Steve Sidelnyk's Football Blog : The Dr Who 50th Anniversary Issue : O )


It looks like November 1963 was a vintage year for many things apart from the birth of yours truly.
Birthdays of Arsenal goal-machine Ian Wright, Manchester United legendary goal-tender Peter Schmeical, Rick Allen drummer of Def Leppard and of course on Saturday 23rd November 1963 at 5.15pm GMT the first episode of what was to become one of the most popular British exports around the world : DR WHO
Even the music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was way ahead of its time and with the eerie melancholic bass line and haunting theremin like melody, spawned a number one single in the UK by The TIMELORDS / KLF in "Doctorin' The Tardis"
So why not get yourselves down to our beloved Cat and Fiddle and have breakfast and drinks whilst watching Arsenal v Southampton, Newcastle v Norwich, West Ham v Chelsea and follow it all at The Brits in LA Dr Who party to celebrate its 50th year!!!!!!: http://www.thecatandfiddle.com/

I dont think there is anybody anywhere that wasn't deeply scared of basically some mobile dustbins in the Daleks and actors in silver-suits akin to Bacofoil known as the Cybermen.
But it seems to have had a longer lasting effect on some of the footballers in the last installment of the Barclays Premier League and many could've used a Sonic Screwdriver to get them out of danger!
Man City defeated by Sunderland, Spurs served by the Toon Army and the big game of the weekend Manchester United triumphing over Arsenal with a goal by you guessed it ............Gunners old boy Robin Van Persie!
Wins for Liverpool and team in form Southampton meant all change at the top of the table but its still very early in the season.........
   
   I'm not going to waste much time on this but England were defeated 2-0 by a wonderful 
Chile display and the losing again to the old enemy Germany 1-0 at Wembley......experimental teams on both matches.

Then the World Cup 2014 qualifying games happened this week with the mega-clash between Zlatan Ibrahimovich aka Sweden vs Christiano Ronaldo aka Portugal.
The reason its that clear cut is both sides have some great players that we recognize from the various leagues but these two giants of football literally have the whole weight on their shoulders of the national teams.
Apparently there were Swedish fans with a mobile Karaoke unit outside the Portugal team's hotel singing and chanting Lionel Messi's name to try and un-settle the Captain and his team.... it appeared to have the reverse effect.
A commentator likened it to a FIFA World Cup game being played on an X-Box with over 90 minutes of pure action and a Ronaldo hat-trick securing the Portugal's team's World Cup spot despite a couple of Roy of the Rovers type goals from Zlatan and Sweden which saw them lead by 2-1 at one point and maybe booking their place in Brazil.
A rejuvenated Mexican team swept past the Kiwis in Wellington with a team made of only players from their National League, so no Chicarito etc and Oribe Peralta scoring a superb hat-rick sealed their place after a torrid time for the Mexican footballing community.
The Ivory coast and ex- Chelski man Didier Drogba qualified with a great game against a spirited side from Senegal with another ex-blues man Saloman Kalou scoring a late goal to clinch the tie with an aggregate win after Senegal were leading for most the game.
Uruguay were the last team to qualify with a 5-0 win over Jordan so Saurez & Co are gonna be there again.....but hopefully no more hand-balls please Luis!.........and indeed biting!

This is the breakdown of who qualified and who didn't : 

AFRICA :


