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 Seattle Sounders 2-4 Chelsea

HT: 2-4

Romelu LUKAKU 3′

Eden HAZARD 11′

Fredy MONTERO 14′

Fredy MONTERO 32′

Jeff PARKE (O.G.) 40′

Romelu LUKAKU 44′


SEATTLE – What an amazing match that was. 2 big clubs with their each own titles, held a friendly match in the CenturyLink — used to be called Qwest till 2011 — Stadium. Both of them, especially Chelsea played their youngsters and new star players, whom had been bought from another country’s club.
The match ran so quickly until Romelu Lukaku finished a shot after receiving an assist from his teammate, Ivanovic in the minute of 3. Fortunately his position was not in an offside position. Almost. He was only marked by Jeff Parke (although he slipped and fell) and a goalkeeper in the penalty area until 2 men rushed into it and did nothing but watched the ball flew into the goal. It’s in.
Chelsea’s new squad member signed from French Ligue 1’s club Lille Eden hazard doubled Chelsea’s position became 2-0 after scored his first goal in his debut for Chelsea. An amazing solo-run he’s done to score his first goal for Chelsea from the left side of the field. Then rushed into the penalty area, tricked one back, then fired a shot which passed at least two backs. Once more, the ball’s in the net.

Seattle Player Fredy Montero guarded by Chelsea Player.

Seattle Sounder’s effort broken by Chelsea’s Ross Hilario. (Photo: ©AP Photos)

The replies for Chelsea’s goals came from Seattle Sounders’ Colombian player Fredy Montero, taking the advantage of the passing error made by Josh McEachran. And then ran a little bit closer to the goal and shoot, it’s in. Then, 2 efforts were countered by a good performance of Ross Hilario. The last goal for Seattle came again in the minute of 32 after getting an assist from his teammate, then fired a low-ball and passed the keeper. Goal.

 Actually there was another Seattle’s player scored beside Fredy Montero. It’s because Jeff Parke, scored an own goal after being hit by the ball kicked by Marko Marin. An unfortunate for both, Parke scored a goal for Chelsea and Marin, the new Chelsea player from German Bundesliga’s club VfL Wolfsburg, did not get his first goal for Chelsea. But anyway, I really appreciate his effort and determination in the match. (Another version said the goal was by Marko Marin, NOT O.G., how controversial!)
In the 44th minute, the scoreline became 2-4 after Lukaku scored the last goal of the match. In the 2nd Half there were no goals scored anymore, only 2 opportunities for Seattle Sounders to score and blocked, first by Johnson in the 53rd minute and then 2 final chances. The funny thing is, in the final chance to score, Seattle player’s shot was blocked by his own teammate’s leg (I laughed loudly at that time the ball reflected), and then the rebound shot was blocked by Michael Essien. Great job, Essien.
What a match!

Adidas Tango 12


The Adidas Tango 12 Information Graphics
The Adidas Tango 12® ball is proven to make the goalkeepers had to work hard to save their goal from the shot. It is proven by the fact that after 12 days (since the opening of the euros on 8 June 2012), there have been 57 goals scored into the net, and even the group phase has not finished yet.
And a 4-1 surprising loss for the Czech Republic from Russia, has made the first match day (8 June) as the second day with the most goals scored, only one goal less from the day with the most goal scored on 13th of June, 8 goals scored.
The unpredictable move by the tango 12, is also the answer of the critics for the FIFA World Cup 2010 official ball, Jabulani. The players said, Jabulani was a little bit too hard to control because with only a single chip, it would fly and swing across the goal. So, the Tango 12 is the perfect ball to answer the players’ request — Most of the World Cup 2010 teams are under the European Confederation — to have a better experience kicking the ball into the target.

Russia 4 Czech Republic 1: match report

RUSSIA          4-1           CZECH REPUBLIC

 HT: 2-0

Dzagoev (15, 79),                                 Pilar (52)

Shirokov (42),

Pavlyuchenko (82)

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Sweden (avg. 185,4 cm)

Spain (avg. 179,1 cm)

Who’s your coach?

