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As is says football….nothing more nothing less.
Posted by Dresonic on October 22, 2009
Posted by Dresonic on November 20, 2008
|Striker Luton Shelton (left) rounds Canada’s goalkeeper, Lars Hirschfield, on the way to scoring Jamaica’s first goal during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium last night. The Reggae Boyz won, 3-0. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)|
Jamaica crashed out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals last night despite registering their biggest victory (3-0) over Canada in the CONCACAF penultimate round qualifiers at the National Stadium last night.
Luton Shelton, Marlon King and Omar Cummings registered strikes for the Reggae Boyz, but they needed to have won by seven clear goals to advance to the final phase of the CONCACAF qualifiers, starting next February and running through to October.
Honduras won their match against a struggling Mexico to top the group on 12 points, ahead of Mexico on 10, the same as Jamaica. However, Mexico advance on a superior goal difference of +3, to Jamaica’s 0.
Canada remained rooted at the foot of the four-team Group Two on two points.
Only two teams advance to the next phase, which will comprise six teams, with the top three advancing to South Africa, and the fourth place team entering a dreaded home and away play-off with the fifth place team from the powerful South America region.
Jamaica opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Shelton latched onto a through pass from Demar Phillips and he rounded goalkeeper Lars Hirschfield before slotting home to take Jamaica into the break with a slender lead, in what was less than an impressive first 45 minutes for the team needing to win big.
King added to Jamaica’s tally on 57 minutes when he converted a penalty kick after Phillips was tripped up inside the penalty box, and substitute Cummings added a third in the 85th minute when defensive stalwart Ian Goodison overlapped on the left side and centred for the Colorado striker to slide home.
But from long before the third goal, it was clearly a matter of too little, too late, and there are many who would believe that former Brazilian technical director Rene Simoes would have left a legacy far less memorable than he did in the 1998 campaign.
Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2007
A football academy to benefit underprivileged children on the north coast should become operational by January 2008, following Tuesday’s signing of a declaration of intent between the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation and representatives of Spanish champions Real Madrid at the Rose Hall Complex.
According to Jesus Silva, Spain’s Ambassador to Jamaica who is also president of the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation – formed by the Spanish groups currently investing in Jamaica – the first phase of the proposed academy, which is being modelled on the Real Madrid Foundation’s Schools for Social Integration, is estimated to cost US$500,000.
“There is no problem of financial support for this project. I mean, the Spanish companies represented on the board have expressed a commitment to do it and they are willing and ready to finance it,” Silva said at a press conference at the Spanish Embassy offices at the Courtleigh Corporate Centre in New Kingston yesterday.
He said that figure for the first phase of the project, which includes two pitches, classrooms, changing rooms, offices and parking facilities, could be increased if needed.
“It could be less, could be more and of course, if we have other partners that want to join it… the figure might be even higher, because the more partners we have the bigger we can go and the better we can do the installations,” Silva said, adding that his organisation has tentatively budgeted US$100,000 to run the project for the first year. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on April 12, 2007
Clarence Seedorf, left, eluding Owen Hargreaves of Bayern. Seedorf scored as AC Milan outwitted Munich and won, 2-0. (Christof Stache/The Associated Press)
So, after nine months of endeavor across Europe, the Champions League has come down to this: AC Milan against the English.
Preying on Bayern Munich errors, picking the pockets of Germany’s powerhouse with two goals in four minutes in Munich’s own backyard Wednesday, Milan, won, somewhat comfortably, 2-0. Its 4-2 aggregate victory gave it the right to represent the rest of the continent in a tournament that has turned very English.
Milan travels to Manchester on April 24, with the second leg at the San Siro on May 2. It will be a semifinal of Italian guile against the pace of United’s youth.
The other semi is a repeat of 2005, when Chelsea and Liverpool cancelled one another out in stubborn defensiveness until a late, controversial goal put Liverpool through.
The semis also pit three exponents of pragmatic defending against one team, United, that attacks with breathtaking, exhilarating speed.
