It was Monday night madness at Los Cachirules, Podcast no.5, as the panel discussed Mexico’s qualification to the FIFA U-17 semifinal’s and their upcoming match against powerhouse Nigeria! John Jogou and Rony wax poetic about watching ppv footy at Rita’s Billiards and Massage parlor while Fernando makes an impromptu appearance after being summoned by the cast mentioning ‘Lavolpe’ three times.
Coquimbo, Chile — Mexico’s U17 defeated their Ecuador counterpart, at Estadio Francisco Sanchez Rumoroso, with a score of 2-0 and advanced to the semifinals stage. The match was witnessed by a crowd of 3000 is the first game in the FIFA Under 17 World Cup where Mexico does not enjoy a possession advantage.
Mexico played without zaguero Fernando Venegas. Venegas partnership with captain Jose Esquivel has been the heart of the Mexican defense which has ceded only 2 goals. Venegas had to serve a one game suspension due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
Mexican upstarts Kevin Magana and Pablo Lopez would be shades of their old selves as the Ecuadorians would mark them closely and pressure them into ceding possession to a teammate or opponent.
In a high-octane shootout at the Omnilife stadium, not apt for the feign of heart, Chivas and Pachuca settled their match week 15 dispute with a 4-4 draw. The goal-fest had a special guest in Mexico national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio who is preparing for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.