Giovanni Trapattoni, Republic of Ireland (73 years old, the oldest coach in the Euros)
Paulo Bento, Portugal (42 years old, the youngest coach in the Euros)


Sokratis Papastathopoulos

16 ==> the longest nickname in the Euros (Sokratis PAPASTATHOPOULOS, Greece)

(Extra info: I should spend the whole day to memorize the letters!)
6 ==> the most apparel used by the contestants (Adidas)

P.S. If you have more info about the facts in numbers of EURO 2012, just comment or e-mail me and I’ll edit it or make the new one.

Euro 2012: Gary Neville tackles England’s mental frailty


TAKING CHARGE: Gary Neville says England need to overcome their problems with penalties. (Photo: Reuters)

“Forget football, I love England as a country,’’ said Neville, Roy Hodgson’s surprise but inspired choice as coach. “It was a great honour and privilege to play for England and I never gave anything less than my best. My frustration with England was that we never won a trophy. Hopefully over the next four years I can be part of a team that does get to a successful position. I am aware of the difficulties.

“There are a number of other nations out there. We are talking about Argentina, Portugal, Germany: they are not exactly mug nations we are getting knocked out by.”

Neville played at Euro 96, France 98, Euro 2000, Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

“Euro 2004 and 96 are the ones I always look back on as being particularly disappointing because I thought we were good enough. Now there seems to be the lowest expectation I’ve ever known for an England team going into a tournament but the fact is, in tournaments gone past, it’s been fine lines.’’ Like penalties. “We have to overcome the psychological aspect eventually. I went to five tournaments and four of them we went out on pens: two quarter-finals, one second phase, one semi-final. But for a goalkeeper’s save or the width of a post we are in finals and semi-finals.’’

Always a mix of the realist and the bullish, the 37 year-old takes confidence from the presence of Joe Hart. “We have a great keeper – and that’s not being disrespectful to the ones I played with – and that could make a difference. So if we get to a quarter-final and our great goalkeeper saves two or three we are in the semi-final.” David Seaman saved one against Spain to help England reach the last four at Euro 96.

“The Euro 96 squad had a lot of strong characters but you look through this team and I’d say Rooney is a strong character. Hart, Terry, Gerrard have proven that at club level. You are talking about European champions, Premier League winners.’’

Neville’s new role involves banishing some of the fear that can afflict young internationals. “We have to make younger players understand that it is a pressurised atmosphere where you are expected to do well all the time and so you should be. You will be tested in every way.’’

Just as Neville represents England’s long-term coaching future, possibly even the main job one day, so Hodgson has peppered his squad with youngsters. “Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Jones are being bought in not just with this tournament in mind but giving them experience for ones to come,’’ continued Neville. “Even the boy Butland that’s coming in now. It would have been easy to go for a more experienced keeper but he [Hodgson] has gone for a young keeper. There are other younger players who would have been in contention but are injured like Walker, Smalling, Wilshere, Rodwell.”

Neville already has his B and A coaching licences, his learning process accelerated by a successful season analysing games for Sky.

“It made me appreciate other players and clubs more rather than being stuck in my world at Manchester United, which was all-consuming. I love the club but I needed to get that break, get off the roundabout.”

His candour has impressed even United’s rivals. “If you’d said to me at the start of the season I’d be sat there on April 30, on Monday Night Football, having to congratulate Manchester City who’d just beaten Manchester United and be critical of the Manchester United players who’d made mistakes and then two weeks later I’d be sat there again, in the last minute, of the last match of the season, and there are 40,000 people turning around to let me know they’d just won the league – I’ve overcome those things because I’ve been honest and fair.

“There are 23 players in this squad and in one way or another this season, I’ve probably had to highlight a mistake they’ve made. I don’t see a great problem in it. Their mistakes are highlighted on television anyway, there are probably 100 million watching around the world, the manager has probably pointed it out to them. They will know in their own right they’ve made a mistake. So the fact Gary Neville might be sat up there in the commentary box pointing out their mistake is the least of their worries.’’

He also omitted big names such as Terry when picking his preferred Euro squad in his newspaper column earlier in the season. “If you went through my back catalogue you’d have some fun!” he laughed. “It shows the FA and the boss are not afraid to make decisions. Roy said to me: ‘I don’t want someone to come alongside me and be a ‘yes’ man.’ In the past I’ve felt England managers have invited friends to be around them at times.’’