Do not think for one moment that Milan will allow Manchester to destroy its defense as United did in putting seven goals past Roma this week.
Milan’s coach Carlo Ancelotti was not born a Roman, but he played there for almost a decade and captained Roma up to 1987. His first thoughts after Wednesday turned to the “mission” to represent Italian soccer.
The manner of Milan’s victory was typical. It absorbed Bayern’s muscular but unimaginative thrusts. Then Clarence Seedorf and the inevitable Filippo Inzaghi scored in the space of four minutes. Game over. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on March 22, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – Technical director Bora Milutinovic said he is pleased with his players’ efforts in yesterday’s one-hour training session at Lockhart Stadium ahead of today’s friendly against Switzerland.
Milutinovic cancelled the evening session, giving the lads some “free time”, but pushed them in a tightly packed morning session which included tactical drills, set pieces, one-touch passing and scrimmaging in one half of the Lockhart Stadium pitch – the venue for this evening’s game at 7:15 pm (6:15 local time).
On Tuesday a team training session was called off due to poor weather conditions, but the sun came out yesterday, paving the way for the morning session.
“I loved the spirit of the players. they have exceeded my expectation. winning the Lunar Cup has done a lot for their confidence,” said the Serb-born coach who has the distinction of guiding USA, Mexico, Nigeria, Costa Rica and China to the World Cup Finals.
Assistant and former head coach, Wendell Downswell, agreed that the “spirited” session was an encouraging sign that speaks volumes to the mental state of the players going up against the 17th-ranked Swiss outfit.
“First and foremost we had a blackboard session where we assessed the Switzerland team and what our tactical approach is going to be. After that we had a tactical training session for about an hour where we also did a bit of fitness work, and the players’ response was good, so we’re looking forward to a good performance from them…,” said the former Jamaica winger.
Milutinovic, aware of the quality within the Swiss ranks, said the aim is to play a tactically sound match.
“We’re going to play a tactical game like we played in Hong Kong. This is not about winning, but more of playing intelligently and understanding the game,” he added.
Downswell, too, holds the Swiss in high esteem, especially with their numerous professionals and impressive run at the World Cup Finals last year. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on March 21, 2007
It is not an opinion widely held on Teesside, but last night Jonathan Woodgate punctured the latest controversy surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo when he absolved the Portuguese winger of diving for the penalty that earned Manchester United a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.
That the 75th minute award on Monday was even a matter of debate after the England defender clearly connected with Ronaldo illustrates the depth of Middlesbrough’s grievance following two contentious penalty decisions in games against United this season, frustration that resulted in some of their coaching staff shouting “cheat” at the 22-year-old during the quarter-final, substitute James Morrison seeing red for a wild lunge on the player and assistant manager at Old Trafford, Carlos Queiroz, involved in a furious row with the opposition’s staff after the final whistle.
“A guilt complex,” was how Sir Alex Ferguson described Boro’s reaction, before raging at a Sky television interview with Ronaldo in which the midfielder revealed a depth of the English language that would make many natives blush, and though Woodgate insisted it was debatable he had fouled his opponent, a sentiment shared by Boro manager Gareth Southgate, the defender was adamant his club had not been cheated out of the FA Cup.
“I don’t know if it was a penalty but Ronaldo is a very clever player. He is one of the best in the world and whether it was a penalty or not, I don’t know. I couldn’t honestly tell myself,” he said. “Ronaldo is a fantastic player. There is a touch of genius in him and to be fair he lights up the Premiership. I don’t think he dived so you can’t put the blame on him.”
Woodgate reported for England duty yesterday with a knee injury that has troubled him for several weeks and which may make him a doubt for the European Championship qualifiers against Israel and Andorra.
Meanwhile Southgate has responded angrily to criticism from the Sheffield United manager, Neil Warnock, that he had acted “scandalously” in fielding a weakened team at home to relegation-threatened Manchester City last weekend, a game Boro lost and which heightened fears of the drop at Bramall Lane.
“I don’t think we’ve been disrespectful to anybody and, quite frankly, I’ll pick who I want,” said Southgate. “I felt we needed to do that [on Saturday] to have a chance against United in the FA Cup.
