Saturday, August 30, 2008

Lame Devils tamed by Zenit

Zenit St Petersburg defeated Manchester United by 2-1 in the Uefa Super Cup thanks to goals from Pogrebnyak and Danny. Vidic managed to reduce the deficit but Zenit defended strongly to win the Super Cup. Throughout the match, Zenit produced some magnificent football and they were thoroughly deserved the victory.

The spectacular incident in the game came just before the match ended, one of the most experience and respected player in United squad- Paul Scholes deliberately used his palm to to "spike" the ball into the net. And u know whats next? His "blinded" teammates rushed to congratulate him but it was obviously a pure cheat by Scholes and he was deservedly sent off. This clearly portrayed the character of Man U players, how can an experience player intent to do something which is so disgraceful & unacceptable? Should he receive more punishments?

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Micheal Phelps

Usain Bolt

The greatest sportsman ever?

The 2008 Beijing Olympic has come to an end after the wonderful closing ceremony at the Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium. Next is London 2012. Many world records have been broken in this thrilling 16-days of competition. The US superstar Micheal Phelps, won 8 gold medal in the pool, with 7 world record and 1 Olympic record. He has done something phenomenal in the pool and has broken Mark Spitz record of 7 gold back in year 1972. I believe this achievement will be hard to emulate in the future. After the swimming events, the track & field events begin. Guess who.... Usain Bolt, coming out of nowhere and he is still even an unknown before this year, became the fastest man in the world with 3 gold medals and 3 world records in 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay. He became the first ever man to win the sprint double with world record time. Even the great legend Carl Lewis did not manage to do that.

So, who is better? Who achieved the best in 2008 Olympic?
For me, I personally think that Usain Bolt deserves more than Phelps. Yes, Phelps has achieved his target of 8 gold medal in a single Olympic, but a couple of the gold medal were very fortunate. Indeed, we can say that was miracle. We first look at his 4 x 100m relay, how on earth can Jason Lezak come from behind and brings down the world record holder- Alain Bernard? His relay split time of 46.06, is about 1.5 seconds faster than his personal best. That was really uncomprehending, he can never beat the great Bernard by his standard. While in the 100 m butterfly event, Serbian swimmer Cavic was leading all the way even until moments before they touch but the final result came out with Phelps edging Cavic by just 0.01 second! When you win a race by so little margin after thrilling behind all the time, you have to say thats luck. It will still remain as a debate in years to come on how the race was won by Phelps. I am not saying that he is a fluke and don't deserve but what he deserves was a silver, not a gold.

Lets look at what Usain Bolt had done. The luck element never comes in for this guy, he just doesn't need that at all! First, he ran an amazing 9.69 for the 100m to renew his own world record. He even had time to celebrate and slap his chest with 20 metres to go, knowing a gold medal is certain for him and that was enough to leave his competitors far behind him. In the 200m, Micheal Johnson's 12 year-old world record of 19.32 was initially said to be the humans limit. However, Bolt came up and showed to the whole world that he can beat that! He proved that on the track and lead from the start to the finish and broke Johnson's 12 year-old world record with a time of 19.30. The whole stadium were stunned at that moment. He than completes his domination in sprinting events when he helped Jamaica to win their 4 x 100 m relay. Again, it was done in world record time, again, he won it with a big margin.

Where is Arsenal's midfield?

Arsenal suffer a shock defeat to last season relegation struggler Fulham at yesterday's late kick-off. Many of their key midfield players including Flamini, Hleb and Gilberto Silva have left the club after a disappointing last season, leaving their solid midfield a big hole. Even Adebayor was unable to perform due to lack of support from the midfield. In addition, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby and Cesc Fabregas was unable to play due to injuries, look like Arsene Wenger has to look for some quality midfielders before the transfer window closed.

Lets look at their midfield now, they are force to fill a second string like players such as Eboue, which is not a natural midfield player, Denilson, which spend most of the time last season warming the bench. Their new signing Samir Nasri could be good and promising but lacks experience . They just can't expect a new player to control and have a big influence. They will have to sort out their midfield crisis before they can challenge the title.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Argentina win second succesive Olympic gold.

2008 Olympic Final

Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

Argentina have won the gold medal for 2008 Olympic thanks to Angel Di Maria's only goal of the game. Lionel Messi send Di Maria through and Di Maria cleverly chip the ball past the keeper for the winning goal. Meanwhile, Javier Macherano became the first Argentinean footballer in history to win two Olympic gold medals after helping his country beat Nigeria in this morning's final.

Friday, August 15, 2008

As the Olympics going on, the EPL is back!

08-08-08-Here comes the Beijing Olympic, we have witnessed a magnificent opening ceremony at the "Bird's nest" and some thrilling games going on. We have seen US sensational swimmer Michael Phelps not once, not twice, but 6 times picking up gold medal and standing on top of the podium with world record time. He is on his way to beating Mark Spitz 7 gold haul in Olympics as he will be competing in 2 more events. Meanwhile, tennis world No 1 Roger Federer crashes out in the tennis event. Looks like 2008 is not a good year for him.

(8 x 2)=16-08-08-The English Premier League kicks off! After few months of waiting and watching friendlies, most football fans will probably get their life back on track again after a long wait. It was fun watching the euro 2008 but surely many fans will miss the EPL!

The opening fixture for tomorrow will see Arsenal taking on the newly promoted West Brom.

Liverpool, who have brought in former Spurs striker Robbie Keane to spearhead the attack with Fernando Torres, visit Sunderland later on Saturday. They will be looking to get back on track after a frustrating 0-0 draw in Belgium against Standard Liege in their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.

Chelsea, last season’s Premier League and Champions League runners-up and who are expected to provide the stiffest challenge to United again this season, face FA Cup winners Portsmouth on Sunday.

Defending champion Man Utd are without their stat player Christiano Ronaldo, will begin their season at home with Newcastle United.

Everton, who finished fifth last season and should be challenging for a European place again, are at home to a Blackburn Rovers side.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Can Torres+Keane parnership fires Liverpool to EPL title?

One of the big name transfer of this summer includes one of the most deadly striker in EPL- Robbie Keane for a near GB20 million to Liverpool. With his experience and proven goal-scoring record recent years in EPL , Keane is tipped to shine at Liverpool by many pundits. Fernando Torres, who is widely regarded as one of the best striker in the world for the moment, should partner him as they are likely to form a formidable strike force in this coming EPL season.

However, it remains to be seen whether the signing of Robbie Keane by Liverpool will significantly improve their title-winning chances. We shall keep an eye on them when the new EPL season kicks off on 16 August.