And the FA? Would Red Nev call a strike again as in 2003? “I wouldn’t do it now!” he replied, clearly unrepentant. “All the time I’ve talked about the FA [critically] it’s always been about one incident. There are an awful lot of good people at the FA, always have been, and the preparation for the players before major tournaments has always been incredible. Transport, food and hotels have always been A1.”

Neville is back but the Wags were not welcome. “The FA learned from the experience in 2006. It won’t happen again. It was symptomatic of the times. Between 2002 and 2007, everyone got carried away with everything in life. It’s a different world now. We are here to work.’’

What’s Your Favorite Team?

In this time, I would like to give you a polling about your guess of the team which would win the Euros.

(Actually I have created this poll on the page “ROAD TO EURO 2012” but no one responds to it or can reach it, so please vote this!)

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Manager Paul Lambert heads to Aston Villa after a reported bust-up with Norwich City


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Lambert is understood to have told Norwich he wants out after they refused him permission to speak to Villa, who identified the 42 year-old as their preferred option to succeed Alex McLeish following Martínez’s decision to stay with Wigan Athletic.

Martínez has agreed to remain at Wigan for another season after a meeting with Dave Whelan, the chairman, in Jersey on Wednesday afternoon.

Whelan on Wednesday night confirmed that Martínez had been approached by Villa but the Spaniard has opted to pledge his future to Wigan. Martínez also rejected the chance to take over at Villa last June and his decision will come as a bitter blow to Lerner, who had played a patient waiting game.

Whelan on Wednesday night admitted he never feared losing Martínez to Villa as they were, in his eyes, not a big enough club.

He said: “Roberto is staying at Wigan and of course I am absolutely delighted. He was never offered the job at Liverpool because he wasn’t happy with the way the job was presented to him.

“He has had some talks with Villa but he’s not going to go there. Villa are a fantastic club with great supporters but I never thought they were big enough for him. If Roberto is to go anywhere, it will be to one of the top clubs in Europe. We’re just so pleased he’s staying with us for another season.”

Lerner, the Villa owner, is now expected recruit Lambert, who has been prominent in Villa’s thoughts since McLeish’s dismissal earlier this month. Villa believe the highly-rated Scot has the strong leadership qualities required for the post, while it is understood Lambert would also be receptive to the move.

Lambert has masterminded two automatic promotions at Carrow Road and comfortably guided Norwich to safety in the Premier League, but there have been rumours of friction between the manager and his chief executive, David McNally, in recent months and a parting of the ways has looked inevitable regardless of Villa’s interest.

Norwich will insist on compensation for Lambert, and would expect around £1 million.

Villa are not considering any other manager and will now focus their efforts on signing up Lambert by the end of this week. The club’s search for a new manager is in its third week and has been an arduous process, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interviewed before the former Manchester United striker decided to remain with Molde.

Martínez, meanwhile, could be in line for a new contract with Wigan after a frank discussion with Whelan. Whelan added: “We’ve discussed a lot of things and it was a very productive afternoon. He’s got two years left on his current contract and we will be looking to extend that.

“We’ve also agreed to build up the academy and the training facilities. We want Roberto to be happy at Wigan and we’ll be aiming to make sure we do everything to help him.”

Martínez is also likely to be promised substantial funds for the transfer window.

Brendan Rodgers to become new Liverpool manager on Thursday after agreeing a three-year deal


COMETH THE HOUR: Brendan Rodgers (right) could become the new Liverpool manager. (Photo: Getty Images)

Rodgers’ departure from Swansea City was confirmed in a statement released by his chairman, Huw Jenkins, on Wednesday night. Negotiations regarding a £5 million compensation agreement will not be a stumbling block and the Welsh club have accepted Rodgers’ decision to leave.

The 39 year-old met Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, on Wednesday and received the reassurances he needed that he will have control over team affairs, and the style and philosophy he wants to impose on his side is entirely in keeping with what his new employers were looking for.

High on the criteria for a new manager was a young coach with a passion for fluid, attractive football. That is why Liverpool were prepared to wait patiently to meet Rodgers, despite his initial reticence to join the recruitment process. Rodgers harboured concerns about how the selection process was being handled at first and, latterly, whether the arrival of a powerful sporting director such as Louis van Gaal would compromise his position.