Qualified: Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria.
Most impressive qualifiers: Ghana were the top scorers with 18 goals in six group matches and managed more points (15) than any other country in their region, though they did suffer a surprise 1-0 loss away against Zambia. But they made light work of overcoming one of the continent's dominant sides, Egypt, in the play-offs, winning 7-3 on aggregate.
Lucky to be there? Algeria knocked out Burkina Faso on away goals after a 3-3 draw in their play-off tie - and had a close escape in stoppage time when a clearance struck their own crossbar.
Top scorers: Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), Mohamed Aboutrika, Mohamed Salah (both Egypt) - six goals
Who missed out: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo DR, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Did you know? Cameroon have qualified for the World Cup for the seventh time - a record for an African nation.
ASIA : 
Qualified: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea.
Most impressive qualifiers: Japan might have qualified with the highest points tally from the group stages, but special mention must surely go to Iran, who managed to top their five-team group despite scoring just eight goals in eight matches. Their defence proved crucial, conceding only twice in 720 minutes of qualifying action.
Lucky to be there? Australia managed only three wins from a group containing Iraq, Oman, Jordan and Japan, form that would eventually contribute to manager Holger Osieck being sacked.
Top scorer: Shinji Okazaki (Japan) - eight goals
Who missed out: Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Jordan.
Did you know? On their road to qualification, Iran kept 10 clean sheets in 16 games, conceding just seven times in the process.
EUROPE : 

Qualified: Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Spain.
Most impressive qualifiers: Seven teams made it through the whole campaign without losing (Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland), but it is the records of the Germans and Dutch that stand out: played 10, won nine, drawn one, both amassing 28 points from a possible 30 and scoring 70 goals between them. Impressive stuff.
Lucky to be there? France were dreadful in the first leg of their play-off against Ukraine, but recovered to become the first team to qualify after being 2-0 down, winning 3-0 at the Stade de France.
Top scorer: Robin van Persie (Netherlands) - 11 goals
Who missed out: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Northern Ireland, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales.
Did you know? Greece kept eight clean sheets in their 10 qualifying matches - more than any other nation.
NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA and CARIBBEAN :


Qualified: Costa Rica, Honduras, United States, Mexico.
Most impressive qualifiers: The United States topped the qualifying group but Jurgen Klinsmann's men were not without their problems - they lost to Jamaica, Costa Rica and Honduras along the way.
Lucky to be there? With just seconds left of the entire campaign, Mexico's hopes were all but over. Their defeat on the final day against Costa Rica meant Panama, playing at the same time, needed only to beat the already-qualified United States at home to book their place in Brazil. With the Panamanians leading 2-1 in injury time, the Americans struck back, scoring in the 91st and 92nd minutes, to end Panama's dream in the most painful of circumstances.
Top scorer: Deon McCauley (Belize) - 11 goals
Who missed out: Jamaica, Panama (from final group stage).
Did you know? Mexico won just two of their 10 games in the final round of qualifying (D5 L3), scoring seven times. They scored five in the first leg of their play-off against New Zealand.
OCEANA : 
Qualified: None.
Who missed out :  New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand.
SOUTH AMERICA : 

Qualified: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay.
Most impressive qualifiers: In the absence of Brazil, who qualify automatically as hosts, there was a three-way tussle at the top of the table between eventual group winners Argentina, Colombia and Chile. The three sides all finished with nine wins from their 16 matches, but it was the combined firepower of Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, who between them scored 19 goals, which made the difference for Argentina.
Lucky to be there? Uruguay failed to win any of their first five away games and conceded four goals on their travels in Bolivia and Colombia, but their unbeaten home record ensured they finished fifth to book a play-off against Jordan, which they won easily.
Top scorers: Luis Suarez (Uruguay) - 11 goals
Who missed out: Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela.
Did you know? Ecuador had 201 shots during qualifying, more than any other South American team, but only 72 were on target.
And a lovely thing to do for the French nation : O )
Broadcaster Doria Tillier promised to strip off if Didier Deschamps' men completed an extraordinary comeback following their 2-0 defeat to Ukraine in the first-leg of their World Cup playoff tie.
And after les Bleus did just that with a 3-0 win on Tuesday night, the Canal+ presenter is now expected to go through with her pledge, much to the delight of her TV bosses who are expecting an unusually large number of viewers. : O )

Ooooooooohhhh laaaaaaa laaaaaaa  O ) Steve " Exterminate " Sidelnyk

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