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Caissa
The New Footie Thread

It was a ray of hope on a cold, dull, drizzly day.

Two second-half goals, one scored by Dwayne De Rosario and the other set up by the hard-running captain, led Toronto FC to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Seattle Sounders on a wet Sunday afternoon.

The victory improved TFC's record to 2-3 and represented not only the first win over last year's expansion visitors in three tries, but also Toronto's first goals against the day-glo green-clad side.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2010/04/25/sp-tfc.html#ixzz0mDsIDHni

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

I was sure I was going to see a Rangers Championship banner festooning this thread when I opened it up, Caissa.

Caissa

Now would that be sporting? Undecided

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

No, this would be sporting:

 

Caissa

I knew you would pick up on my pun. I almost postede "Lisbon" in my last post. Do I dare say i must be racing...Wink

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I think I saw Toronto FC go down by two goals yesterday against "Real Salt Lake." That is a werid name for a sports club.

Anyway, Manchester United won today, but LIverpool lost to Chelsea, which means the latter will probably end up winning the title next week. That's the worst thing that could happen.

More exciting is the race for the last Champions League spot--Tottenham Hotspur and Man City face each other, with the winner going through. I think City keeps it if they draw.

Oh yeah, and the Champiions League Final is Jose Mourinho's Inter against a Ribéry-less Bayern Munich. Boring, but I guess I'll be pulling for the Bavarians.

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Tottenham Hotspur from North London has qualified for the champions league for the first time in their history. Moneybags City missed out :(

Caissa

Great to see Chelsea win in style. My favourite English Football teams: Liverpool and whoever keeps Man U from winning the Premiership.

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Did Liverpool field a team this year? I must have missed it... ;)

Caissa

They were emulating Hibs. Wink

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Hmm, well they didn't do a very good job. Hibs are going to Europe. 'Pool--well, they can keep their passports in storage. Glory to the Hibees!

Caissa

Hibs will have a wee cup a tay in Europe, eh?

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Yeah, although our last foray into Europe we lost our first tie against some Norwegian team by a large margin. Although, you never know! Maybe we'll meet Liverpool in the UEFA Cup final.

And we drink Buckfast, not tea, in Europe.

al-Qa'bong

How about some football songs?

 

Mano Negra Santa Maradona

I couldn't find this one on YouTube, but I did find lyrics for Footballeur Du Dimanche by Les Negresses Vertes.

 

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

I love the early Manu Chao clip!

Here's one with significantly less groove: Ally's Tartan Army.

Quote:
We're representing Britain,
    And we're gaunny do or die,
England cannae dae it,
    'Cos they didnae qualify

Und für die Deutschen:

So Ein Tag, So Wunderschön Wie Heute

 

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Cue the World Cup commercials.

This new Nike Commercial, directed by Oscar-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), is pretty good.

Write the Future.

It's definitely on par with the famous Ronaldo-Airport schtick from '98.

After all, isn't selling sportswear what the World Cup is realy about?

Caissa

Toronto FC should have a good chance to take the three points from New England tomorrow.

Caissa

TFC secured the three points.

Canada didn't fair so well against Argentina yesterday in their Friendly.

Argentina 5 Canada 0

Caissa

Rafa Benitez is on the verge of leaving as Liverpool manager after six years with the club, British media reported Thursday.

The Spaniard was reportedly in talks with the club and his agent to discuss a compensation deal worth three million pounds ($4.6 million Cdn) for him to depart with immediate effect.

Benitez has been linked with the managerial vacancy at Inter Milan following Jose Mourinho's departure for Real Madrid.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2010/06/03/sp-liverpool-benitez.html#ixzz0pnZNT7vV

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Yeah, the situation at Liverpool doesn't look good, and it's only slightly better at Man Utd. Liverpool already lost Xavi Alonso last year, will lose Fernando Torres (the best striker in the game imo) and maybe even Steven Gerrard this year, and look to be losing Benitez as well. They're out of a Champion's League position in seventh (after finishing second last year!) and so can't attract big name talent, and wil lose the attendant lucrative television contracts. They have American owners who care little about football and look in no hurry to fix things.