Those reservations were laid to rest during his conversations with the Liverpool hierarchy, particularly when the Van Gaal interest cooled.

Liverpool do not deny speaking to Van Gaal, as managing director Ian Ayre held talks with the 60 year-old last week, but they insist no job offer was made. The same applies to Wigan’s Roberto Martínez, who was granted an audience with the principal owner, John W Henry.

As Liverpool shook hands on a deal with Rodgers, Martínez was left to commit his future to Wigan Athletic rather than head to Aston Villa.

Martínez was a serious contender, but ultimately Rodgers’ broader experience, apprenticeship at Chelsea under his mentor and friend Jose Mourinho and success at keeping Swansea comfortably in the Premier League at his first attempt by playing an eye-catching brand of football, gave him the edge.

Rodgers’ cause was also assisted by the fact that he led Swansea on one of the few occasions Liverpool owner Henry attended a Premier League game at Anfield last season. On that day, despite a 0-0 draw, the Welsh side outpassed and outplayed Liverpool and were unfortunate not to win.

Liverpool made no statement on the imminent appointment last night, but confirmation was provided by Swansea. Jenkins said: “Following on from discussions with Liverpool’s owners, Brendan has informed us that he would like to take up their offer to manage Liverpool.

“We are currently in talks with the owners to agree compensation. We are trying to finalise that within the next 24 hours.

“Although we are very disappointed to lose such a talented, young British manager, we didn’t wish to stand in his way. As always at Swansea City, we want people working here who are fully committed to the task ahead. We wish Brendan every success in the future.”

Rodgers’ decision ends a three-week recruitment process at Anfield. He will be one of several appointments in a summer of transition.

Liverpool have been reviewing how to restructure the club, redefining scouting and technical roles, although there is a feeling much of this shake-up is being over-analysed amid a plethora of lavish titles.

Essentially, the club will be appointing a glorified chief scout, an experienced administrator to negotiate transfers and contracts and a figurehead to ensure a seamless transition between the youth and senior set-ups. Liverpool want the same brand of football played at all levels, a philosophy they stuck by rigidly during their most successful periods under Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley. Some of the new appointments will be internal promotions and will not intrude on Rodgers’ role.

It is not a summer of revolution at Anfield, but it would be an underestimation to suggest it is mere evolution. FSG are pursuing a modern reinvigoration of the club’s well-established values, and the appointment of a dynamic, young coach fits with the promises they made on buying the club nearly two years ago.

That vision has been subjected to compromises ever since FSG inherited an ageing, defensive coach in Roy Hodgson and had little option but to turn to club legend Kenny Dalglish as a short-term solution to stabilise a fraught situation.

In turning to Rodgers, there is a sense they are now finally following their own blueprint. Rodgers is likely to assess the coaching staff before determining his backroom team, with Dalglish’s assistant, Steve Clarke, set for further talks on his future. Clarke offered his resignation on the day Dalglish was fired. It was refused by the club hierarchy because they wanted Clarke to delay a decision until a new manager was appointed.

Clarke was instrumental in helping Rodgers join Chelsea’s coaching staff under Mourinho.

In another twist, Swansea’s potential record signing, Gylfi Sigurdsson, may now stall on penning a £6.8 million deal. An agreement is in place between Swansea and German club Hoffenheim, but part of the attraction for Sigurdsson was working with Rodgers. It remains to be seen if the Iceland international, 22, commits his future to the Liberty Stadium given the managerial uncertainty.

Euro 2012: England set to call up Jordan Henderson in place of the injured Frank Lampard


BIG CHANCE: Jordan Henderson (left) could take Frank Lampard’s place at the Euros. (Photo: Getty Images)

The moment Lampard pulled up in training at London Colney, running into a corner to retrieve a loose ball, Hodgson placed Henderson on standby. The Liverpool midfielder has been chosen even though Michael Carrick has not retired from international football and has always told the FA he would be available in an emergency.

Carrick has returned from holiday but it seems the chances of his receiving a phone-call from Hodgson are minimal. Henderson has had a modest season but Hodgson clearly admires his commitment to the cause.

