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.

Ep. 13: Los Cachirules podcast – More Liguilla Drama as America falls.

Los Cachirules podcastThe Liguilla final is set and a certain Americanista on the Cachirules podcast is salty like no other. In this latest episode of Los Cachirules, we discussed the Pumas lack of beautiful game play and possession in the 2nd leg of their Semifinal vs America. Pumas had a bad game. They had 2 goals scored on them fairly early. America again found themselves in problems as Sambueza stomped on a Pumas player to then get deservedly sent off.

The panel in its majority viewed the game to be evenly refereed, with bad calls going both ways. It was a tough job for a Ref in such a heated rivalry. The big drama was the clash between Javier Guemez and Javier Cortez. Both players went hard for a ball, with Guemez going in faster and harder. Cortez took ended up with studs up and hitting Guemez in the shin. This caused a fracture and Guemez to be out and will miss Club World Cup. Indeed an unfortunate injury, but the intention of of Cortez or entry to recover the ball did not seem malicious.

Second point of drama in the game is the alleged racist remarks from Dario Veron to Darwin Quintero. This is not the first time this has allegedly taken place. Quintero had an issue with another player while at Santos. First of all let me say, racism or racist remarks have no excuse to be used in my opinion. With that said, in the podcast we discussed the idea of “what goes on in the field, stays in the field”. Wether or not this is a legit statement we discussed the fact that Quintero was called out in the past for being a “chismoso” but no call out of Pelaez or Moises Munoz for the same “chisme”.

There were bad things all around in this series:

  1. Bad Pumas play on the field.
  2. Unfortunate Guemez injury.
  3. Racist gestures in the headlines in Mexican soccer.

We now have a LigaMX final with Tigres Vs. Pumas. Hopefully we can see some good soccer to end the season and year.

We will be having another show on Thursday to talk the first leg of the final. Tune in!

Ep. 12: Los Cachirules podcast – We talk Pumas vs America and more

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A Dos a Zero podcast

This was an exciting episode, because we decided to start it right after the Pumas vs America game and while the Tigres vs Toluca game was going on.

You all know how the Pumas vs America game went, so you can imagine certain panelist’s jimmies were most definitely rustled. He had his say and may have spurred a blog post from fellow panelist which you can read here.

My take is, the ref made a mistake by calling the early Pumas goal off. Britos was not offsides and Veron converging in, did not interfere with Moises and was not involved in the play. The call may have been that Britos was offside, and in that case it was wrong. The call could have also been that Veron was interferred, but he was not between Moises and the ball. The ball went so quickly past Moises and Veron that none of them could have done anything to change its trajectory. Clearly a bad call.

No matter, you have to fight through bad calls. It was expected for America to be on attack and to have posession. This an elimination tournament and not a regular season game like had been previously played a couple weeks earlier. It was intense. Memories of Goltz and other Americanistas proving to be hot heads came back. It was a heated and physical game. One stat is that America is the team with the most bookings(red/yellow cards). No change here.

Another stat, in the entire game America had 1 shot on frame. The UNAM defense was strong. I recall seeing cross after cross get headed by a Universitario. First touch and defensive posture was strong with UNAM. Some may say that America possessed and attacked, but didn’t put Pikolin in real danger.

Then came the Red cards. As a result open space for the speedsters, Fidel, Sosa and Britos. Even Lalo Herrera came up big with a very nice Cabezazo!

 

Anyways, we also talked the Neymar showboating issue we have been arguing about. The Real Pundits that claim they would have done the same as Isco and fouled Neymar for acting a fool. I’ll let you have a listen for our differing takes.

We also had some play by play on the Tigres vs Toluca game. All in all a great night for Futbol and good discussion.

Ep. 11: Los Cachirules podcast – Liguilla talk as well as results vs. performance debate

Los Cachirules

After a short break for Thanksgiving, the crew got back together to talk the ongoing Liguilla tournament. Chivas is of course NOT in the Liguilla so some of the guys were getting ragged on about the possibility of America winning another Trophy as well as even Toluca winning their 11th and reaching the same number of titles as Chivas has.

Pumas is also in the mix and some predict an upset in the making vs an apparently better team in Las Wilas from America.

Tigres seems to be the big favorite, with their goal scorer Gignac leading the way. Even if his last Golazo via Chilena was actually kicked off his shin. Pure luck maybe?

The discussuion was also swayed to the question of what is more important having a good performance or getting the result.

Have a listen on iTunes or link below.

We plan on having another show on Thursday evening during the Tigres vs Toluca Liguilla Semifinal. Maybe do some play by play and in game analysis.

Ep. 10: Los Cachirules podcast – Osorio haters vs Osorio praisers.

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Last night’s show was a good one. We had two main differing opinions on the coaching merits of Juan Carlos Osorio after these 2 CONCACAF qualifiers. While both sides agree that the El Salvador win could not be used to measure Osorio’s true impact on the team, the Honduras game in Honduras was supposed to be a tough game. However a few weeks back we interviewed “Catracho” who gave his prediction that Honduras would not qualify to the Hex. That prediction and the fact that Honduras lost to Canada validated the fact that maybe this Honduras team wasn’t as strong as in times past.

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