Man U, on the other hand, are starting to crumble under the multi-hundred-million pound debt with which the American Glazer family purchased the club a few years ago. With the economic crisis, that debt is looking more and more untenable. They only broke even last year because they sold Cristiano Ronaldo for £90 million, so this year their business model is exposed as seriously flawed. They can't afford to buy the players they need to compete with Chelsea and Man City, let alone in the Champion's League. Sir Alex Ferguson, who needs only one more title to surpass Liverpool's record, looks like he will finish his career at Man U an also-ran.

Caissa

One week until World Cup kickoffs bringing a month of pure football delight.

Caissa

Thousands of soccer fans stampeded outside a South Africa stadium Sunday before an exhibition game between Nigeria and North Korea, leaving 15 people injured, including one police officer who was seriously hurt.

Several fans fell under the rush of people, many wearing Nigeria jerseys. The Makhulong Stadium in the Johannesburg suburb seats about 12,000 fans.

The mayhem happened only five days before the start of the World Cup, the first to be held in Africa.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/fifaworldcup/news/story/2010/06/06/sp-so...

Caissa

Former South African President Nelson Mandela will attend the opening ceremony of the World Cup, the country's sports minister has said.

Makhenkesi Stofile said the anti-apartheid icon had requested tickets for the opening and closing events.

But Nelson Mandela's family has denied he will attend the tournament which starts next week.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/10225773.stm

NorthReport

What terrible goaltending by England.

NorthReport

Terrible breakaway shot by English striker

NorthReport

This is considerd a loss English. Jeesh!

bekayne

NorthReport wrote:

What terrible goaltending by England.

That was Salo-esque

NorthReport

Germany  put on a dazzling display today - they could win although I'm rooting for Brazil.

Australia was pathetic - perhaps they are more suited to playing a team like Canada. Laughing

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I agree.

 

Vaunted vuvuzelas ruining World Cup experience

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/vaunted-vuvuzelas-ruining-w...

 

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South Africa: Riot police attack World Cup stewards pay protests
By Robert Stevens
16 June 2010

South African riot police responded to protests by thousands of stewards at the soccer World Cup, with tear gas attacks and rubber bullets.

The first police operation began on Sunday evening when around 500 stewards entered the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, three hours after the game between Germany and Australia. The stewards were demanding the payment of the 1,500 rand (US$197) a day they were promised. They were only paid about one eighth of that—190 rand (US$25).

At around 3 a.m., following initial negotiations over pay, about 80 of the stewards refused to leave the stadium. Riot police then set off two percussive grenades in an attempt to force the workers to leave the parking lot under the stadium. Once the workers had been forcibly removed, they were again attacked with teargas and rubber bullets in the areas immediately outside the stadium. Several people were injured, with one woman badly hurt after being shot. The operation continued later as up to 100 police surrounded a group of 300 protesters near the stadium, separating the men from the women.....

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/safr-j16.shtml

Caissa

An official with a Quebec girls soccer team has apologized to members of a Mohawk team from Kahnawake following allegations that players on his squad made racist comments during a match last weekend.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/06/18/mohawks-racism.html#ixzz0rDqP26H8

Caissa

Canadian children could reap more physical benefits from participating in soccer than by lacing up skates and playing hockey, according to a University of New Brunswick researcher

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/06/18/nb-soccer-health-fitness-hockey-940.html#ixzz0rDrB19BY

Caissa

Thierry Henry is retiring from the French national team.

The 32-year-old forward announced his decision during an interview Thursday at the offices of The Associated Press before a news conference to discuss his signing with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2010/07/15/sp-henry-france.html#ixzz0tlhUdxZj

Caissa

When Manchester United and Celtic leave the Rogers Centre after their exhibition soccer game Friday night, the playing surface won't be far behind them.
The domed stadium opened its doors to 18 tractor-trailer loads of sod Thursday to lay down a temporary grass field that will be returned from whence it came afterwards.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/15/sp-grass-at-rogers-centre.html#ixzz0tr7DBSWt
I hate both of these teams which should make it an easy game to watch.

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Hate, Caissa? So bitter. That's the Gerry in you coming out. You should learn grudging admiration and mutual respect I learned from the sportiest, classiest club around: Hibernian FC.

Caissa

Grudging admiration is for losers ie. Hibs. Wink

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Ooh! Zing!

I have to admit that during my time in the East Stands at Easter Road, if there were one word I would use to describe the mood among Hibs fans, it would be "grudging."

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Cueball can't start a thread on porn but yall are still yacking about football? what?