Even when a defender in Phil Jagielka replaced the injured midfielder Gareth Barry, Henderson stayed on standby in case of other mishaps after Uefa’s Tuesday deadline for naming squads. As Lampard’s injury is a new one, England can replace him and Hodgson has turned to Henderson.

A call to Carrick might have opened another avenue. The Carrick conundrum contains echoes of Paul Scholes before the 2010 World Cup. Scholes, 35 at the time, would have answered Fabio Capello’s call but it came too late. Carrick, 30, has enjoyed a good season for Manchester United, and many were surprised he was not in Hodgson’s original thoughts.

Gary Neville would have been an obvious conduit had Hodgson wanted to contact Carrick or clarify his exact situation. First capped in 2001, Carrick was known to have been frustrated at his experience of South Africa two years ago where he was an unused substitute.

Yet in the absence of Barry, most probably Lampard, and with Scott Parker easing his way back after an Achilles problem, the talented, in-form Carrick would have been a useful addition to the squad. Henderson has potential but Carrick has won the Premier League four times and the Champions League once.

It is a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Henderson, who has been criticised for failing to deliver at Anfield since his £20million move from Sunderland. If Lampard is out, Henderson joins Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll among Liverpool’s so-called misfiring signings now helping to carry the nation’s hopes.

The sight of England players limping towards scan machines or out of tournaments is a wearyingly familiar summer image, highlighting the stresses placed on their bodies during the intense season.

This plight was memorably summed up by the Uefa president, Michel Platini, with his verdict that “English players are lions in the autumn and lambs in the spring”.

Medical research at Linkoping University in Sweden indicated that elite male players were four times more likely to suffer stress injuries in countries such as England that do not have a winter break than in those enlightened leagues which do.

If he follows Barry to the sidelines, Lampard will become another pre-tournament statistic for the FA’s medical men to analyse when the National Football Centre opens shortly at St George’s Park.

The debate may then intensify about the need for a winter break, something that right-minded people within the FA and a succession of England managers have long campaigned for.

The likely loss of Lampard is a substantial blow, to him personally, to the squad and also represents another unwelcome reminder to Hodgson of the vicissitudes of the Impossible Job.

Not only has Lampard been playing some of the best football of his career, including shining as Chelsea lifted the FA Cup and Champions League, but he is a popular figure around the England camp, one of the FA’s “good tourists”.

Even if the expectation was that Hodgson would start Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker, Lampard offered a high-class option from the bench.

Before his injury, Lampard spoke on Tuesday of his belief that he could challenge Parker for the defensive role allowing Gerrard to push on. “I’ve been playing deeper for Chelsea,’’ Lampard said. “I’ve enjoyed the workload and enjoyed making blocks and tracking back as much as trying to get up and score goals. With age and experience you have to change but whether I’ll become a big holding midfield player, I’m not so sure.”

If he is ruled out, it will be a particular frustration for Lampard as he had reported for England duty in confident mood after conquering Europe with Chelsea.

“However much we talked down the idea of winning it after all these years, you really do feel that it was the one, the special one, that wasn’t in our grasp,’’ Lampard reflected of the Champions League. “Now it is, so it does make a difference to how you feel. If you’re at a top club and you’ve played over a number of years, it’s one that you really want to have on your CV.”

Lampard noted that Roberto Di Matteo had an instant effect on Chelsea, something that Hodgson seeks with England. “It’s certainly possible to kindle something very quickly,” he said.

“Man-management is of the utmost at top football these days. When you’ve got a very good squad of players, training and tactics are important but the man-management issue at Chelsea was the huge thing. Robbie took players aside, talked to them and made them feel confident.’’ Lampard added that Hodgson “certainly” had time to shape the team for the Euros.

He also spoke highly of Chelsea’s central-defensive axis of John Terry and Gary Cahill, a partnership expected to start Saturday’s friendly at Wembley against Belgium and in the Euros.

“They are both top players,’’ Lampard continued. “They complemented each other straight away. Left and right seems pretty natural to them. They are determined. They both throw their bodies in the way to make the blocks.’’

The pair soon head off to the Euros. An innocuous incident appears to have prevented Lampard following them, a sudden and harsh end to a fine season for one of English football’s greatest servants.