Posted by Dresonic on February 25, 2007
Didier Drogba grabbed both goals as Chelsea came from behind to win a Carling Cup final that ended in ugly scenes at the Millennium Stadium.
Chelsea: Cech, Diarra, Terry (Mikel 63), Carvalho, Bridge, Makelele (Robben 46), Lampard, Ballack, Essien, Shevchenko (Kalou 90), Drogba.
Subs Not Used: Hilario, Ashley Cole.
Sent Off: Mikel (90).
Booked: Essien, Carvalho, Diarra, Lampard.
Goals: Drogba 20, 84.
Arsenal: Almunia, Hoyte, Toure, Senderos, Traore (Eboue 66), Walcott, Fabregas, Denilson, Diaby (Hleb 68), Aliadiere (Adebayor 80), Julio Baptista.
Subs Not Used: Poom, Djourou.
Sent Off: Toure (90), Adebayor (90).
Booked: Denilson, Eboue, Fabregas.
Goals: Walcott 12.
Ref: H Webb (S Yorkshire).
Theo Walcott gave Arsenal the lead after ghosting past Ricardo Carvalho.
But Chelsea equalised when Drogba was given the benefit of the linesman’s flag to slot home and with six minutes to go he headed in a powerful winner.
A brawl erupted between the sides late on that led to dismissals for Mikel Jon Obi, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on February 22, 2007
Posted by Dresonic on February 22, 2007
BARCELONA, February 21 (Champions League) – Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise both got on the scoresheet as Liverpool put a traumatic week behind them to claim a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Ronaldinho and Barcelona’s other stars failed to shine.
Bellamy and Riise were allegedly the two players involved in last week’s training ground fracas in Portugal – and tonight’s response from the pair will have delighted coach Rafael Benitez and the mass of travelling Liverpool fans.
In the battle between the last two winners of the competition, 2005 champions Liverpool tonight became only the second English team to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp.The only previous side to win here was the 1975-76 Liverpool team, which downed Barca 1-0 in the UEFA Cup semi-finals before going on to win the final.Liverpool, who had not lost in three previous visits to the Nou Camp, made a confident start, and they should possibly have taken the lead after creating the first incisive move of the match in the fourth minute.However, Riise, having broken the offside trap to latch onto Steven Gerrard’s pass, could not find Bellamy in the middle, when a decent pass would surely have led to the Welshman putting Liverpool ahead.After a quiet start, the home side and their fans were finally woken up when Ronaldinho went sprawling in the box, only for the referee to wave play on.Deco then tried his luck before Juliano Belletti blazed high and wide, before Barca took the lead in the 14th minute when Gianluca Zambrotta crossed to the far post where the diminutive Deco headed into the corner of the net.Saviola had a chance to make it 2-0 just minutes later after skipping past Jamie Carragher, but the Argentinian’s left-footed Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on February 22, 2007
If you were to make a judgement based solely on the headlines of the past week, it would be easy to think Liverpool are about to step into the scene of a gruesome car wreck at the Nou Camp.
Ronaldinho: Toeing the party line as Barcelona travel to Liverpool.
Rumblings of boardroom unrest and public revolt from star players has given the impression that Barcelona are on the brink of meltdown as they prepare to continue the defence of their Champions League crown by hosting the 2005 European champions on Wednesday night.
However, reports of Barcelona’s demise are greatly exaggerated and just in case Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez needed a tonic to focus his mind as his team prepare to climb the tallest mountain of them all, the return to form of a certain Ronaldinho should have done just that. If 2004 and 2005 were glorious years in the life of the world’s greatest footballer, then 2006 was arguably his most traumatic yet and even though he can look back on the year in the knowledge that he won the Champions League and Spanish title, the buck-toothed one knows he could and maybe should have achieved so much more. Whether he cracked under the pressure in World Cup year or simply ran out of inspiration to produce his magic is a question not even the man himself can answer, but he accepts the time has come for him to answer his critics and silence those in the Nou Camp crowd who had the audacity to jeer him just a couple of weeks ago. Instead of throwing the sort of childish tantrum that has got Samuel Eto’o in trouble over the last week, Ronaldinho insists he is ready to answer his critics in Spain and defy those who have turned their back on him. ‘I’ve always said I’m very happy with the life I have at this club and in this city, so nothing has changed,’ he begins. ‘The club have Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on February 22, 2007
HONG KONG (AFP) – Jamaica’s Olympic team beat their Chinese counterparts 5-4 on penalties to lift the Lunar New Year Cup after a goalless 120 minutes in the final yesterday.
