Monthly Archives: February 2011

Arsenal’s loss in the Carling Cup = loss of confidence down the stretch

It’s only the Carling Cup but it’ll be interesting to see how Arsenal bounce back from this loss. Perhaps they are and were always more focused on the Premiership and Champions League but the smaller games against weaker opponents is where you build confidence and gain momentum to carry you down the stretch. In all fairness, Arsenal were playing without Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott. In addition, Arsene Wenger used the Carling Cup as a testing ground for players who looked as though they couldn’t grow a mustache.

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Missing from soccer: heart

Is it just me or is it harder and harder to get truly interested in modern day professional sports? Maybe it has something to do with the phoniness of owners and managers who don’t really care to create a winning franchise for all the right reasons.  Maybe it’s the hypocrisy of the professional leagues themselves that force players to do whatever it takes to win, but they are the first to point the finger when a player is being accused of using enhancement tools, i.e. steroids.  Maybe it’s the deceptiveness of players who preach about fans being everything to them, but will betray those exact same fans for another zero on the end of their contract.  Or maybe, it’s all three…

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Two-footed tackles: a disgrace to soccer

Two footed tackles are not only unacceptable, but they put a blemish on an otherwise beautiful game. In an ideal world, two footed tackles would result in a straight red card, followed by severe fines and suspensions. We cannot always rely on referee’s to make the correct calls as things can happen very quickly, and often too quickly to make a rational decision in a matter of seconds. The soccer organizations of the world, i.e UEFA and FIFA, need to be sending clear messages: two footed tackles will not be tolerated.

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End of a Phenomenon

Brazilian star Ronaldo has confirmed in a press conference that he has scored his last goal in a prolific and storied career in football that saw him become the top scorer in the history of the World Cup.

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Secret sauce to faster recovery

If you’re looking to achieve maximum recovery between training sessions then there are specific steps you must follow. For starters, you have to treat your body the same way a race car driver treats his race car – with a lot of care. Race cars don’t take regular fuel and therefore you as a player can’t ingest the normal foods and liquids that the everyday person does. It’s also important to stay clear from certain foods. So why do this? If your goal is to get the best results from your training sessions you must take care of your body in the down time away from the pitch in order to get maximum recovery between training sessions.

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1 on 1 with Northern Ireland striker Paul Munster

Recently, Goalden had the good fortune of interviewing Northern Ireland football striker, Paul Munster.  Munster, dubbed early in his career as The Real Deal, is an excellent example of a player overcoming an injury setback in order to chase one’s dream of becoming a professional footballer. Originally from Northern Ireland, the athletic 5’11.5’’ forward came to Canada in his early twenties before returning to Europe and becoming a professional footballer.

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