Friday, October 29, 2010

Wonderkid: Chicarito and Walcott's week

Last week, this 2 players steals the headlines. Brace from both players helps their team to progress and maintain wins record. Chicarito was most obvoius headlines with his 2 unique goal helps Man Utd to chase close with league leaders Chelsea after wins over Stoke. In midweek, again his name on the score sheet when he struck last-mins gap against Wolves to help his team progress next round in Carling Cup.

Chicarito make his name for himself at WC2010 with his matured performance for Mexico. He managed to score in a WC, something than Lionel Messi need an inspiration after he failed to find a net. With his great pace and little tricky, he managed to impress and made an headlines with his unique back headed goal against Stoke and his pace trapped Wolves defence to score winning goal in midweek.

When he off injured during Swiss - England game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hold his head after sees Walcott joins Fabregas and van Persie in injury list. Walcott twisted his ankle in his effort to score against Swiss last August. After few weeks off, Walcott back with his scoring instint. Last wed, he find the net twice to help the Gunners trashed Newcastle 4-0. Walcott who famous with his trademark run toward goal, didnot dissapoint Wenger and warns other players that he is ready to fight for a starting 11.

Either Walcott or Chicarito managed to maintain their consistency is still a good debate. Young players like them need a great support from their teammates and of course from their manager as well. More 1st team football is required to them in order to improve and matured in the game.

P/S: Impress with young kid likeWilshere and Pastore (Palermo) performance so far.

Monday, October 18, 2010

EPL Debate: Is Wayne Rooney will be next victim of Alex Ferguson?

What is going on?! After Jaap Stam, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, now it is turn for Man Utd prolific player to leave Man Utd after clash with Ferguson?

The rumours in England that Rooney will leave Man Utd this January is rising high. The local newspaper mostly headlined the story that England top striker will leave Man U after arguement with Ferguson regarding his injury. Latest match last Saturday, Rooney start the game versus WBA at the bench where sees Man Utd drew 2-2 after taken a 2-0 lead at half time.

Ferguson who famous with his strict managerial attitude and dislike his players to question or argueing with his decision, is furious with Rooney after the England striker claimed that he was injured and not able to fixture for 2 weeks that saw Rooney missed Valencia and Sunderland game recently. However, last Wed, Rooney played 90 mins for England in disappointing 0-0 draw with minnow Montenegro in EURO 2012 qualifying match.

Yesterday, from the Man Utd internal source smashed back the rumours and claimed that the story is not true. They also claim Rooney will stay with Man U until he contract expired in 2012.

If the rumours that Rooney will leave Man U is genuine, that will be a good news for the billionaire club such as derby rival Man City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, AC Milan or Barcelona to race for his signature. Is the fanatic Man U fans can afford to lose Rooney this time as they still find the best replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo? Juz wait and see...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Delhi 2010: We are on the mark.

Congratulation to Malaysian athletes for their CG performance in Delhi 2010.

Not fair if I didnt wish congratulation to our Malaysian athletes for their best ever performance in Delhi 2010 which was officially close yesterday (14/10/2010). With 12 golds which was more 2 more from what MOM targeted before the tournament begins.

Despite the chaos on the preparation from the host nation before the games, the Malaysian seems like doesnt care the situation and focus on the games. Badminton and weightlifting raise the Malaysian flag with superb performance. No 1 seed, Datuk Lee Chong Wei was not disappoint us by helping the Malaysia to win the team event gold medal and also men single match. However, Koo Ken Kiat are most impressive athletes in my opinion by winning 3 gold medals with team event, mixed double and also men doubles. Nicol David also did her job by clinched women single in squash. Weightlifting squad also very very impressive performance with 2 golds, highly rated Pandalela with her great driving, Josiah Ng with his speedy cycling, Bibiana Ng, Nor Suryani and Nur Ayuni with great shots also deserve a praise.

Overall, I'm still proud that with well preparation and focus, we are able to stand high with international class performances at international level despite some sport that expected to win and add the collection of gold such as lawn bowl and archery fail to impress. Last but not least, congrats to our Sport Ministry, Dato' Ahmad Sabery Chik, as well for his unrelenting support.

Good luck for the Malaysian athletes in Guangzhou Asian Games later. Malaysia Boleh!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why Kaka' is not in Mourinho's plan for Real Madrid?

Kaka' transfer speculation is hot recently. According to RMTV, head coach Jose Mourinho says that Kaka' can leave Real Madrid for another club as Kaka' is not at his plan. Why Mourinho says that?

I still remember when Mourinho coached Chelsea. He really want Kaka' partnership with his favourite player that time, Frank Lampard. During that time, he says Kaka' is one of the best attacking player in the world and he deserve to be a part of best team in BPL.

But now the time has change drastically. Mourinho dont need to buy Kaka'. He already have. But why, why and why Kaka' is like not useful at all? In my opinion, Kaka' position as attacking midfielder is already occupied by 3 rising players. The present of Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and highly rated Angel Di Maria. Plan to drop Kaka' for me is unprofessional behaviour. This is the reason why you have so many 5 star in the team.

Rumours Kaka' will leave Real Madrid is not a new issue and I wish I could see Kaka' rejoin Ancelotti at Chelsea or go back to Serie A in order to get 1st team football. Kaka' has a great talent and very skillful player. Joining Real Madrid is a waste to you and I believe one day Mourinho will get his 1st regret by releasing Kaka' for another club.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Asian Cup: Malaysia in group A with China, Japan and Kyrgyzstan

Tough group. That's all I have to say. Rajagopal is surely not happy with this situation. With high expectation from Malaysian fans especially after won a gold medal in SEA games last year. After been voted in group A together with China, Japan and Kyrgyzstan, Rajagopal men need to work extra harder to avoid another humiliation exit.

