Some round-ups and look-forwards in an otherwise hectic Monday.
Tomorrow, we’ll have a massive “Jumble” out broken into multiple columns with five or six guests from diverse backgrounds; looking forward to that.
• Champ’s League Back!:
Chelsea v. Inter
Big one at the Bridge as perhaps the biggest non-player football personality, The Special One, takes to his former pitch. A rousing ovation or a complete razz? Inter represents the last hope for Italy in this year’s go-around; can they survive?
Carlo Ancelotti for Chelsea will have to deal with the weight of injuries rather than the weight of a nation: Essien, Cole, Bosingwa and Cech….all out. Captain Carlo bestows the wickets start to Ross Turnbull.
Even with those injuries, should Chelsea somehow perish in this one, expect the ghosts of Scolari to begin rearing their heads. Mourinho dialed up those mind games on Tuesday claiming he should still be the Blues manager. Eish!
Sevilla v. CSKA
Sevilla hold the scoring advantage, home field and have the return of Luis Fabiano to aid their attack. They should win this one.
• Hull City terminating Phil Brown; impact on Big Jeezy?
It seemed only a few months ago that Phil Brown was chanting on the mic when Hull beat Bristol in the 2008 Championship playoff to win promotion to the Premiership. Brown described the day as, “the best day of my life.”
However, as we wrote in our weekend preview last week, it appeared Brown had finally lost the plot unveiling “interesting” line-up selections and bearing witness to lackadaisical effort from his side.
While questions for American center around Jozy Altidore’s status, we must remind that his status has less to do with the incoming manager than what Villarreal wants to with the 20-year-old. Jozy has clearly proven he can play this year; the question is does Villarreal sell him outright to a club in the EPl (or other) or do they take him back.
In our mind, it’s going to be difficult, especially if relegation for Hull to afford Jozy permanently. The Hull City faithful are pondering similarly.
• David Beckham goes Medic!: Out for World Cup 2010
Simple words describe this event….sheer sadness. Whether you are a fan of Beckham or not, he is a phenomenal ambassador for the game able to drive interest in the sports merely by being present. Sorry to see you out Becks.
Moreso, Beckham, unlike a Craig Bellamy, unlike a Zlatan Ibrahimovic always wears his national team pride on his sleeve. We wrote this piece on the necessary inclusion for Beckham in the England side back in December 2009. Still holds up.
• Herculez Gomez Debate: Why the league you play in matters.
Wow, sparked a bit of a brewhaha by exposing Gomez’s recent goals in this piece Sunday.
I realized that I should really be offering an opinion on why I think it’s necessary to play in a top four league to earn national team respect.
I support Gomez getting a run-out; I just don’t hold high hopes for it happening nor do I have great expectations if Coach Bradley actually makes the effort.
• AEG Chief Exec Leiweke berates players on threat of strike
AEG honco Tim Leiweke has three hundred million reasons why the players shouldn’t strike. A good viewpoint whether you agree or disagree.
• Follow-up from HDC: US Marketing
We’ve got some questions into US Soccer on their marketing budget and endeavors based upon some community discussion post-Honduras friendly. Hopefully, get that back for you soon.
• Caliguiri’s Bomb
Oh and ESPN’s Freelancer-of-the-Week has a decent piece on Paul Caligiuri’s T&T detonation from 1989. They don’t show the goal, so take a look below all you youngsters.