Monday, April 30, 2007

Old Firm

Old Firm: While I considered the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry as the greatest in the world, many people will consider the Old Firm -- the rivalry between the Glasgow-based football teams Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C. -- as number one. Liked the rivalry in Spain, the Old Firm is more than just a sport. Although both clubs did not associate themselves on religious ground officially, it is a fact that Celtics represented the Catholics and the Rangers the Protestants. The rivalry went beyond Scotland and spilled into United Kingdom and Ireland. It is infused with a series of complex disputes, sometimes centred on religion (Catholic and Protestant) and Northern Ireland politics (Loyalist and Republican).

Players who played for both clubs.
Mark Brown
Alfie Conn, Jr,
Mo Johnston ****
Kenny Miller
Steven Pressley

**** In 1989, he moved from Celtics to Rangers and became the first Catholic to sign for Rangers since the WWI. His signature caused anger for fans from both teams. The Celtic fans saw him as a traitor. The Rangers fans viewed the move as a betrayal of the club's traditions

Great Rivalry: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

El Clásico:This rivalry is considered to be the biggest rivalry in soccer. Their roots traced back to the regional conflict between Castile and Catalonia. From a historic point of view the rivalry projects what many regard as the political and cultural tensions felt between Catalans and the Castillians. During Franco's era in Spain, the Spanish government suppressed all regional identities. Barcelona FC became a cultural identity of Catalana. Althrough Real Madrid was never associated with Franco(in fact, several prominent Real Madrid club officials were killed during that era), many people saw them as the club of the capital city and therefore, the symbol of the Franco regime.

In the 1950s the rivalry was intensified further when the clubs disputed the signing of Alfredo Di Stéfano. Some marked this as the real beginning of this great rivalry since Real Madrid only won 2 La Liga titles in their entire history, prior to the arrival of Di Stefano and was not considered a powerhouse in Spain. Di Stefano led Real Madrid to the pinnacle of European football and put them in conflict with Barcelona who won 5 titles in the 9 seasons before Di Sefano's arrival.

The movement of players between the two clubs has always been painful for fans of both sides. Nevertheless, it is very frequent.
1905: Luciano Liz raga (Real Madrid to Barcelona)
1906: Charles Wallace (Barcelona to Real Madrid)
1911: Alfonso Albeniz (Barcelona to Real Madrid)
1911: Arsenio Comamala (Barcelona to Real Madrid)
1930: Ricardo Zamora (Barcelona-Espanyol-Real Madrid)
1932: Josep Samitier (Barcelona to Real Madrid)
1939: Hilario Juan Marrero Perez (Real Madrid- Valencia- Barcelona)
1953: Alfredo Di Stefano (Barcelona - Real Madrid)
1961: Justo Tejada (Barcelona - Real Madrid), Jesus Pereda (Real Madrid-Valladolid-Sevilla-Barcelona)
1962: Evaristo Macedo (Barcelona - Real Madrid)
1965: Fernand Goyvaerts (Barcelona - Real Madrid)
1965: Lucien Muller (Real Madrid - Barcelona)
1980: Lorenzo Amador (Real Madrid- Hercules CF-Barcelona
1988: Bernd Schuster (Barcelona - Real Madrid)
1990: Luis Milla (Barcelona - Real Madrid)
1991: Gheorghe Hagi (Real Madrid-Brescia-Barcelona)
1992: Fernando ”Nando” Munoz (Barcelona - Real Madrid)
1994: Julen Argote Lopetegui (Real Madrid- Logrones-Barcelona)
1994: Michael Laudrup (Barcelona - Real Madrid)
1995: Robert Prosinecki (Real Madrid-Oviedo-Barcelona), Miquel Soler (Barcelona-Sevilla-Real Madrid)
1996: Luis Enrique(Real Madrid - Barcelona)
1999: Dani Garcia (Real Madrid-Real Mallorca-Barcelona)
2000: Luis Figo (Barcelona - Real Madrid), Albert Celades (Barcelona-Celta Vigo-Real Madrid), Alfonso Perez (Real Madrid-Real Betis-Barcelona)
2002: Jordi Lopez (Barcelona B - Real Madrid), Ronaldo (Barcelona-Inter Milan-Real Madrid)
2003: Roberto Trashorras (Barcelona B- Real Madrid)
2004: Samuel Eto’o (Real Madrid-Real Mallorca-Barcelona)
2005: Iago Falque (Real Madrid B - Barcelona)
2006: Jeffrey Hoogervorst (Real Madrid B - Barcelona B)
2007: Thaer Fayed Al-Bawab (Real Madrid B - Barcelona B), Javier Saviola (Barcelona - Real Madrid) * unconfirmed report