Goalkeeper Allien Whittaker was the hero, saving two spot-kicks as former China coach Bora Milutinovic masterminded another surprise victory in the international friendly tournament.
Milutinovic became the first coach to win the tournament for a second time, having been successful with Nigeria in 1998.
The 62-year-old Serbian, who has taken Mexico, United States, Costa Rica and Nigeria to the second round of the World Cup, was delighted with the under-23 team’s success.
“I’m so happy for the Jamaican team. The whole of Jamaica can celebrate this win,” he said.
“The Jamaicans really tried their best and I am so happy for many of the players who have never played abroad before. It was important to win this tournament.”
In a lacklustre final which produced few bright moments, China had the better game and looked more dangerous in attack, but failed to find the back of the net against a stubborn Jamaican defence.
Jamaica started the penalty shootout poorly when Nicholy Finlayson missed his effort, but his team-mates buried their next five kicks.
China’s Dai Qinhua and Wan Houliang both had their spot-kicks saved by Whittaker before Donovan Davis tapped in to start the Jamaican celebrations.
China coach Ratomir Dujkovic was disappointed but hoped his team, vilified over the notorious brawl which overshadowed a visit to England this month, will have more luck at next year’s Beijing Olympics.
“We have to get this behind us and look forward to the future. Hopefully we will get more luck. Luck played a major part tonight,” said Dujkovic, who is also a Serb. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on January 28, 2007
Goals from Javier Saviola, Ronaldinho and substitute Ludovic Giuly gave the Spanish champions a hard-earned 3-1 victory which sees them stay one point clear of Sevilla.
Nene pulled a goal back for Celta from the spot midway through the second period but it was not enough to prevent a fourth straight Primera Liga defeat.
Sevilla recorded a thrilling victory against lowly Levante at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia to briefly go top before Barcelona’s win.
Frederic Kanoute fired the visitors into the lead before Alexander Kerzhakov and a Damiano Tommasi own goal put them in the driving seat.
But the hosts rallied through Frederic Dehu and Gustavo Reggi before Alejandro Alfaro secured the win.
A brace from Robert helped Real Betis move out of the Primera Liga relegation zone and bring Valencia’s run of six straight wins to an end. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007
MILAN, Italy (AP) – AC Milan has made Real Madrid an offer for Ronaldo.
“We are sending an offer for Ronaldo. We are shopping so we’ll see,” Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said Thursday. “Everything of course will be down to a medical (exam), so we have plenty to do yet.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on January 23, 2007
In 1999 the Jamaican National Under-17 team qualified along with Mexico and the USA from CONCACAF to the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in New Zealand. Jamaica exited in the first round while Mexico was knocked out in the quarter finals by the USA (who went on to finish fourth (4th). Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley of the USA were named among the FIFA Rising Stars from the tournament.
Back then, El Salvador and Jamaica were the host nations for the final stage of qualification. Jamaica was placed in Group A along with USA, Costa Rica and Honduras. The young Reggae Boyz topped the group by defeating Honduras and Costa Rica and playing to a goalless draw with USA. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dresonic on January 18, 2007
Beckham is leaving Real Madrid…..now what do you think about that? Personally I think who should have stayed in england but that’s just me. There are too much star players that are at Real Marid and to be quite honest I think that over shadowed Beckhams career. Look at the great Renaldo, one of the greatest strikers out of Brazil but as he arrived at Real he went down under the radar. I think the great ZaZu is the real deal even though retirement was inevitable for him.