Platini Angry at ‘Shameful’ FIFA Ban

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UEFA Boss Michel Platini still wants to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president, despite serving a 90-day ban while corruption claims are investigated. In an interview with Le Monde Newspaper the 60-year old admitted that had done nothing wrong and “certainly still wants to” stand in the Fifa presidential election in February.

“It’s shameful to be dragged through the mud like this,” said Platini.

“I have been suspended for three months, but what annoys me the most is being tarred with the same brush as the others,” continued the Frenchman.

“My lawyers are following the Fifa proceedings and will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if needs be. I don’t think I have lost many votes with these scandals,” added Platini. “People who know me know that I can look myself in the mirror.”

 

Sir Alex Ferguson on Spanish Football

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson reacts before their English Premier League soccer match against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

In a candid interview with the New York Times former Manchester Untied Boss and legend Sir Alex Ferguson opened up about enjoying football and the joys of attending a La Liga match in the seventies and eighties.

“Last season. I went up to have dinner at Ronaldo’s house in Madrid. Took my son and grandson and we just went. I rung up Ronaldo and said, “Hope you’ve got three tickets for us.” He says, “Boss! Boss! of course! Of course!” But I love that. I love going to these big games in Spain.

When I was a young coach, and I used to travel and scout myself, Spanish football back in the ’70s and ’80s was more of a big event. You see these women all dressed as if they’re going to the opera. And the smell of the perfume, and the guys with the cigars smoking in the directors box. It was a fantastic atmosphere for a football game, an event. You’re going [inhales deeply], “Ohhhh, that’s fantastic.” It’s a different game today, because you have corporate boxes and things like that. It changes it a bit.”

Mexican U17 dominates Argentina in debut.

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In a performance reminiscent of early 1990’s Mexican National Team, playing in Estadio Nelson Oyarzún Arenas, located about 400 KM from the Chilean Capital Santiago, the Mexican U17 squad, led by Mario Arteaga, kicked off their debut by seeing off the Miguel Lemme Argentine squad.

Goals by Mexican Winger Magaña, of C.D. Guadalajara, and a converted penalty by Mexican zaguero Venegas, of C.F. Pachuca, of in the 10th and 77th minutes.

Lemme’s men were content to cede possession and sit in their half of the pitch, absorbing pressure and looking to striker on the counter. Mexico’s first warning that this would not be an easy match with a well-place shot outside the 18 forcing the Argentine keeper Peano into a spectacular save in the 2nd minute. Argentina’s best chance in the first half came off a well placed through ball off the boot of Captain Conechny, which was flubbed by right winger Berterame 4 minutes later.

In the second half, the Argentine squad changed their tactics, pushing up their lines to press the Mexican salida, looking to win the ball in the Mexican half of the pitch and quickly transition taking advantage of the proximity of the rival goal and possible disorganization. The little albiceleste did improve their possession of the ball, but failed to create clear goal chances. No doubt this is partially due to the Argentine strikers preferring to aim for Sergio Ramos’ still orbiting Champions League penalty miss, rather than the Mexican keeper’s net.

The natural right footed winger Magaña would open the scoreline by dribbling from the left wing past 4 Argentine players and taking a well-placed shot into  the first post of the  Argentine keeper.

Although the final stats sheet will show Argentina with 18 shot attempts, 6 on-target, 9 off-target and 4 blocked, the Argentine squad did not threaten the Mexican keeper much. In part thanks to the hard work of the Mexican backline and mids, who snuffed out the overwhelming majority of counter attacks before they posed a bigger threat, but also due to their inability to approvech any possession they managed in the final 3rd of the pitch.

Mexico enjoyed 59% possession of the ball, created only 13 shot attempts with 6 of them on-target. The Mexican team also won the majority of 1v1 on both sides of the ball while also winning the majority of 50/50 balls and secondary balls.

Looking to motivate his squad for the forthcoming fixture, the Argentine coach Lemme remarked post game  “it was a balanced game and the pace of the game was spectacular.”

Mexico’s coach Mario Arteaga remarked about his team “the team was good tactically speaking and with the quick passes and combinations we could create spaces between lines and the goals came. This win gives us confidence to go ahead”

Neymar Jr becomes La Liga’s Top Goalscorer

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Fourth time’s the charm for Brazilian star Neymar Jr whose four goals in Barcelona’s 5-2 victory over modest Rayo Vallecano pushed him to the top of the goalscoring charts in the Spanish First Division

With eight goals in eight league games the Brazilian international is now in front of Real Madrid duo Benzema and Ronaldo who both scored for Real earlier on in the day in their 3-0 win over Levante. This season Neymar has scored against Atlético Madrid, Levante, Celta Vigo, Sevilla and now Rayo.

