A serious beginning to this week blog with the sad passing of a true hero of mine in Nelson Mandela.
He was an inspiration for many and its hard to put into words what he in his time endured for the sake of freedom.
This solemn occasion was marked with a minutes clapping in all Premier League games and in fact games around the world to honor the life of an amazing human being.....................Nelson you are now truly free!
I'm starting off in the MLS Cup this week with an amazing game between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City which ended in stalemate after normal and extra time and then the most amazing penalty shoot-out.
The two best goal-keepers in the MLS both veterans in Sporting Kansas' Danish keeper Jimmy Nielsen who has just announced his retirement from Football, and Real Salt Lake's proven penalty saver in Nick Rimando, both making some crucial saves but after a see-sawing of hits and misses Kansas winning the 2013 MLS Cup...........Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo USA!!!!!!!
Staying on this continent it looks like the USA will have to do a fair amount of traveling in Brazil as well as playing in probably the toughest group as Brazil is a huge place and a lot of the games are in very wayward places that will see some of the world's more cosseted players recalling the days of staying in just 3 star hotels.........Aaaaaaaahhhh poor poor Christiano : )
I'm looking into the times of the games and what that will mean to us here on the west coast and also back home in Blighty.
But just glancing through it basically looks like the games on the west coast will kick off at 9am, Noon and 3pm and they are still waiting to find out which channels will be screening which games.
Unfortunately or fortunately depending on wether you want to go to work drunk straight from watching a game in the pub, England's first game against Italy was supposed to have kicked off at 9pm local time in Brazil which meant a 2am kick-off time in the UK due to the 5 hour difference but due to the pressure from television networks the game has been brought forward to 6pm local 11pm GMT, which sounds great to us but the temperature and humidity in Manaus the Amazonian city where the game is taking place can reach 33 degrees celsius in June and humidity factor of 80% that will not favor most teams but an English team after a hard Premiership year its going to be tough going.
England manager Roy Hodgson didn't want to move the time but thats the power of the companies involved, and of course FIFA, who are really starting to drop the ball on many issues.
Back to the topsy turvy Premier League and another loss for David Moyes and Manchester United with Moyes taking full responsibility and not blaming any players.
Its going to be an interesting transfer window in January and with his interest in attaining Baines from the Toffees lets see if he can find someone else for Van Persie to share the goal-scoring.
Even with Van Persie back, Chicarito, young gun Zaha, and Januzaj they lacked a lot of flare and the Toon Army's Cabaye scoring a great goal to secure their first win at Old Trafford in 41 years..............Man Utd are the Houdinis of footy so watch this space for a turnaround!
A great game in the draw between Southampton and Man City with a contender for goal of the season with a brilliant display of personal skill for Danny Osvaldo.........Amazeballs!
Joe Hart on the bench again so great to keep him warming up the bench he needs to be on tip-top form for the world cup finals : (
Another wonder-goal from Oussama Assaidi for Stokes win over Chelsea for another on loan signing in great form, this time Assaidi from Liverpool. The first win for The Potters over Chelski since 1975.........you could hear the crowd singing " Your not special anymore" : O )
Liverpool in amazing form and a 4-1 demolition of West Ham United, apparently the Hammers are The Queen's favorite team!!!!! : ) Gwan Lizzy!!!!!!!!!!
A good week for AVB and another win on the road for Spurs.
Palace beating Cardiff in a scrappy affair, Norwich with an impressive win over West Bromwich Albion and Fulham with new manager Rene Meulensteen triumphing over Aston Villa 2-0.
The champagne tie was for sure league leaders Arsenal versus in form Everton. The Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has transformed his team in 2 months into a brilliant entertaining side that right now look like title contenders.
A brilliant game that finished 1-1 but again another superb wonder-strike from late Everton substitute Gerard Deulofeu, another on-loan signing from Barcelona and really a super talent. Olivier Giroud nearly gave the Gunners all three points with his magnificent shot hitting the crossbar but failing to hit the back of the net at the very end of extra time.
Arsenal leaders, Liverpool second, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and Tottenham all behind them with Man Utd 13 points behind the leaders!
The bets are on that Man Utd wont make it top four but lets see what Santa brings us at Christmas!!!!!!
I'm in Blighty and France for the next while so will keep abreast of all the goss and news as it happens! : O )
X Steve" Currently on Loan " Sidelnyk
PS : I've just bought a Man Utd lamp.....................it looks great in the middle of the table : O )