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Funny & weird names in soccer n sport

Weirdest of the brunch
Argelico 'Argel' Fucks: Brazilian player wo played in Japan, Spain and Brazil
God Shamgod: former NCAA basketball player for Providence.
Gregor Fucka: Slovenian basketball player who now plays for Barcelona

All-dicks and Kunts
Paul Dickov: Pull Dickov..... Manchester City striker.
Brian Pinas (pronounced penis): A Dutch player who played with Newcastle, Feyenoord, etc.
Ansil Elcock: Trinidad and Tobago player who played in the MLS.
Paul Allcock: English referee... so Allcock sent Dickov off.
James Kunt
Dick van Dijk The hero of Ajax's 1971 European Cup champion.

Everyone knows Kaka means shit in Italian and Spanish.... imagine he played with Dudu the Brazilian player for CSKA Moscow.
Thomas Strunz: German player and strunz in Italiann meant shit
Danny Shittu: Nigerian player with Watford.
Toby Oshitola: a Nigerian player who plays for Barnet.
Rafael Scheidt(prounced "shit"): A Brazilian player who played with Celtics.
Dean Windass: English player who played with Sheffield United, etc. It would be nice if he joins Danish club MIDDELFART!!!!!!!
Vladimir But: former Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

Funny if they joined that team
Wolfgang Wolf: German coach once at VfL Wolfsburg.
Arsène Wenger: it is a perfect normal name, but if he coaches Arsenal.... actually he does coach for them.
Francesco Totti had a teammate named Carlo Zotti at one point.

Hey, I can't change my surname
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink: Dutch striker formerly with PSV. the surname was the result of a marriage between the Vennegoors and Hesselinks, and "of" means "or" in English.
Francesco de Francesco: A Serie B player
Eric Djemba-Djemba: Manchester United's player
Lomana Lua Lua: Congolese player for Portsmouth.
Ian Bogie:
A former playmaker for Newcastle United.
Gernot Sick: An Austrian defender. Hope he does not get sick, but Patrice Loko went "loco"(means Crazy).This French player actually lost his mind in real life.
Felix Brilliant: A MLS player and if he teams up with Danny Invincible, an Australian player based in Scotland.
Tomáš Hübschman: A player from Czech Republic. His last name means "pretty man" or "pretty one."
Enzo Scifo (Scifo means like "bad" in italian): A star midfielder from Belgium but with Italian ancestry.

My mum gave that name to me
Titus Bramble : A Newcastle player
Digital Takiwara: A former MLS player.
Doctor Khamola: South African star player

The whole name sounds funny
Buona Morte (meant "good death"): A Portugese player
Joseph-Desiré Job(Joseph wants job): A Cameroonian striker.
Junior Agogo: A Ghanian player born in England.
Shaka Hislop: A keeper for T&T.
Dipsy Selolwane: A MLS player from Botswana.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Norwegian striker for Man Utd.
Asier Del Horno: A defender from Basque.
Papa Bouba Diop: a Senegalese plater with Fulham.

My name rhymes
Muzzy Izzet:
Turkish midfielder
Gianluca Pagliuca: Italian keeper WC 1994. .

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Winning a World Cup

I edited footages from the WC Final between 1950 and 2006. Then, I added two classic songs by the Queen. The collest part is probably Baggio missing the penalty in 1994 and I showed Buffon celebrating.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Inzaghi and Vieri: Were they gay????

"Lovers" in action?
A few years ago, Christian Vieri and Pippo Inzaghi formed a lethal "partnership" on the field. Off the field, they were also "best friends". One played for AC Milan.... the other Inter Milan. Good things did not last long. The pair is no longer friend. I wondered why???? Seomething happened between the two of them. Here is a tribute to two great players who "loved" each other.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Italy = 2006 World Cup

I am looking Italy from 1934 onward. I want to create a story for Italy. So this video is not about soccer action. Many viewers thought the music sucked. I am not into music!!!!

Manchester United: RVN and Rooney

A few years ago, Manchester United started to venture into the untapped US market. They toured the US every summer. They noticed that to break into the US market, they must market themselves to the kids. So they turned to cartoons. So they paired up Rooney with Van Nistlerooy the horseface.

Zidane and Roberto Carlos with hair: Priceless

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Real Madrid

This is my 2nd video. My first one was a tribute to Real Madrid 1955 to 1960, but Youtube deleted my old account. The video was gone.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

My soccer video

I like to direct soccer video. I made contributes to the greatest national teams and Real Madrid in the world.

This one is for Brazil.

i did not really like the music. Santana is cool, but that Samba music is annoying. Too 1980ish for my liking.