Showing posts with label soccer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label soccer. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Video:Mesut Ozil shines as Arsenal colors North London red

The matchday 12 ended with a big morale boosting victory for Arsenal at their own home, Emirates as Mesut Ozil stole the show and silenced his haters. Mauricio Pochettino's celebration for his 100th victory as Spurs boss was denied. This was his first loss in a Premier League north London derby as the shift of power has slowly swung away from Arsene Wenger's side. The goalscorers were Shkodran Mustafi, Alexis Sanchez.

The first goal started with a long ball, which was brought under control brilliantly by Alexis Sanchez. His namesake Sanchez dispossesed him with the help of a very good tackle, but referee Mike Dean ruled that foul by the young Tottenham defender in the favour of Arsenal. The ball from the resulting freekick was floated into the penalty area by Mesut Ozil, where the unmarked Mustafi leapt highest  at the far post and steered a fine header across the face of goal and inside the upright.

The bulid up for the second goal was started by Lacazette who got in behind down the right and played the low ball into the Tottenham penalty area, where Sanchez was waiting in acres of space. He made a mess of his first touch, but Lloris remained anchored to his line and allowed the Chilean to recover and rifle the ball between goalkeeper and near post from a ridiculously tight angle. The score was 2-0 in favour of Arsenal and they were in cruise control of the game which everyone expected them to lose.

Arsenal richly deserved that lead needed at the break and had been clearly superior. Spurs will moan about the award of the freekick that led to goal one, and will argue that both goals were very, very close to being offside. But ultimately, Arsenal's big players Sanchez and Ozil turned up, and Tottenham's Eriksen, Alli, a not fully fit Kane had been short of their best.

Tottenham's best chance came in the 56th minute which could have been the referee's  moment who had the option to point to the spot after Kane went down dramatically following Kolasinac's challenge inside the box, but decided to wave the appeal away. Ramsey misjudged a ball played into his path, slipped, and allowed Eriksen to regain possession on the edge of the area. Eventually feeding Kane, the Tottenham striker had sight of goal, but the shot was expertly blocked by Mustafi.

It could have been 3-0 but Lloris saved Tottenham as Ozil danced down the left , and crossed. Sanchez's first touch was poor, but he got it under control and hammered a shot at the near post. Lloris did better here, as he went off the line, narrowed the space and blocked the shot.

All in all it was a good game for Ozil who inspired Arsenal to a much needed win but he should work this hard in every match, not just big ones against Spurs. He had been very impressive today, looked great creatively, while putting in his fair share of the grunt work when it came to tracking back and put various Spurs players under pressure.

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Kashmiri Footballer trades his boots for guns!!!

The valley of Kashmir which was previously synonymous to a slice of heaven on Earth has been turning itself into a living hell, a nightmare that people living in the state are witnessing every single day of their lives. Just like reading the weather report and a traffic update has become a routine, the newspapers report tremors of violence from the valley every single day.

Particularly, the youth of the state has been affected the most. Groups being influenced to join terrorist groups, college students indulging in stone pelting. The beauty and tranquillity of the valley has been replaced with a lull of darkness. Majid Khan, a youth icon is the recent addition to this sad reality. Majid is a known figure in Kashmir as he is a football player in Anantnag. Besides being a great player, he is your simple young 20-year-old boy who stayed with his family and was pursuing his graduation. Except, everything turned upside down! Majid left his family and shunned his home to join terrorist group 'Lashkar-e-Taiba'.

Apparently, he was influenced by his close friends and peers to join the group. The irony of the whole incident is that before this radical transformation, he was working with an NGO which is a humanitarian organisation.

“Majid Khan was also working with an NGO, and during his stint in the organisation, he recruited more than 300 volunteers from Anantnag district. The difference between the present day militancy and the one that existed in early 1990s is that the ideological conviction of the present generation is far more superior”, said an officer who is a part of the investigation. It does not comes as a surprise that his family is shattered and his mother is already begging him to come back home.

