Wednesday Action: Champ’s League & Cannons

One word: Cesc...

A gaggle of good games on the program today. Go:

• The Great Cesc Coaster….

Stoke head to the Emirates in today’s appetizer match.

Arsenal? Volatile. A premium performance against Barcelona followed up by “dropping” a draw to Leyton on some wonderment near stoppage time.

Stoke for their part are much stronger at home, but come in having failed to concede more than two goals in any match this season in the Premiership, the only team to do so.

Call this one the Army-Air Force game. Stoke will try to go over the top to Kenwynne Jones, Ricardo Fuller and company while the Wengers will look to play the ball on the ground through the midfield and carefully dissect the Trentmen’s backline.

And as always, please don’t climb on the cannons:

• Champ’s League: Finals rematch: Bayern tries to go galatic on Inter

Olic still out of action...

The visitors to the Giuseppe Meazza could really use the industry of Ivica Olic in this one…unfortunately the Croatian is still out of action.

Bayern takes to Milan today hoping avenge last year’s final loss. They may not find Jose Mourinho on the touchline but they’ll still have to handle Samuel E’to who has been–in this writer’s opinion–quietly brilliant in both league and Europe action this year. Look for him to attack the Germans down the left flank while “even quieter” Maicon–still brooding over not being relocated to Spain–attacks down the right flank.

Bayern will counter with the typical pair of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. While Ribery has been down right pedestrian this year, Mario Gomez up top is coming in in serious form and will try to throw some haymakers at Inter’s central defense.

Mourinho is a “galactico” but Inter should prevail at home.

• Triumph? Manchester to Marseille

First, let’s get some Man United info out of the way. Bebe, remember him, the United signing that Ferguson never saw in person? Yeah, he’s already rumored out of Old Trafford at the end of the year.

Cantona? Calls Fergie a genius here and says Manband Berba is “great.”

Today? Man United to the south of France to face Gignac, Remy and a Marseille team that have been ho-hum at best in Ligue 1 action.

Key match-ups?

Will Evra’s rose have a thorn in Loic Remy floating out behind his forward runs on the “port” flank?

And America’s best friend Andre Ayew attempts to boss the Redhead Devil midfield.

I’m sorry, did we mention Cantona?

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dth on 2011/02/23 at 12:33 PM

    Everyone’s favorite journalist Schaerlaeckens has an article about Agudelo: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/6104495/juan-agudelo-next-big-thing-us-soccer

    It’s a not-terrible article. I did think the section about hyping Agudelo too soon was entirely too simple, though. Excepting Adu–who’s a singularity in world soccer, period–the rest of the guys hyped were hyped at pretty much a normal age for hyping by worldwide standards. Players have gotten hyped across the globe and some of them, nevertheless, succeed. And some of the unhyped players end up becoming really good players too. It’s my personal suspicion that hyped players worldwide succeed at a greater rate than the unhyped ones, but this is just a bias. At any rate, it’s clear that other countries are outproducing us regardless of hype. The U.S. has created no world-class players, whether of the hyped or unhyped variety. So if hype is a factor in the backwardness of our development, it’s not the most important one.

    (It’s rather rich to compare our hype to other countries’ hype. Wilshere has been called, in some sources, the English Xavi. We haven’t really hyped any of our players that hard since we were burned by Adu, and, at any rate, lack the media to comprehensively hype a player as other countries do. It’s also rather rich for the Red Bulls organization to talk about how they haven’t been hyping and inflating expectations for Agudelo: Soler compared him to Jurgen Klinsmann in a WSJ article! Sure, you could argue we’re learned by not saying Agudelo is the next Eusebio, but that’s only a small progressive step.)

    There’s also no attempt to differentiate what about the hyped players is causing them not to succeed: is is the hype or the players? That is, are our hyped players worse than everyone else’s hyped players?

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/02/23 at 7:31 PM

      by the way, for those of us who want to relive Wilshere’s epic Barcelona performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W8Ie4MyRX0&feature=player_profilepage

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    • Posted by dikranovich on 2011/02/24 at 6:11 AM

      im against the article, because the author cant even differentiate between dmb and his brother jamar and that is pretty sad. i dont know, maybe he actually meant to use the older brother of dmb as the example, because dmb has had a pretty solid career. plus dmb played in holland and this bozo writer is actually dutch. oh well, if it aint being hyped, it aint that bright.

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      • Posted by dikranovich on 2011/02/24 at 6:23 AM

        it seems pretty obvious to me that the main reason usa has not produced superstars yet is because there was no viable pro league in the united states for about fifteen years. the mls has now been in existence for fifteen years and the usa will start producing world superstars.

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  2. Posted by John on 2011/02/23 at 12:38 PM

    Turns out that the purchase of Goal.com today included the unnamed sources, quote and article harvesting, and rumors. However the innuendo is getting picked up by the Times and the idiocy will be getting picked up by OK.

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  3. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/02/23 at 9:02 PM

    If I’m not mistakened. The Army and Air Force collegiate football team both rely hevily on the run option game. But if you’re referring to the Armed Forces’ specialties then that’s another thing

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  4. Posted by Nelson on 2011/02/24 at 3:20 AM

    Lol the non hype article creates so much hype

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