In my opinion, there is nothing impossible in football. Dont care how small you are or how young you are, with pure determination and passion, I still believe Malaysia will make an upset, at least, to earn a draw to any of the giant teams in group.

At current squad, I would like to see Amri Yahyah in the team. He is brave, determined and committed. After superb performance with Selangor, Khairul Anuar Baharum is also should be in the squad. Dont care about ages. Looks at England, tell me how old is Rio Ferdinand? Puyol? Marchena? Or even Lucio? These players ages is more than 30.

Really hope Rajagopal select a decent squad to Asian Games. I hate to see my country always been embarrassing at international level.Where is the Malaysia Boleh moto that Malaysian contingent always hold everytimes they went for tournament? Pls prove it to me that Malaysian football is still live at the continent of Asia.

Billionaire club: What is the differences between Man City and Chelsea?

When Thaksin bought Man City in 2008, most of the pundit claimed "This is good for BPL competition. We need more competitive club with great players to compete each other." In Thaksin era, Man City hired Sven Goran Eriksson as manager. Eriksson bought many potential players with name like Elano, Geovanni, Bojinov and Jo to fit their squad. After Eriksson sacked and Thaksin involved in politic chaos in his own country, Man City welcomed Abu Dhabi billionaire, Dr Sulaiman.Al-Fahim as CEO. Sulaiman want Man City to become great team in the world so, he need some changes to his current squad at that time. The first victim is manager Mark Hughes. After few month in charge, Hughes been sacked due to poor run of form despite successful bought Brazilian playmaker Robinho from Real Madrid and been replaced by Italian tactican Roberto Mancini.

Mancini sees his current squad during that time cannot be a top club unless new players under his favorities been added to the squad. James Milner, Yaya Toure, David Silva, recall Joe Hart from Birmingham after loan spell last season, Jerome Boateng, Kolarov, Mario Balotelli, Patrick Vieira, and Adam Johnson. These are the new players add to the squad. The question is how about the others great names that Mancini already have? In my opinion, assembling great players in one club is a good ones. Not good is when they only seat on the bench and not playing regular 1st team player.

 Compared to Chelsea, they only buy the players which is fit the 1st team squad. Lets compare what Chelsea and Man City current squad players. (Not include reserve team)

System 4-4-2 4-5-1

Chelsea Man City

GK Petr Cech Joe Hart
Defender Branislav Ivanovic Micah Richard
Defender John Terry Kolo Toure
Defender Alex Vincent Kompany
Defender Ashley Cole Alex Kolarov
Midfielder John Obi Mikel Gareth Barry
Midfielder Micheal Essien Nigel de Jong
Midfielder Frank Lampard James Milner
Midfielder Florent Malouda Yaya Toure
Striker Nicolas Anelka David Silva
Striker Didier Drogba Carlos Tevez

Bench Ross Turnbull Shay Given
Bench Hilario Adam Johnson
Bench Yossi Benayoun Jerome Boateng
Bench Jose Bosingwa (injured) Wayne Bridge
Bench Daniel Sturridge Joleon Lescott
Bench Salomon Kalou Patrick Vieira
Bench Yury Zhirkov Shaun Wright-Phillips
Bench Paulo Ferreira Emmanuel Adebayor
Bench Ramires Roque Santa Cruz
Vladimir Wiess
Pablo Zabaleta
Dedryk Boyata
Michael Johnson
Mario Balotelli

By look at it, are these Man City players who seat on the bench will plays regularly with the great 1st 11 available? When will be it? These are the question will be ask among the pundit. In my opinion, these billionaire club seems like wanna kill the career of the footballers. If this continues, I believe and not surprise if the players played for the moderate club in moderate countries such as Croation league, Scottish league, Belgium league, Greek league, or Dutch league in order to get 1st team football.

Not like Chelsea, Ancellotti loves to rotate their players just like he did for AC Milan couple year back. But when you talk about Adebayor who did well at Arsenal, Santa Cruz at Blackburn or even Lescott at Everton, these are good and top class player. They deserve to be among 1st team football but it has been killed by........ MONEY.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Should Fernando Torres leave The Reds for better club?

After few matches, we didn't see some huge improvement on Liverpool this season so far. Last 2 season, Liverpool was the main contender for Premier League title and top club in Europe competition but after that The Reds seems like loss their momentum to be at least top 4. I realize after the departure of reliable Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, Liverpool is struggling to find the very best replacement for him. The purchase of Aquilani, Raul Meireles and Joe Cole still didnt give an adequate impact for the The Reds.

Due to inconsistent performance in the league and Europe, the question of the status of the great Fernando Torres whether he should leave Liverpool for bigger club appeared. The world champion squad only managed to find one goal so far in all competition is another big question on his capabilities. The rumours that he will leave The Reds next summer is the main point on his performance and top club like Barcelona, Real Madrid and also billionaire club, Man City is race to sign him.

With his great finishing, strength and ability of scoring instint, Torres should be among the top striker and probably the best striker in the world among the great Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo or Samuel Eto'o. I believe due to lack of support in attacking on Liverpool squad is the key reason why he still cannot be the top goal scorer. The Reds always rely on creative captain Steven Gerrard and this is very poor. Liverpool has a world class attacking options but still didnt get what the fans want.

In my opinion, The Reds manager Roy Hodgson needs to study more on their capabilities of each of the player if he want to improve the squad. The name of Maxi Rodrigues, Dirk Kuyt, Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic or Steven Gerrard himself should be a massive concern to any BPL club.

If you ask me to name current Liverpool formation. Here they are:

4-4-1-1: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Aurelio, Poulsen, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Cole, Gerrard, Torres.

Still the big question is Torres should be given more attacking support to mark his goal. Otherwise, he should leave the club if he want to stand with other great top player.