Monthly Archives: May 2011

Danish flash mob at U14 boys game

Yes it’s a marketing ploy for the upcoming U21 UEFA Championships in Denmark this summer but it’s still pretty cool. Note the actual UEFA level refs brought in for the game and the coin toss by a Danish international with … Continue reading

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Barcelona: why does it work?

As the world rushes to heap plaudits, me among them, for the mesmerizing quality of Barcelona’s play and in particular for their Champions League performance against Manchester United, where they essentially left the Premiership champions naked and numb after an … Continue reading

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Champions League passing stats

Doesn’t need much comment from me…but to pass the ball 148 times in a Champions League Final and complete 141 of them. Unbelievable. If you add up the completed passes of United’s top five passers in the game, it’s still … Continue reading

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Champions league final!

Thoughts on the line up: With Puyol out, Chicharito (Hernandez) may have a field day against Mascherano deputizing at centre back. Park Ji-Sung is going to be United’s most important player today. Carrick won’t do much to stop Barca in … Continue reading

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Here’s why most clubs don’t let the media watch training

via 101 Great Goals A well thrown elbow is a nasty piece of business and this immediately reminded me of when I played for the Edmonton Brick Men in 1988 and Justin Fashanu rolled into town looking to recover from … Continue reading

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Canucks playoff atmosphere…like Italia 90

In 1990 I went to the World Cup in Italy. My buddy Alex and I had tickets, courtesy of my uncle, to see a couple of Scotland’s round robin games in Genoa. It was a newly built stadium, still used … Continue reading

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Hockey vs soccer – toughness vs embellishment

UPDATE: LeBron’s been watching Klinsmann videos on YouTube. From last night’s Heat v Bulls NBA playoff game. ************* This has been floating around the internet during the Stanley Cup playoffs… Generally with  a tag line that runs along the lines … Continue reading

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