 

Cristiano GOATnaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo officially became Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer by scoring in Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo has now scored 324 goals in 310 games with Real making him the: Greatest Of All Time.

Before the start of the match Ronaldo shared his fourth Golden Shoe (2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015) with the fans who cheered the player. The Portuguese striker is the only man to have won four awards as the best player in the European leagues, with one more than Argentina and Barcelona forward Leo Messi.

Cissé Claims Innocence in Sex Tape Blackmail Plot

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Former French international Djibril Cissé has denied trying to blackmail ex-teammate Mathieu Valbuena using sexy time tape footage, a day after he was arrested and questioned over his alleged involvement in the extortion plot.

Cissé, 34, was released without charge late in the afternoon and immediately claimed his innocence on French TV, calling up personal friend and host of French chat show “Touche pas à mon poste” (Don’t Touch My TV), Cyril Hanouna, to give his side of the story.

“I have nothing to do with it, Mathieu is a friend of mine,” he told Hanouna over the phone during the show’s live broadcast. “And I was not hiding under the bed while he got it in,” assured the former Marseille striker.

“Frankly, it’s not funny. It’s something that could have been very bad for me and for him,” he said, insisting the police had only taken him in for questioning “to hear my side of the story”.

The flamboyant Cissé himself made a complaint to police in 2008 after claiming he was the target of a blackmail attempt involving a sex tape while he was playing for Marseille. Which begs the questions what is going on in the Les Olympiens locker room.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

Santos FC wants FIFA to ban Neymar

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Brazilian outfit Santos FC has petitioned FIFA to ban Neymar for six months claiming that the Barcelona striker violated FIFA disciplinary codes and is seeking €55 million in compensation and damages.

Santos FC president, Modesto Roma, was seen crying last may during a press conference whilst talking about Neymar’s case. Modesto pleaded that he was not “presenting a lawsuit against an idol,” but “asking for a favor to the club.”
In the lawsuit Santos is asking for Neymar to be suspended for six months from any official matches. The petition is based on the supposed violation of article 62 of FIFA’s disciplinary code in regards to corruption. Santos is accusing Neymar of ill faith and of non-compliance of the player transfer bylaws.

Dutch Talent not well Managed says Cruyff

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“It is not about how talented someone is, but how that talent is handled”, says Johan Cruyff in his weekly column in ‘De Telegraaf’ with reference to the Netherlands failure to qualify to the EURO 2016. “It seems we are not able to have a good build-up against weaker teams, not allowing to have a good attack in play.”

“The Dutch national team started well against Kazakhstan, but failed in the last 20 minutes. In this phase the Kazakh played more reckless through which the Dutch lost total control. This again shows that when Dutch teams are required to decide their game plan, they are not able to do so.”

“This proves the previous World Cup has not been analysed well enough. The way the Dutch team was forced to play football back then should have been a wake-up call. However, after Brazil one has not raised enough questions about how it got this far. Instead most dealt with business as usual after the surprising third place.”

“One and a half year later the Dutch team are in trouble. Not because the players are worse, but because they were handled wrong.”

Los Cachirules: A dos a zero podcast. Episode 2

Our 2nd Episode is in the books. We had some good discussion on the US vs Mexico game that took place for the CONCACAF Cup. I was in attendance along with 93,000 others and enjoyed the great atmosphere and an even greater Golazo by Paul Aguilar.

We discuss the USMNT a bit more that you would originally think a Mexican podcast would, but we would like to get a good amount of US fans as listeners as well, even if some may just be haters. Come one, come all and enjoy the fun.

Another big topic we have discussed is the new Mexican NT coach, Juan Carlos Osorio. Will he succeed, will he last for 6 months, and will he even make it to the World Cup in Russia? Only time will tell, but qualifiers are coming, so he has 1 month until his first game.

Finally we talk the Olympic squad and their success in qualifiers and who will be the 3 overage players that Mexico will take to the Olympics. We even mention the dream scenario of beating Brazil 7-1 in the Maracana!

So take a listen to the podcast below, or on itunes. We also just created a twitter account for the podcast, so follow @los_cachirules.

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