Weekly Roundup: Olympic Fever Edition

Match Lookback (Olympics)

Group A: Well Team GB go into tomorrow’s game with Uruguay only needing a draw to get to the draw. After a mediocre performance against a Senegalese team of lumberjacks (because they were massive and obsessed with chopping), they came good against a weak UAE team. Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge provided clinical finishing, and Giggs showed that he isn’t out of greatness yet with a classy header.

Uruguay have thus been disappointing and will be looking to turn it around in Cardiff, with Suarez looking to get on the goal tally. Senegal will no doubt go guns blazing at the Emrities – a team that deserve credit. Ranked 138 in the world they possess a clinical finish, with assist merchant Omar Abdulrahman Al Amoodi really catching my eye.

Group B: Mexico and South Korea are unsurprisingly bossing this group. Gabon and Switzerland both have a physical quality but nothing of the class that players like Spurs benchwarmer Giovani dos Santos and Arsenal man of mystery Park Chu-YoungThe Swiss can still qualify with a big enough win margin in Cardiff though.

Group C: Brazil are going to win the Olympic gold in football. Chelsea new boy Oscar and Santos wonderkid Neymar look immense, and are backed up with quality like Hulk, Marcelo, Alexandre Pato, and Thiago SilvaNo group would be too strong for them, especially not Belarus, Egypt, and New Zealand. Those three still technically have qualification to play for, but with the Kiwis having Brazil we can rule them out. Leaving a Belarus inspired by Brazillian born Renan Bressan against an Egyptian team who did score two against Brazil…

‘In your face country of my birth!’

Group D: Well as expected Spain are top of… the… what? Against bookies predictions, a competent Japanese team and a fortunate Honduras team have put Spain outta the running. Spain were led in incompetence and uncertainty by David de Gea against Japan and could have been on the end of a tonking. Juan Mata performed well against the Hondurans but it wasn’t enough to overturn Jerry Bengston‘s third goal of the competition.

Morocco will now be attempting climb a mountain to topple the central Americans from the second spot. Though they can rest in the knowledge that Zakaria Labyad‘s goal against Honduras is one of the tournament’s best.

News Reel

Let’s begin with the media’s latest plaything – racism! John Terry has been charged by the FA despite being cleared in court, this seems to have baffled some people but really makes sense when you think about it. Go Here to hear why he isn’t evil.

Not to be outdone, brother of Terry offendee Rio Ferdinand has also found himself on the FA’s naughty step after being charged for his cold confectionery themed quip at Ca$hley.

Another entrant in the twitter racism debacle is Morganella Michel, a Switzerman who has found himself thrown out of the Olympics after abusing, well, the entire nation of South Korea. After SK’s win he wrote (roughly translated) “I want to beat up all South Koreans. Bunch of mentally handicapped retards.” Classy.

In the same week as Leo: Creative Essence, Messi’s wine was released, Barcelona have been in the news for all the right reasons. Gabriel is an eleven year old boy who was essentially born without feet. Not letting that stop him, he has become a beast of a player for his school football team and recently featured on Brazillian TV stating that it was a dream of his to train with Barca.

Well Barcelona saw this via their Rio de Janeiro academy and invited the kid for an entry test, which he passed with ease, granting him a week-long training course with them. Actually Classy.

Seems Zlatan Ibrahimovic has settled well at French moneybag storage center PSG, scoring in under two minutes of his debut. The goal is pretty tasty too so check it out.

Transfer Trawl

Chelsea completed the signing of Brazillian starlet Oscar for £25mil, an attacking midfielder like most of Chelsea’s team. Expect to see a few Blues on the way out.

Get it? Oscar…

Liverpool have apparently opened Joe Allen‘s release clause with a lovely £13.5mil. Roger’s main orchestrater at Swansea looks set to join a fairly useless Liverpool midfield, and although we cannot judge his performances until we see them, it seems the Reds have overpaid once again.

In the ship out of Merseyside it looks like once highly rated Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani is going to head back to his native land with Fiorentina, and Andy Carroll back to his native footballing land of massive hoofed balls. Apparently West Ham are going to give Liverpool £2 million for the season with a possible £17 million purchase at the end. The Reds only seem to deal in wacky business.

Speaking of wacky business, Stephen Pienaar is heading back to Everton. After leaving the Toffees for Spurs’ bench, then being loaned back, he’s now heading to a place where he is liked, actually gets to play, and is happy – in one of the most obvious moves of the market.

Norwich are continuing their theme of purchasing Leeds’ captains and have captured the midfield man Robert Snodgrass about two years after someone should have brought him up to the Prem.

Blackburn Rovers only glimmer of hope Canadian winger Junior Hoilett is off to QPR. He really looked a quality attacker last season so hopefully QPR will stop being so bland up front.

Transfer Troll

After new signing Leon Best is ruled out for six months, Blackburn are considering two strikers to replace his talents. Hmm, Ali Dia and David N’Gog?

Video of the Week

Witness the moment where Man City super scorer Sergio Aguero is equally stunned and impressed by the intense striking technique of one David Platt. Watch your back Kun, Platty’s making a comeback.

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