Friday, February 25, 2011

Olympic 2012 Qualifiers: Tough test in Lahore after Malaysia only put 2 goals over Pakistan 10-men

Wasted chances. That's all I can say after saw Malaysia failed to get comfortable win over Pakistan 10 men in Shah Alam.

Malaysia make a very promising start when they scored the 1st goal thru' Wan Zaharulnizam in 3rd minute. After that, the Malaysian continued to create more chances thru' combination of Fandi Othman and Ahmad Fakhri but the goal yet to arrive until at the edge of half time, Irfan Fazail find the space to score to put Malaysia 2-0 up after Pakistan player, Ansar Abbas has been shown a straight red after professional foul on Malaysia skipper Khairul Fahmi.

In the 2nd half, Malaysian dominated the possession of ball. They created many chances after chances to test the substitute Pakistan goalkeeper, Umer but he equal to it. Fakhri saw his shot hit the post in 77th minute and Gurusamy closed range header in 85th minute wide although he only need to tap into back of the net.

Overall performance, Malaysia did well but need to grab every single opportunity in Lahore to advance. Good luck to them in Lahore.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Claudio Ranieri leaves AS Roma after another lost.

Claudio Ranieri has resigned as coach of struggling AS Roma mere hours after the capital side's fourth consecutive defeat.

Roma were leading 3-0 at Genoa before collapsing in the second half to lose 4-3, prompting the club hierarchy to declare that they were to consider Ranieri's future on Monday. To make it worst than already it was, the resignation is also due to the rumors relates with the misunderstanding between him and club talisman caption, Francesco Totti.

Claudio, however, has pre-empted their meeting by resigning on Sunday evening.

The ANSA agency reported Ranieri as saying, "I always tried to think in the best interests of the team.

"After a match like today's, I think it's the fair thing to do to send a sign.

"When the final whistle sounded, I went into the locker room to thank the team, and I decided to resign.

"I hope that this decision helps to encourage the squad."

Roma's 2011 capitulation signals an ignominious end to an Olimpico career that once seemed promising.

Ranieri took the reins of the Lupi in 2009, succeeding Luciano Spalletti. His first season in charge very nearly saw Roma recapture the Scudetto, which they last won in 2001, only to lose out to Inter by two points.

The 2010-11 season, though, was one of almost total disappointment. As of Ranieri's final game Roma were 8th in Serie A, leaving them almost completely out of the runnings for a Champions League place.

In that competition, meanwhile, Roma squeezed into the knockout stages past Basel and CFR Cluj in what was thought to be one of the contest's weaker groups.

Once in the last 16 the Giallorossi lost out at home to Shakhtar Donetsk at home in the first leg.

Roma are yet to have yet to issue an official statement of their own regarding Ranieri's resignation, meaning that there is also no confirmed word on who is set to replace the coach, even temporarily.

However, sources in the Italian media indicate that Vincenzo Montella could be in line to take over. The 36-year-old spent a decade with the Lupi, scoring well over 100 competitive goals during his time in the Eternal City.

It is expected that club president Rosella Sensi will release a statement on Monday.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Champions League: Where went wrong for Barca?

Barcelona midfielder Xavi says his side were disappointed they did not take their "endless opportunities" against Arsenal in the Champions League, losing 2-1 to the Gunners in London.

The Spanish international believes the Blaugrana were superior to the English side, but failed to convert their dominance on the scoresheet.

"It was a shame because we felt we were superior to Arsenal," the 31-year-old told Marca post-match. "The result is worse than last season's, as we had a draw in that match, and now we have a loss.

"The team made significant errors, but played good football. All we lacked was the finishing touch.

"We didn't convert our endless opportunities. The match was up for the taking, but failed to win. The result was somewhat unfair.

"We may be disappointed, and know what we need to do in the return leg. We believe we can do well at the Nou Camp, and we are optimistic, but we respect Arsenal a lot," he concluded.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Malaysian international Safee Sali sign for Pelita Jaya

Malaysia international Mohd Safee Sali is finally set to join Indonesian Super League club Pelita Jaya on a one-year deal. Before this he has been linked with 3 others Indonesian clubs including Persib Bandung.

Sali will pen a deal which will see him earn a reported USD $10,000 a month, considerably higher than what he was earning with Malaysian club Selangor. This is the first Malaysian professional player played abroad and this is a very good sign for the Asean players especially.

"I want to thank Selangor for giving me this chance to play abroad. I won't waste this opportunity," Safee said.

"It will be a challenging experience as the league in Indonesia is competitive. I hope to help my new club achieve greatness and at the same time, help raise my profile as a player.

"My dream is to play in better leagues after my stint in Indonesia."

The 27 year-old striker top-scored at last year's ASEAN Football Championships (the Suzuki Cup) with five goals, all netted in the semi-final against Vietnam and final against Indonesia

Thursday, February 3, 2011

El Nino leave Reds to Blues: Is that a right move for Torres?

Early this week, some very hectic occasion involving crazy transfer market among top club European countries. To the club who has big cash in hand, they was really busy finding their best player(s).

Early last week, BPL has been bombed by the captured of the Edin Dzeko (from Wolfsburg to Man City) and surprised Darrent Bent (from Sunderland to Aston Villa). Not too sure why Sunderland let their stars go but for sure with the price tag given, that was no concerned from the Sunderland side. However, does the fans really want to let him go? Does they prepared for all this?  We'll see.

The market came more crazing towards the last ticking of the datelines where Chelsea works for very last mins to capture world champions squad striker, Fernando Torres from rival Liverpool for GBP 50 millions plus David Luis from Benfica. Liverpool cant let Torres go juz like that. He quickly get Ajax prolific striker, Luis Suarez and Newcastle top man, Andy Carroll.

Torres departured from the Anfield was most grabbed the headlines around Europe. Torres was the key member of the Reds for very long seasons but this season his performance was questionable. With Gerrard suffered a lot of injuries and suspension, Torres seem likes did not get much support from the midfields.

Torres decision went to Stamford Bridge might due to couple of reason. One of it he really want to taste the European football where Chelsea will entertain Danish champions Kobenhavn in 2nd round of Champions League in mid of Feb 2011. Beside that, lack of support from his former teammates and criticise from the fans and media seems to be made the it worst than already it is.

With Chelsea, Torres really hope with the name of Malouda, Essien, Lampard or even Drogba able to help him to find back his best performance.