The future of this country is in grave hands. While on one side we are vying to be a world class economy in the coming future, on the other, instances like these paint a sad and depressing picture.

Courtesy Of MensXP

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

10 things that have happened since Arsenal last won the league

The words that define Arsenal at this point of time are “mentally very jaded” and, if Arsène Wenger chose them with reference to his players , the truth is that phrase is applicable at Arsenal Football Club with a significantly broader brush. The dictionary definition of jaded feels piercingly critical: dulled or satiated by overindulgence; worn out or wearied; dissipated. The Gunners have not lifted a piece of silverware since their triumph in the competition back in 2005 and are desperate not to see their run extend to a decade.

Here are 10 things which have happened since Wenger and his players last won a trophy.

1.  The Global recession

The Lehmann brothers were famously jailed for the crime in what will probably go down as one of the biggest lies of the century. Back in 2009, Wenger being an expert in finance and economics did not hold back from having his say.

"It looks like football has not been hit by a recession but that is only due to exceptional circumstances, I still think that we will have to become more reasonable in the game, even if you have exceptional circumstances like Real Madrid and Man City.” Well, it really didn’t turn out that way and clubs are still breaking transfer records to this day. Arsenal are not one of those clubs!

2.  Breaking Bad aired and completed

There are very few people who wouldn’t recognize this brilliant work of art by Vince Gilligan. The series got rave reviews and was followed by several around the world. At one point, the show was rated as the highest ever in IMDB.

The actor who played Walter White,  Bryan Cranston won an Emmy award for his depiction of the protagonist. The show lasted for 5 seasons and ran from 2008 to 2013. This was the period Arsenal were supposedly in debt and were paying off their Stadium loans. Two things remained constant in these 6 years. Jesse kept saying B**** and Arsenal finished 4th.

3.  Juventus were relegated, regained promotion and won Serie A

Juventus have actually won Serie A 5 times since they regained promotion to the top tier of Italian football. The Calciopoli was a big scandal that took place in 2006.

Several big name Italian clubs were caught for match fixing and using biased referees during games.  Of the clubs that were involved Juventus were hit the hardest. Having won the title that year they were instantly condemned to Serie B and stripped of their title.But the club bounced back the very next season. It took them some time to recapture the league but once they achieved it they haven’t let go, and will probably continue to do so with the kind of team they are building.

4. Same-sex marriage made legal

The world made a huge step towards progress and humanity when the United States declared that same-sex marriages will be legal. It was a big step in human rights and it was celebrated with great fervor and panache.

All around the world, the occasion was celebrated and since then other countries have followed suit. Of Course, India still haven’t made that stride forward as of yet but everything takes time and the country will eventually get there. But unfortunately, while the world have moved forward, Arsenal have remained stationary. They might have managed to finish in the Champions League places but that’s not enough for a club of their stature.

5. MS Dhoni made his debut in Tests and retired from Tests

MS Dhoni is an icon and considered a hero by many Indian cricket fans. The man has achieved a lot in his time as captain of India and is still one of the country’s best batsman at the age of 35. Dhoni made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005.

He became captain of the Test team in 2008 against Australia taking over from Anil Kumble. Under his leadership, India achieved new heights and climbed to the top of the ICC test rankings, something that had not been done before. Dhoni's captaincy and leadership are things the Gunners have lacked ever since the captain that won them the Premier League in 2004 moved on. Indeed, Patrick Vieira was one of a kind and a great of the Premier League and Arsenal could really do with someone of his personality.

6. Barack Obama was elected President of USA twice.

Barack Obama created American history by becoming the first ever black president. He took over during a period when the country was in recession and several citizens were either homeless or without a job.

His first term was very successful and his good work earned him a second term of presidency. The most notable achievement of the President was ridding the world of Osama Bin Laden. Obama’s second term had not been too successful but any leader would know that sacrifice is a part of the job.
Now he is coming to the end of his term and a new president will be elected next year. Hopefully, Donald Trump won’t be the one that eventually takes over.

7. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi finally went off the air

So in case you’re wondering when the show ended it has been 8 years since it went off the air. This was no doubt one of the most iconic shows in Indian television, and also one of the most frustrating at times.

The show aired 1833 episodes in it’s eight years. It garnered a massive fan following and earned the highest TRP in the country in it’s last year of airing. The show has spawned a new set of aspiring directors trying to recreate it’s success. The show has also lead to several jokes and memes about Indian drama series because of it's longevity and intensity of dramatized scenes.

8. Twitter came into existence

Facebook might have been the breakthrough that elevated the popularity of social media but twitter has no doubt done it’s part. It gives us the ability to follow celebrities and learn what they are doing each and every day.

It’s also a great way to express your thoughts in a condensed fashion and one-liners have become aplenty since the platform has a word limit on a tweet. It is a unique tool that several organizations have taken advantage off. Arsenal are one of the most followed football clubs on twitter but unfortunately their digital media success has not been replicated on the pitch.

9. Paul Scholes won the Premier League retired, came back and won it again

Paul Scholes is one of the finest midfielders to have ever graced the Premier League. His skill and passing ability was almost unmatched, and he received praise from every corner of the footballing world.

Even Xavi Hernandez who is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time paid homage to the Manchester United man. Scholes won everything with the Red Devils and retired in 2011. But with Sir Alex short of midfield options he asked the legend to come back for one last hurrah. He obliged and helped the club win one more title before he finally decided to hang up his boots.

10. The iPhone was invented

Apple have done something, not many in the history of technology have done before. They have managed to create their own niche market and differentiate themselves from every other technology maker. The company is regarded as the most innovative of the current generation and have taken great strides in the field of computers and smartphones. Steve Jobs’ last great invention before his passing was the iPhone

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Funniest things to have stopped a football match

Football can bring up all sorts of weird and wonderful things. There is of course the drama of a last minute or a goal which should not have counted. While the football fan in you might be irritated at the prospect of these things stopping a game, your human nature has to find some humour in it.

So, with that we now get to the list of the funniest things to have stopped a game

1. Chicken

Foul play is definitely not at play on the list but chickens have been prominent in putting a stop to a game. In England, there was the case of disgruntled Blackburn Rovers supporters who released a chicken on to the field of play. This was in protest of the owners Venkys who made the majority of their wealth in selling poultry. Rovers fans even went to the extent of dressing up the animal which was emblazoned with the club crest. Meanwhile, over in Portugal, Benfica’s match with Porto had to be stopped due to a bird. Benfica were hammered by five goals to nil against their bitter rivals but this did not stop a fan unleashing a live chicken which gave security guards the runaround. Kudos to whoever was able to grab that chicken.On the other hand, fans across the globe undergo all sorts of torment when it comes to overtime equalisers as well as unjust red cards and even career threatening injuries.

2. Drone

In October of last year, a EURO 2016 Qualifying match between Serbia and Albania had to be stopped just before half time. In the 41st minute, something from the sky came down to greet both sets of players. It was not a bird nor a plane but a drone which was carrying the Albanian flag on it. This sparked plenty of on pitch battles as both countries had a tense relationship. This so called “political provocation” led to both teams being investigated by UEFA.

3. Black Cat

Whereas some believe they are sources of bad luck, in the footballing spectrum black cats can provide wonderful sources of comic timing. This is exactly what happened in the Eredivisie game in 2013 which took place between Heracles and FC Groningen. It was the purrfect crime as the feline trundled on to the surface and halted the game. At the time, the game was a dull scoreless affair so the timing was excellent. The man in the middle had no choice but to stop the game as both teams waited for the cat to depart. It was eventually caught but the match was just the sideshow in this case.

4. Selfies

One of the most hilarious stoppages to a game took place at White Hart Lane which is home to Tottenham Hotspur. This particular incident occurred during a UEFA Europa League match between Spurs and Partizan Belgrade. The game was suspended after less than 42 minutes when not one but three invading fans ran on to the pitch in separate incidents. They were kitted out with ‘BassBuds’ shirts which is a well known headphone manufacturer. All three individuals then ran around the field before posing for selfies with three of the Tottenham players before being escorted off. The delay lasted a total of ten minutes with Ukrainian referee Yevgen Aranovsky having no alternative but to take everyone to the safety of the dressing room.

