28 September 2008
I will be flying back to my home town in Kuching, Sarawak in the afternoon (less than 12 hours from the time of writing now). Due to unknown territory (Internet access), I doubt if I can blog that frequent in this coming weeks. One thing for sure, I definitely will spend more time with my mom and dad, rather than switching on my VAIO.
Before I end this writing for the month of September which is coinciding with the month of Ramadan in Islamic calendar, I wish all of you a Happy Aidilfitri Maaf Zahir dan Batin if in my correspondent with any of you that might construed as rude and unruly. I shall be back in full gear by October 5th. Until then, Asalamualaikum and Selamat Hari Raya to all of you!
p/s I will be wearing my Liverpool shirt (without the sponsor logo... my mom won't like it if she saw it) tomorrow with pride and satisfying feeling. We have beat not only Everton tonight but remember September the 13th... we beat Man. United convincingly!
2nd p/s Arsenal was beaten by Hull City 1-2 and all the goals were scored by the Hulls. It was an own goal by Hull for Arsenal to take the lead in the 50th minutes. But in the 62nd and again 4 minutes later, Arsenal were gone. hahaha 2.26am
27 September 2008
World football's ruling body launched the investigation following an official complaint by the FA after Heskey was taunted with monkey chants from a section of the Maksimir Stadium during England's 4-1 victory in Zagreb.
I must say this is not really an appropriate penalty for Croatia. The Balkans inability to curb the problem is regretful. This is not the 1st time black players were taunted with monkey chants. In fact, as I can recalled, Heskey and Ashley Cole were the obvious target when they play for England a few years ago in eastern Europe. On the live telecast, I was astonished and baffled with the inhuman noise every time Heskey or Cole got the ball. I also remember Heskey got the same treatment when he was playing for Liverpool, also in the Eastern Europe. Shame. In fact, Samuel Eto was so annoyed, he almost refuse to play midway before being coaxed by his manager at the time. Terrible situation it was. But mind you, these stupidity existed all over Europe even in places like Italy and Spain, though majority of the complaints would be from Eastern Europe Caucasus.
26 September 2008
If I'm not mistaken, Hubbard just clattered Gerrard and the ref looks like taking out the yellow when Gerrard walk by and utter something. Then the red card came out. All were seen on LIVE TV...
21 players have been sent off in total in Merseyside ‘derby' fixtures – seven Liverpool and 14 Everton with seven red cards being brandished in the last seven games and 16 in total in 32 Premier League meetings.
Meanwhile, Dailysports reported that Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his amazement that referee Mike Riley will be in charge of tomorrow's Merseyside derby.
The Manchester United manager is still angry with the official after he booked seven of his players in last week's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Ferguson believes Riley should have been penalised rather than "rewarded" for the display, saying: 'I looked at the Chelsea game and there wasn't a bad tackle in the match. But he's been rewarded, he's got Everton v Liverpool tomorrow. That will be fun and games!'
25 September 2008
According to the dailysports : Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will reopen old Tottenham wounds with a £15million January swoop for Spurs full back Gareth Bale.
The Wales defender, who has been on brilliant form this season, is seen by the Anfield hierarchy as a better alternative to Spaniard Fabiano Aurelio.
Bale is 19 years old. If LFC want to pay that much for him, well so be it. Because with his age and the amount of money that many club wishes to invest on him, he will be a good investment definitely. Not someone 28 years old and already cost us a lot of embarrasement. Some more, I suspect the rule is related to the FIFA law that imposed every club to posses 8 local players. If ever the report is true... as it's still far away to materialise and for Hotspurs to fight until the last to keep Bale.
Blackburn 1 Everton 0 : FOWLER GAVE EVERTON A TORRID TIME...this is why, precisely why The God Always Loved by The Kops
Old habits die hard: Fowler (left) makes a nuisance of himself in the Everton box, as Phil Jagielka (centre) and Tim Howard (floored) combine to thwart the former Liverpool idol.
saja... petang petang mengantuk ni... nak isap rokok takleh. apa lagi? merapu dalam internet la. Asal jangan sebar fitnah, tengok porno... sudahlah. hihii
24 September 2008
2) MIKEL ARTETA? IF HE IS SO GOOD, HOW COME HE IS NOT IN THE SPANISH TEAM? BUT WE HAVE ALONSO, ARBELOA, REINA AND TORRES.
3) TIM CAHILL? SOON WILL BE FORGOTTEN JUST LIKE A CERTAIN AUSSIE IN LFC.
