Boca Jrs Win Argentine Championship

After a four year dry spell Boca Jrs managed to once again lift the Argentine league championship with a one-nil win over Tigre at home at the Bombonera stadium. “I’ve won many titles but none compare to this,” admitted club idol Carlos Tevez after the match.  

“Sometimes we didn’t know how to play the games but I believe that we had the hunger that makes you win when everything else is missing,” said Tevez who turned down many offers from European clubs in order to retire at his boyhood club.

Teammate Fernando Gago had no doubts Boca was the best team of the championship. “Without a doubt we were the best, this is demonstrated by the points we made,” the hardworking midfielder said. “This (win) is very important for me. I lived through a very bad injury. It’s been a long time since I had won a league championship over here.”

Gago and Tevez will both get a chance to add more silverware to the ‘Xeneizes’ coffers as the club also reached the Argentine Cup final. The match against Rosario Central is scheduled for the 4th of November.

 

Valdano on Newell’s Downfall

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“They (Newell’s Old Boys) had a very good school of football in a city that maintains a relationship that is clearly exaggerated with the sport and in a zone that is a gigantic field for football. I would come out of my house to find a football field of one thousand squared kilometers: a plain that was only interrupted by a cow or some tree, everything else was a football field.

It was a zone that had good nourishment, which also counts, because there are other more deprived areas where the problem with nutrition doesn’t favor the rise of great footballers. I believe what was essential is that it was a school of football created and projected by Jorge Griffa one of the gurus of formation in Argentina which has situated Newell’s in a place of honor in the projection of players.

That ended when Griffa left. In the last years there has been some authentic perversions. For example the barras bravas (rowdy supporter groups) own players from the youth teams. Just by mentioning that we are speaking about the poor ethic in which the club had fallen into, happily recovered under new management. 

Like Alfredo Di Stefano always said ‘to destroy all you need is a hammer but to create you need intelligence and effort.’ The hammering was very rough and now it will take time to recover.” 

Mourinho Confident of Chelsea Resolve

Despite growing rumors that Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat against Liverpool would send Jose Mourinho packing the ‘Blues’ manager is confident that he will remain at the helm.

“No, I don’t think this was my last match here and, yes, I think I will be given time to turn it round,” Mourinho told reporters at the post match press conference. “I have no doubt the players still want to play for me. The team is together.”

When asked what happens next, Mourinho said: “I go home and I will find a sad family. I will try to watch some rugby and disconnect a little. And then I will start preparing for the game against Dynamo Kiev.”

Louis Van Gaal’s Scoring Woes

Manchester United’s scoreless draw against Crystal Palace was the third match in a row that the ‘Red Devils’ failed to find the back of the net prompting manager Louis Van Gaal to voice his concerns.

After the match the Dutchman said “of course [it’s worrying], but today when you are not creating so many chances you cannot complain. Against Mboro I thought we had chances to finish, so that is of more concern. But today we had no chances to win it.”

“I don’t think [it’s mental]. When I see the characters, I don’t think they have doubt about their quality. They need one match, and I hope that’s against CSKA Moscow because we need the victory,” continued Van Gaal.

The under pressure United manager is hoping that the match up against CSKA in Champions League action can get his squad back to their scoring ways. “I’m very experienced, and I know we have to recover, recover, recover. I can only speak in meetings and in private meetings. We hope we can score against Moscow because we need to win.”

Barçaween

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In the spirit of all hallows eve F.C. Barcelona players surprised media and fans, after their 2-0 win over Getafe, by storming the press room dressed in Halloween costumes. The players, still in costume, then wandered out to mingle with fans before heading back to the dressing room.

Pele on Neymar and Messi

Brazilian legend Pele, in an interview with Placar magazine, did not hold back when talking about F.C. Barcelona duo Neymar and Lionel Messi. The three time World Cup champion criticized Neymar’s shortcomings while calling the Argentine’s style of play unique.

“Neymar is a good player, but how many goals has he scored with his head in his life,” said the 75 year old Pele. “Is he an excellent player? He is, but Vasconcelos [Pele’s Santos team-mate between 1956 and 1958] was 10 times better than Neymar, without any doubt.

