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Beckham gets blindfolded

Written by Reshad Bahadori

David Beckham recently kicked-off his campaign as the 2012 Paralympics Games Ambassador by taking part in a practice session with a visually impaired team in Los Angeles. This is actually a very unique style of training and development that is even used by the pros in order to improve basic tactical skills. Each participant is blindfolded for a variety of different training techniques. Coaches always emphasize a sense of awareness for everything that is happening on the pitch.

This training method is designed to help the player obtain a better understanding of ball control as well as player positions. This is something that midfielders such as Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid are very good at. He tends to always be aware of where his teammates are, even if his back is to them. Beckham is the new face of the Million Kids Challenge, sponsored by UK Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, which encourages children of all ages and abilities to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

John Terry took the time to surprise some of the kids at a special needs school in England. I don’t think he expected to take a shot to the groin from one of the kids while he was there. (Skip to 1:47)

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El Clasico

Written by Reshad Bahadori

Yes, it’s happening again. The two adversaries will square off at the Bernabeu in Madrid on Wednesday for the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. Barcelona will host the second match at Camp Nou on January 25. Barca has won 11 of the previous 12 matches between the two clubs. These two games will make it nine total meetings between the two teams in nine months, and Madrid’s only victory was in last season’s Copa del Rey Final. Barcelona won the previous two-leg Spanish Super Cup on 5-4 aggregate back in August.

Real Madrid will be without Alvaro Arbeloa and Sami Khedira and Barcelona will be without the injured Pedro Hernandez, Seydou Keita, and David Villa. Watching these two teams play always makes for beautiful soccer. The matches are never short of drama and controversy.

 

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Don’t call it a comeback

Written by Reshad Bahadori

It appeared as though Sydney FC was going to cruise to a comfortable 1-0 win with three minutes in to added time, but Brisbane semmed to have other plans. First Mohamed Adnan curled in a Beckham like set piece, which was quickly followed by another goal from Besart Berisha. It was what happened after the game was over that caused a lot of confusion.

Berisha apparently wasn’t satisfied with just winning, so he took it upon himself to instigate a confrontation with Pascal Bosschaart. Feel free to skip the video ahead to 3:15, which is when Berisha decides to take off his shirt and apparently challenges Bosschaart to a duel. Leave it to the Australians to come back in stoppage time to win a match, but still want to fight with their opponents. Berisha actually resembles one of those old bear knuckle boxers, so I guess it makes sense.

 

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USA vs. Brazil

Written by Reshad Bahadori

Brazil will be making a trip to the United States for three international friendlies, one of which will be against the U.S on May 30. The exhibition game against the United States will be at Landover, Md., or Foxborough, Mass. The other two games will be on June 3 against Mexico in Arlington, Texas and on June 9 against Argentina at East Rutherford, N.J. Shortly after the match against Brazil, the U.S. MNT will begin their world cup qualifying matches.
They will be facing Antigua and Barbuda at home on June 8 and then flying south to play Guatemala on June 12. Prior to the match against Brazil, the US MNT will have three more friendlies against Venezuela, Panama, and Italy. Klinsmann has said that drastic improvements to the team would take time. Let’s just hope that all of these exhibition matches allow the national team to build up enough chemistry once the World Cup qualifying matches begin.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

Andrew Wenger has been selected as the first pick in the MLS SuperDraft by the expansion Montreal Impact. Wenger was a junior at Duke and played all over the field while at Duke, but was used mostly as a defending midfielder. He definitely did not fall short of accomplishments. Wenger recently won The Hermann Trophy as the top NCAA player and the offensive player of the year in the ACC this year. Following the ceremony, Wenger immediately left the draft in order to join the U23 MNT.

“It’s an honor, but it’s exciting. It’s going to be awesome especially since I’ve never lived in a big city.  We have a lot of potential.”

The Vancouver Whitecaps chose Darren Mattocks as the second pick in the draft. Analyst were unsure about which player would go first, but The Impact were apparently attracted to Wenger’s versatility. Kelyn Rowe went third to New England and Luis Silva from UCSB was chosen fourth by Toronto FC.

 

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That was embarrassing

Written by Reshad Bahadori

Tuesday’s Real Sociedad match versus Mallorca would prove to be extremely memorable for goalkeeper, Enaut Zubikarai. As if losing 6-1 to Mallorca wasn’t bad enough, Mallorca’s fourth goal had to have been a traumatizing experience for Zubikarai.

Real Sociedad was already down 3-1 by the 40th minute when Zubikarai collected the ball and casually placed it down to slow down the tempo. It was just too bad that the keeper forgot about the injured Mallorca player that was behind him. Before Zubikarai got a chance to get rid of the ball, Mallorca’s Gonzalo Castro snook up and scored his team’s forth goal in six minutes.

Was it gentleman like? Probably not, but it was legal.

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FIFA Goal of the Year

Written by Reshad Bahadori

In case you don’t already know, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is a 19 year old Brazilian forward that has just won the FIFA 2011 award for goal of the year. Neymar was up against Messi and Wayne Rooney’s famous overhead kick. Neymar’s effort, a remarkable defense splitting solo run for club Santos was voted for by more than 3.2 million people.

“I am really happy to be at this ceremony, to win this award against two great players, of whom I am fan…I want to thank God for this and I would like to wish everyone a good ceremony.”

The 19 year has been flooded with offers from a variety of European clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona. Unfortunately for those clubs. Neymar has decided that he would be happiest in Brazil.  He recently signed an extension with club Santos that will last until Brazil hosts the World Cup in 2014.

 

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Remember This?

Written by Reshad Bahadori

Soccer fans around the world and especially those from the Untied States will never forget where they were when Landon Donovan scored against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup. It was such a momentous moment that I still get goosebumps watching it today.

Reactions from fans around the world seem to all be identical. It starts with screaming. Then you look for the closest possible person so that you can share your joy. If you’re a big enough fan of the sport, you will probably have been brought to tears.

 

 

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