The small club across the park... will be beaten by the might of Liverpool Football Club this Saturday
(again I pick this up from Wikipedia...what fun if I stole it from the official site?)
Everton were founded in 1878 and have a notable rivalry with Liverpool F.C., known as the Merseyside derby. Liverpool were formed fourteen years later than Everton (in 1892) after a dispute over the rent at Anfield, Everton's old ground; since then Everton have been based at Goodison Park as a result of the split. In 2006, it was announced that the club and Knowsley Council were discussing the construction of a new 55,000 seater stadium in Kirkby.
despite his brilliance in slaloming past a few Argentine sissies en route to scoring the goal in the 1998 World Cup, Owen is an overrated player. imagine it took a frenchman (gerard houllier) to make him realise using his left foot was also key to his overall performance...here I shall share with you an article I wrote a few years back for the Sunday Mail...
Publication : SUM Edition :
Date : 20/03/2005
Page Number : 74
Headline : Houllier: Vital to spot talent early
Words : 1611
Byline : By Rizal Hashim
THE last time Sunday Mailsport's RIZAL HASHIM met Gerard Houllier in the flesh was almost eight years ago, when the Frenchman was in Shah Alam charting the fortunes of the French Under-20 team in the Youth World Cup. At that time, Houllier was linked to a job in the English FA and his only answer to Sunday Mailsport's question about the speculation was "who told you?" The former Liverpool, Paris St Germain, Lens and France national teamboss, however, revealed interesting insights into his career in addressingAsia's elite coaches during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)Football Conference in Kuala Lumpur.
There are five elements to success in youth development. They are selecting talent through the right criteria, reserved training facilities, adapted training programmes, qualified experienced coaches and the successful step-up to professional level. Spotting talent, the earlier the better, with a scouting system that works for clubs on a national level. Selecting the best means judging a player by his first touch and quickness of feet. Pace is not really crucial at a young age. Zinedine Zidane is not the quickest of players but he blossomed due to his quick thinking and quickness of feet. The emphasis is on intelligence. Then we look for the competitive edge in a player, the winning mentality that is embodied by Steven Gerrard. Reserved facilities mean proper training pitches for players. Sharing with other teams is not good. In England, they have the academies. In France, we have the centre de formation. Adapted training methods involve a progressive programme because what you do with kids between 13 and 15 is not the same as you do from 15 to17. Kids need coaching, they need to be shown how to do things, which is why we must have specialised coaches to produce good lemons.When a player makes the step-up into professional level usually at the age of 20 or even earlier, then the manager of the team has the right to squeeze the lemon dry. But it is the job of the youth coaches to produce a good lemon.
HOW AND HOW LONG
France's victories in the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 were the logical culmination of a process that began with the foundation of an Institut National du Football (INF) in 1972. France lost to Norway in 1968, if I am not mistaken, and that defeat cost us a place in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. There was a crisis. Crises provide a fantastic opportunity to impose an overhaul, so the youth academies were made compulsory. After the (Michel) Platini generation, we struggled to produce results. France did not qualify for Euro 88. We realised we were lagging behind and there was a need to reduce the gap. When I became the French Football Federation (FFF) technical director just before 1990, our academies were not producing enough top class players.We had good, strong players but they lacked technical expertise and creativity, someone predictable like Franck Sauzee (former Sochaux, Marseille and France midfielder). The emphasis was pass and move and one touch football. Every club had a centre de formation for young players from the age of 16. What I did at Claire fontaine was set up a centre de preformation and took on 12- and 13-year-old kids. There was training every day, they went to school together, went home to their families on a Friday and played for a small team over the weekend so that were not uprooted. For three years they worked on three things - skills, skills and skills. Within three years, success was apparent - Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka,William Gallas and Jerome Rothen were the first generation to graduate. The future will involve working with players before they reach the age of 12. Between the ages of 12 and 15, the emphasis ought to be on skills, 15-17 is about technical and physical training before teaching the player stactical variations and working on their attitude.
