Ronaldo Open to MLS Move

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In an exclusive interview with FHM magazine Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo talked about the possibility of playing in MLS before retiring. “I am not closing the door on any league anywhere in the world,” said the Portuguese.

Ronaldo, who features on the cover of the November edition of FHM, admitted during the interview his plans for the remainder of his career. “I’m definitely thinking about playing in the USA for a year. I’ve always said living and playing there is a possibility.”

Episode 6: Los Cachirules podcast -Honduras Fan Interview

Los Cachirules PodcastOn Episode 6 of Los Cachirules Big Soccer Mexico’s ‘Catrachito’ joins the cast to talk about all things Honduras and lets listeners know what to expect from the Tricolors fourth round qualifying group rivals. Joely laments the demise of Chiva~Cola as Goat sympathizers Christian and Juan praise coach Matias Almeyda’s influence in the club’s Copa MX win. The always mysterious John Jagou talks about pointy ball, Albert is not impressed with Cortes ‘Maradonian’ goal, Fernando drops Zingers, and Rony finally stops talking about lose balls as the group tries to forget Mexico’s U-17 Bullying by Nigeria.

Chicharito Unvarnished

Most interviews with star athletes don’t ever amount to much.  In fact, they are usually a a raging torrent a cliches, flooded with rivulets of emptiness cascading into a waterfall of nothing.  Zero. Why did I just watch that?

Enter Leon Krause. Univision 34’s news anchor got a sit down for his “la Mesa” segment with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and then proceeded to do the impossible:  He got the Bayer Leverkusen striker to open up about his struggles, concerns, and even shed some tears.

Truth be told, Chicharito is not your average everyday professional athlete.  On the rare occasion when he grants interviews, he is almost always forthcoming and honest.  He saves the stream of consciousness cliches for the post-game mixed zones.

This interview was a little different, though.  He spoke of his struggles as a professional and how hard it was not only for him, but for his family.  And it seemed to helped liberate Javier in some way.  Is it a mere coincidence that Chicharito has gone on a massive scoring spree since he had this chat, starting with Mexico’s 3-2 win over the USA?  Hardly.

On a lighter note, the interview did remind me of the long gone but never forgotten Larry Sanders Show.  An episode where Larry also opened up.

Look out, Leon.  Seeing how well Javier has performed after sitting down with you may mean that you will have more athletes beating down your door to be the next subject in your “la Mesa” segment. Why send players to Colombia when you can send them to LA?

Since his sitdown on “La Mesa”, Chicharito has outscored his former side, Manchester United.  The whole team.  You are going to need a bigger table, Leon, cuz they are going to come calling.

 

 

 

Benzema Charged in Sex Tape Case

PARIS — Five years after missing the World Cup amid his involvement in a prostitution probe, Karim Benzema was charged Thursday with conspiracy to blackmail as part of an investigation over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

Benzema, widely considered one of the most talented strikers in the world, also faced preliminary charges of participating in a criminal group in a scandal that has monopolized the national media’s attention.

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Belgium Top FIFA World Ranking

Belgium top the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time in history. Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils) have jumped two places on the November edition to replace previous leaders Argentina (3rd, down 2) and world champions Germany (2nd, unchanged).

The biggest climbers in the top ten are Chile (5th, up 4), while England (9th, up 1) and Austria (10th, up 1) have each made slight progress. This is the first time that Belgium, Chile and Austria have ever reached such heights on the global ladder.

Pep’s Possession Game

“People say that ball possession might not be the most important thing but for me, it is the most important thing,” Pep Guardiola told the Guardian after Bayern Munich’s 5-1 win over Arsenal in Champions League group action. “It’s the first step and then the second, third and fourth steps can come after. With the ball, you have more possibilities to create something and to concede fewer chances.

“I have a lot of respect for my players and when they decided to become footballers, they wanted to play with the ball. It’s not only about running. It’s all about having the ball, playing and dealing with the ball. Because we have had the ball, we have scored a lot of goals and haven’t conceded a lot,” said the Spaniard.

Ronaldo’s Winning Mentality

Real Madrid stiker Cristiano Ronaldo opened up in an interview with BBC sports and claimed that he is the best footballer in the world and comparable with the game’s all-time greats.

“I don’t need to say ‘I’m in the history of football, I’m a legend’. The numbers say everything,” said the 30 year old Ronaldo. “In my mind, I’m always the best. I don’t care what people think, what they say. In my mind, not just this year but always, I’m always the best,” he added.

Chivas Win Validates Copa MX

 

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Funny how things work out.  A few years ago when the creation of Copa MX was announced (in conjunction with a newly rebranded Liga MX), the new tournament was met with a steady stream of cynicism and criticism.  It’s structure was a joke, we were told.  Too many games, a point structure that was difficult to understand, and no one –  no one would care.  No one did care for the first couple of years.  Can you name the winners of the first editions of Copa MX?

Exactly. I can’t either.

