Category: soccer

Is Thierry Henry a Cheat?

Henry controls the ball with his hand, enabling France to scoreThe evidence clearly suggests that Thierry Henry is a cheat, and a thief.

Video replays show that he controlled the ball with his hand at least twice, and possibly 3 times, in a split second incident 13 minutes into extra-time of the France-Ireland World Cup Qualifying Playoff.

Because of the resulting goal, France won, Ireland lost and won’t take part in World Cup South Africa 2010.

The referee missed the blatent (on replay!) handball at the time. Irish players, management and officials were incensed that such an obvious foul could be missed. Within 2 hours of the incident, 2000+ people had joined the Thierry Henry should apologise to Ireland Facebook group.

But is Henry a cheat and a thief? Well, honestly, I think that’s not relevant.

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Congrats Pats on 16-0,

Well done to the NE Patriots on making NFL history with 16 victories from 16 games. The Giants gave them more of a match than they expected (38-35). Great to see some quality American football, we’re enjoying the season this side of the pond!

Finding live games online

I’ve been looking for some sites to watch GAA (Irish football) when I’ve been away on business, I still haven’t found one (you can watch it live if you’re within Ireland but that doesn’t help me!). I did find a site which shows live soccer matches, might be useful especially with the Euros coming up.

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Difference between rugby and soccer?

Dennis Hickey, Wales vs Ireland 2007David Beckham, crying

Hickey ran off the pitch, demanded stitches, a bandage, new shorts, jersey and headgear, all within the 10 minute time window so he could come back on and continue the rest of the game.

Beckham wanted a hug.

Italy suspends all football indefinitely

Riot outside Italian football stadium
Wow, crazy news from Italy this evening – the commisioner of the Italian football federation (FIGC) has suspended all football in the country indefinitely after a policeman was killed during a riot outside the Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo tonight.

The policeman, named as Filippo Raciti, was 38. According to reports, he was struck in the face by a small explosive while attempting to deal with fighting outside the stadium. He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

I have demanded a stop to all activity of football in Italy. Enough is enough. It’s a situation that I cannot speak of. To lose your life at 38 is incredible. This is not a sport.

The football tournaments will remain suspended until we solve the violence in our football. It’s unacceptable that such incidents happen in a country like Italy.

At this moment I’m not thinking about [the bid to host the European Championships in 2012] but should we lose because of this situation, we would deserve to lose it.

Italy vs Romania on Wednesday and the under-21 fixture against Belgium on Tuesday will not go ahead as things stand.

This is just mad… Italians are soccer-crazy and this is a serious blow to the sport.

Relevant news stream on google.

Exciting first game as German defense still on holidays

Sieve-like, poor, amateur: not words you’d like applied to your back four on World Cup opening day. Unfortunately for Germany, despite their strong attacking and fantastic goals, their defense told us a lot about how the team will perform in the competition. Klinsmann has not answered any of the questions about defense raised before the competition, and the Germans suffered from both strategic failure and bad implementation.

All credit to Costa Rico, they took their two chances well, but I’m sure they’d admit they could have created more.

Ecuador may give Germany some trouble when they meet in the last game of Group A: they had a solid 2-0 win over Poland later in the evening.

Tomorrow we’re all looking forward to seeing the massively overhyped England team run out against a good Paraguay team… I shall enjoy the match no matter the result!

So 2 matches down, 62 to go!

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