BREAKING THE PATTERN
There were objections to the ideas. One particular famous French player told me to let the clubs have their own way. Later he was honest enough to tell me that it was a good job that I did not listen to him. We had to break the mental barrier in order to break the pattern. We were producing players but not enough top-class players. We realised when a player reaches the age of 15, his technical shortcomings will be difficult to compensate as he grows older. At the most he can improve is a maximum 20 per cent, which is certainly not good enough. So we had to change and take on kids at an earlier age. I was fed up on hearing pass and move or one-touch football. The truth was we needed to improve their skills, which is to teach them ball control. By controlling the ball better, there is less risk of injurybecause you don't have to fight for a loose ball because of your poor touch. Nantes were almost bankrupt but they won the league in 1995 by using homegrown products from their academy which included Patrice Loko, Nicolas Ouedec and Christian Karembeu. We had a difficult time in convincing the club the need to broaden their horizons and expose the players to international matches at an earlier age. Five players from the Euro 96 squad came through the programme at Clairefontaine. And talking about experience, I brought the French Under-20 team for theWorld Cup here in Malaysia. Among my players were Henry, David Trezeguet, Gallas, Mickael Silvestre and Willy Sagnol. Exactly a year later, Henry and Trezeguet converted their penalties in the quarter-final shoot-out against Italy in the World Cup. They could cope with the pressure having played against so many international teams in different environments at various age levels.
I have never coached an Asian player but when I made inquiries about them from five top coaches, they seemed to agree on a few facts. Their assets are their collective culture which means they are inclined to put the team's interest before theirs, very focused, possess the desire to do repetitive training to perfect their skills, good skills, quickfeet, enthusiastic, eager to learn and good work ethics. Some of the drawbacks are lack of football culture in the continent, tactical naivety, lack of power and strength and more of a player than a competitor which means they are content on playing than winning. Asian players in general work hard. They resort to repetition work to improve themselves. Some say Michael Owen is a gifted player. That may be true but he also worked hard to perfect his skills. In one particular match in 1999, Owen found himself in a one-to-one situation with Arsenal keeper David Seaman. The angle forced him to take the ball on his left but instead of shooting, Owen brought the ball back to his favoured foot. I told him with his pace, he will always find himself in such situations but he must learn to shoot with his left leg. From then onwards, he kept on kicking the ball with his left leg during training, and sure enough he scored crucial goals using his left foot, notably in the 2001 FA Cup final against Arsenal and the Super Cup against Bayern Munich. My advice to Asian coaches is to play to the highest level with the assets and strengths, avoid copying the Germans, the French or the Brazilians in totality. Don't copy, succeed with your own quality through vivacity, skills and movement and develop your own style, encourage individual initiatives, become more aggressive and send some early to European clubs.
MANAGING AT THE TOP
Football has evolved so much since I became a coach at Lens in 1982. It has become more complex. You cannot simply motivate with words. It takes talent to coach talent.There are four aspects of management at top level - profile of the coach, vision, mission and conclusion. Young players today are well-versed in the game as opposed to kids their age 20 years ago. As such you need to constantly update yourself. A coach must be a leader who is brave to confront rather than run from conflicts, and above all, care about his players. When we asked former players such as (Jean) Tigana and (Luis) Fernandez to name one coach they respected the most, to our surprise their answer was a 65-year-old coach who died last year in France. We were expecting names such as Aime Jacquet (1998 World Cup winning coach), Guy Roux (Auxerre) or Jean-Claude Suaudeau (former Nantes boss). And why the veteran coach? Because the coach cared. He would show concern on the players' welfare and family life. Alex Ferguson also made it a point to have a cup of tea with Eric Cantona every day during his eight-month suspension following the infamous kung-fu kick in 1995. A modern manager in Europe must possess the ability to manage and communicate with multi-cultural millionaires. He too must be a strategist who handles three teams. The team are divided into two, those who play and those who don't, plus the third team comprising the supporting staff. (Houllier, 58 on Sept 3, is bound for a job with Football FederationAustralia on a consultancy basis. He will spend a few weeks Down Under and then travel to Australia regularly to work with CEO, John O'Neill, John Boultbee, Ron Smith (former Sabah and Johor FC coach) and Frank Farina on looking at their systems).
Posted by rizal hashim to You'll Never Walk Alone in Malaysia at 24 September, 2008 14:19
23 September 2008
Michael Owen, once upon a time we love him so much... that was before he joined Real Madrid and made a U-Turn to the Toons...
When ever you're in doubt and zero-minded about your opponent, just google and go to wikipedia. The trusted site to find out (hahaha...) according to someone in NBC.
- Crewe Alexandra Football Club are an English football team based at Gresty Road in Crewe, Cheshire, England and nicknamed The Railwaymen due to the town's links with the rail industry.
- The club was formed in 1877 and reputedly named after Princess Alexandra (some suggest that the decision to form the club was actually taken in a pub named after the Princess and the club was named after the pub). They currently play in the Coca-Cola League One.