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Who stopped Cueball from starting a thread on porn? I know I didn't.

ebodyknows, I actually found your interventions in the football threads to be funny and provocative (in a good way). But now you are bordering on hectoring. There is an easy solution to your aversion to sports threads: don't read them. It's what I do whenever possible.

ebodyknows ebodyknows's picture

Catchfire wrote:

 But now you are bordering on hectoring.

Sorry, I'm uninspired,deflated and disenchanted.

You really don't like cheering and booing from the audience? Come on I'm subscribed to the thread now...it takes a lot of clicking to unsubscribe. Make you're discussion inclusive for your audience.  You were getting hotter in post 56 of the windmill thread.  Give me senuality, give me the poetry of bodies moving through space, let the polyester take a back seat to the flexing of well toned football legs, let me feel the joy of being alive.

Caissa

As we reach the mid-season point in Major League Soccer, it is time to take an objective look back over the first 15 games and assess how Toronto FC has done in all departments thus far

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/jasondevos/2010/07/toronto-fc-mid-season-...

Caissa

What was the point?

Even the most die-hard Toronto FC fan had to be asking that question after watching the Reds battle to a dire and uneventful shootout loss against English Premiership side Bolton Wanderers in an international friendly Wednesday night.

The teams battled to a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes of regulation, before Gary Cahill scored the decisive penalty in the shootout and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen saved Oscar Cordan's effort to lift Bolton to victory.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2010/07/21/sp-tfc-bolton.html#ixzz0uPgjAcku

Caissa

Manchester United turned the Major League Soccer All-Star game into its own showcase of talent.

Federico Macheda had two early goals, Mexican star Javier Hernandez scored in his debut for the Red Devils, and Manchester United routed the MLS All-Stars 5-2 on Wednesday night in the final exhibition game of its North American tour.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2010/07/28/sp-mls-allstar.html#ixzz0v4frIToN

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Kids. All kids! I fear Man U's dynasty is about to end. Can Fergie make giants of his fledgings again?

In the meantime:

Hibernian face a daunting task to keep their Europa League hopes alive after a thumping defeat by [Slovenian squad] Maribor.

Sheesh. I think I might show up the next time a Scottish league holds open try-outs. Surely I could make the Rangers reserve bench at least?

Caissa

Actually you could probably start for Hibs, Catchfire. I really don't see a future for you with the Old Firm.

Caissa

Football phenomenon David Beckham will no longer play for England's national team, his coach has announced, suggesting the 35-year-old superstar is too old to play.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2010/08/12/uk-beckham-soccer.html#ixzz0wOiggtUx

iceman

What's the difference  between a tea bag and England's Soccer team?

The bag stays in the cup longer!Laughing

al-Qa'bong
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Lauren Blanc is a great coach, a real rising star. He did a phenomenal job with Bordeaux. He's an ex-Man Utd defender, and was pipped to take over Sir Alex Ferguson's job upon imminent retirement. Unlike England's generation of flops, with France's World Cup debacle, Blanc opted for a complete overhaul, going with young players and excitment with an eye for future tournaments. England went with the same crop of flops with their first friendly since the World Cup and celebrated like it was 1945 when they beat Hungary 2-1, a team 65 or so in the world rankings. (Whisper it: we all know England aren't that bad. There's no reason why they couldn't win Euro 2012...)

Les bleus sont entre de bonnes mains.

al-Qa'bong

It used to be fun to see Blanc kiss Fabien "the eccentric French keeper" Barthez on his bald noggin before each game during Euro 2000.

Caissa

Vuvuzelas banned on cultural grounds.

UEFA has banned fans from bringing vuvuzelas into stadiums for European Championship and Champions League matches.

UEFA says the plastic trumpets "are not appropriate in Europe" because they drown out fans' traditional songs and emotional responses to action on the field.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2010/09/01/sp-vuvuzelas-banned.html#ixzz0yIjyPZM0

Caissa

The Serie A season is facing the threat of early disruption after the Italian league's players called a strike for the weekend of Sept. 25-26 in a contract dispute.

The dispute centres around a proposal by club presidents to limit players from refusing transfers, as defender Fabio Grosso recently did with Juventus following an offer from AC Milan.

The strike coincides with the season's first high-profile match, with AS Roma scheduled to host Inter Milan on Sept. 25 in a meeting of the top two clubs from last season.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2010/09/10/sp-serie-a-strike.html#ixzz0z8WZxMEH

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