5. A Child

Before the days of streakers who were soon to become de rigour, young kids were trying their luck. One of the most funniest incidents happened in the 1970s at Old Trafford which involved a game with Manchester United. As a cross came in from the right hand side of the field and was soon nodded down from nowhere, a young boy appears on the pitch. Not overawed by the occasion or the players, he steps up to the ball and gives it an almighty whack. In spite of the fact that he does not score, it has provided one of the all time great sporting clips.A similar incident occurred last year, when a young South African boy ran onto the field after Brazil’s 5-0 victory in Soccer City. This youngster surely had the moment of his life when players hoisted him on their shoulders.

6. Penalty Spot Paint

Another blast from the past but nevertheless an entertaining one involved the unsuspecting penalty spot. This famous incident took place in 1977 between Derby County and Manchester City. In an era where soccer pitches were far from the manicured bowling green lawns of today, the dried mud and soil was so great the spot had disappeared from sight. When Derby were awarded a penalty they had no idea where to place the ball. Consequently, queue flailing stewards not to mention other individuals who went to call someone on to paint the spot back in again. After some delay, it was finally left to Gerry Daly to put the spot kick past City’s goalkeeper Joe Corrigan.

7. Free Kick

It is to the World Cup of 1974 for the next incident as Brazil took on Zaire (now DR Congo). Despite Zaire being the first Sub-Saharan African nation to qualify for this tournament, it delivered one of the funniest moments of all time. After the Brazilians were awarded a free kick close to the 18-yard area, hilarity soon followed. Clearly, Zairian defender Mwepu Ilunga was unaware of the rules of association football as when the referee blew his whistle, he burst from the wall and proceeded to kick it upfield.

8. Dog

Even doggos can get in on the footballing act. Just ask one plucky dog who stopped a game taking place at the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile. The teams this time included England who were playing the holders Brazil. Featuring the likes of Pele and Garrincha, the game was progressing as normal until a dog intervened. After coming on to the pitch in order to chase the ball, many individuals tried to trap it; the dog and not the ball. After some time, it was left to Jimmy Greaves to apprehend man’s best friend as he went down on all fours to grab the dog’s attention.

9. Fog

The weather can play a role in proceedings so much so that is can become beyond a farce. Just last month in a scene more akin to a field scene from Braveheart, a game in the South West Peninsula League tie between Bodmin Town and St Austell was called off. This was as a result of heavy fog which left many unable to see clearly. What is even more bizarre is the fact that the match was stopped just after 58 seconds of play.
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

LaPercy Hairstyle Edition: Marco Reus

If a friend walks up to you, and you start a conversation about the amazing young players of this generation, then in that conversation you will certainly talk about the stylish, handsome Borussia Dortmund starlet, Marco Reus, who is a really great player whose career was ruined by injuries just like Sturridge and Wilshere. There is a certain charm that comes with Marco Reus who is certainly a good looking guy with an awesome fashion sense and undoubtedly a great hairstyle. So, let's take a walk down the memory lane and see how Marco Reus's hairstyle has changed over the years.

His current hairstyle is called Undercut with side parting.

When we see these photos, we really can see how far he has come in respect to both talent and hairstyles.

Now, this was in his Borussia Monchengladbach days in 2011.

This was in 2012 when he returned back to his boyhood club Borussia Dortmund and played alongside his great friend Mario Gotze.

This is how he was in 2013, growing both in talents and fashion sense.

This was in 2014, I didn't like it this style personally, but who am I when compared to him.

SUIT UP!! This was in 2015 but is it just me or he looks amazing in a suit.

Now this was 2016. But it looks like he borrowed this coat from Macklemore from his Grammy Award winning video, Thrift Shop.

This is his latest hairstyle and is called Undercut with Side Parting and he looks classy as always.

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