Yearly Archives: 2011

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra race row

So much for Liverpool’s chances of doing anything this season. Star forward Luis Suarez has been Liverpool’s main man in attack and in fine form this season.  Acquiring Luis Suarez was the best thing that happened to them in a long time. All of that changed though on October 15th 2011 when Suarez decided to racially abuse Manchester United defender Patrice Evra several times throughout and after their game.

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What have we learned from ‘El Clasico’?

A good friend of mine recently posted his thoughts on Facebook with respect to the December 10, 2011 match between Real Madrid and Barcelona (aka El Clasico).  Boy are they bang on…

Random El Clasico thoughts:
1. Messi always delivers against madrid
2. How ever good messi plays against madrid, is usually how bad ronaldo plays against barca
3. I miss when kaka used to be a relevant footballer
4. Sergio ramos is a maniac
5. If madrid has no answer for iniesta, no one does, just amazing

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Socrates dies at 57

Brazil legend Socrates has died after suffering an intestinal infection that developed into septic shock. He was 57.

He was taken into intensive care on Thursday after eating infected stroganoff. His wife and a friend also fell ill, but Socrates had been in a state of poor health and was unable to recover.

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Racism a ‘closed’ matter

In the wake of allegations that some of the top soccer players in Europe are guilty of racist remarks towards fellow players, you would think that this would have the obsessive concern of the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.   However, Blatter insists that racism is not relevant in soccer, and that players should resolve the situation with a handshake.  Wait, what?

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Owen Hargreaves celebrates return with goal

As much as I am not a Manchester City fan, I couldn’t be happier for Canadian born Owen Hargreaves having made his comeback after three long years of career threatening injuries. Hargreaves’s comeback proved nothing short of a success. He played a key part in City’s win over Birmingham in the Carling Cup. Not only that but he started, played 55 minutes and scored an incredible goal.

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Keep your cool

Many instances in life really test our patience and our nerves.  Often when we’re in the midst of a battle – a soccer game – we get caught up in a war of words or a sequence of tackles that cause us to lose our heads.  Typically, this is where the situation gets the better of us and we do things we otherwise would never consider doing in a stable state of mind.

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Importance of a Team Captain

A good team captain is just as important has having a good coach.  A captains responsibilities stretch far beyond the role of a field general; he/she assume the role of motivator, authority, friend, enemy, guard, idol and warrior.  A captain is responsible – more than anyone else on the field – for the teams successes and failures.  It is for this reason that one of the most important decisions a coach will make is who will assume the captains armband.

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Rehabbing From a Broken Leg

No matter the level of competition, most of us have experienced a soccer injury. Broken legs are one serious form of soccer injury which occurs at all levels of play.  Some famous professionals who have broken their legs in a game include Swedish footballer Henrik Larsen when playing for Rangers, Eduardo da Silva when playing of Arsenal, Alan Smith and Antonio Valencia who each broke a leg while playing for Manchester United. Obviously, this type of injury can happen to any one of us.

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Christine Sinclair: The face of Canadian Women’s Soccer

Canada’s women national team is lucky to have Christine Sinclair as a player. Not only is she player and captain but she’s been part of the national program for a decade now. All of that and she’s only 28 years old. Some of Sinclair’s career highlights include being selected as the winner of the Canadian Player of the Year award in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has played a total of 19 games for Canada’s U19 and U20 team having scored 27 goals in those games. 

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