So I mix it up with some facts I retrieve from liverpoolfc.tv :
- The sides have met before in the League Cup. In 1990-91 Liverpool won 5-1 at Anfield in the First Leg of the Second Round. Ian Rush scored twice with Steve McMahon, Gary Gillespie and Ray Houghton also finding the net. John Barnes had a penalty saved by Dean Greygoose.
- The Reds completed a 9-2 aggregate score by winning 4-1 at Gresty Road with Ian Rush scoring the first of his three League Cup hat-tricks for Liverpool. Steve Staunton netted the other goal.
- The last time the sides met Liverpool won 4-0 at Crewe in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup. John Barnes, returning from injury, hit a hat-trick after Steve McManaman had opened the scoring. Liverpool went on to lift the trophy.
- Liverpool have met tonight's opponents seven times in their history and have a 100% record scoring 33 and conceding three. Four of the meetings have been in the league.
Do you fancy we beat Crewe, the same way we thought we might eat Stoke? hihihi...
21 September 2008
But referee Andre Marriner ruled out the effort as his assistant appeared to think Dirk Kuyt was in an offside position.
TV replays later proved otherwise and Benitez blasted: "The disallowed goal was a key decision. If that had been allowed it would have been a much more open game.
"I have no idea why the goal was disallowed. The referee told Jamie Carragher that it had been his decision, not the linesman’s.
“But it was a massive mistake and nobody knows why the effort was ruled out.”
20 September 2008
Rick Perry is not a popular man in the club now. Not when he is seen to be on a collision course always with Rafa. We - the fans - tend to be bias towards Rafa, simply because Rafa is the manager and not the Chief Executive. However, in his own column featured in the liverpoolfc.tv a few days ago, I read with delight when Perry touch on the issue of Hyypia's cruel exclusion from the Champions League lists. Everybody is trying their hard to understand how in the world such a player of Hyypia's pedigree could be left out. Read below the piece by Perry:
- Sami Hyypia received a tremendous reception when he appeared on the touchline to warm up during the United game. The fans were still clearly reflecting on the difficult decision to leave him out of our Champions League squad at this stage because of the new UEFA rule that makes us include at least eight homegrown players in a squad of 25.
- Obviously the rule is starting to bite. First it was four players, then six and now eight. There are a number of Group games to play, but we also face a huge number of important Premier League matches.
- Clearly, we now have a bigger squad that includes four centre-backs and I have no doubt that this was one of the things Rafa took into account because of Sami's Premier League experience and his suitability for a lot of very important matches in this area. It's also a situation that can be reviewed again in January.
- It's a tactical decision rather than having anything to do with Sami. You have to make these painful decisions when new rules come into force. There is an increasing pressure internationally. FIFA have been talking about the 6 and 5 rule pointing to six homegrown players in every team which would be much more Draconian. There is talk about not allowing young players to move from one country to another below the age of 18. They would have to sign a contract with the club that trained them. It points to a lot more debate on issues like this.
I hope those lines won't be construed as just an excuse by the top brass. I would like to believe the whole scenario. Admittedly, age is not with Hyypia and we are relying more to his experience, his ability to read the games and to outmanoeuvred strikers with speedy legs than his. So Rafa have brought in the young guns in Skrtel, Agger, Arbelloa and of course, Carra is still 30 and still a Great Wall of China, in terms of defence. May be it is good for the future of our team. May be, if Hyypia thinks this is his last season with us - let it be the Glorious Season with us holding the Premier League Champion Cup.
Which one is Scolari and Gene Hackman?
such is our calm in meeting Stoke City tonight that we are more obsess to indulge in the other team's matches. hhihihi But I hope Stoke City won't make our life difficult. I should leave my office at about 9pm tonight. I should be home in 40mins. This allow me to clean myself before taking my sofa plus my drinks and all those foods at 10pm. oh ya.. I am working now (2pm to 10pm shift)
18 September 2008
Personally, this goal against Olympiakos is the most memorable moment. LFC need not only to win but must gain the extra 3 goals to qualify. When Gerrard bazooka this goal, it was a step closer to our 5th Champions Cup in Istanbul.
By Telegraph staff Last Updated: 12:33AM BST 18 Sep 2008
5: LIVERPOOL 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON - 2001
There are almost too many goals vying for this place to choose from, but everyone loves a goal that rifles in off of the crossbar. Gerrard's 35-yard dipper did just that, leaving Paul Jones with no chance.
