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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Spain - Ivory Coast goals

Nice fightback by Spain, which has quietly put together a very nice squad with perhaps enough youth to bury some of the past demons... Remember to pause the video if the upload is slow.

Here are the goals:





Terrific shot


Reyes replies with a great shot of his own.


Juanito gets the winner.

At long last

Here are the goal videos from the Real Madrid - Atleti derby last Saturday. (To those of you still awaiting the Spain-IC goals...I'm still working on it, sorry).

Cassano goal

Kezman goal

I know, putting this up is like sleeping with the enemy, but it was a nice goal.

Baptista goal

If there were any two players on Madrid that most needed confidence-building they were no doubt Cassano and Baptista. I was very happy to see the Beast get the monkey off his back.
Sunday, March 05, 2006

Problems uploading

Sorry, folks - having problems with youtube, and I am completely at their mercy.

Hiatus to end soon!

Hmm, hardly anyone comments (!), so I'm not sure if anyone's been waiting, but I'm sure at least a few of you are out there - rest assured I'll be putting more videos up, starting today! Planning on putting up the derby goals, plus all the goals in the Spain-Ivory Coast friendly from a few days ago. Thanks for your patience, and please hang on just a little longer.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006

My Requests to Martín (or whoever is in charge!)

Out with the old, in with the new! We embark upon a new era in Madridismo and some major changes appear to be in the works. It is unclear whether or not Martín will ultimately be the man to make these changes or if he will also be swept away by the wave that the bombshell of Pérez' resignation has raised. In any case, I have my share of roster requests - don't we all! - that I would like to see happen in the offseason:

1) Ronie must go It's as simple as that, I'm afraid. The pot has boiled over entirely and the locker room is split. It is clear he does not bleed white, and so, seeing as he is at the center of the storm, Ronaldo must leave.

2) One young midfielder paired with a veteran And when I say young midfielder, I have exactly three in mind: Cesc, Raúl García, and Oubiña. Cesc is ready and is a fabulous talent, as is Raúl García (though I prefer Cesc), while Oubiña may be the least prepared of the three, but is still an attractive option. The veteran? Ballack may be an option. I like Xavi Alonso more, though, because he has more years left.

3) The Beckham situation This is not what you think! I am not going to call for this man's ouster, err, not exactly, anyway. Getting back to Ronaldo's departure...he will need a replacement. If you want to keep Becks as a main starter on the right side, then we will need a striker who is adept at latching on to crosses, particularly with his head. Perhaps Van Nistelrooy? The thing is, though, are we prepared to alter the team's strategy to suit one man? We tried this with Ronaldo, actually... I'm not in favor of it, but you have the amazing marketing power that is David Beckham to consider as well. The other, more balanced option, perhaps, is to have Beckham play a bit of a lesser role on the team. Heck, with his back problems and the World Cup already done by that time, he may be ready to accept a less prominent role in the squad, particularly if the team is more balanced, finally. A final thing to wonder about is whether or not Beckham will be one of the players who leaves in the summer... Not a bad option, either.

4) Two central defenders This one is clear as water. Somebody like John Terry would be wonderful, but that seems difficult to pull off. Any suggestions?

5) Replacements for RC and Salgado We can't go into the season with only Raúl Bravo and Cicinho patrolling the flanks. The right side has a bit more cover with Ramos able to play there very well. I think Cicinho is more suited to play winger. Everyone is talking about Ashley Cole for the left.

What are your requests?

Location: Japan

The Table

1 Barcelona 55
2 Valencia 49
3 Real Madrid 48
4 Osasuna 46
5 Sevilla 41
6 Celta 39
7 Villarreal 38
8 Deportivo 37
9 Atlético 35
10 Zaragoza 33
11 Getafe 30
12 Racing 27
13 Real Sociedad 25
14 Espanyol 24
15 Athletic 22
16 Alavés 22
17 Cádiz 22
18 Mallorca 22
19 Betis 22
20 Málaga 20


Etoo 18
Villa 15
Ronaldinho 12
Diego Milito 12
Ronaldo 10
Tristán 9
Riquelme 9
Güiza 8

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