Ep. 18: Los Cachirules podcast – Discussion over Kuri agression, refereeing and LigaMX

Messi Los CachirulesOur latest episode was one of “extra cancha” news and drama. Fidel Kuri, owner of Veracruz Tiburones, got into a little scuffle with head of refereeing Edgardo Codesal. This resulted in heated words and slight shoving of an old man. We discuss the actions on the pitch between Veracruz and Leon and how it escalated to the long pant drama.

We also talk about how Club America may be losing its true and faithful 12th man, as another bad call happened in the Wilas vs Atlas game.

These topics and more in the telenovela that is Mexican futbol.

Ep. 17: Los Cachirules podcast – We talk the pu** chant, Ludueña’s comments and more!

BoothOn this episode, we talk the controversial Chant that is done at all Mexican NT games, when the opposing goalkeeper takes a goal kick. Is it inappropriate? are fans out of line and insensitive? Or is FIFA crazy for thinking they could ever control the fans?

We also talk of the recent Ludueña comments about the lack of youth development and how many players can get complacent and cruise in their futbol careers instead of working to better themselves and reach European leagues.

Then we talk the first Jornada in the LigaMX. Chivas improving but not gaining the win, America as well. The league is just beginnning, so this was just a start.

Tune in and interact with us on the various platforms such as twitter, youtube,  this blog, etc.

Ep. 16: Los Cachirules podcast – Happy New Year! Preview of the start of LigaMX

LosCachirulesWe begin the new year with our first episode talking the beginning of the new LigaMX Clausura season. We give some predictions and get this year started with a good episode.

This year we hope to cover more Mexican Futbol action. World Cup Qualifying will be covered as well as Copa America and maybe even Euro Cup.

So join us on this adventure and feel free to communicate with us on twitter(@Los_Cachirules) or commenting here. Feedback is welcome.

Technical skill in USA vs Mexico

One of the main thoughts I have had in mind and truly believe in, is that the reason Mexican players have greater touch and on the ball technical ability than their US rivals is because they have the ball at their feet from an earlier age among other reasons. Lets analyze some of these reasons.

USA Soccer lifestyle:

  • First, in the US kids play soccer in the back yard if there is time, but mostly during soccer practice and the actual soccer game.
  • Second, kids will always play sports in the house and anywhere they can, but it is more common in the US that they have a pointy shaped football and throw it around. There are other more popular sports, in the US that take away from time playing with a ball at their feet.
  • Third, is it easier to play with the soccer ball in your house in Mexico or in the US? This theory I am not sure on. Do US parents require more order and are strict on their kids breaking something while trying some Ronaldinho moves? I am not sure.

Mexico Soccer lifestyle:

  • Kids in Mexico will play soccer anywhere and everywhere. They don’t need a fancy metal goal with nice white nets. They don’t need nice green grass. They play in the streets, in parks and even in dirt fields.
  • Mexican kids don’t have other sports that are more popular than soccer. This is arguable in some parts of the country where baseball is pretty popular. Soccer is the sport to watch on TV and with balls sold at every market, there is no reason a kid wouldn’t have one growing up.

 

To demonstrate this reasoning. In the last few years while living in the US, never once have I seen kids playing soccer in the street. I have a park behind my house and have only seen kids play soccer there maybe once. I have a full soccer field down the road and I have never seen any kids play soccer there on their own.

Another aspect of this is the Mexican-American population, who admittedly are the ones that are most interested in soccer in the first place. Do they play in the streets, even though they live in the US? I would say no. The US culture seems to sway this, be it playing Xbox or needing a better field, but probably the biggest reason is not enough Mexican-Americans around to start a game. I think in neighborhoods of higher concentration of Mexicans/Mexican-Americans, you would find more kids playing soccer and even in the streets of the US.

Now I have spent the last 3 days in Mexico and going out and about I see the following, which I record for hard proof of the Soccer culture in Mexico. You might even be impressed with some of the moves and skill that these kids do and surely emulate from their favorite players.

Enjoy:

 

Estadio Corregidora – Queretaro

Estadio Corregidora

Vacation has brought me to Queretaro, so I took a walk to the stadium for a few pictures. So let’s talk Gallos Blancos and reminisce some highlights from this past year.

The Estadio Corregidora is the home of the Gallos Blancos of Queretaro. A city just north of Mexico City and recently known as the Team where Ronaldinho Gaucho payed for the Clausura 2015 season and took the team to the League Final only to lose to Santos Laguna.

During the 1st leg Semifinal of the Clausura 2015 Liguilla, some controversy arose as Head Coach Manuel Vucetich, benched both Sinha and Ronaldinho right before the half after going down by 2 goals. Ronaldinho didn’t like being taken out and was visibly frustrated with Vucetich. He didn’t head to the midfield line for the substitution, instead he walked direclty to the locker room entrance to leave the field entirely.

Vucetich could be seen as the villain and to be attempting to humiliate the Brazilian legend. He could have easily waited a few minutes for the half to end and make the change then. There seemed to have been a bit of a power struggle between the two. Ronaldinho is now no longer with the team, since the summer of this year.

Now the Argentine, Emmanuel Villa is the goal scorer for the team. He will be joined by Mexican youngster Carlos Fierro. Clausura 2016 should be interesting for the team.

