it’s better than nothing.

When we look at the team before the big changes this summer, the Paris team actually had very decent squad.They have Alphonse Areola who is a young and talented goal keeper and they also got one of the most promising french defenders Mamadou Sakho/the captain of the team btw/, already wanted by teams like Arsenal and Milan.In attack the turkish Mevlut Erdinc and french Guillame Horau are a superb duo for the Ligue 1 standards.And the most important thing – they have a good academy which produces future world class players.

Javier Pastore is set to be the player to lead PSG to glory

And now after the purchasal of the club PSG is very active on the transfer market as it acquired the signatures of Jeremy Menez, Mohamed Sissoko and Kevin Gameiro.When we look at them Menez comes from Roma where he had hard tie settling to italian fotball but his stay there wasn’t so bad and showed his potential in some games and I personally like his playing style.Sissoko had the bad chance to be in one of the worst Juventus squads ever.Even though he started well in Ranieri’s 4-4-2 injuries ruined his form and as the team started to fall apart Sissoko couldn’t do anything.He is a Gattuso style midfielder, hard working and tough tackling 😀  Gameiro is a player that I don’t know very well and haven’t got the chance to watch him in his past team Lorient but when i look at the statistics he has scored around 50 goals for 3 years which is remarkable.Well he doesn’t have the scoring ratio of Benzema in Lyon but it’s pretty good too.And I’m sure that if he is given chance he will prove himself worthy to PSG.

But all of these players are bought for cheap and actually a big name in midfield missed..Until the french club decided to make an 43 million euro offer to Palermo for the right of Javier Pastore.Maurizio Zamparini is a chairman who loves to squeeze as much as money he can from potential buyers of his players and it’s the same with Pastore too.Chelsea had interest in the argentinian too but after the money spent on Torres, Abramovich may have decided to not make mad transfers anymore.But the new owners of PSG actually made a wonderful decision even though they will pay tons of money to Palermo because Pastore is just the type of player they need…Young and talanted, creative, someone who can lead the club to domination in France and something big in the continental cups.

When will the Bianconeri revive?

Posted in Analysis with tags , , , , on July 26, 2011 by burningball

Alex doesn't deserve it

Season after season Juventus tries to get back into European football, but it looks like the team is more and more going down.These days it is hard to be their fan I’m sure.It’s hard to adapt to the reality nowadays as the supporters remember the club’s epic history.10 years ago Juventus was one of the biggest clubs in Europe along with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munchen.But this was a long time ago.Now the things are completely different.Everything started with Calcipoli.It started with a ticket to Serie B and 2 titles that were taken back one of which was given to rivals Inter.

But that was 5 years ago, wasn’t it?Why the bianconeri aren’t competing in the Champions League?Why the team didn’t even had a victory in Europa League this season winning 6 points from 6 draws?Every supporter asks himself this and wonders what is the future planning for the club.The 27 times Serie A champions didn’t even go through to the next phase in Europa League and won’t take part in any of the European competitions in the next season after finishing 9th in Serie A.And this is tragic when we flashback to the years when everyone feared to face the bianconeri – when Juventus under the management of Marcello Lippi went through to 4 european finals(in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2003 winning the 1996 one and losing the other three finals).

Conte is the new hope for the Lady

It is sure the Italian club is finding trouble in choosing the right manager for the team – Ranieri, Ferrara, Zaccheroni and most recently Delneri failed to get Juventus back to the’s interesting what will Antonio Conte gonna do next season.Many of the Juventus fans are wondering whether the story of Ciro Ferrara wil be repeated.But there is a difference between them – Ferrara didn’t have any coaching experience but Conte managed a few low profile teams – Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena.And he knows what Juve means and is full with enthusiasm but we will see what he’s going to do.

Pirlo will definitely add a class to the team

The transfers must be taken seriously in the future also.Andrea Pirlo is a fantastic addition to the squad but this isn’t enough.It’s interesting that the Old Lady has spent €220 million after Calciopolli for new players.But the trophies which they won are still zero.For the same period but before the scandal in 2006 Juve had spent €330 million(178 of which in 2001/2002 season) and the result was 4 Calcio titles(2 of which were taken back after Calciopoli), 2 Italian Super Cups, 1 lost final in Champions League and 2 lost finals in Coppa Italia.This numbers show that in the 2006-2011 period Juventus’ actions in the transfer market were actually extremely unsuccessful.

 Also the player from the era before Calcipoli have a somewhat legendary status for the bianconeri – Gianluigi Buffon, Pavel Nedved, Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro, Alex del Piero.The difference with their successors is astonishing.

Juve's new home

But it looks like there is some kind of light in the end of the tunnel – the new bianconeri stadium which still hasn’t got official name.It will have a seating capacity of 41 000 people so that more fans can support the black-white players in their future matches.

In general, it is sure that when Juventus gets back to the top the whole Italian football will prospect because a strong Juventus team is equal to a strong Azzuri squad and there are facts that prove that.The World Cups in Spain(1982) and in Germany(2006) show that very clearly.