It was going to take a team with a certain amount of cache to put Copa MX on the map.  Sure, Cruz Azul won the thing a while back, but the tournament was still in the who cares stage.  Last night, before a sellout crowd in Leon, Copa MX became a tournament worth caring about.  Don’t believe me? Ask the Chivas fans who celebrated at the Minerva monument last night in Guadalajara. After all, it had been 9 years – 9 YEARS – since Chivas had held any kind of hardware.

chivas minervaBut it wasn’t just the fans in Leon or the ones who celebrated in Guadalajara afterwards.  It was also the players and coaches.  Both sides played to win, had several chances to do so, and in the process rewarded everyone with an end-to-end tilt that was in stark contrast to the usual puckered, defensive-minded borefests that permeate most finals.

There will be those who will minimize the final; can’t be a cynic otherwise, right?  And, yes, the Copa MX could use some tinkering to streamline it to enhance the play on the field.  But it is not going anywhere for now, so you might as well buck up and play it.  Give your reserves some time on the track. Let your slumping stars work their way out of it.  You might just right yourselves and win something along the way.

If I were FMF King for a day, I would keep Copa MX for the Apertura, but I would go a different direction for the Clausura: north.  I would add MLS and USL for a 78-team straight knockout to the final.  50 teams get a 1st round bye. And then a 64-team blind draw to the final. Whether folks from both sides care to admit it or not, both leagues need each other.  This would be a great way to get them involved.

Chivas and their fans can enjoy their win for about 24 hours.  Then they will be reminded of their reality with a visit to Culiacan for a key 6-point battle with one of their drop-zone mates.  But they can do so knowing they have finally added something more than dust to their trophy case.

Mexican Circus: Piojo Herrera, Carlos Albert and TV Azteca clowns.

In Mexico, there is a popular aspect of TV that is called “Novelas”. This popularity is does not just occur in Mexico because there are Soap Operas in the US and this thing called reality TV. Fact is drama sells.

So lets look at this Piojo drama that occured over the summer and prior.

  1. Piojo is meme/internet famous for excitited goal celebrations.
  2. Piojo gets National Team job and has a good World Cup.
  3. Piojo tweets politics and gets criticized.
  4. Piojo’s daughter gains fame by not blocking out the haters, but responding to them.
  5. Piojo’s Mexico, fails to impress in controversial Gold Cup.
  6. TV Azteca, specifically Martinolli goes on a tirade against Piojo.
  7. Piojo gets upset and bullys/beats up Martinolli in the airport.
  8. Piojo is hated and press mount against him. He is then fired from the NT.

Piojo was awesome with the America and then the NT, he was entertaining. Animated gifs were made of his hilarity. It’s true he didn’t do so well in the Gold Cup, however, lets analyze one of his greatest critics, TV Azteca. We all remember Martinoli when he had a childish fit, when Mexico was failing during WC qualifiers. Saying the likes of “We love you forever, and ever” and “God bless America” as the US scored 2 goals vs Panama, then going on to insult Mexico calling them “petardos” and that they couldn’t qualify on their own merits.

Now if the events that happened on the field weren’t dramatic enough, the hooting and hollering in the background along with the tirade by Martinoli definitely was. US fans loved it, and it blew up. US fans as well as Mexicans, honored Graham Suzi for scoring the 2nd goal. Martinoli went on to say, The US has past us in Soccer and is better“.

If you ever watch a broadcast with TV Azteca in Mexico you can see how entertaining it really is. In the Pregame of the Mexico vs Trinidad y Tobago game, they showcased Nicki Minaj since she is from T&T, then proceeded to make jokes and innuendo. You would get the same type of jokes during the game. The kind of jokes that you probably won’t hear in the US. Campos is a pretty big part of this circus as well. You may find him on the field reporting, but as you can see, chanclas are the professional attire.

One instance in the broadcast, Martinoli and Luis Garcia were discussing the game at halftime, while Campos was in the middle without a mic, leaning/sitting on a table behind him. Just relaxing while Martinoli and Garcia would talk. When Campos wanted to get a word in, he would just speak and wait for Martinoli to get the mic closer to him.

The point is, Piojo may be a bully, and physically attacking Martinoli is of course unacceptable, but the TV Azteca crew is a joke. Martinoli is a joke. Campos is a clown. All this is great though, it is funny, good TV, and probably gets high ratings. But you can see why Piojo would be perturbed. Then when the incident happens in the airport with Martinoli, the entire press pounces on Piojo. Sure it is justified, but just once I would like to see the Circus at TV Azteca be called out for their foolishness. Although when I think about it, I am not sure I would necessarily want them to change. After all the Circus is the Greatest Show on Earth!

Now as of today, Carlos Albert, who we all know from Futbol Picante. Or atleast used to know, as he was “dramatically” removed from the show. He recently published an article at Milenio insulting Piojo once again. Check out the article here. Albert goes on to call Piojo “injured”, “salty” and still licking his wounds. Albert states that Piojo asked Xolos management to tell TV Azteca to not allow Martinoli on broadcasts involving Xolos. He also states that he sent text stating that he did not want any involvement with Carlos Albert as press. This of course is what spurred Albert to write the article and set his targets back on Piojo. Albert calls him “corriente” and “Miguelito” as his article’s main purpose is to demean Piojo and show what a little man he is.

So what we have here is a good old Novela. Where Piojo and Martinoli have beef, then Carlos Albert comes in to insult as he normally does on twitter and other avenues. Piojo then has beef with Albert and the circle of drama goes round and round. Good entertainment no?

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