Bad Luck Marco: Gets sold to Bundesliga team, still needs to fight descenso.

Marco Fabian from Chivas has been sold to German Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt for 4.5 Million. The Chivas goal scorer is well known for putting in some impressive Golazos for the Sacred Herd of Guadalajara, so it will be interesting to see if he can do the same in Germany.

Some say that Fabian has had his ups and downs. He can be considered inconsistent. He could score a screaming goal one game and then proceed to go on a 4 game drought. There is also the discipline issue and his infamous partying and drinking lifestyle. Moving to the “Big Leagues” in Europe may improve his discipline as he will need to impress and work hard to earn respect and most importantly playing time with his new club.

New League, same situation:

Marco FabianWhile he is leaving Chivas, a club fighting to stay out of relegation/descenso, it appears he is in the same situation with his new club in Bundesliga. Eintracht Frankfurt is in 15th place, 2 spots away from relegation. So not only does he need to impress and work hard for the sake of his career, but also to lift up his team in the Bundesliga Table.

Bundesliga Success:

Of course hard work and impressing, is something he can learn from his fellow Paisa in Bundesliga, Chicharito. Javier Hernandez is the epitome of discipline and class, something Fabian should emulate and follow. Things may look up for Fabian in this move. If he can put it all together the right way and score goals on a consistent basis, he can be well on his way to a successful European stint. Chicharito is doing it, so can he.

Chicharito’s success includes a recent hattrick and plenty of goals and assists. He is also secured a starting role with the team. Fabian has a good chance to follow in his success and improve his worth. However, he can’t disappear on the field. He has to make an impact. Critics could say that Chicharito’s success may be due to some of the quality of teams he is up against. Bayer’s most recent win was against a 4th division team. The term slumpbuster may even be mentioned. Supporters could say, he is playing 90 minutes and when given the opportunity, will score. No matter, this is an opportunity of a lifetime for Marco Fabian. He needs to show his worth, gain a starting role and score goals, be a contributor. He has the ability to do it.

Many Mexicans have performed well in Germany, Pavel Pardo being one of the first along with Salcido, and even Maza. This is the time for Marco Fabian to make his mark. If he can, there may be a chance for him to head to the next World Cup.

 

Ep. 15: Los Cachirules podcast – We talk America’s failure, Tigres win and LigaMX transfers.

Another Wednesday night, another show of Los Cachirules podcast. We discussed the failure of America during the Club World Cup. Atleast they got 5th place. We also discussed the Tigres win, LigaMX transfers and even who we wanted to see descend.

Listen in…

Ep. 14: Los Cachirules podcast – delayed post.

PumasEpisode 14 from last week, recorded right after the 1st Leg of the Tigres vs Pumas final. We discussed the bleak chances for Pumas to get back, which as we know now, didn’t turn out to be so bleak.

As always, we broadcast our show live on youtube, and announce it on our twitter account. So you can follow live, or wait until we release the episodes for iTunes and on this blog.

 

Tigres Offense vs Pumas Defense Stats preview

Pumas vs TigresSo Martin Del Palacio has been putting up some great Youtube videos analyzing the statistics side of these Liguilla games. You can find his videos here!

I wanted to review a quick video he covered in text format for you to read. This is what he gathered. Props and credit to Martin:

Pumas Defense:

Pikolin the best goalkeeper in LigaMX?

Stats during Apertura 2015 for Pikolin Palacios (Pumas goalkeeper):

  • Most shots received at 126
  • Blocked 83 of those shots. (Best in League of all keepers)
  • 20 goals received. (2nd Best in League)

Pumas gave up 1 goal for every 15.5 shots on goal.

Tigres Offense:

Stats during Apertura 2015 for Andre Pierre Gignac (Tigres goalscorer):

  • 48 shots on goal. (league leader)
  • 1 goal for every 4.36 shots. (Last place amongst top 10 goal scorers)

As a reference lets look at Ismael Sosa’s numbers:

  • 22 shots on goal.
  • 1 goal for every 2.2 shots.

 

Offense as a team:

Tigres:

  • 1 goal for every 10 shots

Pumas:

  • 1 goal for every 5.8 shots

 

So based on these stats, Pumas takes advantage of their opportunities. Tigres creates and has more opportunities, but has a lower percentage of effectiveness. Additionally Pikolin and the Pumas defense has been solid in keeping the ball out of the net. This was displayed in the 1st leg of the America semifinal game, where America dominated but was not able to score on the Pumas defense, even though they had the majority of possession.

It should be an interesting game tonight.

Much thanks to Martin, who you can find on twitter @martindelp

Chicharito, Tecatito, Herrera and Layun eliminated from Champions League

While they all had good moments, these 4 Mexicans playing abroad have been eliminated from the Champions League tournament. The fact that the competition is getting harder makes it even more difficult for teams like Porto and Bayer.

Atleast it ended with a Chicharito goal to help Bayer tie up the mighty Barcelona. Tecatito shined for moments in the Porto vs Chelsea game, even owning 2 defenders on the left site at one. They just couldn’t pass the hump of the upper tier competition. Things are still looking up for these guys. Even in the tie you can check out the near goal Chicharito almost had that would have given Bayer the lead.

We still have other Mexicans still in the competition as Raul Jimenez, Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno are still in the fight. We will see how they fair with their respective teams.

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