01 September, 2012

EPL: Manchester City v QPR Highlights

Toure, Dzeko and Tevez all score as Man City dominates QPR.  For QPR's part, they didn't get to play all 8340 of their new signings over the summer break.

Video: Hoofooty

EPL: Norwich v Tottenham Highlights

New signing Dembele took 23 minutes to get his first shot for Spurs, and what a shot as he scores in his debut.  Dempsey and Lloris didn't see the pitch and for the 2nd time in as many weeks, Spurs got nervous late and gave up a last second goal.  1-1 the final. 

And for you Huddlestone fans... he came in and got sent off in less than 15'.

Video: footytube

EPL: Fulham v West Ham Highlights

What happens when your team gets stripped to the bones during the transfer window? 

See for yourself:

Nolan scored in under a minute and West Ham rolled Fulham 3-0 in what looked like a dominating first half and a sit back and laugh second.  Jol has got to be hating life right about now.

Video: footytube

EPL: Sunderland v Swansea City Highlights

Fletcher scores twice for Sunderland and your recommended fantasy player pickup, Michu scores his 4th in 3 matches for Swansea as this one ends in a 2-2 tie.

Video: footytube

Pia Sundhage To Step Down from USWNT Head Coach Position

The USWNT Post-Olympic Tour, to quote ESPN, "Will also be a farewell tour," as after 5 years in charge, Pia Sundhage will be stepping down from the manager role of the USWNT.

“It was an honor to be able to coach these players for five years and I learned a tremendous amount from them,” said Sundhage. “I want to thank all the players and all of my assistant coaches for making me better. Before I took this job, I always admired the spirit and character of the U.S. team, but to experience that first-hand on the training field and from the bench as their coach was truly special and something I will treasure for the rest of my life. Although it is time to move on, I’d like to thank U.S. Soccer for this wonderful opportunity and I wish this team and the players all the best in the future.”

 The leaving of Sundhage to return home to Sweden was expected by US Soccer for some time now and she hopes to finish out her tour with the USWNT as they take on Australia and Germany in two matches each, wrapping up in October.

As head coach, Sundhage lead the US to a 88-6-10 record including making the finals in all three major tournaments it played in including winning a rematch, for Olympic gold, of the WC finals against Japan which they had lost.  During that time, Sundhage won 11 tournament titles, including three Algarve Cup titles in Portugal, two Olympic qualifying tournaments and two Olympic gold medals.  Not too shabby.

Whoever should take over for her will have huge shoes to fill as the US always goes into matches as a favorite.

As an aside, in her first part of her farewell tour, Pia managed to see Wambach move into 2nd on the all time scoring lead for the US.  US lead at the half on Costa Rica, 5-0.

Photo: USSoccer

31 August, 2012

Dempsey for the win

As a Spurs fan, I think I just had a wet dream today.  We talked about having a fee agreed for Moutinho, but apparently terms fell through.  Then word came through that Lloris was going to be allowed by his club to travel to England and have a medical ahead of any possible agreement.

Lloris is the FFF #1 keeper and for a reported fee of around 12mil Euro, he is signing now with Spurs.  In his mid 20s, he represents a long term goal for Spurs for the future between the pipes.  Especially since Friedel is getting long in the tooth, Cudicini will never be more than a backup and Gomez is either stellar or stinky.

Now comes word that since terms couldn't be agreed with Moutinho, Spurs have hijacked Liverpool's efforts for Dempsey.  And won. Reportedly, the deal is 6mil for 3 years with salary undisclosed.  Either way, a steal since he had 1 year left on his deal at Fulham.

In a complete rebuilding of the team, Spurs are getting younger and surprisingly better.  VDV is going back to Hamburg, Dos Santos (despite his obvious talents for country, never really produced for club... any club... even on loan) is sold to Mallorca, and AVB now has a team that seems faster, and more skilled.

With just over an hour left before the deadline, there is still talk that Spurs are after another forward, but to that extent, we'll see, and which I highly doubt now.  After a disappointing start for Spurs (loss to Newcastle and draw with West Brom) these are huge moves that should pay off in the long run.  COYS!

Photo: Tottenham

27 August, 2012

Soccer Warmup

Got a new season.  Got some new montages to show you.  Enjoy

Video: strike57

26 August, 2012

EPL: Liverpool v Manchester City Highlights

Manchester City squeek back the point after seeing themselves go down early and Tevez comes up big for them as City avoids the loss.  2-2 the final.

Video: Dailymotion

EPL: Arsenal v Stoke Highlights

Arsenal dominated Stoke everywhere but the scoreline as Arsene and the Gunners fail to impress yet again.  If they don't improve soon, this could be a long wait till the Winter transfer market for them.  0-0 the final score.

Video: Myspace

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