“Neymar is an attacker, he plays up front. That is it. He does not track back, does not organize and does not come out to play. It’s difficult to compare him with so many players of the past when he has deficits although within the current Brazil team, he is the main figure, the only one.”

In regards to Neymar’s Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi the Brazilian legend considers the Argentine to be the best in the modern era, but also pointed out his perceived weaknesses.

“Messi, I always said in the last 10 years he is one of the players I considered superior,” admitted Pele. “But, for example, he doesn’t use his head. He predominantly uses his left [foot] and is not ambidextrous. And, today, he is the best. Messi has the same style as Maradona, the same kind of game. So he is lucky, because there is no one to compare him with.”

 

Players Wanted

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El Salvador’s road to Russia 2018 has suffered an internal Smack Down as national team players have threatened to quit over unfair wages and treatment. Making lite of the situation is soccer newspaper ‘El Grafico’ which cover makes fun of the Salvadorean Football Federation’s (FESFUT) resolve to select an alternative squad.

The mock ad displayed in the newspaper cover guarantees applicants a trip to Mexico where they will get a tour of the Azteca stadium including souvenirs. El Salvador, who recently lost a core group of players banned for match fixing scandals, are set to face the mighty Tricolor in Group A of CONCACAF fourth round Qualifying.

Di Maria’s Top 10

Argentina and PSG striker Angel Di Maria opened up in a candid interview with Spanish newspaper MARCA and revealed which were his Top 10 most influential people in his career.

David Luiz
“He’s a great friend. I spent three very important years with him at Benfica”.

Edinson Cavani
“An exceptional striker and a great guy”.

Leo Messi
“One of the best in the world. Playing with him and being his friend is everything to me. Defending the national colours for Argentina with a player like him… words can’t describe it”.

Cristiano Ronaldo
“We shared many things together. He’s a wonderful person, very different from what you see on the pitch. He wants to win everything, score goals. It pains him when he doesn’t score and the team don’t win”.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi
“He always wanted to sign me and I’m very grateful for the lengths he went to”.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
“There was only one name left for me to tick off on the list. Now that I’m finally playing alongside Ibra I can safely say I’ve played with all the best”.

Florentino Pérez
“I didn’t have much contact with him. Neither when he signed me, nor afterwards. I left like I did but I don’t bear any grudge”.

Carlo Ancelotti
“A great coach and a great person. He stuck by me during one of the most difficult times in my career”.

Keylor Navas
“There’s a lot of talk about De Gea, but Navas has gone from strength to strength. I went through something similar when I was joined by more famous players than me but I also ended up playing”.

Laurent Blanc
“He called me up when I was on holiday to ask me to come to Paris, telling me I was just the player he needed”.

Episode 4: Los Cachirules podcast. Interview with El Salvador Fan!

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In Ep. 4 of Los Cachirules, we had the pleasure of interviewing @ElPajaroPicon_ about the El Salvador National Team situation with the players demanding money and other benefits from the Federation. Even to the point of walking out of their camp in preparation for their game vs Mexico next month. He gives good insight on the National Team drama and other El Salvador news.

We then continue to talk Mexican futbol, specifically the Mexican U17 team that beat host nation Chile and continues their journey to another WC trophy in the U17 division. Also Chivas win their semi-final game vs Toluca. MLS gets discussed as Gio and the LA Galaxy went against Seattle, as well as Mark Geiger making an appearance in the DC United vs New England game.

Check out the podcast, here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes. This is a weekly podcast that occurs every Wednesday night at 9pm Central.

Mascherano’s Obsession with Sea Shells

During Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Eiber, at home at Camp Nou, Javier Mascherano was heard yelling “Hey, Your Sister’s Sea Shell,” to the assistant referee. The phrase seems quite harmless except that sea shell means ‘cunt’ in this instance.

“He told us that it was more an act of frustration and that he never meant to insult anyone” vice-president Jordi Mestre stated after the match. Despite earning a two match ban the Argentine will be available for the Clasico against Real Madrid. 

 

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