4: LIVERPOOL 3-3 MILAN (3-2 on pens) - 2005
At half-time in the Champions League final, Liverpool were 3-0 down, and being given odds of 100-1 to recover. Gerrard single-handedly began the fight-back, frantically waving his arms, inspiring the crowd and exhorting cramp-stricken team-mates to screw their courage to the sticking place. Leading by example, he scored in the 54th minute, one of the most inspiring demonstrations of determination and belief in Champions League history. As Jamie Carraghe said: "The first goal gave us hope." While his header is not one of the most aesthetic goals in this list - its magnitude is unsurpassed.
3: LIVERPOOL 1-1 MIDDLESBROUGH - 2005
Technically speaking, this goal against Middlesbrough is Gerrard's finest, sweetest strike. Chesting the ball down before firing a looping volley into the top corner from 35 yards, Gerrard's skill is there for all to see. However, because of the suspicious number of stunning goals that Gerrard has scored under the most pressing of circumstances, and because this goal lacked importance and only earned Liverpool a draw, it must be relegated to third place.
2: LIVERPOOL 3-1 OLYMPIAKOS - 2004
Not only did this goal render Andy Gray almost speechless, an extraordinary feat in itself, it made Liverpool's Champions League victory in Istanbul possible, as victory by only one goal over Olympiacos would have left Liverpool out of the competition. Gerrard had already declared he was uninterested in the Uefa Cup as consolation, and as time ran out, the midfielder proved it by stepping up to fire home perhaps his most significant goal in a Liverpool shirt.
1: LIVERPOOL 3-3 WEST HAM (3-1 on pens) – 2006
As AC Milan and Olympiakos have experienced, Steven Gerrard stiffens the sinews and scores his most scintillating goals at the most crucial of moments. Add West Ham to the list of those who have had triumph snatched away, against all odds, by the Liverpool captain. In the 2006 FA Cup final, West Ham were leading 3-2 at the end of normal play. Just as four minutes of extra time was announced, Gerrard pounced with a stock in trade driven strike from outside the area. Gerrard himself calls this his best goal ever – enough said.
This is one of the fine articles I love to share with all of you about our Super Captain.
From the reliable (hahaha...) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which was supposed to be redirected from Stoke City official website... So this are some facts that I learn about this club:
Full name Stoke City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Potters Founded 1863 (as Stoke Ramblers) (Luckily not Harry Potter!)
Ground Britannia Stadium Stoke-on-Trent (Capacity: 28,383)
Chairman Peter Coates Manager Tony Pulis
League Premier League 2007–08
The Championship, 2nd(promoted)
Stoke play their home fixtures at the Britannia Stadium, a 28,000 all-seater stadium. The stadium was opened in 1997; prior to this date Stoke had played at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878 (a record of 119 years currently shared with Wolverhampton Wanderers). The club's nickname is The Potters (after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent) and its home kit consists of a red & white vertical-striped shirt with white shorts and white socks.
Prior to their 2008 promotion, Stoke had not participated in top flight football since the 1984-85 season, in which they were relegated with a total of 17 points, a record low total for twenty-one years. Stoke's first major trophy was won in the 1972 League Cup Final, when they beat Chelsea 2-1. The club have won the Football League Trophy on two occasions, firstly in 1992 and most recently in 2000.
Their first top flight match was at the Reebok Stadium where they were beaten by a dominant Bolton Wanderers team 3–1, with Ricardo Fuller scoring Stoke's only goal in the last minute. Following the result, bookmaker Paddy Power paid out on Stoke to be relegated after just one game. However, in their first Premier League home match, Stoke picked up all three points against Aston Villa in a close 3-2 win.
- Abdoulaye FAYE will be making his 100th appearance for an English club (Bolton, Newcastle and Stoke).
- Tom SOARES will be making his 150th career league appearance (Crystal Palace and Stoke).
- Carl DICKINSON will be making his 50th league appearance in a Stoke shirt.
- Richard CRESWELL will be playing on his 31st birthday.
- Jimmy PHILLIPS will be playing on his 19th birthday.
- Salif DIAO will be facing a former club. The 31 year old Senegal international midfielder made 61 appearances (37 in the league) and scored three goals (one league) for Liverpool between August 2002 and his move to Stoke in January 2007.
- Dominic MATTEO will be facing former colleagues. The 34 year old Scotland international defender made 155 appearances (127 in the league) and scored two goals (one league) for the Merseysiders from the outset of his professional career until signing for Leeds in August 2000.
17 September 2008
I held my ground and fought to the last minute but had to surrender at 2.15am as my eyes couldn't bear anymore. So I sleep. hahaha...